Oh my goodness ... Samantha and Ethan. Where do I even start with them? These college sweethearts are so much fun to be around. One look at these photos and I bet you can tell that Samantha and Ethan adore each other. You'd be right. :) These two have made long distance work since college and they are just SO ready to be married ... and giddy at the prospect! They'll be tying the knot in sunny California next year, and I'm super excited for their new journey.
The BEST to you two.
Samantha has the best smile and the sunniest personality!
Ethan kept Samantha laughing our whole session. He is the friendliest guy.
We had the dreamiest light the day of our session.
I love fall engagement sessions. The colorful trees add so much dimension to the photos, and it's so nice to shoot on those hazy days. Rachel's only request for a location was that it must have lots of trees. Whitesburg Nature Preserve in Chagrin Falls is my new favorite place to shoot in the fall. It's literally covered with colorful trees for more than a month. So gorgeous!
I went to high school with Rachel AND we both attended Miami. It was so fun to catch up with her, especially as our 10-year high school reunion approaches. (Um, crazy!) She and Ryan (who is a Phi Tau ... come on! I love this couple!) are completely adorable together. They kept each other laughing the whole time. They have so much fun together, and that makes me super excited to photograph their June wedding next year!
Love that one up there on the left. :)
My favorite thing about Nicole and Chris is how much they wear their hearts on their sleeves when it comes to each other. Not one minute went by on their big day where they weren't together or at least keeping an eye on each other. It was incredible to watch how present they were with each other while everything else was going on around them.
These two met in DC after Chris finished serving with the Peace Corps. Nicole is quick to mention that she actually asked him out on their first date as a thank you for helping her move. She is one smart lady.
"From the time we first started dating, I knew he was special," Nicole said. "His personality is infectious, and I loved his attitude and approach to life. Chris inspires me to be a better, more thoughtful person. He also is an amazing cook!"
Really, truly, I feel so lucky to have been asked to document your wedding, Nicole and Chris. Thank you for being so easygoing and infectiously happy. You two make the best couple!
Nicole had the coolest necklace ever!
Nicole and Chris did a first look before the ceremony. It was the sweetest thing I've ever seen ...
To see more from Nicole and Chris' outdoor wedding, click here to view a SLIDESHOW or watch it here:
Ceremony/Reception: Magnuson Grand Hotel Florist: Green Sinner DJ: Faraone Brothers Bakery: Becki Messersmith Hair Stylist: Lori Crawford Makeup Artist: Janette Pantoja Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero Bride's Shoes: Nina Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal Tuxes: Calvin Klein Honeymoon: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico!