Starling Studio
Wedding Photographer in Columbus, Ohio


High Line Car House Wedding In Columbus, OH


Shannon + Brian


I couldn’t have asked for a better couple to kick off my summer wedding season with than Shannon and Brian! They are both so relaxed and down-to-earth and a true joy to work with! 

They first met 4 years ago through friends while watching an OSU game. They started talking because their last names were so similar— Hickey and Hicks! Needless to say, Shannon won’t have too much of an adjustment to switch over to her new name!

In the midst of planning a wedding, working full time, and building a new house in Westerville, you might think things could get a little overwhelming. But not for them— they kept their focus on celebrating their marriage and having a fun party with their closest family and friends at High Line Car House. 

The day started at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel where Shannon and her three bridesmaids had their hair and makeup done while sipping mimosas in their matching robes. It was a dream photographing all of the lovely blush details and beautiful blooms. Madison House Designs did such an incredible job with the bouquets and florals throughout the day!

Shannon looked absolutely stunning in her Anne Barge mermaid gown with its lovely neck line and simple, yet striking, beaded and embroidered geometric design. Shannon had her bridesmaids choose their own style dress in a soft muted blush tone. I love when brides allow their friends to make their own selection because it offers a little extra interest to the day and allows the women to be completely confident and comfortable in their dresses.

I was so excited when Shannon and Brian were on board with my idea of doing a first look on the rooftop of the Renaissance! It’s such a unique location with a great view of downtown Columbus. 

First looks are always a favorite moment in the day for me— the excitement is almost palpable. Brian said one of the things he was most looking forward to was seeing Shannon in her dress, so it was fun to witness his genuine joy when he laid eyes on his bride for the first time.

We had a wonderful time capturing more bridal party photos around downtown Columbus and ended with photos outside High Line Car House. I love the variety we achieved in their locations from the urban rooftop, elegant marble, and the more industrial feel of their reception location in German Village. 

Before the ceremony we snuck in a first look with Shannon’s dad, which may be my new favorite wedding day tradition! It is such a sweet time between daughter and father and I’m so glad we included Mr. Hickey in the moment. 

Shannon and Brian did a beautiful job selecting their wedding vows and making their ceremony extremely personal and meaningful. They had one of their friends officiate, which always make everything extra special. High Line Car House provided a stunning and unique backdrop— I was blown away by the light that flooded the space during the ceremony. 

Following the ceremony Shannon and Brian were able to enjoy all of cocktail hour with their guests before everyone was seated for toasts and dinner. The reception had a very romantic and intimate vibe with all the candles burning in lanterns and the huge chandeliers lit from above. It was such a fun evening celebrating their marriage surrounded by their family and friends! 

Thank you again Shannon and Brian for allowing me to capture your special day!

The Creative Team

Venue: High Line Car House | Floral Design: Madison House Designs | Dress Designer: Anne Barge | Bridal Boutique: Hyde Park Bridal | Catering: Together and Company | Bride’s Accessories: Olive + Piper | Bride + Groom Rings: James Allen and The Diamond Cellar | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Cake: Ally’s Sweet Treats | Groom’s Suite: Jos. A Banks | Invitations: Magnet Street | Hair + Makeup: Mary Magnusson | DJ: Buckeye Entertainment- Josh Cianca | Photography: Starling Studio

WeddingsTessa Berg