Cheers & Lakeside Chalet Wedding Photos // Lancaster, OH Mak Rabbitt Photography // Steven & Andrew // April 03, 2016

"Andrew & Steven's Gay Wedding"

Now, before you get crazy about the title...Steven and Andy made rainbow bracelets for their guests that said "Andrew & Steven's Gay Wedding 04-03-16". This gives you an idea of their sense of humor. 

We have been looking forward to Steven and Andrew's wedding ever since we photographed their engagement session this past fall. If you missed the blog on their engagement session, you can read it HERE. Their session was filled with so many laughs, hugs, kisses and two cute little dogs. 

The date of April 3rd has many meanings for Steve and Andy. April 3rd 2014 marked Steve and Andy's first date, April 3rd, 2015 marked their engagement date and now, April 3rd, 2016 marks their wedding date. April 3rd was a beautiful day in Columbus, Ohio. It started off a little windy, but it quickly warmed up for this couple before they read their handwritten, personal vows to each other at the beautiful Cheers & Lakeside Chalet. 

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The Beginning

Andrew and Steven both got ready for their nuptials at Cheers & Lakeside Chalet in Lancaster, Ohio. Andrew hid away in one of their cute, lodge-style rooms while Steven got ready in a room next to where the ceremony and reception were to be located. This venue was gorgeous to begin with, but with this couple's special touches, it was even more amazing. As you may have guessed from their engagement photos, their wedding theme was rainbow. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet tastefully decorated the venue. Every detail was planned perfectly. The wedding invitations and wedding programs were made by Design with Heart and beautifully complimented the couple's theme. 

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Andrew and Steven's parents were with them before the ceremony, helping them prepare. It was wonderful seeing all of them together, being silly and enjoying the time before the big event. I was with Andrew as his mom and dad helped him calm his nerves and get dressed. Tony was with Steven and his parents, capturing his coolness under pressure.  We caught some candid moments between Steven and Andrew and their moms, detail shots and getting ready shots. 

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The Ceremony

After they were all dressed up, Andy headed over to the ceremony location where Steve (and everyone else) was waiting. Steven was escorted by his mom and dad, then , two-by-two the wedding party headed down the aisle until it was time for Andrew. Andrew was also escorted by his parents. Their first look of each other was precious.  

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The Vows, Exchange of Rings, Dove Release and First Kiss as Husband & Husband

Steven and Andrew's wrote their own vows to each other. Andrew tried his best to hold himself together as he read his vows to Steven. Both of the couple's vows were beautifully written. They made us laugh, they made us cry and they made us a little jealous of their relationship. After the vows, the couple said "I do" and then released two white doves over the lake. The couple shared their first kiss as husband and husband and everyone celebrated.

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Formal Photos as Husband and Husband 

After a quick receiving line, we shot the formal family photos and then took Steven, Andrew and his parents outside for some more fun. Steve and Andy bought some fun accessories for themselves and their parents to wear when being introduced into the reception. We had to get some shots of this all put together. After that, we had the chance to work with the boys alone.

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The Reception at Cheers & Lakeside Chalet

After the fun introduction, Steve and Andy's best men gave their speeches. I don't usually put toast photos in our blog; however, one of Steve Andy's best men was Andrew's brother. He gave one of the most moving toasts I've ever heard. He actually had to stop talking during his speech and let one of the other groomsmen take over for him. Andrew encouraged his brother throughout his speech and consoled him when it was just too much. 

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The Cake, Short North Piece of Cake

The cake and cupcakes were made by Short North Piece of Cake. The cake was pretty spectacular. It was made in the likeness of Steven and Andrew...and their two dogs, Tanner and Rascal. We couldn't get over how great the work was. 

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This is the second wedding Tony and I have photographed where there was an epic cake smash. Honestly, cake smash photos usually aren't blog worthy, but in this case, they totally were. You can just see the "I'm going to get you good" look in Andrew's face as he unwraps his cupcake for Steven in the first photo below of the sequence. (As you're going through, make sure you get a look at the wedding guest who was wearing the hat in the background). After Andy gets Steve, Andy's dad comes up to hold his arms in order for Steven to get his payback. Boys will be boys.  

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First Dances

After the boys got cleaned up, it was time for first dances. Steven and Andrew had their first dance as husband and husband and then they both shared dances with their mothers. Their rainbow raccoon tails even made an appearance for the dances. 

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The Wedding Rings

To complete the night, we grabbed the rings and played with some detail shots. M&M's and Skittles were displayed around the venue for guests to enjoy, so why not put the rings in the dish for a pic? We also used the couple's "signature album," which was a rainbow flag that all of the guests signed. Their rings were inscribed with their wedding date and special emjoi's that they always use when texting each other. 

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A Kiss Goodnight

A quick photo was taken in the gazebo at dark of Steven and Andrew before the night was officially complete. 

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Steven and Andrew,

It was such a pleasure photographing all of your special moments- from your engagement session to your wedding day. We cannot wait for the next excuse to take your picture! Thank you for making us part of your day. Your family and friends are absolutely wonderful. You will have an amazing future with them by your sides. 

Xoxo,

Sara

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