Tony and I had the pleasure of photographing Zandra and Derek a couple of weeks ago. The Ohio weather really reared her ugly face, making it snow literally sideways the whole afternoon; however, this "spring" wedding was still fantastic.
I was with Zandra and her girls as they got ready at the Crowne Plaza in Downtown Columbus and Tony was with Derek and his guys as they got ready a couple of blocks away at the Hilton. We captured some getting ready detail shots of the couple before their planned first look. As soon as Zandra was ready, we headed to the Hilton to meet Derek for this event.
First Look with Dad
Before her first look with Derek, Zandra requested a first look with her dad. We turned Zandra with her back facing us and had her maid of honor bring her dad to her. Their first look was kind of comical, as Zandra's dad kept trying to reach behind him to touch her. As always, this first look was special and touching.
First Look with Bride and Groom
We then headed to the sky walk in the Hilton where I hid Zandra and Tony instructed Derek on what to do. The skywalk made for some great first look photos. Actually, before we got there, another groom was waiting for his bride and photographer to show up. When he saw Zandra coming, you could see that he was REALLY confused. Is that my bride? It made for a good laugh, and as it turned out, that bride and groom were also getting married at Dock580 that day! Derek was glad that Zandra chose him instead of that other guy. After that moment, we gathered the bridesmaids and groomsmen for some group shots.
Bridal Party Photos
Photos of the Bride and Groom Together Prior to Ceremony at Dock 580
We headed to Dock580 to grab some photos of the bride and groom together before the ceremony, using the many beautiful backdrops this venue provides. Derek and Zandra had their reception at "the Loft" building of Dock580 (there's an adjoining building called "the venue"). This building has great lighting, windows and a great industrial feel. We spent some time with Zandra and Derek and then let them enjoy their time before the ceremony.
The Ceremony at Dock 580
The ceremony was very beautiful. The officiant was Zandra's brother, who did an amazing job making the ceremony personal and short (just how the couple requested).
Wedding Ring Detail Shots
Before the reception started, we had some time to play with the rings while Zandra and Derek enjoyed their cocktail hour with their guests. See, a first look can let you have MORE time with your spouse at your own wedding. Think about it.
Soon it was time for first dances and Zandra and Derek shared theirs while some guests looked on from the 1st floor-level and others looked down at them from the cut-out in the 2nd floor. The couple requested that their father/daughter dance and mother/son dance be done at the same time.
Zandra and Derek,
It was so much fun photographing your wedding! Thank you for letting us share this day with you.
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