Elegant Estate Wedding

Scans by: PhotoVision Prints | Venue: Kingwood Center, Ohio
Day of Event Coordinator and Styling: Birds and Honey | Event Coordinator: Umbrella Barrel
Catering:  Blue Ribbon Catering & Mazah Mediterranean Eatery
Floral: Bride’s Family and Friends | Videography: Little Tree Studios
Cake: Blanca Guerra | Wedding Bands: Store5a | Bride’s Makeup: Columbus Wedding Makeup
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Isaiah Wu, Daniel Wu, Stephan Spottswood 
Henna: Bindu Verma, Creative Calla Corner | Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy

About the lovely couple, from the bride, Madison: I met Michael in the 7th grade, I must have just turned twelve.
Michael walked in the side doors at our church group and I knew he was new. He had big “mushroom” like hair and a lanyard out of his cargo shorts. I welcomed him to the group and left before he was swarmed by the other middle school girls. That was the start of our friendship.
My Teta, grandmother, told me once that the beautiful relationships start as buds and then bloom. I can tell you she was right about ours, except that maybe the blooming part took a little longer than Michael might have liked.
Michael and I’s relationship consisted of me dodging his throws during dodge ball (unsuccessfully) and visiting Steak and Shake on Wednesday nights until my parents sent me to Worthington Christian for high school. Michael was one of the two people I knew at the school. Michael walked me to class on my first day and nearly every day after that.
During our first class together (Spanish), we talked about guitar, Michael told me how he only played electric and he’d never sing in front of people. I told him that I liked acoustic and he should sing and play, I told him I’d play with him. A week after, Michael was playing acoustic and singing “Better together” with me before school… I should have known.
Slowly, we became best friends. We studied together, challenged each other, distracted each other in class, called one another with broken high school hearts, sang in choirs, planned each other’s dates, debated theology, played in bands, attended each other’s sporting events, grew to love the same friends and ate lunch on the floor of the hallways together.
Michael and I were teased by everyone in the school. The girls on my soccer team would spot us and giggle. At our senior gala  everyone clinked their glasses as a friend started a toast by saying, “Dearly beloved we are gathered here today…” (I was so embarrassed that I can’t remember the rest). It didn’t help that I wore a white dress and Michael a black suit… (Note: Michael asked me to spring gala the first day after Christmas break).
Two days before graduation, as we were sitting on the front of my car after his baseball game he looked at me and told me he “loved me and wanted to marry me”. I responded by telling him I didn’t feel the same way and I wanted to forget he’d ever said anything so we could just keep being friends (ouch, I know. Michael doesn’t remember this so either he blocked it from his memory or I thought it instead of saying it out loud. You might say that moment is a bit of a blur for both of us.)
… Yes, graduation was awkward.
Michael says this phase in life should be titled, “The escape from the friend zone”.  I’m stubborn but Michael is persistent. Soon flowers would show up in my dorm room, letters would be sent, and no matter what function I went attended – Michael would be there too.
The phrase “distance makes the heart grow fonder” couldn’t be more true.
Michael moved to Terre Haute, Indiana – 254 miles away –  our first year of college while I stayed in Columbus. Before the first month of undergrad was even over, I realized I missed him terribly. Michael became a constant pixelated face on my computer screen. (Sorry, Amber (my college roommate)). We’d talk till 2 in the morning, meet each other’s new friends, and of course – study. Michael played baseball at his university and I made a visit to him in Indiana. When I got there to see him, he picked me up and spun me around, I knew something had changed.
November 23, we starting dating outside of La Chatelaine, thus began our four year long-distance relationship. (And there was much rejoicing by all of you). During those four years, Michael grew a beard, cut his “mushroom” hair and learned to eat spinach. I finally got my A in calculus and learned an umpire wasn’t called a “ref”.
We studied on Skype for hours on end (sorry for all of you who’s internet connection suffered as a result). We decided that we wanted to love Jesus most and each other second. We drove to each other’s universities for weekend trips. We had picnic dates on the river bank in the summer. We started ONELIFE, now POINT, together. We hiked. We grew with the Lord. We danced on top of the roof. We lost loved ones. We (I) tried to make Michael mad at me, but it never worked. We invested time on our campuses. We jumped the fence and snuck onto the baseball field after dark. We valued our friends. We built things, Michael a robotic foot- me a company. We learned about each other’s cultures. We looked at mountains we wanted to visit. We began to love each other’s families. We traveled. We learned how to cook.
We wrote letters. We prayed together. We fell in love.
Remember those mountains? On the morning of my birthday, Michael gave me a map with the mountains circled in it. We headed out to Colorado a month later. There on the last day of the trip, in a valley quite like the photos we exchanged in college he said, “Remember I told you I loved you and wanted to marry you? I mean it more today” and with that he asked me to marry him.
(And obviously I said yes, though I just stood there in shock for a few seconds and forgot there was a ring involved). (And yes, he asked my dad first).
Growing up together is an odd thing. The boy I met in middle school isn’t the man I’m marrying today. And, I’m positive I’m not same girl either. This has been our first year living in the same city as a couple. Michael is back in Columbus at Ohio State for his doctorate in biomedical engineering and I’m trying to change how society connects with charity through a social media app.
We are more than happy to have put Skype to rest and be 10 minutes away from each other again. This year we’ve ran races, hosted dinner parties, made business plans, explored Columbus, planned our wedding and best of all – seen each other every week. (EEP!)
So when you see us walking down the aisle, I hope you feel the Lord’s blessing as we do.

We have been blessed these past ten years with a story that has turned into the most beautiful bloom.

Lake Como Villa Balbianello Wedding

Scans: PhotoVision Prints | Ceremony: Villa Del Balbianello | Event Planner: Veronica Frasca
Reception Venue: Villa Flori | Dress Designer: Sottero and Midgley | Florist: Figli Dei Fiori

A few words from the fabulous couple: David: My favorite moment was standing at the altar with my bestman at my left, waiting for my bride to appear in one of the most beautiful places I’d ever stood, Villa Balbianello on Lake Como. Was I nervous? No, I definitely wasn’t nervous. In fact, I suddenly couldn’t understand why that seemed to be so common in weddings. Sometimes to the point where the groom keels over backward at the altar and passes out cold- What’s the deal with that?
Soon after everyone was seated, the lone violinist changed his tune to our song, “Elvis Presley – Can’t help falling in love.” Guests turned around in their seats to watch as my bride entered the Loggia. My eyes were locked, unblinking as she slowly walked the aisle. There she was, my bride. Absolutely stunning. Breathtaking. Lake Como had faded to a mere hazy back drop behind her. That was my wife. My life partner. My person. And suddenly, I couldn’t feel my legs and I understood how keeling over was possible.

Nellie: One of our favorite details had been a private exchange of our personal vows, which we exchanged on the morning of our wedding. Instead of reading them that day, we decided to trust one another not to read them after we exchanged them. We are going to wait until we celebrate our 1 year anniversary to see if we lived up to the promises we made one another over the course of our first year together as husband and wife.
I was gifted a pair of vintage earrings from almost husband, as my “something blue” for the wedding. He purchased them from a jeweler in the town of Bellagio on Lake Como. They were my first pair of earrings he’d ever given me and I plan to pass them down to our daughter/in law to wear on her wedding day.
The Weather: Before we left the states, we got a weather forecast for the week: scattered thunderstorms and a 90% chance of rain. To be well prepared, we sought out the most picturesque umbrellas a bride and groom could have. On the day of the wedding it was sunny and only slightly cloudy, we all kept our fingers crossed. I stepped off the boat, walked down the aisle and stood across from my soon-to-be-husband under the Loggia at Balbianello. As soon as we began our vows it started sprinkling rain and moments after we kissed for the first time as husband and wife, it stopped raining! We couldn’t believe the impecible timing. Just in time for us to walk down the aisle together and exit the Loggia to take photos on the grounds! During the last 5 minutes of our photography session it started sprinkling again and we got to put our umbrellas to use. We got the best of both worlds and it was then that I realized, rain or shine, anything was manageable with my husband by my side.

Ireland Pub Wedding

Scans by: PhotoVision Prints | Makeup by: Marianne Wiley | Hair by: Head Games by Kacey
Bridal Boutique: Cottonwood Bridal | Dress Designer: Bonny Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Eph Apparel

A few words from Kristine: Where my husband is from in Ireland, they tend to plan pretty epic parties for the day after a wedding.  To be honest, we had ours booked before the actual wedding!
Marcus is from a small place called Collorus in County Kerry.  He grew up on the water and across the bay, is his local pub.  It goes by many names, most commonly Kilmackillogue (thanks to the pier in front of it) and Helen’s Bar, after the owner.  It is one of the most beautiful settings you can imagine.  The drive in is a bit hairy with narrow windy roads.  But when you suddenly clear the brush, you are blessed with a stunning view of the ocean on your left and Helen’s Pub on the right.
We chose Helen’s because it has such an important place in our life.  Marcus grew up spending time there and I have spent at least one christmas eve celebrating with friends and family there.  It was one of the first places I visited when I first went to Ireland.
Our night was a mix of great food, fantastic live bands that included impromptu performances by guests and a traditional Irish music band that brought back memories for many of the locals who celebrated with us.
Helen and her right hand woman Pauline helped us plan the absolutely perfect day, rain or shine.  We feel so blessed that we could share such a special place with all of our friends and family from all over the world.  

Are you recently engaged and planning a wedding? Justine Milton, Calgary based destination wedding photographer is currently booking for 2016 & 2017 dates! We book weddings all over the world & love to travel so no matter where your wedding is taking place, if you love our style, give us a shout! We only take on a limited number of weddings each year to ensure we are giving each couple our absolute best! If you would like to chat with us about possibly photographing your wedding, get in touch with Justine here: e-mail me

Red Hair & Freckles | Irish Bridal Session

Scans by: PhotoVision Prints | Design & Styling by: Birds & Honey & Ann Marie O’Leary
Floral Design by: Ann Marie O’Leary | Hair Styling by: Munster Mobile Hair
Makeup by: Kathryn O’Neil | Dress Designer: House of Delphine
Stationery & Calligraphy by: Brow Fox Calligraphy | Jewellery by: Lisa Dora
Model: Stephanie Quilligan | Modelling Agency: 1st Option Management

From Birds & Honey: With Kilarney, Ireland as our backdrop, I wanted to create a design and aesthetic that consisted of a simplistic yet bold palette of fresh, luscious greenery; florals with hues of whites and ivories mixed with the most delicate touches of pale pink. Ireland is filled with so much grandeur and beauty, I really wanted to keep the design very simplistic and use our surroundings to capture it’s true beauty. We pulled the soft and organic details from the stunning one of a kind gowns that House of Delphine provided and the incredible floral’s that Ann Marie created. This truly made for an elegant and timeless design. This type of style would be perfect for a bride who is a lover of nature and the outdoors. She is the type of bride who prefers to be surrounded by beautiful blooms and appreciates the way the natural elements all incorporate themselves into her day. The subtle pale pink details truly add to the femininity and ethereal vibe of this editorial.

We also wanted to incorporate some of Hafez’s Poetry:

“And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth,
“You owe me.”
Look what happens with love like that.
It lights up the sky.” 

It doesn’t get sweeter than than nature mixed with some of the worlds most beautiful poetry. 

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Are you recently engaged and planning a wedding? Justine Milton, Calgary based destination wedding photographer is currently booking for 2016 & 2017 dates! We book weddings all over the world & love to travel so no matter where your wedding is taking place, if you love our style, give us a shout! We only take on a limited number of weddings each year to ensure we are giving each couple our absolute best! If you would like to chat with us about possibly photographing your wedding, get in touch with Justine here: e-mail me

Las Vegas Wedding Inspiration

Scans by: Alpine Film Lab | Creative Design by: Stephanie Reeder | Hair by: Honey Hair & Beauty
Makeup by: Sin City MUA | Dress: The Dress Theory | Suit: H&M | Flowers: The Palette | Rentals: RSVP Rental

While I was attending WPPI: Wedding & Portrait Photographers International earlier this year, I decided it would be a good idea to go to Las Vegas early and set up a bunch of shoots. Well, running low on time and being very busy right after the bridal shows I didn’t have time to do that for myself, so I found some awesome shoot outs to join instead! Stephanie was a gracious host & kept positive through the freezing temperatures, chilli winds, hail, rain and snow. When I first arrived at our meet spot and we went round introducing ourselves, it was comical the number of photographers, in such a small group that were from Alberta! It was great to see so many familiar faces and get the chance to hang out with some local photographers! The scenery was gorgeous, I can’t remember exactly where we were, but the location was amazing & despite the weather the clouds made for a very dramatic landscape! Again these models were just incredible & kept going through the whole thing!

Valley Of Fire | Las Vegas Wedding

Scans by: Alpine Film Lab | Shoot Out Host: Little Film Lab | Stylist: Amanda O’Shannessy
Hair & Makeup by: Ruby Finch Salon | Model: Khrystyana K | Lead Photographers: Gaby Jeter & Jessica Burke
Stationery by: The Aerialist Press | Cake by: Pretty Please Bakeshop | Rentals by: One True Love Vintage Rentals
Dress: Lovely Bride | Flowers by: Flower Story

While I was attending WPPI: Wedding & Portrait Photographers International earlier this year, I decided it would be a good idea to go to Las Vegas early and set up a bunch of shoots. Well, running low on time and being very busy right after the bridal shows I didn’t have time to do that for myself, so I found some awesome shoot outs to join instead! Little Film Lab were gracious hosts & kept positive even during the pouring rain and freezing temperatures! The models were the real heros of the day though, staying calm and collected and still workin’ it all while freezing in far fewer layers of clothing than we were! LFL even gave us some cool swag which included an awesome LFL T-shirt that I still wear more often than I would like to admit to. It came in handy on the shoot day when we were all sopping wet and frozen to have an extra dry shirt!