Country Cottage & Gardens Wedding with Ashley and Daniel

April Wedding at Country Cottage & Gardens

I was super excited to work with Ashley and Daniel back in April at their Country Cottage & Gardens wedding in Mineral City.  When we chatted on the phone Ashley and I instantly clicked and that feeling is so fun!  One of the best things about their wedding was just how personal it was to them.  Although I don’t know them well just with all the details and thought they put into their wedding I felt like I walked away as a friend.  They did SUCH a lovely job!

They also had Harry Potter music for their ceremony and I may have done an inner jig when the music began to play.  I had JUST got back from my first trip to the Wizarding World in Hollywood so it was a very Potter-y April!

Since I always have to mention weather because I am a weather nerd (thanks Dad!) I have to tell you I was kind of nervous about their wedding.  Their venue, Country Cottage & Gardens, is outdoors and she was hoping that it wouldn’t rain.  They got SO lucky because in late April it can do anything from rain to snow and anything in between.  While it was cool it was really a beautiful sunny day and most people were fine with just a light jacket or sweater.  You can’t ask for anything better especially in Ohio!

The overwhelming feeling of the day was joy though.  Ashley and Daniel were just so happy to be married and start their lives together.  Smiles were on EVERYONE’s faces and I don’t know that I have seen a wedding where everyone – friends and family – came together as truly one big happy family.  Everyone from their bridal party to their family and friends were so kind and sweet to me and my second photographer (shout out to the amazing Andrew!) that even we felt like we were a part of the family as well.

Thank you both so much for trusting me with your special day!

Ceremony & Reception: Country Cottage & Gardens / Cake: Camelot CakesDJ: Sweet Sounds by Leasure / Florist: Lady of the Lake

I started my day with Ashley’s beautiful dress and I’m so glad she trusted me enough with it to take it on a dress safari outside!
Wedding dress on personalized hanger

Ashley and Daniel designed their own stationery and it was perfection!

Travel Themed Wedding Ceremony Program

While I was with the girls Andrew was over with Daniel and the guys at a nearby cottage.  They helped him get ready as putting on your own cufflinks can be a bit tricky!

Groom Getting Ready for Wedding

GUYS HAVE IT SO EASY!  They were dressed and ready and took some photos while the ladies were finishing up with hair and makeup.

Groom and Groomsman at Country Cottage & GardensGroom and Groomsman at Country Cottage & Gardens

I loved how everyone came together to make sure that Ashley’s veil was perfectly placed

Bride getting ready for wedding at Country Cottage & Gardens

I hadn’t been to Country Cottage & Gardens before and I was utterly charmed by it.  It’s such a cute little gem!  The ceremony area on the pod was perfect!

Daniel smiling when he sees Ashley for the first time!

Country Cottage & Gardens Wedding Ceremony

Ashley and her Dad made their way up the aisle slowly and perfectly.

Country Cottage & Gardens Wedding Ceremony

How beautiful is this ceremony!?

Country Cottage & Gardens Wedding Ceremony

Ashley’s parents are divorced but her Stepdad and Dad get along SO well and it was beautifully refreshing to see.  This is her Stepdad and Dad shaking hands after her Dad sat down.

Country Cottage & Gardens Wedding Ceremony

Now back to the best thing: this couple!

Country Cottage & Gardens Wedding CeremonyCountry Cottage & Gardens Wedding Ceremony

I’ve had a few wine ceremonies where the couple mixes wine and shares it however this was my first tea ceremony!  Same idea but with tea.  It was perfect!

Country Cottage & Gardens Wedding Ceremony

The kiss!

Country Cottage & Gardens Wedding Ceremony

While their families made their way to the reception area we did their photos in the ceremony area.

Country Cottage & Gardens Wedding in April

Favorite!

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I am OBSESSED with their wedding flowers.  Ashley made these beautiful paper map roses and their florist mixed them into the bouquets.  I looooved this so much!

Wedding Bouquet with Paper Map RosesCountry Cottage & Gardens Wedding in April

How great of a bridal party is this?  The red and black was so striking and perfect.

Black and Red Wedding Bridal Party

Huge shoutout to those that don’t have matchy-matchy bridesmaid dresses!

Bridesmaids in long red gowns

On our walk over to the reception I couldn’t help but get a few more images on the road as the light was falling perfectly.

Country Cottage & Gardens Wedding in April

I may have a love for twirly dresses.

Country Cottage & Gardens Wedding in April

I told you I was in love with this bouquet!  I couldn’t help taking another photo of it!

Travel Themed Wedding Bridal Bouquet

I loved all the personalized details like the cranes!

Travel Themed Wedding Reception

Travel Themed Wedding Reception

They had postcards for their guestbook which was smart.

Travel Themed Wedding Reception

The travel theme continued through to the cake.

Travel Themed Wedding Cake

Awww they were so darn cute!

Country Cottage & Gardens Wedding Reception

Next was time for the toasts – and they were all lovely and funny.

Country Cottage & Gardens Wedding Reception

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After a delicious dinner (mad props to the venue – the food here is AMAZING), they danced their first dance to the Game of Thrones theme song.

Country Cottage & Gardens Wedding Reception

Their outdoor reception area has a bunch of different levels which made for a unique vantage point for photos and Andrew got a great shot from up there of the dance.

Country Cottage & Gardens Wedding Reception

Another twirly dress shot, of course!

Wedding First Dance to Game of Thrones Theme

Then Ashley danced with her Dad.

Country Cottage & Gardens Wedding Reception

And as the Dads swapped places they high fived one another.

Country Cottage & Gardens Wedding Reception

Then it was time to dance with her Stepdad.

Country Cottage & Gardens Wedding Reception

And finally Daniel and his Mom for the final parent dance.

Country Cottage & Gardens Wedding Reception

How fun is this setup?  The dance floor was hoppin’ all night long and those that wished to chill and chat were gathered around tables near the heaters or near the firepit.  Others were hamming it up in the treehouse photo booth.  I hope that I get hired to return here again soon!

Country Cottage & Gardens Wedding Reception

Ending the post with their lovely rings.  I adore the filagree details on Ashley’s rings!  SO beautiful!

Filagree Wedding Rings

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