Heatherly and Clayton have such a perfect relationship! They’re both fun and carefree people, both love animals (they are zookeepers), and both share such a great sense of humor. Their garden wedding photos turned out great, even despite a complete power outage during part of the ceremony and entire reception!
Clayton has this vision to wear an orange suit (picture the one from Dumb and Dumber) and the couple went with the orange suit, orange floral accents, and teal accents as well. The colors looked beautiful together! The couple shared a first look before heading off to take photos before the ceremony. We walked around the different animal exhibits and grabbed lots of fun photos as well as wedding party and family photos beforehand! There was a special fall event going on at this venue, so there were beautiful paper sculptures around the venue that made beautiful photo ops for us.
The ceremony at the Gardens was short and sweet and filled with many tears. After the ceremony, we learned that power had gone out at the venue and some surrounding areas. We unfortunately never regained power, but the staff were absolute rockstars! They served dinner at the by candlelight (the head chef made some food at her home) and cell phone flashlights. The DJ was great, so he was able to get everyone in a row and using their phone flashlights to create a lighted aisle for introductions. The same thing happened for toasts and dancing. The DJ SANG their first dance song, which was amazing! We all made it work.
It was definitely one of the biggest wedding challenges I have had to face as a photographer. It was great to see everyone come together and make it the best night we could! Heatherly and Clayton – I am sure the power outage was stressful to endure as a couple, but you handled it like true rock stars.
Ceremony – Toledo Zoo
Reception – Toledo Zoo
Officiant – Pastor Richard Woodin
Florist – Liberty Florist
DJ – Criss J
Bride’s Dress – David’s Bridal
Groom’s Orange Suit – Mr. Albert’s Men’s World
Bridesmaid Dresses – JJ’s House
Groomsmen – Tux World