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October 25, 2017

Schmidt’s Wedding- Nate and Ellen

bride and groom on stage at schiller park

I had the most wonderful time on Saturday celebrating with Nate and Ellen!

The day started off with donuts while the girls were getting ready, so I should have known how glorious the rest of the day would be! We listened to some classic 80’s throwbacks while Ellen was pampered and prepped. After Ellen slipped on her gown, we went to visit her grandma who unfortunately wasn’t able to make it to the wedding. Cry. All. the. Tears. Her grandma was shocked and astounded when she saw her beautiful granddaughter walk in! It was such a touching moment, and I’m so humbled that I was able to document it.

We headed to the venue and got a chance to do some portraits out in the perfectly lit courtyard. The sun was giving us that gorgeous glow and putting everyone in a celebratory mood! I loved that Nate and Ellen chose only their closest friends to be in the wedding. Small bridal parties are so wonderful! Also, let all my future brides and grooms take note: If you suggest something like “hey let’s link arms and skip down the path” as a joke, you will be taken seriously and I will force you to link arms with and skip down the path! So be careful what you say haha.

After a heartfelt ceremony and a fun group for family photos, we took off for German Village. Golden hour didn’t disappoint! I guess a lot of couples had the same idea, because we saw two other weddings taking their photos there! And everyone had the same burgundy color for their bridesmaid dresses (although I think Ellen had the best shade for her girls 🙂 )

I sent the bridal party on their way and took Nate and Ellen around the park for some time as husband and wife. I absolutely love the way Nate makes Ellen laugh, and he made sure to do that as much as he could! These two are so cute together and could not have found a better half to spend their life with!

We walked from the park across the brick paved streets to their reception at Schmidt’s. If you don’t know anything about Schmidt’s, let me tell you. It’s the heart and soul of German Village in downtown Columbus. The restaurant is always packed, and it’s totally worth the hour or more wait. Take note: if authentic German cuisine is not your bag, don’t bother trying this place! Once you get your fill of spicy sausage, potato pancakes, and spaetzel, make sure you save room for the jumbo cream puff that’s as big as your face. Worth every bit of the embarrassment of wearing your stretchy pants to dinner.

So anyway, we walk back to their reception at Schmidt’s for the rest of the night’s festivities. It was full of flowing beer, great food, pumpin tunes, and a father of the bride who added some roughly spoken German to his speech. Couldn’t ask for a better night!

Nate and Ellen, thank you SO MUCH for having us with you on your wedding day! We loved being with you even more than those cream puffs (which was a lot!) Enjoy your relaxing ocean views this week!

And a huge thank you to all of the vendors for their hard work to make this day amazing!

Ceremony venue: Bishop Hartley  //  Reception venue: Schmdit’s  //  Portrait location: Schiller Park  //  Bridal gown: Etsy  //  Hairstylists: Megan and Amber  //  Makeup: Makeup by January  //  Bridesmaid dresses: Etsy  //  Flowers: Sola Wood Flowers  //  Cake: The Angry Baker  //  Catering: Schmidt’s  //  DJ: DJ Willie  //  Invitations: Vistaprint

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radiant bride in courtyard at bishop hartley bride wearing simple diamond necklace handsome groom in black and white photo groom posing at bishop hartley

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groom and groomsmen laughing in courtyard at bishop hartley groom and groomsmen skipping in courtyard of bishop hartley groom and groomsmen skipping groomsmen in navy suits with burgundy ties and bridesmaids in burgundy dresses

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small white wedding cake with vintage bride and groom cake topper

bride and groom cutting cake father of the bride giving toast bride, groom, and bridal party laughing at toast two sisters giving toast brother giving toast bride and groom dance at schmidt's bride and groom have first dance father daughter, mother son dance

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  1. Natasha Geno

    October 27th, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    You looked lovely. I might have shed a small tear. Wishing you all the Best in your future endeavors, for a full and blessed life.

    Mamma Geno

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