It was a beautiful day for an outdoor wedding. Claire and Josh selected the perfect location of Pontiac Park in Defiance. But before the big event, it was time to get ready. Claire couldn't have been a more beautiful bride. With the help of friends and family all of the bridesmaids had their hair done and BeautyByO (Olysse Elkins) completed their look with her skills as a professional makeup artist.
Claire's dress was absolutely gorgeous. She finished it off with a beautiful pearl backdrop necklace, pearl earrings and wedding shoes that she added the bling to all on her own. The perfect final touch.
Claire's mom, Carol, and sister, Alyssa, helped her as she stepped into her gown. Claire's face lit up as it became so real, this day was really here. It was time to get married. Her bridesmaids couldn't wait to set their eyes on her. And as soon as they did the tears started flowing. Claire was beautiful beyond words.
As the day was moving on everything continued to fall into place perfectly. We were soon to have a wedding!
The ceremony site was complete, guests had arrived, and Claire and her bridesmaids had finally arrived in the limo to Pontiac Park in Defiance, Ohio. It was time for a wedding!
The wedding was complete and we finished the pictures afterward with time to spare before the bride and groom were scheduled to make their grand entrance at Westside Hall. Time to celebrate!! First stop...The Moose Lodge!
Announcing Mr. & Mrs. Josh & Claire Wright!!! Let the party begin!
Anyone who knows Josh & Claire knows one thing...the rivalry is real. That is...the OSU vs. Michigan rivalry! Josh is dedicated to Michigan while Claire, an alumni of The Ohio State University, couldn't be more loyal to the Bucks! In the spirit of their house divided and their wedding on the brink of college football season why not have a little challenge on their wedding day? Bestman, BJ (also a Michigan fan), and Maid of Honor, Alyssa (also a Bucks fan), take off with their OSU & Michigan buckets to collect as much cash as they can. The challenge is for Claire and Josh though. Who's team will collect the most cash?? Who will have to take the dance floor to their opposing team's fight song?
And it's Michigan for the win with less than a $10 lead. (It is almost guaranteed that Josh padded his bucket!) The Buckeyes stacked house was in shock! In good sportsman ship, Claire took the floor as the tune of the Michigan fight song played over the loud speaker. But, she could not deny her team as she and her bridesmaids belted the "Buckeye Battle Cry" over the "Hail to the Victors" tune. Because..."Our honor defend we will fight to the end for OHIO!"
And the wedding celebration continued late into the night.
Special thanks to Josh & Claire for asking me to capture their special day. Be sure to leave them a note of love in the comments below!
Thank you to Brittany Schroeder for working as my assistant/second photographer for the day.
Thank you also to the following vendors for helping Josh & Claire make this a celebration to remember!
Makeup Artist ~ Olysse Elkins
DJ ~ Devin
Own the Night Entertainment
Wedding Dreams by Linda featuring Grants Catering
Cake ~ Alyssa Basham