Columbus Ohio LGBTQ Jewish Micro Wedding: Shana + Rachel

Shana and Rachel got engaged in October, shot their engagement session that week, and got right to work wedding planning! Just 2.5 months later, we were back together, this time in downtown Columbus, as they were married with a handful of close family on the first Saturday of January. Though they may have planned things on a shorter timeline, their marriage was a long time coming; these two have been together since 9th grade!

We started our day at the Graduate Hotel in the Short North. Once each of them were dressed, I staged their first look at a patio just beside the building, full of great reactions and emotion. From there, we took a little walk around the block, finding every fun alley, wall and mural for portraits.

Then it was off to their venue, Station 324! Located at an apartment complex just down the road, the space is certainly a hidden gem, and it was my first time shooting there! Lots of fun colorful murals, and a space perfect for an intimate event. Shana and Rachel planned to wear masks for their ceremony, so we staged a few maskless photos under the chuppah before the ketubah signing (which also served as a mini-rehearsal of sorts!).

Their Jewish ceremony followed, with family watching in-person, and many more watching via live stream. Now married, I whisked them away for a few rooftop portraits before the sun set. The celebration continued with toasts, cake cutting and boxed dinners. They ended the night with an epic sparkler exit! These certainly made the best of a small celebration, and I can’t wait to see what their bigger reception has in store one day. Mazel Tov to Shana and Rachel!

Amy Ann Photography

I aim to capture moments and expressions that tell the story of a day, and are authentic to the people involved. If you can look at a collection of images I’ve taken of a total stranger and get a feeling for who they are and what they felt, then I’ve done my job!   

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