Oxford, Ohio is such a special place. If you went to college there, you think it's pretty awesome. If you met your spouse there, you think it's even more awesome. (I can attest to that fact because Nathan and I check both those boxes.)
Kellsey and Tyler met in that little town after graduating from college. A Southern gentleman through and through, Tyler had moved to Oxford from Kentucky to work for his fraternity (in fact, Tyler was one of my favorite co-workers post-college! :) ) and Kellsey stuck around after graduating from Miami to work for a different fraternity. As luck would have it, Oxford is small and most people know each other, especially if you're a young professional and work in the greek world.
These two have a lot in common: Their intense loyalty to their family and friends, their passion for life, their ambition in work and play. The years-long journey ahead of them is what they're most excited about and I know they're going to embrace it with their usual smiles and adventurous attitudes.
Ask me to do a session at my alma mater? I'll be there in a heartbeat. :) I love visiting Miami's campus anyways, but to get to do a Miami Merger engagement session there is just icing on the cake.
Kelsey and Matt met in college ... in that building down below, Upham Hall (which is very poignant for all us Miami people). As the story goes, they were friends for a long time until two weeks before graduation. Which means they didn't have a lot of time together before the real world swallowed them up, and Matt headed to Cincinnati to start his first job while Kelsey headed back to Cleveland. They did long distance for three years until Kelsey recently joined Matt down south. ;)
Kelsey and Matt, your relationship is so fun. I loved capturing the genuine laughter and moments between you two. Can't wait for your winter wonderland wedding!
P.S. I think this is the first session blog post ever where I don't share at least one black and white photo! I just loved the color too much!
This one's a fav. :)
These ones make me laugh. I told Matt to whisper something ridiculous in Kelsey's ear. I have no idea what he said but it worked like a charm!
More than nine years later, Nichole and Dan returned to the spot where it all began. They became Miami Mergers just a stone's throw away from the dorm where they met as freshman. At the time, they were new to Oxford, new to the big campus and new to each other. Neither had any idea that less than 10 years later, they would be married.
"Dan was the first boy I met on campus on freshman move-in day," Nichole said. "I lived in the room above Dan and needed some ideas on how to make all the furniture fit."
Dan was dating someone else at the time but as the two got to know each other, he realized how great Nichole was. Her caring nature tops his list of favorite things about his new wife.
"Our first summer of dating, she did a study abroad program in Russia," he said. "I found myself missing her so much during that time that I had to call just to hear her voice. Even though I racked up a $700 phone bill it was worth it."
Nichole and Dan are so loved and respected by their family and friends, and it was fun to see how much fun everyone had celebrating these two. Thank you so much for asking Nathan and I to be a part of your day, guys. It was such a meaningful wedding for both of us, and we wish you all the happiness in the world!
Most hilarious bridal party I've ever worked with. Hands down. :D
So pretty. :) Nichole and I did gymnastics together at Miami. Never in a million years would I have guessed I would photograph her wedding.
An equally amazing group of guys.
I love that one up there. Dan is probably telling Nichole how amazing she looks. Just a hunch! :)
Dan, you look like a celebrity waving to his fans. That or the president. I am your paparazzi.
Last weekend was so fun for Nathan and me. We got to visit our old stomping grounds of THE Miami University for a Miami Merger wedding! I did gymnastics with Nichole while a student at Miami, and it was so surreal to be photographing her wedding! She and Dan were a dream to work with, and reminiscing was exactly what I needed!
For now, a little peek ...