Megan & Steve | Indigo Lake EngagementNovember 20, 2014

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Megan and Steve were the very first 2015 couple I booked. I remember meeting them in my little office and thinking, “I can’t believe how on the ball they are. 2015 is so far away!” And now here we are … just a month and a half from next year!

I’m so looking forward to working with all my sweet 2015 couples, and Megan and Steve are just that. They’re both so kind, a little reserved with huge smiles and hearts. Sometimes I have to pinch myself that I get to photograph these awesome couples. I feel so, so lucky.

I can’t wait for May, you two! :)

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5.15.15! How’s that for an awesome anniversary date??

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Edinburgh, Scotland | TravelNovember 5, 2014

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Oh, hey! Look at this! One more set of photos from our UK adventure. Don’t mind if I do. :)

We spent the second half of our trip in Edinburgh, Scotland. Actually … we stayed with our friends Lindsey, Alex and Miss Evie outside the city, but we traveled in a few times despite the foggy and misty weather. Edinburgh was soooo different than the small towns we visited in Ireland (here and here). First of all, it’s a HUGE city and just so gorgeous and regal! I loved the contrast. That and trying to figure out how to do a Scottish accent vs. an Irish one. (Still haven’t figured it out. I’m terrible at accents.)

I would love, love, love to go back to Edinburgh one day. I felt so classy and elegant walking amidst the old stone buildings and cobblestone streets. Even though I was wearing tennis shoes the whole time.

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Right after we landed at the airport, Lindsey and Alex took us to Queensferry, which is just about the cutest town I’ve ever seen.

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Nathan and I toured the castle. It was a little pricey, but really cool.

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Hey, Evie! You’re cute!

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Ironically enough, we were in Scotland during the independence vote. It was pretty unreal to see all the banners and news crews and passionate people at the Parliament Building. Just looking around the city, it seemed the vote would be a “Yes.” There were “Yes” campaigners everywhere!

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Love these people. It was so nice having locals with us. :)

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We had afternoon tea at Mimi’s Bakehouse. Delish. Definitely check it out if you’re in Edinburgh.

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And then we toured an abandoned psychiatric hospital village. It was so cool and creepy at the same time. The fog added to the creepiness.

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Where we ate: Orocco Pier, The Spoon, Mimi’s Bakehouse, Caffe La RondaThe Beehive Inn, 1912
What we did: Explored the castle, learned about scotch at the Scotch Whisky Experience, took a ghost tour (eek!), walked the Royal Mile

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November GoalsNovember 3, 2014

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Sweet, sweet November. How good to see you! No matter how much I plan, October always seems to be way crazy, but now all of a sudden here I am on the other side! November is the month of my last weddings of the year, the start to my slow season, family, friends, good food, another Turkey Trot, lots of time to read good books … I can’t wait to get it all started!

And my BIG goal this month is to savor every piece of it. If I learned anything from October, it’s that I tend to ignore everything else around me when I have a lot of work on my plate. I wish I could be one of those people who can separate each piece of their lives, but I let work take over and can’t focus or enjoy anything else until I get it all done. Ugh, gross, right? I’ll be working on this over the next year.

I’d love to hear about your goals + plans for November! Also, any tips on how you savor the little things in life while balancing a full work/family load are much appreciated!

  • Read four books (25 in 12): The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan, Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and Boundaries by Henry Cloud
  • Run 3/week to continue training for the Turkey Trot … and then RUN IT!
  • Order our Christmas cards
  • Start Christmas shopping
  • Make a new dish for Thanksgiving dinner
  • Put together a little something something for my fantastic clients ;)
  • Finalize all wedding editing and album design
  • Finish submitting weddings for publication

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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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