Michael and Lizzy | Married in Cincinnati

Remember that proposal I shot early this fall? Remember the bearded young man who got down on one knee and popped the question?

His name is Michael.  He told me that he and Lizzy were planning a wedding this coming summer and I was delighted to hear that he planned to hire me for the wedding, too.

Well, a few weeks after Michael dropped to his knee and heard the best “yes” of his life, I got a message: They were planning to get married in December!

December?

Wait, that’s in, like, a few months, right?  Like, this December!?

Yes.  This December.

Well, my calendar was clear for the Sunday after Christmas, so we signed them up and set the plans in motion.

Michael and Lizzy were the most perfectly laid back couple ever!  Before the ceremony, they were in street clothes, decorating and putting things together.  They were checking in with me to be sure they weren’t behind schedule and perfected their classy decorations quickly and efficiently.  What else can you expect when the groom is an engineer?  I love these two so much.

Michael and Lizzy: First looks and second kisses

When the time had come, both donned their wedding apparel and we caught their first look.

Michael and Lizzy | First Look in a church | rejoicingrebecca.com

I love the light above Michael’s head when he saw Lizzy.  Mind. Blown.

Now, I’m usually addicted to bright, vibrant colors.  But Michael and Lizzy’s day was so dreamy that I fell quite in love with black and white images.  Look how classy these two look all dolled up to say I do.

Michael and Lizzy | portraits | rejoicingrebecca.com

Lizzy’s dad beamed all day long!  I love the moment just before they walk out.  He just looks at h er with such delight.  And she’s beaming as she walks down the aisle! What delight!

Michael and Lizzy | ceremony | rejoicingrebecca.com

I am drooling over this second kiss moment.  I love how their loved ones are so close to them and everything is so warm and mushy.  Call me crazy but I love mushy.  A lot.

Michael and Lizzy | second kiss | rejoicingrebecca.com

Maybe I feel a little two excited about the fact that I get to follow the bride and groom out of the ceremony!  I get to capture authentic and exciting moments like this one. Here, Lizzy just said, “This is my husband!”  I love how excited she is to be married to Michael!

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So, with these cake-cutting pictures, you must know the story.  In the first picture, Lizzy’s laughing because she dropped the cake on the ground.  On. The. Ground.  Obviously, Michael had nothing to do with it!  After they were successful in their cake-cutting endeavor, they were so nice when they fed each other their cake smidgens.  Then, Lizzy got silly!  Michael retaliates!  And then you see the results.  I love seeing newlyweds being silly! (Cake by Maribelle Cakery)

Michael and Lizzy | cake eaters | rejoicingrebecca.com

Here, you’ll see Michael’s mom helping him with beard cake trap.  Michael said that he still had cake in his beard the next day!  And Michael’s mom was just so presh!  She smiled all day long.

Michael and Lizzy | Mom helps groom get cake out of his beard | rejoicingrebecca.com

Again with the black and whites?  Yes.  Because love is sometimes simple.  Like the simplicity of black and white.  These first dances matched the lovebirds perfectly: simple, yet meaningful.  Dad had me all gushing and I was literally sobbing when I was processing the father/daughter dance.  Literally.  Like tissues and snot and all that not lovely stuff that you’re not supposed to talk about on wedding blogs because it’s all about the happy now.  Yeah, I just went there.  Please move on to the next image.

Michael and Lizzy | first dances | rejoicingrebecca.com

After the reception, I stole Michael and Lizzy away to the [almost] vacant streets of Cincinnati.  We grabbed a few moments in the middle of the street, taking advantage of the wet streets.  I absolutely love this picture. Absolutely.  Maybe I’ll even hang it on my wall!  Maybe.

Michael and Lizzy | downtown Cincinnati | rejoicingrebecca.com

Michael and Lizzy, I wish you the absolute best as you begin your marriage.  Lizzy, I’m so glad you have chosen Michael!  I’ve known him for a few years and he’s genuinely a great guy!  Michael, Lizzy is so sweet and I couldn’t be happier for you!

Have a blessed marriage!

Love,
Christian Wedding Photographer

True Love Came Down: Featured!

This has been in the works for a couple of months now–really, for about a year!

When Emily and Jacob were engaged I emailed Emily while she was busy being an awesome senior at Ball State University; her wedding would be perfect to submit to this website for featuring.

Well, July finally came and went, pictures were ready, emails were sent, a submission was made, and today, True Love Came Down published the feature!

Jacob and Emily are amazing and so deserving of this beautiful feature.  I specifically love this part of Emily’s testimony where she speaks of one of the pivotal points of their journey together:

I think we both grew because of the questions Jacob asked and the research and discussions that followed which allowed God to really penetrate Jacob’s heart. Through those conversations and other people nearby who invested in him, late one night Jacob decided to come to Christ. He became so on fire for God and absorbed everything he could to gain more knowledge. Looking back now we both see how God’s timing was simply perfect and how our relationship is part of a much bigger plan. Thankfully Gods love didn’t stop there, he became our rock through every challenge life has thrown at us. Time and time again God used our relationship to bring us closer to Him and subsequently closer to each other. Before we knew it we had been dating four years, were going through our second graduation together, this time from college, and it was only a couple months away from our wedding!

I’m incredibly honored (and giddy-excited) to call this my first ever feature!  Thank you so much for the support, Emily!  You are awesomesauce!

And special thanks go out to the lovely ladies at True Love Came Down!  Thanks for having me on your blog!

Click the image below to see Jacob and Emily’s wedding feature!

Jacob and Emily true love

True Love and giddiness,
Columbus Wedding Photographer

Chris and Marissa | Engaged in Columbus

You guys!  I am in love with this engagement session!

Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce you to Chris and Marissa!

Chris and Marissa

Chris and Marissa met while attending Oasis Christian Community.  It only took them about a year to realize they were keen on one another.  I remember when they returned from a summer break and were suddenly smiling at each other with a little something extra in their eyes.  I spotted it right away and before we knew it, they were an item.

Chris and Marissa really couldn’t be more perfect for one another!  I can’t wait until their New Year’s Eve wedding!

Chris is a video production editor for ABC6 here in Columbus.  Marissa is in grad school for public health with a specialization in epidemiology at Ohio State.

First, we walked through campus to capture the two of them at some of their favorite spots.

OSU Engagement Pictures

When I was going through the images to process them, I couldn’t help but giggle; it looks like the squirrel is excited for Chris and Marissa. Teehehe!

Squirrels

I’m positive that I’ll never get tired of jumping pictures.

OSU Jumping Engagement Pictures

After our jaunt through campus, we went down town and shot at Millennial Park.

Millennial Park Engagement Pictures, Columbus, Ohio

After living in the city for five years, I had never seen the skyline from Millennial Park.  It was awesome!

As the sun was setting, we got back in the car and started to head out to dinner.  Then, we peeped the sky.  It was beautiful!  So, Chris pulled into the parking garage by the OSU hospital; we went all the way to the top and caught these epic images!  This.  People, this!

City Sunset Engagement Pictures

I love having friends who are up for a little adventure!  Chris and Marissa, to whom I lovingly refer as Machrissa, were up for anything!  It was great!

Chris and Marissa, I can’t wait until you are united as one before God, your families, and your friends.  It’s going to be great!

Love,
Columbus Wedding Photographer

John and Ashlee | Married

John and Ashlee!  You’re married!  What a fabulous day we had celebrating your love and commitment to one another!

John and Ashlee got married on October 2 in Columbus, Ohio.  I’m so pumped to share this beautiful day with you!

Ashlee had a faboulous duo of make-up connoisseur  taking care of faces that morning.  I loved watching these chicks in action.  Great job, ladies!

Airbrush makeup wedding day bride

While the ladies were getting ready, I admired Ashlee’s details of the day.

Wedding Dress and Yellow Shoes

And the guys were a few floors away chillin’ and watching football.

groom and groomsman watching football before wedding

Dang, John, you can rock a three-piece suit, that’s for sure!

Groom vest and tie shoes

When we moved over to the wedding venue, my hunky assistant and I set up and captured the gorgeous finishing touches.  I mean, isn’t Dock 580 just a gorgeous place?  I am salivating over the rustic and refined atmosphere they house here.

Wedding at Dock 580 in Columbus, Ohio

I love the special moments from the wedding ceremony.

Wedding at Dock 580

Ashlee’s daughter enjoyed watching Ashlee walk down the aisle.  She was so funny!  John and Ashlee gave her a special memento signifying that they are not just committing to one another, but to her, as well.  She was so mature when she accepted the necklace!

Bride's daughter during ceremony

And, just like that, John and Ashlee were pronounced husband and wife!

We escaped the ceremony location for a quickie. Wink, wink.

Freshly married

What a fun–and huge–wedding party!  I love when my brides and grooms have an awesome group of friends.  Ladies and gentlemen, you were awesome to work with!

Wedding party in the rain

I love the beautiful yellow roses of Ashlee’s bouquet.  So classy!

Yellow roses wedding bouqet

But, seriously, folks.  Let’s get down to business, here. [No, not to defeat the Huns.]

This. Party.

Seriously.

I love it so much that I pretty much want to share the dedicate the rest of my blog to these fabulous moments.

John and Ashlee enjoyed a beautiful and rockstar first dance to Johnny Cash’s “Rose of My Heart.”

Bride and groom first dance at Dock 580

Ashlee danced with her father and John danced with his mother; these dances always make me weepy.

Dancing with parents

Then, the fabulous Sam Smith, DJ for the evening, rocked out an epic party!  Obviously.  What fun!

Wedding reception at Dock 580

John and Ashlee, thank you so much for trusting me to capture your special day.  Love each other always, even if you don’t feel like it.

Love,
Columbus Wedding Photographer

Kourtney and Brett | Engaged

It’s been busier than ever over here at Rejoicing Rebecca Photography.  Between the engagement of my sister to her Stevie Baby and summer and fall weddings, and even a proposal, I’ve also had a few engagement sessions in there!

On my way back from visiting my Kentucky family at the end of September, I stopped at Ault Park in Cincinnati and snatched the engagement pictures of these two!

Friends and loved ones, may I introduce you to Brett and his adorably precious Kourtney!

Ault Park Engagement Session

Kourtney was one of my fabulous students when I taught at Scott High School in Taylor Mill, Kentucky.  That was before I married The Hunk and moved to Ohio.  So, Kourtney used to call me Miss Coyle.  And now she’s my client.  And who knows what she should call me?  Mrs. Evans? Rebecca?  This is an identity crisis on my part.  But, for the most part, former students from Kentucky who are social with me call me Rebecca.  What I need is a cool nickname.  Any ideas?

Anyway, Kourtney and Brett are getting married in May!

Unfortunately, two things were working against us: A high school homecoming dance and overcast skies.

Have no fear, friends!  I can still deliver.  Peep our fun time!

Kourney and Brett

Doesn’t Kourtney just make you smile?  She has some of the happiest eyes I’ve ever seen!  Of course, I’m partial to blue eyes, but Kourtney, I love how happy your blue eyes are!

Kourtney also owns and operates Kourtney’s Kookies.  I’m seriously hoping to get a taste of these delicious cookies if she makes her own wedding cookies.  (For Kourtney only: Please, oh, please!)

Ault Park Engagement session

Kourney, I’m so happy you’ve found your fabulous other half with whom you will serve Jesus. I can’t wait to capture your special day!  Happy planning!

Love,
Columbus Wedding Photography

Nikki and Brian | Married

Oh my gosh, you guys.  You guys!  If you’ve met Nikki and Brian, you know they are two of the kindest people you’ve ever met.

I met Nikki and Brian when we had engagement pictures in May.  Wow, that seems like just yesterday!  Time sure flies!  Speaking of fun times, let’s talk about their big wedding day!
Bearded groom kissing lovely bride

We started off my meeting up for a first look and a few portraits at Mt. Airy Forest.

First look sunflowers

These two seriously have fab-you-liss friends.  Check out their wedding party–keep in mind: “party” is the operative word!

Fun wedding party

When I grabbed Brian for some groom pictures, he was gushing with happiness. He said, “She’s my best friend!”  And, if I may tell his little secret: He loved his vest and tie.  He said he was going to have to wear vests more often.  Hold him to it, people!

Bearded man in vest and tie

Nikki, you are gorgeous!  Your makeup was perfect!  Beautiful!

Bride with sunflower bouquet

Nikki and Brian held their wedding at the Maple Ridge Lodge in Mt. Airy Forest.  The sky was completely clear!  It was beautiful!

Sunflower wedding

I love seeing a groom’s reaction to seeing his bride.  Even though Nikki and Brian had a first look, he was overcome with emotion.

Groom cries when he sees his bride, even after a first look!

Nikki and Brian had a first for Rejoicing Rebecca weddings: a Canine of Honor!  Kona was not happy at the rear of the party, so, mid-ceremony, joined the center of the goins-on with Mom and Dad.  What a precious moment! :)

Canine of Honor

Nikki and Brian love their little Kona baby!

Have your dog in your ceremony as the canine of honor

I always love learning more about my couples during the reception.  A peep into their lives is, without fail, provided courtesy of the speeches!  These two rocked their speeches!  Nikki is a rockstar friend and supporter of Brian and Brian is quite literally a rockstar guitar player–even though he wouldn’t pick up my guitar when they came over a couple weeks ago!

Speeches to make the bride and groom laugh and cry

I love wedding reception pomp!  Speeches, dances, cake-cutting, and tossing of things!

Key Reception Events

When I met Nikki and Brian for engagement pictures, I learned that we have a mutual friend: Nikki’s brother is dating a former student of mine.  Jayme caught the bouquet!

Nikki and Brian, you two threw a smashing reception!  Check out this party!

Guests love to dance at receptions!

Nikki and Brian, you two are so kind.  Love one another, even if you don’t feel like it!

Love,
Columbus Wedding Photographer