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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top of the market wedding: liz and andrew

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To be entirely honest, photographing weddings can be such an odd emotional endeavor. You meet people maybe a handful of times before you are retained to follow them around with a camera on one of the most intensely emotional days of their lives. You see them at their rawest: before the hair and makeup is done, while changing clothes; crying with their friends and family (mostly happy tears, but often times a few sad one too, at the memories of those who couldn’t be present); and celebrating intensely. It is why choosing a photographer you feel comfortable with, who you connect to, is so important. And most photographers I know chose this job precisely because they cherish documenting those emotions. We’re a feeling bunch. I’m not saying I necessarily weep my way through every wedding, but the entire job is to be in tune to the various emotion pulsing through the day, and there are definitely moments where you can’t help but be moved by what you’re witnessing.

Liz and Andrew’s (remember their engagement session?) day was chock full of those moments. And the perfect example of a day that was both deeply spiritual and exuberantly, giddily joyful. Liz’s bridesmaids, their parents and the couple surrounded each other with prayer before their wedding, and their ceremony centered around the act of service of washing each others feet. But then, man! Could these guys dance :). (And I think Liz might win best “You are now husband and wife” reaction ever!) Liz and Andrew, thank you so much for giving me the honor of capturing your day. Though you were planning from out of town, and we only met all together once before your wedding, I can’t thank you enough for your faith in me, for letting me in and allowing me to document your love, joy and emotion without holding anything back. (And I have to give a special thank you to the ever-amazing, sweet-as-pie Andrea Dozier, who came along and helped me out, and who captured some of the photographs above.)

Ceremony Venue: Centerville Community Church; Reception Venue: Top of the Market; Flowers: Sue Kelzer; DJ: Doug Haney of Absolute DJs

Andrea - Love it! Especially the superheroes and the dancing at night- you did amazing Briana! Loved working with you & can’t wait to do it again!

-Andrea

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dayton wedding: dianne and john

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Pendra Lee Snyder - Wonderful, tasteful, elegant photos. Beautiful couple. Bri you captured the day!

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