Denise and Phil. Married.
Denise wanted a photo of her daughter in her wedding gown. Priceless!
And her youngest daughter here, in Momma’s high heels. Divas!
The First Look.
Their children. Their life. Now ALL complete with rings and vows and pretty pictures. 🙂
I’ve NEVER seen bridesmaids in white. AND JUST LOOK AT THEIR GOWNS!!! So elegant!
Abraham Lincoln there on the left. 🙂
STUNNING, DENISE. INSIDE AND OUT!
Location… Atwood Lake Resort a couple of hours from Columbus. BEAUTIFUL!
Her brothers at the end of the aisle waiting for her.
And her brother built the trellis they married under.
Denise’s bridesmaid did ALL of the decorating and this is Denise when she first saw her masterpiece.
The cake was made to replicate the groom’s Tiffany ring.
The reception decoration. TO DIE FOR!
You guys, check out the little guy sneaking a peek! HA!
Notice anything different about Denise’s dress? That’s right! The bottom piece came off and WAAHHH-LAH, short party dress.
Boys will be boys. Congrats Phil, you have yourself a real prize in Denise!
Two different angles taken minutes apart. Cotton candy sky.
Behind the scenes with Crystal Jo Foto. We roamed the halls of the resort to find a cool location for Denise to put on her wedding dress. We found this space right here. Cool brick wall, cool angles. Right on.
MY GIRL! Geez, I LOVE HER!
I look SO WHITTLE next to these guys. If anyone ever needs a groomsmen, I can surely step in. 🙂
I spy Ana.
Groom’s father. My buddy!
Ana is moving to Arkansas in a few weeks. I’m still in denial and I can’t even explain how much I will miss her. I can’t even talk about it!
I met Denise through this lady right here. Sarah and I have been dear friends since we were little. She now lives in Florida and I miss her SO. P.S. – Ana, look at all of the gear I’m holding. WHAT-KIND-OF-ASSISTANT-ARE-YOU?! Ha!
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Some fun facts about this beautiful couple…
Their Creative Team:
Reception and Ceremony Site: Atwood Lake Resort
Caterer: Atwood Lake Resort
Cake: Bobby Pierce with Hometown Cake
Flowers: Robin Nicole
DJ/Band: Larry Lowdermilk at A-1 Sound & Lighting
Ceremony Music: Larry Lowdermilk at A-1 Sound & Lighting
Hair: Alycia Johnson at Salon Lofts
Wedding Planner: Bride’s cousin Alethea Bateman
Invitations: Jason with Avant-Garde Impressions
Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.
Rehearsal dinner: Atwood Lake Resort
Rehearsal Music/Karaoke: Larry Lowdermilk With A1-Sound & Lighting
Wedding gown designer: Vera Wang
Reception linens: Grant’s Rentals and Sales Company
Officiant: Bride’s uncle Rev. and Dr. Rick Rigsby with Rick Rigsby Communications
processional: Seating of the Mothers – “Three Times a Lady” – Lionel Richie
Bridal Party walked down to – “Dangerously in Love” – Beyonce
Bride walked down to – “Bless the Broken Road” – Rascal Flatts
recessional: “Life’s a Happy Song” – The Muppets Movie
grand entrance: ” Crazy in Love” – Beyonce
first dance: “All of Me” – John Legend
cake cutting: “Wanna Grow Old With You” – Adam Sandler, The Wedding Singer
father/daughter: “Isn’t She Lovely” – Stevie Wonder mother/son: “Landslide” – Smashing Pumpkins
Bouquet toss: “Gold Digger” – Kayne West
Garter toss: “Girls, Girls, Girls” – Motley Crue last dance: “Don’t Stop Believin'” – Journey
What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Bride: Can you say “Pimp Pockets?!?!?” LOL!
I actually have two….. Our wedding date is a very significant day to me as it was the date of birth for my childhood and life-long friend, Ashley Young who passed away last September. It rained off and on all morning. It was even raining just moments before I walked down the aisle. People who traveled up that day talked about all the storms they went through to get there so we were just sure we were going to get doused. But we were determined to have our ceremony outside. I recall as I watched our bridal party walk down the aisle dark clouds covered the sky. At the beginning of the ceremony my uncle the minister gave recognition to the significance of the date of our wedding and to loved ones that were no longer with us. Instantly the clouds rolled away and the sky suddenly became clear. The sun shined brighter than I have ever seen. I instantly got cold chills. I simply can’t explain just how emotional and powerful that moment truly was. I truly believe at that very moment my dear friend was looking down on me showing me she wasn’t going to miss my “big day” nor was she going to let it “rain” on my parade, pun intended!!!
My second most memorable moment was our first dance. In the 7 years that Phil and I have been together we had actually never danced together up until that point. Our first dance was literally our first dance, which made that moment even more special for the both of us.
What was your favorite detail?
Bride: Our wedding was all about the details. It all came together so beautifully I can’t name just one…..from my pink butterfly brooch on my bouquet (in honor of my BFF who loved butterflies and her favor color pink), the Arbor which my older brother Alonzo hand made as a gift, the gorgeous flower back- drop behind the head table that my cousin Alethea created with the help of my bridesmaids and family, lastly the crowd favorite…………..our daughters or should I say DIVAS’ “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” complete ensemble head to toe!
Groom: Normally, I am a very detailed person that is borderline obsessive with the small things but once everything got under way I could not focus on any one detail because everything just ended up being so great as a whole that all the details blended together.
Any advice for future bride/grooms?
Bride: Don’t stress about making sure you spend enough time with each of your guests, there’s simply just not enough time. Just relax and soak it all in and enjoy each moment exactly how you are living it. Your guests will not hold it against you, trust me. When we started planning our wedding it was important to us to spend as much time with our guests as possible so we made our wedding a weekend affair and catered to our guests. All our guests were invited to the rehearsal dinner and we even hosted Sunday brunch for our guests the morning after. Even with all that time to share with our family and friends we still felt like we didn’t get to spend enough time with each of them.
Groom: Book your venue early and get EVERYTHING in writing.
If you could do it all over, would you change anything?
Bride: Hire Crystal Jo Foto to take family photos the day before our wedding. Our families are scattered around all over varies states. It would have been nice to have family portraits with extended family while we were all in one spot especially since we don’t get to see each other often.
Groom: There was a communication error with hotel accommodations but Atwood Lake Resort did cover the cost of displaced guests to stay at another hotel. This is the one thing I would change since our intent was to have everyone stay together the entire weekend.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Bride/Groom: Haven’t gone yet, but planning a Disney Cruise with our little girls.
How was your experience with Crystal Jo Foto? If you have a favorite memory with her, please share it.
Bride: Absolutely amazing!! The pictures just speak for themselves. My daughter Ava simply fell in love with Crystal, in fact she insisted on riding in the car with her. We look forward to working with her in the future.
Groom: Crystal Jo Foto was simply outstanding. The pictures she took for our wedding slideshow blew us away.
Crystal Jo is an Ohio-based wedding and lifestyle photographer, dreamer, believer and lover of life.
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