Ok y’all…go and get yourselves a snack before you settle in to check out the awesomeness that was Kathy and Drew’s wedding, because it’s a long one!! I was with this amazing couple for a looooooong time on wedding day!! They really made having time for me to snap some great shots a huge priority in their timeline, so we ended up with about a gazillion fab photos!! Not only did we have plenty of time to shoot on wedding day, but we had the best weather imaginable! Which is a miracle considering that two days before, when Kathy’s family was finishing up things in the historic barn they’d renovated for the reception, terrible storms swept through knocking out their Ohio farm’s power for almost an entire day! But I don’t think even bad weather couldn’t have dampened the spirits of what might be the happiest bride and groom ever!!! Kathy and Drew were clearly meant to be right from the get go when they met tailgating at Iowa State several years ago. Kathy at least thought they were destined to wed because after a few mimosas she texted her friends that she was hanging out with her “future husband”. Turns out she, and her mimosas, were exactly right!! Just like Kathy and Drew were destined to be together, their wedding was destined to be great! Kathy, Drew and all their friends and family put so much thought and heart and sweat equity into this wedding! All the details were personal, all the toasts were thoughtful and filled with laughter, happy tears were bountiful and it really was their perfect wedding day! I feel so blessed that Kathy and Drew chose me to photograph their special day! Both they and their families made me feel right at home during my time with them in Ohio! I tried to narrow down my favs from this wedding, I really did. But there were just too many smiles, too much fun and too many delightful details I felt the need to share!!! So here are my long list of favs from their wedding….enjoy!
Oh and a big shout out to some of the other vendors that made Kathy and Drew’s wedding day so great!
Bridal attire: Bridal Theatre
Bridesmaids attire: The Wedding Shoppe
All tuxes: Bridal Theatre
Videography: Monument Square Productions
DJ: Absolute DJs
Hair and Make Up: Studio 36
Florist: Ethel’s Flowers
Cake Artist: Kel’s Cakes
Catering: The Food Smith’s Catering (Gretchen was seriously amazing!! She graciously incorporated potatoes and veggies from Michael Farms into their ‘Iowa meets Ohio’ menu! And it was almost all gluten free, so I got to eat too…and it was DELISH!!!)
So Kathy is a dandy little seamstress and made all these robes for her bridesmaids! Isn’t that cute? And her blue cowboy boots were so her!!
She said this was the first dress she tried on…more destiny!!
She of course had a garter representing The Ohio State University!
I love when all the guys get ready together! This is Drew’s adorable Dad!!
A little help from his big brother!
Kathy did a first look with her Dad before going to see Drew. Best thing ever!
Love this one of Kathy’s brother seating their mom!!!
That is what a joyous bride looks like!!!
Rather than a unity candle or sand, Kathy and Drew each brought soil (not dirt, it’s soil…that much I learned) from their home states to combine together! Perfect for a couple of cute farm kids!!
Kathy works for John Deere so naturally they rented an appropriate get away vehicle!
We got to shoot at some of the prettiest locations after the ceremony!
Look at those smiles!!!
The ONLY request Kathy had was for a shot of them in the potato blooms…
Ask and you shall receive!
Love a girl in boots, in the mud on her wedding day!!
Adorable chalk board art, custom drinks, 4-H ribbon place cards, potato martinis…this wedding was full of special details!!!
This is the barn that Kathy’s family fully renovated from a housing for show animals to beautiful reception venue!!!
More personalized details!
You know Dad’s toast is good when it gets a double fist pump!!
Symmetry makes me sooooo happy!!!
Shut it down…so gorgeous!
We shot in the potato fields for Kathy so we thought it only fair to shoot by some corn for Drew! Love this one!!!
The dance floor was hoppin!!!
Parents often have requests for wedding day. Kathy’s mom’s one request was a soul train line!!!
IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!
And of course there were fireworks and a serenade by the Alpha Gamma Rho brothers!!
As favors Kathy and Drew gave out corn and potato shaped stress balls, just clever and adorable!
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