WHEN CLIENTS BECOME FRIENDS
We have the coolest clients, some of whom feel more like old friends. Originally, I wasn't going to be available for Michelle and Rob's wedding, but by an unexpected turn of events, their date got switched from a Saturday to a Sunday and all of the sudden, I was doing a happy dance. Through Facebook messages, Michelle and I built a unique client/friend relationship, so that by the time her and Rob's engagement session came around, it felt like I was meeting old friends for the first time.
Michelle and Rob have become friends that we enjoy hanging out with. We had Michelle come with us as an assistant to a bridal show last July, and in October her and Rob joined us for an escape room that featured handcuffs and blindfolds. Jokes ensued.
Rich and I went into their Sunday brunch wedding knowing that Michelle and Rob were going to make us cry. From hand-written vows and pinky-promises to blended families and happy tears, this wedding was one of the most touching we've witnessed. Also, they had us follow them to McDonalds afterwards, which was amazing.
Michelle and Rob got ready in separate rooms at Williams Golf and Country Club, their boys with Rob. When her hair and makeup where done, Michelle looked like she belonged in a black and white noire film, she had that old hollywood glamor going on. As I styled details, Michelle and her bridal party danced and sang to broadway show tunes.
Meanwhile, Rob assisted the boys in getting dressed and fixing their hair. When everyone was ready, I delivered a little black box to Rob and inside was a View-Master featuring portraits of Michelle shot by the talented Katie Lynn Photography. Rob's reaction to the View-Master was priceless, and everyone laughed when his young son asked to see it.
Back in Michelle's room, she had her oldest son zip her dress, and then everyone got a chance to button the lace over-shirt that Michelle customized her dress with. Once she her veil was in place and her look complete, she turned around to see everyone in the room tearing up. This bridal reveal was one to remember. It was made even better when the boys came in to see her.
The original plan was to hold the ceremony outside overlooking the Ohio River, but rain unfortunately forced the ceremony indoors. Regardless of the change of plans, Michelle and Rob had one of the most memorable and touching ceremonies I have ever witnessed. Michelle and Rob shared personal promises instead of vows because, as Michelle said, "vows are breakable." As she and Rob both came from previous marriages, it was a heartfelt display of learning from the past to improve the future. Their pinky promise brought tears and laughter to the whole room.
Their three sons were involved in the ceremony as well, participating by adding their own colored sand during the unity ceremony--blending their sands together and becoming inseparable, just as their new blended family.
Just a note here about the officiant. Pete Fernbaugh has become one our favorites for his thoughtful and personal delivery during the ceremony. We've recommend him to so many of our clients and will continue to do so.
THE BRUNCH RECEPTION
As this wedding was held in the morning on a Sunday, instead of the typical evening reception and dinner, brunch was served. There were eggs, waffles, pastries, and the most delicious coffee. I was so satisfied with the food that was served, Williams did an amazing job. Also, the cupcakes were absolutely delicious. I managed to nab a blueberry one on the way out and was so glad that I did.
In one of the room so off of the main ball room, board games were set out and we caught a few guests playing and enjoying the fun. After first dances, there was cake cutting and toasts, and then a special family dance. I really enjoyed seeing all of the kids cutting loose on the dance floor. After some dancing, Rob and Michelle snuck out with us for some more portraits since the rain had let up. We explored the property a bit, but returned to the front for that gorgeous view. We might not have mountains or beaches or magical forests, but we do have one of the most scenic views of the Ohio Valley.
After Michelle and Rob said their goodbyes and thank-yous to guests and family, they invited Rich and I to document their post-wedding dinner at McDonalds. I absolutely loved this part of their day, it was just so real and unlike anything we'd done before. I'm so down for more clients asking us to tag along for their post-wedding snack runs. Michelle and Rob ordered their usual and Rich partook in a milkshake and burger. I focused on documenting the little moments.
I am so grateful for clients who make us feel like part of the family and I'm so blessed to be able to work with such amazing vendors.
Congratulations to Michelle, Rob, Merrick, Max, and Robbie!
Venue & Catering: Williams Golf and Country Club
Planner: Jessica Garda Events
Officiant: Pete Fernbaugh
DJ: Josh Rambo
Bridal Dress: David's Bridal
We are Rich and Cynthia, wedding photographers based in Steubenville, OH and telling vibrant stories of love throughout Pittsburgh, the Upper Ohio Valley and beyond. We are currently booking 2020 and 2021 weddings. Contact us about your date!
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