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High School Sweethearts’ Elegant Ohio Wedding

Is there anything sweeter than high school sweethearts? Straight from the the lens of Leo Timoshuk Photography every moment of this elegant affair is sure to bring a sweet smile to your sunny day. From their young love that blossomed into a lifelong adventure, their sweet ceremony is forever immortalized in a gallery that is just waiting for you right here!

From the beautiful Bride… One rainy April evening, our Ukrainian church youth gathered at a local bowling alley after our all-day regional conference. I was 15 and it was the first time I had ever been out. We all congregated together in a billiards room, and I stood by watching a pool game that was in progress. I had never played before, but somehow a friend of mine convinced me to join a game of two on two. My partner promised to show me how to play and did he ever! It was a moment out of a movie script; I was so shy I could not look him in the eyes. If I remember correctly, we won that game! As he shook hands with me to tell me: “Good game. By the way, my name is Victor” I look up and my goodness, he was the cutest guy ever!

I came home that night and told my family of the encounter. It was so poignant and I couldn’t shake the feeling that I had met “the one.” I was so young that I resigned myself to think that it couldn’t be so. Over the next few years, we grew to be very good friends before dating. “High School Sweethearts,” if you will.

Two years of dating and what had been placed on my heart came to fruition. Victor proposed to me by a beautiful spot near my old high school: a little bench where we first talked of dating all those years back. I was so overjoyed when he was delivering his proposal speech that I interrupted him saying “yes, yes, yes!”

Perhaps what I noticed the first day we met, is what I love most about Victor. He has such a beautiful, peaceful aura about him. In many ways we complete each other, but I think what makes him so special is that he feels like home.

Photography: Leo Timoshuk Photography | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: Patisserie 42 | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Venue: Church Of Evangelical Faith | Reception Venue: Stan Hywet Hall And Gardens | Shoes: David's Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Shynok Party Center | Makeup Artist: Chanelle Walker Beauty | Groom's Attire: Murano | Groom's Shoes: Perry Ellis | Jewelry & Rings: Jared's | Veil & Hair Accessories: David's Bridal

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Rustic Blush + Gray Farm Wedding

Farm weddings rock, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. They are fantastically fun, yet also surprisingly chic, taking an everyday, American image and turning it into something extra special with some “I do’s” and sparkle. This celebration at the Conrad Botzum Farmstead is my new go-to example for such farm soiree style and Studio Elle Photography captured it all. Join me in the farm fan club right here.

From Studio Elle PhotographyThe Conrad Botzum Farmstead had been on my wedding bucket-list for quite a while, so I was thrilled when Beth & Dan chose me to photograph their big day at the farm!

They chose a wonderfully talented list of vendors to bring their ideas to life. The flowers and decor from the Budding Tree were nothing short of spectacular! Erin really went above and beyond putting all of the small touches together, including the hand-lettered seating assignment on old windows. The catering from The Good Fork was not only delicious, it was visually amazing! I love the rustic elements they incorporated into the spread to compliment the rest of the wedding decor. Aside from their gorgeous wedding day vision, these two were absolutely wonderful to work with. They have such fabulous style, laid back personalities, and a great sense of humor!

From the Bride… Dan and I wanted a wedding that felt like us (we are not fancy, formal people!), but also felt special. I think we ended up accomplishing that; the location was rustic but beautiful, and the decorations were a little vintage, but still put together (I give most of the credit to our florist!). One of my favorite details were the tissue paper flowers my mother-in-law and sister-in-law made; I am not very crafty, so I really appreciated the effort they put into them, and I thought they looked beautiful. I also loved the table numbers. For each number we had side-by-side pictures of me and Dan at the corresponding age. Choosing all the photos with my mom and my mother-in-law was so fun (and I totally would have had a crush on Dan if we had met at any time in our lives!). A couple of my favorite memories of the day itself were Dan getting frosting all over his tux from leaning in our cupcake tower when we cut the cake; getting heckled by some of the groomsmen when we were taking pictures after dinner; and getting back to the hotel and realizing Dan had been so flustered that he had forgotten to take his gym shorts off before putting on his tux – he had been wearing them underneath the whole time! 

Photography: Studio Elle Photography | Floral Design: The Budding Tree | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | Cake: KB Confections | Invitations: Splash Of Silver | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: The Good Fork | Make Up: Shelly Theilling | Hair: Georgie Salon & Spa | DJ: Beach Boyz Entertainment | Grooms Attire: The Black Tux | Officiant: Tim Greathouse | Wedding Venue: Conrad Botzum Farmstead | Bridal Robes: Silk & More

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Winter Wedding Inspiration from Arielle Doneson Photography

When rich colors, refined textiles, luxe details, and gorgeous images all get together they make layer upon layer of romantic wedding style. Brought to us by the lovely and talented, Arielle Doneson Photography and Baci Designer this Anna Karenina themed photo shoot is enchanting inspiration for a totally couture celebration. The florals are positively bursting with beauty. The bride’s style is glamorous and captivating all at once (p.s. her hair is divine!). Every ounce is truly delicious and you can see the rest of this masterpiece right here in the gallery.

From Arielle Doneson… A collaboration between Arielle of Arielle Doneson Photography and Amanda of Baci Designer, this Winter Styled shoot is inspired by the look of the new Joe Wright film of Tolstoy’s masterpiece, Anna Karenina. We wanted to showcase the lush, aristocratic style of 19th Imperial Russia so beautifully captured by Mr. Wright (the mastermind behind visually stunning films like Pride and Prejudice and Antonement.) We chose to shoot on medium format film and we are so excited to share the resulting images with you!

Amanda of Baci Desiger headed the event design for the shoot – consulting and collaborating with us all along the way. We found the most perfect location right in the heart of Akron – The Perkins Stone Mansion. Completed in 1837, the Mansion is now an historical house museum full of so much beauty and charm. The grounds are even more breathtaking – the perfect place for an intimate ceremony and reception! We then decided on a wintery color palette of ivory, silver, red, oxblood and black – we also knew we wanted to incorporate as much luxe textile as possible with fur, feathers, silk, and velvet. We truly wanted the shoot to exude the richness and luxury of 19th Century Russian opulence.

Baci Designer created the stationery for the day. Starting with the invitation suite printed in black ink on silvery gray textured stock – each piece became an inspiration for the shoot itself. The invitation was completed with a layer of maroon linen backing, a black velvet ribbon and a beautiful fleur de lis wax seal with just the perfect touch of feathers. The main and reply envelopes – both in a soft ivory – were finished off with reproduction Russian postage. Baci Designer also created a simple, yet gorgeous escort card display incorporated into the mansion’s beautiful outdoor arbor.

The florals, by Amy of Bouquet Studio, featured white and red ranunculus, red and white roses and garden roses, burgundy calla lilies, white and ivory snowberry, burgundy scabiosa, white & chocolate queen Anne’s Lace, white,ivory & green dendrobium orchids along with mixed foliage of clemantis, ivy, mixed herbs & silvery dusty miller. Amy created not only the arbor florals, but all the designs on the main and dessert tables.

The main table, a gorgeous eight foot farmhouse table provided by Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals, was topped with three scrollwork black runners and burgundy napkins from Sitting Pretty Linens. Each place setting of Lenox Lace Couture Dinnerware was finished with a simple white ranunculus and feather combination. A gorgeous silver footed floral piece, pillar candles and cranberries came together as the perfect centerpiece. Adding finishing touches to the main table were a wax seal and feathered table number, Russian “husband” and “wife” chair signs tied with lace and quite possibly the most fabulous pomegranate place cards!

Bittersweet’s Chocolate and Pastry’s nearly three-foot tall beauty of a cake was the main highlight of our dessert table – an authentic millstone repurposed from the mansion’s earlier times. The silver and red fondant cake was topped with an incredible faberge-like egg made all of chocolate! Bittersweet’s also provided gorgeous handmade truffles (topped with matryoshky nesting doll or fabergé egg images,) and Russian Tea Cakes that were not only great to look at, but delicious to snack on throughout the shoot! The dessert table was accented with a black pin-tuck runner, vintage novels, fruits, florals, fur and lovely hand painted Ukranian pysanky Eggs.

Something White Bridal Boutique lent us so many beautiful items! From the stunning Madeline gown and Dana lace jacket, to the jeweled sash, feathered fascinator, pearl necklace, and deep jade green earrings, we turned our bride into an updated version of a princess at an imperial ball in Tolstoy’s time.

Ramona Dauksa Studio provided the hair and makeup look for our shoot. Inspired by images in Vogue magazine of a recent shoot with Keira Knightely, we went with a berry stained lip and a subtle yet soulful smoky eye in plums and browns. One of the universally favored aspects of the shoot was the half-updo Ramona created, using some of the model’s natural wavy texture with small chignons at the crown to add a touch of drama.

Victorian Trading Co. offered to lend us some period appropriate outdoor accessories to complete the look of our 19th Century Russian scene.

Photography: Arielle Doneson Photography / Venue: Perkins Stone Mansion / Event Design: Baci Designer / Floral Design: Bouquet Studio / Cake + Pastries: Bittersweet’s Chocolate and Pastry / Stationery+ Paper Goods: Baci Designer / Wedding Dress + Bridal Accessories: Something White Bridal Boutique / Vintage Rentals: Borrow Vintage & Eclectic Rentals / Hair+ Makeup: Ramona Dauksa Studio / Winter Accessories: Victorian Trading Co. / Linens: Sitting Pretty Linens

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