October 16, 2017
It’s not often that a teacher gets to have a student in class at age 14 and then gets to be at their wedding years later. But that’s what I had the privilege of doing! Sarah was one of my freshmen English students years ago, but on this day she was the beautiful bride.
We started off the day in our neck of the woods, Berea, where Sarah and her bridesmaids were getting hair and makeup done at the Front and Center Salon. Then we were off to Sarah’s house where we had fun playing with the sunlight as it shined through a tree where we had hung her stunning dress. After catching some fun pics with Sarah, her bridesmaids, and Sarah and Ryan’s dog, we headed into the house for her to put on her wedding dress. It was such a fun sight to see her come down the steps with all her dear friends delighting in seeing her in her dress for the first time.
Before the ceremony we headed to Miller’s Nature Preserve where, amongst the colorful late summer flowers, Sarah and Ryan had their first look, followed by lots of fun bridal party shots, including one with all the guys holding hockey sticks! Everyone of the groomsmen was a hockey player it seemed!
The ceremony was at Sarah’s home congregation, St. Paul Lutheran Church. Her bridesmaids walked down the aisle to a solo by another former high school teacher. While we have once before seen a cord tying ceremony, we have never seen one where the cords, after being entwined, create a cross, symbolizing the union of husband, wife, and God. It was beautiful.
After a quick swing downtown to catch some clips with a gorgeous sunlit Lake Erie in the background, we cruised on over to Tom’s Country Place where Sarah and Ryan danced, laughed, and partied the night away! A humorous detail was that Sarah’s bouquet toss had such a great arc that it hit the ceiling and ricocheted to the floor before reaching all the single ladies! 🙂 We pray so many blessings on you, Sarah and Ryan, and on your marriage.
Sarah and Ryan’s Wedding Film from For Real Wedding Films on Vimeo.
Here are some of the wonderful vendors we had the privilege to work with:
Photography: Trish Turay Photography
Salon: Front and Center Salon
Ceremony: St. Paul Lutheran Church
Reception: Tom’s Country Place