Tyler + Taylor | Canyon Run Ranch | Dayton Wedding Photographer
There are so many variables to having a wedding; will you have your wedding indoors, or will you have it outside? Will you have your wedding in the spring, summer, autumn, or winter? Do you need a backup plan, just in case? Beyond all the other questions that come with planning a wedding, one of the questions I hear most often is, "What if it rains on my wedding day?"
And to that, I say, "Be like Tyler and Taylor, and embrace the rain!"
Tyler + Taylor are two of the most laid back, fun-loving people I've met, and their spirit of adventure is inspiring -- and something I love in every couple I meet! When their wedding day was a little wet, to say the least, there were people who wondered if they would opt against their fairytale wedding in the woods at Canyon Run Ranch. However, for them, it was a no-brainer: they'd dreamed of this day, of this wedding, and they were going to follow that dream, no matter how it unfolded. So when it rained...and rained...and rained some more, they let everyone know they were welcome to come play in the rain, and that's just what we did...and man, was it amazing!
From the start of the day, their calm personas kept everyone at ease, and it's easy to see why they are loved by so many people: they're genuinely, genuinely wonderful souls. It was a joy to capture them alongside my good friend, Olivier, and upon meeting their families, it became apparent why they're so amazing -- their families are, too! We laughed throughout the day as we celebrated alongside their families, feeling truly welcomed and part of their tribe.
When it came time to head to their ceremony, we hopped on the back of a 4-wheel drive Gator, and bumped our way through the fields, back to a wooded area you had to know was there. Following the signs to the ceremony area, we followed guests who braved the weather, ditching their shoes and donning umbrellas, and it immediately became apparent why Taylor + Tyler loved Canyon Run Ranch and this space. It was GORGEOUS! Nestled back in the woods, where one would have to know how to get there, was a clearing with the most beautiful archway, decorated by Sherwood Florist with fresh flowers, pine benches, and a lush, green canopy overhead to block the rain. It was truly something out of a fairytale, and it was amazing. Their ceremony was just as amazing, as they exchanged vows they'd written themselves, and then were surrounded by cheers and the love of their friends and family as they made their marriage official with a kiss. It was one of the most incredible ceremonies I've been a part of, and the day was nowhere near being over!
After the ceremony, Tyler, Taylor, Olivier, and I wandered Canyon Run Ranch's beautiful grounds, overwhelmed by its beautiful forests, fields, and streams. It's a place you can get lost, and that's a wonderful thing. Once we'd played in the rain and created a few portraits, we headed to the reception, where they were greeted with cheers, heartfelt toasts, amazing donuts from Bill's Donuts (my favorite!), and a rowdy dance party that included one of my favorite guests I've ever met -- Taylor's grandpa -- getting down on the dance floor, and bringing Olivier and me with him!
There's nothing like a wedding day, and everyone wants their wedding to be perfect. To witness these two celebrate and embrace every moment of their wedding day -- even the rain -- was such a joy, and it was an honor to capture their day. Tyler + Taylor, thank you so much for entrusting me with your wedding day, and I wish you two all the best in the world! Enjoy your honeymoon in Italy, and I can't wait to see the photos you capture on your first adventure together!
Huge thank you to Olivier Lefebvre of Twinography Studio for coming and second shooting with me for this wedding!