Shaker Heights Ohio Lifestyle Family Photos

Meet Laura, Matt and Maddox. I used to coach gymnastics in Cincinnati for a team that competed against Laura's. I guess we were supposed to be mad enemies (juuuuust kidding) but we were all actually friends! I got to photograph Laura and Matt's wedding a few years ago ... and now their adorable 1-year-old! These three traveled all the way up to Cleveland from Northern Kentucky for this session. Thanks a million, guys!

Jessica & Nick | Cleveland Hyatt Arcade Wedding

Are you ready for some over-sharing? Jessica and Nick's downtown Cleveland, Downton Abbey-esque wedding was just so classically beautiful that I couldn't narrow down the photos. And I really tried. A sweet Miami Merger couple? That plum and gold colorscape? His tux with her lace dress? Those sparkly twinkle lights? What a way to start off my 2016 season!

Plus, listen to this meet cute as told by Jessica:

"I met Nick when he and [his roommate] were studying [Field Botany] in [my friends' dorm] room [at Miami] and I just happened to stop in. My friends decided that we’d be perfect for each other and proceeded to create a series of awkward situations for uslike writing notes on napkins in the dining hall and passing them to Nick. (Will you go out with me? Check___YES___no)  Soon Nick and I found that we crossed paths quite a bit on campus. We started hanging out, watched A LOT of Law & Order reruns on breaks between class, and the rest is history, or rather, Field Botany."

Jessica and Nick are wickedly intelligent, witty and kind. (And Jessica has an amazing eye! She's a graphic designer and designed those gorgeous invitations you'll see below.) Not only did they leave Miami as a couple, but they made it through a long-distance stretch, now married on the other side. Gotta love a happy ending. :)

Ceremony and Reception: Hyatt Regency at The Arcade
Florist: Seville Flowers
Cake: Wildflour Bakery
DJ: Beach Boyz
Hair Stylist: Carla Zimmerer, Sundance Day Spa
Bride's Dress: Stella York, Leonardo's Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way

Hines Hill Lifestyle Family Photos

I want to take it back to fall for just a second and share some photos of my sweet second shooter Samantha and her family. This girl has been such a light in the midst of wedding season craziness. She is always calm and collected and positive. Samantha is such an amazing example of living by God's faith and grace, even in the midst of hard times. I cannot say enough good things about her and the way she and her husband, Tony, are raising their kids.

Thank you doesn't seem adequate enough, Samantha, but I truly am thankful for you!