It seems like it was just yesterday that we were with Caitlin & Matt in Findlay Market shooting their engagement photos amid an extremely frigid temperature. It was so freezing that the sensations in our hands were numb in only a few minutes. We all froze, but the pictures turned out great! But fast forward some months later and it was wedding time for these two inside of the beautiful Old Saint Mary’s Church in Cincinnati and at the Newport Syndicate! Caitlin & Matt, although from Cincinnati, didn’t meet here. They met in Germany where they are both English teachers. So their wedding day was full of accents including Matt’s father who is from England. In that way, it was the second weekend in a row of meeting people from all over the world!
We first met up with Cailtin and her bridesmaids at Caitlin’s parents’ home. We arrived at the exact same time as Caitlin did, as she just came from getting her hair and makeup completed. We were then informed that not everyone was ready and in fact both her mother and Matt’s mother were both still getting their hair and makeup done and wouldn’t be done for some time. The salon ran a bit behind. This can definitely be stressful for our couples. But we often do is come up with a backup plan on the spot to alleviate any and all time issues. So we huddled together and came up with a new game plan. And everything worked out completely fine! Things like that happen on a wedding day. The best thing for us to do is to be flexible and try to help the situation rather than hurting it. The girls all looked great in their dresses but none looked as beautiful as Caitlin! Her dress was beautiful and fit her so well. Caitlin, if you don’t know her, is just such a sweet and gentle person. She has a way of making you feel right at home the second you meet her. We knew, even with some slight delays, it was going to be a great day strictly because of Caitlin herself. Well okay, Matt’s pretty cool too. 😉
We bolted off in the limo with the girls down to Riverside Drive in Covington for the girls photos. Meanwhile the limo picked up the boys as we completed all of the girls photos. All of Caitlin’s bridesmaids were just as chill as she was. A few Lord of the Rings jokes later, and it was time for the boys photos. The guys were just like the girls; chill. It helps to achieve the best results for the photos when not only everyone is relaxed, but when everyone cooperates. The bridal party did just that. So suddenly after some photos of the guys and some photos of the ever so handsome Matt, we were off to the church!
Old Saint Mary’s in the Over the Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati is a sleeper of a church. We mean that because although the outside of the church is pretty, it doesn’t really give you a good sense of just how breathtaking the inside of the church is. The Catholic Church sure knows how to build a church, right?! The ceremony was simple and beautiful, which was a great contrast to the very elaborate environment. These two were all smiles when they exited the church as husband and wife. You could just see the joy and nearly feel it yourself.
After photos of their wonderful families and a few shots of them inside of the church, we headed back to Riverside Drive for the bridal party photos. The light was beautiful at that time of the day. Which is definitely a big benefit for couples to do a photo session after their wedding. During the middle of the day the light can tend to be a bit harsh, but at the end of the day, it’s soft and beautiful. Beyond just the beautiful light and photogenic couple, we had the privilege of shooting with the 1940s Buick that Caitlin & Matt rented from A Savannah Nite. This car attracted a lot of attention which is perfectly understandable because it’s so pretty. It was the perfect vehicle to pull up to the Newport Syndicate in.
The reception was masterfully led by Mark McFadden of McFadden Music. Seriously, if you need a DJ, contact them. They are fantastic at what they do. During the speeches, Caitlin’s sister played a slideshow featuring photos from Caitlin & Matt’s lives. Both separate, and together. There were some dry eyes in the audience for sure, but Caitlin wasn’t one of them. She clearly loved it and so did we.
It was a wonderful day with Caitlin & Matt. We are planning a trip to Europe (hopefully) next year. And if they are still there, we hope we get to visit even for just a quick bite to eat. They are wonderful and we want to wish them congratulations again!