A wedding at the Cincinnati Zoo?! YOU GOT IT! Buckle up blog readers… it’s about to go down!
Brent and his momma practicing their dance. 🙂
You guys know how I feel about a solitaire. And if you don’t… I’ll tell you… I LOOOOVE THEMMMM!!!!Ashley and Brent both got ready at their home. Ashley was upstairs. Brent was downstairs. How they didn’t run into each other is pretty impressive. 🙂Did I already mention that their wedding was at the ZOOOOO?!….it’s about to happen… Far left little girl reminds me of a young Drew Barrymore!Wuv… twuuu wuv…. This is the first time I’ve ever photographed a wedding at a zoo… and it certainly did not disappoint! My faaaaavorite! ❗Thanks you two for trusting me. 🙂
….more furry creatures. 😀Perrrrfect zoo place card holders! Introducing for the first time as husband and wife! I adored this duo! 🙂
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coordinator • Jennifer Carskadan – Cincinnati Zoo
hair • Rhea – Mitchell’s Salon & Spa
nails • Tracy – Mitchell’s Salon & Spa
makeup • Carrie – Mitchell’s Salon & Spa
florist • Oberer’s Flowers – Lauren Callah
videographer • Dan Shallenberger – Poetic Cinema
ceremony • Giraffe Ridge – Cincinnati Zoo
reception venue • Base Camp Cafe – Cincinnati Zoo
dj • Chad Aulick – Perfect Day DJs
cake • Klumps Krumbles
dress • Lillian West
dress shop • European Bridal
bridesmaid dresses • David’s Bridal
tuxedo manufacturer • Joseph Abboud
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processional • “Sweet Disposition” – Stringspace (Temper Trap cover)
recessional • “All I Want Is You” – Barry Louis Polisar
wedding party introductions • Geronimo” – Sheppard
first dance • “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran
father/daughter • “I Loved Her First” – Heartland
mother/son • “Mama” – Lunch Money Lewis
cake cutting • “Love” – Matt White
last dance • “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” – Aerosmith
[br]What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Ashley: Walking down the aisle with my father and seeing all our family and friends. I could hardly look at Brenton because I was ready to burst into tears. I understand why couple’s do a first look.
Brent: Seeing my bride for the first time.
[br] Any advice for future bride/grooms?
Ashley: We couldn’t decorate our venue until an hour before the ceremony. If you have this, make sure you have an army of helpers and your instructions to family & friends are very clear. Give them pictures of how you want everything to look.
Brent: Plan early, and plan extensively. It’s never too soon to get started.
[br]Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Ashley: Watching my husband dance with his mother for their song was great. The song was hilarious, and they had lots of choreography.
[br]If you could do it all over, would you change anything?
Ashley: My biggest regret was forgetting to give my husband his gift before the wedding. It was hidden in a drawer at home, and in all the chaos I forgot it. He had to wait until after the night was over.
Brent: Absolutely nothing.
[br]Where did you go on your honeymoon?
After the wedding we took a few days off & stayed local. Our one-year anniversary will be our real honeymoon. We think a tropical island getaway sounds perfect.
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I have stared at this photo for an embarrassingly long time. Now I am admittedly quite short (5’2″)… and Ashley and Brenton are tall (my best guess is 5’8″ and 6’1″ respectively). In this image, I’m only standing approximately 7 feet behind them… and I’m on the same level as they are (as in, they’re not on a stage)… HOWWWW is it that I look soooo shooooort?! This photo just doesn’t make sense! Thank you two for EVERYTHING!!!! Seriously, thank you!
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Much love friends,
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