As a Kentucky girl, I tend to be a bit biased about our rolling landscape, believing that there are few places that can match the natural beauty of a Kentucky landscape. So when Carli first asked me to photograph her wedding at a ranch in Ohio, I envisioned flat country. This was so far from the woodland whimsy that is everywhere at Canyon Run Ranch.
When we first arrived I was amazed at how beautiful everything was, not just the landscape, but the interior design and layout, everything. There were so many nooks and crannies to set up details shots, it was a bit overwhelming.
Carli & Alex have been dating long distance almost since their relationship started. Throughout the wedding planning process, I was so impressed with how they were able to organize everything even though they live on opposite sides of the country. It makes their story even more impressive.
Carli and Alex met through Tinder. Yes, you read that right. When Carli first moved to Columbus, she was looking to meet new people and signed up for Tinder. Alex, was getting ready to leave Columbus for flight training, but still happened to have the Tinder app. One of the things that really drew them together was their faith. Once they connected, they couldn't stop emailing and messaging one another, but it would be 3 months before they actually met in person.
On their first date, they went to a Japanese restaurant. They were enjoying each others company so much that they lost track of time, and had to be asked to leave since the restaurant was closing.
Alex knew that Carli was the woman he wanted to spend his life with. One weekend he flew back to Columbus without letting Carli know he was coming. From her front porch he facetimed her while asking her to come to the door. Carli was so surprised and excited that she ran out of the apartment, accidentally locking herself out. Alex was down on one knee and of course, she said yes.
Their wedding was really beautiful, from a ceremony in the woods, to running through a shower of petals, to a reception in a beautiful barn. The whole day was filled with love, laughter, and tears of joy.
Carli did most of the design and decor herself, and it was impeccable. It's not surprising that she has made a career of design. I particularly loved how the wedding colors grey and coral stood out against all the lush greenery at the ranch.
One of my favorite parts of the evening, was when we snuck out after sunset to take a few more couple portraits. The twilight, combined with the purple flowers just made for some of the most magical photos I've taken.
Congratulations Carli & Alex! Thanks so much for choosing me to photograph your wedding.
A special to all the incredible vendors that made this day possible: