America's Packard Museum Bridal Portraits With Vintage Cars And Historical Vehicles Dayton Ohio

Bridal Portraits At Dayton’s Most Unique Wedding Reception Venue


My January 12, 2019 wedding was one of the most unique Dayton or Cincinnati weddings I have ever photographed. To start, we experienced a snow storm that dropped 8 inches of snow across the Dayton region. The heaviest time for the snow storm coincided with the bridal prep, wedding, bridal portraits, and wedding reception. I knew that this beautiful bride would be excited about the snow, and I was correct.

The day started out with hair and makeup at Square One Salon & Spa on Third Street in downtown Dayton, Ohio. As a wedding photographer, I have been to many salons to photograph the bride and bridesmaids getting hair and makeup done. Square One downtown is the most gorgeous and photogenic salon I’ve ever seen. The brick wall, lighting, and nature of the historic building made for the best getting ready photos I’ve ever done. The employees I encountered were all friendly as well. Highly recommend!

The wedding took place at St. John’s United Church of Christ across the street from the salon. It was a beautiful ceremony, and the paster/officiant was really funny. I always appreciate a light-hearted wedding ceremony with some laughter.

After the wedding and 30 minutes of snowy bridal party photos and bridal portraits, we made our way to America’s Packard Museum at 420 South Ludlow Street in downtown Dayton, Ohio. This building, built in 1917 and a former Packard automobile dealership, is the coolest and most unique wedding reception venue I’ve ever been to. There are so many incredible historical cars that we were able to use to create stunning bridal portraits of the bride and groom. The Packard Museum was very accommodating and allowed us to photograph alongside so many of these historical vehicles. I highly recommend this Dayton wedding reception venues for weddings of 175 people or fewer.


Published Photos Of The Memphis Belle By Dayton Aviation Photographer

The Memphis Belle Published Images


The Memphis Belle exhibit at the National Museum Of The United States Air Force is now open in Dayton, Ohio.  This historic Boeing B-17 bomber from WWII is set atop 3 steel pylons and is lit with beautiful theatrical lighting.

The images at the bottom of this post are screenshots of some of the websites that have published some of my Memphis Belle Dayton aviation photography. It was such an honor to photograph this historic WWII aircraft!


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Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church In Dayton Wedding 2018

Dayton Greek Orthodox Wedding


December weddings are rare for me, but they often provide great backdrops and colors that complement the wedding couple. The December 29th Dayton wedding day started and ended at the Hilton Garden Inn Dayton South at Austin Landing. The Hilton Garden Inn at Austin and the HGI in Beavercreek are great wedding day hotels in the Dayton area. Both hotels feature large rooms that are perfect for the bridal party's hair and makeup. Additionally, each hotel offers a large wedding reception hall with good food and a great staff. Outside of the banquet hall is a large space for cocktail hours, photo booths, and full bar service.

Saturday's enjoyable bride wanted family photos and bridal portraits taken in front of the Christmas tree and holiday decorations that sit next to the foot bridge. With an overcast day and vibrant wedding colors, we were able to create beautiful group photos that popped agains the Christmas background. I was able to use a Christmas ornament to capture a reflection of the bride and groom. The tricky part to this was not capturing my own reflection. After spending 30 minutes in the cold weather, the bridal party and families headed for the wedding at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

Dayton's ornate and welcoming Greek Orthodox Church on the hill overlooking downtown Dayton and the Dayton Art Institute is beautiful, historic, and accessible. This was my second or third wedding at this church, and it did not disappoint. The groom's family is Greek, and they were absolutely wonderful and fun. The bride's family was also fun to work with, and they were just as boisterous! If you are looking to get married in the Greek Orthodox tradition in the Dayton or Cincinnati area, check out Dayton's best Greek Orthodox church.