Intimate Winter Wedding on Private Property

Private Property and Schmidt’s Sausage Haus | Columbus, Ohio

A big reason I am having to catch up on 2020 blog posts is because let’s be real, 2020 was a year. Between what felt like 900 reschedules, then the uncertainty of so many weddings being able to actually happen, and the chaos of trying to figure out guidelines and help my brides navigate such a hard time, everything was just chaos. So many of my 2020 brides had to pivot their plans. Between brides who had to completely reschedule their wedding, to brides who decided to down scale and throw a big party later, to brides who just down scaled in general. 2020 was a hard year to be a bride, which is why so many of my 2020 couples were so incredibly special to me, including this one.

About 2 months out from Hannah and Cody’s wedding, things were falling apart, and I mean literally. Their original venue was putting into place a rather strict rule about weddings that Hannah and Cody could not make work, leaving them with no venue, and no choice but to totally down scale their wedding. I remember getting Hannah’s email and my heart just sank. No venue, a super small wedding, and they didn’t feel like it was even worth me coming to photograph it. But I have said this once, and I will say it a million times, nothing and I do mean nothing, gets in the way of me showing up and doing my job for my couples. Within the chaos of everything my couples faced last year, I was going to be the one constant thing if it killed me, and for a lot of couples I was, including Hannah and Cody. I was really the only thing that didn’t change about their wedding, and I truly could not be more thankful to have captured this day. It was nothing that they had planned or expected but it was perfect in every way. Their wedding was a testament that as long as you have each other and your family, you can have one amazing day.

Hannah and Cody tied the knot in Cody’s best man’s back yard. It was small and intimate and it was perfect. He had a gorgeous gazebo and with less than a few weeks notice, they put together the perfect backyard ceremony. They finished off the ceremony with a champagne toast about how nothing can stop love, and after last year, and everything Hannah and Cody had thrown at them, it was 100% true. Nothing last year stopped their love and their big day from happening, and let me tell you it was beautiful. Honestly last year helped me see that small intimate weddings are just as good as big ones. Hannah and Cody’s was beautiful, it was perfect, it was such a great day honestly. This was one of those couples whose day was incredible and I loved every moment of my job and I could not have been more thankful for these two sweet people. Along with the plan change came a new reception venue, Schmidt’s Sausage Haus. Let me tell you I could not recommend more having your reception at your favorite restaurant. First off this place was SO GOOD! I seriously have never ate so much at a wedding in my entire life, but the food was to die for. I am literally writing this and slightly drooling with a growling stomach. It was perfect. It was the perfect little private dining room for Hannah and Cody to enjoy their wedding meal with 20 of their closest friends and family. It felt so much like a big family meal, and it was so sweet. Honestly all around 10/10 recommend small weddings. I was a part of two last year that were like this and they were honestly so enjoyable.

Now I just need to talk about Hannah and Cody for a moment because I adore these two. They had the most beautiful wedding day, but the best part about it was them. They had to totally change their wedding plans, and did not have the wedding they had been planning for almost 2 years, but they made the best of it. They spent the day with smiles on their faces and enjoying every moment of their day. These two just radiated positivity through it all and let me tell you, you can not beat a positive attitude. But these two realized that in the grand scheme of things, the thing that mattered most was that they had each other. At the end of the day, they got married to their favorite person, and exchanged the sweetest vows. Seriously I was crying behind my camera. These two could start fires with their love and devotion to each other. I literally wish I could just squeeze them again because these two are so great.

Ceremony Venue: Private Property
Reception Venue: Schmidt’s Sausage Haus
Florist: The Flowerman Columbus
Bride’s Dress: Wendy’s Bridal
Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Invitations: Minted
Hair and Makeup Artist: Olivi Wilke

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