Nicole & Lucas- Backyard Wedding in Minerva

When you plan for a beautiful backyard wedding during Labor Day weekend, you hope for perfect Summer end temperatures. Well, Ohio likes to keep us on our toes. All. The. Time. (And so does weddings; more on that in a minute.)

Nicole and her bridesmaids started the day off at Nevaeh Salon in Minerva, before making their way to her house. Her and Lucas have a beautiful property out in the country that was perfect for getting ready. Nicole’s ring is rose gold, which placed the color palette for the wedding. The details were perfect. Her vision finally came to life, and it was stunning! Bouquet Studio did a magnificent job on the florals, as always. The guys had real shotgun shells in their boutonnieres, something I had never seen. The bouquets, arrangements, and arch were filled with reds, maroons and pinks, which looked great together with the rose gold.

 The wedding space was very special to Nicole and Lucas, because it’s her family’s property. Lucas also proposed to Nicole there up on the hill. The cabin sits far off the road, secluded with a pond and acres and acres of land. We had planned for an outdoor ceremony by the cabin, and a tented reception. It was a cloudy, damp and cool day, but no rain…. yet. We were lucky enough to get some girl group and guy group photos in the early afternoon around the various properties. Nicole and Lucas had planned a first look at a very sentimental place- Grandma’s front porch.

They were relieved once they saw each other, and were ready to get married. So much in fact, they decided to say their vowels right then and there on Grandma’s porch. The reason being, they did not want to get married in a tent, they wanted to get married outside. It was starting to rain so much, their original plan was not possible at this point. We told the bridal party to come to the house for group photos, but instead, they were coming for a ceremony. A ceremony that wasn’t supposed to take place until later that day, but in the scheme of things, it’s all about the wishes of the Bride and Groom. Nicole and Lucas took photos around Grandma’s house while everyone gathered on the porch. The parents, bridal party, grandma, the officiant, and a few others were there.  There was no walking down the aisle, no “formality” of it, yet it was perfect. Not many people can say they got married on Grandma’s porch. It was something truly special.They decided to do a small ceremony again inside the tent for all their guests. Not many people know they had two ceremonies, but I think they will now after these pictures.

The tent was unlike other tents. It was filled with trees and lighting. Stunning wood tables and greens everywhere. Pictures of family members in frames throughout, a moonshine bar, gorgeous decor and details.  Top notch food and out of this world cookies and desserts.  The work that goes into a wedding is astronomical.  You plan and plan and want everything to be perfect. At the end of the day, you’re married. That’s really all that matters. People may have gotten wet shoes, and the yard may have ruts in it for years to come, but the pictures of Nicole and her dad dancing in work boots are priceless.

Nicole and Lucas, you and your families are such great people. Your wedding, I won’t easily forget- it was simply stunning.

Enjoy a glimpse of your day!










Florist: Bouquet Studio

Bridal Gown: Kotsovos Bridal, Furs, and Prom

Bridesmaids Dresses: Abbott’s Bridal

Cake/Desserts: Checkerboard Cheesecake

Catering: Commander’s Catering

Day of Coordinator: Brenda Kucinski

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