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Madison + Jason | A Cleveland Wedding at Tenk West Bank

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.

Madison + Jason,

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

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Kylie + Paul | A Cuyahoga Valley National Park Engagement Session

Man, this winter’s been brutal. I’m the first one to appreciate a good snow storm, and I really don’t even mind getting bundled up to go outside. I generally really enjoy the winter time. But by the time March rolls around, I just want to be outside again. So on this particular twelve degree day, we did just that.

Kylie + Paul were referred to me by another photographer who wasn’t available to shoot their wedding, but if you ask me, it all feels a little like fate. Their wedding this October is actually on my own wedding anniversary, and if I’m being honest, I turned down a couple weddings for that day because I intended to keep the weekend open to celebrate with my husband. But once I learned all about Kylie + Paul, the wedding they’re having and the kind of people they are, there was no way I could turn them down.

Kylie + Paul live in Wheeling, WV and ventured to the arctic white north for their engagement session. I was so excited to finally meet them, and man they didn’t disappoint. They have no more experience in front of a camera than any other engaged couple, but their chemistry made all the difference. When two people are in love, and they allow themselves to forget about how cold it is, or what’s going on around them for a second, I can get images like these – open mouth laughs, genuine “warm me up” cuddles, and a little taste of what their love looks like in a single still frame. As an added bonus, we got to hang out with my friend Nick. He’s their wedding videographer, and he captured this whole session in motion! I can’t wait to see what kind of magic he worked.

Kylie + Paul,
I had the most incredible time getting to know both of you just a little bit better.
I’m happy to share October 12 with you. <3

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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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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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Alivia & James – A Rocky River Park Maternity Session

Having your picture taken can feel weird sometimes. You’re meeting someone new who’s about to point their camera in your face for an extended period of time. Although this is my job, I try to never forget that the time I spend with my clients is unique and probably not something they’re very used to. I love that the majority of the photos I take involve two people in love, because that usually makes the difference between “What do I do with my hands?” and “This isn’t so bad at all.”

When you love someone, you know what makes them laugh. You know where they’re ticklish. You know just what to do to ease the “I’m getting my photo taken” jitters. James did just that. He had Alivia laughing the whole time. Their undeniable chemistry plus the magic of Ohio’s elusive April sunshine helped me knock this session out of the park.

I can’t wait to see these two become a family of three so soon.

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Jazelle & Aaron – A Valley Forge National Park Engagement Session

Sometimes I like to trace the timeline of my life to map out all the things that brought me to this beautiful life I’m living now. It’s amazing to me how one decision can change the course of your life. Moving to Philadelphia was my one decision. When I graduated high school, I packed my bags and headed to a college hundreds of miles from home. If I wouldn’t have made that choice, I never would have met my husband, or the best friends I’ve ever known. I also never would have met Jazelle.

I met Jazelle 6 years ago at a Super Bowl Party. Stephen was living in an apartment with a few of our good friends who decided to throw a party. Our friend Allen had really talked her up, and said that her and I would get along great. He definitely wasn’t wrong.

6 years is a long time. We were both in such different places in our lives. Stephen and I were recently engaged, and I was in the middle of some major health issues that I was really worried about. Jazelle was in school, and hadn’t yet met the love of her life. Soon, I moved away and got married, and Jazelle and I stayed internet friends. I watched her life change from a distance, and she watched my business grow. 6 years after that party, I got to come back to where it all began and meet her other half, Aaron. He’s everything I imagined for her and more.

Jazelle told me that she knew she wanted me to be the one to document it all as soon as she got engaged. Ever want to make me cry? Say something like that to me.

Their November wedding at Terrain can’t come soon enough!

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Brandie & Austin – A Cleveland Heights Engagement Session

This morning, I came down the stairs and rounded the corner to make some breakfast. But when my feet landed on the floor and my eyes towards the kitchen, I saw Stephen standing at the stove making his usual breakfast of bacon and eggs. Instead of joining him right away, I just stood from a distance. It was probably only 30 seconds or so, but that moment is one I’ll always hold tight. I realized I’ve been doing this a lot lately. It’s like the moments we spend together aren’t enough – like the only way I can truly soak him in is to step away and take myself out of the equation.

Today is our tenth Valentine’s day together and somewhere through the years, we’ve transitioned from spending a long weekend of snow tubing in the Poconos to an exciting afternoon of replacing the drain in our bathroom sink. But if I’m being totally honest, I’m so much more in love with the man who is fixing our drain tonight than the one who whisked me away a decade ago.

OUR COMMITMENT TO EACH OTHER HAS ALLOWED OUR LOVE TO GROW IN A WAY I NEVER COULD HAVE IMAGINED.

There are so many things I hope & pray for all my clients, but lately it’s been for the kind of love that makes you stop at the bottom of the stairs. When I spent that rainy January morning with Brandie & Austin, it was so clear to me that they’ve got it.

The way she looked at him. The way he held her.

They’ve just got it.