Bo and Tori were married on May 26th, 2018, with a ceremony at Saints John and Paul Catholic Church and a reception at DoubleTree Cranberry.
Bo actually proposed when these two were visiting friends in Aiken, South Carolina. They all went out one Friday night and stopped to get some drinks before dinner at the famous hotel Willcox. Tori and her friend were at the bar when her friend’s husband said the boys were looking for them outside. When Tori walked out, a pianist was playing while all of their friends were gathered to watch Bo get down on one knee. They all went out to celebrate at a private room at the Green Boundary Club after that!
Once they were engaged, they hardly had to think twice about where they wanted to get married. They had both belonged to Saints John and Paul Parish since they were little kids, and what’s more, Tori’s father actually helped to build the church! With so much history there, how could they get married anywhere else?
In addition to having the ceremony at the church, we set up a first look at the church, which resulted in some of my favorite portraits of the day. They are moodier than my normal images, but I think that’s why I love them. There was a small chapel “grotto” downstairs below the main sanctuary that looked like something out of The Little Mermaid, which was right up my alley as a Disney fanatic!
My second shooter and associate photographer, Lizzy, and I had no shortage of touching details to photograph. It was obvious that Tori and Bo wanted this day to go perfectly for everyone, including their guests—and considering the homemade cookies that we got to eat, I’d say they knocked that out of the park! But even in the smaller details, like the jewelry from their parents and grandparents, they were always sure to keep friends and family close. I loved that about them.
Tori & Bo, I am so glad to have been a small part of your day! It was a true celebration.
Dress Designer and Shop Purchased: Bridal Beginnings
Suit/Tux Shop: Custom Tux/Reception Jacket for Groom from Lionel Smith Limited in Aiken, SC
Groomsman’s Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Hairstylist: Kalee Breidegam – The Looking Glass Salon
Makeup Artist: Kelly Holt
DJ/Entertainment/Live Band etc: DJ Dean from Pittsburgh DJ Co.
Church/Ceremony Coordinator: Saints John and Paul Catholic Church
Officiant: Father Joseph R. McCaffrey – Saints John and Paul Catholic Church
Videographer: Eric Pensenstadler – Bella Novia Weddings of Video Horizons, LLC
Florist: Gerard Boeh Flowers
Reception: DoubleTree by Hilton
Reception Coordinator: DoubleTree by Hilton – Phillip Wintgens
Bakery: Lincoln Bakery
Shoes: Jimmy Choo