Rainy Ohio Wedding Adventures with Chelsea + Micah


I feel like I’ve said those words, “this wedding is near and dear to my heart” before. I have the honor of capturing wedding day memories for some really amazing people.

But this.

This is my cousin. One of my best friends from toddlerhood. From the beginning, it was Chelsea, Janae, and I.  We were the three girl-cousins born within two years of each other, and it would always be us playing together at Christmas and holiday gatherings. Chelsea’s mom was going through old photos for the wedding recently and shared this with me. I had to include it here! I’m the nerdy one on the left with the chubby cheeks, and Janae is the oldest on the right helping me squeeze our “baby” cousin in the middle. It’s crazy to think we’ve all grown into adulthood now and are celebrating milestones in one another’s lives.


Chelsea moved to Ohio when I was about middle-school aged. We lost touch for a long time, but somehow the three of us bonded again in the last few years. I’m so happy we did! Janae and I flew out to Ohio for the week to help Chelsea get ready for the wedding. As to be expected, it was a week full of craziness and fun! So much to do, but special memories were made in the process that I’ll cherish forever.

The wedding day came before we knew it, and there is so much pretty to share! Chelsea got ready in her parents’ home, which is always perfect. Not only is it sentimental and comfortable, but it’s usually really great for photos. Hotels can be hit and miss with small space and little window light, and the great thing about getting ready at home is you can move things around, you don’t have to cleanup before the wedding, and there are normally a lot of great windows for photos!


We started the day with details as always, while Chelsea was upstairs getting her hair done. All of these rings are very special. Micah used a diamond passed down from his mother and chose a setting that Chelsea loved for the engagement ring. Her band was actually a wedding gift from one of their close friends. What’s really cool is that Micah made his own wedding band! He works in a warehouse and is always making cool stuff in there on his downtime. He started making rings for fun a long time ago, so when he and Chelsea got engaged, they thought it would be really different for Micah to make his own band. I think it’s awesome!


Chelsea wore her late (paternal) grandmother’s pearls to honor her on her special day. Her maternal grandmother is also mine – “Grandma Pete!” for Petersen. She is still with us, but she couldn’t make the trip to Ohio for the wedding due to some health concerns. What’s really special is that our grandma made Chelsea’s garters, and she also made mine for my wedding! I love how these turned out. The delicate lace and her soft peachy color pallet was fitting for the rest of the details of her day.



Chelsea gave a special gift to Micah for their wedding. From the day they got engaged, she began writing in a journal about highlights of their relationship. She wrote an entry for just about every week throughout their engagement, mostly their weekend dates. Her final entry was the morning of their wedding, which was delivered to Micah to read right after he got ready.




I always love some great bridal details, but I seriously feel spoiled when the groom has style, too! Micah’s shoes were on point, but he even went a step further to stain the ends and add a personal touch. As a surprise, he bought the cologne that he used to wear when he and Chelsea first started dating. He also wore an heirloom pocket watch passed down from his grandfather.








Here’s what’s cute about Chelsea and Micah. They had a lot of little surprises for each other during the wedding week and wedding day. One of the surprises were identical, and they had no clue until he opened this gift!



Chelsea also bought Micah the exact same cologne he planned on surprising her with. They both came to me before the wedding and told me about it, and I had to pretend I didn’t know, but I was laughing on the inside! How cute is this?!



It was so cute seeing Micah’s face in these photos as he opened up the journal Chelsea made for him. The joy on his face was evident throughout the day. Wait until you see their first look!




Micah also had a special gift for Chelsea that he gave to her on their wedding night. It was a bible engraved with her new name, and inside he had handwritten his vows to her.



The morning progressed quickly, and it was finally time to get Chelsea into her dress! Ladies, if you choose to wear a hoop skirt, it’s always a funny experience getting dressed, and it makes for super cute photos!


Chelsea dove into her wedding gown as everyone giggled, trying to keep her hair and makeup pretty, which they succeeded at! She couldn’t have looked more beautiful.


Her dog Lily was watching closely in confusion all morning! I love this photo of her.







Chelsea and Micah finished up getting ready right at the same time, so we all headed to the pretty Wolf Creek Environmental Center for their first look!






Micah arrived first, and we took some portraits of him. I love that he wore a real bowtie. Did I mention his mom made his boutonnière, along with all of their wedding florals arrangements?!




Chelsea followed closely behind. As soon as she and Janae pulled up for photos, it started pouring! They say it’s good luck to rain at your wedding, and though no one wants to hear that, I have to say it made for some really fun memories. We had to change the plan several times, but we were always together and always having a blast. These little behind the scenes photos show it!





How does this not look like fun?! Maybe I love the rain too much. But Chelsea, it made for the most beautiful first look photos. The pouring rain subdued to light sprinkling, and we got everyone in place quickly while we had our moment. It was incredible. Just look at Micah’s face as the rain falls behind him.










Fun fact! I used this umbrella at my rainy wedding, too! Though I wasn’t in Chelsea’s wedding party, it’s little details like this that are so special to me and made me feel like I was also a big part of her day, alongside all the other people her and Micah love.




Big thanks to Janae, our cousin, who helped me all day long keeping things together and even carrying Chelsea’s dress and driving us everywhere! I couldn’t have gotten half of these photos without all of your help, and it wouldn’t have been the same with anyone else. It was great having the trio together for part of the adventure.










I love the way Micah looked at Chelsea, all day! He is so in love with her. I couldn’t have asked for a better husband for my cousin.



How beautiful is that bustle on her Maggie Sottero gown!




Thank you Chelsea and Micah for trusting me with your wedding images! Micah, I know you’re an artist with a very critical eye, so it was both a challenge and an honor that you and Chelsea wanted me to take your wedding photos.

Thank you also to all the vendors that made this day possible!

Wedding Coordinator: Maids of Honor Events
First Look Venue: Wolf Creek Environmental Center
Wedding Venue: Wingfoot Lake State Park
Bridal Hair: Allison with Sheer Professional
Bridal Makeup: Jennifer Greising
Wedding Gown: Maggie Soterro
Bridesmaid Gowns: Bill Levkoff
Groom’s Wedding Band: Handmade by Groom
Groom’s Cologn: AQVA by BVLGARI
Groom’s Shoes: Johnston & Murphy
Wedding Officiant: Tony Livigni
DJ: Tony Saffell
Catering: Old Carolina BBQ
Desserts: Troyer’s Pies
Florals: Mother of the Groom
Cinematography: Perfect Day Film
Photography: Jenna Joseph


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  • […] When we arrived to the chapel, it started to sprinkle! Thanks to my mom, I had a cute clear bubble umbrella, so we incorporated it into a few photos. When the rain let up, we did some without as well. Justin and I love the rain, and now it always reminds us of our wedding day! I feel like my cousin Chelsea feels the same too. It rained on her wedding day, and you can see it all here. […]ReplyCancel