Happy Friday, everyone!! Get ready! I’ve got an absolutely beautiful wedding coming at you on this blog that just screams “summer” and “fresh greens” and “kind souls”…it’s a goodie…and so are Olivia and Kyle so please give them all your Hannah Barlow Photography love and enjoy! Their summer, Oglebay wedding is on the blog right now! Enjoy!
Lacey and I started off the day checking on the Pine Room to get an idea of layout and to see what was set up to photograph and then we went to find the ladies in Oglebay’s Lakeside rooms. Olivia was sitting there like a QUEEN getting both hair and makeup done like she was a full blown celebrity. So, we captured a few of those moments and then it was off to get my hands on those details…Ooo yea..and Lacey had to get Marge ready. If you have followed my Instagram stories the last few weeks you know the chaos that has been the diaries of Marge the Mannequin.
If you haven’t been following…Meet Marge! Isn’t she gorgeous?! (It’s what Lacey can’t STOP saying.) And WHAT A DRESS TO START OFF IN…man OoooOh man this dress was everything. It had all the sparkles and details and was right down my alley to the point it would have definitely been a dress that I would have word at my own wedding! To be clear, I was against this mannequin idea…you know…I’m the business owner and boss, right?! BUT Lacey was insistent and she never ever insists on ANYTHING. She’s very go with the flow. And then the Hannah Barlow Photography fans voted she was a “must” and even helped name her! I guess it’s a great story…but she’s still all Lacey’s responsibility. HA!
After all that excitement, Lacey and I got right down to setting up and photographing details and Marge was returned to my car. Olivia told me pink was her main color but it was even more than “just” pink (it was kind of coral-ash too and just perfect) and so much more than I could have ever imagined. It’s a color I can’t even describe. I’d have to see the color names for these dresses but it was absolutely SO gorgeous and especially for this time of year. You just wait until you see how it pops off the July green foliage here in a bit!
After we were all done with those beautiful details, we met up with the men and Kyle’s mom. She pinned both of her sons’ (groom AND best man) flowers for us and then it was off to do the formal photo part of the men’s day!
Some of these guys said they’d NEVER been in a wedding and that blew my mind. They were ALL in for photos…I mean…ALL in…even for some photos I joked and said “can never be posted on my website or Instagram”. Boys will be boys at ALL weddings! This group didn’t disappoint but here’s some of the world wide web approved photos and they just nailed it.
The men were so cooperative we flew through that part of the day and it’s a good thing…because it was HOT! That seems to be the trend for every wedding this summer and tomorrow will be no different for the Hannah Barlow Photography team! Off to get the beautiful bride ready! Everything with Olivia has been just SO easy from the moment she booked me until this wedding day. She was even ready to go when I arrived so we were able to really soak in these moments and take lots of photos…which we never usually get to do.
I believe it was at this point I looked at Lacey and said, “We NEVER have this much time…what is HAPPENING?!” It was such a great feeling. I’m so used to run run runnnningggggg…and we were able to take our time and take double…maybe even triple…the photos I usually take on a wedding day with the bride and bridesmaids.
Dad popped in too for a quick first look!
Part of Olivia’s mom’s dress was on the bouquet so, of course, I invited Olivia’s mom over to share in this moment and represent her part of the dress on the flowers. Always shouting out to Lacey for her hard work getting those extra angles!
MORE bridal and bridesmaids photos…because…WHY NOT?! AND we were still ahead of schedule…I can’t even tell you the last time it happened! So, the ladies went back to their room and Lacey played get away driver and had my car ready so we could head off to Oglebay’s Formal Gardens.
Here comes the bride! Kyle’s reaction was genuine and 10/10 and what MOST of my couples who don’t do a first look hope for in a reaction…Kyle…you get an Oscar and I KNOW you weren’t even acting. We should make up an award for weddings…one for most genuine reaction. Kyle would be in the running! What an idea!
It was a beautiful ceremony!
Mr. & Mrs. Goodwin, everyone! THE PURE JOY! Again, we should have HBP awards at the end of the year and you can nominate and people can vote…or maybe I should just stop coming up with ALL these ideas! HA! Pure Joy Award Nominee!
The heat was trying to hold us back during family formals and it was the first time in the day I started to sweat a bit…and not because of the heat. I saw time creeping by but Olivia and Kyle managed to take all their family formals in the sun (their request…because you can’t beat the Formal Garden’s background) and stay calm, cool, and collected all at the same time! But after that, we ran off for full bridal party photos!
…and THEN…bride and groom portraits…just the four of us…Olivia, Kyle, Lacey and myself! We were cutting it close on time but Lacey came through for me just like she always does and put on her “Primary Shooter Pants” and photographed the whole thing right along side me so we could give the couple the best of all angles! Feast your eyes on these!
…and some more! These two put a twist on the “creepy kiss”…if you’re new here, that’s when we have them smile realllllllllll slowly toward one another!
When these two laugh, it’s like deep, belly laughs from the soul! If you know them, you get it! We DID manage to get a good dip too in all this laughter!
Off to the mansion we go!
At this point, everyone was drenched in sweat and just in time…it was time to go to the reception! Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Goodwin ONE MORE TIME!
They went right into cake cutting and then first dance…the music started and I saw her train and this was a total “brother sister moment” between DJ Brian Oliver and I! If you know or have worked with us, you know many people say we were siblings in another life. We’re a lot the same. I flipped around and aggressively said, “BRIAN…she isn’t bustled!” and he got buggy eyed and said “What do you want me to do about it, Hannah?!” And I looked at him and he waved his arms at all his gear (as if I wanted him to STOP THE MUSIC) and guess what…Olivia made it look flawless! Brian and I laughed later. I guess Lauren came over to him too! You see, many couples positively struggle with a train and it makes for a lot of kicking the train around…not these two! And you know what? I kind of love that the train is out in all it’s glory. When things are meant to be…they are meant to be!
Oglebay’s food was some of the BEST food we’ve had at Oglebay. Hats off to the chef! We got to eat and then got RIGHT down to dancing! The floor was packed. Brian was killing it behind the DJ booth and we had SO much to photograph!
Again with the pure JOY! I saw the couple posing with this for some guests’ photos and I ran over and had them do it again!
…and that’s how we ended the night! With a photographer/couple selfie…with my big camera…which is never flattering for me but WHAT A MEMORY…right?!
After this wedding, I told Brian and Lacey, “Sometimes it’s HARD…they’re SO easy…I don’t know what to do…” and that’s the truth for Kyle and Olivia. They never asked me for anything. I’d often not hear from them and when I did…they were so chill and on the ball with EVERYTHING. I’ll take a couple like these two any day and I’m always honored to be asked to photograph someone’s most special day! When I think Kyle and Olivia’s wedding, I’m going to think of the amazing color palette and their joy (and laughter). I won’t even think of the heat…because it honestly didn’t seem to bother them…and in JULY! What a pair! CONGRATS TO THE GOODWINS!
Ceremony Venue – Formal Gardens at Oglebay
Reception Venue – Pine Room at Oglebay
Venue Coordinator – Lauren Mitchell at Oglebay
Bridal Salon: Enchanted Bridal Couture in Dayton, Ohio
Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Revelry
Men’s Attire – Joseph A. Bank
Hair/Makeup – Beauty by Taimuty Studios
Florist – Kroger
Cake – Masterpieces of Old Town/Oglebay
DJ – Brian Oliver
Catering – Oglebay
Transportation – Oglebay Trolley
Stationary – Meghann Menchkowski/Meghann Co. Designs
Officiant – Byron Archer