brooke + jacob // van wert ohio wedding photographer [ saint marks lutheran church + van wert council on aging ]

I’m not sure where to start when describing Brooke and Jacobs wedding day so I’m going to start back in 2013 when I first met Brooke. Brooke was one of my very first senior reps — back when I was photographing under the West Kenya Photography name (ahh the good old days). Brooke and her family have been a few of my biggest supporters throughout the years and gratitude to the Bowen’s is unconditional!

Fast forward to 2017 when I got a message from Jacob’s older sister, Katelynn — her fiancé (now hubby) proposed earlier that day and she wanted to talk wedding photography. Katelynn’s wedding is where I got to know Jacob’s sweet family. When you spend a super special day with a family, you begin to feel like family at the end of the day. When photographing Brooke and Jacobs wedding we laughed, cried, and joked together — I feel like this is officially a safe time to say that Jacob’s dad (jokingly) threatened to fire me during the processional because I almost photographed a tear in his eye.

Now to fast forward 5 years to Brooke’s wedding day — wow! Time has gone so fast! She was a gorgeous senior and a stunning bride! During the morning Brooke’s parents pulled her aside and had her open a gift — an Alex and Ani bracelet with a bead made out of the first roses that Jacob gave Brooke. Her mom said she knew from the beginning that he was the one. Cue the tears — good thing I wore waterproof mascara that day.

As Brooke and Jacob walked back down the aisle after being pronounced Husband and Wife, Brooke’s uncle jumped out of his seat and yelled “THATS MY NEICE!” Guys — this day was so fun! Our light was minimal due to a cloudy day and daylight savings — after a 20 minute drive out to the Staley farm we churned out as many photos as we could with the light we were given. It was a fun challenge!

Brooke and Jacob — many many congratulations! Thank you for having Cory and I as your wedding photographers!

Brooke + Jacob would like to thank:

Hair & Makeup :: Sophisticut Salon

Brides Dress :: Bride to Be

Bridesmaid Dresses :: Sisters Bridal Boutique

Suites :: The Mr. Shoppe

Rings :: Jared’s the Galleria of Jewelry

Florist :: Flowers by Patricia

Catering :: Rockford Carryout & Catering

Cake :: Nancy Isch Cakes

DJ :: Nightshift Mobile Entertainment

Decorator :: Wedding Design + Rental

Wood Pallet Wall :: AJ King

Ceremony Venue :: Saint Mark’s Lutheran church

Reception Venue :: Van Wert County Council on Aging