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Toledo Renaissance Hotel Wedding

Patrick and Alison were 15 years old when they first met at a mutual friend’s birthday party. Patrick didn’t plan to stay long because he had baseball tryouts that night. However, after meeting Alison, he couldn’t help but go straight back to the party after tryouts to see her again. They officially got together in…
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How to Have a Unique Fall Wedding

Unique suggestions for a fall wedding: Carmel apple favors are some of the COOLEST things I have ever seen. I saw a couple have a station with several varieties of caramel apples in cellophane bags, ready to take home. It blew my mind! Pie bars are super cute and relevant. Apple and pumpkin pies, whatever…
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Renaissance Toledo Ceremony and Reception Photos

Maureen and Tony were married on Friday and it was an absolutely amazing day! From the PERFECT weather to excitement buzzing around announcing a certain surprise, it was quite the wedding day! These two met on the dating app Bumble and had a great first date at Manhattan’s – a place we stopped in between…
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Downtown Toledo Engagement Photos

Maureen and Tony had a perfect engagement session at Middle Grounds Park in Downtown Toledo. These lovebirds adore the downtown Toledo area and wanted to showcase a bit of that in their engagement photos. Their wedding will highlight Toledo because it also takes place in Toledo at the Renaissance hotel. I loved spending the evening…
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UNOH Wedding

Grady and Erica’s Dad’s share a mutual friend, so Grady has always gone on “guys trips” with Erica’s dad. Erica had never met Grady until one day he showed up at the golf course that she worked at (she drove a beer cart at a local golf course in the summer). Erica recognized the mutual…
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Toledo Country Club Outdoor Wedding

Rachel and Michael meet in college at BGSU and after college, they parted ways but, rekindled a few years later. It’s sort of amazing how that happens so often and how things worked out the second time they were together. Now, they’re newly married and share a house in Toledo with their adorable pup. The…
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How Much Money Should You Give For a Wedding Gift?

 How much money should I give for a wedding? This is something I personally have been asked before when a past couple attended a friend’s wedding and to be honest, at first, I was pretty stumped. You want to give them an appropriate amount of money, cover their costs, and then maybe a little extra,…
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Semi Truck Engagement Session in Toledo

I had such a fun evening with Jena and Brandon for their downtown Toledo engagement photos at International Park by the Docks. Brandon is a semi-truck driver and the couple had the idea to incorporate the semi into some of their engagement photos, which was a first for me and so fun! I ended up…
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Toledo Botanical Garden Engagement Session

Bri and Brandon are just one of those couples that are truly meant to be together. They’re so comfortable in front of each other and I even made a comment during the session that it was like they had their own language together. It was adorable to witness first hand and I have no other…
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Renaissance Toledo Downtown

Alicia and Corey met all the way back in 2013. Alicia went to Maumee High School and Corey went to Rossford High School. Alicia said, “It was a Friday night football game at Rossford, I remember sitting in the bleachers and someone stepped on my foot, I turned around to see Corey’s face. I yelled…
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Hilton Garden Inn Summer Wedding

Megan and Bill met their freshman year at Miami University in the dorm where Megan lived. Bill became friends with some guys who lived in my dorm and was frequently there with those guys. Those guys were mutual friends for both Bill and Megan and that is how they started hanging out. The rest is…
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wine cellar photos at gideon owen winery wedding

Gideon Owen Wedding

Friday was such a special celebration at Gideon Owen, a Port Clinton Ohio winery! Travis and Kyleigh both grew up in Muncie, Indiana, and went to the same high school. Travis was a grade older than her and she had quite the crush on him! Although the pair never dated, their paths continued to cross…
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Promenade Park Proposal and Engagement Photos

DeVante and Brandi had the perfect proposal at Promenade Park back in April! DeVante reached out to me several weeks before the proposal and told me his plan of having their family and friends around to witness it. He lead Brandi on a blindfolded walk to Promenade Park, carried her down the steps and straight…
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Holland Gardens Wedding Photography

After a week of storms, I was crossing my fingers that Cathy and Kelsey would have the planned first look and portraits at Toledo Botanical Gardens and outdoor ceremony at Holland Gardens that they had envisioned, but Mother Nature had other plans! We changed plans mid-week to move their firstt look to the Toledo Museum…
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Delaware Creek Ravine Engagement Photos

Rachel and Michael had a fun evening engagement session at their home in Toledo followed by photos at the Delaware Creek Ravine. They live close by and are both frequent travelers to the park. We spent the first part of their session at their home at some of their favorite spots and with their gorgeous…
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Wedding Venues in Columbus, Ohio [Updated for 2021]

There are some absolutely stunning wedding venues in Columbus, Ohio! As an Ohio wedding photographer, I want to guide you through my top wedding venues for Columbus, Ohio and highlight all of the amazing qualities they have! Here are my top 3 Columbus, Ohio wedding venues: The Westin Great Southern Columbus Exchange at Bridge Park…
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The Best Wedding Venues in Ohio [Updated for 2021]

As an Ohio wedding photographer based in Toledo, I get to travel the state and visit some of the most beautiful and unique venues in the area. I thought it was about time I share some of my absolute favorites with you! Here are my absolute favorites: Stillwaters Retreat Nazareth Hall Lyman Harbor So Serene…
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Toledo Zoo Malawi Wedding with Giraffes

Beth and Chris met in high school when they had computer lab together. Their groups of friends starting meshing so the pair started hanging outside of school as well. As Beth said, “Life got crazy and we ended up breaking up in college for about 4 years until one of my good friend’s weddings. We…
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Hilton Garden Inn Outdoor Ceremony

After a stressful and chaotic 2020 (and a crazy rainy original wedding date), July 3, 2021 was the wedding round 2 Christine and Justin were looking for! Their August 1, 2020 wedding ceremony was small and took place in a cramped tunnel to avoid the downpours, much different than their original plans of way more…
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How to Make Your Summer Wedding Unique

Unique ceremony suggestions for a summer wedding: I love customized bottles of water or sunglasses for guests to wear. Wedding programs that double as fans. Have guests toss biodegradable confetti, rose petals, or wave ribbon wands as you kiss. Bring the indoors out – have chandeliers, feature walls, and couches for guests to lounge on….
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Stillwaters Retreat

Everything you need to know about planning a wedding at Stillwaters Retreat, one of the most beautiful Findlay area wedding venues! You can see Stillwaters Retreat website here for more info Here are some reasons Stillwaters Retreat is a favorite of mine: Absolutely stunning waterfront ceremony spot with quaint wooden structure. Breathtaking views of the…
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Nazareth Hall Grotto Wedding

This past Friday, Michele and A.J. got married at Nazareth Hall. The pair met at Precision Steel when Michele started working there in April 2019 (A.J was her boss!). The forecast called for rain during the ceremony and late in the evening when we were planning on sunset photos of the couple. I was so…
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Wolcott House Summer Wedding

What happens when your venue decides to not allow you to have a ceremony on their grounds 20 days before the big day due to new ownership? You adapt – just like Morghan and David! Their last-minute ceremony change caused them to scramble for chairs, transportation, and have to alert all guests of the change….
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The Stables Wedding

Jacob and Caroline celebrated their wedding AGAIN with a vow renewal and large-scale celebration at the Stables last weekend! It all started with getting ready at The Stables, a first look with Caroline’s dad, a first look between Jacob and Caroline, and then some photos before the ceremony! One of the biggest things I loved…
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Stranahan Wedding Photography

Emily and Lee met through a mutual friend and immediately the two knew there was something special between them on their first date. On a trip to see Emily’s family in Minnesota, they couple had drinks and then went up into a old tower at Enger Park in Duluth overlooking the water where Lee popped…
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The Armory Arts and Event Center Weddings

Engaged and thinking about a rustic wedding in Toledo?You’ll definitely want to check out The Armory! Why do I love The Armory? The elegant yet rustic reception vibes, eclectic decor, and AMAZING suite for you and your bridesmaids to stay in pre-wedding make this unforgettable. Not too far from Toledo/Maumee/Perrysburg/or Bowling Green. The Armory is…
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Registry Bistro Wedding Guide

Engaged and thinking about a wedding in Downtown Toledo?You’ll definitely want to check out Registry Bistro for an industrial wedding venue in Toledo! Why do I love Registry Bistro? Registry Bistro is a blank slate and I love the industrial look and feel of this venue! You can dress it up with lights and even…
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Toledo Zoo Weddings Info and Guide

When choosing a wedding venue in Toledo, consider bringing out your inner child at the Toledo Zoo! As a Toledo wedding photographer with over 10 years of experience, I’ve put together a list of my favorite things about one of my absolute favorite Toledo wedding venues, the Toledo Zoo. I also included blog posts from past…
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Toledo Country Club Wedding Info Guide

Engaged and looking for the perfect Toledo wedding venue? Toledo Country Club is a venue you will not want to miss! Why I love Toledo Country Club and it’s one of my favorite venues: Toledo Country Club is such a versatile venue with indoor and outdoor locations, all of which are stunning. This venue is…
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Nazareth Hall Wedding Info Guide

Everything you need to know about planning a wedding at Nazareth Hall, one of the most beautiful Toledo wedding venues! Here are some reasons Nazareth Hall is a premier Toledo wedding venue: Multiple ceremony and reception spaces for you to choose from My absolute favorite outdoor ceremony location, The Grotto! A family-owned venue and caring…
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The Stables Wedding Guide

Planning a rustic barn wedding in Northwest, Ohio? The Stables is a venue you won’t want to miss checking out, located in Whitehouse, Ohio. Why The Stables is one of my favorite Toledo wedding venues: I love this neutral gray barn filled inside and out with stunning string lights. The exterior of this barn is…
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Hensville Wedding Guide

Hensville is a beautiful wedding venue located in the heart of downtown Toledo. Explore below to see the different spaces and some photos from the unique Toledo venue. Let’s dive in! Why do I love Hensville weddings? There’s something so charming about a wedding venue right smack dab in the Warehouse District of Toledo. I…
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Toledo Club Wedding Guide

Looking for an elegant and historical venue for your Toledo wedding? Look no further than the Toledo Club! Read more below on why the Toledo Club is one of my absolute favorite places to have a wedding in Ohio! The Toledo Club is centrally located in Downtown Toledo. This elegant and historic club has been…
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Toledo Country Club Wedding with Confetti

Morgan and Stevie met in Ludington, MI. They both grew up spending time during the summer at Epworth Heights in Ludington, MI and were friends (and so were their parents) for many years before the two started dating. Their wedding took place at Toledo Country Club, which perfectly complimented the classic and understated elegance of…
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Wedding Photos at The Armory

Saturday was such a FUN celebration! Morganne and Jimmy met in college at a mutual friend’s birthday party. That night, Jimmy insisted he would take Morganne on a date the next day. She sort of rolled her eyes and moved on. However, the first thing the next morning, Jimmy followed up and the pair went…
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Nazareth Hall Wedding with Sparkler Exit

Saturday’s wedding was absolutely beautiful! Lauren and Jay Dee met online on EHarmony! We matched up literally on the Friday Lauren joined and then that following Monday the pair went on our first date at Granite City. Lauren says it was love at first sight. She said, “We knew we loved each other during a…
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Olander Park Sylvania Wedding

Any wedding where the bride rolls up a few minutes before the ceremony and does a shot with friends is a good day – haha! I LOVED this intimate wedding day and after a lot of uncertainty with dancing and guest counts and everything else a pandemic couple has to deal with on top of…
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Choosing a Wedding Photography Package

Choosing a Wedding Photography Package? Learn What is Included in Wedding Photography Packages: Day of Wedding Photography Coverage Wedding photographers will either fall into all day coverage, hourly coverage, or a set amount of time in a package such as 8 hours. If choosing someone who offers all day coverage, get information, in writing, detailing…
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Toledo Wedding Officiant – Weddings for the Ages

I can’t wait to share my interview with Atonn Smeltzer, owner of Weddings for the Ages, with you! Atonn is an amazing human and loves crafting well-written and professional wedding officiating ceremonies for ALL couples. If you want a traditional ceremony or something totally themed, like a Legend of Zelda wedding, Atonn and the team…
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