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                                 Hello, and welcome to my little online home! I'm Rachael Leigh and I am a wedding and senior portrait photographer in Southwest Ohio! I do hope that you will grab a cup of coffee and enjoy viewing some of my latest work and getting a little sneak peek into life behind the scenes! 

September 7, 2018

Backyard Wedding in Columbus Ohio | Brandon & Omega


The sunshine broke through the rain in the middle of the reception and a full rainbow made it’s debut. I’ve never photographed a rainbow on a wedding day, but I will forever remember Brandon and Omega’s day because of it! Saturday was such a beautiful culmination of the love these two have for each other! Surrounded by their family and friends, they officially began the journey of marriage together and wonderfully combined their cultures! It was an honor to photograph it!

Brandon proposed while they were on a cruise with his family last summer. One night at dinner, dessert arrived and Omega’s wasn’t what she had ordered. She thought the staff had made a mistake and said, “I think you have made a mistake” as she stared at the plate which contained a small box with a diamond ring. It was then that Brandon scooped the ring off of her plate, got down on one knee and began speaking in Omega’s native language, Chichewa. To Omega’s complete surprise, Brandon had located someone to teach him how to speak Chichewa just so that he could express his love for her! His six months of practice paid off when he saw Omega’s shocked expression and heard her emphatic yes!

Omega is originally from Malawi, Africa and moved here in the third grade. Many of her family members attended her wedding and it made the reception time so much fun! One thing that I quickly learned about her culture is how much they love to dance, and that may be a bit of an understatement! Despite the rain, family members walked into the ceremony with a small bluetooth speaker booming African music and dancing around the tent in celebration! It was such a cool thing to watch! And the dancing at the reception was even better! I think it was one of the fun receptions I have ever photographed! There was never a dull moment! Wait until you see the pictures!

Brandon and Omega, thank you so much for giving me the honor of photographing your wedding day! It was absolutely beautiful and I’m sure your marriage is going to be even more so! Enjoy Hawaii and I hope you love these few favorites from your day!

The rose petals in these detail images are my favorite! Omega’s Hayley Paige gown was STUNNING! Her dress! Those layers!

Omega, you are gorgeous! Such a fun way to celebrate before the ceremony!
We snuck all of their portraits between rain showers! Everyone was so patient and I was thankful! Favorite! A full rainbow made it’s appearance during the reception! This was a once in a lifetime shot and I’m so glad we did it!
These dancing shots! Everyone of them is a favorite!

Florals | The Flowerman

Dress Designer | Hayley Paige

Dress Shop | Hyde Park Bridal

Groom Attire | Mens’ Wearhouse

Bridesmaids Dresses | Vera Wang from David’s Bridal

Catering | Jeanette’s Delicacies

DJ | DJ West

Invitations | Avant Garde Impressions

Rentals | Prime Time Rental

Cake | Catherine McKenna

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