We had such a fun time with Mary and Joel in downtown Cleveland on Friday night! They were the most gracious hosts – inviting us into their home for some lifestyle images, and then exploring some of their favorite places downtown. Their love is so authentic and joyful – you can’t help but smile when you’re around the two of them! Even though we only spent a few hours together, I felt like I had known these two my whole life. I am so excited to document their wedding in October! Hope you enjoy some favorites of our time together :)
This anniversary session was something completely new. Nicole works for a local catering company, and we connected through a mutual friend. Her and her husband only have one photo of themselves in the six years they have been together, and she wanted a creative shoot that reflected who they were as a couple. I proposed the idea of a lifestyle cooking shoot in their home, since cooking is something that they love together. (I LOVE when clients give me the ability to think outside the box, and are willing to trust my ideas!) They have been hosting Sunday dinners at their home for the past several years; not only because cooking is something Nicole loves, but also because it’s how they love getting to know people — over a shared meal. And let me tell you, they are incredible at what they do!! Justin and Nicole invited my husband and I to share in the meal they would create for the photo shoot, and it was one of the best meals I’ve had in my life!
Justin and Nicole – I was so humbled to be invited into your home, and then to be able to share an amazing meal with you both was the perfect end to our time together. Thank you for serving us – for taking care of our dishes, encouraging us to eat seconds, and surprising us with a delicious dessert and coffee! Thank you for trusting my vision, being good sports (especially you, Justin!), and for a friendship that was formed over spaghetti and meatballs. This will always be one of my most favorite sessions I’ve ever captured because of your graciousness and hospitality. Love you both!
As the meal cooked, we had a half hour to slip away and grab some portraits of the two of them together, and I’m so thrilled with how they turned out!! Who would have known that Springfield could be so beautiful?! ;)
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: