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Allie & Will | A Franciscan University of Steubenville Wedding

Allie & Will met at Franciscan University of Steubenville, were engaged in the Portiuncula on campus last year, and thanks to COVID-19 (and the graciousness of the good friars) ended up getting married in the exact same spot! Their wedding day was definitely not one that they had planned for or expected (looking at you pandemic/tornado/hailstorm), but it was one of the most beautiful days I have ever witnessed. Buckle your seat belts, friends...this is a story!!! <3

Due to state's restrictions starting to amp up surrounding the spread of the Coronavirus, they canceled their original big wedding date that was set for April in Connecticut, and moved it up a few weeks to their mutual Alma mater and church in Ohio right down the street. We had a couple conversations to see how we could swing still documenting the day and how I could still be present there while working within the social distancing guidelines and limiting the number of people present for the wedding. Definitely not the normal conversations I have with my couples in the weeks leading up to their wedding dates. :) With all of their wedding plans being canceled and completely altered, it was so amazing that both of their immediate families were still able to travel to witness the beautiful day and help them get to the altar. ;)

Come the day of their wedding, the weather forecast was full of rain showers! There was a little window of three hours that afternoon (right when we were supposed to do portraits and the ceremony was to take place) that the weather was going to be beautiful. So I sent up some very grateful prayers and went to meet them.

The first look was one of the sweetest things ever! They were both so excited and it just melted my heart!

We were so blessed to be able to squeeze in all of their bride and groom portraits in before the ceremony and the future downpour of weather...but I'm getting ahead of myself! ;)

Can you say, MODELS?! <3 Just wow.

I have to say, it was such a pleasure getting to be back at my college campus and to be photographing a day that was totally centered on the Sacrament. Everything else had fallen by the wayside due to the virus, and only the most important things were left: God, family, and the sacrament of marriage.

Laura Schaefer associate-shot the wedding ceremony for me (she was originally supposed to be IN the wedding as a bridesmaid and was good friends with all present, so it worked out SO well that she should be the one to photograph it with so few people allowed in the room). She did such a wonderful job and was so gracious to let me edit and share these with you personally!!!