Lauren & Matt | Windows on the River Cleveland WeddingOctober 7, 2014

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One of my favorite things about Lauren and Matt–aside from the fact that they’re high school sweethearts!–is how genuine they are. These two are class acts and so are their friends and family. I feel like I say this about all my clients … but that’s because I have the best clients! Lauren and Matt  had perma-smiles the whole day and were just such a joy to be around.

Lauren and Matt, thank you for your fantastic attitudes and willingness to have fun and laugh in front of my camera. Your wedding is one of my most memorable of 2014, and I’m so grateful to have been your photographer. Lots of love and happiness to you two.

A special shout out to my friend Carolyn of Carolyn Ann Photography for second shooting with me!

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Lauren, you were such a beautiful bride!

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What a fabulous wedding party!

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Thanks, Carolyn, for this gorgeous photo!

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You guys are so fun. :)

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After photographing portraits downtown and in the Flats, we headed to Windows on the River for the reception. This was my first time shooting there and it didn’t disappoint!

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Ceremony: Saint Albert the Great
Reception: Windows on the River
Florist: Creations by Lynn
Cake: Wild Flour Bakery
DJ: Jerry Bruno (Dan Cormier)
Makeup and Hair: Chatterbox Hair Salon
Bride’s Dress: Coming Attractions, Mori Lee

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County Kerry and Blarney, Ireland | TravelOctober 3, 2014

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Last night, Nathan and I had a viewing party of allll the photos from our trip to Ireland and Scotland. It was like reliving every moment. And it was like Christmas morning watching all those film scans being deposited on to my hard drive.

We originally started talking about hopping across the pond a couple years ago. We had about three different dates set but kept having to push it back for various reasons. I’m so grateful that we were able to make it happen … and we really ended up going at the perfect time. 1) The weather in Ireland was beyond perfect. I’ve been to Ireland before, and I fully expected gray skies and rain, but it was 70 degrees and sunny the whole time! A dream! 2) The Scottish independence vote happened while we were in Scotland. SO cool to witness! Those things, plus a whole bunch of others, made this a trip of a lifetime.

I have so many photos from our trip, I’m breaking it down into a few different parts. Up first is our time in Killarney, Dingle and Blarney.

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We got off the plane and promptly started adventuring. We saw Muckross House and Killarney National Park with about four hours of sleep in the last 30 hours. Excitement of being in Ireland is the only thing that carried us through. :)

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We were hardcore tourists in Ireland. Thank goodness for Nathan’s newfound skill of driving on the left side of the road. We took our little rental car everywhere. And didn’t get run off those narrow roads once!

Seeing Dingle Peninsula was one of our favorite things we did on the trip. It was beyond gorgeous, and the perfect weather made it that much more magical.

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Then we stopped for tea and scones (and apple pie!) on the edge of a cliff. A cliff! This is my new dream: move to Ireland and open a cute little cafe with a million dollar view.

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Traveling with a big camera is kinda interesting, especially when you ask strangers to take a photo of you. We’ve learned that they either a) get really wide eyed and nervous about touching the thing (let alone taking a picture) … and rightfully so! or b) get really excited to take a photo … or two … or three. A super nice lady took this photo of us, and then a few more that were blurry. How do you nicely stop someone from finishing off your roll of film?!

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The Gap of Dunloe was AMAZING! I felt like I was in a Lord of the Rings movie. The light was sparkly! If you’re every in Killarney, make sure to go early in the morning.

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And then we made the obligatory trip to Blarney Castle. I kissed the stone when I was 17, but it was just as cool 12 years later. :)

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Where we stayed: Burke’s Mulbur House
Where we ate: Cronins Restaurant, Teac Couminole Cafe, Paddy’s Restaurant
What we did: Visited Muckross House and Killarney National Park, strolled through downtown Killarney, took Slea Head Drive all the way around Dingle Peninsula (made stops at various beaches along the way), drove through the Gap of Dunloe (early in the morning!), visited Blarney Castle and walked the grounds

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October GoalsOctober 1, 2014

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Hello, fall! ‘Tis the season for boots, colorful leaves, cozy blankets and pumpkin spice lattes. I’ll be indulging in all of these things this month … except for the latter. Try as I might, I strongly dislike pumpkin spice lattes.

I always seem to let fall get away from me, so this year I really tried to schedule myself in a way that allows for ample fall appreciation. Plus, Nathan’s birthday is this month and you know we’ll be celebrating!

As I impatiently wait for my Ireland and Scotland film scans, I’ll share with you all my October goals. Up next on the blog are photos from our trip! :)

  • Read two books (25 in 12): The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon and The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
  • Settle on the pieces for our living room gallery wall
  • Finalize my fall/winter capsule wardrobe (a la this blog … a minimalist lifestyle is calling my name!)
  • Have a date at the pumpkin patch
  • Run at least twice a week to get ready for the Turkey Trot!
  • Get caught up on all album design
  • Submit two weddings for publication

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Cristy & Denney | Patterson Fruit Farm WeddingSeptember 29, 2014

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I’ll never forget getting that call from Cristy the morning of her wedding. Her son who had been at basic training with the Army was going to be able to get back in time for their wedding after all, and could we move up the timeline a bit to accommodate that? I knew how important family was to both Cristy and Denney, and having met her three fantastic kids it was a no brainer. Of course we would make a last-minute switch to the timeline, even if it meant compromising some photo time.

This is the thing about weddings. We–vendors (read: me), brides and grooms, family members–can get so caught up in making sure every single moment is planned perfectly, but when it comes right down to it, it’s the messy, unpredictable, spontaneous moments that end up being the most memorable and the most cherished. It’s looking past the wedding day and realizing that five years from now is just as, if not more, important than the day you say “I do.” I so appreciated that Cristy and Denney had the sense to throw away the timeline that everyone said they should have so they could fully feel and live the most important parts of their day. Not the details, not the smooth transitions and two+ hours of photos, but the family that surrounded them. I will remember their wedding for as long as I do this job. It was full of all good things.

Cristy and Denney, I learned so much from you during our time together. Just being around your family and friends was a testament to your character, and I really respect the way you put family first every time. Thanks a million times over for inviting to share in your day. I loved every minute!

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Cristy and Denney had a first look in Patterson Fruit Farm’s beautiful meadow. It was like a dream!

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Isn’t Cristy’s bouquet perfectly feminine and whimsical? Heather of Fair Rarity is extraordinarily talented with florals. Do yourself a favor and check her out if you’re looking for a florist!

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The ceremony was so emotional and included Cristy’s daughters, which was a beautiful touch.

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And then Cristy’s son arrived after months of being away …

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This was truly one of the coolest things I’ve ever photographed.

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And THEN all five of the family members shared a dance …

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What a gorgeous evening for a gorgeous couple!

Ceremony & Reception: Patterson Fruit Farm
Florist: Fair Rarity
Caterer: John Roberts
Band: Flat Foot
DJ: Anthony Ciresi
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal

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