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.
“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.”
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.
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
Have you ever looked through your parents’ wedding album? There’s something so special about seeing where it all began. Comparing the dress you just bought to the one your mom wore 30 years ago. Or seeing old photos of your uncle with a moustache and your aunt in all her shoulder padded bridesmaid glory. Something about these photos brings it all back. I bet your dad can remember the funniest parts of his best man’s speech. Your mom can almost smell her bouquet again. Prints & albums have a way of recalling those memories that may otherwise be forgotten.
This is true for so many different parts of your life. Your family will never be the same as they are now. Your kids will grow older, and they’ll get haircuts and braces. They’ll grow taller than you and soon your sweet girl won’t fit into her polkadot dress anymore. These are the times to remember.
When I’m taking your photos, I’m thinking about all of these things.
Covered in an array of luxurious European fabrics, this book looks like a million bucks.
10 spreads (20 pages) & your names on the cover.
Albums are 10×10.
Cover – Leather, suede, or linen in your choice of color
To begin the process of album design, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org Once we’ve decided on your cover material, I’ll ask for 10-15 of your favorite images from your wedding or session. From there, I’ll add in some of my favorites that help to tell your story. I’ll send you a mockup of your album, you can make one round of changes, and we’ll get it ordered.
The best time to order an album is within 6 months from the time you receive your gallery.
Once we’ve finalized our design, your album should arrive within 4-6 weeks.
Just the same as our classic album, but a little bit smaller.
(These are also perfect for portraits sessions.)
4 x 4 | 20 pages | Cover inscription
Stunning matte canvas, reclaimed wood, jute & copper accents.
To order a Lagniappe Canvas, just send me an email at email@example.com.
Meant to sit on a coffee table or shelf, or as a family heirloom to be passed on for generations to come.
*Please note that there are only 20 fine art prints pictured in the box above.
Prints can be ordered individually through your gallery.
“Like a river flows so surely to the sea,
Oh my darling so it goes, some things are meant to be.
So won’t you please just take my hand, and take my whole life too.
‘Cause I can’t help falling in love, in love with you.”
Photography has given me the chance to cross paths with so many wonderful people who I otherwise never would have met. I value that so very much. But there’s something extra special about being able to photograph old friends.
I’ve known Irwin since we were 13 years old, and Hannah just a few years shy of that. We went to different high schools, went to college a state apart and yet somehow now we find ourselves adults with real jobs and mortgages, living a mere 15 minute car ride away.
It’s funny how life works like that sometimes.
Hannah and Irwin have been married for 4 years now. They have a new home, and new walls to fill with memories together. In the middle of all the chaos that life has brought all of us lately, it was so good to spend an evening watching the sunset and listening to music with the two of them. When I look at these photos, I can’t help but think about how far we’ve all come. What would our 15 year old selves say about the way things are now. Did we ever think that we’d all be back together talking about having families and real, grown-up lives of our own?
I hope that these photos are the beginning of many memories to hang on their new walls – that one day these will be surrounded by photos of babies and school pictures, and that Hannah and Irwin will always remember to take a night to watch the sunset together.
“In open fields of wild flowers, she breathes the air and flies away.
She thanks her Jesus for the daisies and the roses in no simple language.
Someday she’ll understand the meaning of it all.”
It was the perfect summer night on the lake. We played some Copeland, walked through the perfectly unkept grass, and smelled the water’s air.
In the woods & on the beach.
Matthew & Amanda.