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Congratulations David & Farida!

It’s that time of year again.  The time of year that I try to get caught up with all the blog posts that I should have been posting during the wedding season, but just didn’t have any time because I was so crazy busy!

David & Farida’s wedding was quite the adventure.  They got married in Dayton Ohio and for me it was a mini destination wedding.  I loaded up the car and picked up Thomas Pham (my second shooter) and we made a Friday-Sunday trip out of it.  It was a hectic few days of shooting with the rehearsal dinner on Friday night and the wedding all day Saturday.  We crashed and got up Sunday morning to drive back to Chicago.  It was a long 3 days but an amazing wedding!

I met David & Farida through another couple that I photographed a few years ago (David & Chrissy).  I always love getting personal referrals – makes my job a heck of a lot easier!

The ceremony was held at St. Mina & St. Abanoub Coptic Orthodox Church in Miamisburg, OH followed by a breathtaking reception at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton.  In between we stopped for some great photos on the steps of the Dayton Art Institute.

Here are a few words from Farida about how she and David met…

It all started 15 years ago…..

Both Farida and David are Egyptian Coptic Christian. Every year there is a week long camp in Bowling Green Ohio where all the churches and its’ youth come for a week full of fellowship and fun. Prior to camp, Farida’s cousin introduced Farida and David to one another on AOL instant messaging at the young age of 12. The two ‘chatted’ for about a week in anticipation of meeting one another at camp. According to David, the first time he saw Farida he told his friends that he “was going to marry that girl”.  Farida on the other hand thought this skinny boy didn’t match up to his masculine screen name. In the end, Farida and David left camp every year for the next five years with butterflies in their stomachs for one another. As time would tell, the two began dating in 2009 and the rest is history.

Here are a few of my favorite photos as well as a slideshow from the day!


*** Click to watch Web Slideshow ***


Wedding Planner:  Marian Langley
Officiant:  Father Angaelos Antoun, Father John Ragheb
Bridal Gown:  Jim Hjelm
Hair:  Sherry Smith
Makeup:  Roxanne
Groomswear:  Hugo Boss
Invitations:  Mulberry Tree
Flowers:  Floral V Designs
DJ:  Karam Razko
Cake: Frosted
Egyptian Desserts:  Shatila
Videography:  Butterfly Productions

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