Graham was working at the National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia, with his father, a physics professor, taught high school aged students various specialized topics concerning the dynamic field of science. It was at this Camp that Graham and Tonni would meet and bond over their love of science. And the rest is history.
THE WEDDING DAY
The wedding was held at the beautiful Global Community Church, located in the North Campus District of the Ohio State University. From the minute I entered the church, I was greeted by several of the bride and groom's friends, all of whom were members of the church and the unofficial "Global Community Wedding Machine," as Tonni's mother so aptly put it. For one split second, I panicked that I had somehow messed up and arrived two hours later than I had planned, and that all the clocks around me were changed in a jest played on me by the universe, because there were enough people in the church at the start of a small-sized wedding. Rather, it was the community coming together to throw an amazing wedding for their dear friends, from the makeup artist, the wedding coordinators (yes, plural), to her personal design specialist (a.k.a. Deborah, Tonni's talented roommate), most everything was sourced and put together by this couple's resourceful and talented church congregation.
The sign above and the bride's bouquet below were designed and created by Deborah, Tonni's roommate.
Their gorgeous rings in this set complemented one another so perfectly.
I arrived at the ceremony site and got set up earlier than expected (I was not supposed to start until the ceremony) so I took a few extra shots of the bride getting ready and hanging out with her mother and sister.
The ceremony began with the lighting of the unity candles by Graham's and Tonni's mothers....
...and ended with a beautiful prayer by Reverend Daniel Kim, who blessed the couple in their new union.
Two lines of tassels greeted the newlyweds as they exited to the church.
Some family and wedding party photographs were taken to commemorate their wedding day.
A stolen kiss as they were sent off in their private car.
The simple wedding cake, adorned with succulents and placed on a gorgeous slice of natural wood provided a gorgeous view for party window peepers.
Dinner was served buffet style, with beautiful signage here and there to let guests know all the wonderful nosh and libations to be served that evening.
The beautiful bride and dapper groom in the Park of Roses.
Congratulations, Tonni and Graham! And thank you and your wonderful community for including me in your special day.
Ceremony Venue: Global Community Church
Tuxedo Rentals: Men's Wearhouse
Makeup by Judy (friend)
Hair: Queen Bee's Royal Hair Gallery
Succulents from Home Depot and flowers from Kroger. All floral design, arranged and styled by Deborah (friend)
Reception Venue: Whetstone Park of Roses
Caterer: Posh Nosh
Cake Designer: Giant Eagle Market District
DJ: Stephens Audio
Photography: Donna May