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Tana + Nick | A Gordon Square and Edgewater Park Engagement Session

“Together, we’ll shine way too bright.
I see you squint those eyes.
Back in school I should’ve tried.
When life is failing, you’re my cheat sheet.”

Yeah, you’re my cheat sheet.

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Ben + Audrey | A Cleveland History Center Wedding

You know that feeling when a song can take you right back to your first slow dance? Or you get a whiff of that distantly familiar perfume your grandma always wore? I’m such a believer in the relation of seemingly minute details to the nostalgia it can later bring. When I photograph your wedding, I want to show it all to you.

I remember on Ben and Audrey’s wedding day, the steady pattern of clouds + sunshine. I remember Ben and his guys watching the office on their phone before the ceremony began. I remember the calm, unspoken love that I felt when I walked into Audrey’s hotel room at Glidden House where she was enjoying a slow morning with her girls. Most of all, I remember the sound of the Cleveland Air Show just before their ceremony began. To me, it wasn’t a nuisance, or unfortunate timing. It was just another one of those details to remember.

Ben + Audrey, Congratulations on your beautiful wedding, and more importantly, your beautiful marriage. I hope that every time you see these photos, it brings you right back to that day.

The sun, the clouds, and the airplanes.

 

Venues
Getting Ready | Glidden House
Ceremony | Cleveland History Center
Reception | Ariel International Center

Planning | Cassie Mullins Events
Hair + Makeup | Sin Pretty Beauty
Bride’s Dress | Abbot Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids
Tux | American Commodore
Florist | Dietz Falls Floral
DJ | Cleveland Music Group
Catering | Sausalito
Cake | Luna Bakery

 

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10 Years + Forever.

On Monday September 15, 2008 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, a sweet, quiet boy took my hand as we sat on an old picnic table and he asked if I would be his girlfriend. My romance loving heart just knew this is how my greatest love story would begin. I was seventeen and had just started my first semester as a college freshman 400 miles from home. Against all the well-meaning advice I’d heard before I left, I fell fast and I fell hard. (I mean, with this hair, can you really blame me?) I just knew there was something special about this one. Maybe it was the loyal friend that he was to the people he cared about – the way he’d give you the last dollar in his pocket if he knew it would help. It could have been the sincerity in his words – that when he told me he loved me for the first time at that beach in Maryland, somehow I just had no doubt that he meant it with everything inside of him. I knew he was the one for me. Those first few years were tough. But man, we loved each other so hard through them. He was my family long before it was official. It’s been 10 years and there are some things that I’d like to go back and say to seventeen year old me.

To 2008 Allison,
This cute boy on the picnic table with you is asking a question that will change your life forever. I know you just met him, but sometimes you need to trust your gut. He’s as wonderful as you think he is. Nothing is an act with him – he’s as genuine as they come. He’ll come out of his shell little by little and every new thing you learn about him will make you fall deeper in love. He’ll cut his hair and grow a beard, and you’ll love that, too. You’ll spend the next few years comparing your relationship to the ones around you. That’s wasted time. People will get engaged before you do, and that’s okay because when it’s your turn, it will be everything your heart could have wanted. If you could see what’s ahead for you, you’d quiet your analytical mind, and breathe a sigh of great relief. It only gets better from here. You think he’s a good boyfriend, but I can’t wait for you to see the husband he’ll be for you.

You have no idea what a beautiful life is in store.

This weekend, we took some time to celebrate 10 years of us. We got to spend some time at our sweet friend, Elijah’s cabin. (He has a brand new album out that you can find here.) We hiked and explored new cities together. We played games by the fire. & we reflected on the last 10 years together.

These days, life has fewer ups and downs than those first years did. There’s a little more monotony, and a lot more responsibility. But that love that began 10 years ago has evolved into something with so much more depth + dimension than I ever could have imagined. The most exciting part of it all is that we believe our best is still yet to come.

Here are some photos from our weekend away.
PS. You can stay in this perfect little cabin, too! 

 

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Heather + Rob | A Medina Ohio Maternity Session

I met Heather + Rob a year or so ago at a networking event for wedding vendors. They own The Thirsty Goose, a fantastic traveling bar for weddings and other events. While I truly love meeting new people, it feels super unnatural for me to attend an event where everyone is supposed to meet new people, so I ended up spending my entire evening getting to know these two. We talked about their wedding and our shared love for Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I like to think that at the end of that night, I’d made a couple new friends.

A few months ago, I got an email from Heather telling me they’re expecting a sweet baby so soon, and asked if I’d be their photographer. I couldn’t say yes fast enough. We spent our evening strolling through Historic Medina together. I wish all my Fridays looked like this.

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Colleen + Michael | A Tremont & Edgewater Beach Engagement Session

“I don’t know what you want me to tell you, man. All I know is that every time I’ve been faced with a tough decision, there’s only one thing that outweighs every other concern. One thing that will make you give up on everything you thought you knew, every instinct, every rational calculation – Love. Listen. No matter what happens, you gotta forget about all the other stuff. You gotta forget about logic and fear and doubt. You just gotta do everything you can to get to the one woman who’s gonna make all this worth it. At the end of the day, you gotta jump.

You love her, I think you always have.”

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Baby Jasper | A Cleveland In Home Newborn Session

“I see skies of blue and clouds of white, the bright blessed day, the dark sacred night.
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow. They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world. Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world”

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Jenn + Rick | A Sapphire Creek Winery Wedding in Chagrin Falls

Every wedding feels different. I don’t mean that it looks different – dresses, colors, venues. I’m talking about how it feels. How it makes your guests feel, your bridal party feel, and specifically how it feels to me.
Some weddings feel like a scavenger hunt – going from place to place and checking locations, shots, and to do’s off of our list.
Some feel like a well choreographed dance – there’s a time and place for the dips + twist, but if one step is missed, panic ensues.

Jenn + Rick’s wedding felt like a stroll through the park with your best friend.
There was no agenda. There was no hurrying from place to place. And there was no worry about missed steps because there was only one step – to get married.

We spent the day at Sapphire Creek Winery + Gardens with their favorite people surrounding them.
I can’t think of a better way to get married than that. Can you?

Venue | Sapphire Creek Winery + Gardens
Hair + Makeup | Arra Salon
Dress | Wendy’s Bridal
Tux | Wittmann Custom Tailor
Florist | Lisa Schmidt
Stationery | Haley Hahn Design
Videographer | ByDesign Films
DJ | J Walker Creative Productions
Cake | Sapphire Creek Winery + Gardens

Second Shooter | Lauren Perreault
Some of the images you see above were taken by Lauren.

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Madison + Jason | A Lake Erie Engagement Session

Sometimes it’s hard to know what your marriage looks like to the people who aren’t part of it. You know what it feels like, and you know what you hope it looks like. But you can never be sure it looks the way it feels. I recently had a conversation with a friend about marriage and he said something I won’t forget.

“I know a whole lot of married people. It’s obvious that some are doing well, and that others are just getting by.
When I see the way that Stephen looks at you, I can tell that you two really love each other.”

In that moment, my friend saw exactly what I feel every day.

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about what makes us so happy together after nearly a decade of learning everything there is to know about each other and I think I figured it out. Stephen is my best friend in the whole world. He’s the one I put first. He’s who I call when something great happens, and the one I cry to when life just isn’t fair. He’s the one I send all my memes to, and the one who will tell me when my jokes aren’t funny. When I feel like the world is against me and I just want to be alone, he’s the one I want to be alone with.

The first time I met Madison + Jason, I could tell right away that they’re best friends. Jason’s the one that makes her laugh. Madison is the one who brings out the best in him.

They’re just better together.

As an outsider, when I look at their relationship, I see two people who are ready to take on the world together. They’re on the same team and they’re not going to let life get between them. They’re ready to work hard for each other and to always lift each other up. But most importantly, they’re ready to laugh at the same memes and New Girl reruns for the rest of their lives.

+ I  have a feeling, it feels just the way that it looks.

 

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Hannah & Jimmy – A Cleveland Engagement Session

I want you to take a moment to think about your favorite love story. Really think. Does it come from an old Jane Austen novel you first found dusty on your grandma’s bookshelf? Or is the classic “receptionist falls in love with the sarcastic paper salesman” scenario more your speed? Does it twist and turn, or does it take more of a straight, simple path? What do you love about it? What drew you in?

I remember the first time I met Hannah and Jimmy. Just like with many of my clients, we sat down for coffee and I asked them to tell their story.

I can’t recall every detail but I do remember it was like a book I didn’t want to stop reading.

Their proposal was unlike any I’d ever heard. It had me laughing and crying (even if maybe just because I laughed too hard.) If you ever have the privilege of meeting these two, do yourself a favor and ask Jimmy to tell you the story. It’ll be your new favorite.

A few weeks ago, we got to meet up again. We strolled through Tremont, and stopped at the place where they had their first date together (RIP Lolita). We found all the good sun spots, and then headed to Edgewater Beach. It was the perfect evening to add another page to their story.

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Savana & Nate – A Tremont Engagement Session

We had just a few minutes to spend together this week.

I think it’s safe to say we made the most of it.

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