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My heart goes out to the brides of 2020. So many changes needing to be made to decisions already stewed and pondered over having to be done once more. This was the case for Allison and Chris’s wedding. When I first spoke to this couple, being in the woods and one with nature was always where their hearts had been. Honestly it’s just plain cool how things turned out for them. At the last minute being able to say their “I Do’s” by a waterfall became their reality.

Watching this pandemic unfold in front of me with several bride and grooms I’ve learned that with a small gathering you’re able to spend time with your closest people in your world and share this day that brings a new chapter in your life. Really feeling the love and support they are showing you and you’re not rushed to talk to the next person just to make sure you’ve spoken with each guest at least a little. These past couple pandemic weddings have been some of the sweetest and precious moments I’ve experienced while shooting. So my advice to you if your planing a wedding (not in a pandemic) that bigger is not always better.

Allison and Chris rented out an Airbnb on a farm with lots of horses and chickens roaming about in southern Ohio. They had a smoker going all day with what would become a Mexican bbq picnic after the ceremony that smelled so dang good the whole time they got ready.

I learned the day of that Allison used to work for a florist and put together her own flowers. I’m literally obsessed with her choices! I’ve got a soft spot for dusty miller as it is and add my favor color (the color of leather) to it. Holy Moly!

After getting all dressed up we all hiked through Cedar Falls letting the guys go ahead first since Chris had not yet seen Allison. It was so fun to hear all of the people as we past by “I think someone is getting married!!” In excited whispers. Once we arrived at the waterfall everyone got in their places. Allison and her father walked across the rocks as Chris turns around to see his beautiful bride in a beautiful location and they would finally become husband and wife in front of their loved ones.

October 1, 2020

Chris+Allison Napper’s Wedding//Hocking Hills

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