Annie and Derek were married at a Grange Insurance Audubon- a beautiful location for an outdoor ceremony and reception. It was a steamy 85 degree June day in Columbus, Ohio. While we were waiting for Annie to arrive for the first look, we snapped a couple shots of the anxious groom.
You can tell this couple has an amazing relationship by looking at how the they reacted at their first look. Derek was very nervous and excited to see Annie and Annie was full of smiles. We set them up for the reveal and they were absolutely adorable. Their reactions did not disappoint and you can tell that this was a huge load off of poor Derek! He finally got to see Annie! After this beautiful moment, we took the wedding party to Inniswood Metro Gardens for group photos.
Wedding Party Fun at Inniswood Metro Gardens
Somehow, we managed to visit Inniswood Gardens when it wasn't full of people! We practically had the place to ourselves and we made sure that we worked every location!
Before the ceremony, the wedding party took a moment to freshen up and cool down. Tony and I took some detail shots of the venue, the specially made beer coozies for the bride and bridesmaids and of the beautiful bride herself. Before we knew it, it was time to line up for the ceremony.
As the wedding party lined up to walk down the aisle, I snapped this shot of Annie's tattoo. "Live with passion" stood out to me as she waited to marry her best friend, standing next to her father. The ceremony was short and sweet and full of emotion. This was the first time I have heard a passage from the Velveteen Rabbit read at a ceremony, but it fit and was quite moving.
Annie and Derek also had a unique sand ceremony. Instead of pouring and mixing in two different colors of sand, they first started to place pears in the jar until it was full. It only took a couple of pears to fill the jar. They then took pebbles and filled the jar until it was full. The pebbles filled in the small gaps the pears left in the jar. The final step was to add sand into the jar until it was full. The sand filled up all of the empty spaces between the pears and pebbles. I thought this was a very important symbolic example of how to live life. The rocks are meant to represent the BIG things in your life and what you will value at the end of your life- your family, your partner, your health and your hopes and dreams. The pebbles are the other things in your life that give it meaning, such as your house, your job, your hobbies and your friendships. The sand represents all of the "small stuff" that fills our time- like watching TV and errands and deciding what to eat for dinner. The point is: what would happen if we started to fill the jar with sand first? There would be no room for the pears, or the big things that matter in life.
Before the wedding party was introduced, we took Annie and Derek's wedding rings and took some shots with those and of the venue itself looking very pretty. Soon, dinner was served and the couple shared their first dance. When you take the time to enjoy the first dances- with husband and wife and wife bride and her father and groom and his mother, the results are always fantastic. We love to capture the mother of the bride watch her daughter and her husband dance for the first time.
Shots at Sunset
Who can resist a sunset shot? Not Tony!
Made Possible By:
Here is a list of some of the amazing vendors that helped make Annie & Derek's wedding extremely special:
Photography: Mak Rabbitt Photography
D.J.: Buckeye Entertainment
Cake: Queen Anne's Lace
Makeup: Columbus Bridal Makeup
Wedding Gown: White of Dublin
Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal
Groom's Tux:Men's Warehouse
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