Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center Wedding | Samantha & Chris

Samantha and Chris were married at Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center on a quintessential May day, which couldn't decide whether to be sunny or rainy -- and it was a day I won't soon forget! Samantha and Chris had spent their engagement long-distance up until just before the wedding, and the excitement of starting their life together at last was the best. Chris couldn't take his eyes off Samantha, and she was all smiles and laughter for him, and it was just the sweetest thing seeing how perfect these two are for each other.

The forecast for the day indicated pop up showers right during the ceremony time, which was planned to take place outside. Samantha truly had her heart set on an outside ceremony, and she didn't let the weather change that desire -- I loved that!! The drops fell, and she and Chris said their vows to the drumming of rain on guest's umbrellas, but they were married outside and it was absolutely beautiful. Their first kiss in the rain was nothing short of a scene from out of a movie, and it's one of my favorite photos -- I still want to pinch myself to believe that I took that shot haha!  In the end, the rain just made their day that much more sweet and memorable.

The crazy thing is, just as soon as that shower started, it ended. Everyone went inside to get dried off, and soon we were back to taking photos in the sun! Samantha and Chris were amazing to set aside plenty of time to take portraits all around the property of Nationwide Hotel. They had such a beautiful day surrounded by family and friends. My husband shot with me on this day, and we agreed, it was one of those times where you are sorry to have to say goodbye. Thank you again, Samantha and Chris, for allowing us to capture your story!!

Venue: Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center  |  Florals: Griffin's Floral Designs  |  Dress: Venus from Henri's Cloud Nine  |  Groom's Attire: Tommy Hilfiger  |  Hair: Ginger Hale  |  Makeup: Kourtney Willis  |  DJ: Muth Audio  |  Coordinator: Chelsea Gagle  |  Cake: The Cake Studio