This year’s seen quite a few pivots – cancelled + delayed sports seasons, virtual church services, and so much home cooking. The wedding industry is certainly no exception.
Although the perfect location for Kiva + CJ’s wedding never changed, their guest list did. So on the fourth of July, in her parents’ backyard, Kiva married her love with only the closest of family members as witnesses. Somehow my name was lucky enough to end up on that list.
CJ’s son took photos right alongside me (the only competition I’ll always accept), their neighbors watched from a distance, and confetti fell as Kiva + CJ finally became husband + wife.
Those after ceremony, blissful newlywed moments are one of those times life just stands still. These are the moments they’ll think back on for the rest of their lives. With only the gentle waves crashing as our soundtrack, we took these photos.
I’ll never forget this day.
Being a mom has changed me, you guys! I’m going to be honest for a second. Family sessions haven’t always been my jam. It’s not because I don’t love children. It’s because I didn’t know anything about them. I didn’t know what age kids started to walk, or how breakable they are. I didn’t know when they talk or how long they can sit still for.
But now I do.
And I love Family Sessions now.
I can make your babies giggle. I’ll make animal noises and play Prince or Paw Patrol on my phone all day. and I love it.
You may remember Tianna + Vaughn from their maternity and newborn photos last year with their daughter Viera. I was so excited to learn she was going to be a big sister and that I was going to get to photograph new baby Viviana.
Can I just say that outdoor newborn photos are my new favorite thing? My baby girl Freya LOVES being outside. We’re spending all our time in parks and on trails these days, and it was so much fun to share one of my favorites with this new family of 4.
If you’re looking for family photos for your walls or your Christmas cards, I’d love to chat with you! I’m about to open my calendar for the rest of the year so let’s get it in the books.
Now please enjoy.
These strange summer days don’t lend themselves well to the bustle of big city life. I’m spending most of my working time in fields, sprawled parks, and lots + lots of private property. But this evening, this perfectly golden evening, we got the best of both worlds – a quiet, socially distanced, oasis just above the crowded sidewalks and foggy glasses.
Maggie + Tim are getting married this fall. Years ago, when they met for the very first time, Maggie began to keep a journal about their time together. She just knew. And on this perfect, quiet evening, she let Tim in on her little secret. He read those pages for the first time and learned all about the moment Maggie knew they’d get married one day.
When we bought our house three years ago, I dreamed of turning this little room into the perfect nursery for our first baby. I had color schemes + furniture ideas long before it was time. When I saw those two lines on the test last spring, my heart couldn’t believe that I was finally going to be able to design the nursery of my dreams. When we went to the doctor last summer and heard the words “It’s a girl,” I quickly went to work searching for the perfect “not ballerina, Lisa Frank, or bubblegum” pink.
The only career I can think of that could potentially be as fulfilling as photography would be interior design. My free time is spent scouring Zillow, and all my spending money goes towards wall decor and rugs. This little project is my favorite, not just because I did end up finding the perfect shade of pink , but because I’ve waited for a nursery like this one for a very long time.
I wanted this room to be a calm space for a new baby, and her exhausted parents filled with nature and reminders of the days and prayers it took to get her here. I started with paint colors. We added shiplap to the wall behind her crib to add a little texture to the room. I then decided on this furniture set because of its simplicity and ability to grow with Freya. We slowly added the rug, blinds + curtains, and a new light fixture. We have built in shelves in a handful of spaces within our home, and I’m a big fan of painting the interior of those a darker color to let the items on the shelf shine, so we painted these shelves a maroon color found in the art hanging above the crib.
We filled the rest of the room with personal details like the bookshelves Stephen built. We bought the stuffed alpaca on her shelf the day before we found out we were pregnant. I’ve saved those hexagonal mirrors for years waiting to hang them in a nursery. That “nap time” door hanger hung on my door as a baby, and the rest of the room is filled with our beautiful maternity photos by Drzazga Photo.
My favorite detail in the room just may be the sign hanging above her changing table because it was made with the track and letters from the church sign where my dad pastors. Right now, it reads lyrics from an Andrew Belle song. We saw him live for the second or third time last year on my birthday – the day I told Stephen he was going to be a dad.
I still take a deep breath every time I step into this room.
It’s a constant reminder of answered prayers and of this sweet girl called Freya that we can’t imagine our lives without.
This time of year is always the craziest for me. Editing all the fall weddings + sessions, designing last minute wedding albums before Christmas, and getting ready for all of those exciting holiday engagements. This year, it feels a little extra crazy. We’re getting a nursery set up, packing hospital bags, and folding all the baby clothes.
As my season ends every year, I get a little nostalgic. Being pregnant has made this the most nostalgic year yet. I’ve spent quite a bit of time lately thinking about how wonderful it has been to spend another year doing what I love, and meeting people who have changed me. I’m feeling overwhelmingly grateful to get to do what I truly love to do again and again. I knew that the last blog post I wrote before I left for maternity leave had to be a good one, and I don’t think I’ll disappoint.
Kendra + Brad’s wedding was lovely from start to finish. I’ve spent a few weekends this year at the Lake Erie Building and I love seeing it transform each time. This day was all Kendra + Brad. They made custom stickers and cozies for their guests. Kendra is a fashion designer and designed her dress, along with her bridesmaids’. And they had my absolute favorite guest book I’ve ever seen.
So with this wedding, I say farewell to 2019, and a big fat welcome to 2020.
Venue | Lake Erie Building
Catering | Thyme Catering
Bride’s Dress | Designed by Bride – Lovers + Friends LA
Groom’s Tux | Express
Florals | Life In Bloom
Rings | Desert Wholesale Diamonds
Music | The Perfect Choice
Video | Racquel Ray
It was the first day that the temperatures had dropped just enough to remind us that fall was coming. Greg + Deana have built their life together. They have two precious kids (you’ll see quite a bit of them soon) who they spent all their most special wedding moments with. If you watch my instagram stories, you may have seen a couple of these photos already. One of my favorite moments of the day was when Greg surprised Deana with a painting of one of her favorite engagement photos. Her face was everything.
Greg + Deana’s wedding had all the elements to make a wedding day feel good. They spent the whole day on this gorgeous property, allowing plenty of time to spend with the ones they love most. I hope that when they look back at these images years from now, it brings them right back to the perfectly “just cool enough” day that they vowed to spend their lives together.
Venue | Hines Hill
Catering | Old Carolina Barbeque
Bride’s Dress | Galleria Gowns
Groom’s Tux | Men’s Wearhouse
Florals | The Petal Place
Desserts | Cake + Donuts
Calligraphy | The Bride
Painting | Melanie Domzalski
DJ | Cleveland Music Group
This season has been so full of wonderful clients + gorgeous weddings that I haven’t had a chance to share much with you. We’ve got a lot to catch up on.
In case this blog is the only way you keep up with what’s going on in my life, I’m having a baby! Navigating a summer / fall full of work and pregnancy has been a new experience but honestly not nearly as difficult as I had prepared myself for. Slowly becoming a mom myself has given me a whole new perspective on the importance of photos not just in the milestone moments, but in all the in betweens, too. I’m already thinking about how important it’s going to be to capture each little phase of our sweet baby’s life, and I’m so excited that I get to give that to other people.
My business looks a lot different than it did when I began. For the first few years, I only worked with couples but I’m so glad that’s changed. Weddings + Engagements are still my jam, but the opportunity to work with people in all different phases of life has been such a pleasure. Many of my weeks look like nothing but babies and little kids and I’m loving it.
I’ve known the beautiful girl in these photos since I was probably 12 years old. Life has changed drastically for both of us since then, but I was so excited when she reached out for photos of her + her husband, along with their 4 gorgeous children.
When I take family photos, we let the kids run around. They pick flowers and find rocks. Let them explore and the smiles will come.
I’m so excited to let you know that mini sessions are happening again this year!
Saturday, June 27 at Wade Oval
Sunday, June 28 at Hines Hill in CVNP
Who are Mini Sessions for?
Everyone! Families, Engagements, Senior Portraits, Maternity, Newborn, Couples – Bring your friends. Include your pets. Get some new head shots!
Mini sessions can include up to 5 people.
How many images will I get?
I’ll upload a gallery of the edited images taken during your session. From your gallery, you can choose 8 of your favorites to download for free with the option to purchase prints and/or digital downloads of the rest of the images in your gallery.
How long will my session take?
Mini Sessions are 20 minutes!
How much does it cost?
A mini session is $155.
How long will it take for us to receive our images?
Your photos will be done and ready to download within 3-4 weeks.
What happens if the weather is bad on my mini session day?
Sessions will continue unless there is heavy rain and/or Thunderstorms. If our scheduled date is rained out, sessions will continue on our rain date at the same times.
Saturday, June 27th’s rain date is Saturday, July 18
Sunday, June 28th’s rain date is Sunday, July 19
If both the session date and the rain date are cancelled due to weather, you have the choice of receiving a full refund, or putting the money towards a discounted full session with This Lovely Light to take place within 3 months of our mini session date. Cancellation because of weather is at the sole discretion of This Lovely Light.
Just as a reference, you can expect a minimum of 60 images from a full session, and all those images can be downloaded at no additional cost!
How much do I have to pay to book my spot?
Because of the limited spots available, I require your entire session fee up front to hold your spot.
I’ve been looking forward to Madison + Jason’s wedding since December 20, 2017 – the day Madison first inquired. It quickly became clear that we were a match made in wedding heaven, and their engagement session the following summer definitely confirmed that.
I was honestly so excited to wake up this beautiful June day and watch Madison + Jason finally have the wedding they’ve been waiting for. Their love for each other is evident in every laugh, hand hold, and sweet word they say to each other. Their first look felt like a movie you’ve been waiting years to see, and her walk down the aisle was the culmination of all the days + years before them.
Sometimes when I shoot a wedding, I feel like a vendor they’ve hired for the day – maybe because I am.
But my favorite weddings are the ones where I feel like an old friend. This was one of those.
I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to see your newlywed life unfold together. You’re going to be so dang great at this marriage thing, and at everything else life throws your way.
Venue | Tenk West Bank
Catering | Marigold Catering
Hair + Makeup | Makeup by Madison & Co.
Bride’s Dress | La Blanca Bridal
Groom’s Tux | Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaid’s Dresses | Vici Dolls
Florist | Lowe’s Greenhouse
Desserts | WildFlour Bakeshop
Stationery | Ting Stationery
Videographer | Emily Schutz
DJ | Flash Jam Entertainment
Transportation | Platinum Party Bus
This was a wedding two years in the making for me. As soon as I heard Mike + Denise’s vision for what they wanted it to be, I was in.
Denise is a wedding planner, and it showed in every tiny, personalized detail – from their homemade jam as wedding favors to the way they honored all their family before them. Mooreland Mansion was the perfect setting for their perfect day.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. After years of shooting countless weddings, there are still [frequent] moments that make me cry. During their first look, Mike + Denise read each other some of the most thoughtful, meaningful, and well written words I’ve ever heard. I cried my way through the whole thing.
When I get to spend my weekends at weddings as special as this one, it’s a challenge to make sure my photos do these moments justice. I hope that as you scroll through these images, you’ll feel just a portion of the emotions that were present this day.
Venue | Mooreland Mansion
Catering | Normandy Catering
Hair + Makeup | Blushing Beauty Salon
Bride’s Dress | BHLDN
Groom’s Tux | Macy’s
Bridesmaid’s Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids
Florist | Amanda Joy Events
Desserts | Hummingbird Bake Shop, Mason’s Creamery
Stationery | Minted, Beacon Lane, Paper Love Club
Videographer | JV Weddings
DJ | A Bride’s DJ
Greg, Deana, and their two sweet babies.
Oh, how I can’t wait to photograph this wedding.