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Oglebay Resort Wedding – Joseph & Megan

I did a bridal show in January 2016 and at that show, I met Joe & Meg as they walked around the booths looking for ideas and inspiration. Immediately I knew that I not only had a potential client couple but I also had found friends. When I heard that they were getting married in West Virginia, I was bummed because I didn’t think that they’d hire a Philly girl to travel with them for their big day….but I was wrong. After a gorgeous engagement session in the city, multiple coffee and lunch dates with Meg, and countless emails back and forth, the wedding day finally arrived. My friend Cynee and I arrived at Oglebay resort for the rehearsal dinner on Friday the 26th and knew right away that it was going to be a wonderful weekend. The morning of the wedding arrived and our day began. Cynee met up with the men at their cabin while I went to the ladies’ suite to photograph getting ready. Meg’s mom helped her into her gown and she had a special first look with her ladies. Her maid of honor helped put on her shoes and then she gave a beautiful gift to her father before leaving the suite to see her soon-to-be husband, who waited for her out front of the resort by the trolley. After a sweet first look, we boarded the trolley and headed to the resort zoo where we took couples photos. We met up with the rest of the bridal party and drove to another part of the resort for the portraits, ending at the amphitheater where the ceremony was to take place. Though the day started out cloudy, the beautiful sun arrived just in time for the ceremony and remained for the gorgeous cocktail hour overlooking the park. The reception was amazing and interrupted by Memorial Day Fireworks! I had an absolutely amazing trip and cannot wait to present Meg & Joe with their images. For more work from this Oglebay Resort Wedding photographer, click here. Although I am from PA, I would love to photograph another wedding at the beautiful Oglebay Resort.

How they met…

We met in Seattle, because at the time I was working for Joe’s best friend Kevin at University of Washington.  They actually did a skit about this at the wedding and it was hysterical. We have been together for a little over 5 years now.


The proposal…

November 19, 2015 – It was the same day we closed on our new house in Philadelphia. We had just moved from Portland because Joe received a promotion within his company. We were still living in his corporate housing, so after all the new house paperwork we went to dinner to celebrate.  Joe said he had left something at the house on accident and we would have to go back, before went went back to his corporate housing for the night.  Little did I know that the whole time we were at dinner, Joe had hired someone to come in to the new house and set up a long burlap runner, a million mansion jar candles, old apple crates and champagne.  So when we went back to the house to “get what Joe forgot” I walked in to find the house lit up with candles and knew that this was it! The coolest part about it was I was not expecting it at all, and that it was just the 2 of us in our new house with no furniture or anything.  It was amazing.

The theme for the wedding…

We were going for a rustic, shabby chic theme, with some basketball elements thrown in there.  Basketball is how we met, and has been a huge part of our lives.  But we didn’t want it to overtake the wedding. I was really happy with how it all turned out.  The color scheme was actually inspired by the Maid of Honor dress.  We went with the pink and green that was in the floral patten of the dress.  Big thank you to my mom for finding the Bellini pink for the bridesmaid dresses.  It was perfect.

The decor…

Literally any of the decorations at the wedding either came from our house, or it was something that I made.  Nikki our florist also did a wreath for above the fireplace and helped decorate all around the fireplace.  Scott also did an excellent job with the ceiling treatment, it really lit u the whole room.  The centerpieces I made.  The vases for the flowers was a mason jar that I wrapped ribbon and jute around.  Then I had two other sizes of smaller mason jars that I spray painted and made into candles. Then each centerpiece had a spray painted wood table number, and all of that sat on a round wood charger.


Some of our personal touches were the basketball themed elements.  Our wedding favors, were custom seat cushions that were distributed at the ceremony.  With us getting married in an Amphitheater, and our guests sitting in the wood bleachers (like at a basketball game) we wanted to make sure our guests were comfortable and also didn’t get their nice outfits caught in the bleachers. So we thought the seat cushions were the perfect touch.  This idea came from the Women’s Basketball Final Four. Continuing with the basketball theme, our seating chart was a huge bracket.  My father and cousin Bev were the crafters of this project.  It came out better than I had envisioned. We also wanted to make sure we included two very important people, Joe’s mother and my Grandfather who have both passed away.  I had cufflinks made for Joe with his mom on them, and I also put his mom’s rosary in my flower bouquet.  Then we framed pictures of both of them and had those at the reception. 

Special Moments…

The most special moment was that the weather cleared up.  It had be forecasted to rain the entire weekend.  My family would like to attribute that to my Grandfather and said that there was no way he was going to let it rain on his turf!  The other special part of the wedding was everyone finally getting to see our venue and the resort for themselves.  People were definitely surprised when we said we were getting married in West Virginia, so to hear how beautiful everyone thought Oglebay was, that was really cool.

Why she chose Delaney Dobson Photography…

Well a big thanks is in order to the Philadelphia Wedding Expo in January 2016! I heard ads for it on the radio and convinced Joe to come with me to.  This was how we met Delaney.  She had her booth set up and it was ADORABLE!  Her booth stood out to us because her style was exactly what we were looking for.  I remember getting to talk to her briefly and walking away saying to Joe that I thought, not only had we found our photographer but that I had found a friend.  It was one of those things that you just feel like was meant to be.

Beautiful wedding highlight video provided by our friends at Post Script Productions.



Second Shooter: Cyneé Godshall

Officiant: Jennie Spohr

Caterer/Venue: Oglebay Resort & Spa

Florist: Nikki’s Garden Center

Beauty: Frederick’s Day Spa & Salon

Suit: Ventresca’s

Dress: Samila Boutique

Alterations: Mia’s Alterations

Shoes & Clutch: Nordstrom Rack

Jewelry: Margie Cedrone

Stationary: Minted

DJ: Brian Oliver

Videography : Post Script Productions

Day of Coordinators: Donna Glass & Marlene Hohman

Ceiling Treatment: Scott Klinkowski

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