As I am writing this blog, I am thinking about all the craziness that 2020 has brought so far, between COVID-19 and now murder hornets… but I am also reflecting on how even through all of this craziness, love still prevails. This past weekend, I had the honor of capturing part 1 of Ashley and Brian’s married life.
When you first get engaged and start planning your wedding, you never imagine that a pandemic can completely change your plans and alter your wedding day. So sacrifices are made and dreams are altered to make room for a brighter tomorrow. Changing your dream wedding day is not an easy decision and my heart has been breaking since March with all the sacrifices that our couples have had to make. However, your love story will still go on.
Ashley and Brian decided to keep their original wedding date and were married this past weekend with just their parents and two members of their bridal party. Dresses were not fitted, tuxedos were not rented, and they only had one floral bouquet but none of that mattered as much as being husband and wife.
They started off their day by walking through the ceremony with their officiant. Due to covid-19, they were unable to have a rehearsal the night before. Ashley got dressed at the church with the help of her mother and maid of honor and then it was time for the ceremony.
Their ceremony took place at St. Stephen’s Church in Niles, Ohio and I have to say it was one of the prettiest Catholic churches that I have been in (outside of Europe). They had a full mass with an altered communion, all while their ceremony was live streamed on Facebook. Here are a few highlights from their ceremony:
After their ceremony, the newlyweds were told to go outside by the groom’s mother. Several of their guests were outside to celebrate with them (from a safe distance of course). Ashley & Brian had no idea that this was going to happen and I only found out about this minutes before the ceremony started. This was such a sweet moment and it definitely made me tear up.
After family portraits in the church, we went to The Avalon Inn, which is where their reception will be this September. We took full advantage of the beautiful weather and the extra time to take their portraits.
This September, we hope to celebrate with them again and to finally party it up with their guests.
Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Brian and Ashley Kolar!
We cannot wait to celebrate with you again!
If you’re new to our blog, let me introduce myself. My name is Jenna McCarty of Jenna McCarty Photography. I work alongside my wonderful husband, Andrew McCarty, to capture weddings all over Ohio and Pennsylvania. We love weddings and believe in the beauty of marriage. We enjoy getting to know our couples, their families, and their friends. If you would like more information about our wedding photography services, please contact us.
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