At the beginning of the month, I had the pleasure of working with Rick and Jessica for their April 5, 2014 wedding. The ceremony took place at Woodland Park United Methodist Church in McDonald, Ohio. Pastor Carla Davies made us all feel so welcome and she was so funny! Photos were taken in between the ceremony and reception at the Youngstown Country Club in Liberty, Ohio. Guests headed to The Mahoning Country Club in Girard, Ohio for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Below are photos of the day courtesy of Photography by Dave and Chrissy, another sweet couple I got to spend time with on this day. I also included a few photos I snapped of the gift table after I had set it up that morning. I hope you enjoy!
Jessica and her bridesmaids were a blast to be around. Here they are striking a pose at Casal’s in Boardman, Ohio after getting their hair and makeup done.
These girls must have secret lives as models. I still can’t get over how they would go from laughing and carrying on to this…in an instant when Chrissy would cue them!
The fun didn’t stop with Jessica and her bridesmaids–Her mom and grandma were just as lovely!
We can’t forget about Rick and Jessica’s son, Greyson. He was so well-behaved and was dancing all night long!
This is another one of my favorites from the day. Rick and Jessica look SO happy!
The Youngstown Country Club was full of great photo opportunities for the happy couple, but this is one of my favorites.
DJ Ike of Ike 4 Life Productions did a wonderful job for cocktail hour and the reception!
The Bride and Groom gave out these adorable drink koozies to their guests. Their guest book was also beach themed and matched the burlap runner at the head table.
Their yellow and blue wedding colors were carried through to the tablescape, as well the beach theme. The bride handmade the votive candle holders and we assembled the centerpieces made up of sand, seashells and white hydrangeas. The bride also made a wedding mad lib sheet for some extra fun for the guests.
Jessica Dmyterko did a wonderful job on the cake and display table. She wrote the bride and groom’s initials in the “sand” (brown sugar) and the cupcakes were decorated beautifully.
The gift table was decorated with a fishing net and an assortment of shells and sea creatures.
Here is a close-up of the beautiful wedding card box Jessica’s sister, Erinn, made. Didn’t she do an amazing job?!
Here is just one more shot of the wedding gift table, including another amazing find by the bride.
And finally, a photo of the beautiful bride and me.
Congratulations again Rick and Jessica! Thank you for trusting me and the other wonderful wedding vendors with your special day!
I was given the privilege to work directly with one of the premier photography companies in Youngstown, Ohio, Menning Photographic. The company is made up of a husband and wife team, Josh and Danielle. They had a way of making me feel welcomed and relaxed and are such sweet people!
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The majority of the time, a wedding rehearsal becomes a last minute afterthought once most of the wedding preparation is complete. However, spending just a little time planning for the rehearsal itself ensures a seamless wedding ceremony. Here are 3 tips for a smooth wedding rehearsal.
1. Send an invitation to anyone involved in the ceremony.
No, it does not have to be some big, fancy invite. Ideally, you could print out a nice information card and include it with the wedding invitations of the appropriate people. If your wedding invitations have already gone out, a nice e-invite will even do the trick. Having something in writing will reduce the stress of making sure everyone knows where and when it will take place and also this allows them to make the proper travel and work arrangements. In addition to the bridal party, be sure to include the officiant, any friends or family that may have children in the wedding, guests of honor (grandparents, etc.), ushers, readers and musicians.
2. Plan the lineup in advance.
It is probably close to the last thing on your mind, but organizing how your bridal party will stand around you on your big day will be a huge help to everyone involved. Hopefully you have an idea of what type of space the ceremony will take place in before the day of the rehearsal. Decide whether you want the groomsman on one side and the bridesmaids on the other or if would rather have couples staggered around you. Either way, height usually comes into play when arranging the bridal party. Since the rehearsal will probably be the first time you have everyone in front of you at the same time, plan ahead as best you can. Once the rehearsal has started and everyone is lined up, take a step back and see how it looks. Hopefully it is just a matter of a few simple swaps, if any are needed at all. It can end up being a real time saver, which brings us to our final tip.
3. Keep the wedding rehearsal short.
A wedding rehearsal should not be much longer than an hour. The main purpose is to make sure everyone knows where they need to be at the correct time before, during and after the ceremony. In addition to having everyone walking down the aisle, readers can also run through their part to know where they stand and to get comfortable with the microphone if one will be used. If time allows, any musicians that may be involved can also run through their songs. If you anticipate being pressed for time, why not have them run through the music just before the scheduled rehearsal begins? Then once everyone is there, they just need to know where they fall into the ceremony schedule. If a rehearsal runs too long, most people get restless and things can get chaotic. Plus, everyone is looking forward to the yummy dinner that follows. 🙂
If you need help organizing your wedding rehearsal or any other part of your wedding, leave it to Delvaux Wedding & Event Planning. Contact us now for more information!