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I wanted to share a very sweet idea that happened on this Mother’s Day wedding.

Kevin & Erin met while performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Colorado. Their intimate Carillon Historical Park wedding ceremony was emotional as well as entertaining… they are actors after all!
Their ceremony ended with a twist, or shall we say, feathers!

Kevin’s sister, Karlen, approached me at the rehearsal to let me know that a guest who couldn’t come to the wedding arranged for a dove release, but kept it a secret from the bride & groom. She explained that after the kiss, the best man would hand them a basket. Not knowing what was in the basket, they opened it and this happened:

 Isn’t that the best?

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Carillon Park Wedding in Dayton, Ohio /// AndreaDozier.com

Cheers to 2013 Weddings! ♥

PS Can’t thank Karlen enough for giving me the details about this little secret! I’m so glad to have been ready for it!

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  • Michelle - June 9, 2014 - 2:20 pm

    I am looking for a white dove release for my wedding this August. I am having the worst luck finding a company that does dove releases in the dayton area! If you could help me out that would be greatly appreciated!

Mark & Jenn moved to Cincinnati from upstate New York a few years ago. For their wedding, they decided to give their family & friends the local Cincinnati experience. Planning a strategic Friday wedding allowed them to have an extra weekend day together before everyone parted ways. Their gorgeous wedding was at Ault Park in its prime on a gorgeous summer day.

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
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Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com
Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding Photography by AndreaDozier.com

From the Bride, Jenn:

Mark and I are both from upstate NY and moved to Cincinnati 5 years ago.
Our wedding ceremony and reception took place at Ault Park in Cincinnati, OH. We had over 100 friends and family travel from out of town, mostly from upstate NY. We planned an entire weekend of events for our guests since for most of them, it was their first time to Cincinnati. Mark had a golf outing on Thursday at the TPC Riversbend, the wedding was on Friday and we rented a private party deck at the Great American Ballpark for the home game against Detroit.
Although we knew this weekend was celebrating Mark and I, we wanted it to be special for our friends and family, some who we haven’t seen since moving to Ohio. Our custom hotel guest bags were filled with Cincinnati favorites. Cookies from Busken Bakery, Indiana Popcorn and Grippos Chips. We had the trolly schedule with list of events going on downtown and local restaurant list. In order to help our guests prepare for their trip, on our wedding website we listed our favorite restaurants (with favorite dishes) and things to do in the city. We also had a little “first aid” bags that were stamped with “Keep Calm and Carry On”. They were filled with Shout Stain remover, tylenol, antibacterial wipes, Emergen-C and mints.

Photography Assistant: Echo Deersman

Vendors-

Videographer: Blue Canister Studios
See Mark & Jenn’s post on their blog here
DJ/Lighting: Party Pleasers
Makeup: Rachel Lisa Makeup Artist
Flowers and Table Centerpieces: Botany by Jennie Hedges
Guest Wishes Box, Gift Card Box and Cake Topper: Brides Sister-in-Law
Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Jeffrey Bartlett Custom Clothiers
Brides Dress: Designer: Jenny Yoo Shop: Carrie Karibo
Brides Necklace: Kate Spade
Custom Hotel Guest Bags: Wedding Chicks Shop
Custom Engagement Ring and Wedding Band: Hug Jewelers (center stone is Bride’s Grandmothers)

Amazing Esty Shops-

Flower Girl Dresses: OliviaKateCouture
Bride & Maid of Honor Clutch: MlleBagatelles
Escort Tags and Guest Book Cards: MorrellDecor
Photo Booth Props: PartyGoodies
Mini Cupcake PomPoms: PotterandButler
Table Numbers: BCprints
Snack Bags: LostBridgeDesigns
Cake Serving Knife and Forks: jessicaNdesigns
Table Thank You Cards: WeddingsByJamie

You might remember them from a Mini Canvas DIY I posted in February, check it out here.

I clearly enjoyed every pop of coral & gorgeous detail from this wedding.
However slipping away for a quiet break on the balcony was my favorite moment.
We all had a chance to breathe & soak in the amazing beauty of the day’s close.

All the best to these two! ♥

Find me on Instagram // Pinterest // Facebook // Twitter // Vine
@AndreaDozier

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It’s been quiet in the “wedding” tab here.
There have been quiet evolutions that I felt needed to happen.
This past year I’ve gone from shooting JPG to RAW, Photoshop {and several other post-production programs} to 100% Lightroom, PC to Mac, experimenting with some new photography techniques, and I’ve added a full time second shooter!

Definitely embracing change, but I’ve been slow to show until I felt like I had a handle on all of this.

Ault Park Cincinnati Wedding by AndreaDozier.com

Thank you for your patience, I hope to keep sharing my journey & what I think about these developments to my style & workflow.

Mark & Jenn’s Cincinnati wedding will be posted soon, full of color & summer’s grace. ♥

Find me on Instagram // Pinterest // Facebook // Twitter // Vine
@AndreaDozier

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Happy Valentine Eve.

I’ve been inspired by all the Pinterest pins about DIY canvas photos using Modge Podge glue and swore I’d make one someday.
Of course that never happened.
After I came across mini canvases with easels at JoAnn Fabrics a couple years ago, I thought it would look great in a petite version.
It’s a sweet little project that requires minimal planning, and is perfect for your wedding or engagement pictures.

Check out Mark & Jenn’s entire wedding post, here.

DIY Mini Canvas with Wedding Photos by AndreaDozier.com
DIY Mini Canvas with Wedding Photos by AndreaDozier.com

Materials:

  • Mini Canvas – I’ve come across them at JoAnn Fabrics & Walmart. Walmart sells them in sets with the wooden easels, JoAnn lets you pick and choose them separately. I recommend getting them separately if you’d like to pick up more canvases than easels or want a variety of sizes.
  • Easel
  • Modge Podge & Old Paintbrush
  • Scissors or X-Acto Knife
  • Ruler
  • Awesome Picture

DIY Mini Canvas with Wedding Photos by AndreaDozier.com

First, I measure the canvas to make sure I order the correct size photo print.
Mine were 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches, so two fit just perfectly in a 4 x 6 print.

I used InDesign to set up a 4 x 6 inch document and resized my images to fit inside two 3.5 x 2.5 rectangles.
I’ve made these several times as gifts to friends & family, and I always order at least two extra prints.
Just in case the knife slips while I’m cutting or some other little disaster.

DIY Mini Canvas with Wedding Photos by AndreaDozier.com

Cut the photographs to size.

DIY Mini Canvas with Wedding Photos by AndreaDozier.com

Line up the photograph on the canvas that it will be glued on top of.
Make sure it is a good fit and doesn’t need trimmed {sometimes the canvases can be irregular shapes or my cutting is not quite perfect}.

Lay the trimmed picture on the canvas.
You have a moment or two to slide it around and set it so that it is centered.
Use a tissue to press the image on the canvas gently.
Leave it alone and let it dry for about five minutes.Using a paintbrush, brush a layer of the Modge Podge glue on the canvas.

DIY Mini Canvas with Wedding Photos by AndreaDozier.com
Easy enough for a two year old to do.
Ha. He was jealous that I was making a mess so I invited him to join me as a bribe to keep him happy until I finished.

DIY Mini Canvas with Wedding Photos by AndreaDozier.com
DIY Mini Canvas with Wedding Photos by AndreaDozier.com

I like to make mine with a little bit of texture to mimic a painting.
I do this by painting on the front of the image.
It will feel scary to brush white Modge Podge on your photograph, but it won’t stay that way.
The glue goes on white and dries clear.
My personal rule is that I like to make sure that skin on faces is clear, and I use more texture on the outer edges.
I added a tiny bit of glitter dust to my family Christmas picture canvas and a friend told me her daughter made one with a lipstick kiss!

DIY Mini Canvas with Wedding Photos by AndreaDozier.com
DIY Mini Canvas with Wedding Photos by AndreaDozier.com
DIY Mini Canvas with Wedding Photos by AndreaDozier.com
DIY Mini Canvas with Wedding Photos by AndreaDozier.com
DIY Mini Canvas with Wedding Photos by AndreaDozier.com
Thanks to Mark & Jenn for stepping out at sunset of their Cincinnati wedding so I could capture that gorgeous moment of them!
DIY Mini Canvas with Wedding Photos by AndreaDozier.com

Prints $.45

Canvas $1.00

Easel $1.00

Modge Podge about $8 {you will only use about a teaspoon of the bottle}

DIY Mini Canvas with Wedding Photos by AndreaDozier.com
Here’s a bonus image of one I made a year ago for my husband. I scanned an old photograph & had it reprinted.
Love seeing his Grandma holding him next to my kitchen sink!
They are great gifts for guys & you can make a few at a time so that you can switch them out seasonally.

DIY Mini Canvas with Wedding Photos by AndreaDozier.com

Here is a little behind the scenes video I made with the Vine App of this process:

This is definitely not a new concept, but I hope someone feels inspired! ♥

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@AndreaDozier

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  • alli - February 13, 2013 - 1:40 pm

    Absolutely love this! I always want to buy those little canvases at the store. The one with the old photograph is perfect. : )

  • Andrea - February 13, 2013 - 6:28 pm

    Thanks Alli! I was so drawn to them too, they are so versatile & adorable! One Christmas I made several of them with vintage photographs like this for gifts and it was so fun. Also love how easy it is to add new ones each season!

  • eric von lehmden - February 18, 2013 - 8:41 am

    That is so cool. I work with Canvas Press (we print photos onto canvas) and it is always great to see people’s creativity and enthusiasm for putting their own photos on canvas. Let me know if we can ever help with a project of yours or just give us a shout to chat about what we do. Great post!

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  • Collin - May 1, 2013 - 11:12 pm

    You have shared an excellent DIY Mini Canvas for Wedding Photo, i like this unique idea, many thanks for sharing this great DIY project..

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