Katie & Mason | Rockefeller’s Cleveland Heights Wedding on FilmOctober 24, 2014

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Katie and Mason are college sweethearts and really, really cool people. They’re patient, kind to everyone, and appreciate quirky, artsy details. At my very first meeting with Katie and Mason, we talked about film photography and I knew I had to start shooting film before I photographed their wedding. When people understand what inspires you and why, you better believe that they will inspire you. I had so much fun pulling out my Mamiya at this awesome wedding because I knew Katie and Mason would appreciate it.

From Katie about Mason: “I feel safe with him. He pushes me to do things I wouldn’t normally do. He is usually funny (wink!). I like art and he’s good at it.”

From Mason about Katie: “She inspires me to enjoy everything around me in a way that I could never do on my own.”

See? Really cool people. Katie and Mason, I love how thoughtful you two are. I appreciate your sense of style and attention to detail. I like that you’re reserved but aren’t afraid to laugh at yourselves. I’m so grateful you two picked me as your wedding photographer, and I’ll remember your day for a long, long time. The best to you guys and your future!

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Katie wore an altered version of her mom’s wedding dress. Not only was it a sweet personal touch, the dress look stunning on Katie!

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Katie, I want to be you when I grow up. You’re so classy and elegant!

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The Alcazar Hotel in Cleveland Heights was the perfect backdrop for this artsy couple’s ceremony.

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These film portraits make me swoon. Thank you for appreciating the aesthetic of film as much as I do, you guys!

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Then it was off to Rockefeller’s Restaurant in Cleveland Heights for their untraditional reception!

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Katie and Mason opted to have an informal reception full of dancing when you felt like it, talking and laughing with the people they loved most, and the most delicious spread of food ready for the taking. There were no assigned seats and no rules! I loved it!

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And then we headed outside to catch the last light from that beautiful day.

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Ceremony: Alcazar Hotel
Reception: Rockefeller’s Restaurant
Florist: Countryside Florist
Band: Hot Djang
Makeup and Hair: Ladies and Gentlemen Salon
Bride’s Dress: Mother’s dress, updated by Miranda’s Vintage Bridal
Bride’s shoes: Michael Kors
Honeymoon: Paris and Nice, France!

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P.S. You’re Beautiful | Akron Ohio Makeup ArtistOctober 21, 2014

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One of the best things about being a small business owner is getting to know other small business owners. I’ve met so many cool people in this industry, and Karen Cole of P.S. You’re Beautiful definitely qualifies as cool. Not only is Karen an artist with her makeup brushes, she’s good at about 968 other things as well. This lady is passionate about her craft and such a breath of fresh air! If you’re looking for a wedding makeup artist or just want to get dolled up for a night on the town, definitely give Karen a ring. She’ll make you feel beautiful!

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Karen does a lot of the makeup for Cleveland Ballet Conservatory dancers (which just so happens to be run by the beautiful Kerry and taught by the lovely Heather. I’m so thankful to have been referred within this circle! These ladies are awesome).

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Karen’s studio space is so pretty.

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And then we headed outdoors for some editorial photos. I am a huge fan of this weathered porch …

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Thanks, Karen! I had so much fun with you!

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The Johnson Family | Bathgate Scotland Film Lifestyle PhotosOctober 14, 2014

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I’ve talked about our friends Lindsey and Alex a lot on this blog. They are some of the best people I know, and I can’t wait until we live on the same continent again! The main reason Nathan and I visited Scotland last month was to spend some time with the Johnson family and see what their life is like in the outskirts of Edinburgh. As awesome as Skype is, it just doesn’t paint the whole picture, you know? Plus, I wanted to hang out with my buddy Evie some more. :)

I have lots more photos of our time in Scotland coming soon, but I wanted to share my very first ALL film lifestyle session with this adorable family. Evie’s resemblance to a doll makes these photos that much more precious. She’s the sweetest little lady!

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Looking at this photo makes me smile. It makes me smile real big.

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Their dog, Henry, is the most well-behaved pup I’ve ever met. He also loves walks and is so patient with little Evie.

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Just a typical evening for the Johnsons. I like the coziness of this one.

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Oh, Evester. (Can I call her that, Lindsey? I think she’d like it.) This girl is a rockstar sleeper, lover of banana porridge and my backseat buddy.

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Love you guys.

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Kinsale and Cliffs of Moher, Ireland | TravelOctober 10, 2014

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Here’s the thing about traveling: It’s so easy NOT to do it. There are so many reasons why now isn’t a good time to explore the world … we can’t take time off work, it’s expensive, we have too many responsibilities at home, etc., etc. I get it. Nathan and I toss around these (legitimate!) excuses all the time. After talking about this trip for years, I wasn’t quite sure it was really going to happen. But you know what? All that scrimping and saving and going without was worth it.

As I get older, I realize that having experiences and creating memories is more important to me than stuff. Traveling really opens your eyes to the world and allows you to spend quality time with people you may have been neglecting. I am the first to admit that I can get waaaaay too wrapped up in work, and this trip was just what we needed to reset our focus. Stuff will always be there, but once-in-a-lifetime experiences with the people you love won’t.

So if you’ve been putting off a trip–to Europe or to the next city over–I urge you to DO IT! You won’t regret it. I promise!

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The next stop in our tour of Ireland was Kinsale (see part 1 here). It’s a beautiful little harbor town in the south of Ireland.

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The cafes in Kinsale were delicious and so cozy. It was a little chilly on the water, so afternoon tea was really welcomed.

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I have to give a shout out to Don of Don & Barry’s Historic Kinsale Walking Tour. The whole stroll was so informative (Kinsale has a LOT of history!), and I just loved Don’s hat!

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Then we headed to the Cliffs of Moher, which was absolutely breaktaking. A must-see if you’re ever in Ireland!

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It’s insane how close you can get to the edge! It is not a tiny drop.

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Where we stayed: Golden Gate House (Kinsale), Twin Peaks B&B (Doolin)
Where we ate: Poet’s Corner, The Shack, Janey Mac, Bruno’s (Kinsale), Gus O’Connor’s Pub (Doolin)
What we did: Explored the Kinsale Harbor Walk, took Don & Barry’s Historic Kinsale Walking Tour, walked around Charles Fort (Kinsale), visited the Cliffs of Moher and hiked along the coastal walk (near Doolin)

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