I’ve always just thought there was something so romantic and magical about a winter wedding, and the big day for Robyn and Anthony at the Columbus Museum of Art was no exception! I can’t imagine a more perfect venue for an elegant celebration than the museum.
The special day started with the bride getting ready with her sisters, mom and bridesmaids at the home where she grew up. I always appreciate being able to capture those special “reveal” moments between brides and grooms and their parents or grandparents.
It’s now time to head to the church for their first look together! Though I almost always recommend a first look (if it is something that both of you as a couple are comfortable with) I especially recommend it for late fall and winter weddings because the window of nice daylight is so much shorter. This might not be something that many couples think about when they start planning their days, but if you have your heart set on beautiful outdoor portraits with some natural light, it’s really something to consider. This was such a touching moment! They have such a close group of friends and it was so sweet to see them all there supporting the bride and groom when they saw each other for the first time on their wedding day! Just look at how happy they are! First looks can be so special! What a sweet and genuinely joyful moment. Some couples prefer to keep this time more private, but it sure is fun getting to watch everyone’s expressions.
After they took some time to enjoy the moment, (and warm up!) they gathered up their bridal party and headed over to the gorgeous Columbus Museum of Art for some portraits before the wedding ceremony. If you like elegant and timeless, the Museum is really hard to beat. This first set of photos was taken in Derby Court as I thought all of the neutral stone and soft natural light would photograph beautifully, especially with Robyn’s stunning ivory and champagne beaded wedding gown. Just look at that gorgeous detailing!
I just loved the unique all white floral bouquets and how each bridesmaid had different type of flower! Especially the bridal bouquet of course with the added subtle touches of gold leaves to give it a magical wintery vibe. All florals were created by Bart Krogman of Flourish Bespoke. Just wait until you see the reception decor! Keep on scrolling!
Taking a stroll through the halls of the museum just before they head off to go get hitched! You might not be able to tell by the relaxed and happy expressions on their faces, but it was SOO COLD on this day! At least there was a light dusting of snow on the ground to make everything a little bit prettier. Besides, they had each other to snuggle up and keep warm!
Now the time is finally here – to say “I Do!” I love this shot of the bride getting ready to walk down the aisle to meet her love! Their processional was different than other’s I’ve seen as the parents escorted their son and daughter to the middle of the back of the aisle, and then the soon-to-be wedded couple walked down the aisle to the altar together.
I always appreciate a great wedding ceremony full of laughter and smiles! You can see how much everyone that’s present just cares so much for them.
After a few formal group family photos at the church after the ceremony, we made our way back to the museum to get the party started! This scene right here was about 5pm, which is why doing a first look can be so important – especially if you are planning a winter wedding. Of course we can still create some unique night time photos, but it really just depends on that overall aesthetic that you like. If soft natural light portraits with some candid movement are more your speed, it’s definitely something to consider.
Venue: Columbus Museum of Art | http://columbusmuseum.org
Cake/Bakery: Jan Kish | www.jankish.com
Florist: Bart Krogman | https://flourishbespoke.com