From the Bride...Our day began on my late father’s Lyman, a 1966 Sportsman out on Lake Erie. It was actually my first ride. Considering the significance of our outing, it was a very emotional little journey. This is where our Sand Ceremony took place, where we spread my father’s ashes over the water while his favorite musician, Bob Marley, was playing in the background. It was one of the many ways I was able to have him there with Matt and me on our special day.
After our boat ride, we met James of Red Bicycle Media and Lauryn Byrdy, our inspiring photographer, on a little patch of sand and rocks by the water. It was a perfect way for us to get away and enjoy one relaxing moment before all of the preparation began. They did their thing, snapping shots, while we sipped our Bloody Marys and chatted about the day.
Back up at the condo, all of our family was having lunch out of little boxes designed by my mom (which had the very first picture of us printed on the outside) and making sure our son, Jack, was entertained. Since I was obviously distracted with the thoughts of my wedding day, I can only imagine my mother running around, making sure everyone was taken care of. You see, not only did we have our wonderful “Bees” Brooke and Heather from Bee For The Day, we have my mom to thank for the tiny little details only she could come up with. She’s one of those people that stands apart from the rest and in turn, so does her imagination. If you could only see her ‘inspiration board’ for the wedding, you’d book her in an instant!
Fast forward a little bit and we’re on our way to the Marblehead Lighthouse where our friends and family were waiting to witness our moment. My brother, Matt, walked me to our spot and my nephew was the one to pull our rings from his pocket. We said our own vows, Matt from his mind and mine from a little piece of paper. I can’t recall anything but the kiss…it was an amazing kiss. And there we were.
Wedding Photography: Lauryn Byrdy Photography / Wedding Cinematography: red Bicycle Media / Floral Design: Bartz Viviano Flowers & Gifts / Event Planning: Bee For The Day / Ceremony Location: Marblehead Lighthouse / Reception Location: Mon Ami Winery / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero via Alan Ray Bridal / Boat Restoration: Sandusky Bay Restoration / Make-up: BeautimarkedbyKelli / Hair: Leanna Haye of Primp Hair Studio / Wedding Cake: Cakes By Jess / Reception Band: Bob Szmik Trio, Vocals by Ramona Collins / Wedding Invitation Design: Sarah Oravecz / Custom Lettering at Reception: Lisa Ragland