Baby Braden | NewbornDecember 4, 2014

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This post makes my heart explode. See, Cyleigh (that gorgeous lady up there) and I went to college together and now I’m photographing her baby. What a crazy and serendipitous life this is. I could share some photos of us looking like babies ourselves from freshman year of college, but that would be embarrassing and so not the point of this post! The point is that Braden, Cyleigh and her husband Andrew’s new baby, is the cutest little guy. He has such a sweet demeanor and I think his little nose is so adorable. See for yourself …

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Their pup, Baxter, is their first child. :) He is a fierce protector of his family.

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That’s Andrew’s rattle that’s been passed down to Braden. So cool!

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Katie & Kirk | Kelleys Island WeddingDecember 2, 2014

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I don’t think it’s possible to have too much joy at a wedding (the more, the better, right?), but Katie and Kirk had the most joy-filled wedding I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. Looking back at these photos from a few months ago takes me right back to that happy, perfect summer day when these two tied the knot. I love how neither of them holds back with their emotions. It makes for some sweet, sweet photos.

Let me tell you about this couple: As a kid, Katie spent her summers on Kelleys Island. She loves the island life and has happy memories from her Kelleys Island summers. After growing up and attending college, she decided to move to Australia (let me repeat that … she MOVED to Australia!) to be with Kirk, a British guy who had also relocated to the sunny country. Together, they are hilarious (HIL-AR-IOUS!) and so kind-hearted and FUN. Katie and Kirk’s friends and family traveled from all across the world–and that is no joke!–to celebrate with them in Kelleys Island … a place that means so much to Katie and her family.

Katie and Kirk, Nathan and I were truly honored to capture your special day on camera. Thanks for keeping us laughing every minute and making us feel right at home. Much love to you guys!

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There is so much love in Katie’s family!

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You are the absolute cutest, Katie! You were a beautiful, laid back, effortless bride!

Also … Katie and Kirk shared the sweetest first look …

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Like I said … lots of laughter. :)

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And now, let me take a minute to tell you about Kirk’s groomsmen. They were the funniest, most inappropriate British guys I’ve ever met. Every last one of them. They basically had me crying from laughter the whole day.

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And then Katie gave her groom a guitar. #bestweddinggiftever

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Katie’s sweet dad decorated their house in flags from every country represented at their wedding. SO cool, right?

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Kirk and his mom did the best mother/son dance ever. Again, I was weeping from laughter. Weeping!

And then we capped off one heck of a wedding with sunset portraits on Lake Erie …

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Ceremony: Kelleys Island Venture Resort
Reception: Kelleys Island Town Hall
Caterer: Mesenburg
Florist: Patti Fresh
DJ: Rock and Roll Express
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Guy’s Suits: Zara
Honeymoon: St. Lucia + Jamaica!

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December GoalsDecember 1, 2014

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It’s the mooooost wonderful time of the year! I LOVE Christmastime (just ask my parents how Christmas crazed I was as a kid), so December is always exciting for me. This month will be my least busy work month this entire year, and I have lots of plans to relax, catch up with family and friends, and spread Christmas cheer. :)

  • Read four books (I’m not going to make my 25 in 12 goal, but I HAVE read more this year, which was my ultimate goal!): The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner, Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, Stitches by Anne Lamott
  • Mail our personal Christmas cards
  • Decide on and BOOK a little winter getaway for 2015
  • Spend quality time with family and friends (lots of fun things on the December calendar!)
  • Take 10 days off from work and social media (except maybe the occasional Instagram and blog post) at the end of the month
  • Update my address book (whoohoo! Ha …)
  • Blog four times a week (I LOVE blogging and am so sad I’ve gotten so behind the last part of this year. There will be lots of goodness coming your way soon!)
  • Finish my client Christmas gift project (that I’m really excited about and will be sharing soon!)

That’s it! A pretty simple and relaxing December. What’s you must do Christmas tradition this month?

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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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