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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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Summer
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Museum
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Elegant

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 | Venue: Dayton Art Institute | DJ And Lights: Party Pleasers | Linens, Plates, Silverware: Prime Time Party Rentals

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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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Winter
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Elegant

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 | Venue: Cuyahoga Valley National Park | Bridal Gown & Accessories: The Dress Bridal Boutique | Coat (fur): 4 Ladies & More Consignment Boutique | Furniture Restoration & Design: J Paris Designs | Invitations & Placeholders: Pink Tomato

Romantic Pink Wedding at Griggs Reservoir Boathouse

We spent this morning at the beach with these two cuties and Jeremiah and Rachel Photography, albeit we didn’t have our toes in the sand with them, we felt as if we did. And because we loved it so much, we couldn’t resist sharing another pretty from these talented photogs, and ooh darlings, it’s a pret-ty one. A Bride in a blush dress, sparkle and shine in every corner, gorgeous rings, shoes and blooms galore… we’ll leave it at that and let the gallery speak for itself.

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Spring
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Boathouse
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Rustic

From the beautiful Bride…My wedding day was the happiest day of my life! I was all smiles & overwhelmed with all the love surrounding me. My best advice to other brides is to take it all in. The day flies by, so stop and soak it up when you can!

From Jeremiah and Rachel PhotographyFrom our first interaction with Stephanie and Ian, we knew we loved them. Their wedding was filled with so much love from the two of them and their amazing friends and family. Stephanie is a girl after my own heart and I adored her touches of glam pink and sparkles throughout the day. I especially love weddings in early summer, when peonies are still in bloom! Nothing says romantic wedding like fluffy white and blush blooms. She told me on the day of that she knew pink was a popular wedding color, but she really tried to make their own, and I think they did just that! Stephanie had two wedding dresses made especially for her, one for the ceremony and one for the reception. I still can’t tell you which one I loved more, but I LOVED being able to photograph such a gorgeous bride in two spectacular dresses! Her ceremony wedding dress was a dream, with layers and layers of tulle and magic, with her reception dress being a sexy, pink lace mermaid dress. Stephanie looked radiant all day with her cascading blonde hair and shimmery eyes. Everything about Stephanie and Ian’s day was wonderful and had their own unique touch to it, from the custom paper goods and the pink ombre wedding cake, to having Ian’s step-mom perform the ceremony.

Photography: Jeremiah And Rachel Photography | Videography: Sway The Crowd Productions | Floral Design: Flowers On Orchard Lane | Wedding Dress: Jasmines Bridal Shop | Wedding Dress: Cara Bridal | Cake: The End Dessert Company | Ceremony Venue: Griggs Reservoir Boathouse | Brides Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Soiree | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff D'Zage 8056 | Catering: Carfagnas | DJ: Encore L'Amore Entertainment | Grooms Attire: JCPenny | Bracelet & Earrings: HelenaNoelleCouture On ETSY | Paper Goods: Alexandria Lindo On ETSY | Photobooth: Dan Buckley Photography | Rentals: Chavari Chairs From Lasting Impressions | Veil: Thelittlewhitedress On ETSY

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Ohio Engagement Hike at Hocking Hills

Engagement sessions make my heart melt. I love to see a couple on the verge of their great adventure, and this shoot from J. Hannah Photography is such a fabulous example of why. No props are needed when there is a love like this, just two people totally in love, ready to take on the world. See even more here.

From  J. Hannah PhotographyPlease enjoy this beautiful, nature, engagement session with my clients Susan and Luke. Hocking Hills State Park is in the south-east portion of Ohio and has a ton of hiking trails and caves. Luke proposed to his high school sweetheart, Susan, around the most famous area, Old Man’s Cave. That particular area was roped off the day Luke proposed and the day of the session, but we were rebels and headed to that section anyways! We spent the day hiking around the beautiful park and capturing some great shots. My favorite photos are by the waterfall which we discovered by taking a trail we had not seen before. My favorite candid moment was when Luke helped Susan keep her balance as she walked on a stone barrier, so she didn’t have to walk through the mud.

Photography: J. Hannah Photography | Location: Hocking Hills State Park

A Hand-Crafted, DIY Midwest Meadow Wedding at Happy Days Lodge

Handmade and heartfelt, this darling day at Happy Days Lodge (even the venue’s name is cute) was labor of love in the best possible way. With the help of family and friends, this couple whipped up a day they will treasure forever, and thanks to Anna Zajac all those priceless moments can be seen here.

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Summer
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Lodge

From the Bride…From the beginning, we wanted our wedding to be very personalized and involving our friends as much as possible. We designed the save the dates and invitations ourselves, and printed them with our friend’s letterpress. We designed and printed all the wedding day decorations and programs on another friend’s risograph. One of my bridesmaids made my wedding dress(!!), which included lace from my mom’s wedding dress. Our musician, photographer, and cake maker were all close friends of ours. Our friend hand lettered a window with our names and the wedding date that was set up as you entered the ceremony hall. On the day of, the groomsmen and Alex set up all the decorations, and the bridesmaids and I made all the centerpieces and bouquets. Many friends let us borrow decorations. Our parents supported us and contributed an incredible amount. We had our guests request oldies songs for the dance floor, since we’re not into traditional wedding music, and we didn’t think our guests would enjoy our indie dance music. It all felt incredibly special and unique, and so us, because you could see our hands and our friends’ hands in the making of the whole day.

When Alex and I first started dating, we took many trips to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to hike or sit and talk. We had our first kiss there, and two years later, got engaged there. So it made total sense to get married there, and we were lucky enough to book the Happy Days Lodge, a hall I’d been eyeing for a few months! They had both a ceremony hall and a reception hall in one building, which was so convenient for decorating and not having to rush from one location to another after the ceremony. It had market lighting already set up, and two giant bison heads on the wall.

The biggest hit of the night (besides dancing) was the food. If you want guaranteed praise for your wedding, get a barbecue place to cater. Our venue limited our catering options, but luckily Old Carolina Barbecue was on the list. People went back for seconds, which apparently doesn’t happen very often. We also met a couple early on in our engagement that had a small business in Cleveland making ice cream, called Mason’s Creamery. Everyone loved them as well, and didn’t even miss not having cake.

Favorite Memories from the Wedding:

Alex (Groom): Because the venue was small, and because Katey and I had chosen not to see each other before the ceremony, we had to switch off waiting in our respective restrooms. The groomsmen and bridesmaids acted as “lookouts,” and we were always told ahead of time when the coast was clear before leaving. It will always be a favorite memory of mine. It was a good time bonding with my groomsmen and my father.

Katey (Bride): My favorite memory was walking down the aisle and realizing that almost everyone I knew was in the same room. Beforehand, I didn’t think it would be a big deal??but I knew the trouble some of them went through to get there, I knew the events that had fallen into place to let some of them be able to make it, and I knew of others who couldn’t make it that day. Even after the ceremony, as we stood in the receiving line, I burst into tears at the sight those people. I just felt really loved that people traveled so many miles to be there.

Advice to Those Planning Now: Do small bits of planning at a time??which means that you have to start early on things and work consistently throughout your engagement. Don’t put things off until the last minute, and don’t try to cram too much into one planning session. If you’re too stressed or tired, it’s okay to just hang out and watch a movie instead. Also, let your friends and family help. I (Katey) had a hard time doing this, but it’s physically impossible to get it all done by yourselves, especially the day of. And it’s a great way to bond with everyone.

Photography: Anna Zajac | Flowers: Katey Catanese (the Bride) | Invitations: Alex Catanese | Reception Venue: Happy Days Lodge | Bride's Shoes: Forever 21 | Catering: Old Carolina Barbecue | Grooms Attire: H&M | Bride's Dress: Jasmine Summers | Dessert: Mason's Creamery | First Dance Song: "Love And Some Verses" -Iron And Wine | Groom's Tie: The Tie Bar | Jewerly: Brit Buttons | Sign Painting: Todd Wendorff

SMP Midwest Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Discount + A Giveaway!

Today we’re thanking our lucky stars for WASIO photography, the sole reason your Saturday is about to take a giant step up from normal to extraordinary.  I’m talking an entire portfolio of jaw-droppingly gorgeous images from one of the most talented photography teams you will ever meet.  How’s that for the perfect weekend?  Dive into all of the pretty (+ a discount and giveaway) below!

From WASIO photography… Living in Chicago, we get to appreciate the beautiful architecture and incorporate it in our photographs. The roots of our inspiration are landscapes and being in the moment. True love is one of our greatest motivators that inspires us to capture special moments that literally happen in seconds. By having such a strong passion for love and beauty, we thrive to deliver timeless photographs that will be passed down through generations. Our goal is to always awe our clients with the famous WASIO signature style photographs.

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Giveaway!  One lucky SMP reader will win a sunset or sunrise 1-hour engagement session* with WASIO photography! (Value $499)  Simply leave a comment below telling us why Chicago is your city of choice for your engagement session!  The winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, September 12, 2014.  

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*Session must take place in downtown Chicago on a mutually agreed day. The engagement session includes session time plus one WASIO signature edit 8×10 print. Online gallery will include all color corrected images from the session. Client will have the option to purchase additional prints with WASIO signature edit or all high-resolution electronic images.