“Honey, honey, honey…” I didn’t count how many “honey”s happened during our wedding picture party, but it had to be upwards of 37. It goes like this: Dave says something slightly (or boldly) inappropriate or funny, and Donna responds with, “Honey, honey… stop.” It’s one of those token moves reserved for couples who have been together for years and years.
And yet, here they are: newlyweds. They just feel so at ease with one another.
As their friend and officiant Kacie said during their ceremony: “I can’t imagine anyone else for either one of you. You take care of each other and you bring out the best in each other.” Kacie went on to describe how these two are deliberate in all that they do. They don’t waste time on unnecessary things, and they put their whole hearts into the important parts. They genuinely care about people. They have this openness and this understanding (you can hear more about that in their engagement session post). Whenever I get to spend time with them, I leave feeling lighter, with this reassuring feeling that there are still really good people in this world. Watching them dance all classy-like, or watching Dave cut up and Donna laugh, you just know these two have both sides covered: the romantic and the fun. And that’s important for the long-run. Knowing when to laugh and when to look deep in each other’s eyes. When it was time for the ceremony, this bride and groom walked down the aisle together, showing the bond they already have with one another.
Just before the ceremony started, Donnie Mossman (their DJ) and I were talking about whether or not he should use a microphone for the ceremony, since it was very intimate, with just a couple of rows of close friends and family.
“I’ll go ahead,” he said.
And just as the ceremony began, a train went by. Phew! Everyone had a good laugh, and the train just seemed to fit right in with the awesome urban feel of this Columbus wedding at Strongwater. Their ceremony was symbolic of their relationship: laughing when Donna’s lipstick got on Dave’s face, looking sweetly into each others’ eyes, smiling at their friends and family who love them so, and making these silly faces! These two know how to do classy, but they sure as hell don’t take themselves too seriously. After the ceremony, their couple of rows of close friends and family were joined by many, many friends for a big reception in the same building. Strongwater was AMAZING. Such a unique place tucked away in Columbus, named for the floods that once ravaged this area until the Franklinton Floodwall was built earlier this century. I feel like the perfect description of Dave’s humor is his signature cocktail: Buffalo trace bourbon… in a glass… with nothing. They love their friends dearly. Dave rounded up his friends and took the time to explain why he wanted a picture with them. After telling them how much they mean to him and cracking a few jokes, he said, “Ok, I think Sarah probably got what she needed there. That was my posed picture with you guys.” Just so genuine.They did a quick dance together before heading in to greet their guests… And the party was a blast! Then, a send-off full of sparks, surrounded by the ones they love, on a street that once used to flood with water. That fire and water: the romance and the laughter. All part of their life together as newlyweds!Donna and Dave, so much love to you! Honey, honey, honey, honey… DON’T stop! Keep shining that light into the world – you make it a better place with your love.
If you’d like some more D&D, head here! This wedding had as guests three couples whose weddings I photographed, too: Maria and Anthony, Katie and Mike, and Kacie and Trent. Such amazing couples – all of them! If you think you might like me to document your wedding too, head over here !
Hair: Hilary Leinard
Makeup: Ann Heys (friend and day-of coordinator).
Rings: Vintage 1915 Edwardian style ring (designer unknown) – Verma Estates (via Etsy)
Shoes: Macy’s INC
Suit – Custom made by Ticknor’s
Dress: Petra from Wendy’s bridal
Accessories: all jewelry from different vendors on Etsy
Flowers – purchased at North Market and Kroger, assembled by bride and Kristina Dover
Venue/Catering – Strongwater (SUCH an amazing venue – I can’t wait to get back here and try out some new ideas!)
Donuts – Krispy Kreme
DJ –Donnie Mossman