Joelle & James-Country Wedding in Lancaster, Ohio

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Every detail of Joelle & James’ wedding was carefully planned & personalized.  When I initially met with them, James gave me the tour of their property & told me about all of his building projects in the works for the big day.    I am amazed by what he put together–from hand built benches that they covered with vintage quilts, to a huge pergola to host the dinner reception & the awesome lattice arch under which they took their vows–it was nothing short of incredible.

Joelle had her creativity in high gear as well.  She made rag banners to line the barn, a tree with frames painted in their wedding colors & tons of accents on the reception tables & throughout the barn and around the property.  Did I mention that she also crafted her own bouquet?  It was nothing short of fabulous with succulents accenting the beautiful roses & a wrap including family vintage brooches.  I was smitten!  Maybe a new career is in the cards.

The ceremony was personalized by a friend of James’ & music performed by Joelle’s brother.  After the ceremony, the dinner catered by James & Joelle’s favorite Mexican restaurant, gave new meaning to the perfect reception dining experience.  They had an assortment of tacos, toppings & sauces for everyone to personalize their dinner just the way they liked it.  After dinner, the naked cake was adorable & made by none other than James’ mother.  After the official cake cutting, I saw something that has never happened in my over 20 years photographing weddings.  Joelle & James hosted a food fight–actually a cake fight–with ponchos to protect the clothing of family & friends included.  Can I just say it was the funniest reception activity ever.  Everyone who participated had a blast–especially the kids–some to the point of needing to be hosed off once all the cake was gone.   It was definitely a wedding to be remembered by all the family & friends!  I wish Joelle & James a future filled with much happiness–& lots more fun!

Owen-4 year photo session-Rock Mill Park, Lancaster, OH photography

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I had the pleasure of meeting up with Owen & his grandma to take photos to celebrate his upcoming 4’th birthday.  He is such a handsome little man, with quite a personality, & so polite.  He knows what he likes, that’s for sure!  He was fine with photos, but as we made our way around the park, he also knew when we had taken enough at each spot.  He was ready to be on the move, but had such great manners when he let us know.  He is such a smart little guy & loved getting to explore different areas of the park.  He also likes to work.  He found several “jobs” to do to help out with at the park involving filling a large hole in one of the big rocks outside the mill.  He was trying to convince grandma to stay even after we were done with the photos so he could finish up.  All the young ladies need to check out this guy.  A guy after my heart–smart,  great manners, a hard worker & good looking–what more could a girl ask for.

Enjoy the sneak peek from Owen’s session–lots more to come!

Suzi & Adam-Wedding at Clearcreek/Clearcreek Metro Park-Hocking Hills photography-Lancaster, Oh Photographer

What a beautiful private wedding Suzi & Adam had at Clearcreek in the Hocking Hills!  I didn’t have the opportunity to meet Suzi & Adam before their wedding day.  All of their wedding planning involving me was done on-line and through lots of e-mails.  I even got to help them choose a location for their ceremony!  They knew that they wanted to get married in the Hocking Hills.  Suzi wanted a barn & fields.  As I was thinking about ideas for locations, I remembered several sessions that I photographed at Clearcreek that included all of the elements that they were looking for.

We met up with Connie Crist, their officiant & drove to the selected site.  The weather was cloudy & a bit misty, but the rain held off for us.  They brought their fur baby Rutti to observe their vows(& of course be in some photos!)  After Connie performed the ceremony & made it all official, it was time to complete the paperwork & we explored the area & got some absolutely stunning photos.  I have to say after over 20 years of photographing weddings, I have developed a love of getting to photograph the smaller, intimate weddings!  Thank you Suzi & Adam for letting me be a part of your special day!

Adley’s 1!-Baby, Child & Family Photographer- Hocking Hills, Logan, OH, Lancaster, Ohio

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How can it be that it seems like we were just welcoming Adley  into the world & doing her newborn photographs.  Now,  poof, just like that, she’s turning a year old.  She is developing quite the personality–Mom, Dad & Big Brother better watch out.  This little lady knows what she likes & she’s already got everyone wrapped around her finger.  I had so much fun working with this adorable little family again.  I always love heading down to the Hocking Hills & if it’s for work, so much the better!   Adley already was loving the bling when I pulled out the pearls for some photos.  She also happily went through several tutu changes.  When big brother Max wanted to take her for a ride in the wagon though, she was ready to go.  She hopped right in & let him pull her until he was tired of pulling her.  She clearly adores him & is ready to share in his “big kid” adventures.  It is so cute!   Enjoy the sneak peek from her session & few photos of their adventures.  Happy first birthday to Adley!

Kimberly-Maysville High School Senior @ Rockmill Park, Historic Downtown-Lancaster Ohio Photographer

I’m so happy that spring has finally arrived!  The weather caused us to have to reschedule Kimberly’s senior session which we originally tried to schedule back in the fall.  She wanted to skip winter altogether & then we started trying for spring–same story–coldwave, rain–gotta love Ohio’s weather variety–until you are trying to schedule outdoor photos.  Kimberly is the baby of her family & the third sister who I have had the pleasure of photographing.

We ventured to Rockmill to start out her senior session.  Since they had never been there before, Kim & her mom had fun exploring the place.  She brought her plaid & cowboy boots, so we took care of the “country” look with the barn.  We used a lot of the awesome spots around the park to change up Kimberly’s look.  Next we headed to Downtown Lancaster–another of my favorites.  We caught the tulips at Fairfield Federal at just the perfect time.  I always love to see those every spring, because that means that spring has officially arrived.   There were other people around the downtown area also doing senior photos & some were just stopping to photograph the tulips & some of the other flowers in bloom throughout the area.  I think that’s one of my favorite reasons for downtown Lancaster being one of my “go to” spots for sessions.  It’s always changing & evolving–different looks at different times of year & even different times of day.  Enjoy Kimberly’s sneak peek & enjoy spring!

Ashley & Eric-Lancaster, Oh wedding photography at Cheers Chalet-Lakeside

What a beautiful spring day it was for Ashley & Eric’s wedding at Cheers Chalet!  Flowering trees in bloom & warm spring temperatures–finally!  The gorgeous coral & turquoise color palette that Ashley chose was absolutely perfect!  Beginning with the silk robes that were bridesmaid’s gifts, to the bridesmaid’s gowns, the groom & groomsmen’s ties, the flowers & the reception decor–the colors popped & made it obvious that spring is in the air.

2016 Fulton Relays at Lancaster High School

The 2016 Fulton Relays at Lancaster High School featured senior night. Congratulations to all the student athletes & their families!

Keirstan-Berne Union High School Senior-Lancaster High School Photography

It’s time for all of the last minute senior photography now that spring is finally here! This is a quick second round of Kierstan’s senior photo session.  She’s an amazing 3 sport athlete & we already did some volleyball & basketball photos as part of her senior photo session, but she didn’t have her softball uniform back in the fall.  We met up at Berne Union on a chilly spring morning to get these.  I have to say of all the sports photos that we did, I’m thinking these are my favorites.  The sports photos are not usually my favorites from any of the senior sessions that I do, but these may be the exception.  I just love her expressions.  She’s such a gorgeous girl & her eyes are so expressive.  I loved getting to get creative on these!

Enjoy the sneak peek & best luck to Kierstan & her team on another successful season!  Hopefully the season will be as good as volleyball & basketball were this year! Graduation day is coming fast!

Jennifer & Ryan-Wedding- The Boat House at Confluence Park in Downtown Columbus

Jennifer & Ryan’s wedding at The Boat House at Confluence Park in Downtown Columbus was absolutely beautiful.  The ceremony was set in the ballroom with the sparkling chandeliers that gave just the right amount of light & sparkles.  The beautiful coral floral arrangements with the  seashell vases were a perfect pop of spring color along with bringing visions of the beach.  Speaking of flowers, the tulips were absolutely gorgeous & the nautical details fit the theme of The Boat House to a t.

It was an early spring sunny but brisk day.  Jennifer & Ryan opted to take advantage of the scenic views for the posed photos.  We had a lot of fun out on the deck overlooking the Columbus skyline.  I photographed one of the couples in the wedding party’s wedding a few years back & we were trying to decide whose wedding won for the coldest.  If it wasn’t for the wind, it wouldn’t have been as cold, but they were all troopers.  We did decide to do the large family photos with the kids & the family in the ballroom.  After that we headed back out to the deck for some pics with the whole bridal party & some gorgeous photos of Jennifer & Ryan with the skyline.

The reception continued their nautical theme with more of the bright springy accents.  After a fantastic dinner, it was time for the rest of the reception festivities.  The dance floor was full for the whole evening & they capped off their evening with a sparkler sendoff.  I loved being a part of their wonderful wedding day & wish them a lifetime of happiness.  Enjoy the sneak peek of their day!

Zahara & Logan-Columbus, Ohio Wedding Photography

What are the chances, that in Ohio, I would have two weddings in February & be able to do lots of the photos outdoors without any snow being involved?  Well, it happened & I’m the first one not complaining!  February weddings usually involve cold, often snow & often the possibility of some of the guests not being able to make it.  That was definitely not the case this year!  Zahara & Logan chose Westgate Park event center as their venue.  It was decorated on the inside with lots of winter sparkle & we got to take advantage of the outdoors too–win-win.  After photographing Zahara’s mother’s wedding a few years back, I knew to expect a wonderful décor.  I was not disappointed!  There were so many beautiful, personal touches & lots of sparkle & bling–which I love!  Turquoise was the key color–with lots of sparkle & twinkling lights.  Speaking of sparkle & bling–can we talk about Zahara’s shoes.  I was smitten!  I could never in a million years walk in them, but I fell in love nonetheless!

The ceremony started out with the wedding party entering as normal, but then, can you say “flower grannies.”  Yes, their grandma’s were their flower girls–how adorable is that?  They performed their flower granny duties with perfection–so cute!  Their vows which they wrote themselves went along with the personal theme.  They were a great insight into both of their personalities & their relationship.  After the ceremony we headed out for some outdoor photos & wrapped up taking advantage of the gorgeous sunset.  Nothing better than sunset wedding photos–so romantic!  Back inside they danced their first dance–& really rocked it!  The dinner was fabulous, followed by lots of heartfelt toasts.   We wrapped up a few more group photos & Zahara & Logan got to party & mingle the rest of the evening in their sparkly winter wonderland!

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