Two weddings in one day! It’s how I like to roll. So on September 21st, I rolled on over to The Foundry for Colleen and Blaise’s big moment! I had only met them over FaceTime, so it was wonderful to finally see them in the flesh. They are a beautiful couple, and I liked them even more than when I first met them, which is saying a lot! When they were all set and headed downstairs to get ready to be married in the gorgeous courtyard, I got a kick out of how excited Colleen was to see everything put together. You work so hard on your wedding, signs and favors and decorations, and sometimes you have to give those to the venue and hope they have the same vision as you. Well I could tell Colleen was so happy looking back at all her hard work and that it was exactly as she imagined. It’s really fun to watch couples geek out at their own wedding! Soon enough, Blaise and I were outside watching Colleen walk in, and I think Blaise was extremely shocked at how emotional he became. I’m sure he would have bet the farm he wasn’t going to cry, and since they saw each other beforehand, he was prepared. But nothing can prepare you for THAT moment, and when she was in his hands, he was crying. They took hands and talked to each other, joking and calming one another, and only stopped to listen to their friends and family give readings that really summed them up. Soon enough, it was time to kiss, and what a kiss it was! Full of love and passion and perfect for a new husband and wife! Congratulations Blaise and Colleen! It was a perfect moment for you and I’m so happy that you found me. Best wishes always!
On the afternoon of September 21st, I found myself at the Avanti Mansion, to marry a couple I was yet to meet! Jenna and Alex lost their officiant the week before, so after a few long emails, here I was to make sure they got married! I was happy to meet both of them when they arrived. Alex had standard nerves and Jenna was being fawned over by her bridesmaids. All on track. And although I hadn’t gotten a chance to get to know them, standing on that island with them was just as lovely as I could have hoped, and I felt lucky that they found me last minute and that I was able to share in this day! Congratulations Alex and Jenna! You knew that all in all everything would work out because you had each other, and knowing that should help you live a long and happy life together!
I knew September 20th would be unique because Brittany and Tom are unique. So I was pleased, but not surprised when I arrived at the Hotel Henry for their big day. The outdoor and indoor space were both amazing! It really matched their personalities, and you could tell they really put their heart into their wedding. I first found Brittany and she was still getting ready, but was so happy and excited that it was really catching! Tom was pretty much the same way, but with a little more nervousness mixed in. The outdoor space was in front of the hotel and it made for an amazing backdrop. As two old house restorers, I knew that the architecture of the space was important to them, and it really showed. Soon, it was time and Tom and headed to the alter, where I could watch Brittany walk out and Tom silently cry watching her. It was a really special and beautiful moment, and they had ear to ear smiles during the entire ceremony. It was easy to find the words for them and before we knew it, they were kissing and laughing and being declared husband and wife! Congratulations Tom and Brittany! You’ve been together a long time and yet have so many more years together in your future. Much love always!
Oh what a wedding day! September 14th was so beautiful, but especially at the HayLoft in the Grove. Not only did I get the pleasure of seeing Ashley and Ryan, but I was able to see their adorable children, all dressed up to the nines! When I arrived I found Ryan, who definitely seemed nervous, but happy about it. I could tell the waiting around was difficult for him, and that he would be happy when we got moving! Ashley looked beautiful as she hid out with her bridesmaids. It seemed like such a perfect spot for them, and I could tell she was just so happy for this moment. Things started quickly and I was up front with Ryan, waiting for Ashley to make her entrance. As I asked guests to stand for Ashley to walk out, her bridesmaid came up to first read a poem. It’s a poem that was read before her mom walked out on her wedding day, and I think her Grandma before that. It was incredibly touching and personal, and I could see it meant the world to Ashley. She finally did make her way up to Ryan and with tears in their eyes they smiled and laughed and made it through their ceremony! It seems like the easiest thing, but until you’re standing up there with all those emotions, and everyone staring at you, you really don’t know! But as soon as it was time to kiss, they were relaxed and overjoyed to finally be married! Congratulations Ryan and Ashley! It was a lovely day fit for the two of you and your beautiful family. Much love!
September 6th ended up being a wonderful day for Caitlin and Matt at Akron Acres, but it was still being a big of a pest in the beginning. When I arrived, I found a stressed out Caitlin, staring outside at the light rain that would start and stop over and over again. She and Matt had their hearts set on being married outside, so we remained hopeful that we could get through it. About 5 minutes before go time, it had stopped raining, and Caitlin, who looked stunning, was feeling good and ready to go! Matt was very relaxed. He just wanted Caitlin to be happy and he was ready to get married! We headed outside and of course, in that moment, the sprinkling began again. We didn’t let it deter us though. Some of the most romantic moments happen in the rain and this was officially one of them! Matt and I watched Caitlin make her way out, with Matt laughing at the surprise song she picked for him. They were so happy when they were in each others hands and I could start talking about how perfect they are for each other, and of course how tall Matt is, which Caitlin just loves. It was a very beautiful moment, and guests watched happily, umbrellas over their head, knowing what a special moment this was. Soon enough, it was time to kiss as husband and wife, but not before I pulled out a stool for Caitlin to stand on! I told you, Matt was really tall. The audience erupted in laughter and the kiss was so beautiful and passionate. Congratulations Matt and Caitlin! I’m so happy that the rain didn’t stop you from having a perfect moment and I wish you so many more in your long and happy life together!
Three back to back Avanti Mansion weddings! September 1st found me back at that lovely spot, silently wishing along with Ashley and Edward that the rain stay away. SPOILER ALERT: it mostly did. When I arrived, I checked in with the couple, and they were ready to get going. #1 they were excited to get married and #2 again, we were outrunning some rain. Otherwise though, they both seemed very happy to be there and to soon be married! Their space looked amazing and I have to say, I was obsessed with their card box! Ed and I headed outside to watch Ashley make her gorgeous walk in, and immediately once she was in his hands, he was all jokes. He would say goofy things to make her smile (or groan) and keep them distracted from all the people watching them and the crazy emotions flowing through them. So they laughed and squeezed hands, vowed to love each other, and kept their cool when that pesky rain did start falling. I was able to shorten the ceremony up by just enough and have them kissing in the sprinkling rain, which honestly looked so beautiful. Congratulations Ed and Ashley! I’m so happy to have been a part of your day and I know you’ll have a long, happy life together. Much love!
On August 31st, I was at the Avanti Mansion for Dawn and Ross’s big day. There was a lot of excitement in the air! Dawn was simply lovely and ethereal, while Ross was pure energy, organizing all things, making sure people were where they needed to be, fixing ties, and being the man in charge. He was seamlessly switching from English to Greek, depending on who he was talking to. I felt like I was watching the master at work, and Dawn just looked at him with loving eyes and you knew that they are that couple that compliments each other so well. Soon enough it was time to head out to the island, so I went with Ross and his groomsmen and we got to watch the bridal party make their way out. Ross had a comment for everyone and you could tell he was enjoying this moment so much. When Dawn made her appearance, even though he had seen her just moments before, he looked at her like it was the first time. They found each others hands and were smiling and laughing and feeling all of the feelings. After their vows, they added love letter to their Wine/Love Letter Box, and closed it up for their first anniversary. After that, there was nothing left to do but kiss as husband and wife! Congratulations Ross and Dawn! You’re such a wonderful couple and I wish you a happy life together!