Courtney & I went to the same high school (Vandalia Butler). I saw her briefly last year while doing a mini kid’s portrait session for a mutual friend, and I believe she was just getting to know this guy… Chris. She’d been set up by her best friend and soon found herself planning an Ohio wedding from Oklahoma to her handsome soldier. When we met to go over her wedding timeline & have a little chat,Â we were wearing the same headband. I knew with such exquisite mutual taste in accessories, her wedding was going to be awesome & we would get along wonderfully. 😀
Chris & Courtney were married this past December at St. Christopher Parish in Vandalia, Ohio.
I tell all my couples this, and it’s so true. I LOVE the moment when the married couple exits the ceremony with relief & effortless enthusiasm… it’s one of my favorite parts of the day to photograph.
For the next set, they braved the very cold weather to go downtown to Riverscape for a very quick portrait session. I was so impressed with Courtney’s fearlessness!
I love when the wedding party is willing to be a little adventurous, it makes the photographs more like how you normally are as opposed to “looking like you are going to be fired at” (Jose Villa).
They look gorgeous even though it was so cold!
Courtney & Chris held their wedding reception at Top of the Market Banquet Center that is located in downtown Dayton as well. You can check more on their site, but it is a “recently renovated facility offers exposed brick walls, cathedral ceilings, climate controlled rooms, A/V equipment, full service bars, complimentary well lit parking, and is completely handicap accessible. Our on-site full service catering team can provide any level of food service you desire: from a deli-style boxed lunch to the most formal horâ€™dourves and entrÃ©es imaginable.” Read more here.
During the toasts, Courtney’s late mother, Cynthia, was honored & remembered fondly. Much of the wedding was planned through her hard work & excitement for Chris & Courtney.
When Chris & Courtney went to cut their cake, they surprised us with shoving cake at the MOH & Best Man instead of each other… so awesome!
Courtney’s two sisters joined her for the Father Daughter Dance, I saved this sacred moment for the last image.
Chris & Courtney, thank you for inviting me to be part of such an incredible, intimate day. I hope that through the images I’ve given you, you are able to remember it
just as you saw it for the first time when you lived it. â™¥