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Today I’m taking you out to Ohio for a gorgeous winter wedding at Ashland University. Trina and Jacob planned an April wedding but ended up with a winter wonderland wedding and they couldn’t have planned it any better if they tried! Thank you to Asteria Photography for sharing this beautiful peek into their day!

From the photographer: “Trina wanted a winter wedding more than anything! She imagined her wedding day filled with sparkling white snow. Alas, her parents said “absolutely not!” because they weren’t thrilled with the idea of a January wedding because January is typically freezing in Ohio! So Trina reluctantly changed her winter wedding to a spring wedding. She wanted snow so badly that she even made little boxes of fake snow for the guests to throw when they exited the church. She had no idea that she would get her wish of a fairy tale winter wedding!”

Photographer:  Asteria Photography//Makeup Artist:Alexis Tackett//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:American Commodore Tuxedo//Cake Designer:Ashland University//Caterer:Ashland University Catering//Dress Store:Bridal By B//Hair Stylist:Premiere Hair Co – Jaime Cooley//Reception Venue:Redwood Hall//

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They met on the Purdue University campus and he proposed under the Purdue University Bell Tower, so it was only natural for Hannah and Mitch to return to their alma mater on the day of their wedding! This beautiful spring wedding has me longing for warmer weather today – enjoy the lovely images by Jasmine Norris Photography.

From the photographer: “Hanna and Mitch met a few years ago at a bowling alley while both attending Purdue University. Hanna and her friends were in one lane and Mitch and his friends were in the next lane, they ended up talking and hit it off and the rest we can say is history! Mitch proposed November 22, 2014 under the Purdue University bell tower before a Purdue football game. Since Purdue had some special ties for the two we had to go to campus for their portraits. However, Purdue commencement was the day of their wedding so we feared that campus would be crowded with people, however, miraculously we were able to take their portraits without anyone in the background! Hanna and Mitch held their ceremony at St. James where Mitch’s family is heavily involved and had their reception at Judi’s Catering. They had a color palette of navy and yellow and had daisies throughout since yellow is Hanna’s favorite color.”

Photographer:  Jasmine Norris Photography//Bridesmaid Store: Azazie//Bridesmaid Dresses:B. Loved Boutique //Makeup Artist:Flawless by Devan//Caterer:Judi’s Catering//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Louie’s Tux Shop//Cake Designer:Meijer//DJ:Midwest Sound//Hair Stylist: Sample House Hair Design Studio//Event Venue:St. James Lutheran Church//

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One of my favorite parts about getting to share engagement sessions is seeing all the unique ways couples choose to capture their love. Andrea and Collin came up with one of the most unique sessions I’ve seen to date! If you love science, you’re going to love this science-themed session. Head to the lab to view this sweet and fun session by Corner House Photography.

From the photographer: “When my couple Andrea and Collin approached me about a science themed engagement session, I just knew that I had to make it happen. Months went by of posting S.O.S. help me notes on Facebook, emailing high schools, emailing colleges, and calling teachers to find a science lab we could borrow. Even though I probably received over 50 nos to the idea, I kept persevering and that is when my sweet friend Sue offered. Sue knew of a lab that we could probably borrow for our session and worked on getting approval from her dean.Keeping Andrea in the loop the whole time, she must have thought I was crazy to keep trying. I was determined. The idea and the shots were in my mind and there was no way I was going to let their dream engagement not happen. While Sue worked on getting approval, my couple worked on their plans to come down from Tallahassee. Putting their trust in me, they ventured the four hour drive down to a lab we had both never seen.Upon arriving, Sue greeted us with her warm smile and excitement to help make our shoot happen! The lab was PERFECT! Filled with tables, lab equipment, white walls, and rolling chairs, it screamed SCIENCE! You may have seen my couple before during their “Notebook” engagement that inadvertently happened when it started pouring down on us. Making the best of our time together, they splashed in puddles and kissed in the rain. It was during their first engagement that I realized how silly they were and how much I just couldn’t wait to be a part of their big day.Collin surprised me by bringing dry ice to the session. It gave the perfect “this is about to blow up” feel with a little bit of smoke coming out of our beakers. Andrea’s adorable, but deadly, virus and disease plus toys made their second appearance (previously hid out in a tree during our first session) for a handful of photos as well. From microbes to amoebas, each one smiled perfectly for the camera.The two are also very sentimental. Collin wore his original science lab shoes that he first met Andrea in. They even contemplated having him wear them for the wedding day, but ended up deciding dress shoes would be best hehe. The lab coats are also important to the two, as the coats were their original lab coats back in college. Last, but not least, don’t you just love the ring shots! They pop because of the vintage, gold microscopes Andrea picked up before the shoot.Shoots like these take so much planning, but are so incredibly worth it. I always push for my couples to choose a theme and location that has meaning to them. Sometimes it is a walk in a favorite park nearby and sometimes it is visiting a fully packed science lab to get your inner science geek on with your photographer.”

Photographer:  Corner House Photography//

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Erin Morrison Photography www.erinmorrisonphotography.com

The Learned Bride is currently seeking submissions from photographers who would like to share their wedding, engagement, or inspiration shoot.  Images must showcase the beauty of a university campus or museum as well as love stories that have a connection with an educational experience.  Please review the following guidelines before submitting your images for publication:

  • Photographers: Please make sure you have the couple’s permission to submit your photos to our blog.
  • Wedding, engagement, or inspiration shoot should be from the last 12-18 months.
  • Include the names of the couple and the location of the shoot.
  • Submit the couple’s love story including answers to the following questions:
    • Where and how did you meet?
    • How did he propose?
    • Why did you choose this location for your session?
    • What is your favorite memory from this location?
  • Provide names of all vendors involved with their URL links.
  • Provide Facebook and Instagram handles of the photographer and other vendors.
  • 50-100 images in .jpg or .gif format
  • Images should measure at least 900px in width, 72 dpi.  Please do not include watermarks or collages.
  • Submissions are accepted via Two Bright Lights or by email to info@thelearnedbride.com using Drop Box, PASS, or Pixieset.

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Well, it’s already September and I’m sure your feed has been flooded with adorable back-to-school photos of students and teachers so today I thought I’d share this sweet university engagement session. It brings me back to my college days when I’d spend hours upon hours in the library. I love that Palak and Billy chose the library and campus for their engagement session – thank you to HRM Photography for sharing these images!university-of-western-ontario-engagement-hrm-photography_0002

From the photographer: “Palak and Billy met while studying at Western University in London Ontario, so having their engagement session at the university seemed like a natural fit! ?We toured the places on campus where they spent time during their years in school – the library stacks at Western were so much fun to shoot in!”university-of-western-ontario-engagement-hrm-photography_0001university-of-western-ontario-engagement-hrm-photography_0003university-of-western-ontario-engagement-hrm-photography_0004university-of-western-ontario-engagement-hrm-photography_0005university-of-western-ontario-engagement-hrm-photography_0007university-of-western-ontario-engagement-hrm-photography_0008university-of-western-ontario-engagement-hrm-photography_0006university-of-western-ontario-engagement-hrm-photography_0009university-of-western-ontario-engagement-hrm-photography_0010university-of-western-ontario-engagement-hrm-photography_0012university-of-western-ontario-engagement-hrm-photography_0011university-of-western-ontario-engagement-hrm-photography_0014university-of-western-ontario-engagement-hrm-photography_0013university-of-western-ontario-engagement-hrm-photography_0015

Photographer:  HRM Photography//Other Location:The University of Western Ontario//

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