Posts in Category: weddings

Baby It’s Cold Outside | Engagement Session

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I was so excited when one of my childhood besties called me about doing engagement photos!  Lauren and Cory got engaged back in July and they have been busy planning a fabulous outdoor wedding this coming September.  From the get go, Lauren wanted to do the photos on a snowy day in December.  Easy right?  Ohio usually doesn’t get a lot of snow before Christmas, but we set the date and did a little snow dance.  *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

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When the stars align, the stars align!  A huge snowfall rushed in the day before their engagement session!  I am forgetting that any other Ohioan would not consider 3-6 inches a huge snowfall, but keep in mind I moved back from Atlanta where that type of accumulation could have paralyzed the city for days on end!  We bundled up and braved the cold, I promised them we would end the shoot in a nice cozy warm spot.

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Old Worthington has become one of my favorite spots to do photo sessions.  Not only is it the town I grew up in, but it’s also the town where Lauren and Cory live.  They bought their first house and can ride their bikes, run, or skip to coffee shops, ice cream places, wine bars, summer concerts on the square, you name it!  Worthington particularly sparkles around the holidays with lights, wreaths, and festively decorated trees.

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For some couples, engagement photos are the one of the first wedding-ish type things they get to do together.  During an engagement sessions it’s so fun to capture all of the excitement, love, and anxious butterflies.  Lauren and Cory nailed it!  You could just tell these two have so much fun together, never a dull moment.  Cory was a true champion and a very good listener.  He was game for all of my posing directions, playing in the snow despite not having gloves, and the mandatory glass of wine finale.  Lauren was a smitten kitten the whole time.

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I was truly honored to be their photographer, not only to capture amazing photos but to also create  new memories along the way.  Here’s to a happy holiday!  May your days be merry and bright :)

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Cheers!

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Maine, Love, & Lobsters | Summer Travel

Have you ever been to Maine?

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{Warning!  This is a SUPER long post.  It is by all definitions, vacation OVER SHARE.  However, its amazing and you won’t regret}

I had the amazing good fortune to attend a wedding in Maine over 4th of July weekend with my family.  There was so much love in the air you could just breathe it in, along with the sea salt and pine.  We stayed in a beach cottage in a tiny little town in the middle of nowhere.  It was such a treat to wake up each morning and see the mist hanging low along the shore line and listen to the churn of lobster boats heading out to check their pots.  It was unseasonably hot in Maine, so every activity centered around ice cream and lobster.

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My sister, husband, and I arrived a few days early to soak up all things Maine.  I made a joke upon our arrival at the Portland airport pledging to eat lobster at every meal.  I did not however fulfill my pledge, because how could I possible turn down the day’s catch of scallops, oysters, and mussels?  Seafood at its finest!  On our drive from Portland to Brooklin, we stopped for some roadside lobster at Red’s Eats.  Red’s Eats was featured in the NY Times for being so delicious, locals were petitioning for its relocation due to inherent traffic jams (every lobster roll has over a whole lobster!).  No false advertising here!

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As wedding guests, our itineraries were filled with things such as sailing, fireworks, croquet, kayaking, beach combing, and sun bathing (and lobster eating).  We did so much in just a few days but nothing, not a thing, felt hurried.  Well, I suppose some would argue that the 4 AM sunrise felt a bit hurried, but you get the idea.

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A little back story on the bride and groom.  Scott and Ali live in Brooklyn and are an amazing couple.  The rest you’ll understand after I describe their wedding.  All of the guests seemed to have a heart felt connection with the couple and personal investment in making their wedding day amazing in anyway possible.  You know the weddings where no one dances?  This was not one of them!  You know the weddings where the toasts are cringe worthy and make you question how well you know the couple? This was not one of them!  The dance floor was packed even before guests ate their salads!  The toasts were beautiful and descriptive and uplifting.  The wedding was simply stunning and filled with funny, talented, Scott and Ali adoring guests.

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When our boat docked after our sail it was time to get ready for some nuptials!

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There were so many sweet personal touches at the reception.  I toured around several times to make sure I saw it all!  The food was delicious – from lollipop lamb chops hot off the grill, to fresh oysters and a raw bar, lobster bisque, and kalamata goat cheese crostinis…oh wait, that just covers the appetizers!  Signature cocktails and signature dance moves, this wedding had it all!  I had to make a serious effort at times to put down my camera and just enjoy the show.  Luckily, my sister and husband had no trouble snapping a few pics of their own.  Team effort.

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Beautiful evening….

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Even though I have a HUGE birthday coming up…You are never too old to be a little sister (handmade seersucker napkins by the MOB, btw)

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I came to dance, dance, dance…..

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Before we knew it, it was time to pack our bags and drive to the airport.  The marvelous wedding weekend had come to an end.  Maine is well known for its free souvenirs to take home with you, brag worthy mosquito bites and memories to last a lifetime.