Two high school sweethearts getting married.
Sounds like a fairy tale right?! Well, this wedding was!
Kayla and Dan have been together since a math class in high school. And on a mid-July Saturday at Saint George Church they officially became Mr & Mrs! When Dilia and I arrived all the girls were getting ready in their hotel room. So I was able to sneak into the Ambassador’s Crystal Ballroom where the reception would take place. Here I was able to grab a few shots of the ballroom before it was filled with guests. Once details and getting ready photos were finished, it was time for the father of the bride to have his first look. And the tears flowed!!!! And it didn’t end there! Dan surprised Kayla with a wedding gift. A custom box filled with tokens of the memories they have shared. Yep, cue the tears!
After a personal and beautiful ceremony I ‘thought” I had enough time to photograph the wedding party in the courtyard of the church. But I was wrong. Way wrong! Just as Kayla and Dan shared their first kiss the weather app on my Apple watch pinged and the storms were rolling in. So after the family formals, the bride and groom along with there wedding party boarded their party bus and away we went to a natural light location with a little cover over our heads on the Bayfront.
But whatever the weather was outside didn’t compare to what was going on inside! The ballroom was stunning! Josh from Lake Erie Events did a fantastic job with the uplighting! And he was already entertaining guests and ready to go when we arrived.
Now I love a wedding reception, but when a couple can take it to another level like Kayla and Dan. Game on! Not only is Kayla a school teacher, but a dance instructor also! So hand in hand with Dan they surprised us all with a choreographed first dance!! It was AH-mazing!
And there’s more!!
Kayla’s dad surprised her during their father-daughter dance by playing his saxophone to her!! It was magical! Not a dry eye in the crowd!
So after we all recovered from the outstanding talent this family has, the formalities commenced. Dinner, cake, and an open dance floor! Kayla never stopped smiling 🙂
Getting Ready Location: Courtyard by Marriott
Hair: BW Studios
MakeUp: MakeUp by Kate
Cake: It Takes the Cake
DJ: Lake Erie Events
Videographer: Light & Motion Media
Ceremony: Saint George Church
Reception: Ambassador Center
Rentals: Presque Isle Tent & Table