Summer Wedding at First Congregational Church and The Columbus Athenaeum

Romantic Summer Wedding at First Congregational Church and The Columbus Athenaeum

June 2, 2018 | #LetsBeFrank

Firstly, I feel like I need to warn you … this is not going to be a short blog post. If you aren’t in it for the long haul, you might just want to abort now. However, if you want to enjoy or relive this incredibly special day with me, continue on.

In the days leading up to June 2nd, I have to admit that I was worried about rain. In the grand scheme, rain is the not the worst thing that could happen on a wedding day, but considering the way things had been going for Beth & Danny prior to their wedding, rain was the last thing we needed. It all started a few months ago with the devastating news that Beth’s dad had been suddenly killed while responding to a call with his partner. Then a month before the wedding, we found out that TWO of the three locations we had planned to go for photos after the ceremony were both under construction. One of them was actually permanently closed! Thankfully, when I woke up and checked the weather app that day, it showed incredibly low percentages of rain! It was just the first of many great moments.

I started the day bright and early with the girls at the salon. Beth, her mom and mother-in-law, and her girls all had their hair and makeup done at The Grand Salon (Charles Penzone) in Gahanna. While the girls were having fun and getting prepped for the day, the guys watched golf and got dressed at a friend’s house nearby. My second shooter, Gina, hung out with the guys and took some really fun photos of their antics! After they were ready, the girls and guys (separately) made their ways to the church and began more “formal” photos.

Beth had originally planned to do a first look with her father and it was something she was incredibly excited for. Thankfully, her brother, Chris, stepped up and took on a lot of the role their father would have played in the wedding day. First, Beth did an incredibly special and emotional first look with Chris and their mom. Once they were finished, Beth did another first look with her bridesmaids. Then, some incredibly special guests arrived and of course I had to photograph them: the flower puppies, Fergie and Sydney! One of my favorite pictures from the Frank wedding is of Beth and Sydney … a girl and her dog on her wedding day. So special!

In all honesty, there were so many special moments throughout the day, it’s hard to list them all! Every detail was thought out. Every moment was intentional. Every guest was important and loved. I’m not sure how I’ll even be able to narrow it down to my 3 favorite things later on!

The wedding ceremony was incredibly meaningful and intentional. From including their dogs in the processional, to including aspects of their faith and background into the ceremony. But on the reverse, some of the unplanned and unanticipated moments were even more special. Like when Fergie came running back into the ceremony and laid down on Beth’s gown during Communion. And all of the laughter, even if mostly targeted towards Danny. This is what made their ceremony incredibly meaningful.

The rest of the day flew by like a blur. We moved from location to location for photos after the ceremony. We arrived to the reception and we made it through all of the traditionals. There was cake and dancing and speeches. There was a special toast with Fireball in honor of Beth’s dad. And we ended the day with one of the largest sparkler exits I’ve ever seen!

Now, I’m going to attempt to list my 3 favorite moments about the Frank wedding. Let’s see if I can pick just three …

  1. During the ceremony, three police vehicles waited outside the church. They waited to escort us around the city after the ceremony to all of our photo locations because they wanted to help make the day special for Danny & Beth and their families. The love and support the community has given the families has been so incredible. It was an honor to witness and even be part of those moments.
  2. Danny & Beth went to OSU and met at The Ugly Tuna! A week or so before the wedding, Beth heard the bar had been shut down and she was really upset, partially because we had planned on going there for a couple of photos. But here is another example of how this community has rallied around this family. One of the groomsmen used a connection and made something really special happen. Beth had NO IDEA that when we hopped off the party bus at the Gateway that we would actually be going INSIDE Ugly Tuna for the last time! They started construction on the bar almost immediately after closing but made special plans to keep a few places untouched so we could see them for the final time. Danny & Beth were also given a small part of the Ugly Tuna – one of the murals was framed with wood from the bar! How cool is that?!
  3. While at OSU, Danny and Beth both played volleyball. From the first day we met, Beth told me her one must have shot was of her and Danny “peppering” in their wedding attire. After our stop at the Gateway, we grabbed a volleyball and off to the Shoe we went! I’m not sure how many brides and grooms can say they played volleyball on their wedding day, but these guys can!
  4. Danny and his mom knew that the whole day was going to be filled with lots of emotion. So when it came to planning their mother-son dance for the reception, they knew they wanted to do something fun to help raise the spirits of the room! What started off as a seemingly traditional dance, turned into something really specular! A total mash-up of all of your favorite wedding dance anthems! I absolutely cannot wait to see their wedding video so I can rewatch their dance – it was that fun!
  5. Lastly (I’m way past three things if you can’t tell!), their sparkler exit was seriously one of the largest I’ve ever seen! I think it would be safe to say that at least 50 people gathered in the alley next door to the Athenaeum for the grand exit! And in the process of photographing the sparkler exit, one of the videographers and I may or may not have had a close call with a sparkler – but we survived and it makes for a GREAT story! 🙂
  6. I think we all knew there was NO WAY I was going to be able to pick just three, right? Okay, good.

HUGE thanks to a very special vendor team:

Ceremony Venue: First Congregational Church
Reception Venue & Catering: The Columbus Athenaeum
Flowers: Flowerman Columbus
Hair & Make-up Team: Charles Penzone (Gahanna Grand Salon)
Bridal Make-up: Beth’s bridesmaid, Jinaphur Janutolo
Bridal Gown Shop: Twirl Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
DJ: DJ Flair
Cake: Short North Piece of Cake
Videography: Agape Wedding Films
Second Shooter: Gina of Bear Creative Co.

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If you made it this far, I just wanted to say thank you. I know that this was a long post, the longest I’ve ever published probably, but this post was also incredibly meaningful and I felt that the whole day needed to be shared. The Frank wedding was one of the most emotional days I’ve ever documented and I’m honored to have been allowed to share it with you.

If you would like to look back at Danny & Beth’s engagement session, please click here!


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  1. 5-0 Franks

    July 11th, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Congrats to you both…5-0 Franks are sending aloha your way and want to know when are you coming to visit….

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