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GroovyTip: Our Favorite Fully Committed Wedding Vendors

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As it turns out, we’d worked with a good number of the other vendors in the past, and can happily recommend them to you if you’re still looking for quality service providers for your own wedding. Please note that the following are wedding vendors that we’ve actually worked with in some capacity, and our recommendation of them is completely unsolicited.

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Fully Committed

Getting married? Looking for awesome, Columbus wedding vendors? Then join us for Fully Committed Sunday, April 17th from 10 – 2.

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“Are straight couples welcome?” Of course! This is an inclusive event. We are expecting gay, lesbian and transgender couples, straight couples where one person may have gay parents and straight couples who simply understand that every dollar they spend is a vote for something – and they want to spend their wedding dollars with vendors who share their belief in marriage equality. All wedding vendors at the event are either gay-owned or GLBT-friendly, just like GroovyDoodle.

We’d love to see you there, and can even offer a 10% discount code to anyone who’s interested. Proceeds benefit Equality Ohio.

GroovyTip: Our Favorite Wedding Venues

As Columbus wedding photographers, we shot a lot of weddings in 2010. We traveled to destinations as grand as Las Vegas, as exotic as Jamaica and as cool as Niagara Falls. And while we do love to travel and will happily discuss the benefits of bringing your own trusted photographer along on your destination wedding, we’ve gotta say that we really love some of the wedding and reception venues in and around our own backyard.

So with that in mind, here are our top (totally unsolicited) picks for Columbus wedding locations:

The Bluestone (formerly Bar of Modern Art (BoMA))

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Grange Insurance Audubon Center

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Was this article helpful to you? Do you have another Columbus or Ohio wedding venue where you’ve had a stellar experience? Drop us a line in our comments and let us know!

Brit & Stephanie’s Engagement Session

We met these girls at the Columbus Zoo for a fun Fall engagement photo session. While the zoo is normally one of our favorite places to shoot, the fog machines in the swan habitat and spider webs everywhere presented some unique and interesting challenges to our goal of creating romantic pictures. Regardless, the girls’ personalities were so playful that it all worked out.

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Interested in seeing more photos from Brit & Stephanie’s engagement session? Be sure to check out their full gallery.

Erika & Nicole’s Wedding

What happens when your bridal couple’s favorite teams are rivals? You end up with sneak preview of the wedding photos that includes one of the brides refusing to dot the “I”!

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We are so proud to be a GLBT-friendly business. Many thanks to Erika and Nicole for including us in their special day, and much love and happiness to them and their family! Looking for GLBT-friendly venues? Check out the Franklin Park Conservatory and Graystone Wine Cellar.

Pride Mini Studio

We were asked by Stonewall Columbus to set up our mini studio at the Columbus Pride 2009 Freedom festival. It was sunny, hot and loads of fun for our Pretty, Witty, and Gay GroovyDoodle staffers.  We took and printed on-the-spot about 150 pics for our fabulous customers.  Take a look…

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Columbus Pride

GroovyDoodle is proud to be participating in the Columbus Pride 2009 Freedom festival this weekend. Check out our soon-to-be-published ad for the 2009 / 2010 Stonewall Columbus Lavender Listings.

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