Paige & Ethan’s Fun-Filled Winter Engagement Starring Max the Dog | Cincinnati Wedding Photographer

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Ethan and Paige are one of the most fun-loving, adventurous couples I’ve ever had the pleasure to shoot.  We headed out to Ault Park and Over-the-Rhine to enjoy one of the last fresh snowfalls of the season and get some awesome photos.  Their dog, Max, is a total sweetheart (and photo ham), and enjoyed playing in the snow as much as they did!

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Stephanie & Sean’s Romantic Valentine’s Day Wedding at the Hyatt | Chicago Wedding Photographer

IMG_0619Stephanie and Sean’s luxurious wedding took place on Valentine’s Day–how fitting, to celebrate their new life together and the love of their friends and families attending!  After a beautiful service at St. James and a frigid romp in the park (we’re talking below zero Fahrenheit, folks–Stephanie and Sean are SUCH TROOPERS), the blush and gold reception and glittering, candlelit ambiance set the mood for a romantic evening of laughter and dancing.

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Lauren & Matt’s Elegant Winter Wedding at the Wiedemann Hill Mansion | Cincinnati Wedding Photographer

IMG_0058High atop a hill in northern Kentucky, overlooking the bustling city below, a 19th-Century Bavarian Mansion proudly sits, swathed in winter spirit for Lauren and Matt’s big day.  The Wiedemann Hill Mansion holds personal meaning to Lauren and Matt, so it’s hard to imagine a more perfect place for their classic, bespoke wedding.  A neutral palette and tasteful details glisten among the intricate historic woodwork, while golden January light streams through the giant stained glass windows to illuminate this elegant affair.

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The Best of 2014 Photography: a recap of the best photos from this year | Destination Wedding Photographer

IMG_0064 What a year it’s been!  2014 was amazing on so many levels.  I met so many incredible people, captured some absolutely wonderful marriages, and got engaged myself!  I couldn’t ask for a better (and busier!) year.

I am so lucky to capture each and every moment that my couples entrust me with, and I find it really difficult to narrow things down!  But, if I had to pick my favorites from this past year, here are the images that truly make my heart skip a beat.

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Beth & Cory’s Artistic Wedding at the Cincinnati Art Museum | Cincinnati Wedding Photographer

Last spring, when I first photographed Cory and Beth for their engagement session, there was no doubt in my mind that their wedding was going to be awesome. These two made sure that their big day was truly, completely, unequivocally them.  You’ve gotta see their reversed ‘traditional’ colors (Beth wore black, Cory wore white), Beth’s incredible spiked heels (can you say FIERCE?!), and the hops and barley in the bouquet and boutonnieres to represent their love of craft beer!  (Speaking of which… that Madtree selection at the reception… be still, my heart!)

Beth and Cory are 100% the bee’s knees, and it’s obvious that they’re made for each other–if ever there were a couple who were perfect puzzle pieces, it’s them.

Beth and Cory, I can’t wait for our craft beer and Wario Ware shindig tomorrow night.  ;)  And friends and family–be sure to check out Cory and Beth’s full gallery by clicking here!

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Chilly Weather, Horses, a Teepee, and a Dog Named Rue: Ashley and Mike’s Cozy Winter Engagement Session | Cincinnati Wedding Photorapher

Some photographers may complain about it, but I just love photographing outdoors on chilly overcast days!  There’s a certain magic to the air when it smells like bonfire, and feels like it could start snowing any second.  Plus, it’s a lot of fun to play with a wintery, muted, ‘outdoorsy’ palette in my editing.

Ashley’s parents’ farm in Morrow was the perfect setting for her engagement photos with Mike (and their lab-boxer mix, Rue!).  I was having a photographer’s field day–tall trees, frozen creek, horses, and even a teepee?!  You gotta be kiddin’ me!

Ashley and Mike are such a blast to hang out with.  Our afternoon together was totally relaxed and filled with enjoyment, laughter, and good conversation.  (And did I mention the teepee?!?)  I can already tell that this will be the perfect spot for Ashley and Mike’s wedding–it is completely and totally “them.”  I can hardly wait!

Friends and family, don’t forget that you can view all of Ashley and Mike’s photos, order prints, share to facebook, and more over at their full gallery!

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Beth and John’s Beautiful Autumn Engagement | Cincinnati Wedding Photographer

Beth and John are the sweetest couple.  From the first time we met, I felt like we had already known each other a long time, so there was no doubt in my mind that their engagement session was going to be fun and easygoing!!  These two are totally adventurous, and even a little rain couldn’t stop them from laughing and having a good time together among the gorgeous fall leaves.

John and Beth, it was was a total blast hanging out with you, and I can’t wait for your big day in October!!

Friends and family, don’t forget–you can view more photos, share your favorites, and even make prints over at their personal gallery.  See you there!

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Bloody Marys, Bicycles, and Beaches: Doug & Queena’s Awesome Engagement | Chicago Wedding Photographer

IMG_0274-2Oh man.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun this engagement session was.  We began the morning (yes, morning–don’t you judge us!) with a bloody mary and pizza slice in hand on the awesome patio at Homeslice.  The setting was perfect, the weather was warm, and the light was just begging to be captured!

Then, we moseyed over to St. Michael’s in Old Town, where Doug and Queena took a romantic bicycle ride around the church they’ll be married at next year.  St. Michael’s itself is absolutely gorgeous, but the area around it is also lovely–with its tall trees, changing leaves, and quiet streets, it was perfect for these two lovebirds and their bikes!

We finished the day at the beach, and one of my favorite spots overlooking the Chicago skyline–a lovely patch of grass and trees with the most magnificent view of the city peeking through!  Sunlight and water and low clouds hovering around the building… oh my!!

Queena and Doug are a delight to be around–they’re both so fun and easygoing, and completely head-over-heels for each other.  I cannot WAIT for their wedding next May!!

Friends and family, you can see more photos from Queena and Doug’s engagement, share your favorites, and order prints over at their gallery.  Enjoy!

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Sydney and Jimmy’s Luxurious Carlisle Wedding | Chicago Wedding Photographer

Ohhhh my goodness.  Jimmy and Sydney.  This amazing couple.  This AMAZING wedding.  I don’t know where to begin!!

The first thing I noticed back in February while doing Sydney and Jimmy’s engagement session is the way they look at each other.  I mean, they really look at each other.  You can just see the love when they interact–whether it’s laughing, or sharing an emotional moment, or just a fleeting glance, the connection is obvious.  These are two people who truly feel complete together.

And their family and friends!  Such an amazing, supportive, loving group of people.  The house was absolutely packed at their reception at the Carlisle, but it still felt like an intimate and familiar gathering.  And everyone’s dancing shoes kept grooving late into the night!

Jimmy and Sydney, I feel so lucky to have been part of such a beautiful and happy celebration, and to capture a love like yours.  From the mist lingering on the Chicago skyline as Sydney got ready in the morning, to the light filling the cathedral at St. Paul of the Cross, to the perfect warm fall evening at Cantigny, and the fairytale-level of pretty at the reception… it’s hard to imagine a more perfect day.

Family and friends–don’t forget you can view, share, and print all of the photos from Sydney and Jimmy’s big day right over here!

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Want more?  Head over to Sydney and Jimmy’s full gallery!

Tricia and Mike’s Classic Elegant Wedding at the Brookshire | Columbus, Ohio Wedding Photographer

I knew Tricia and Mike were special from the moment I met them in person–seven months ago–for their engagement session.  Adventurously braving the snow and equally as die-hard about Arrested Development as I, it was love at first sight and I was in total bliss knowing I would live happily ever after with both of them and their adorable wiener dogs Ozzie and Desmond.  (Juuuust kidding.  Oh geez this post is already getting weird and we’re only four sentences in.  #BOUNDARIES, LAURA.)

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, there is some seriously awesome love going on between these two, as clearly illustrated by the photo evidence below.  Tricia and Mike are hopelessly, undeniably, completely perfect for each other, and all I can say is that I’m eternally glad they found me and hired me as their photographer!  It’s such a fantastic feeling to be so personally compatible with my subjects, and nothing makes me happier than to bring them joy through their photos.

Congratulations, Tricia and Mike!  I know you two are currently in a private beach hut in the middle of paradise (jealous? me? what makes you say that?).  But in the meantime, friends and family–head over here to check out more photos from Tricia and Mike’s big day, order prints, and share your favorites!IMG_0001 IMG_0002-2 IMG_0004 IMG_0017_1 IMG_0025-2 IMG_0026-2 IMG_0027 IMG_0047-2 IMG_0048-2 IMG_0060-2 IMG_0062-2 IMG_0076 IMG_0081-2 IMG_0087-2 IMG_0089_1-2 IMG_0105-2 IMG_0110 IMG_0111-2 IMG_0115-2 IMG_0128-2 IMG_0136-2 IMG_0147 IMG_0150 IMG_0155 IMG_0157 IMG_0160 IMG_0162 IMG_0163 IMG_0164 IMG_0167 IMG_0177 IMG_0178 IMG_0187 IMG_0188-2 IMG_0198-2 IMG_0205_1-2 IMG_0211 IMG_0219 IMG_0224 IMG_0225 IMG_0227 IMG_0233 IMG_0295 IMG_0340IMG_0320IMG_0345 IMG_0353 IMG_0372 IMG_0382 IMG_0403 IMG_0404 IMG_0415 IMG_0430 IMG_0434 IMG_0445 IMG_0446 IMG_0448 IMG_0460 IMG_0462 IMG_0464 IMG_0478 IMG_0484 IMG_0489 IMG_0490 IMG_0492 IMG_0502-2 IMG_0512 IMG_0513 IMG_0515 IMG_0516 IMG_0519 IMG_0520 IMG_0522 IMG_0527 IMG_0533 IMG_0536 IMG_0542IMG_0546IMG_0578IMG_0567IMG_0584-2IMG_0588-2IMG_0571_1IMG_0596IMG_0606IMG_0603IMG_0610IMG_0612-2IMG_0613IMG_0618-2IMG_0623-2IMG_0629-2IMG_0640IMG_0667IMG_0670IMG_0734IMG_0745IMG_0749IMG_0765IMG_0777IMG_0785-2IMG_0800-2IMG_0805IMG_0809IMG_0813IMG_0815IMG_0816IMG_0841IMG_0846-2IMG_0849IMG_0861IMG_0875IMG_0881IMG_0886IMG_0892IMG_0894IMG_0896IMG_0903IMG_0905IMG_0909IMG_0912IMG_0921IMG_0926IMG_0932IMG_0928IMG_0942IMG_0947-2IMG_0980

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