Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings

A bride and groom kissing in a ballroom decorated with flowers and candles

Taylor and Clayton got married on an absolutely perfect fall day in November! The trees were still a golden yellow and glowed against the crisp blue sky. For Taylor and her bridesmaids, the day started at the home where she grew up in Bexley. It was a busy and fun morning!

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 1

Pictured here is Jennifer Kontomerkos of The Finer Things Event Planning getting the bride’s dress ready to go. The dress was so light and flowy and I just loved the embroidery detail and the subtle blush hue underlay.

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 3 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 5 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 7

It’s champagne time for the bridesmaids – CHEERS! Meanwhile the groom and his groomsmen had a room at the always stunning Hotel Leveque in downtown Columbus. I really LOVE this place for wedding day prep as there are so many unique details and pockets of light.

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 9Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 11 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 13 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 15

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 17 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 19 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 21

Time for the big reveal! The bride and bridesmaids were all such a sweet and fun group to be around all day. These are always fun moments to capture! I especially love all the heartfelt hugs between Taylor and her family.

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 23

FUN FACT: Taylor’s sister and maid of honor, Peyton is getting married this fall and I am so excited to be photographing her special day as well!

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 25 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 27 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 29

And a sweet moment for the parents of the bride!

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 31 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 33

What a cool shot of the groomsmen in front of the Hotel Leveque from my second shooter!

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 35 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 37 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 39

So incredibly stunning!

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 41 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 43 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 45 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 47Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 49

It had been awhile since I had photographed a wedding at St. Catharine’s and I almost forgot how beautiful it was! The light was pouring through the huge windows.

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 51Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 53 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 55

So grateful when I get a little extra time in between the “big” moments to capture some candid moments of the guests.

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 57

This series of the parents and grandparents just before the ceremony begins is among some of my favorites of the day as well. I’ve long since had any grandparents of my own, but if I did I know I would cherish these images. The photos of my parents from my own wedding are some of my favorites as well.

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 59Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 61 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 63 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 65

This bridesmaid was the groom’s sister. It was such a cute moment as they both exchanged smiles and a few happy tears.

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 67 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 69 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 71

Ok, it’s GO time!

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 73

This whole series of images of the groom waiting for his bride and then seeing her walk down the aisle are priceless!

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 75Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 77 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 79 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 81

I shared this image on Instagram shortly after their wedding day and it was one of my favorites from the whole day. I love the light streaming in through the huge church windows, the sweet hug between the bride and her dad, the groom wiping a happy tear, and the expressions from the groom’s parents, guests and groomsmen in the background.

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 83 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 85 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 87 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 89Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 91 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 93 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 95 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 97Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 99 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 101 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 103 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 105Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 107 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 109 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 111 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 113 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 115 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 117 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 119 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 121

So let’s talk about “formal” group portraits for a minute. First of all, I wholeheartedly believe in capturing candids of you and your loved ones all throughout your wedding day. I also feel very strongly about planning ahead and setting aside some time for the group portraits as well because the day just has a way of going SO FAST. Keep your list concise, (I can help with this!) but if there are any  “must-have” photos that you’d like to have captured, absolutely allocate a specific time for this in your wedding day timeline! I cannot stress this enough. I promise to do my best to make this part of the day (as well as the rest of it!) as organized and efficient as possible so you can get onto enjoying the other parts of your special day!

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 123 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 125 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 127

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 129 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 131

Sidenote: As fun and amazing as wedding days can be – they can also be tiring! Sometimes you just need to take a load off and pop a squat! I just thought this was so cute, ha!

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 133 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 135 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 137

Cheers! So it’s into the limo and off to the Ohio Statehouse to get this party started!

black and white photo of a bride and groom sharing a champagne toast and laughing with their bridal party inside a limousine Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 139 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 141

There is definitely something iconic and classic about those giant stone pillars and steps at the Ohio Statehouse. It was November so the sun was beginning to set and the lights on the building came on and added a little glow.

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 143 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 145 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 147 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 149 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 151 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 153

In love with this bridal bouquet from Dalay Ket. Timeless and elegant with a modern vibe. That’s my jam!Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 155 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 157 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 159 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 161 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 163 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 165Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 167

This wedding was heading into the second week of November and I felt so thankful that we still had some beautiful warm color on the trees!

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 169 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 171 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 173

This is the Rotunda space at the Ohio Statehouse where they hosted the cocktail hour. I LOVE this space! It is very popular for ceremonies as well.

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 175

Wowzas! This space was spectacular – not a detail overlooked.

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 177 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 179 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 181 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 183 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 185 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 187 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 189 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 191 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 193

I really enjoyed creating some more intimate portraits during these last few quiet moments before making their grand entrance into their epic party to celebrate with all of their families and friends!

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 195

This photo really makes me smile! It really captures their personalities and the fun-loving and high energy vibe of the whole day.

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 197 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 199

I’m pretty sure this crew is ready to par-tay!

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 201 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 203 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 205

Their parents all shared in a moment together of welcoming the guests and expressing kind words for their children. I love this so much! What a special and fun image of their parents together. I definitely value classic posed family group portraits, but these candid shots are truly such gems in my opinion!

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 207

And the beautiful maid of honor Peyton! I feel SO lucky that I get to photograph her wedding this year as well. I cannot wait!

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 209 candid image of a bride and groom sitting at a table and smiling at a wedding reception Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 211 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 213

This first dance was serious #couplegoals! There were just so much fun to watch it was hard not to smile through the whole thing. These two really radiate joy!

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 215 a groom dressed in a black tuxedo doing a formal dance with his bride

Next up, the parent dances! And could this father-daughter dance possibly be any more fun? I don’t think so!

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 217 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 219 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 221 Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 223

Now on to the dance party! I have to say, fewer bands do it better than the Conspiracy Band! I have had the pleasure of seeing them perform countless times over the years and they truly are one of the best! Their energy is unmatched and they are just  a talented and fun group of entertainers.

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 225
The groom’s sisters take the stage to share a song for the newlyweds!

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 227

I mean – come on! Look at that dance floor! This sure was one heck of a party.

arial view of a large wedding reception

Thank you again to Taylor and Clayton for trusting with capturing the memories from your special day! I can’t wait to see you all again next year at the Columbus Zoo for the next wedding!

Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse | Columbus Ohio Weddings 229

 

Planning and Design: Jennifer Kontomerkos, The Finer Things Event Planning
www.thefinerthingseventplanning.com

Flowers: Dalay Ket Event Design
www.dalayket.com

Ceremony: St. Catharine Catholic Church, Bexley
www.stcatharine.com

Reception Venue: The Ohio Statehouse
http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/events/weddings

Videography: Prodigy Weddings
http://www.prodigyweddings.com

Bridal Gown: La Jeune Mariée
http://www.lajeunemariee.com

Makeup: Kerry Smith, Full Face Artistry
http://www.fullfaceartistry.com

Cake: Bella Luna Cakes and Confections

Invitations and Paper Details: The Paper Vow
www.thepapervow.com

Reception Music: The Conspiracy Band
www.suttonentertainment.net