Riverside Neuroscience Center VIP Party – OhioHealth

Last week was the VIP party held for surgeons, architects, and all others who had a hand in bringing Riverside Methodist Hospital’s new Neuroscience Center to life. Each of four floors had live music and a dining station, and prior to the self-guided tours everyone was serenaded in a moving performance of Over the Rainbow by 125 members of the Harmony Project, an a cappella group of local volunteers. The building itself is beautiful and patient-centered, with private rooms with either windows toward an inner, lush green courtyard or to the outside, and it is a state-of-the-art building, to be sure. I toured it the week before the party to get the lay of the land prior to the event and to say that it is impressive is an understatement. What a lovely and important addition to our community! We are very lucky to have this facility and its wonderful and talented surgeons and staff.

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Jake and Brad – Same-Sex Supreme Court Ruling Day Wedding

I met Jake and Brad the same day I met Betsy and Clara – the day the Supreme Court declared equal marriage rights to all citizens. Clara chased down their officiant to have him marry Jake and Brad on the spot after having just obtained their marriage license at the Franklin County Courthouse across the street, so I offered to photograph their wedding as well. For theirs, we headed into the park area, nestled in some trees. It was such a lovely little ceremony, with Betsy and Clara – and, of course, the Dispatch photographer again and the Ohio History Connection women – in attendance. Such a special, special day and the connection everyone felt to everyone else was so warm and genuine.

Congratulations, Jake and Brad and Betsy and Clara!!

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Betsy and Clara – Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Day Wedding

As the world knows, yesterday was a pretty big day here in the United States as the Supreme Court ruled (finally!) that same-sex marriage is now the law of the land. Facebook was a literal explosion of rainbow flags and love. It was so so joyous. A wedding planner announced that since she was also ordained she’d be happy to perform any ceremonies for couples wishing to marry immediately, and, of course, I chimed in about providing pictures.

So, as extreme fortune would have it, Betsy and Clara took me up on my offer and I met them at the Franklin County Courthouse yesterday afternoon to witness and photograph not only the purchase of their marriage license, but their ceremony across the street with Tim Fulton, the officiant who married them at their wedding just last month.

And, as it turns out, a photographer from The Columbus Dispatch joined us, as well as representatives of The Ohio History Connection (who brought cupcakes to all the couples marrying that day) and another couple whose wedding I ended up photographing as well (and who used Betsy and Clara’s officiant!).

Such a wonderfully powerful day, it’s hard to explain how meaningful this experience was to me and how grateful I was to be able to photograph not one but two weddings on this historic day.

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