There’s a reason Toledo is home to so many great ethnic festivals: the population is hugely diverse. In addition to a varied European population, the city is home to large African American and Hispanic communities. At the turn of the 20th century the city was pretty uniformly white European, but the Great Migration found African American populations settling in Ohio in huge numbers to find industrial jobs in the city.
A beautiful natural setting for your wedding is as close as the nearest Metropark. Arrangements may be made to hold your outdoor wedding at locations in any Metropark, any day of the week, with advance notice. Meadows, woods, riverbanks and ponds are just a few of the natural settings that could be part of your wedding day memories. Locations at Secor, Side Cut, Swan Creek, Pearson, Oak Openings, Farnsworth, Bend View and Providence are available for a fee of $75 to $100. Available time periods are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to dark.
Special arrangements are needed to schedule a wedding at Wildwood Preserve. Because of Wildwood's popularity, weddings are scheduled by reservation for a fee of $250. Two locations are available in the park: the gazebo on the front lawn of the Manor House, and the patio in front of the Manor House garden. (Weddings are not permitted in the garden.) Available time periods are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to dark. Couples should be aware that parking at Wildwood can be challenging and is not guaranteed.
Before I began offering weddings under my brand, I did a LOT of learning. One of the best ways to learn is by working with other photographers as a second shooter. Many photographers offer wedding day coverage that includes a second, or even third, photographer. This means a variety of perspectives will enrich your wedding day coverage. It also means that one photographer can hang with the guys while they get ready, and one with the gals. The most important thing that a second shooter provides is a backup. I'll be the first to admit things can, and will, go wrong. Equipment malfunctions are not rare and miscommunication can cause mix ups. Special moments can happen without warning while a photographer is changing a lens. Having a second shooter means that even if a mishap occurs, there is an extra person working to document your day and keep your images safe.
Seeing as it is horrifically cold in Northwest Ohio right now, I decided to look back at this cute wedding I second shot. Despite how composed everyone looks, this was one of the hottest days of the summer. The couple had a lovely wedding planned outside at the Toledo Botanical Garden. The day was 95 degrees and the ceremony was set up in the sun. Umbrellas were passed to some of the older attendees, and many stood beneath trees until the ceremony was about to start. As you can see from the photos, the ceremony was breathtaking and completely worth the heat. Before the reception, the wedding party headed to downtown Sylvania to do more photos. We had a variety of locations to choose from and everyone had fun exploring.
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