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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Kelsey & Matt | The Club at Hillbrook Winter WeddingFebruary 27, 2014

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As freshmen at Miami University, Kelsey and Matt heard the stories about kissing your sweetheart under the Upham Hall arch. As the tale goes, couples who kiss under the arch will get married. Kelsey and Matt didn’t know each other as incoming freshmen, but a couple years later they would meet in a marketing class inside the very building that houses the arch. And a couple more years later? They’d be married as Miami Mergers.

I admittedly get overly excited about Miami Mergers because I am half of one myself, but I think Kelsey and Matt would 100 percent agree that Miami is a special place (check out their engagement photos around campus). And these two are special themselves. I could gush all day about how fun-loving and genuine Kelsey and Matt are, but they gush about each other much better.

“I love that I get to see a very goofy, fun side of Matt that nobody else gets to see,” Kelsey said. “Everyone knows that he is charming and funny, but I get to see how truly hilarious he is!”

And then Matt chimed in:

“She picks up ALL of my slack and is always ridiculously cute.”

As if this wedding couldn’t get any better, Elizabeth Anne Designs is featuring Kelsey and Matt’s big day on their blog today! I’ve admired Elizabeth Anne Designs for SO long, and I’m so, so excited that these two are featured as a “Real Wedding.” Make sure to head over there and leave them some love!

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The perfect amount of snow fell for Kelsey and Matt’s winter wedding, and Kelsey had cute boots on hand to help her navigate outdoor portraits (yes, we did ALL pictures outside! It was fantastic!)

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Kelsey’s dress from Something White was so unique and beautiful! I highly suggest giving Karin and Rebecca a buzz if you’re in the market for a gown.

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Kelsey’s grandmother’s fur helped keep her warm all day.

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I love the brothers discussing where the ring will go …

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Recognize these cuties??

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These two share such an awesome relationship. I have so much respect for them.

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Beautiful Ashley! (Have I mentioned that I love this family??)

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Then it was off to the Hillbrook, which is one of my favorite places to shoot!

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These two traipsed through the snow for portraits. I cannot stress enough how amazing they are.

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How beautiful are these details? Shi Shi Events and Blooms did a fantastic job putting them together!

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And then–and THEN!–it started snowing, and Kelsey asked if we could go outside and take pictures. Ohhh my goodness.

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Kelsey and Matt, you are FABULOUS! I’m so thankful we got to work together and laugh together and get to know each other. Go have a fantastic adventure, OK?

Check out Kelsey and Matt’s AMAZING video by Anthony Codispoti (If you’re looking for a videographer, you should contact this guy!):
Ceremony: Church of the Resurrection
Reception: The Club at Hillbrook
Wedding Planning and Design: Shi Shi Events
Videographer: Blue Tie Cinema, Anthony Codispoti
Florist: Blooms
Bakery: Cake Couture
DJ: TKO Entertainment
Stationery: Poeme
Hair Stylist: Bridal Hair by Kristin Collins
Makeup Artist: Jessica Miller
Bride’s Dress: Something White, Heidi Elnora
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse, Pronto Uomo
Transportation: A-1 Mr. Limo
Honeymoon: Aruba & Curacao!

 

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Rachael & Nick | Canton Ohio Winter WeddingJanuary 17, 2014

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One of my very favorite things about weddings is family. The bride and groom becoming their own family unit, two families becoming one and family members from all over the world coming together to celebrate. I love observing the bride and groom with those they love most, happy that everyone is in one place, at least for a little while.

Rachael and Nick have awesome families. I know their marriage will be strong and supported because they have fantastic people behind them every step of the way. Watching them with their families was my very favorite thing about their wedding. That and seeing the two of them get married in Rachael’s home church, which was so very important to her. (Fun fact: My mom was Rachael’s youth minister and she got to marry them!)

Rachael and Nick, you guys are just fantastic. What an honor it was to photograph your marriage. Thank you for the privilege!

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Nick was a little nervous before the ceremony, but his groomsmen kept him laughing during portraits. :)

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It was a tad frigid outside. Needless to say, these ladies are awesome!

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Rachael. You are gorgeous.

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Rachael’s aunt put together all the beautiful flowers, most of which were complete with peacock details!

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Such a sweet moment between Rachael and her dad …

and Nick and his mom.

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This picture cracks me up. These kids had about enough of the slow dances and just wanted to get out on the dance floor! (See below.)

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Ceremony: Trinity United Church of Christ
Reception: La Pizzaria
Florist: Cathy Cowgill Flowers
Bakery: All Occasions Bakery
DJ: Beach Boyz Entertainment
Hair Stylist: Sherry McAfee
Makeup Artist: Nate Sexton
Bride’s Dress: Linde’s, Mori Lee
Bride’s Shoes: Michaelangelo
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Linde’s, Bill Levkoff
Tuxes: American Commodore, Ralph Lauren
Honeymoon: Hawaii!

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Crystal & Mark | Cleveland Federated Family Life Center WeddingJanuary 9, 2014

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There’s a little bit of 2013 left over here! I’ve been posting Facebook albums like crazy, and now I have ONE last wedding to share with you all: Crystal and Mark! Crystal is a witty Cleveland blogger, and I wanted to give her space to do her own posts before I did my own.

Looking at these photos makes me feel SO warm in the midst of this freezing cold weather. Crystal and Mark had the most perfect day for their outdoor Botanical Garden wedding ceremony. It was blue skies all the way and a breezy 78 or so degrees. Sounds good right about now. :)

Weather aside, my favorite thing about Crystal and Mark’s day was the way they looked at each other. I know that sounds cliché, but it’s so easy to get swept along with the craziness of your wedding. I should know! And it’s for that reason that I love observing couples on their big day. I love the stolen glances and the private moments that happen in the middle of the crowd. I admire the respect and adoration Crystal and Mark have for each other, and I know it’s only strengthened since September.

Enjoy my favorites from this sunny day:

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Lindsay London was on hand to doll up Crystal.

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Oh my goodness, the flowers. Spenser of Life in Bloom outdid herself!

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Such sweet moments between Crystal and her dad.

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Married!

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These two are Clevelanders through and through.

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Luna provided the delectable (and I do mean delectable) cake and cupcakes.

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And then there was a donut truck. So cool!

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