Caitie and Jim’s Contemporary Summer Soiree at the Bluestone | Columbus Wedding Photographer

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These two happy lovebirds met as freshmen at OU, and tied the knot in an absolutely gorgeous wedding at the Bluestone in Columbus.  Swathed in eucalyptus leaves and fresh flowers, the rosy richness of the Bluestone’s original carved wood details made for a beautiful backdrop to Caitie and Jim’s emotional vows.  After the ceremony, they went for a lovely stroll in Schiller Park, made a quick stop for shots at Plank’s Biergarten, and ended the night on a spectacular note with a magical sparkler send-off into the warm summer air. Continue reading

Leah and Eric’s Bespoke Forest Wedding at the Krippendorf Lodge at the Cincinnati Nature Center | Cincinnati Wedding Photographer

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I’ve got one for the books today, folks.  Leah and Eric’s wedding has ALL of the things that make me a happy photographer: a beautiful setting, incredible soft portrait light, and a head-over-heels lachrymose couple!!  Look closely at the photo of Leah by the lake–there’s even a brilliant scarlet cardinal in flight!  Who could ask for a more perfect moment?  :)  Continue reading

Sarah and Kevin’s Fun-Filled Wedding at Top of the Market | Dayton Wedding Photographer

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You’d be hard pressed to find a wedding party more fun than Sarah and Kevin’s… Fireball shots in the morning, chasing down a Red Bull van, a spirited [read: borderline violent] flip cup competition after the ceremony, and a group of groomsmen that literally cannot keep their pants on.  Yep, folks–this wedding was DEFINITELY one for the books!

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Doug & Queena’s Luxurious Contemporary Wedding at the W Chicago City Center | Chicago Wedding Photographer

IMG_0688-2 From the moment we shared a round of morning Bloody Marys at their engagement session, I knew–without a doubt–that Doug and Queena’s wedding was going to be a BLAST.  And let me tell you, dear readers, this group definitely puts the ‘party’ in ‘wedding party.’  (Haaa, see what I did there?!  Apparently I can’t write a blog post without working in at least one terrible pun…) Everyone was dressed to the nines for Queena & Doug’s sentimental ceremony at St. Michael in Old Town, followed by a gorgeous cocktail hour, tea ceremony, and reception at the W City Center.  As guests danced late into the night, Doug and Queena showed me a secret wall (not even joking about this, it was SO COOL) to sneak out onto the roof for a midnight picture–a perfect end to a perfect day!   Continue reading

Brittany and Eric’s Springtime Chicago Engagement Session | Chicago Wedding Photographer

It was an absolutely gorgous day in Chi-town, tailor-made for Brittany & Eric’s engagement session.  I couldn’t have asked for better weather or a better couple!  Eric and Brittany are incredibly sweet and fun to be around.  They were super patient while we waited for pedestrians to pass (and then more pedestrians… and a few moooore…) down by the river near where Eric proposed, and they were totally game for going to a bunch of different locations to take photos.  My favorite kind of photo subjects!!  :)

Brittany and Eric, I can’t WAIT for your big day next year, and am so elated to be your photographer!!

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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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