Catawba Island, the peach-growing haven, is a peninsula located on Lake Erie. When you’re at a place like this you have to remind yourself that you’re still in Ohio. We began our day at a house adjacent to the marina where Melanie and her bridesmaids were getting ready. We found Melanie enjoying a a little relaxing time with her friends on the deck soaking in the gorgeous August morning sun. We also got to meet her photographer Angela from Astor and Olive Photography. It was a lot of fun and a real privilege to work alongside her. After meeting everyone, we headed outside to get some shots of Melanie’s dress swaying in the breeze, hanging from a nearby tree with the rising sun shining through. It was perfect!
We had a little time to go catch the guys getting ready and on the bus before heading back to see Melanie’s mom put the finishing touches on Melanie in her stunning dress. Then it was time to head to St. Joseph’s in Marblehead. At this historic stone church Melanie and Mike were led to their commitment by Father Ray who gave one of the most down-to-earth, personal wedding homilies we can remember. Our two favorite moments from their ceremony included the sun shining in behind Melanie as she and her father walked down the aisle and also when Father Ray and the congregation all raised their hands over the couple in prayer.
Off we went for a drink break, some air conditioning, and some laughter at the 1812 Inn. After a photo and video stop at a golf course we made it over to the Catawba Club where the reception tent was seated right next to the shore of Lake Erie with the sun setting on the edge of the lake. You couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous setting for Melanie and Mike to celebrate and to get amazing shots! The reception was a delight led by our favorite wedding band, The Sunrise Jones! What a night and what a beautiful day! Many rich blessings on you two, Melanie and Mike, and on your marriage. Congratulations!
Still photo above courtesy of Astor and Olive Photography