As I said on my facebook page, “John & Liz may not have gotten the weather they had hoped and planned for, but they got a beautiful day they’ll remember for a lifetime, surrounded by family and friends who love them so very much!” This photo was taken right after a torrential downpour, but they were still all smiles!
Liz and her bridesmaids got ready at her parents’ house, which is also the home she grew up in. It was hottttttt and everyone stood near fans as much as possible!
Nicole, the coordinator, helped Liz by holding a cold compress on the back of her neck.
I drove probably the shortest drive I’ve ever had between a bride’s home and a church, and arrived at St John Paul II Parish. John & the guys arrived soon after.
It is a beautiful new church, and (wonderfully) air-conditioned!
Everyone exited the church in anticipation of John & Liz’s bubble exit. One of their guests took a bunch of photos as well, including one seemingly of me!
They couldn’t come out from under the portico because of the rain but their smiles were ear to ear!
In addition to her bridesmaids, Liz had her eight nieces (the baby from her family’s side, the others from John’s family) stand up with her! They were beautiful!
After the church, we drove down to John’s parents’ home on the shore of Lake Erie. Thankfully the rain held off for a bit so we could do some pictures outside their house!
When we arrived up at Wanakah, I knew we had to hurry to get some pictures in before the rain hit – “Get closer!” I shouted at the groomsmen. They got closer.
Very quickly after that, the sky opened up, and the staff sounded the siren for all golfers to come in off the course. One of the groomsmen tried to open up some of the umbrellas that were purchased for such an occasion, only to find the handle come off in his hand immediately.
We retreated inside and made the best of the rainstorm.
The downpour passed, and we went outside again – it was beautiful!
These are Elizabeth’s parents (left) and John’s parents (right).
This was the last big posed picture of the night!
They had a sign welcoming guests that said “Thank you for bee-ing here!” and each guest got a jar of honey.
After dinner, guests joined John & Liz out under the patio tent for dancing with Nik Lite.
John & Liz both grew up in Frontier School district, only about 2.5 miles apart, but met working as lifeguards at Hamburg Beach! A few of their guests made this cartoon cutout for them to have at their wedding reception and it was a hit!
The band did a great job hearing the crowd entertained – it was the first time I’ve ever heard a wedding band play “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World! All of John’s cousins got together for a photo, included here.
I have no idea what was going on in this first photo, but when I broke through the edge of the crowd, Liz was standing on John, who was lying on top of several other people, who were all barrel rolling across the floor! I can never, ever say I’ve seen it all.
John & Liz, you guys are awesome, everyone loves you, and I can see why. You will be extremely happy in your long, long marriage if you keep going the way you’ve been and stay surrounded by people who will never stop cheering you on! Enjoy your relaxing honeymoon!!!