Toledo wedding photographer

419 Day! by Colleen Schmidt


This summer marks ten years (TEN!?)  since I packed up all my things and moved to Toledo, Ohio to transfer schools and get a fresh start. I have met so many amazing people and have had so many amazing experiences in this city since then. Toledo will always have a very special place in my heart—I wasn’t born and raised here, but I did grow  up here (I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and my love for that city knows no bounds-- that is a whoooole other blog post) BUT! I moved here when I was 22 years young and So. Much. Has. Changed. I changed. This city helped me change into the woman I am today, without a doubt. This city is where I met the love of my life, this city is where we started our lives together (which now involves the best thing that ever happened to me-- my daughter), this city is where I learned about community, this city is where I decided to pursue my dream and start my own photography business, this city is where I have put down roots of my own, branched out of my comfort zones and really made something for myself, by myself.

There is a phrase “You will do better in Toledo”. I know all you fellow Toledoans know it, but for those that don’t: It was a slogan created in 1913 and for years was on an electrical sign in Downtown Toledo. It was recently revitalized and has again become the Toledo slogan, covering street signs, t-shirts, bumper stickers, etc. It’s a way for people to pronounce their Toledo pride and you better believe I’m all over it! I can absolutely attest to the validity of the slogan because I feel like it totally embodies my life ever since I moved here ten (TEN!?!) years ago. I truly HAVE done better in Toledo and for that I will be forever grateful. I’ve watched this city grow so much in the 10 years I’ve been here. I’ve watched each year as new businesses around town pop up- a testament to people believing in themselves enough to follow their dreams. I’ve watched downtown flourish year after year, becoming more and more bustling. Slowly yet surely this city is coming back. I feel like we’ve grown up together, this city and I, and that gives me so much pride.

Thank you Toledo for all that you have given me. Thank you for my little family as well as my big family of in-laws, friends, fellow artists and fellow Toledo lovers. Thank you for showing me my true self and for giving me a place to call my own.

Happy 419 Day, Toledo!!

There are SO MANY fun events tonight to celebrate:

  • The first Art Loop of the season

  • A mini Makers Mart with local crafters and artists at Handmade Toledo

  • Jupmode has 25% off all Toledo Merch (Get your own “You will do better in Toledo” shirt!)

  • 419 Day Show at the Ottawa Tavern

For more in depth information on all of these events check out the article in the City paper

#YouwilldobetterinToledo #yepItotallydid

Wedding Day Emergency Kit! by Colleen Schmidt

There is so much going on during your wedding day. The struggle to have everything go according to plan while also focusing on the joy of your day is a struggle. I really believe it is important to let go of the reigns on your wedding day! It will allow you to live in the moment as best as you can. I highly recommend hiring a wedding coordinator. A wedding coordinator can help you through the whole process or just be there for you on the day of your wedding.

My hubs and I had a "Day Of" Wedding Coordinator for our wedding and we can NOT imagine not having them there. (There were two wedding fairies fluttering around helping guests and helping us!) It was great to know we had someone there to make sure everything went smoothly. **Thanks Lisa and April from Your Perfect Day!**

Here are Toledo area wedding coordinators I can recommend: 

Your perfect day (We used them for our wedding and they were the BEST!) 

- La Boutique Nostalgie

- Bee for the Day

Other local coordinators that I haven't personally worked with, but have heard great things about: 

Elite Events

In addition to having an awesome wedding fairy (or especially if you decide you aren't going to do it) an "Emergency kit" is a must! One of my bridesmaids made me an emergency kit for my bridal shower gift and a few things seriously saved my life on my wedding day. I actually still use the container and have changed a few things out and placed it in our guest room in case guests forget something during their stay! Multi use, SCORE! 

Travel size products work perfect. Just load them into a container or bag. My friend and bridesmaid picked a large mason jar and I thought it was so adorable! I just grabbed the jar and brought it with me while we were getting ready for the day. 

I made a printable list you can download to make sure you don't miss anything! Click on the list on the right to get the downloadable link!  

Ultimately, try to remember that the day is about LOVE and happiness! It's about sharing the rest of your life with your best friend!! I know the pull to have everything perfect is strong, but don't forget to take a step back to remember what it's all about. :) :) 

Any couples have any other suggestions? Let me know in the comments below! 

Happy Planning!