Mia + Luke's Oberlin Wedding and Vermilion Boat Club Reception

July 30, 2015 |

I have known Mia since we first moved back to Oberlin. She was in high school then and I was so impressed by her responsibility and kindness - she quickly became one of our boys' favorite babysitters. I photographed her senior photos (only my second senior session ever). After her session went so well, she and her sister Nika, along with our other favorite babysitter Eliza agreed to have their hair and makeup done by the fabulous stylists at Adeva Salon and Spa, and pose in old prom dresses for what we called The Ultra Senior Session. We had a blast.

Fast forward in time. Mia goes off to the honor's program at Ohio State - we see her from time to time when she returns to Oberlin. I have the honor of photographing Nika's wedding to Patrick and Mia's brother Stefan's family when they came back to visit. I adore the whole family. On one of Mia's visits back to Oberlin, I see her downtown during one of Oberlin's festivals. She is beaming. On her arm is a handsome and very tall, young man. She introduces me to Luke and it is so apparent how happy they make each other.

A couple more years pass and here we are - Luke and Mia getting married! It really makes me feel old, but it also warms the heart. This is what you want for people you care about. There is no feeling better than to see someone find that special someone who values them, believes in them and takes such care of them.

The wedding took place in Peter's Hall on the Oberlin College Campus where Mia's father had worked. He was the College Theater set designer and did an amazing job of transforming this old, warm wood feeling of the Great Hall into something light and airy. Their vows were as special and unique as the couple themselves and the room was filled with children of all ages. After the lovely service, we took photos in Tappan Square and then drove up to the beautiful lakeside town of Vermilion Ohio.

The reception took place at the gorgeous Vermilion Boat Club with cocktails and appetizers on the back deck overlooking the river. Everyone had a blast and filled the tiny dance floor!

Mia and Luke - I wish you all the happiness in the world!

Ceremony: Peter's Great Hall at Oberlin College Oberlin
Reception: Vermilion Boat Club Vermilion
Event Rentals: Parties to Go Lorain
Wedding Dress: Madison James purchased at Wendy's Bridal Cincinnati
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo purchased at Bella Bridesmaids Rocky River
Hair: Headquarters Salon and Spa Lorain
Flowers: The Carlyle Shop Oberlin
Transportation: Northwest Limousine
DJ: DJ Dan Cormier of Cleveland Music Group
Ceremony Music: Mayfield Strings
Cake: Kiedrowski's Bakery Amherst