We’ve had the joy of knowing Nathan for a little while now, and we’re so thrilled that he and Jennifer have found each other. You know when you’re around a couple, and it is just so obvious that they go together? That is these two exactly. I’m so excited to photograph their wedding this spring at the Schuster Center–I’m sure it is going to be just the sweetest day.
There is so much I could say about Carole and Cody, and their beautiful wedding day. From the day of their magical engagement session in Oxford, I knew working with these Miami Mergers would be a treat, and their wedding was certainly no disappointment–all of the luscious details (that Carole had painstakingly planned herself!) came together absolutely perfectly. Congratulations, you two! I’m so lucky that you chose me to document your perfect day. And, a special thanks to my assistant, Heather, and my second photographer, Amanda (who photographed quite a few of the shots above)–don’t know what I would do without you both.
Wedding Venue: Ohio Village Church; Reception Venue: Pinnacle Golf Club; Flowers: MadisonHouse Designs; Hair & Makeup: Eye Do Makeup and Hair; Cake: The Cake Studio; DJ: Buckeye Sounds; Decorator/Rentals: Envision Elegance; Videography: Sway the Crowd ; Officiant: Greg Osborne; Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sattero, from Universal Bridal; Bridesmaids Dresses: Mori Lee, from Universal Bridal; Tuxedos: Savvi Formal
Anna & Jared love spending their time together in downtown Dayton, going to shows at the Schuster and Victoria Theatre, so it only made sense to start there for their engagement photos (and–shh!–even pop in to the Schuster itself for just a few images). Then–after some impromptu alley ballroom dancing–headed to a park for some more casual shots. It has been so nice to have a few lovely evenings, feel things starting to warm up as this years season gets rolling, which I’m so looking forward to–especially Anna & Jared’s wedding at the beautiful Fairfield Art Center in the fall.
I’ll admit, when it comes to my client’s sessions, I’m not normally a “props” kind of gal–I prefer to focus on couples’ interactions with each other than extra objects. Usually, though, we have things in the natural environment to work with (apple trees in an orchard, a porch where they met, the cafe where they like to get breakfast, etc.). When it is freezing, snowy January in Dayton, though, we have to improvise, and we’re so lucky to have a couple great rental studio spaces here in the downtown area, including Lost and Found. Jennifer is an absolute dream to work with, and she offers so much more than her space–for our session she held lights and reflectors, adjusted Candace’s ring, carried coats and more. On top of all that, she has a prop rental service, and had several things already in the studio. Despite my typical aversion, once I saw Candace’s gorgeous soft-pink dress next to Jennifer’s vintage green bike (and with the gorgeous Oberer’s bouquet, left over from a bridal show, that I happened to have along), I couldn’t resist playing a bit. The vintage quilt top was made by my great-grandmother, and I made the giant frilly balloon, but everything else is from Jennifer’s expansive stock of vintage goodies. I’m so grateful to Candace & Adam for be willing to experiment, to brave the freezing temperatures to pop outside for a bit, and for their trust in me to capture their engagement and wedding–simply can’t wait until their Beavercreek Golf Club wedding this July.
I met up with Ari & Ben at Hills and Dales Park in November–when there was still some color on the trees–for a quick session while they were in town visiting family. As much as I adore photographing couples’ engagements and wedding days, full of giggly bliss, hope, expectation and joy in the face of the possibilities and opportunities to come, there is something special about getting to capture the love of a couple who has been married a little while. Couples who know that along with all the joys might come more difficult days–days that make you cling a little harder and love more fiercely than you even could’ve imagined when you said “I do”–and who still enjoy each other like crazy (I mean, just look at Ari’s smile!). If you’d like me to document a slice of your love (perhaps a portrait session as a Valentine’s gift?), drop me a line.