Category Archives: Wedding

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Amanda for quite a few years now. She’s always been one of those people that makes the group more fun! She’s sweet and her smile lights up the room. I haven’t known Matt quite as long, but he’s just as sweet and fun to be around as Amanda. Matt and Amanda are just perfect for each other!

I’m pretty sure you will recognize a lot of faces in this gorgeous wedding. Also you might start to wonder how many different families and friendships are intertwined. Don’t worry the best man clears that all up later in his speech and I’ll help explain it to you too!

The ladies started early in the morning at the Hilton Garden Inn Austin Landing with their pretty prep team! Angelica Ross Make-up Artistry did an amazing job!

Onto the Schuster Center Wintergarden for the reception! If you’ve never experienced a wedding here before you are in for a treat. It’s so gorgeous and open yet its warm and inviting.

All of the speeches at this wedding were wonderful. Most of us went from laugning to crying and back to laughing through them all!

The best man happens to be Matt’s brother. He decided to explain to everyone all the family and friend connections during his speech. He even made this poster board for visual aid. I’ll give you a recap of it all…however my delivery won’t be nearly as entertaining as Nick’s speech.

There are three sets of families listed as you see below. The first and longest connection is Mandy and Lindsay (Amanda’s sister) who have been best friends for like 20-25+ years. Fast forward to Jenny (my best friend of 15+ years & Mandy’s sister) dating and then married JJ (Amanda & Lindsay’s brother). Right around this same time Mandy (Jenny’s sister & Lindsay’s best friend) also met, dated and married Nick (Matt’s brother). If I’ve lost you…..you need to scroll down and check the visual aid…it comes in quite handy! 🙂 Shortly after Mandy and Nick got married Matt and Amanda met and have been together ever since. Small world right? I’m so glad I’ve been able to meet and hang out with all these wonderful families and friends over the years.

Michael Sherman and Ben Avci from Felix and Fingers dueling pianos kept the party going for hours! I’ve been shooting weddings for over 20 years and there is nothing better than live music! I knew these guys were going to be amazing but they exceeded expectations! SUCH A FUN IDEA FOR RECEPTION! Great thinking Amanda and Matt!

No wedding is complete without Tony Stark dancing with the ladies!

Amanda and Matt I can’t thank you enough for having us photograph your AMAZING day! A fun time was had by all who attended…that was wonderful to see! You two are so special and I’m so excited for you both and what the future holds.

The day ran smoothly with the help of Lisa from Party with a Snapp. Gorgeous flowers from The Flower Man

  • Lindsay Geske - I love all of these!! Great job Faye!!June 15, 2019 – 11:29 am

  • Mandy - Amazing job Faye!!! Love them all! Such gorgeous photos and such a perfect day for a beautiful couple!! ❤️June 17, 2019 – 11:36 am

I have been looking forward to being Alex and Michaella’s wedding photographer all year.   I loved the rolling hills and scenic drive from Dayton to Waynesville, the location for their big day.  You might recognize her parent’s beautiful horse farm from their engagement session.  Click here!

Michaella is GORGEOUS and sweet as can be.  Alex is charmingly handsome and has a great soul.  They are so loving and completely comfortable together.   I think we can all agree they make an adorable couple.  It’s a joy to be around them.   I think I heard one of the bridesmaids say, “OMG….they are so stinkin cute!”   Um yep!   I think that pretty much sums them up 😉

We started the day in Michaella’s parents’ stunning home.  The plan was to have the ceremony on their property.  Both of Michaella’s sisters had their wedding ceremonies there as well.   The reception was set for a different location that was being renovated over the winter.   Sadly a few weeks before the wedding they found out the reception location would not be ready as planned!  Hello, stress!!!!  I would have freaked out a little…wouldn’t have you??

Lucky for them, the family property is so gorgeous with plenty of space to have a tent and hold the reception.  They were already working with the amazing wedding planner Stephanie.   With some extra effort the entire wedding and reception was now set for one location instead of two.  It ended up working perfectly.  Guests were greeted with a beautiful guest book display set on Michaella’s Grandfathers’ vintage blue pickup truck.  It was such a sweet way to honor him.  Another special part (or treat I should say) were the delicious homemade pies.   These were handmade by her loving mom in lieu of wedding cake.   (Can you imagine making 15 pies on top of the reception location change???) Cherie….you are my hero!  They were all blessed with a beautiful 82 degree, non-humid day in the middle of August, which is not the norm for Southwest Ohio.

Without further ado….here are my favorite highlights.   I can’t wait for you all to see 🙂

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Alex and Michaella…..thank you SO much for having us capture your lovely day!  I wish you two a life of health and happiness together!  Hugs!!!

THE AMAZING VENDORS:

Entertainment Unlimited  Stephanie Via-Hagar   -Decor and planning

Floral V Designs  Cady Vance    -Flowers and Decor

Mike Hyslope at Party Pleasers      -DJ

Hair and Makeup  email:  eyedomakeupart@aol.com

Prime Time Party Rental     -Tent, linens etc.

Happy Kamper Films        -Videographer      This was my first time working with Mike and Alison.  I can’t wait to see their film.

Elegant Entertainment   Donna McFarland      -Ceremony Musicians

 

Looking for a wedding photographer near Dayton, Ohio to capture your big day? Click “contact” at the top to send me a message and schedule unforgettable memories for your family!

 

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Faye Sommer is a Tipp City and Dayton Ohio Wedding Photographer who also captures candid family moments, documenting your loved ones in memories you can treasure for generations. 

  • Caitlynn - I’m seriously dying over this wedding! Faye! Your colors. They pop in every single image.
    1. She walked barefoot down the aisle. Love this bride.
    2. Those first look shots. I’m ooohing and ahhhing over them ALL.
    3. That wedding party shot by the truck – YES!
    4. They washed each others feet. Oh goodness – sigh.
    5. LOVE that shot of the lift during the reception! Ha!

    Could not love this wedding more!September 8, 2017 – 12:05 am

  • Destinee - I’m smiling so much right now! What a fun, beautiful day! Love those first look images and portraits! Love!September 8, 2017 – 7:11 am

  • Jacqie Q - Love love love so much! Amazing work!September 8, 2017 – 9:30 am

  • jenny - HOOOOOOLY tamale.. I can’t even begin to tally off all the images that stuck out in my head because they are all amazing!!! That adorb pic of b/g’s legs-barefeet, that LIFT(!!!!!!), the golden light photos + swing set, GRANDMA and the three gen hands…gaaaaahhh… I could write a novel. AMAZING job my friend. So inspired by your vibrant work! XOXOSeptember 8, 2017 – 12:48 pm

  • JennyBZ - oh these turned out even more beautiful than I could have imagined and I saw in person how amazing it was!! faye you captured the beauty of this wedding perfectly. They are such an amazing and sweet couple, it was an honor to be a part of it. STUNNING, my friend, absolutely stunning! Congrats again Michaella and Alex!! xxJBZSeptember 8, 2017 – 2:25 pm

  • Rachael Allex - Are you kidding me with that flower crown, blue truck and GORGEOUS ceremony location?? I am obsessed with these wedding photos! I know Michaella and Alex are too!! You did such an amazing job capturing their day!September 8, 2017 – 3:41 pm

  • Angie - Oh my goodness!! That blue truck, the first look images, the sunset images!! It’s all so good!September 8, 2017 – 5:22 pm

  • shannon - could not love these more!!!! the adorable couple, the crown, the dress, the colors, the party, the details….its all amazing. GORGEOUS wedding!!!!!September 11, 2017 – 12:14 pm

  • Nicki - what an adorably sweet couple!! I’m obsessed with all their portraits! and I absolutely LOVE that they did the dirty dancing dance! that lift picture is everything!! You captured so many moments so beautifully! Amazing job Faye!!September 13, 2017 – 4:59 am

  • Bobbi - I always love it when you post a new blog entry and needless to say, as always… you didn’t disappoint! WOW! I couldn’t love these more! Thanks for sharing your incredible with us yet again. BOOM!September 14, 2017 – 11:47 am

  • Melissa Yocum - What a gorgeous wedding!! These two are so sweet! That beautiful light, I’m swooning over it!! And I just love all of the special touches!!September 14, 2017 – 12:28 pm