Varonnica & Josh’s Emerald Hills Wedding

These two high school sweethearts have such a sweet story! Varonnica and Josh met when they were younger, through a family member.  They were both dating other people, until they finally realized the perfect person was right in front of them!  They’ve been together ever since, have built a family with the addition of their adorable daughter, and brought it all full circle with a beautiful heartfelt ceremony and reception held at Emerald Hills Events in Promise City.  It was an emotional day –  lots of tears, lots of toasts with stories, and the sweetest family dance you’ve ever seen.  Get ready for a beautiful day with many incredible moments!

This was the FIRST wedding held at Emerald Hills after it opened this spring.  It is an incredible venue!  So beautiful!

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This incredible invitation suite was designed by the bride’s maid of honor (who also happens to be the groom’s sister!) – she is the designer at Jordan Design Co.  So beautiful!

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The acrylic welcome sign with hand lettering was done by Painting for Cheese.  Love it!

bridesmaids getting ready at emerald hills event center

I love this moment when Varonnica’s wedding planner, Karla, brought her out to take a peak at things – it was all beautiful!

A sweet first look with her dad…

Then an emotional first look with the groom!

Varonnica & Josh decided to write letters because they are actually both kind of shy, and they didn’t want to share their heartfelt truths with anyone but each other.  So you can imagine the emotions during their first look when they each read eachother’s deepest most heartfelt words of love and devotion!

Varonnica is a talented photographer in her own right, and so I was understandably a tiny bit nervous – that’s a lot of pressure!  One thing that was great, though, is that she totally understood how to prioritize certain moments and opportunities throughout her day and was always willing to take more photos when I had ideas.  So this means they have a LOT of portraits from their wedding!

I am totally in love with the colors and style for their wedding day.The blush and dusty blue was perfect!

Mandy outdid herself with these bouquets!  I am in love with peonies!

Their sweet little girl joined us for family photos – she is seriously the cutest!

Emerald Hills is set up to have a loft area that works great for cocktail hour, ceremony, or extra seating for the reception.  It was a beautiful day, though quite windy, and thus indoor was a nice option for them!

A quick selfie before walking down the aisle!

Also another reason I love these two – SO many emotions!  Josh cried during their first look AND during their ceremony! I love that even after 6 years together, he is just overcome when he sees his bride,

Married at last!!!!  This was my favorite – it’s official!!!

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We headed outside in front of Emerald Hills, and the wind had died down a bit.  It was the perfect time for a few just-married photos! These are some of my favorites!

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Okay I probably sound like I’m raving, but I love that there is a grassy area, trees, the perfect little dock and lake, and of course the beautiful modern farmhouse all in ONE place within walking distance of Emerald Hills.  I love this place!

Thank you for having such a fun wedding party!  We had a blast together!

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Josh’s dad was his best man, and his sister was Varonnica’s maid of honor.  You guys, these toasts…I am pretty sure everyone in the room was crying!

Bride and grooms first dance at their wedding at emerald hills events

As part of their first dance as husband and wife, Varonnica and Josh invited their daughter Ava to join them on the dance floor.  It was one of my favorite moments of the entire day.

Congratulations Josh & Varonnica!


Venue: Emerald Hills Events 

Photography: Jennifer Weinman Photography

Planning: Karla Lewenczuk Events

Florals: M.Klyn Floral

Invitations: Jordan Design Co.

Calligraphy: Painting for Cheese

Cake: Little Blackbird Bakery 

DJ: Center Stage Productions 

Dress: Essence of Australia – from Weddings by Design

Makeup: Powder Studio

**Quick note — Varonnica literally had one of the BEST vendor teams I’ve ever worked with!  So, if you’re looking for a DJ or florist or really ANYTHING for your wedding, all of these individuals were phenomenal!



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