“We have been looking forward to Steven and Andrew’s wedding ever since we photographed their engagement session this past fall. Their session was filled with so many laughs, hugs, kisses and two cute little dogs.
The date of April 3rd has many meanings for Steve and Andy. April 3rd 2014 marked Steve and Andy’s first date, April 3rd, 2015 marked their engagement date and now, April 3rd, 2016 marks their wedding date. April 3rd was a beautiful day in Columbus, Ohio. It started off a little windy, but it quickly warmed up for this couple before they read their handwritten, personal vows to each other at the beautiful Cheers & Lakeside Chalet.
Andrew and Steven both got ready for their nuptials at Cheers & Lakeside Chalet in Lancaster, Ohio. Andrew hid away in one of their cute, lodge-style rooms while Steven got ready in a room next to where the ceremony and reception were to be located. This venue was gorgeous to begin with, but with this couple’s special touches, it was even more amazing. As you may have guessed from their engagement photos, their wedding theme was rainbow. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet tastefully decorated the venue. Every detail was planned perfectly. The wedding invitations and wedding programs were made by Design with Heart and beautifully complimented the couple’s theme.
Andrew and Steven’s parents were with them before the ceremony, helping them prepare. It was wonderful seeing all of them together, being silly and enjoying the time before the big event. I was with Andrew as his mom and dad helped him calm his nerves and get dressed. Tony was with Steven and his parents, capturing his coolness under pressure. We caught some candid moments between Steven and Andrew and their moms, detail shots and getting ready shots.
After they were all dressed up, Andy headed over to the ceremony location where Steve (and everyone else) was waiting. Steven was escorted by his mom and dad, then, two-by-two the wedding party headed down the aisle until it was time for Andrew. Andrew was also escorted by his parents. Their first look was precious.
Steven and Andrew wrote their own vows. Andrew tried his best to hold himself together as he read his vows to Steven. Both of the couple’s vows were beautifully written. They made us laugh, they made us cry and they made us a little jealous of their relationship. After the vows, the couple said “I do” and then released two white doves over the lake. The couple shared their first kiss as husband and husband and everyone celebrated.
After a quick receiving line, we shot the formal family photos and then took Steven, Andrew and his parents outside for some more fun. Steve and Andy bought some fun accessories for themselves and their parents to wear when being introduced into the reception. We had to get some shots of this all put together. After that, we had the chance to work with the grooms alone before heading off to the reception.”
Photographer: Mak Rabbitt Photography LLC | Caterer: Cheers & Lakeside Chalet | Ceremony Location: Cheers Chalet | Cake Designer: Short North Piece of Cake | Bakery: Short North Piece of Cake | Dress Store: The Wedding Plantation | Reception Venue: Cheers & Lakeside Chalet |