Abby & Ben - Winter Wedding: Fostoria, OH

There’s a light dusting of fresh snow on the ground from the night before, the sky is a dark shade of gray, and it’s currently raining. Welcome to Ohio in December. 

The weather is not ideal, but Abby reminds herself that this is just a minor detail of the day as she finishes getting ready. It was a realization that couldn’t have been more right. In just an hour or so she’d be marrying Ben, a man she loves, surrounded by family and friends. And that was all that would really matter. 

The ceremony went smoothly, followed almost immediately by a trip to visit Abby’s grandmother who was unable to attend. It was an almost bittersweet moment as we stood in the nursing home taking photos, but it was also reassurance that everything else was just minor details, and moments like these are what really mattered.

I owe Abby & Ben a huge thank you for allowing me to be part of their day and for being such troopers and we stood outside in the rain/snow :)

Many thanks to the everyone who made this wedding so special…
Ceremony: St. Wendelin Church
Reception Venue: Meadowbrook Park Ballroom 
Florist/Decorations: Nancy Payne Creations
DJ: Mike Mitchells DJ Service, LLC.
Catering: Fostoria Dells
Cake: Kendra’s Cakes
Photographer: Joey K. Photography
Photography Assistant: Kaitlynn Kirkpatrick

Courtney & Dustin - Wedding: Cleveland, OH

It happened at the Grand Canyon. Originally in Las Vegas for her Uncle’s wedding, Courtney and Dustin stayed a few extra days with family and friends to explore some of the surrounding areas, including a trip to the Grand Canyon. Throughout the day Dustin tried his hardest to break away from the group and the crowds with some frustration and eventually succeeded when he told Courtney he had to tie his shoe. As he got down on one knee Courtney noticed that his shoe wasn’t untied. 

They told me the story of their engagement when we first met last year, as well as the story of how they had met when they began working together. Though Courtney had eventually left that job, she and Dustin stayed in touch and the rest is history.

On a warm and sunny day in late October, Courtney and Dustin gathered some of their closest family and friends to celebrate their wedding at the beautiful Mapleside Farms. Their outdoor ceremony overlooked the fields, orchard and wooded area as the sun set behind them. A night of dancing and fun followed—and well, there was some pretty delicious food too ;) The day was nothing short of beautiful. Thank you Courtney & Dustin for letting me be a part of it!

Many thanks to the everyone who made this wedding so special…
Venue: Mapleside Farms, “The Lodge” at Mapleside Farms
Coordinator: Medeana Hobar/A Taste of Excellence Catering 
Florist: Seville Florist 
Hair: Laura Cotterman
Makeup: Jennifer Greising — Innovations by Jen
Dress: Allure Bridals
DJ: An Affordable DJ 
Catering: A Taste of Excellence Catering
Cake: Westside Bakery 
Photographer: Joey K. Photography
Second shooter: Daniel Koludrovich 

Fall Engagement: Amanda & Justin

I first met Amanda during my freshman year at Kent State. She was living next door to one of my grade school friends. We’d hung out a few times, but one time in particular we were looking on Facebook at some of my photography. I had just shot my first couple of weddings and I remember Amanda saying that when she got married she would ask me to be her photographer. I thought nothing of this. It wasn’t until a few years later and a few months after I had seen her engagement on Facebook that the same mutual friend, that caused us to meet initially, reminded Amanda about my photography when she began her search for the wedding.

Amanda and I met up for coffee in late August to talk through the wedding and engagement session. One thing became clear to me as we talked—Fall is an important time for her and her fiancé Justin. It was last October that Justin proposed while on a trip to Mohican State Park and it’s now less than a year until their wedding next October. 

It was a gorgeous Sunday morning when we headed out for our shoot at Rocky River Reservation. As we walked through the wooded areas and fields and took pictures it was so special to be witnessing two people so in love. It only helped make the beautiful weather and scenery better.

Pam & Jeff - Wedding: Tiffin, OH

“Joe…emergency…I’m at the ER getting stitches in my face right now.” 

It’s 8:30 in the morning, I’m just waking up and getting ready when Pam sends me this message. A million thoughts go through my mind and I hope that everything is alright. Pam reassures me a few minutes later that “It’ll be ok.”

When I arrive at the hair salon I see Pam with an ice pack under her eye, the spot where her sisters dog had accidentally scratched through the skin requiring several stitches. But there was something else I noticed—she was calm. Very calm. I know many brides who would’ve been devastated, but Pam wasn’t going to let this ruin her day. And that is what I loved about working with her (and Jeff). That no matter what might happen they were going to do this. And that’s what marriage is about—through good times and bad.

Luckily for Pam and Jeff, the rest of their day went very smoothly. The weather was was perfect, the decorations and flowers were beautiful, the food was great, and most importantly everyone was having a good time celebrating this new marriage.

Many thanks to the everyone who made this wedding so special…
Ceremony Location: St. Mary Catholic Church 
Reception Venue: Tilly’s Banquet Hall / Tilly's Banquet Room
Bridesmaids Dresses: The Dessy Group 
Wedding Dress: Cloud Nine Bridal 
Florist: Otto and Urban Flowers 
Hair: Ye Crimpers Shoppe 
DJ: Bottoms Up VIP entertainment LLC
Cupcakes: Deena’s Cakes and Cookies 
Cake: Leah Hoerig
Photographer: Joey K. Photography
Photography assistant: Kaitlynn Kirkpatrick

Barbara & Mark - Wedding: Tiffin, OH

So much of wedding photography is capturing the story of the couple and their day. Part of being a wedding photographer is capturing the personalities of the couple and their family and friends. Barbara & Mark made this a little easier on me with so much of their personalities sprinkled in the details of their day. From the characters atop their cake, the food (a hot dog bar! [side note: I was super excited about this — who does’t like hot dogs?!]) and a candy/treat bar among many other things. From the first time I met with Barbara and Mark I knew they were a fun and relaxed couple and that is just what their day was :) 

Ceremony Location: Ohio Memorial Chapel
Reception Venue: Somerset Center
Cake: Phat Cakes
DJ/Officiant: Dick Pretzel
PhotographyJoey K. Photography