June 5, 2018
A Downtown Canton Ohio Wedding
FULL DISCLOSURE BEFORE I START: This is quite possibly the hardest wedding day blog post I have put together…to date. I am unable to find the words to properly describe how much joy my heart felt on Saturday. I told Annie I really wanted to write “This day was perfect. I love these two. Every Bride should be this chill on her wedding. But still care about her details. The end.” And while she said that would be perfect for her (even a post written in wingdings would be fine), these newlyweds deserve a perfect blog post. I, however, am being overly critical on all aspects of this wedding. So if it seems I’m rambling below, feel free to skip to the pretty pictures. Because those are just downright beautiful.
This day has been in the making for years. Annie had a unique perspective of the wedding industry starting in 2014 when we started working together at the same Charter School in Canton City. We would sit at lunch and admire weddings that big-time photographers photographed the weekend before.
Now I know with or without the days we spent looking through countless blog posts, Annie’s wedding would have been beautiful. A wedding worthy of a magazine. But I’d like to think the extra attention to the finer details of the day happened because of those days scrolling through our phones. My favorite example is when Annie called to tell me about the lighting in the Bridal Suite. She knew how important natural light is for stunning getting ready photos.
When a Bride understands the behind the scenes of a wedding day and trusts her vendors to do what they were hired to do, pure magic happens. And friends, we made some serious magic happen on Saturday at Annie and Cody’s downtown Canton wedding at the Historic Onesto Hotel.
I’m sure by now, you know that photos were important to Annie and Cody. It was a no-brainer for these two that they share a first look together. We picked the perfect spot at the Historic Onesto Hotel for an intimate first look. The reactions from both Cody and Annie were exactly as I expected. Cody’s breath was taken away, and Annie smiled from ear to ear and her excited high-pitch “hi” came flying out of her mouth the second Cody turned around.
While a couple may have butterflies on their wedding day, Annie told me that she wasn’t nervous. She was excited and knew that at that exact moment in time, she was where she was supposed to be. Getting ready to marry her best friend. I couldn’t have agreed with her more. These two are in it for the golden anniversary – that 50-year milestone. And far beyond that. My only prayer is that in 50 years, I still know how to work a camera so I can take their anniversary photos!