Wedding at Grange Insurance Audubon | Annie & Derek| Mak Rabbitt Photography

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. 

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First Look

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.

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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! 

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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. 

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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. 

“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

”Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

”Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

”Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

”Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

”It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

”I suppose you are real?” said the Rabbit. And then he wished he had not said it, for he thought the Skin Horse might be sensitive. But the Skin Horse only smiled.

”The Boy’s Uncle made me Real,” he said. “That was a great many years ago; but once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.”
— Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit

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.

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The Reception

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. 

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Shots at Sunset 

Who can resist a sunset shot? Not Tony!

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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

Ceremony and Reception Location: Grange Insurance Audubon 

D.J.: Buckeye Entertainment

Florist: Flowerman

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

Columbus Wedding Photographers Mak Rabbitt Photography are a husband and wife team dedicated to creating lasting memories for their clients while providing them with outstanding customer service.  With over 20 years professional photography experience dedicated to weddings, the Moment Artists at Mak Rabbitt Photography consistently deliver amazing images to their clients.  For more information about reserving the Mak Rabbitt duo for your wedding or event, click HERE.