Martha & Steven
Martha and Steven's wedding at the Makoy Center in Hilliard, Ohio was such a fun day from beginning to end. I met them for the first time over the summer for their engagement session (Catch that post here! http://www.hollyannphotography.com/blog/2016/7/20/martha-steven) so I already knew that they were both SO sweet and down-to-earth (I seriously have the BEST couples! How do I keep getting so lucky?! :) ) but I didn't realize until that day that their entire bridal party and their families were too! Steven and his groomsmen were hilarious and definitely kept everyone laughing! Martha's bridesmaids and flower girl were being so sweet all day and her family came all the way from Indonesia! It was a celebration for sure.
The day started at a nearby hotel in Hilliard where all the girls were having their hair and makeup done. I LOVE all the excitement that's in the air during this time! I stayed with the girls and photographed them as well as Martha's beautiful dress and all of the pretty details, while Dave (my oh-so-handsome second shooter) hung out and photographed Steven and the guys. Caidence, their flower girl, was such a sweetie and looked so pretty. While the rest of the bridesmaids were finishing up their hair and makeup, I asked her if we could sneak away and take some portraits of just her and she excitedly agreed :) After all of the portraits were taken and everyone was ready, we all headed over to the Makoy Center.
There was a bridal suite where Martha got into her dress and I scoped out the area to find the perfect spot for her and Steven's first look. By this time the sun was just starting to set which created the most beeeautiful golden glow. Steven stood right in front of the sun setting over the lake and Martha slowly walked up behind him. When he turned around, they shared the sweetest first look ever! He was beaming ear-to-ear and as soon as she saw his face she cried happy tears. I LOVE FIRST LOOKS!!! I feel like most of the time I am honestly just as excited as the couple! My heart starts racing and I'm tearing up behind the camera before they even turn around to see each other. It's definitely one of my favorite parts of every wedding day!
After their first look we took all of the family and bridal party portraits then headed inside for the ceremony. The Makoy Center has a few different rooms for weddings and Martha and Steven's was in the Burgundy Room. Their ceremony and reception were in the same space, which was really neat and very convenient! Martha's parents both walked her down the isle and they looked so happy and so proud. The couple shared their own vows with each other which were a combination of sweet and silly, which is the perfect reflection of their relationship! You can tell how much they completely adore each other and they are always giggling together. It's seriously the cutest :) After the ceremony there was dinner, speeches, cake cutting, and lots of dancing! Their cake was insanely pretty and I could not stop photographing it! (Don't worry, I only shared a couple ;) ) Everyone had a blast dancing and laughing the night away. I'm pretty sure my face was literally sore when I left from smiling and laughing all night!
Martha and Steven, it has been a complete pleasure getting to know you and being able to document this time in your lives. You are both so kind, light-hearted, funny, and thoughtful and you both instantly brighten up the room with your smiles! Your happiness is truly contagious and it was an honor to be able to capture all of the joy between you!
**A special thank you to Alyssa and everyone else at the Makoy Center for being so accommodating and fun to work with, Todd Jones from Team D.J. for keeping the party rockin' all night, and to Damian King for officiating! It was a privilege to work with you all!**