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It was a beautiful summer day for a 4th of July wedding at Longworth Hall. It was such a fun experience to see the bride and groom incorporate this holiday into their wedding. Longworth Hall is where they held their reception. It is located off of Pete Rose Way in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Fun fact, it’s actually a historic building that is on the National Registry of Historic Places. It’s a bit of blend between modern and rustic and a great overall spot to throw a party!
The couple had their ceremony at a church and pre-wedding photos at Devou Park (more on that below!) As mentioned above they incorporated the July 4th holiday into their wedding. Red, white, and blue galore! I love when couples pick a theme, or colors, that match the season or holiday. It makes it a lot of fun for sure.
Prior to the ceremony, we chose to take photos at at Rotary Grove in Devou Park. Devou is a great spot for wedding photos – so much vibrant green and the bricks at the grove reflect beautiful light. It’s also just right across the river in Kentucky and not too far from downtown Cincinnati. The couple decided to do a first look and then we photographed the bridal party and family photos.
It was definitely a really warm day! I get asked quite a bit how to prepare for a warm summer day and the key is to not have consecutive hours outside where you’re doing nothing but photography. It’s great to work in breaks so that you can relax a little too. And don’t forget water! I’ve seen couples make sure a cooler is available for their bridal party and the couple. (I also keep water stocked in the car too).
Anyway! Devou is definitely a great area for photos, especially if you have a wedding at Drees Pavilion or in downtown Cincinnati. See my other blog I wrote on this!
The ceremony was held at a church in Northern Kentucky. What I loved about this church was the gorgeous light coming in. A well lit church means beautiful photos! Another thing the couple did before their ceremony was an exchange of letters before they walked down the aisle. They did not exchange personal vows during the ceremony, but this allowed them to still do that in a way. They were essentially in separate rooms while they read each other’s letters for the videographer who was present. It was sweet and romantic!
After the ceremony, we completed their family photos and headed for the reception at Longworth Hall.
It was finally time to arrive at Longworth Hall! The venue itself, as mentioned, looks from the outside an older, more rustic building. But the minute you walk in, it definitely feels more modern. There is a large staircase that leads you to the second floor with a beautiful hall with brick walls, market garden lights, and beautiful windows letting in the sunlight.
The bridal party and bride and groom entered for their introductions and went all out for 4th of July. American flag socks, hats, ribbons, scarves, sunglasses – you name it! I love when couples and their friends do something like this as it really helps to hype up the reception and get the party going! We enjoyed dinner, dancing, and more fun. What a blast it was to be here at this wedding – check out the photos below. For information on the venue – click here.