Sarah & Anthony | Weymouth Country Club WeddingApril 8, 2014

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I had the honor of documenting Sarah and Anthony’s beautiful, gilded wedding just a few weeks ago. My favorite things about their wedding:

  • Anthony’s excitement and nervousness to see his bride.
  • Sarah and Anthony’s pinky promise to each other during their wedding vows. So cute!
  • The beautiful sunset just outside their sparkly gold reception hall. I adore sunsets on wedding days.
  • The adorable interactions between Sarah and Anthony at the reception. I was grinning from ear to ear while going through their photos!

These two have something super special. Anthony looks at Sarah like she is the very best thing to ever happen to him, and Sarah is all smiles when her husband is around. You guys, keep that up throughout your marriage. I’m so honored to have photographed the first day of your journey together!

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Sarah’s sparkly Kate Spade shoes were so fun to photograph!

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Sarah and Anthony had a first look at the Arcade. My lovely second shooter, Markie, caught that moment below of Anthony waiting for his bride.

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That one up there on the right is a favorite! The gold on the stairs perfectly tied into Sarah’s theme.

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Succulents are such an awesome wedding favor!

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Ceremony: Medina Presbyterian Church
Reception: Weymouth Country Club
Florist: Farah and Nour
Cake Artist: Tina Lentile-Jackson
DJ: Divine Time Entertainment
Hair and Makeup: Rania’s Hair Salon & Spa
Bride’s Dress: Brides by Demetrio’s
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade
Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
Décor and Lighting: Simply Elegant
Transportation: A Touch of Elegance
Honeymoon: Jamaica!

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April GoalsApril 4, 2014

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April is all about recharging my batteries. March was a little crazy. OK, a lot crazy. I don’t think I fully understood how nuts it was going to be until I was living it! Four out-of-town weekends, three weddings, portrait sessions, a life-changing conference and general life stuff … whew. I’m standing on the other side feeling like a new person. I’m SO incredibly grateful that I ended the month with the Making Things Happen conference in Chapel Hill, N.C. Talk about going out with a bang! I have tons and tons to share from the last few days, but I need a little while to wrap my head around it, so look for a post in the next couple weeks!

In the meantime, MTH got me (even more) fired up about goal setting and I’m ready to tackle these April goals with gusto!

  • Read two books (25 in 12): Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen and The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak. (I didn’t read as much as I wanted to last month, and I took on an unexpected book last month too, so I’m still working on the same books you saw in March!)
  • Finish my website rebrand (oh yeah!)
  • Enjoy a sunny vacation and my college BFF’s wedding (seriously cannot wait to be reunited with these ladies)
  • Book our plane tickets to Ireland and Scotland
  • Finish all editing/album design from last month (i.e., get all caught up before wedding season really begins!)
  • Take one weekday completely off to read, watch movies and recharge before it gets busy!
  • Spring clean our house
  • Design and order a sample album
  • Celebrate Easter surrounded by family
  • Find a new client proofing site
  • Find a new address book

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Jillian & Nick | MaternityMarch 28, 2014

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It was freezing, absolutely freezing, when Jillian and Nick and I met for their maternity session. The way this winter’s gone it’s not really surprising, but I was still a little bummed we wouldn’t be galavanting around the Lake Forest Country Club property. You know what though? Shooting half the session indoors really pushed me to use window light in new ways. I love the quiet photos of Jillian in front of the huge leaded glass window and the intimate ones of the two of them just inside the rim of light. Jillian and Nick are going to be fabulous parents, and even though they’re dressed for a boy here they’re being surprised in just another month or so! I can’t wait to hear if they’ll be loving on a little boy or girl. :)

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Fun fact: We learned at the beginning of the session that Nick is in Rotary with my dad. How random and funny is that??

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Jillian, you are gorgeous. I love this one of you + baby!

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They don’t look cold, do they? ;)

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Amber & Josh | Urban Cincinnati WeddingMarch 21, 2014

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Amber knew almost immediately that Josh was the one for her. It happened over Chinese food.

“I remember looking at Josh during our first dinner together at Friendship Chinese and immediately feeling like he was the one for me,” she said. “I went home later that night and told my roommates that I really felt  like I could marry him, which shocked all of us as I was never ‘that girl,’ but I just knew in my gut that he was my one.”

Amber and Josh are so kind. Some of the kindest people I’ve ever met. They’re positive and happy. They’re genuine, and after just one meeting with them you know that they are interested in you and what you have to say. They love laughing together, and they don’t take themselves too seriously. They support each other no matter what. Amber and Josh’s Cincinnati wedding was a joyful celebration because of who these two are separately and together.

Congratulations, you guys! Thank you SO much for your hospitality and generosity. I left your wedding with a big smile on my face. :) You two are the real deal.

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I loooove photographing weddings in Cincinnati!

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Beautiful, Amber!

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While I was with the girls, my fabulous second shooter Jeni was with the guys.

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Amber and Josh had the sweetest first look …

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Then it was off to Over-the-Rhine for some urban portraits …

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LOVE this shot that Jeni captured just above! The benefits of having a second shooter: While she was capturing this, I was capturing the photo above this one.

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You two are fun. :)

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Amber and Josh signed their ketubah before the ceremony.

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Ceremony and Reception: The Madison Event Center
Florist: Rosi Wood
Bakery: Gigi’s Cupcakes
DJ: DJ Toad
Hair and Makeup: Salon Beck
Bride’s Dress: Belle Bridal Boutique, Watters
Bride’s Shoes: Nina
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Carrie Karibo Boutique, Social
Tuxes: Formally Modern Tuxedo (Chicago)
Transportation: Crown Car & Coach

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