A snowy start. Columbus Wedding Photography

Becky and Janjan.  Married.

I’ll refresh your memory of their love story because it is THAT good.

Happiness meets reality for these two. They met in the Philippines while Becky was a Peace Corps volunteer. They fell in love and had a very happy relationship overseas. When Becky was finished with her duties, she came back to the US to finish school. They’ve kept their relationship alive with Skype and online messaging. A couple of months ago, Janjan moved to America for his one and only soulmate. They are so completely in love and it’s just beautiful to witness.

Becky wore her sister’s wedding gown.  I really love this sentiment. 

Light Girl, amazing ring shot.  XO!

The flowers are ALMOST as beautiful as the bride.  These flowers were Becky’s favorite wedding detail. 
The new Hilton downtown is FREAKING AMAZE-SAUCE.  A photographers dream come true!  And the bride and groom, too.  They opted for a First Look before the ceremony.  This makes the day so much more relaxed!

Red high heels!

She’s so proud of her Filipino husband!
Um, really.  How hot is this?!

C’mon sis.  Let’s go get married!
At the end of the ceremony, Becky and Janjan pressed their foreheads together and shared a special moment.  The first time looking into each others eyes as husband and wife.  It was so romantic and memorable.
Janjan’s family was not able to come to America from the Philippines for the wedding.  They were streaming and watching proudly via Skype.  Becky’s Aunt nearly did the splits to get the perfect angle for Janjan’s family.:)
By day.

By night.  WEDDING FAVE!

Behind the scenes with Crystal Jo Foto.  Where ALL the fun happens.  And there was A LOT of fun to be had with this cute couple!  (Ana, thank you so much for rockin’ out the double-header-wedding-weekend-right-after-Christmas-when-your-traveling-Momma-was-still-visiting.  Love you bunches!)

Mmmkkk.  We’ve learned NOT to throw snow directly at our brides.  Sawwy, Becky!  :)

Tasha came for some foto booth fun.   

To view a slideshow of some of my favorites from the day, click HERE.  If you’d like to pre-register your email address to view ALL of the wedding photos (that will be released soon), click HERE.

Their creative team…

Reception and Ceremony Site: North Bank Pavilion Columbus, Ohio
Video: My Aunt Michel & Uncle Steve
Caterer: Berwick Manor
Cake: The Cake Studio
Flowers: Paula Bertino
DJ/Band: Chris Snodgrass
Ceremony Music: Capital City Sound
Hair and Make up: Charles Penzone Gahanna
Wedding Planner: Paula Bertino
Invitations: Invitationconsultants.com
Jewelry: My mother
Rehearsal dinner: My mom’s house, catered by City BBQ
Wedding gown designer: It was my sister’s gown

Their songs….

Processional: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Recessional: Trumpet Voluntary
Grand entrance: Cannon in D
First dance: Our House – Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
Cake cutting: How Sweet It Is – James Taylor

Their memories…

What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Bride: For me, the most memorable moment of the day was standing in front looking at Janjan as we exchanged vows. I was totally “in the zone” and forgot there was a room full of people watching us. It was surreal.
Groom: When the minister announced us for the first time and we walked together out of the building as husband and wife. Also, when my nephew Ben ran down the aisle to me and gave me a big hug.

What was your favorite detail?
Bride: I loved the wild greenery in my bouquet and the table arrangements; some of the plants looked like small succulents or cacti, which I love.
Groom: My favorite detail is the rings, especially the engraving we had on the inside.

Any advice for future bride/grooms?
Bride: Let it go. The wedding will happen whether you worry about the details or not, and you’ll be too busy and euphoric to notice many details on the wedding day anyways. Just enjoy!
Groom: Don’t be stressed and enjoy your wedding because it’s your day!

If you could do it all over, would you change anything?
Bride: The only thing I wish for is that Janjan’s family could have flown in from the Philippines to see the wedding in person instead of steaming live via Skype. Also, a wider aisle to walk down. Otherwise, the day was wonderful!
Groom: I also wish my family was there, especially my mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, niece, and nephew.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Honeymoon? What’s that? I’m finishing a nursing program in Baltimore, Maryland and classes started again January 2nd, so our honeymoon was the drive from Ohio to Maryland. West Virginia rest stops — romantic, no?

How was your experience with Crystal Jo Foto? If you have a favorite memory with her, please share it.
It was great — she was on time, calm, and collected on a wild day. My favorite memory is when we took some photos outside in the snow under the arch. We traded shoes (I almost walked down the aisle in green polka dot rain boots), and she accidentally threw snow on us. Talk about freezing!

(Here’s a photo of me (Crystal Jo) wearing the brides shoes so she could wear my boots. :))

Ann Hall - Congratulations to all, simply breathtaking!

Delicate. Project 52

Project 52

Week 3 of 52: Delicate

When I was little, my “Aunt” Sally would crack me up with her Pringles.  She’d always make the duck lips, make faces, and open and close her chip lips.  It was hilarious.  She could even take a whole Pringle and flip it entirely over without breaking it.  And that IS skill because these things are DELICATE.  Everytime I eat Pringles, I think of her.  

I’ve been trying to teach Pixie how to make duck lips with her chips.  This week, as she was trying and they would crumble, I thought, PERFECT.  Delicate.  I have my week 3 photo for project 52.  :)

Canon 5DMkIII, 100mm f/2.8
ISO 400, 100mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec

Kristina Provinsal - hahahah, so cute and so true!!!!

Aunt Angie - Can Mommy make duck lips?

Taco Bar + TOMS = Together. Forever. Columbus Wedding Photography

Chelsie and Mike.  Married.


Along with the rest of her bridesmaids and even the little flower girl.
This was some serious dress-puttin-on business.
STUNNING!  Chelsie, really!
Tough man.  They played with these Nerf guns all day.  I love fun, casual weddings!
Chelsie and Mike had a first look where they saw each other before the ceremony.  It was oh-so special.  He stood at the altar and she walked down the aisle to him.  Doesn’t he look so nervous?!  I love how he is spinning his wedding band.  
And then the nerves went away.  Just like that.  Because they both knew, this day, their wedding day, was only about their love.

And an abundance of it, at that.
The Westin ballroom is TO DIE FOR.  SO elegant and classy.  

The beautiful couple said “I do” right after Christmas.  There was lush snow on the ground and beautiful trees with twinkle lights everywhere.  
Wedding day fave.  LOVE IT!  Love her warm cover up and Toms.  So cute.

Snazzy red watches to compliment the guys and their snazzy tuxes.
This is the day they promised to love, honor and cherish each other for the rest of their lives.  And it was one to remember.
I can’t get over how special these photos are and will forever be to these families.  Their parents have both been married for a long, long time.  And they are all SO in love here.  It makes my heart happy.  Both Mom’s take credit for setting Chelsie and Mike up.  They’ve known each other since they were little.  And now they will spend happily ever after, together.  I’d take credit for that too, if I could!
Father/Daughter dance was so very touching.  They both cried throughout.

And so did everyone watching.  

You know you have the most awesomest clients in the ENTIRE WORLD when they have a TACO BAR AT THEIR WEDDING.  Shut the front door.  That’s awesome!
Every detail, to a T.
The candy bar included candy mustaches.  They were a HUGE hit!

Fun behind the scenes with Crystal Jo Foto.  It really is the BEST “job” on the planet!  


To view a slideshow of some of my favorites from the day, click HERE.  If you’d like to pre-register your email address to view ALL of the wedding photos (that will be released soon), click HERE.

Chelsie and Mike, you are fabulous.  REALLY!  Thank you for inviting us to document your wedding.  Capturing your fun spirit and beautiful love for each other is truly why I love doing this.  For REAL people and real love.  You share an incredible connection and I wish you ALL of the happiness in the world.  Xoxo, Crystal Jo.

Their creative team…

Reception site: The Westin
Cake: Cakes Creatively by Crystal (it was the best cake I have ever had)
Flowers: Kelly Diebert
Hair: Robyn Wears at Kenneth’s
Invitations: Peabody Papers (absolutely the most wonderful experience, ask for Meg)
Rehearsal dinner: Martinis
Dress: Girls in White Dresses

What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Bride: My most memorable experience of the day was taking pictures in the snow. I had been hoping for snow on my wedding day for more then a year and we finally got it. Throwing snowballs was a blast.
Groom: My most memorable experience of the day was our first look. Getting to see each other for the first time that day was exciting.

What was your favorite detail?
Bride: My favorite detail of the day was my dress. I think I would sleep in it if there was room in my bed.
Groom: My favorite detail was the watches I got my groomsmen. They were very noticeably red. My groomsmen stood during the ceremony with their hands crossed in front of them. Every time Chelsie or I said the word “I”, they in complete sync changed the direction of their hands.  (Mike, this is hilarious and I did not even notice!)

Any advice for future brides/grooms?
Our advice, always remember what the day is about. It is about the marriage and not the wedding. The wedding is a nice touch but the marriage is forever.

If you could do it all over, would you change anything?
We both loved the day so much and there is nothing we would change about it.

How was your experience with Crystal Jo?
Most importantly…. our experience with Crystal Jo was unforgettable. During our wedding it was like hanging out with our friend instead of a photographer. Crystal was so kind and patient, which I think is a super important quality when shooting a wedding. I mean this was serious, she stopped traffic on high street for a picture, for the love of god!  I assure you I will never forget this.  (Thank you, Chelsie.  And the photo was SO worth stopping traffic.  :))

Rae - I agree with the words of Crystal- STUNNING!

Light Through Yonder Window Breaks. Project 52

Project 52

Week 2 of 52:  Light Through Yonder Window Breaks

I know I’ve totally been non-existent.  Does it count I just MOVED?  Nah.  Not really.  I know this project is supposed to be more of a personal interpretation of our lives and how we view each theme.  Weekly, we are supposed to push ourselves and use the theme and our camera to do so.  I’m not gonna lie, this photo is not from week two of January, but it is current (so current the bride has not even seen it!) and it is SO VERY personal to me as it was my eye and vision and it came out even better than I could have ever imagined.

I just LOVE window light.  I love the mood…the feel it brings to a photo.  I love the shadows of light that are cast from the other windows and how they hit her beautiful bridal gown.  I love the detailed lighting on the ceiling and how elegant it is framed.  I love the lines and reflection.  Mmm… I just love THIS photo!

Now I have ZERO moving excuses to use.  IT’S ON LIKE DONKEY KONG for week three.  Which we so happen to be in the middle of right now.  I better get on it!  Toodles, friends.

Destinee - Beautiful image!