Will + Allyson's Destination Wedding | Dreams Playa Mujeres Resort

Words cannot explain how incredible Will and Allyson’s wedding weekend was. Darren and I flew to Mexico for their special day, at Dreams Resort in Playa Mujeres. This place is unreal! We spent the first few days of the trip exploring the resort and checking out portrait locations for the wedding. There’s nothing better than afternoons spent at the beach and pool!

We started the wedding day in the beautiful bridal suite for details and getting ready shots. Will and Allyson’s ceremony started at 5:30pm, which was perfect for outdoor nuptials on the beach. That light was sooo dreamy! One of my favorite little details was the maracas sitting on the seats for each guest to shake after their first kiss. We also loved the mariachi band at the cocktail hour! There were many pieces of the Mexican culture that made for great pictures! The reception was just as gorgeous, on a poolside terrace with a view of the ocean.  The evening was lots of fun for everyone, and there was even a piñata! Darren and I both agree that destination weddings are an exciting adventure for us. I can’t wait to see where we head to next! Congrats to Mr. + Mrs. Toohey! Thank you for choosing us to capture your special day!

Venue- Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort | Florals- Alquimia Events | Invitations- 3Leaf Creative | Bridal Gown- BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses- Jenny Yoo | Cake + Food- Dreams Resort | DJ- Encore

Justin + Chelsea's Wedding | Dock580

Sometimes there are just those wedding days that really remind me of how much I love my job. Capturing such a precious day for the bride, groom, and their families always brings me so much joy. Justin + Chelsea’s intimate March wedding was incredibly sweet and heartwarming. It was the perfect way to start our 2018 wedding season! Their vows had every guest in the room getting emotional! They were beautiful and full of so much love. You could tell how excited this couple was to finally be husband and wife!

Both the ceremony and reception took place at Dock580, with most portraits at the Ohio Statehouse. The dusty blue dresses with the white stone and overcast sky made for some of my favorite wedding portraits to date! Their vows had me plenty emotional, but it was the toasts and first dances that had me really tearing up behind my camera!

The closer Darren and I get to our own wedding, the more real it is all feeling. I am right there with my couples who are currently getting married and I can totally share their joy and excitement in this season of life. Justin + Chelsea were wonderful to work with and have us excited for our own wedding day!

Venue- Dock580 | Florals- Bloomtastic | Bridal Gown- La Jeune Mariee | Hair / Makeup- Columbus Wedding Makeup & Hair | Invitations- Minted | Cake- Giant Eagle Market District | DJ- Buckeye Entertainment

Scott + Melissa's Destination Wedding | Lovers Key Beach

Scott + Melissa’s wedding weekend was the best way to start December! Darren and I flew down to Fort Myers Beach to capture their wedding day and it was absolutely gorgeous from start to finish (and much warmer than Ohio). I always dreamed of photographing a beach wedding in Florida so I was very excited when these two asked me to capture their special day!

Melissa's parents have a condo in Fort Myers so we got to spend a few days down there earlier in the year to scope out their church and reception spot on the beach. It was so fun to experience the location before coming down this month for their wedding!

My favorite part of the day was taking portraits of Scott + Melissa at sunset. Wedding days are always so busy and I find it important to pull the bride and groom away for some alone time.  They get to really enjoy the moment with just each other…plus that sunset lighting is so dreamy!

When I first met with Melissa, she shared with me her vision of having their reception on the beach, with the stars shining above. They got exactly that! It was absolutely stunning having everything setup in the sand with twinkly lights glimmering around them. All of their decor tied in nicely with the nautical theme as well. Their closest family and friends danced the night away and had the best time celebrating these two. Darren and I were so honored to have photographed this wedding! Congrats Mr. + Mrs. Stump!

Venue- Lover's Key State Park | Wedding Planner- A Bride's Mafia | Florals- Libby's Flower | Videographer- Imagery Wedding Films | Cake + Food- Artichoke Catering | Invitations- Rachel Green Designs | Hair / Makeup- LadyCakes | DJ- DJ Dayve