Weekend at Wildwood Metropark
One weekend. One Metropark. One gazebo. Two beautiful fall weddings. It was the second weekend in October, and we couldn’t have been happier with the gorgeous reds, oranges, and yellow colors filling the trees. The only thing better than shooting a wedding in that perfect fall setting is shooting TWO weddings in that perfect fall setting.
We had two wonderful couples plan their beautiful fall weddings on the same weekend (Saturday & Sunday) at the same park! Wildwood Park in Toledo is an amazing location anytime of the year, but it is especially magical in the fall. We love the trails, the streams, the Window on Wildlife, the Manor House, and the Gazebo.
We spent Saturday with Emily & Jon who celebrated their whole day at Wildwood. When we met with them a few weeks before, there was concern that the construction on the new bridge that would lead guests from the ceremony to the reception wasn't going to be done. We kept our fingers crossed and couldn't have been more excited when we heard that the bridge opened the DAY BEFORE the wedding! With the help of April at Your Perfect Day, every detail was in place and the day went off without a hitch. The ceremony at the gazebo was picturesque, and was followed with a beautiful walk through nature, across the new bridge to the reception at the Ward Pavilion. We adored the long banquet tables and the string lights at the reception. Dinner from Deetz BBQ was delicious, and the dance floor was packed as guests danced the evening away with Emily & Jon. We had such a wonderful day, we couldn’t wait to come back for the Sunday celebration.
Sunday morning we headed to the Hampton Inn & Suites in Toledo to meet Amanda and her bridesmaids while they got beautiful for the big day. We did not expect to see Emily & Jon’s family sitting in the hotel lobby eating breakfast! It turns out both of our couples not only chose the same venue, but even stayed at the same hotel!
Soon enough, we headed back to Wildwood for yet another stunning fall day. Even though both ceremonies were at the gazebo, they each added their own touch and their unique style. Nathan & Amanda were awesome to work with; from Amanda’s beautiful gown to the way the touches of sunflowers in the bridal bouquets and boutonnieres picked up on hues of yellow in the trees following the ceremony. The newly married couple drove off in a gorgeous vintage Excalibur. Fun fact: Wildwood Park was formerly the estate of an automotive executive. How perfectly does their departure fit in with the venue and the history of the Toledo area? We then took the bridal party to the Toledo Museum of Art and had a blast photographing the fun group in the Sculpture Garden. What a good looking group of people! Following our adventure at the Art Museum, we spent the rest of the afternoon with their wonderful family and friends at the Hylant Group building in Downtown Toledo. The space had a gorgeous wall with tiny squares of blue glass that reflected beautifully over the party as the sun went down.
Nathan is the head chef at Ye Olde Durty Bird, so of course, we were treated to a wonderful dinner. There is nothing like a whole hog at the head of the table with an apple in his mouth! Guests also enjoyed cotton candy, popcorn and a variety of delicious cupcakes (bacon included). We couldn’t have asked for a better ending to such an awesome weekend. This weekend had to have been one of our favorites of 2014!