We worked our way down Bancroft Street and popped into Toledo Botanical Gardens for portraits. I was over the damn moon that we essentially had the place to ourselves! Numerous times before I have had to compete for our portrait spots there but we only saw one other photo session there that whole time. Enter the bridal party, the 20 person bridal party. The ladies looked stellar with navy POCKETED dresses, super chic and I love a mix of navy dresses with groomsmen in black tux.
Now over a year ago, and even when we were doing engagement photos WHERE exactly Trevor and Christine would actually get married was still up in the air. So much so, that Christine’s Mother, Anne, gave me a ring to brainstorm church ideas! My vote was Hope Lutheran, an adorable little church on the edge of Ottawa Hills… and it got my vote for two reasons. 1. Location is convenient. 2. THE RED DOORS! Yeah mostly the red doors if I’m being honest because I love a pop of color. I had photographed a wedding there, gosh, maybe in 2006?! (shoutout Laura & Doug!) and it was a treat to do a couple photos with those doors. So I did my happy dance when that is where they ended up. Now, it was packed AF… like standing room only tight. It made it a hair awkward when we were shooting vows and ring exchanges but no one seemed to mind.
The always classic Toledo Club hosted the party, a place that Christine’s Father has been a member of for decades. The dining room looked amazing! The brass centerpieces and chiavari chairs… classically modern. Once the reception kicked off, The Jerry Ross band kept the huge dance floor full all night! It was a bit of challenge to worm my way through to get photos but worth the awkward looks I gave people.
Christine and Trevor. We had such an amazing time with you both. Christine, thank you for trusting me in the process and only asking to see the back of my camera once 😉 You looked amazing. Trevor, you are hilarious and are the perfect compliment to your wife. It was an honor to document this day for you both and your families. And if you want a photographer team for that safari trip, hit me up! 😉
Ceremony: Hope Lutheran Church
Reception: The Toledo Club
Coordinator: Bee For The Day
Makeup: Beauty By Billie Jo
Hair: BeeHive Salon
Bride’s Gown: PRONOVIAS NEW YORK
Gown Boutique: Cicinia
Groom’s Attire: Bonobos
Florals: Bartz Viviano Flowers & Gifts
Entertainment: The Jerry Ross Band
Cake: Eston’s Bakery
Video: Fordham Footage
Lighting: Mager Designs