dayton wedding: jennifer & nathan

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Though my focus as a photographer is the visuals of the wedding day–how everything looks–when I think of Jen and Nathan’s wedding, I can’t help but think of how the day sounded. Every part of the day was filled with joyful noise: beautiful hymns, weaved throughout the ceremony and all the way to the last song of the night, sung in harmony around the dance floor; dance music, as they danced their (epic!) first dance and their friend (a professional dance instructor) taught steps during cocktail hour; and the giggles, cries and questions of kids as they watched Jen & Nathan make their vows. (Choosing whether or not to involve children in a wedding day, whether as guests or actual participants in the ceremony, can be a complicated decision, but it wasn’t for these two. They wanted their day to be a full picture of the life of family and the church, including all ages.) This was also one of those weddings were I was privileged to call the couple (and many of the guests!) friends before the wedding day, and it made it that much more special to share in their joy. Congratulations again, Jen & Nathan, and thank you so much for having me be the one to capture such a spiritual, beautiful day–it was truly an honor.

Ceremony Venue: Christ the King Anglican Church; Reception Venue: Schuster Center (Mathile Theater); Makeup: Emily Brun; Flowers: The Flower Shoppe; DJ: John Bramhall; Cake: Ele Cake

Russell Clark (grandfather) - Loved the pix. Thanks for sharing them. It was a beautiful wedding, and so meaningful. My prayer is the wonderful start will continue throughout their lives. I believe it will.

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dayton wedding: julia & paul

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Julia & Paul’s wedding was just fantastic–so very Dayton, with an international flair (both Julia & Paul adore traveling, and met each other because of their adventures abroad). And so intentional! I love that they chose to host their reception at a local nonprofit, to make sure their wedding could benefit the Dayton community. That nonprofit just happened to be the Kroc Center, too, which we love. (Hey, Daytonians–the gym there is $60/YEAR! It is amazing!).

Julia & Paul, I was so honored to be a small part of your day. Congratulations, and best wishes for all of your adventures ahead!

Ceremony Venue: Corpus Christi Church; Reception Venue: Dayton Kroc Center; Flowers: Hollon Flowers;

Michele Delph - These pictures are amazing! What a beautiful wedding and the happiness on everyone’s faces makes me so sorry we missed this special event. May the joy last forever.

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schuster center wedding: anna & jeff

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I know I say it all the time, but I don’t know how I get so lucky that these wonderful, perfectly sweet people come to find me and trust me with the memories of one of their most precious days. Anna & Jeff are certainly no exception, my kind of couple and wedding through and through: theirs was a day that was steeped fully in tradition, beauty and faith; you simply couldn’t not feel the love and joy of all their friends and family bursting through–and so much Dayton love! Anna’s wore her grandmother’s bracelet, that she was wearing when she escaped the 1913 flood, and their venues–St. Mary’s and the Schuster Center–are such Dayton institutions. And, yes, they both wore blue suede shoes :).

Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Church; Reception Venue: Schuster Center; Hair: Amy Robinson; Makeup: Emily Brun; Flowers: The Flower Man; DJ: Dan Edwards; Cake: Libby Balsamo

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dayton engagement: jessica & brett

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At a recent bridal show, Suzy and I came up with the idea of a “selfie-booth”–we had visitors snap selfies in front of a chalk-on-kraft-paper backdrop (which you can see how she made, here!), and we asked them to tag us on Instagram & Facebook. Then, one lucky tagger would win a chalkboard from Suzy with their wedding information and a mini engagement session, so that they could use the images for save-the-dates, a wedding website, etc. As I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, Jessica and Brett were our winners! And, how lucky, she’d actually been a bridesmaid in Libby’s wedding that I photographed last fall. Aren’t they cute together? And I (and they!) were just totally thrilled with how Suzy’s chalkboard turned out. Seriously, hire her for your wedding (or event, or business…)–she is incredible!

Plee - Such a lovely idea and beautiful couple!

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dayton engagement: nathan & jennifer

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Pendra lee - Beautiful photographic captures of a lovely couple!

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