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On August 20, 2015 I had the pleasure to donate my time to photograph the wedding of Andrea and Billy at Wagnalls Memorial in Lithopolis. That’s right DONATE. I am a Marine Corps veteran myself and personally know the sacrifice that our men and women serving this great nation give to keep us safe and free. This is best way that I know to show my appreciation for what they do for us. While we can’t do this for every military couple we select one per year, and Andrea and Billy were bestowed that gift for their 2015 wedding.

When Andrea called me and told me their story and how Billy was getting ready to deploy to Iraq, I was honored that they contacted Mak Rabbitt Photography and asked us to be a part of their day. Once we finished our conversation about their relationship, how they met and Billy’s service to our country, I went through my normal sales pitch.  This pitch was different than any other, because at the end, I informed Andrea that if they selected Mak Rabbitt Photography, we would cover her wedding for her and Billy for free as a token of our appreciation for the sacrifice he is putting forth. Needless to say Andrea was ecstatic on the other end of the phone and could not thank us enough for this.

The location for the wedding was one we have never been to before; however, it was love at first sight when I stepped into the Wagnalls Memorial! It was part museum, part library, park English Tudor home, and all amazing! I planned my shots arriving about 30 minutes early and could not wait to crack the lens cap off my camera and begin creating precious memories for this special couple.

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Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

The area where Andrea got ready was simply stunning! I wish all our brides could get ready here as it offered beautiful window light in a gorgeous bay window with plenty of room for everyone to move around.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

The ceremony was quaint and personal for Andrea and Billy as they only planned to have immediate family and guests, making this a very intimate celebration of matrimony.

 

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

 Following the ceremony we captured the family formals for those in attendance and then I let loose in a fury of creative shooting using this gorgeous location on a beautiful central Ohio afternoon.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

Our day ended with a cake cutting and a private dinner. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to photograph weddings, and when I can do it for free to support our military, it makes me proud to be an American, and to possess the photography skills that I have.   While this wedding did not result in a deposit in our bank account, the deposit this opportunity left in my heart will last forever.

Military wedding at Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis, Ohio photographed by Mak Rabbitt Photography.

 - Tony