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Intimate Winter Barn Wedding

Let me guess: you’re bundled up on the couch, holiday music playing, with multiple cookies and a large cup of coffee within arms reach. What better time and place to settle in with this rustic winter wonderland that is this wedding, captured by Braun Photography and Studio Z Films. These photos have me toasting to good cheer and I don’t plan on leaving this spot anytime soon.

From the Bride… My husband and I fell in love in the winter. Our first date was sledding, we said I love you in a snowstorm, and all our favorite memories of that time involve snow. So, when we decided to tie the knot, we wanted to say “I do” on our fifth anniversary and kiss under an evergreen chuppah to remind us of the snow-covered evergreens we shared our first kisses under.

We are DIYers at heart. So, while we loved the idea of bringing in experts to take beautiful photos and video, and to prepare delicious food, we knew that the decor was going to be a project for the whole family. My parents made the evergreen chuppah, my mother-in-law made my necklace, and I created all the decor with help from family.

We also knew that our ceremony had to be personal to us. Neither of us is religious, but we wanted our ceremony to have the same deeply meaningful resonance as religious ceremonies. So, we recited vows we wrote as well as traditional vows, we had our families stand and pledge to welcome each other as a son and daughter, we had our friend play viola while Ryan’s father lead a bitter-sweet wine ceremony, and we had Ryan’s sister and my sister-in-law read special poems. Everyone said it was the most beautiful ceremony they’d every seen, and I ugly cried through most of it.

Because our ceremony was so deeply personal, we chose to keep our wedding small, with just 50 guests. It turned out to be the smartest move we could have made. We got to spend time with each and every person, and the whole night had the intimate feel of spending holidays with the family.

In the end, so many things just fell together perfectly, like the fact that it ended up being negative 5 degrees, but my bridesmaid Sarah had borrowed a bunch of vintage furs from her mother, so we ended up wearing those. Also, my veil didn’t work out at the last minute, but my wonderful florets made me a wreath that I loved. It was truly a day of kismet.

My husband was a musician and is a huge music nerd, so music was very important to us. He spent months curating the perfect playlists for cocktail hour, dinnertime, and dancing. Our special songs included: “The Book of Love” by The Magnetic Fields, “Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy” by The Kinks, “Love Letter” by The Wannadies, “Find Love” by Clem Snide, and “Love You Madly” by Cake.

Photography: Braun Photography | Videography: Studio Z | Floral Design: Inspired Floral | Gown: Catherine Deane, BHLDN ("Lita Gown") | Ceremony Venue: Centennial Barn | Reception Venue: Centennial Barn | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: EatWell | Favors: Green World Project | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Boutonnieres: DIY | Braidsmaid's Necklaces: Bauble Bar | Bride's Jewelry: Designs By Bride, Made By Mother Of Groom | Day-of Coordinator: Jen Weber | Decor: DIY | Fur Coats: Vintage, Borrowed From Bridesmaid's Mother | Invitations And Stationery: Five Dot Designs

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Glamorous DIY Wedding at the Dayton, Ohio Art Institute

With the perfect amount of charm and glam, this DIY wedding crafted up by the stunning Bride below is one for the books. Why you ask? Well, because not only did she dream up all the swoon-worthy details sitting in this gallery captured by Jenny Haas Photograph, but those amazing take-your-breath-away florals? She whipped those up too. I know, it’s too much – but there is even more waiting for you here.

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From Jenny Haas PhotographyMy name is Jenny Haas and I am a Dayton Ohio wedding photographer. I recently shot a beautiful wedding at the Dayton Art Museum with a lot of glitz and glamour so I wanted to share! Heather and Loftur met in college in the states, but since Loftur is from Iceland they lived there for a while. A lot of the guest were from there and it was fun to see two different cultures and traditions come together in one place, and to celebrate one couple :)

Some of my favorite details of the day were the florals, Heather designed them herself [crazy and ambitious!] she did an amazing job! I loved the pops of color and they accented the bridesmaids dresses perfectly. I also thought it was unique that some of the girls wore black gowns and some of them work mismatched pastel gowns. Heather’s gown was simple and elegant.

The tables at the reception were covered with gold table clothes and decorated with blacks and golds. Heather and Loftur made CDS for favors with their favorite songs, and Heather arranged all of the flowers. The Art Institute was the perfect backdrop for all of the details!

Photography: Jenny Haas Photography | Floral Design: Evergreen Flower Co. | Wedding Dress: Duchess Ivy And Aster | Cake: Dorothy Lane Market | Bride's Shoes: Seychelles | Hair: Sweetly Pinned | Tuxes: Vera Wang Black | DJ And Lights: Party Pleasers | Linens, Plates, Silverware: Prime Time Party Rentals | Venue: Dayton Art Institute

Ohio Winter Wonderland Inspiration Shoot at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Can I let you in on a little secret? I kind of love winter. It’s not a statement you hear often, mostly up here in New England where the winters are particularly fierce, but there is just something about that season that is beautiful, cozy and intimate – and how can you not love that? Belle Ombre Photography packed all that winter beauty into a shoot that will make your heart sing with the help of Swank Floral Creations, A Cupcake A Day and J Paris Designs, and you can see it all here.

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From Belle Ombre PhotographyOhioans are used to cold weather and snow but this winter has been the exception. With serious snowfall, record lows, and more calamity days than one can count on two hands. We were “chomping at the bit” to get out of hibernation and have a little fun. As you can imagine – winter tends to be a very slow season for weddings around these parts, so we pulled together some of our favorite vendors for a winter inspiration shoot that will satisfy any brides dream of a winter wonderland wedding. The timing for this shoot was everything, we needed fresh snow but also needed fresh flowers, a wedding cake, models, and everyone’s availability. It took careful planning but believe it or not, our opportunity came fast – one week later we were shooting. Our model (Kate) was a true warrior, it was 21 degrees with a wind-chill of 7, we couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with for this shoot. The session took place in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which spans several cities in Northeastern Ohio. 

Photography: Belle Ombre Photography | Florist: Swank Floral Creations | Wedding Cake: A Cupcake A Day | Hair & Makeup: Beauty Therapy | Bridal Gown & Accessories: The Dress Bridal Boutique | Coat (fur): 4 Ladies & More Consignment Boutique | Furniture Restoration & Design: J Paris Designs | Invitations & Placeholders: Pink Tomato | Venue: Cuyahoga Valley National Park