Lindsey and James have such a sweet love story that began back in high school! I’m thrilled to finally be sharing images from their wedding day early last summer.
I’ll start by sharing a few words about the gorgeous location where this amazing celebration took place–the home where the groom grew up! It is also where they often hung out when they were first dating back in high school. Doesn’t get much sweeter than that! This old farmhouse style home was stunning and such a fitting backdrop to the day.
I’ll talk more about this incredible playful Hayley Paige gown later on. Swoon!
Here is Lindsey off to go see James for their first look. The place couldn’t have been more special, as she crossed a little wooden bridge to meet him and exchange letters they had written to each other.
They are both beaming with excitement! And Hayley Paige gowns are what truly modern day fairytales are made of! The light and flow material floated as she walked, and the stripes added just a touch of whimsy perfect for a summery backyard wedding.
I just loved the bouquets and boutonnieres from Village Flower Basket.
This historic brick home was beautifully restored and absolute perfection. Since learning their story, I can’t imagine their wedding being anywhere else.
Some of my favorite details from the day were the flower crowns created by Village Flower Basket in Granville, Ohio. The bouquets and floral arch on the arbor were gorgeous as well.
It was nothing but blue skies and beautiful sunsets for their big day!
This giant tree on the hillside couldn’t have been more perfect for photos. And don’t you just love these floral printed dresses on the flower girls?
The birch arbor shown here behind the bridal party was hand made by the groom. The floral arch was added by the florist.
I loved how Lindsey incorporated their personalized wedding details and decor into the natural environment. Hanging framed photos on the tree looked so cute!
Here comes the bride! I love these little moments right before the walk down the aisle.
That wedding arbor was so dreamy!
You may kiss your bride!
I love the split second before the full kiss – when you can still see the smiles. All the heart eyes!
Lindsey had a little surprise for her new husband to pay homage to his family’s Scottish heritage – a bagpiper! Such a cool tradition and I love how excited she looked to see his reaction.
After the ceremony, the guests were escorted down the aisle to the other side of the house for cocktail hour. It was almost as if this house was MADE to host epic weddings. Even the flow from space to space throughout the property was perfect.
As guests found there way back over a little bridge through the backyard towards the tent for the reception, they were greeted with this adorable little shack that was turned into a bar. How’s that for rustic chic?
Kittie’s Cakes for the win! And is there anything more fitting than cherry pie for a summertime backyard wedding?
I love the look on the couple’s faces as they see their reception space all set up! It was dreamy!
Thisround tent from Lasting Impressions was so elegant and upscale. I loved the huge swashes of greenery to anchor the space. So much thought and planning went into executing this day.
So many beautiful but unfussy details. I love the gold flatware and touches of dried lavender on the place settings.
Everything about the style of this wedding was so glam, yet unpretentious and so inviting.
Ok, here comes the party crew! I love how they all had fun little entrances into the tent.
This is why I love photographing the receptions so much – so many beautiful, relaxed and candid moments. Lindsey just looks so completely happy and content – and stunningly gorgeous of course.
There are some wedding traditions that I could take or leave, but I’m always a sucker for a good “anniversary dance”. This was the last couple standing – so sweet! I was fortunate to photograph a wedding that my own parents were guests at many years ago, and they were one of the last couples left dancing and it was all I could do to maintain my composure. I’ll never forget it!
Time to cut the cake – and yes, they were sweet as pie to one another. (See what I did there?)
Whenever possible I try to sneak the couple out from the reception for a few minutes of quiet time together around sunset. The day moves so fast and there really aren’t that many moments alone together on your wedding day. I had them walk over the bridge that connected from ceremony and reception areas as I hustled over to the hill just in time to catch the sun as it peered through an opening in the trees.
The setting just grew more stunning as the sun continued to set. Just look at that tent!
And I can’t forget to call out the always amazing Conspiracy Band! It’s hard not to have a great time with them and they are aces at encouraging crowd participation! And you know the bride is having a great time when she’s playing the tambourine!
Congrats again to Lindsey and James! It was such a pleasure to capture your unique, heartfelt and super FUN wedding day!
Planning and Coordination: Tracie Zody at Bliss Events | blisseventco.com
Venue: Private Residence
Bridal Gown: The “Decklyn” Gown by Hayley Paige from Ivy Bridal Studio | www.ivybridalstudio.com
Florist: Village Flower Basket | villageflowerbasket.com
Music: The Conspiracy Band | www.theconspiracyband.com
Cake: Kittie’s Cakes | kittiescakes.com
Catering: Creative Cuisine
Tent: Lasting Impressions
Photography: Kimberly Potterf Photography
Video: Little Tree Studios
What a perfect spring day for a wedding in Columbus, Ohio! Kristen and Phil tied the knot at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Victorian Village followed by an awesome reception at Walter Commons just east of downtown Columbus.
Everything about their style was right up my alley from Kristen’s understated yet stunning gown, the loose, lush boho vibe to the florals, and the simple and unique bridesmaids’ outfits (skirts from Target!) But above all, this was just a really FUN group to be around all day!
I loved the color palette of earthy green and blush. The pleated skirts were unique and so cute!
Marialynn Floral did such a wonderful job with the bouquets. I think protea (the big spiky bloom in the middle) might be one of my new favorite flowers. It’s a bit unexpected but works so perfectly as accents in these lush bouquets.
St. Francis looks quaint and unassuming from the outside. It’s actually one of my favorite churches to shoot in. Once inside though, the domed ceiling and stained glass windows feel so grand.
The bride and her dad are all smiles as they get ready to walk down the aisle!
It’s go time!
The groom is ready to see his bride!
Congrats to the newly wedded couple!
The moment when newly married couples exit the ceremony space is always one of my favorites to capture. There is so much excitement and joy on the many faces of friends and family there to celebrate with them.
Cheers! Let the games begin! When you have a huge bridal party like this, booking a limo or party bus is a great idea. Onto Goodale Park and then a stop at one of their favorite local spots, OddFellows Liquor Bar.
This bride and her troupe definitely made my job easy!
This dress was epic! A simple silhouette of gorgeous fabric with just a touch of lace and a stunning low back. It was absolutely perfect on Kristen!
Next stop, local watering hole OddFellows Liquor Bar!
There’s something nostalgic feeling about this photo that I love so much. Completely unposed but I love the light, shadows and relaxed nature of it.
The groom and his mama! I love family photos that are relaxed, REAL and happy.
The decor was so pretty! I really loved the simple centerpieces – again with that protea!
Happiness is spending the rest of your life with your best friend!
The event space at Walter Commons allows a variety of vantage points for creating great photographs. This is one of the reasons why I always prefer to work with a second photographer – I’d hate having to choose between angles. Sometimes there’s just not enough time to capture both really well with one photographer.
Receptions are often my favorite part of the day to photograph. Everyone is generally more relaxed and just ready to party! I may be biased but I absolutely love images like this simple one below. A completely unprompted, un-styled, genuine moment of connection between the two of them – likely sharing a laugh during one of the toasts. Then I imagine a photo like this of my own parents when they got married back in 1970 and I love it even more.
The father-daughter moment is so cute! I’m really close with both of my parents, so moments like these get me every time!
This is about when the party got a little nutty – in the best way! The deejay did a great job keeping the dance floor packed!
Happy *almost* one-year anniversary to this super fun and laid back couple, Phil and Kristen!
Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Assisi Catholic Church in Victorian Village
Reception Venue: Walter Commons at St. Charles Preparatory
Florist: MariaLynn Floral http://www.marialynnfloral.com
Samantha and Andrew’s wedding day has long been one of my favorites that I’ve photographed, and though this is a bit from the archives at this point, I still really wanted to share!
Her expression of excitement when walking down the stairs to see her friends is priceless!
Everything about their special day just seemed perfect but one of the highlights for me was their first look in the backyard of the home where Samantha grew up. After getting ready and hanging out with the groomsmen for a bit over at the Scioto Country Club, Andrew headed over to meet Samantha for their first look. And don’t you just love this blue suit? It’s the perfect shade of blue in my opinion.
These genuine smiles on both of their faces just say it all! I just love how they are both beaming with excitement and joy.
And not without a few curious and supportive bystanders to witness the moment!
How cute are these soft mint green dresses on the bridesmaids? They were so flattering, unique, and just looked comfy too. I loved this softer hue as an alternative to some other popular pastels and neutrals.
I just love their relaxed yet super stylish wedding day style too. A little preppy, but classic and just overall stunning.
Just a few classic portraits together in front of the home where the day began!
Off to the church to get married!
I just love how happy and expressive Sam is – so much fun to photograph. I always tell my clients that the most important criteria to creating photos that you will love is to really have FUN with each other on your big day (or in any situation for that matter, like your engagement session)
Not too much longer until they say “we do!” I just think it’s so sweet how Andrew is looking over at Sam as they walk hand-in-hand around the church grounds. First Community Church in Upper Arlington/Marble Cliff is really a beautiful older church with some great spots to shoot. As the guests start to arrive, they head inside for a few more photos and await the ceremony. I love capturing the scene of the day for my clients. Sometimes a simple image of a setting can bring back so many memories of such a special day. I really love to shoot with a wide angle lens for these types of shots to really give you a sense of being there.
Here comes the happy bride with her father!
I love the grandeur of this church, as well as being able to shoot from the choir loft.
An often overlooked yet important part of the day when planning is time for the family portraits. I also think that people sometimes have mixed feelings about “formal” group portraits, especially inside the church. If a beautiful and convenient outdoor area is available (and accessible) to all family member, that is fantastic! But sometimes going with the traditional route is really the most convenient and efficient for everyone, especially if you have a larger group, older folks and fickle weather to consider. You personally may not mind the heat or cold, but when you have a larger group of people to consider, opting for a location that keeps everyone as comfortable as possible is always a great choice in my opinion. There are generally plenty of opportunities throughout the rest of the day for more candid photos in various locations. My ultimate goal on the wedding day for my couples and their families is to allow them to be present in the moments that really matter, and HAVING FUN with their new spouse and loved ones. Weddings, after all, are a celebration of love!
Relishing in that newly wedded joy! I can almost here the laughter in these images!
This black and white photo was taken shortly after we arrived to the reception at the Rock Fork Hunt and Country Club in Gahanna. https://rockyforkhcc.com It had just started to sprinkle rain a bit, but luckily we were done with photos by then because those chose to do a first look.
Now here is the part of the post where I get to gush about the beautiful decor by Jennifer Kontomerkos from The Finer Things Event Planning https://thefinerthingseventplanning.com. A classic white tent naturally creates such a beautiful bright and airy space for a wedding reception. Posy www.posyflorals.com created all of the bouquets and centerpieces. The simple glass votives and gold vases made such an elegant space.
The charger plates rimmed with gold beading added an extra special touch to the place settings.
The dessert table was absolutely perfect as well. While there aren’t many things better than a classic chocolate chip cookie, I thought the miniature cups of chocolate mousse were so cute and tasty!
This moment. I love how Sam’s father is simultaneously hugging his new son-in-law and holding the hand of his beautiful newlywed daughter! Few things get me more emotional than the sweetest moments between parents and their children.
After spending the day with the families, it’s easy to see where Sam may get her expressive joy from. Her mom and Dad really seemed to embrace the day and take so much joy in their daughter’s joy. This reminds me of a point I wanted to mention about one of the many benefits of hiring a great event planner for your big day. When you have someone you can really trust handling all the details, you and your loved ones (usually a parent or sibling) are able to more freely immerse themselves in the day with you as well.
While some people at first mention that they don’t need “a bunch of pictures of people dancing” they generally love having these types of moments of their family and friends once they see them. In my opinion, photos like these candids below will grow in appeal and value over time. You may not want to frame every single one, but oh what a story these images will tell to your grandkids one day!
Imagine that this photo of the groom below is one of your father, or grandfather. How fun!
And everyone loves a dancing granny! Especially with a tambourine in hand!
A very happy moment in time! You gotta hand it to Conspiracy for always making sure everyone at a party is having a ball. Be sure to check them out! https://www.suttonentertainment.net/the-conspiracy-band/
The reception is almost always a great time to grab some fun photos with your guests. The day moves SO FAST that often there isn’t much time prior to the reception to get photos with some of your other guests, especially those that aren’t family or part of your bridal party.
This dance floor was hopping all night – and rather entertaining to watch! There seem to always be those special few wedding guests that pull out all the stops on the dance floor!
Nothing say love and happiness like belting out the words to a favorite song with your best friend and love of your life! Thank you again to Sam and Andrew for trusting me with capturing all of these moments. It’s been fun for me to go back and revisit the day!
VENDOR TEAM CREDITS:
PLANNING AND COORDINATION: The Finer Things Event Planning www.thefinerthingseventplanning.com
CEREMONY VENUE: First Community Church – South Campus fcchurch.com
RECEPTION VENUE: Rocky Fork Hunt and Country Club https://rockyforkhcc.com
FLOWERS: Posy www.posyflorals.com
RECEPTION MUSIC: The Conspiracy Band https://www.suttonentertainment.net/the-conspiracy-band/
Venue: Brookside Golf and Country Club | https://www.brooksidegcc.com
Florist: Orchard Lane Flowers | http://www.orchardlaneflowers.com
I’ve been looking forward to sharing this wedding for a few months now. Every detail from this romantic and dreamy garden wedding day was just stunning. For starters, I’m a sucker for all things paper and these letterpress invitations by Cheer Up Press were exquisite.
The paper is naturally dyed with hand torn edges and it just doesn’t get any prettier than this! This sophisticated color palette with various shades of blush and hints of muted pastels was carried through in every single detail of the day.
I love this series of images of Jake getting ready with his dad and brother at the hotel.
Meanwhile back at the bridal suite, Abbie’s finishes getting ready with her mom and bridesmaids.
I loved this image of Abbie reading a letter from her soon-to-be husband. It really captures the joy and anticipation one feels when you’re about to marry your best friend!
Off to the venue to get hitched! If you’ve never been to the Kingwood Center Gardens, it’s a must visit. It truly is a gorgeous and unique property. The image below is the view from the lawn where guests would be seated to watch the ceremony. It’s truly a magical looking place. What you would never guess in this photo with blue skies is that a massive rain storm was on the way.
This building is just so grand and stately with a European country feel.
A classic long flowing veil almost always is the perfect finishing touch for your wedding day look. Abbie was just about ready to go meet her dad before getting ready to walk down the aisle.
These grand windows and staircase created a stunning and dramatic setting for this sweet father-daughter moment.
The bridesmaid dresses were the perfect color to compliment the bride’s gown. Not quite lavender and not quite pink, this perfectly soft hue coordinated so well with the groomsmen’s suits and ties.
Once Abbie and her bridesmaids were tucked away to chill out for a bit before the ceremony, I met up with Jake and his groomsmen for a few portraits. The sun was beaming down hard and it was hot, but all of the trees provided some shade and nice lighting opportunities.
Let’s talk about this sharp dark blue suit from Pursuit for a minute. It’s just the perfect cut and shade of blue (IMO). I wish these had been around when my husband and I were shopping for suits for our own wedding a few years ago! Pursuit is located in the Short North and is a great option to check out, especially if you prefer a more modern cut.
So if you’re lucky, you may even get to see the elusive peacock that roams the property at Kingwood Center! Such a beautiful animal. And these floral arrangements on either side of the aisle when guests enter the ceremony space were incredible. I’m not sure what that feathery stuff is but I love it and I think it’s what really makes these unique and memorable.
I really can’t imagine a more beautiful spot for an outdoor wedding.
Here come the groomsmen! And Jake’s father was officiating the ceremony which I thought was especially cool. I love capturing these small candid moments.
This is probably one of my favorite candid images of the day. The groom, accompanied by his dad and brother, beaming at his beautiful bride.
The way the sun is shining in these photos below, you wouldn’t have guessed that it was about to dump rain in a matter of minutes. Luckily it held out for the ceremony and for a few minutes afterwards to grab some important family and group photos.
Before the rain came, guests headed up the steps to the drive in front of the mansion for cocktails before heading to the back of the property to the tented reception.
I’ve never been so thankful for such a gorgeous indoor space to create some beautiful and unique portraits of the bride and groom. They opted not to do a first look, so we did all of their portraits together in the greenhouse after the ceremony since it started to rain. Regardless of the weather though, I still would have wanted to create some images here. I LOVED the aesthetic of the greenhouse and thought it was a more than perfect rain back-up!
Time to head to the party!
Have you ever seen more beautiful place settings?
Now THAT’S a wedding cake! Five tiers of tasty perfection.
The parent dances get me every time.
A classic wedding reception tradition that seems to be gaining popularity again is the shoe game. I find this to be one of the more fun and entertaining traditions, especially for those that really know the couple. Always seems to be good for a few laughs!
As always, Josh Staley Productions did a fantastic job keeping the party going!
Congrats again to Abbie and Jake on a beautiful start to their marriage and thank you so much for having me capture all the joy!
It truly takes a VILLAGE to pull together events with so much attention to detail. Definitely check out all the amazingly talented wedding pros that came together to bring this vision to life for Abbie and Jake! I feel so lucky to be apart of so much hardworking talent.
Venue: Kingwood Center Gardens, Mansfield, Ohio www.kingwoodcenter.org
Event Planning and Coordination: Events Held Dear www.eventshelddear.com @eventshelddear
Bridal Gown: Jim Hjelm from B.Loved Bridal boutique @blovedbridal
Hair and Makeup: The Bride Bar www.thebridebar.com @thebridebar
Menswear: Pursuit @pursuityourself
Flowers: Bear Roots Floral www.bearrootsfloral.com @bearrootsfloral
Ribbon: The Lesser Bear www.thelesserbear.com @thelesserbear
Invitations: Cheer Up Press www.cheeruppress.com @cheeruppress
Catering: Food trucks by Sweet Carrot, Tortilla, and Handel’s Ice Cream
Cake: Sue Larson of Le Gateau
Dessert Bar: Aiden & Grace @aidenandgrace
Rentals: Lasting Impressions @lirentsevents
Donuts: Schneider’s Bakery
DJ: Josh Staley Productions www.joshstaleyproductions.com
Videography: Logan Lambert @loganlambert
Well it’s halfway through January, but better late than never! 2018 sure was a big year for family photography and narrowing down a “best of” collection proved tougher than I thought – but in a very good way! I’m so thankful to all of my clients who let me into their lives this year to capture some sweet images. I hope these photos bring you joy for years to come
I just love this shot from a family session I shot in August. Those rainbow sunglasses and those curls are so sweet!
There is a small grove of magnolia trees at Goodale Park in the Short North that blooms in May and for about a week or so is so beautiful! I love the soft pink background that seems to highlight this sweet toddler’s rosy cheeks!
I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful family for many years. I first photographed their engagement and wedding, then the arrival of their daughter and many milestones since. I always look forward to seeing them year after year!
This playful little guy kept me on my toes for his family’s shoot at their home last summer.
This maternity session at the Whetstone Park of Roses in Clintonville was extra special to me as they’re friends of mine and I’ve know the mama for many years. There were so many images I loved from documenting this special time in their lives.
The image below ended up being one of their favorites, and I love it too!
Welcome to the world sweet little Presley!
I did several in-home newborn sessions this year and I just love the intimacy of them. It’s such an honor to be invited into my clients’ and friends’ homes to document this unique milestone in their lives in a deeply personal way..
A tiny baby yawn is one of my favorite things to capture.
So happy and content snuggled up with Daddy!
Though the majority of my family portrait sessions take place either at their home, local park or neighborhood, I do shoot at my studio on occasion. There’s a cozy little space that gets gorgeous natural light and is perfect for portrait with 1-2 people. I remember how crazy cold it was on the day of this shoot so we opted for a simple studio session. I just love this sweet image!
This next series of images is among some of my favorites from the whole year – and for the most part this shoot was very unplanned. We just shot on their front porch and along the sidewalk right in front of their house. It’s the cutest neighborhood! Marit and Dave are friends of mine and I was lucky to have been their photographer for their wedding in Pemaquid, Maine back in 2011. My husband and I took a road trip with our dog up there this summer and got to spend an afternoon with them and meet their ADORABLE kiddos.
I think this image sums up their family pretty well!
Their daughter playing a little tune for our dog Nellie just kills me! So so cute! The guitar was totally unplanned but I think it just makes these images so fun and really were authentic to the moment.
Do siblings get any cuter than this? I don’t think so!
And I can’t help but include one of my personal favorite images from our Maine trip. Of course, it’s of our beloved dog Nellie. She really seemed to like the ocean and this photo was taken right behind our cabin in the early morning fog. It was truly perfect!
It was such a pleasure to see so many pups involved in family sessions this year! When in doubt, I say bring your dog! They always seem to add an extra playful and candid element to the sessions. If however you have a dog who’s just a little bit “extra” it might be worth enlisting the help of a friend to help out.
More amazing past wedding clients and their gorgeous and growing little families in the comfort of their own homes. And i just think it’s so sweet (and important!) how they included their pets so sweetly into their photos. After all, your “first born” will always carry an extra special place, right?
This next session also took place at the family’s home. It was SO incredibly hot that day, even though we tried to shoot early in the morning to beat the heat. There was a nice little pocket of shade in the backyard where we got some nice candid images of their littlest ones.
Bring on fall! I offered a few dates for mini sessions this year and not only did I get to see past couples, friends and families, I met lots of new ones too!
Pure joy! What a little love bug! I was thrilled when I got an email from his parents to create some family portraits!
And Jack – he’ll just straight up steal your heart with that grin!
What a sweet face! He was hamming it up for the whole shoot and look how happy he makes his parents. Heart emoji!
2018 also brought me some awesome high school senior portraits sessions – which I LOVE and plan to do even more of in 2019. I started another account on Instagram just for these types of shoots: @kimberlypotterf_seniors So if this is something you’re into, give me a follow!
The beautiful Delilah aced her shoot and I loved the rainbow mural at 934 Gallery in the Milo Grogan neighborhood, not too far from the Short North. Check it out! www.934.gallery
Elizabeth is a senior at Bishop Patterson High School and I was thrilled to do her photos!. We had a gorgeous October afternoon for our shoot at the community gardens of Franklin Park Conservatory.
Next up: Justin’s senior portrait session. We had a great time exploring various spots around downtown Columbus. He’s planning to study theater next year in college so we made a stop by the Ohio Theater to capture a few images. I love the subtle nod to theater without it looking too hokey or contrived.
You may recognize these adorable faces if you follow my IG feed at all. I have yet to do it, but want to share a post of their whole session.
My favorite expression in this photo below is from big sis, Eleanor. I feel like she and her little sister are sharing laughter over an inside joke.
Big brother doing what he apparently does best – being an awesome big brother! It really is so sweet to see siblings being so caring and thoughtful with one another.
Probably one of only a few seconds these two had to themselves this day. Raising four kids is no joke!
And I just have to take a little moment to recognize all of these amazing aunties and uncles out there! Stephanie, picture below, has been to both of this family’s past sessions not only to get photos but also help out. Helping wrangle 4 kids and two big dogs is no small feat. I have no doubt she will forever live up to the much deserved title of “cool aunt”. And though I loved the days when my own niece and nephew were this age, it’s been the most amazing gift to be their aunt and watch them grow into the COOLEST not-so-little anymore young adults.
It had been over five years since I had last seen this couple when I photographed their awesome wedding day. Needless to say I was thrilled when they reached out to me to photograph their gorgeous family this fall.
If you have been following my work for any length of time, you’ll likely recognize these beautiful faces. I love this family so much! I’m a bit biased I suppose because the mom is one of my very best friends. And when her daughters call me “Keeeem” my heart just melts a little more.
Though it’s not the entire family – these couple of frames below were some of my favorites from the whole shoot. I just love watching my friends become incredible parents and seeing bits of their personalities start to show up in their children. And a sidetone: her outfit is totally on-point!
Girls will be girls! I just love their spunk!
Ok get ready for some cuteness overload! Even newborn Iris is laughing!
Two of the best big brothers a sister could ever ask for!
Even long after the leaves have fallen, wooded areas are still stunning in the late afternoon sun. I actually love the neutral color palette that November can offer. We shot these photos at Blendon Woods Metro Park – which might be one of my new favorite locations. It seemed much less crowded than some other popular parks I’ve shot at in the past. Gahanna/Westerville/New Albany families – this would be such a convenient place for your next family session!
Oh my gosh! Are the holidays really almost here already?I love this little guy’s playful sense of humor, as if channeling Kevin McCallister from the greatest Christmas movie ever made, Home Alone!
Cousins! It’s always fun photographing this crazy little crew.
While fall is definitely one of the most popular times for portraits, I love a good winter shoot! Though we were really rooting for some snow, I still LOVED how stunning these turned out.
So there was a good chance of rain on the day of this shoot, but they had planned for it and wanted to shoot rain and shine. We went for it and I definitely think it was worth getting a little wet!
So last but certainly not least – my niece and nephew. It’s so cliché to say “I don’t know where the time has gone” but it’s true! My nephew is a senior this year, and my niece is a freshman. I’m so proud of both of them and love them so much! If time and (their) patience would allow, I’d photograph them every day! They’re always good sports though and let me indulge in taking a zillion photos of them. Wrestling matches, volleyball games and the occasional family photos during the holidays will have to do however. High schoolers are BUSY people these days!
Rachel and Kyle tied the knot this summer at the urban yet elegant and chic venue, the Highline Car House in the Brewery District of Columbus, Ohio. The pre-wedding festivities took place right down the street at the Westin downtown and is always a beautiful backdrop for photos while you are hanging out with your wedding day crew!
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Their beautiful son was there to celebrate with them! So cute!
Nothing like a little toast with some champagne to start off the day. Cheers!
Love this sweet father-son moment!
The groom is so happy to see his bride!
I love first looks, and so did this crew of bridesmaids! Just a nice way to take some of the pressure off of the day, allows the bride and groom more time together, and your photos are often not as rushed.
Could they be any more excited to see each other?
Let’s get this party started!
Sweet happy little family.
The flowergirl was just as sweet as can be, but all the excitement of a wedding day can be a little overwhelming.
I LOVED this dress by Watters and Watters! Twirls and dancing were definitely in order!
They were really such a fun couple to being around all day and photograph. Ear to ear smiles and laughter were pretty much nonstop from the minute I got there until the last dance. That’s the way a wedding should be!
Highline Car House definitely lends a romantic feel to the ambiance, especially with all the candles they had lit for the ceremony. I love this sweet moment between the bride and groom while the officiant was speaking.
Gotta love an emotional heartfelt ceremony that’s also full of laughs! Their faces say it all.
Now onto the party!
The band was fantastic! It was the same band that my husband and I had booked for our own wedding a couple years ago – The Bluewater Kings. Check them out!
I think it’s safe to say this couple enjoys doing life together! Congrats again and thank you for having me a part of your special and fun day!
What a gorgeous day it was for Julie and Manjul’s wedding. Though it started out rainy (just enough for a little good luck), the clouds cleared shortly after their ceremony and left us this stunning sunset just in time to create some amazing portraits.
Julie had such a beautiful vision for their special day and did such a wonderful job pulling together all the details. Their attire was very classic, but the flowers and details carried subtle nods to a tropical theme, which was quite fitting for a wedding reception at the Franklin Park Conservatory’s Palm House.
These monogrammed purses for the bridesmaids were such a thoughtful and unique gift idea.
They got the day started at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Columbus – a place i’ve shot many times and I always love it! The suites are roomy and great for hanging out with your besties and preparing for the big day ahead.
Julie’s sister was her matron of honor – I just love this image of getting her wedding gown.
This gown had so many beautiful and delicate details.
Could Julie possibly be more stunning? I love these simple window light portraits in the hotel room where she was getting ready.
Just look at how the sun was pouring in through the stained glass behind the bride and her dad.
He couldn’t be happier to see his soon-to-be wife!
Capturing genuine smiles and joy is my favorite thing! Just look at these two beaming with happiness!
Congrats to the newlyweds!
The gorgeous glowing sunset arrived just in time for us to create some stunning portraits around the Conservatory. This is the type of light you dream about and hope for with every wedding – we got so lucky!
It’s so nice having some quiet time alone together (and your photographer! ha ha) on your wedding day – everything goes by so fast you have to take a moment to let it all soak in. My favorite time to do this, if possible, is always shortly before sunset.
As the sun continued to set, they made their way back to the Palm House for their grand entrance to get the party started! Meanwhile, guests enjoyed cocktail hour outside on a terrace overlooking the Bride’s Garden.
This cool tropical themed cake with a banana leaf motif was perfect for the palm house.
The Palm House was breathtaking!
I’ll wrap this post up with one of my favorite images of the day. They just look totally and completely immersed in the moment together!
Wedding Vendors and Details
Ceremony: St. Mary’s Catholic Church in German Village
Reception Venue: The Franklin Park Conservatory | www.fpconservatory.org
Wedding colors: Green and coral to fit their tropical theme
Cake: Scrumptious Crumbs | https://www.scrumptiouscrumbs.com/
Florist: The Flowerman | flowermanflowers.com/
Bride’s attire: Gown and veil from Alfred Angelo
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and makeup: Salon Lofts and Erica Eigensee
Rehearsal dinner: Himalayan Grille
Photographer: Kimberly Potterf Photography
Videographer: Columbus Wedding Videos
Invitations: OneSuiteDay on Etsy
Music: T.E.A.M. DJ
First dance song: “All of Me,” by John Legend
Guest favors: Raffia fans
Sunday brunch: Hilton Columbus Downtown
A very happy anniversary to Jill and John! As I’m catching up on sharing some of my favorite weddings, I couldn’t pass up this magical day. I’m often asked “what’s your favorite wedding you’ve ever shot?” Though several in particular do come to mind, I don’t think I could narrow it down to a single one as every wedding that I photograph and every couple I photograph is so different. The common thread to some of my most memorable experiences as a wedding photographer however, seems to be the overall energy and emotion of the day. When the couple and their family and friends are truly immersed in their day and having a blast, that’s when the magic seems to happen! And a beautiful and unique venue certainly makes for a wonderful backdrop!
The Columbus Museum of Art is without a doubt a stunning venue with some major wow factor.
The bridal room is located right off the Broad Street entrance and I just love that gold door!
What a fun and flirty dress that says “I’m ready to marry my best friend and party!” If you have an opportunity to meet Jill, you’d know it’s the perfect dress for her. So expressive and full of personality!
I love this image of Jill and her sister helping her get dressed. I actually had the pleasure of photographing her wedding the year prior. Always fun getting an opportunity to get to know families and see them again at other weddings and events. And what an honor it was to be asked to photograph both their weddings!
With a dress like this, how could you not want to twirl? Pure wedding day joy right here!
I’ve seen those spot in Derby Court at the museum several times, but for some reason when the sun cast these strong shadows from the glass ceiling panes it just looked so much cooler to me and I ended up loving this image.
The color palette was inspired by the colors in the Chihuly glass sculpture in Derby Court. I loved the variety of the bright colors which were perfect for a spring wedding. Everything about this wedding day just screamed happy and joyful. The flowers were done by Mary from Rose Bredl in the Short North.
I’m not sure if this was intentional or not, but I love the way the curly edges of her dress mimic the spiral elements in the glass sculpture.
Could this flower girl possibly be any cuter? I love this playful photo of the bride and flower girl.
Ok, time to get hitched!
I love this final glimpse from the bride looking back at her mom as she gets ready to walk down to the aisle to her soon to be husband!
There’s not much sweeter to me than a teary eyed groom!
The sun came out in full-force and flooded the ceremony space with such pretty light!
Could this couple possibly look any happier?
One of the best first kiss moments I’ve been able to capture. This whole series of the next few photos after being announced as officially becoming husband and wife are some of my favorites.
The vaulted glass ceiling Derby Court creates such a stunning environment. As the sun is setting and the night sky turns a deep blue, the guests enjoy dinner and a few toasts before the party really gets started.
It’s these little moments of connection between people that I love to capture the most. Jill and John held hands and had smiles on their faces almost the entire night.
How’s this for a super fun father-daughter dance?
Venue: Columbus Museum of Art www.columbusmuseum.org
Florist: Rose Bredl Flowers www.rosebredl.com
Photography: Kimberly Potterf Photography www.kimberlypotterf.com
Jenni and her bridesmaids started the day with a mimosa toast in the bridal suite. Such a clean and bright space to hang out and get ready for your big day! Her gown was dreamy too!
The groom and his groomsmen have their own space as well to hang out and get ready.
We headed to a nearby neighborhood for the bride and groom’s first look and portraits. Nick looks like he’s ready to see his bride!
Jenni is just beaming and looks so beautiful!
I loved everything about this first look session! The bridge was perfect and they both just look so happy!
This bridal gown was so gorgeous on Jenni! I loved the lace detailing and light flowy skirt.
This wedding party looked so sharp in their two-toned blue attire. The navy suits and light blue dresses looked great and is a color combo I hadn’t seen before at a wedding.
The bridal bouquet had white daisies and blue hydrangea while the bridesmaids carried simple bouquets of baby’s breath.
These are two of my favorite portraits of the bride and groom. They both just look so content and happy!
Time for the ceremony!
Yummy treats from Buckeye Donuts were served in cute to-go bags as favors for the guests.
Let the party begin!
Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs.!
Brutus the Buckeye made sure to make an appearance for these OSU lovers! Brutus had some serious dance moves too!
O-H-I-O! Brutus was definitely a crowd pleaser and everyone seemed happy to join in when Hang On Sloopy played.
Congrats Jenni and Nick!
Ceremony: St. Paul Catholic Church in Westerville, Ohio
Reception: Athletic Club of Columbus
Accommodations: Hotel Leveque in Downtown Columbus, Ohio
Bride’s Attire: Pronovias Atelier, Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein, Men’s Warehouse
Flowers: The Flowerman
Transportation: Classic Limousines of Columbus
Liz and Craig got married in October at one of my favorite venues in Columbus – the Bluestone. It’s such a perfect location right on Broad Street just a few blocks east of the heart of downtown. They were such a wonderful and easy going couple to be around and I wanted to share just a few of my favorites from their big day.
This bridal party was really fun to work with!
I loved the color palette for the bridesmaid’s dresses that ranged from deep purples, fuchsia, burgundy and lavender.
You really can’t go wrong with classic black tuxedos.
One of the things I remember about this wedding day was that it was really windy! It made for some really fun and playful moments with the bridesmaids. Sometimes you just gotta roll with it!
And can we just pause for a minute to gush over this gorgeous backless lace fit and flare dress? It was the “Giselle” by Watters and Watters WToo line of bridal gowns and was perfection on Liz.
Nothing makes a bride glow more on her wedding day than a genuine smile though!
Classic and romantic bridal perfection.
I loved this shot on the steps inside of the Bluestone and can’t seem to resist incorporating a reflection when the opportunity presents itself.
This veil was so beautiful. The bride’s mother-in-law sewed in the vintage lace detail by hand! So much time must have gone into this thoughtful gift.
Although the bride and groom chose to do a “first look” before the ceremony, it certainly didn’t seem to take away from the specialness when it came time for the bride to walk down the aisle during the ceremony.
A bride beaming with happiness and excitement is always beautiful!
The lights in the background are provided by the venue and create a nice bit of ambiance and visual interest.
I also love being able to shoot from the balcony through the little twinkling lights!
Gotta love a ceremony with some humor incorporated. One of the passages read during the ceremony was comparing how love is like owning a dog – I loved it!
Such a grand and romantic venue for both a ceremony and reception.
There are few event venues in Columbus, Ohio that rival the Bluestone in creating such a romantic vibe.
Newly wedded bliss and a sunset – a perfect combo!
I love this huge wall of stained glass in the cocktail hour room on the second floor of the venue.
The band was fantastic and with the help of the bride, really got the guests moving!
Everyone had such a great time and definitely wasn’t afraid to let loose and get a little goofy!
Cheers to your awesome wedding day and continued love for an even better marriage! Thanks so much for allowing me to be a part of your special celebration.
Venue: The Bluestone | http://liveatthebluestone.com
Wedding Dress: Giselle by Watters WToo
Photography: Kimberly Potterf Photography
Band: Next Exit https://primesourceentertainment.com/bands/Next-Exit
I loved everything about this beautiful and laid-back early fall wedding at one of my favorite venues in the Columbus, Ohio area, Brookside Golf and Country Club in Worthington. The details were simple and elegant with just a touch of rustic charm.
Brookside offers a nice pretty space for brides and their wedding day crew to hang out and get ready.
A girl’s gotta have her besties with her on the big day!
Can’t forgot about the groom either!
Love this shot of Sarah right before she heads out to go see her guy for their first look under the willow trees!
Such a perfect spot for a quiet and private moment for their first look.
Could the sun shining through the top of this huge willow tree be any more perfect?
Let’s talk about these florals for a minute. For starters, this color palette is fall perfection! The dark reds, burgundy and pale pinks work so well together.
I just love the back of Sarah’s gown too. Sleek, elegant and sophisticated.
Brookside has a seemingly unending number of awesome places to create stunning portraits.
My favorites though are almost always the little moments between the posed portraits.
Happy wedding day crew!
These raspberry colored dresses were beautiful with the classic gray suits and lush bouquets by Flowerman Columbus.
This crew truly brought the party! It’s all fun and games when an awesome couple gets hitched!
Have I mentioned yet how much I loved the flowers?
The floral crowns for the flower girls turned out perfect as well.
This gorgeous rustic handmade wooden sign greeted guests as they arrived for the ceremony under the huge oak tree.
I love this shot of the groom and his parents. They couldn’t be happier or more proud!
The bride and her father smiling as they get ready to walk down the aisle!
A tearful and happy mama about to watch her son get married!
This might be one of my favorite images from the day. The bride looks so genuinely happy and relaxed as her father looks on, she’s got her eye on her future husband!
What a perfect spot for an outdoor wedding!
You may kiss your bride!
Could these parents be any happier for their kids? I love this moment and all their expressions.
A job well done, flower girls!
Now it’s time to party!
I think this gang is ready to party!
More beautiful rustic wedding details.
I love this playful take on the classic bride and groom cake topper.
As a photographer, I always enjoy shooting the toasts as they kick off the reception and create opportunity for some natural expressions in the moment.
Time to cut the cake! I love the “high five” bride and groom cake topper!
Time to step out for a few quiet sunset portraits!
The golden light sparkling through the trees in the distance is so pretty! Again, Brookside is so full of gorgeous backdrops.
There was no shortage of guests busting a move on the dance floor. Way to go Chris Ortleib of Premier Entertainment! It was full ALL NIGHT LONG!
And I can’t imagine a better image to end the day! Congrats again to Seth and Sarah for trusting me with your amazing heartfelt and fun day!
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, I’m excited to share this gorgeous styled inspiration shoot done by an awesome team of local Columbus wedding and event professionals. Though it takes a lot of work and planning, I so thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with so many talented people. Special thanks to Jennifer Kontomerkos from The Finer Things Event Planning for taking the reigns and helping make this whole thing come together and happen!
These blush satin Badgley Mischka bridal shoes from La Jeune Mariee certainly don’t disappoint! And those heels wrapped in crystals – perfection for your big day.
The flowers for this shoot done by Madison House Designs were absolutely perfect. This bridal bouquet especially, as it’s the perfect mix of the lush, full and formal. I love the black accents brought in through the anemones (hope I got that name right!)
And BOOM! That gorgeous beaded Lazaro dress and incredible ruffled skirt cascading down the candle filled staircase just screams drama and timeless glamour!
How perfect is this bridal hair and makeup? Amy’s gorgeous green eyes are a nice little happy accident for our emerald and gold shoot – and perfect with those emerald teardrop earrings.
And when you have a dress this fabulous, you certainly can’t forget about the bridesmaids. This dark green Amsale gown is from La Jeune Mariee Maids and Social Occasions right here in the Short North. Brides gotta keep their gals looking great too! The crystal belt from Sara Gabriel just added the right amount of formal bling.
A huge thank you to our stunning models who rocked out this shoot with us! Our bride and groom, Amy and Alex are actually engaged to be married later this year – congrats to them! And Megan, our bridesmaid model was just perfect as well so thank you!
So, I cannot say enough wonderful things about all the wedding professionals I had the pleasure of working with. So much fun having so many gorgeous creations to photograph – so credit where credit is due:
Planning & Design – The Finer Things Event Planning
Venue- The Ohio Statehouse
Florals- Madison House Designs
Cake- Miam Cakes
Bridal Dress – Lazaro from La Jeune Mariee Bridal Boutique
@lazarobridal @lazaro_perez @lajeunemariee
Accessories – crystal jewelry and headpiece from Paris by Debra Moreland from La Jeune Mariee Bridal Boutique
Bridal Shoes – Badgley Mischka from La Jeune Mariee Bridal Boutique
Groom Attire – Pursuit
Stationery – Hand calligraphy by On Paper
Hair Styling – Goode Hair
Makeup Artistry – Full Face Artistry
Linens – Connie Duglin Specialty Linens
Rentals- All Occasions
Finally getting around to adding some much overdue posts of some beautiful wedding. Rachel and Jerod had both their wedding ceremony and reception at the gorgeous and classic Athletic Club of Columbus located in downtown. I love this venue for so many reasons. The first reason being that the people who work there are so fantastic to work with – I really feel like you can’t go wrong with this place. Secondly, the location of this venue is perfect as it’s close to so many great locations to shoot fun portraits. And if you happen to be rained in on your wedding day, the Athletic Club in itself has more than a few great spots to create some beautiful portraits.
The bride Rachel put so much care into the planning and every detail of their 1920’s Era Gatsby style inspired wedding. Rachel’s bridal up-do was absolutely perfect!
Prema Designs did a beautiful job with all of the florals and decor. I love the subtle and consistent touch of the feathers, pearls and sparkles throughout everything. And the flower girl was so cute!
So one of my favorite parts of any wedding is the first look for the bride and groom. I just love getting to capture the raw and real emotions! Look at that bride and groom!
After the first look, we headed across the street over to the Ohio Statehouse for some portraits.
My favorite part about this bridal gown was the stunning low back! It was so perfect on Rachel.
The bridesmaids wore elegant floor length sparkly champagne sheath gowns. Such a stunning group of ladies!
So excited to seal the deal and make it official! The ballroom of the Athletic Club makes for a romantic and classic setting for a wedding ceremony.
I loved this seemingly simple wide angle shot – just being able to feel the full environment of the moment and so many different faces of their guests.
And I’m always a sucker for the parent dances – especially the father daughter dance, maybe because I am so close with my own dad.
Congrats again Rachel and Jerod!
Venue: Athletic Club of Columbus www.accolumbus.com
Florist and Planner: Prema Designs www.prema-designs.com
DRESS: Wendy’s Bridal
So much I have been wanting to share from the 2016 wedding season, and thought I’d start with this gorgeous intimate wedding ceremony at the Granville Inn in October. Kimberly and Matt had such a perfect warm morning for their outdoor ceremony, followed up by a casual brunch style reception right inside.
Kimberly’s wedding gown was an elegant and sophisticated high neck beaded sheath, topped off with classic Kate Spade earrings and champagne Badgley Mischka bridal shoes.
The back of this gown was stunning!
I loved the gold pumpkins she made for decor.
The newly renovated Granville Inn (in Granville, Ohio) was really the perfect venue for their intimate wedding with its historic charm and modern touches. The reception area opens right into the garden patio where they held their ceremony, so guests could just walk right back inside through the beautiful barn style doors afterwards.
Venue: Granville Inn, Granville Ohio www.granvilleinn.com
Photography: Kimberly Potterf Photography www.kimberlypotterf.com
When I first met with Kelsey and Ali, we discovered that we shared a love for our alma mater, Ohio University! Right out of the gate, I knew this would be a fun couple to work with. It was a heartfelt wedding day full of smiles, a few happy tears, plenty of laughs, and some serious dance moves. All this set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Golf Club of Dublin and rustic and romantic floral decor from Madison House Designs.
I absolutely loved these gray bridesmaid dresses from La Jeune Mariee Maids in the Short North!
The mint and gray color palette was perfect for their down to earth and relaxed rustic vibe of the decor.
I loved these dark wood planter boxes with the lush greenery and pale roses.
How sweet is this groom wiping a tear as he watches his gorgeous bride walk down the aisle!
Ok, it’s time to get the party started!
After some toasts and first dances, we stepped outside to catch a few remaining moments of golden light from the gorgeous sunset.
As much as I love shooting romantic portraits of the bride and groom, I equally love capturing all the unscripted FUN and energy of an awesome reception. The guests left it all on the dance floor! A wedding day is one of the few (and likely only) occasions in your life where all the people you love from different stages of your life will come together in one place – and all to celebrate two people falling in love! For this reason I always like to capture as many candids of all the faces that surrounded you on your big day. It just goes by so fast!
And who doesn’t love a room full of Ohio University Bobcats? I love this photo!
A sweet and romantic end to an amazing day!
Venue: Golf Club of Dublin
Florist: Madison House Designs
Photography: Kimberly Potterf Photography
Congrats to Heidi and Joe! I absolutely loved being part of this beautifully modern downtown wedding! A huge thanks to the couple for choosing me to document their big day – and to Jennifer Kontomerkos of The Finer Things Event Planning and Amy Music of Posy (florist) for helping design and execute a flawless day for this awesome bride and groom.
Planning and Design: The Finer Things Wedding Planning and Design / Jennifer Kontomerkos / www.thefinerthingseventplanning.com
Florals: Posy Luxury Florals / www.posyflorals.com
So many beautiful images from this wedding that I’ve been wanting to share for awhile now. This was one of the last weddings I shot just before my own wedding in September – so it was a crazy busy month for me to say the least! The Dayton Art Institute is one of my favorite places to shoot – it is absolutely stunning and seemed to be a perfect fit for this beautiful and classic couple.