If Arielle Doneson Photography shoots it, it’s automatically added to my favorites list. Seriously, everything this girl touches is golden, but when you start out with a wedding that is knock your socks off stunning then add Arielle’s seasoned eye into the mix, it’s golden and then some. Not to mention, the bride’s sister is Lauren Chism Fine Papers – swoon. I’m 100% completely obsessed with this wedding!


From the photographer… In the gorgeous light of pastoral Aurora, OH, Carley and John married in a traditional ceremony surrounded by 230 of their nearest and dearest in a wedding that was a perfect blend of traditional, rustic and elegant.

Carley is fortunate enough to have brilliant stationer, Lauren Chism, as her older sister which meant that her paper suite was flawless – a mixture of charming gilded calligraphy and a beautiful patterned paisley letterpress.

The colors of the day continued the theme of muted golds, and silvers (as highlighted by the 1920’s inspired bridesmaid’s cocktail dresses,) and coral accents like those seen in Carley’s elegant Prada shoes. These elegant touches were a dramatic compliment to her delicate lace gown. I was absolutely obsessed with her bouquet: a combination of rustic herbs (lavender, and other seasonal offerings,) with the classic elegance of peonies and traditional ivy. Needless to say it smelled divine!

Following their deeply emotional and heartfelt ceremony, the couple found themselves whisked away to the reception under a shower of tossed lavender in a fabulous vintage Cadillac.

Their ballroom reception featured centerpieces that seemed effortlessly handpicked from a perfectly manicured wildflower and herb garden, a trio of cakes which appeared frosted by hand with decadent buttercream, and more beautiful calligraphy touches by Courtnie Johnson of Poppy Pedals.

I felt so honored to be a part of capturing this beautiful love story on film. As the cloudy sky burst into a gorgeous Ohio sunset right as we began their portraits I felt that I was part of something truly miraculous! Congrats Carley and John!

Cake: Michael Angelo's Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Parkside Church | Reception Venue: The Bertram Inn | Bride's Shoes: Prada | Caterer: The Bertram Inn | Hair: Julie Mongiardo, Intrigue Salon | Calligraphy: Courtnie Johnson, Poppy Pedals | Band: Chance Live! | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Adrianna Papell | Car: Vintage Coach Limo | Earrings: Dillard's | Groom's Shoes: Magnanni | Invitation Suite: Lauren Chism Fine Papers | Invitation Suite: Lauren Chism Fine Papers | Tux/Suit: Ralph Lauren | Wedding Gown Designer: David's Bridal | Wedding Photography: Arielle Doneson Photography

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