The morning of the wedding dawned gray and rainy with an unpromising forecast. From the moment I arrived at the hotel room where Taulbi was getting ready, I noticed a running ‘weather update’ commentary throughout the day: one of my assistants remarked that it was awfully cold and windy outside, a group of guests waiting in the Taft lobby peered outside and muttered “hmm… still raining,” and I cursed the clouds above as raindrops began falling during the groom’s portraits. The bride had mentioned a few weeks prior when we met at the Taft that she was hoping for sunshine during the ceremony. As I zipped up my shoulder camera bag to protect my gear, I fretted that the skies simply weren’t going to cooperate.
Taulbi’s mom, Dee Dee, was optimistic from the start. “He’ll come through,” she said, looking up at the clouds, her arms crossed calmly in front of her. “He’s always right on time.” But the gray skies persisted, which–fortunately for me–lent especially deep, rich tones to the photos I snapped. (Though, after my first trek through the wet grass in the courtyard, I quickly realized that linen flats were a terrible footwear choice for the day.)
The ceremony arrived and I positioned myself at the end of the aisle. Groomsmen took their places, and audience members took their seats, chatting in low, hushed voices.
And the clouds parted to reveal a bright, vivid blue. Right then. Sunshine beamed down on the trees surrounding the tent, illuminating the droplets of water on the leaves, glittering like the tiny glass lanterns hanging from the branches.
Dee Dee turned to me and smiled. “See?” She said. “I told you, He’s always right on time.”
Taulbi and Jim’s wedding at the historic William Howard Taft House in Cincinnati is an elegant feast for the eyes, from vintage pearls and white hydrangeas, from the masterworks lining the Taft Museum’s illustrious rooms, to hot apple cider and artful h’or d’oeuvres… it’s hard to imagine a more perfect day!
Taulbi and Jim’s love for each other simply radiates whenever they’re together, and it was such a pleasure to have the opportunity to capture them for the second time. (You might recognize these two from their gorgeous spring engagement session!!) Congratulations, you two, and I can’t wait to create your wedding album… it’s sure to be a stunna. ;)
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