Jake + Leiah | Dayton Wedding Photographer
Jake + Leiah are two seriously amazing people. I’ve had the honor of knowing Leiah for a few years, and getting to know her, Jake, and their families has been a wonderful journey. So, when they gave me the honor of capturing their incredible engagement session, I told them I simply had to capture their wedding day if at all possible. And, when a turn of events allowed me to be available for their wedding day, it was like Christmas had come early to reconnect with these two and capture their day for them!
Jake + Leiah have a quiet, steady way about them. Their confidence in one another, the steady, heartfelt relationships they have with their families, and the steadfast love they share for the people that surrounded them on their wedding day was such a special thing to witness. From the sweetest father/daughter gift and first look, to the love and care Leiah's mother took as she helped Leiah into her dress, to the way Jake and his brother shared laughs before the ceremony, they truly love their circle, and those moments were such a joy to be able to capture for them. And, beyond the way they love the families they grew up with, these two truly have two families that love one ANOTHER, and that love was established long before Jake proposed to Leiah. It's a bond that was so evident throughout the day, and everyone celebrated them as a union, which was so amazing to witness.
Getting married in front of hundreds of twinkle lights, the ceremony was intimate and romantic. And, when the ceremony was finished, they held true to their family being a key element, as they held their reception on the land of Jake's childhood home, right in front of a beautiful pond, surrounded by hundreds of acres of beautiful wooded areas, which was a virtual playground for portraits! After dinner, toasts, and dances, however, the real playground became apparent: the reception dance floor! These two have some of the most fun friends and family I've ever met, and between the fantastic dance circles, the karaoke mic that was passed around, and the hilarious shenanigans that ensued, I don't think I ever stopped smiling as I danced right along with them throughout the day!
Jake + Leiah, I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate you two entrusting me with your wedding day. It was truly an honor, and I'm so glad our paths crossed. I can't wait to see where life takes the two of you, and any time I see a good fishing spot, I'll definitely send you a photo and the coordinates! :)
And, I would be remiss to not give a huge, huge thank you to Anna Nguyen of Zee Anna Photography, who flew up from Naples, Florida to tag team this wedding with me! It's alway a pleasure to work with Anna on a wedding, and this time was no exception.