They met around 3.5 years ago. Matt came down to Columbus a couple of times to visit friends and one of them just happened to be Courtney's roommate at the time! It was funny because Matt actually stayed at Courtney's apartment a couple of times before we ever even began to start talking, but once they finally did Courtney had to make the first move! Its hard to pick their fondest wedding moment, but they would both have to say their first dance. They both had fallen in love with Dylan Scotts version of Thinking Out Loud, and as they were dating it was like no one else was in the room! Funniest moment though was during the ceremony and Matt's ring no longer fit due to an accident at work! Of course throughout our engagement Courtney was always on Pinterest looking for ideas and we came across a cherry bloom pin. Courtney has always been in love with them and Matt loved the look of them too! It actually helped them pick their wedding date as well since cherry blooms bloom in the spring we wanted a late May or early June wedding. When looking at the dates May 28th came up and they both were like wow the 28th sounds so familiar it was then that we realized that had to be our wedding date because we began dating March 28th, Matt proposed December 28th, and it was only fitting that our wedding would be May 28th. It was just crazy how all of their milestones as a couple just so happened to fall on the 28th!
Jennifer moved to Columbus and started working at Mount Carmel West, a local hospital in Columbus. Jennifer remembers seeing Justin during one of her first days and hoping he was single, but didn't want to get her hopes up. There was an instant attraction. Justin remembers seeing Jennifer during her interview as the manager walked her through the department and thinking she was beautiful. Justin and Jennifer became great friends and would joke around and hang out together outside of work a few times, but kept it very professional since they were co workers. Jennifer and Justin both were really interested in each other and were actually seeing each other outside of work but did not let other coworkers know. In the mean time, many of the coworkers were trying to match them up. Eventually, the two went to an MRI conference together and have hung out every weekend and day since.
Tiffany went with a vintage romantic wedding theme because she knew she wanted her dress to have an old romantic feel. She chose the colors based on the flowers that she wanted to use for the wedding bouquets and decorations. It was a spring wedding so she knew she wanted the colors to be light. The bride and groom spent months going to antique stores and auctions to hand pick every table decoration used at the wedding. They grew up in the same small town, went to the same school, and often hung out at the same places. A mutual friend’s wedding is what brought them together… He Tiffany to dance which started a spark that brought us to this day.
Zane and Audrey met when Zane’s parents remodeled Audrey’s parents’ kitchen. Zane was working for them and his father told Audrey’s mother that Zane thought Audrey was cute, so she gave Zane Audrey’s phone number. The two began dating, and sometime later, Zane proposed at the bowling alley where they had their first date in Lima, Ohio. Zane invited a lot of their family and friends and surprised Audrey with the proposal.
Audrey and Zane’s wedding ceremony took place at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wapakoneta, Ohio. Following the lovely ceremony, the couple held their timeless small-town wedding reception at The Grand Plaza Banquet Hall.
I had an opportunity to capture a Jewish wedding in the St Francis Hotel in San Francisco. The Westin St. Francis, is one of the most iconic landmark hotels in San Francisco and it is an amazing venues in the City to shoot. The first look and Ceremony took place at Victor Alexandra on the 32nd floor with incredible views of the city. This Celebration was not just beautiful and elegant and also captured the high spirits and great humor of the bride and groom. Allison & Mark Westin st. Francis Wedding was an absolutely elegant and beautiful wedding. The day was packed full of love and laugher. Here are a few of my favorite photos from throughout the day.
Photographer: Vivian Strayer,// Ceremony and Reception Venue: Westin St. Francis Hotel San Francisco// Planning & Coordination: Robin Lewis, Make It Happen! // Florals: Amy Burke Designs // Hair and Makeup: Fresh Face Makeup // Cake : Elegant Cheesecakes // Myrtle, Enhanced Lighting // Alexandra Owens, Magbooth // Kent Strand, Entertainment *black Market Jazz Orchestra, Band // Cheric Marini, Pleasanton Rentals // Carol Attia, Under the Chuppah // Grace Seko, Chiavari charis //
I had the honor of photographing a wedding in Seattle, WA. I had such an incredible time photographing Kevin & Amber wedding. We loved every moment of this elegant, laughter filled wedding. Congratulations to Kevin and Amber! What a beautiful intimate classy wedding at Hidden Meadow! It was wonderful celebrating the day with you two! We wish you the best! Enjoy the photos!
our love story: Kevin and I had both been doing the online dating scene for some time. We didn't communicate long before meeting. I think just a couple times. We decided to have our date at the wild rover in Kirkland. The min I met him I had a lump in my throat as he's CLEARLY very good looking ;) We were going to meet for a drink which turned into 3 hours of really great conversation. Everything that came out of his mouth was exactly what I was looking for. After our date He was a gentleman and walked me to my car, opened my door (as he still does now), and we said good night. I went home and told my roommate i just had a really REALLY great date. I was in a bit of shock because it was unexpectedly good. I remember being so tired that day and wanting to bail as staying home just seemed easier. I was tired of dating and very discouraged. Kevin and i made plans to hang out that same week. I think a couple days later. Once again it was amazing. The third date Kevin asked me to be his girlfriend. I told him that I think we should take it a little bit slow, but I DID see it going in that direction. What Kevin didn't know is that I had made a commitment to myself that the next guy that I was going to fully date and commit to I wanted to marry. I didn't just want another boy friend, I didnt want another heart ache, I just didnt want to put myself through all of that again which is why I wanted to be certain. Kevin then told me, that he would ask me out every week until I said yes to being his girl friend...and he did. It was the cutest, sweetest thing. He was patient, and things just got better and better with him. One day after church he asked me for i think the third time to be his girl friend and I said yes! I meant it, but what he saw was hesitant on my end. As I said earlier the next guy I said yes to as my boy friend is the guy that I knew I was going to marry so i was nervous..and i guess it showed. The day carried on, i called my family and friends and told them (they were all SO excited because they loved him for me). well the next morning I get into work and tell my co workers that we made it official and they were floored because they new that settling down for me was a big deal. I sit down, open my emails and there is one from Kevin. It said that he thinks we should wait..that we should go back to what we were. I was pretty angry to put it mildly lol. I threw him in the friend zone as fast as he did me ha. He told me it was because it didnt feel right when i said yes..which I totally understand after we talked about it down the road. This lead to a few weeks of us not really talking at all. He left to San Diego for the Marines for a few weeks. when he got back we started hanging out again, but just as friends. I would bring him to my parents place, my events with my friends, just all over, but still in the friend zone. One day we went floating. We were floating close together and I grabbed his hand and kissed it..poor guy was so confused ha. After the float we had a little make out session on the side of the road and we were back on from that point. I knew Kevin wouldn't officially ask me out again so I knew that I was going to have to be the one this time to do it. My love for Kevin grew very strong and very fast. We were at, movie in the park one night, and I felt like my heart was going to burst out of my chest with love for him. I knew that night that I was going to marry him. I asked him to be my boyfriend and he said yes. Ever since then its been full speed ahead. We were engaged after just 4 months of dating and married after 8 months. We both said the same thing...we never knew what "when you know, you know" meant. I have been in long relationships, ones that I thought I might marry..but still had doubt. With Kevin he was everything I ever prayed for and more. I 100 % knew that he was it. Crazy how you can date someone for years and not know...guess thats a sign its not right. Kevin is a answer to prayer for me. I'm so blessed to have him as my husband. We planned our wedding at Hidden Meadows in Snohomish Washington in pretty much 2 months. it was a LOT of work..and stressful, but we made it happen.