Toledo Wedding Photographer | Janelle and Alex | Sylvania Country Club

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Janelle and Alex were married on what was probably the hottest day of the year!  It was over 100 degrees by the time their late afternoon outdoor wedding ceremony took place at Sylvania Country Club on July 7, 2012.  This was also the first weekend after a massive storm went through the area and took down trees and knocked out power all over Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.  Luckily, Sylvania Country Club did not lose power and everything was on for Janelle and Alex’s special day.  Here is their wedding story.
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I arrived at La Luna Salon and Spa in Sylvania at 11am for the pre-wedding photos of the bride and her ladies getting the finishing touches on their hair and make-up.
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From there it was on to Cleland’s Outdoor World for some fun shots of the groom and his gang relaxing before the wedding.  We were a little bummed when we found out I couldn’t take photos into the range for some real action shots.
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I arrived at Sylvania Country Club around 2:30 and while I was waiting for everyone else to arrive, I got some photos of all of the flowers from Keith Brooks Florist and the other details used for the wedding.
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When the bridal party arrived, I took a few photos of their attire and accessories and a few photos of them getting ready in the locker rooms at the country club.
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Once all of the ladies were fully dressed, it was time for some formal photos so we can have her hidden away when the guests arrive.
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Then it was time to shoe away the bride and bring out the guys.
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We had a little time to go back inside to cool off before the wedding started.
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Finally, it was time for the ceremony to begin.
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Luckily for all of us, it was a quick ceremony and there were no major problems with the heat.  After the ceremony, the guests went inside to the lounge for cocktail hour while the bridal party and family members stayed outside for the formal portraits on the grounds of the golf course.
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The bride and groom chose to have their receiving line inside while the guests were entering the main dining room after cocktail hour.
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When all of the guests were seated, the wedding party made their grand entrance and went right into the speeches.
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The bride wanted table shots (photos of all of the guests sitting at each table) of all of the guests, so during the dinner service, I went around the room and got most of them, and a few of the bride and groom mingling with their guests and some more of the detail shots.
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After dinner, it was time to cut the beautiful cake from Eston’s Bakery.
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Then they moved right into their first dance followed by the father-daughter dance and the mother-son dance.
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When all of the formal parts of the wedding reception were finished, Josh from Decorative Sound opened the dance floor to everyone to dance the night away.
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Congratulations Janelle and Alex.  May you celebrate many more special occasions together.
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For more information on Kurt Nielsen Wedding Photography, including pricing, please visit my website at:

To contact me to schedule your FREE wedding consultation, please call me at:

Kurt Nielsen Photography
5431 Schultz Drive
Sylvania, OH 43560
419 885 7153

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Toledo Wedding Photographer | Abbey and Jake | Tamaron Country Club

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Abbey and Jake were married on June 2, 2012 in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Tamaron Country Club in Toledo.  This is the story of their wedding day.

Abbey, her bridesmaids and the mothers of the bride and groom had their hair and make-up done at a friend’s house the morning of the wedding.
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While the bride was getting ready, the groom was enjoying a round of golf at the Country Club and the country club staff and the other wedding professionals were getting the main dining room ready for the reception.
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After their round of golf, the groom and his groomsmen got into their tuxes and were ready to start taking their formal and a few less serious wedding portraits.
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The wind picked up a little bit, or so that is the story everyone is sticking to!
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The wedding cake was delivered and looked beautiful.
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The bride arrived at the Country Club and finished getting dressed and then it was her turn for some photos with her bridesmaids.
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Everyone was trying to get a glimpse of the bride, be sure to check out the guy driving the golf cart.
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The guests began to arrive, the music began to play; it was time to start the wedding.
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Everything was going great, then all of a sudden, they got a serious case of the giggles!  But all worked out in the end.
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The guests went inside Tamaron for the reception and were greeted by my Kurt’s Kustom Keepsakes green screen photo booth staff.  They took pictures of all of the guests as they arrived with a custom background to commemorate Abbey and Jake’s wedding.  They were then given a copy to take home as their wedding favor.
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While the guests were having their photo taken and enjoying the cocktail hour inside, the family and the bridal party stayed outside to take the formal and fun photos.
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Before Jake and Abbey knew it, it was time for their grand entrance, the bridal party toasts and dinner.
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Then came the cake cutting and ensuing smash!
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The happy couple showed off their new dancing skills during their first dance as man and wife.
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The final formalities were the Father/Daughter Dance, Mother/Son Dance, and the tossin of the bouquet and garter.
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The dancing continued in the mail dining room for the rest of the evening.
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But the dance floor wasn’t the only place where the guests were having fun.  Back in the entry way, my staff was still taking photo booth pics of all the guests for Abbey and Jake’s scrapbook.  The guests had a great time dressing up and posing for the pictures, and they got to decorate the pages themselves.
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Congratulations Abbey and Jake and thank you for letting me tell your wedding story.
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The supporting cast of Abbey and Jake’s story:

Ceremony and Reception Venue:     Tamaron Country Club
Photography:      Kurt Nielsen Photography
Photo Booth:     Kurt’s Kustom Keepsakes
Cake:     Eston’s Bakery
DJ:     Ultimate Nights
Flowers:     Myrtle’s Flowers and Gifts
Dresses:     Gallippo’s Dress Shop
Tuxedos:     President Tuxedo at Westfield Franklin Park Mall
Officiant:     Linda Rahe, Advent Lutheran Church, Sylvania

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For more information about Kurt Nielsen Wedding Photography, including pricing, please visit my website at:

To contact me or to schedule your FREE wedding consultation to find out more about telling your wedding story, please call me at:

Kurt Nielsen Photography
5431 Schultz Drive
Sylvania, OH 43560
419 885 7153

Feel free to make comments and/or share this blog.


Toledo Wedding Photographer | Mona and Marcus | Southgate MI

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Mona and Marcus were married in a beautiful ceremony in the outdoor pavilion at the Grecian Center in Southgate, MI on May 5, 2012.  The reception immediately followed the service inside in the Parthenon Room.

I arrived at the hall a little early (around 2:15pm) so I could scope out the grounds because I had never been there before, and so I could get some shots of the details of the reception.
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I went to where the bride was getting ready so I could get some shots of that and the details of her dress and accessories.
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Before we knew it, it was 3:00 and time to start taking the photos of the bride with her bridesmaids.  We started inside for a couple of quick shots near the statues.
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Then we headed outside for photos in the gazebo.
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Then we took a few near the pond and on the bridge.
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We made sure to stop at the playground for some fun shots of the girls.
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Before we knew it, it was almost 4:00 and time for the guys pics.  While we were going back in, I took a couple of quick shots of the outdoor details.
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We started the groom and groomsmen photos the same way we did for the girls, at the gazebo.
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Photographers tend to take similar poses of the bride and groom and the wedding party because they look better in a wedding album if the portraits are similar.  That’s why I photograph the guys similar to the girls, and this wedding was no different.  After the gazebo, we headed towards the bridge and then the playground with the guys.
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It was almost time for the 5:30 ceremony to begin so we headed to the pavilion and took a few photos while we were waiting.
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I went to go check on the bride one last time and got some great images of her with her parents.
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The ceremony began as the groom waited in anticipation for the arrival of his bride.
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For Marcus and Mona’s ceremony, they used a traditional wedding cord or lasso as it is sometimes called.  This cord symbolizes the everlasting union of husband and wife and is in the shape of a figure eight and is a representation of rosary beads.  One loop is placed around the groom and one around the bride and is removed after the religious ceremony is over.
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Everyone celebrated with the newlyweds at the end of the ceremony!
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Cocktail hour allows for the guests to arrive to the reception site and mingle with the other guests while the bride, groom, wedding party and families have formal wedding portraits taken, and we took full advantage of the hour for family photos, bridal party pictures and romantic wedding portraits on the grounds of the Grecian Center.
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We even had lots of time for some more fun photos on the playground.
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Finally it was time to head back into the reception hall.  The salads were being served and it was time for the bridal party to make their grand entrance.
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Mona and Marcus went right into the cake cutting.
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It was then time for the speeches from the maid of honor, best man and the bride and groom’s fathers.
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After the wedding party finished their dinner, they went around the room mingling while waiting for the rest of the guests to finish, stopping occasionally for some photos.
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But the guests were getting restless and wanted to dance!
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So began the formal dances with the Mother/Son Dance, Father/Daughter Dance and of course, the Bride and Groom’s first dance.  The bride even danced with her new step-son.
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The final formal thing to do at their wedding was the garter and bouquet toss.
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It was finally time for everyone to dance, and dance they did!
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Congratulations Mona and Marcus and thank you for allowing me to be part of your wedding day memories.
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For more information about Kurt Nielsen Wedding Photography, including pricing, please visit my website at:  Looking for a great photo booth for your wedding or next event?  Check out my Kurt’s Kustom Keepsakes green screen photo booth.

You can contact me at:

Kurt Nielsen Photography
5431 Schultz Drive
Sylvania, OH 43560
419 885 7153

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