On Friday, February 4th, I received a call from Amanda at The Mill Event Center. She had a couple in crisis that were getting married the next day and had to switch venues last second due to the winter storm. Cheyenne and Brandon were originally supposed to get married down in Hocking County, but with the ice storm, they had to move the reception to The Mill Event Center.
Because of the storm, their original photographer was unable to make it as well. Amanda asked if I was available to photograph their day and I of course said yes! Cheyenne, Brandon, and their families had to change the majority of things about their wedding in 48 hours and they did an amazing job at it! I'm so glad that I was available and able to capture such an important day for them.
Cheyenne and her girls got ready at The Rising House here in Lancaster. I'm loving all the old homes getting some love for weddings. It's a beautiful, historic home that I think makes for timeless getting ready photos. After getting ready, Cheyenne had a first look with her bridesmaids and then one with her sister and parents. Everyone's reactions were amazing; Cheyenne is so loved!
Cheyenne and Brandon's ceremony was across the street at First United Methodist Church. Two of my favorite things to photograph during a ceremony is the reaction of the groom as he sees his bride and the bride's dad's face as he walks his daughter down the aisle. Brandon was so emotional as Cheyenne walked down the aisle and I loved her dad's reaction too! Brandon actually had a nosebleed at the beginning of the ceremony and had to walk off the stage for a little bit to clean up!
But despite that, it was a beautiful ceremony and I loved looking out into the seats and seeing their families reactions as they got married. Cheyenne and Brandon wrote their own vows and then lit a unity candle. It's little things like that that really make a ceremony personal and unique. After the ceremony, we photographed family formals and then headed to Rising Park to photograph the wedding party and Cheyenne and Brandon together. How great do those guys look in cowboy hats? I'm totally diggin it!
After portraits, we headed to The Mill Event Center for the reception and as always, the reception space didn't disappoint! Cheyenne's dad gave a welcome speech which brought out some tears and the toasts from the maid of honor and best man were great too. First dances are always so sweet to capture and these were no different. I loved that Brandon danced with his mom and also with Cheyenne's mom, Dee, too! During the reception, Cheyenne's sister, Sierra, told the story of how their parents wanted to have 6 boys, but ended up having 2 girls. Dee and Brandon danced together because he is her first son after marrying Cheyenne. I thought that was so sweet and it's moments like that that make me love photographing weddings even more.
Cheyenne and Brandon's wedding day wrapped up with great cheesecake and lots of dancing! Even though their day didn't turn out like they originally planned; it was still an amazing day!
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