Anna and Mark have the sweetest love story, all tying back to the quaint college town of Athens, Ohio. Not only did they first meet here during their senior year at Ohio University, but they also got engaged here (read the story in their engagement blog post)! How perfect then, that they should also make their vows promising forever in this same town where it all began!
Anna and her bridesmaids got ready at the Ohio University Inn, while Mark and his groomsmen got ready at his parents' house nearby. After reading letters from each other (causing a few tears!), they shared one of the sweetest, emotional first looks I've photographed. Their love and affection for each other was written in every expression, and it was the tenderest moment. Afterwards, we moved onto portraits with their amazing bridal party at the Ridges. The weather, as well as the background of fall foliage and brick, could not have been more perfect for this October day. On the way to the ceremony, we stopped to take some photos in the 1804 Lounge at Baker Center -- a special room that has witnessed so many highlights of Anna and Mark's story. Then it was off to Galbreath Chapel to get married! One of their close professors from OU married them in a sweetly emotional and personal ceremony, as they read vows written to each other. After greeting their guests, Anna and Mark were whisked away to their reception, perched in the back of a BMW. Yeah, I have the coolest couples. :)
Their reception took place in the beautiful rotunda of Walter Hall. Sunlight streamed through the tall windows, and round tables were decked with luscious floral centerpieces by Passiflora Studio. Not a detail was overlooked! My favorite thing was how each table number was accompanied by a fun fact about Anna and Mark's love story. The rest of the night was spent celebrating this kind and incredibly in love couple, who clearly mean the world to so many people.
Anna and Mark, I can't describe how honored I am that you chose me to capture this incredible day for you. You two are the dream team, and I'm so excited to see where the adventure of marriage will take you! Have an amazing time in Mexico!!
Photography: Anna Markley Photography | Second Shooter: Tristan Handley | Ceremony Venue: Galbreath Chapel | Reception Venue: Margaret M. Walter Hall | Floral Designer: Passiflora Studio | Hair & Makeup: Kat Epernis, Always Elegant LLC | Bride's Dress: David's Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Groom & Groomsmen: Men's Wearhouse | DJ: DJ B-Funk | Cake: Heavenly Confections | Invitation Suite: Minted | Handlettered Welcome Sign: Lisa Lorek