Recent Features!05.23.13

I’m so thrilled that Elissa and Steve’s Virginia mountain wedding is featured on Limn & Lovely TODAY! Theirs was one of the most heartfelt weddings I’ve ever photographed, and I’m so happy that others can now pull inspiration from their sunny day. I mean, just the dress alone (that Elissa’s mom MADE) deserves recognition!

Thank you so much to Limn & Lovely for the feature. Check it out here!

Limn and Lovely Feature

Also, a couple months ago, Brittany and Ryan’s intimate wedding was featured on … Intimate Weddings (imagine that)! And by some crazy turn of events, Love and Lavender also featured their wedding. Thank you to both blogs for the features. My clients put their heart and soul into their big days and I so enjoy seeing them get some extra love on the Internet. :)

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Katelyn & Ryan | North Canton Engagement05.22.13

North Canton Ohio Engagement

I met Katelyn and Ryan at their BRAND-new house on a beautifully sunny spring morning. These two have so much ahead of them, including fixing up their darling house and tying the knot in January! I absolutely love hearing about this time in a couple’s life because, having recently gone through it myself, I know about all the excitement that is on the horizon.

Katelyn and Ryan, the best to you both as you prepare for your life together. I’m so grateful I got to capture a little piece of it. :)

North Canton Ohio Engagement

The light!

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Seriously. Seriously?! My absolute favorite!

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Gorgeous, Katelyn. I love your hair! :)

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To see more from Katelyn and Ryan’s spring engagement session, click here to view a SLIDESHOW or watch it here:

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Markie & Andrew | Rustic Wingfoot Lake Wedding Sneak Peek05.21.13

This wedding was, in one word, sweet. The respect and care that these two have for one another is so inspiring. I feel so thankful that I was asked to capture it! Markie is uber creative (she was even doing her bridesmaids’ hair that morning!) and knew exactly what she wanted from her day. Her mom helped piece all the details together perfectly, but what I love most is that the marriage shone through on this wedding day. Andrew could not get enough of his bride, and their faith poured out of them as the beautiful, sunny, spring day unfolded.

Much more soon but for now …

Rustic Akron Spring Wedding

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Rosie Goes to the Vet05.20.13

I’ve been MIA the last few days and you want to know what my excuse is? I had to take Rosie to the vet. I feel like maybe I’m getting a glimpse into what having children would be like. (All you moms out there are probably shaking your heads at me right now. ;) ) I’m not kidding, it gives me a HUGE appreciation for the moms who also, somehow, run a business. You all are rockstars.

And now I will stop comparing having a cat to having multiple children and share a couple random tidbits from the weekend:

  • Nathan baked an apple pie. From scratch. With the fancy criss cross top and all. He is officially a better baker/cook than I am.
  • New Girl never gets old. I’m stretching out the season finale as long as I can by watching it multiple times. I’m on number four.
  • Wearing my good flats to trek around in the woods for an engagement session is never a good idea. I think I dumped about five pounds of leaves, sticks, grass and dirt from my shoes at the end of the session.
  • Gnats, while annoying, can really add something to the bokeh of pictures. Tune in to next Thursday’s wedding blog post to see what I mean.

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And here’s my usual view of Rosie. She’s a lot happier in the window sill than at the vet.

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Oz-Inspired Styled Shoot: Behind the Scenes05.15.13

One of the things I loved most about working in an office was the collaboration with co-workers. We worked really closely with one another at the fraternity, and every hour or so someone would pop into my office with an idea or a question … or just to chat. :) I loved that, and its one of the things I miss when working from home (my cat pops into my office all the time but it’s not quite the same).

So, when the idea of a styled shoot came up, I knew I wanted to collaborate again. After lots of meetings and searching for the right props and putting it all together, it … well … came together fabulously. This was my first styled shoot so I really had no idea to expect, but I was blown away by how perfectly everyone delivered their piece … and how fun it was! I hope I did the whole thing justice with the pictures!

Because we’re hoping to get our Oz (The Great and Powerful)-inspired shoot featured, I can’t show you the official photos just yet, but I have the next best thing: a look at the behind the scenes! These people are so dedicated to their jobs, they deserve some recognition. Even if they’re hanging from trees in the photos. ;)

Oz Styled Shoot

A model needs her coffee.

Oz Styled Shoot

Lindsay London is SO good at what she does. :)

Oz Styled Shoot

These two were the brains behind the whole thing. Jennifer of Heart 2 Heart Occasions and Darci of DG Invites are so creative!

Oz Styled Shoot

Heather of Fair Rarity outdid herself on the flowers and really the whole centerpiece design. I don’t think she realizes how talented she is!

Oz Styled Shoot

Doug of Attention to Detail captured the whole thing on video, and Laura of A Bride’s Design stayed the WHOLE morning to keep Kaitlin’s dress looking perfect … and help us with some other things …

Oz Styled Shoot

These two are the best. Gian and Kaitlin are getting married for real later this year!

Oz Styled Shoot

Here’s some of the “other” that Laura did. Pouring glitter on the model. Check! :)

Oz Styled Shoot

Haha. The trees don’t drop petals on their own!

Oz Styled Shoot

If only life were this convenient all the time. ;)

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Waiting to Dive In05.14.13

Being a wedding photographer is kinda funny sometimes. You go from being soinsanelybusyyoucanhardlybreathe May through October to sloooooow over the winter. I think no matter how many wedding seasons I go through it will always take me by surprise. I’m wired to be very calculated and routine, and I’m still learning to speed up and then slow down and bask in a day off during the week when I work all weekend.

Today is one of those days. I’ve been on the cusp of busy season for awhile now but I haven’t completely dived in. Starting this weekend I’ll begin my long stretch, and to make sure I’m completely refreshed and ready for that, I’m going to relax today.

I’m going to play with Rosie.

I’m going to have lunch with my mom.

I’m going to go for a run and enjoy being outside.

I’m going to get some things crossed off my to do list that won’t otherwise get done this busy season.

I’m going to eat lots and lots of Nutella (and maybe frozen yogurt if I’m being completely honest).

I’m going to watch the season finale of New Girl.

It’s going to be a glorious day! :D

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A Garden + My Favorite Summer Recipe05.13.13

Summer Corn and Tomato Pasta

Giveaway update: Congratulations to Jessica Waskin and Crystal Welsh for winning the pairs of tickets to Cleveland Magazine’s Silver Spoon Awards party (winners were chosen using random.org)! I’ll be putting the tickets in the mail today! :)

This year, with a little help from our neighbor, we have a garden! One of the few things I remember from the first open house we did at this house was our now-neighbor cleaning up her garden as we checked out the backyard. I remember thinking, “I’ve always wanted to live somewhere where people have gardens.” And here we are.

Our neighbor was gracious enough to let us use her garden this year, and we’ve planted all kinds of things: spinach, green beans, peppers. My favorite of all, however, is the basil. I love fresh basil. I could bottle up that sweet, earthy smell and wear it as perfume (maybe). I could eat basil in anything. In just a week we’ve already gone through all of the basil leaves on our plant. Looks like we should have bought five more!

Summer Corn and Tomato Pasta

One of my favorite summer recipes calls for lots of fresh basil (surprise). It’s my favorite for that reason, but also because the first time I had it I was celebrating being reunited with my four college roommates not long after we had graduated. We were all moving around my little kitchen at my first real grown-up house in Cincinnati, enjoying each other’s company after months away (which probably seemed like years because we spent every day of senior year together). I think Leah found this recipe (she’s the foodie of the group), maybe from Real Simple, and every time I eat it, it takes me back to that night.

Summer Corn and Tomato Pasta

Summer Corn and Tomato Pasta
1 pound bowtie pasta
2 tablespoons EVOO
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 pint cherry tomatoes
3 ears of fresh corn, kernels cut off (or 8-16 ounces of frozen)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
Parmesan for topping

Cook pasta al dente, and boil the corn. In the meantime, heat EVOO over medium heat. Add garlic and tomato. Cook about 5 minutes, until tomatoes are soft. Stir in corn and raise the heat, about 5 more minutes. Add the mix, butter, and basil to cooked pasta and toss to coat. Top with fresh parmesan.

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A Sneak Peek and a Giveaway!05.09.13

The sun peaked over the roof of the Glidden House just as we were putting the final touches on the cake table. I snapped away and secretly did a few fist pumps. Some days I really can’t believe I get to be a photographer in real life, and yesterday was one of those days. I got to be part of the fabulous creative team that put together an Oz-inspired styled shoot, complete with a bride and groom, dainty flowers spilling out of teapots, and lots and lots of emerald and gold.

I can’t WAIT to share all these photos with you but for now it’s just a sneak peek. You guys.

Wizard of Oz Spring Styled Wedding Shoot

And if that’s not enough excitement for one post, I also get to give away two pairs of tickets to Cleveland Magazine’s Silver Spoon Awards party happening from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 at the InterContinental Hotel downtown! :D This is a charitable event that benefits the Arthritis Foundation (of Northeast Ohio) and it includes food-tasting from more than 40 fantastic local spots, including Deagan’s, Hodge’s and Spice Kitchen + Bar. Plus, wine is included. How can you say no to wine? Or live entertainment, a raffle and a silent auction? The answer is you can’t.

To top it off, I get to photograph the event! I’m really looking forward to this, and I want a few of you guys to join me. To enter to win one of the pairs of tickets, please leave a comment below telling us how you choose to give back. You may enter one time between now and Sunday, May 12 at midnight. I’ll post/contact the winners on Monday and mail the tickets ASAP! I can’t wait to see some of you at this great event!

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Our Portraits by Arielle Doneson Photography05.07.13

It was a beautiful, beautiful spring day. The sun was peaking out from behind wispy clouds and the buds had juuuust started to bloom. It was exactly what I’d hoped for, for our own portraits by Arielle Doneson Photography. I’ve been more and more interested in film lately (and Arielle shoots lovely film photos) and I knew that if we could get that perfect golden sunlight, it would come through beautifully on film.

It was a little bit of a daunting experience … being on the other side of the lens … but I learned so much, and we now have beautiful new portraits to hang in our house! While it seems a bit narcissistic to share them here, it also only seems fair to be vulnerable and put ourselves out there when you all allow me to do the same with your photos. So without further ado, here are a few of our favorites from our time with Arielle. She’ll be sharing more in the coming weeks on her blog: www.ariellephoto.com/blog. Please go check out her beautiful work!

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Portraits

Evidently I thought something was a lot funnier than Nathan did. That usually seems to be the case!

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