Rhiana & Joe | Brecksville Ohio Fall WeddingMarch 19, 2015

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The morning of her wedding, Rhiana greeted my assistant Caitlin and I at the door of her parent’s house with the biggest smile on her face and a bowl of yogurt and berries in her hand. She was so joyful and relaxed and excited all day that you just knew she and Joe were entering into this true covenant of marriage. They think the world of each other and treat the other with such respect and adoration. It’s really sweet to witness.

Sometimes you can just tell with certain people that family means everything to them. Rhiana and Joe are so good-hearted and speak so highly of their siblings and parents that I knew family was something really special to them. In fact, that’s how they knew that they had found the one they would spend the rest of their life with … Rhiana’s family welcomed Joe with open arms and vice versa.

Rhiana and Joe have started a little family of their own now–they even have a new pup named Indy–and I know their home is filled with so much love and acceptance and affirmation. You two are such great role models of how we all should live our lives. I’m so thankful I got to know you and document the day you became a family. Thanks for being so great, Rhiana and Joe!

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Rhiana was such a beautiful bride. I especially love the headpiece she wore (that was also worn by Joe’s mom when she was married!)

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Rhiana and Joe didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony but they still wanted to say a quick prayer together. This was the solution. :)

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During the ceremony, Rhiana and Joe incorporated a Filipino cord and veil tradition. I love these special touches that make each ceremony unique!

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After taking portraits at Brecksville Reservation, Rhiana and Joe made time to get ice cream at Honey Hut with their wedding party. THE COOLEST THING EVER! They all got their photo on the wall for finishing The Destroyer–a GIANT banana split with, like, nine scoops of ice cream.

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Ceremony: St. Basil the Great Catholic Church
Videographer: Greg Henry
Florist: Creations by Lynn
Cake: Seballos Pastries (Rhiana’s family’s bakery!)
DJ: Beach Boyz
Hair and Makeup: Salon at Creekside
Bride’s Dress: Allure Romance

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Baby Billy | NewbornMarch 17, 2015

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About 10 minutes into this session, I had already made a best friend out of Baby Billy’s big sister, Brynn, and I was smitten with little Billy (William Francis to be exact). He was the chillest little guy and stayed awake, staring at the camera, the entire session! He was such a good sport … being coddled by Brynn, being swaddled and un-swaddled. It would be exhausting for anyone, let alone an 8-day-old baby.

My very favorite thing about photographing little Billy was watching his big sister coo and fuss over him. She’s a natural at the whole big sister thing! Take a look …

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Look at Brynn’s adorable, little face. What a cutie!

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Billy’s pretty handsome himself.

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Mary & Jimmy | The Club at Key Center WeddingMarch 13, 2015

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He lived downstairs in Mary’s duplex. She just couldn’t imagine going out with someone who lived in the same building, so she said no to every one of his offers to take her out. Jimmy must have had a sixth sense about how special Mary was because he offered to move if it meant he’d finally be able to have that date. Mary reconsidered. How ironic that they’re married now, right? Jimmy knew what he was doing!

Mary and Jimmy have an obvious spark. They’re kind, they’re mature, they laugh easily and have fun always. They complement each other so well and think the world of each other. Get this, their favorite thing about each other is basically one and the same: They love that the other is completely caring, inclusive and puts others before him/herself. (I can attest to that, they both insisted that Nathan and I get in on their champagne toast with their wedding party. Talk about thinking of others!)

Get ready for a crazy amount of photos; I just couldn’t narrow down the images from Mary and Jimmy’s gorgeous and emotional day. Their’s was one of my very favorites from last year and I’m so excited to finally share it!

Mary and Jimmy, I think the world of you two. I hope your marriage is just as fun as ever!

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What a sweet first look. Mary and Jimmy had planned to see each other outside for the first time, but with a consistent rain/snow mix we had to move the first look inside. It didn’t dampen the excitement at all!

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Nathan (my hubby!) and I tag-teamed this wedding, and he got some fantastic shots inside beautiful St. Colman. I have to give him full credit for that photo above. The light and the moment–ahh!

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I’ve got to give a shout out to Mary and Jimmy’s AMAZING bridal party. It was freezing–absolutely freezing–while we were taking these photos. At one point it started to hail and we had to take cover under a bridge. But they all smiled and laughed like it was nothing. I’m so grateful to have clients (and friends of clients!) who are willing to do whatever it takes for a good photo!

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You two are just beautiful, beautiful people.

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Ceremony: St. Colman
Reception: The Club at Key Center
Wedding Coordinator: Kayla Cousineau
Florist: Charles Phillips
Cake: Wild Flour Bakery
Band: Bill Pirie and Nick Costa
Makeup Artist: MAC Cosmetics
Hair Stylist: Louie Leonetti
Bride’s Dress: The Perfect Bride, Wtoo
Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bridemaids Dresses: The Perfect Bride, Alfred Sung
Tuxes: Jos. A. Banks
Lighting: Earthgrooves Productions
Transportation: A-1 Mr. Limo
Honeymoon: Jamaica!

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Baby Lido | 6 MonthsMarch 10, 2015

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Oh, little Lido. You are a doll. And you have the funniest facial expressions! I could show you the definition of happy, relaxed, surprised, confused and tired from the faces Lido made all in the same session. I think he’s going to grow up to be an actor!

I love this sweet family and can’t wait to see them in a few months when Lido turns ONE!

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