Updated: Mar 17
Family is what happens when two people fall in love.
Some people are unable to deal with stress or plans going off course. These people tend to become “bridezillas” on their wedding day. Other people are able to go with the flow and can adapt. This was Molly on her wedding day. Not everything was ready the morning of, but it was fine. While her bridesmaids busied themselves with hair and makeup, she sat at a laptop and got the seating chart and other last minute details finished. She smiled and laughed. If she was stressed, she didn’t let it show. I saw a woman who was relieved that her wedding was finally here, despite everything. Molly and Homer made it through 2020 without postponing and they were finally getting married. They were more than fine, they were elated.
2020 may have felt a lot like this meme:
But Molly and Homer’s wedding in November was like a breath of fresh air, it was more than fine, it was wonderful. And I could talk about the details of the wedding, but really it's the people who make a wedding what it is. Molly, Homer, their family and friends, these people all made the night one to remember.
Molly and her bridesmaids got ready at the Market at Ebbert Farms, which marked this as our second wedding at the wonderful Saint Clairsville, OH venue. They used the bridal parlor in the back of the venue and had hair and makeup styled in front of the gorgeous studio mirrors. It was a very busy room and I loved how involved everyone was in helping each other get ready.
Molly opted for a dramatic makeup look and long loose curls to show off her gorgeous black tresses. Her gown was from Wendy's Bridal in Columbus. All together, she was stunning.
The ceremony was held at the beautiful St. Agnes Church in Mingo Junction. I've driven by this church many times, but had never actually visited. I was in awe of the impressive architecture and stainless windows as well as the many exquisite details. This church was Molly and Homer's church, so it held a very special importance to them. The personal touches of the ceremony, from the Father officiating, to the readings given by Homer's grandmother and sister, made it all the more beautiful.
One moment I always love at weddings is when the best man supports the groom when he sees the bride for the first time. When everyone is watching the bride walk down the aisle, the best man is watching the groom. I love that brotherly friendship. Homer was breathless upon seeing Molly and then he walked up the aisle to meet her and her father. Molly was grinning from ear to ear, happy tears in her eyes. Soon enough, they were husband and wife and the party would get started.
Wedding Party and Portraits
We did group photos and portraits at Union Cemetery in Steubenville, OH. Despite living in Steubenville, I don't actually shoot a lot of weddings here, so it's always a treat to be able to take couples to a spot I'm very familiar with. We went to the popular stone bridge that stands before the main portion of the headstones and started with group photos. One of the stranger things that happened during this time is a car pull up and random college girls jumped out to take a selfie with the wedding party. We were all kind of shocked at that considering no one in the wedding party knew these girls. Once they left, we resumed on. At one point, the shot we were trying to get was very wide and there was no more room for me to back up, so I got on the side of the bridge and had Rich hold on to me. It was at this point the maid of honor asked if we were a couple, because our chemistry was sizzling. Molly and Homer had a good laugh at that.
When we finished with the groups, Rich and I took Molly and Homer aside and photographed their couple's portraits. The adoration between them was beautiful and really shined through in their portraits.
As the sun started lowering, we headed back to the Market at Ebbert Farms for the reception. I honestly love this venue, I feel it's very versatile and can be decorated to suit numerous wedding styles. Everything came together seamlessly in the end and the venue looked amazing. Molly truly did a great job of pulling together her red and navy theme. The cake by 3-D Bakery looked gorgeous and the cupcakes were delicious. Ohio Catering brought the food and it was outstanding.
Each moment during this reception was wonderful. The first dance shared between Molly and Homer was so romantic, and while I was documenting Molly's dance with her father, Rich was busy with Homer. I am so glad that he was, because he received a special gift and the emotional moment between him and his grandmother and sister was one that couldn't be missed.
Throughout the open dance floor, Molly and Homer's kids were getting down with the rest of them. It was fun to see all the kids dancing and enjoying themselves. It was their party too. I know the topic of kids at a wedding can be very polarizing, but I have to say, I've only ever seen kids add to a wedding day. Molly and Homer certainly have some adorable kids.
Rich and I were so honored to be a part of this family celebration. Congratulations to Molly, Homer, and their kids. Many blessings to them!
Church: St Agnes Church
Reception Venue: Ebbert Farm Market
Bridal Dress: Wendy's Bridal Columbus
Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal
Makeup: Shalyn Joseph
Cake: 3-D Cakery
Catering: Ohio Catering's The Countryside
We are Rich and Cynthia, the husband and wife duo behind Cyn Davis Photography. We are Ohio based wedding photographers capturing fairytale moments in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Get to know us better by visiting our about us page or by contacting us. We would love to meet you over Zoom!