Friday, November 4, 2011

Ohio Statehouse Wedding: Katherine + Jesse

Pin It Their beautiful wedding has been in the making since 1999, when they met in Cancun.   Their love story is anything but ordinary... it is unique, all their own.  California guy meets Midwestern gal, they fall in love, and dance the night away among family and friends.  That's the short version.  The abbreviated version.  For to tell the whole lovely story would take far too long, so I'm hoping the images below will do their story the justice that is so deserved.  After their amazing engagement session in Santa Monica, I'll admit I was overcome with excitement when their wedding day finally arrived!  To say that Katherine and Jesse's wedding weekend was wonderful would be an understatement.  From the warm welcome party, with its heartfelt, personal, and hilarious speeches - and Courtney's poem that left not a dry eye in the room - to the wedding day, full of joy and celebration, gorgeous details, a stunning couple, a fantastic party, super kind and super fun people, to the sweet Sunday brunch, where everyone was not quite ready to say goodbye to the happy couple, to such a perfect weekend... These two are so genuine, warm, funny, and loved.  Guests traveled from all over the world to Ohio's capital to share in their special day, including Arizona, California, Chicago, Canada, Florida, Israel, China, and Singapore.  Katherine and Jesse, documenting your day was such an incredible honor, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for choosing me.  I wish you two all the joy and happiness that this world has to offer and more.  Cheers to sweet dances, clinking glasses, and love.  Forever.

Without further adieu, let's get to the images, shall we?  I have been so excited to share more from Katherine and Jesse's wedding since their quick sneak peek earlier this week!  Family and friends may view the entire online gallery here!

Katherine's day started at Max the Salon with Maggie for an elegant up-do:

What a fantastic view from the bride's suite!  

 Then it was time for makeup by Robbie:

I learned that Katherine grew up playing the piano, so it was perfect that there was a grand piano in her suite!

Katherine, you have such great style!

Such a gorgeous wedding gown...seriously stunning. 

Not that she needed any luck, but this sixpence was given to Katherine at the salon for the occasion.

Then we were off to the Statehouse to get ready for Katherine and Jesse's First Look!

 One of my many favorite moments of the day...

Katherine, you are exquisite!  So incredibly beautiful!

There are several advantages of doing a First Look - more time for portraits, time to take care of family photos prior to the ceremony, which means more time can be spent with guests later at the reception.  Win!
P.S. I adore you guys - what a gorgeous couple!!!

Love these next two: 

 There was a little time to relax before the ceremony...and some time to cuddle!

Then it was time for the ceremony to begin!  

The Ohio Statehouse is such a wonderful place for a wedding!  So grand, so romantic, love it!

Katherine's brother, Dan, was the officiant.  What a perfect, personal touch!  He did a fabulous job!

Sealed with a kiss...

Breaking of the glass and a sweet kiss before the newlyweds recess... 

Their fabulous cake!

Beautiful blooms!

Breathtaking reception decor!

A favorite!

Katherine, Jesse is a keeper!  He bustled her dress before making their Grand Entrance.  

Katherine and Jesse choreographed their First Dance, and it was so fun to watch!


After the First Dance, everyone joined the newlyweds for the Hora Dance!  
Reggie, my wonderful husband, captured the view from above, while I was in the middle of the dance on the floor!  What a rush!

Once guests took their seats, dinner and toasts began.  First, the bride's parents: 

Then Jesse had a wonderful speech prepared to thank his family, friends, and to say how much he loves Katherine.  It was very clear throughout this event just how much family and friends mean to this couple.  

Another favorite.  

Jesse's brother and Best Man, Zachary, had everyone in stitches!

Katherine's sister and Matron of Honor, Elizabeth, recalled fun times when they were younger, including riding around in the family VW bus.  

And as if Dan hadn't already outdone himself with a beautiful ceremony, he had one heck of a speech.  
P.S. Katherine has the best laugh ever!  

Jesse's parents were perfectly funny and sweet with their words 
about their son and new daughter-in-law.  They couldn't be happier. 

Family members watch as Katherine dances with her father.  

Then it was time to dance the night away, with music by The Floorwalkers!  They were awesome, playing covers of favorites as well as cool originals.  

Amazing, fabulous, fun, perfect, gorgeous, heartfelt, exhilarating, splendid... all words that describe your  wonderful wedding day, Katherine and Jesse, and I'm so blessed to have been there to witness it.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  
A special thank you to the bride and groom's families - thank you so much for your warm hospitality!
To the wonderful team of coordinators, especially Lauren and her team, that made this day flow effortlessly, thank you so much, and I hope to work with you again in the future!
And to my husband Reggie, thank you for all of your assistance and hard work - I love you!
P.S. The online gallery is up, please feel free to check it out here!
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Anonymous said...

No other words ..... INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL!!!! What a SPECTACULAR location too!!!


Mary Marantz said...

LOVE that wide shot of the guys in the "ladies gallery" AWesome!!