Annika and Brandon | Springfield Ohio Courtyard by Marriott

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Almost two weeks in to May, I had the honor of meeting Annika and Brandon at the Springfield Ohio Courtyard by Marriott.  I had exchanged emails with Annika to get to know about them.  I had also met with Brandon’s mom about the day, but this was a first for me…meeting the Bride and Groom the day of the celebration.  It went better than I could have imagined!

Annika and Brandon met at a club in Germany.  Brandon had been stationed there for a few months when they ran in to each other and started talking.  Annika, from Germany, told me that it was so sweet when Brandon started talking to her.  He didn’t know much German at the time, but he tried to impress her by asking her name.  Instead he asked, “What is today?”  She replied, “Saturday,” which confused him because he thought that was her name.  He made her laugh from the second they met and he still makes her laugh every day!

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They married a year ago in Germany.  Brandon’s parents were able to attend, but since the rest of his family couldn’t be there, they wanted to have a celebration at the Springfield Ohio Courtyard by Marriott.  It was a sweet, fun gathering of family and friends.  Beautiful decorations, yummy food, lively music, and great conversations.

Shortly after dinner we stepped outside for a few family portraits.  It was a little chilly, but I was hoping the rain would hold off.  During the family portraits, I made sure to capture Brandon’s parents too!  His mom, Renee was such a huge part of making this reception happen and if you know her, you know she’s truly an angel!

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Immediately after we finished the family portraits, it started to sprinkle, but Annika and Brandon were troopers!!!  They pushed on to get portraits together!  Aren’t they gorgeous!!  And super sweet too!!!

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Since Annika and Brandon have been married for a year, I asked Annika what she loved about being married to him.  She shared that she loves knowing that whatever happens, she will always have Brandon’s support and love.  He doesn’t judge.  He shares the same values and wishes.  He encourages her to follow dreams and supports her as she does.  And she loves the way he looks at her and says he loves her.

These two are so amazing together!  I think we would all be blessed to have a love like they share!

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Congratulations, Annika and Brandon!  Happy Anniversary!! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your celebration!  Thank you for toughing it out in the rain and chilly wind for more photos!  I wish you a life of joy and may you two always find love and hope in the company of one another.

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