A snowy start. Columbus Wedding Photography

Becky and Janjan.  Married.

I’ll refresh your memory of their love story because it is THAT good.

Happiness meets reality for these two. They met in the Philippines while Becky was a Peace Corps volunteer. They fell in love and had a very happy relationship overseas. When Becky was finished with her duties, she came back to the US to finish school. They’ve kept their relationship alive with Skype and online messaging. A couple of months ago, Janjan moved to America for his one and only soulmate. They are so completely in love and it’s just beautiful to witness.

Becky wore her sister’s wedding gown.  I really love this sentiment. 

Light Girl, amazing ring shot.  XO!

The flowers are ALMOST as beautiful as the bride.  These flowers were Becky’s favorite wedding detail. The new Hilton downtown is FREAKING AMAZE-SAUCE.  A photographers dream come true!  And the bride and groom, too.  They opted for a First Look before the ceremony.  This makes the day so much more relaxed!

Red high heels!

She’s so proud of her Filipino husband!Um, really.  How hot is this?!

C’mon sis.  Let’s go get married!At the end of the ceremony, Becky and Janjan pressed their foreheads together and shared a special moment.  The first time looking into each others eyes as husband and wife.  It was so romantic and memorable.Janjan’s family was not able to come to America from the Philippines for the wedding.  They were streaming and watching proudly via Skype.  Becky’s Aunt nearly did the splits to get the perfect angle for Janjan’s family. 🙂By day.

By night.  WEDDING FAVE! Behind the scenes with Crystal Jo Foto.  Where ALL the fun happens.  And there was A LOT of fun to be had with this cute couple!  (Ana, thank you so much for rockin’ out the double-header-wedding-weekend-right-after-Christmas-when-your-traveling-Momma-was-still-visiting.  Love you bunches!)
Mmmkkk.  We’ve learned NOT to throw snow directly at our brides.  Sawwy, Becky!  🙂

Tasha came for some foto booth fun.   

To view a slideshow of some of my favorites from the day, click HERE.  If you’d like to pre-register your email address to view ALL of the wedding photos (that will be released soon), click HERE.

Their creative team…

Reception and Ceremony Site: North Bank Pavilion Columbus, Ohio
Video: My Aunt Michel & Uncle Steve
Caterer: Berwick Manor
Cake: The Cake Studio
Flowers: Paula Bertino
DJ/Band: Chris Snodgrass
Ceremony Music: Capital City Sound
Hair and Make up: Charles Penzone Gahanna
Wedding Planner: Paula Bertino
Invitations: Invitationconsultants.com
Jewelry: My mother
Rehearsal dinner: My mom’s house, catered by City BBQ
Wedding gown designer: It was my sister’s gown

Their songs….

Processional: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Recessional: Trumpet Voluntary
Grand entrance: Cannon in D
First dance: Our House – Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
Cake cutting: How Sweet It Is – James Taylor

Their memories…

What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Bride: For me, the most memorable moment of the day was standing in front looking at Janjan as we exchanged vows. I was totally “in the zone” and forgot there was a room full of people watching us. It was surreal.
Groom: When the minister announced us for the first time and we walked together out of the building as husband and wife. Also, when my nephew Ben ran down the aisle to me and gave me a big hug.

What was your favorite detail?
Bride: I loved the wild greenery in my bouquet and the table arrangements; some of the plants looked like small succulents or cacti, which I love.
Groom: My favorite detail is the rings, especially the engraving we had on the inside.

Any advice for future bride/grooms?
Bride: Let it go. The wedding will happen whether you worry about the details or not, and you’ll be too busy and euphoric to notice many details on the wedding day anyways. Just enjoy!
Groom: Don’t be stressed and enjoy your wedding because it’s your day!

If you could do it all over, would you change anything?
Bride: The only thing I wish for is that Janjan’s family could have flown in from the Philippines to see the wedding in person instead of steaming live via Skype. Also, a wider aisle to walk down. Otherwise, the day was wonderful!
Groom: I also wish my family was there, especially my mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, niece, and nephew.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Honeymoon? What’s that? I’m finishing a nursing program in Baltimore, Maryland and classes started again January 2nd, so our honeymoon was the drive from Ohio to Maryland. West Virginia rest stops — romantic, no?

How was your experience with Crystal Jo Foto? If you have a favorite memory with her, please share it.
It was great — she was on time, calm, and collected on a wild day. My favorite memory is when we took some photos outside in the snow under the arch. We traded shoes (I almost walked down the aisle in green polka dot rain boots), and she accidentally threw snow on us. Talk about freezing!

(Here’s a photo of me (Crystal Jo) wearing the brides shoes so she could wear my boots. :))
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Crystal Jo is an Ohio-based wedding and lifestyle photographer, dreamer, believer and lover of life.

1 Comment

  1. Ann Hall on January 24, 2013 at 4:09 am

    Congratulations to all, simply breathtaking!

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