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Jessica just knew that I would fall in love with her hometown of Columbus, Indiana. And she was right – it is the perfect place for a wedding celebration! I have known Jessica for a few years now because she works at the Newport Aquarium. It is always fun to see her at networking events for wedding professionals. Jessica and Tad even modeled for us to show off the updated Shark Tank area and how it looks for ceremonies. I remember thinking that they were the perfect couple! And I was glad that we didn’t scare Tad!
The day before Jessica left for Paris we were sitting together at a networking lunch and she was excited to travel. Of course I was jealous that she would see some many art galleries and told her to hurry and pack and to enjoy her time there. I secretly hoped that she would come back engaged – and she did! Hearing her romantic story just made me so happy for the two of them! Soon after she was ready to start planning. And after helping so many brides she knew exactly what she wanted. I am honored that she picked us to document her wedding.
The wedding day was incredible! All of her plans came together and the day was nothing short of magical. My favorite part of the day was photographing the couple together just after the first look. The modern columns overgrown with ivy framed the couple perfectly with just the most beautiful light wrapping around them. Scouting out this location online just wasn’t the same as seeing it in person! I loved how Jessica and Tad had a few minutes to just savor the moment. We used longer lenses and stepped back to give them space to breathe as a couple. Next we stepped through the iron gates and entered Irwin Gardens. This location along with her dress reminded me of a Gatsby garden party! It was perfect for more photos and for their ceremony. After their big first kiss we headed to The Commons to start the party! My favorite part of the reception had to be the speeches and dancing. Somehow the toasts turned into a bit of a roast! At the end of the night I said goodbye to my beautiful friend with a new last name and headed back to Cincinnati. Columbus, Indiana – You were the prefect host for this amazing wedding and I will be back! Jessica and Tad, I wish you two all the happiness in the world. And I am excited or your many adventures and travels as a married couple! Together you are one heck of a team. I am proud to call you my friends! Also a big thank you to their friends and family for braving the heat and being a big part of the fun!
This day wouldn’t have been as amazing without their team of wedding professionals who truly outdid themselves for this couple!
Ceremony: The Inn at Irwin Gardens
Reception: The Commons
Wedding Coordinator: Social Butterfly, Lauren Olson
Videographer: Five Stone Productions
Hotel: Hotel Indigo Columbus Architectural Center
Florist: Pomp & Bloom
Hair: Lacey Armstorng
Makeup: Leslie White
Invitations: Creative Invites and Events
DJ: Everlasting Sounds
Cake: Ashlynn Leigh Cakes
Tuxes: That Special Touch
Minister: Brad Olson
Chairs for the Ceremony: Seward Party Rentals
Chairs for the Reception: Fifty Chairs
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