catalina & daniel

Vargas-43_WEBVargas-1_WEB Vargas-20_WEB Vargas-26_WEB wedding photography wegerzyn garden Vargas-44_WEB Vargas-46_WEB dayton ohio wedding photographer bridal portrait dayton ohio Vargas-61_WEB Vargas-78_WEB wedding photography dayton ohio Vargas-96_WEB Vargas-100_WEB Vargas-105_WEB Vargas-110_WEB dayton ohio family portrait photographer Vargas-132_WEB family photography dayton ohio wegerzyn garden family portrait at wegerzyn gardens Catalina and Daniel were married 10 years ago (in Colombia!), and she was never really happy with her wedding photos, so she contacted me about donning her dress one more time for some anniversary portraits (and, of course, a few of their whole family, too, with their two beautiful children). Catalina came to my studio for full hair and makeup, got a bouquet–she said she felt like a bride all over again.

While I adore photographing couples giddy with brand-new, wedding-day love, there is something so special about capturing a slice of life 10 years past that point. The difference between a love filled with dreams for the future and endless possibility and a love that has been made stronger, been refined, through ups and down and moves and the arrival of children…I say it all the time, but what I do really is such an honor, to be trusted document these precious, fleeting moments. And I would be thrilled to do more sessions like this in the future–drop me a line if you want to schedule a session of your own.

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dayton wedding: candace & adam

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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Beavercreek Golf Club; Flowers: Jan Baker; Makeup: Eyedo; Cake: Tiers of Joy (designed by the groom himself!); DJ: Tim of Party Pleasers

Rodney Weidenmaier - Best wedding pictures I have ever seen. You did an excellent job.

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newport engagement: britt & nick

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dayton wedding: morgan & brian

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Every meeting or interaction I’ve been lucky enough to have with Morgan has started with a great big hug. She is the kind of gal who just exudes joy, someone who is full of both laughter and a love for people that just can’t possibly stay inside–so I knew her and Brian’s wedding would be so special, and an absolute blessing to be a part of. And it was! Every little detail of their day (and there were so many gorgeous ones, as you can see!) was imbued with thoughtfulness, blessing and care.

Morgan & Brian’s was the second-to-last wedding at the University of Dayton’s chapel before it closed for renovations. And, if you happen to remember their Flyer-love filled engagement photos, it couldn’t have been a more perfect setting. Then, at their reception, their Flyer family surrounded them with so, so much love (quite literally!). Special thanks to Amanda Estep, second photographer for their day, and my assistant (and former photography student) Johanna, who actually captured a couple of the shots above, too.

Ceremony Venue: University of Dayton’s Immaculate Conception Chapel; Reception Venue: Ohio Barn Bed & Breakfast; Flowers: The Flowerman; DJ: Doug Haney, Absolute DJs; Catering: Cardinal Catering; Makeup: Emily Brun; Hair: Jen James; Cake: Junebug Cupcakes

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dayton wedding: joe and deepika

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In Liz & Andrew’s post, I mentioned how unique of an experience it is to be invited into one of the most moving days in the lives of people who you’ve only had a few months’ time to get to know–how humbling it is when people who barely know me at all allow me to witness their emotions and not hold anything back. Joe & Deepika’s wedding was exactly the opposite; not one of strangers, but dear friends.

One of the joys of photographing any wedding is seeing the couples’ whole journey–through a slideshow of baby photos, through the sermon and toasts and well-wishes given by people who have known them for decades. When you’ve shared a glass of wine with about half of the guests that the wedding, though? When you’ve eaten neighborhood meals at the groom’s house, and babysat the ring bearer, and the ceremony is in a little church where you’ve worked and worshiped and made piles of pancakes? That is such a special experience.

Joe and Deepika, we’re so glad you found one another, that your paths crossed all the way around the world and intersected right here in Dayton. Thank you for the honor of photographing your day. Congratulations and so, so much love!

Ceremony Venue: Christ the King Anglican Church; Reception Venue: Dayton Women’s Club; Cake: The Cakery; DJ: Michael Scoggins

Leah Hartlaub - Your photos are beautiful and your comments are heartwarming, Briana. And it was nice to meet you!

P.S. I am Jon Hartlaub’s mom.

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