From the bride….”Jake and I have been waiting for each other for over 8 years now. We’ve been longing for our wedding day since we’ve met each other. Our vision for this wedding is a joyful celebration of all the ways the Lord has blessed us in our past relationship and a day of thankfulness for finally allowing us to be married. Neither one of us truly believed that our wedding would ever come; the day itself will be an accumulation of 8 years of anticipation! I can’t even imagine how happy we’ll be after we say “I do!”
And she was right — from the beginning to the end of their wedding day, Jake and Emily were overjoyed, and it showed! I’ve never seen such an emotional groom – it was so obvious that he loves Emily with his whole heart and soul, and he couldn’t help but cry when he saw her for the first time, and said his vows to her because his heart was overflowing. It was an absolutely beautiful thing to witness, and I was wiping away tears at many points throughout their day! Also, I’m convinced that Emily is a real-life Disney princess because animals followed her around ALL day! I kept waiting for the birds to start chirping a song to her and landing on her shoulder. It honestly wouldn’t have surprised me! So be on the look out for some animal friends throughout these images ;) Jake and Emily, thank you for allowing us to capture these intimate, authentic images of your wedding day. You two have a once in a lifetime kind of love, and it’s incredibly inspiring to all those who know you. Love you both and wish you only the best!
As I was shooting these bridal portraits of Emily, I happened to glance over and catch this look on Jake’s face. Total admiration and love for his new wife. You’d better believe I was crying behind the camera for this one!!
Thank you to the amazing vendors that made this day possible:
Brooke + Jake were the first wedding of my 2015 season, and their day could not have been more perfect! Although the forecast predicted rain, there was nothing but sunshine for these two and we had such a fun time exploring Lancaster with them. It was our first time shooting at Little Brook Meadows, and it was such a darling venue! The amount of time and energy that Brooke and her family put into the details of the reception was truly phenomenal, and with a huge bridal party and tons of family members, their day was a party from start to end! It was beautiful to watch Brooke + Jake’s love for each other (with seriously one of the most precious first looks I’ve ever had the privilege of photographing…just wait until you see Jake’s reaction!!), and I’ve never seen so much laughter before on a wedding day! Such a testament to the genuine, joyful love that these two share :) Thank you both for allowing us to celebrate with you and to document your beautiful love story. It was such a joy! And a big shout out to Grant and Ashtyn for assisting me — couldn’t have done it without you guys and so thankful to have you both there :)
Many thanks to the incredible team that made this wedding a DREAM to shoot!!!
Despite the forecast, the rain stopped and the sun began to shine. Amberlin wore her mother’s wedding dress, Josh looked dapper in his suit, and they were surrounded by the most loving and fun bridal party I have ever met! The reception was held in the backyard of Amberlin’s childhood home in a beautiful, historical part of Troy, Ohio. The decorations were hand-made, as was the cake, and the love that the guests had for this couple was beyond belief. They are cherished and beloved by many, and it was a beautiful thing to step back and capture that. Josh and Amberlin, it was a true honor to be a part of your wedding day. I love your hearts for the Lord and the fact that you reflect Jesus in everything you do. I have no doubt that He has amazing plans to make you a powerful force for His kingdom as husband and wife. You two bring joy and laughter wherever you go, and your wedding was no exception to that. So thankful for our friendship, and we are truly so excited for you both! We love you and hope you enjoy some of our favorite moments of your wedding day.
*A special thanks to my awesome husband and second-shooter: Tim! He captured some of my most favorite shots of this wedding, especially the candid and emotion-filled moments. You’re the best babe!