Some of you may know that my out of college photography job was doing school portrait photography… I just so happened to work with Kyle during those days in the mid-2000s. I’ve known Kyle for 10+ years and a few years back I recall seeing Alana pop up in his social media photos. Last year I photographed Kyle’s sister’s wedding (shoutout Lindsay & Matt!!!) and finally met Alana. At the wedding Kyle said that he would be “popping the question soon” and that “I would be the first to know”.
I was overjoyed when the email from these two came through and it is a true honor to have someone entrust me to document such a milestone.
Alana and Kyle had their very first date at Element 112… yes, you read that correctly, their FIRST date. The bar was set high and Element continues to be a spot that they frequently visit, so much so, that they happily opened the doors at 11am on a Sunday, outside their business hours, so we could capture some images in a spot that has such value in their relationship.
I could go on and on about how grateful I am to be their photographer and how their positive energy is contagious but all of that comes through in the images below… so start scrolling!
Don’t say you’re a “natural light photographer” that is basically saying you don’t know how to use artificial light.
Yes, in a perfect world the only lighting scenario a wedding photographer would encounter is an overcast day but that is not reality.
I’m not going to breakdown how we light the entire day, instead, here is a quick guide at how we light at wedding receptions using a very inexpensive but effective setup.
Generally, we will have two lights on opposite sides of the dancefloor on 12′ light stands, with sandbags on the bottom aimed towards the middle of the dancefloor. WE DO NOT BOUNCE THESE! They are aimed towards the middle and when high enough offer a nice even light source.
Many venues do not offer a place to bounce… i.e. Toledo Club or outdoor dance floor.
In some instances, we will place one on the other side of the room to offer a rim light for toasts or cake cutting. It really depends on the reception layout and expansiveness of space.
The basic flashes on light stands are your starting point… but to bring it next level, we bring in a more powerful light source. This is where my lovely assistant gets to be the star of the reception while holding a large light and staying at my 8:00 or 4:00 (I am 6:00) This gives the subject some depth and allows the corner lights to act as a fill and rim light.
So that’s basically it!
I sold all of my expensive Canon gear to switch to this system… very affordable but it is good to have backups just incase!
Once you feel confident with this, doing legit sunset portraits will be a no brainer!
When Carrie and Mike emailed me a few months back about shooting their June wedding in Cleveland, I THOUGHT I was done booking out June… but then I chatted with them via Skype and changed my mind. Museum of Contemporary Art aka MOCA, talks of Pantone theme, hitting up murals for engagement session. Ding, Ding, DING! Sign me UP!
Last week I bonded with the Ohio Turnpike. Being a Cleveland girl, I welcome the chance to hit that turnpike, while I eagerly await for my fav Cleveland radio stations signal to become clear. Yes, I’m a FM radio person.
I met up with Carrie and Mike on a windy, overcast morning in Ohio City. Let me tell you, overcast and murals! Magical combo. We got our steps in, saw “the sights” and made fun photos.
SO very much looking forward to documenting their wedding day next year!
October is here, it officially FEELS like fall and soon enough it will start looking like fall.
Jessica and Curt’s wedding day started for us at Toledo Country Club. When we arrived the decor team were putting the finishing touches on the space and I was in AWE! They whole team knocked it out of the park and those gold Chiavari chairs with the BLACK seats were such a nice touch.
Curt was cool as a cucumber when we poked into the guys room. He had his best man, Luke, help him get the tie and cufflinks just right then asked the rest of his groomsmen to open their thank you gifts. Curt is quote the Bourbon aficionado and he gifted a bottle to his crew, along with coordinating socks because, well you know, Jess MAY have had a say in that part?!
Upstairs the ladies dresses had me, once again, in total wow! Who doesn’t like some sequins on a wedding day?! Jessica’s mom and two sisters helped her get into her dress, special shoutout to Brooke from BFTD for getting those task-y buttons started! I love when the bridesmaids and bride dress at the same time separate from one another, it allows for a fun reveal moment!
Jess and Curt did not do a First Look, instead, they saw each other for the first time as the doors dramatically opened at Saint Rose in downtown Perrysburg. It was a lovely moment and the look on both of their faces was that of pure JOY. The church is one of my favs in the area, as it is not overwhelmingly large and the light quality is always gorgeous. The sun poked itself out as they couple darted out of the church post family portraits when we started making our way back to TCC for photos.
Creative portrait time was generally dry, we had a brief down pour which we made the most of by having that also be the time were Jess had her bustle put up!
When the reception kicked off, the band kept the dance floor packed… LITERALLY. It was a little awkward to maneuver through but I did it and have the bruises from bumping into speakers to prove it!
Jessica and Curt! Biggest congrats, it was an incredible day. I loved witnessing the emotion and joy throughout the day and seeing you two enjoy what the day is truly about!
Photography: Mary Wyar Photography
Ceremony: Saint Rose Parish – Perrysburg
Reception: Toledo Country Club
Coordination: Bee For The Day
Florals: LODEN Floral Design
Bride’s Dress: Martina Liana
Dress Boutique: The Gown Shop – Bridal
Groom’s Attire: THE BLACK TUX
Hair: Shamas Salon and Spa
Makeup: Makeup by Amy Lewis & Co.
Cake: Brieschke’s Bakery 7 Little Cupcakes- Official
Band: Bluewater Kings Band
Chairs: Chiavari Chair Toledo
Video: Levi Hutmacher
Lighting: Mager Designs
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: Luxe Bridal Rack
Groom’s Attire: Bonobos
Florals: Bartz Viviano Flowers & Gifts
Entertainment: The Jerry Ross Band
Cake: Eston’s Bakery
Video: Fordham Footage
Lighting: Mager Designs
Jenn and Ryan were married September 22 and our dear Rachel was originally lined up to photograph their big day… as some of you may know, Rachel had baby number two Thursday before Jenn and Ryan’s wedding day! Luckily babies aren’t grown overnight and we were able to plan ahead. We were so lucky to have the equally talented and sweet Amanda Collins hop on board to photograph the day for Rachel! Cheers to Toledo wedding community!
I was blown away at how incredible trustworthy and laid-back both Jenn and Ryan were with this change up! This easily could have been a bridezilla situation but Jenn was cool as a cucumber which solidified something I already knew… WE WORK WITH THE BEST COUPLES!!! Honestly, I don’t know if it is the branding or my messy hair but laid back, cool couples are drawn to us! Whatever the secret ingredient is, I am so fortunate.
The images Amanda captured are gorgeous and after I wrapped by my wedding just a few blocks down the street, I was able to pop over and congratulate Jenn and Ryan myself. Always a treat when I can pull that off!
Ceremony: Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, Toledo Ohio
Reception: The Armory at Hensville
Prep Location: Renaissance Hotel Downtown Toledo
Wedding Gown: Madison James
Wedding Gown Boutique: Wendy’s Bridal
Makeup: Deidre Anderson Beauty
Hair: Top Knots by Amanda
Tuxedo: Joseph Abboud
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung
Florist: Gardenview Flowers
DJ: Life Celebrations
Cake: Wixey Bakery
Videographer: Fordham Footage
Lakeside Ohio has been a special spot to Mariah for most of her life, so much so, she declared at quite a young age that she would be married there “some day”. While Allan and Mariah were dating, Lakeside, naturally became a special place for the couple. Mariah’s family has a home there and after visiting there myself I definitely get why it is a place that people go back to every summer.
The day of the wedding Mother Nature quickly decided that an outdoor ceremony, along the lake, was not going to happen. She shattered my vision of taking the couple on to the pier that white caps were crashing over during our photo time (be sure to stop at THAT photo!). Brooke at Bee for the Day quickly took action with our rainy ceremony backup plan and make use of the hall available in the middle of the Lake town.
We were so incredibly happy to have had lovely overcast and moody skies during creative portrait time and just crazy winds, no rain, a bit after sunset. CIC didn’t disappoint with hosting the party and our DJ, Life Celebrations, kept the dance floor packed all night!
Cheers to Mariah and Allan! While it wasn’t exactly what we all envisioned for a Lakeside wedding, it was pretty magical and in the end, it is not about WHERE you are married but being surrounded by those who love you, exchanging those vows and getting married for better or for worse! Thus is life. Sometimes it rains and sometimes it is glorious.
Ceremony: Lakeside Marblehead, Ohio
Reception: Catawba Island Club
Coordination: Bee For The Day
Florist: La Boutique Nostalgie Wedding Design and Flowers
Ceremony Music: Firelands String Quartet
Videographer: Panda Films
Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes (Dublin, OH)
DJ: Life Celebrations
Makeup: Makeup by Brianna Marie
Hair: Serena Bendycki, Stylist
Everything about Karin and Dan’s wedding day was a breath of fresh air. The whole day had a very laid back vibe, laughs & touching moments. The couple chose to have their wedding at Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion, which, some of you MAY know, it one of my fav venues! OK, it’s my fav. It is minimal, sleek annnnd Chef Felix always hooks us up with a delicious dinner. Yes, the way to a photographer’s heart is through a nice dinner. Ha!
Karin and Dan, you two were a joy. I loved how you enjoyed the moments that were meaningful, like your vows and dance, and did you own thing when it came to other moments, cake and toasts.
Ceremony and Reception: Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion
Karin’s Dress: Haley Paige
Bridal Boutique: The Gown Shop Perrysburg
Makeup Artist: Beauty by Billie Joe
Event Designer: Katie Blanchette
Stationery: Alice Louise
Entertainment: Ultimate Nights DJ