What do you say when you have a couple that had a wedding that was beyond words? When they are an incredible couple, inside and out, have an unbelievably fun family and friend base, and the entire day is a blast…and then something crazy happens on top of all the awesome that has already happened, and you wind up capturing something that goes viral, shocking all of you with the crazy response from the Internet?
Well…you embrace it, celebrate the craziness, and then post a blog to show that not only was there a crazy singular moment in their day, but that they had a CRAZY. AWESOME. WEDDING. the entire day!
Dillon + Corrie are two incredible human beings. They’re fun, creative, game for whatever, and just really wonderful people to hang out with. I knew this from their engagement session, but they took it up a notch on their wedding day, having a spectacular Dayton wedding by hopping all over town and hitting some of the best spots for portraits, moments abounded, and then said, “I do,” and celebrated all night at Top of the Market! From start to finish, their day was a blast to capture alongside my talented friend, Josh Farr, and I think once you check out the photos, you’ll see why we love these two.
Meeting up with Dillon at the Crowne Plaza hotel where he was getting ready with his groomsmen, we laughed together as he and his friends told us the tales of his bachelor party, shared stories of Dillon, and simply had a great time hanging out. His father had a wonderful idea to capture the day from their perspective and it was fun to see him videoing the stories Dillon will be able to look back on in the future. He continued to capture the rest of the day, which turned into an even better idea, when an unlikely turn of events happened at the reception!
When we reached Corrie, we immediately fell in love with the incredible Air BnB she had found in downtown Dayton above a barber shop. Decked out with unique details, and complete with a “Taco Pants” sign as big as a human, there was so much to play with! And as she had her hair and makeup done by Laken + Heidi, we captured her friends and family celebrating with her. From crazy group bathroom breaks, to making sure Corrie ate while having her hair done, to impromptu dance parties, Corrie and her crew knew how to start a wedding day right! And, when she slipped into her wedding dress, I knew Dillon was going to lose it when he laid eyes on her. She was STUNNING!
Opting to do their first look on the visually stunning front steps of the Dayton Art Institute, it was an emotional moment as Dillon + Corrie saw each other for the first time that day. They are truly such a wonderful pair, and after 6 years, it had all come to this day. It was real. It was their wedding day! After a few portraits there, we headed to Something Old Dayton for something I’ve never done before — Vanity Fair-esque wedding portraits with their wedding party! One of the fun aspects of the day was that Dillon + Corrie built enough time in to get really creative and produce something unique to their style in multiple locations. After rocking the studio style look, we wandered the building for more portraits before heading over to Top of the Market for their wedding.
Moments come at blazing speed during a wedding day, and the ceremony is obviously one of the most special parts of the day for the couple. As Corrie came down the aisle to her groom, there were tears of joy greeting her from Dillon, and the ceremony was beautiful. And, after they officially became Mr. & Mrs., it was time to take the party up a notch!
It’s no secret I absolutely love Top of the Market! It’s one of my favorite venues because of their love and care for their couples, they always throw a great party, and it’s a beautiful backdrop for a wedding day. Dillon + Corrie were no different, as they enlisted some of my favorite vendors to create a gorgeous space. The florals from Sherwood Florist were stunning, Party Pleasers put on a fantastic reception, and Something Old provided beautiful touches to fill the space. Stone House Sweets provided some absolutely delectable treats, and a great time was had by all.
And then something no one was expecting happened.
During the reception, guests began to run to windows. Looking out to see what the commotion was about, we realized a nearby abandoned warehouse had gone up in flames! After finding Dillon, and running to Corrie, we knew we had to capture this crazy moment — this was part of their day, too! So we quickly headed out of the reception, ran up the hill outside, and caught the blaze behind them from a safe distance away. It was a fleeting moment, but one I think everyone will remember for a long, long time.
Dillon + Corrie had one of the most memorable wedding days I’ve ever been a part of, and it was memorable from start to finish. From the silly, quiet moments in the morning, to the wild, fiery moments, to the hilariously rowdy party full of shenanigans, it was one wedding I’ll never forget. Thank you, Dillon + Corrie, for entrusting me with your moments, and allowing me to capture your day! And, a huge, huge thank you to Joshua Farr for coming and shooting with me on such an incredible day!