Bridget + Nick //Ampersand Bay & Resort in the Adirondack Mountains

This weekend was one that’s impossible to forget. I learned pretty quickly why Bridget and Nick hold these mountains so close to their hearts and decided to get married amongst them. We arrived a few days prior and had such a lovely time exploring, hiking, checking out the local go-to’s and immersing ourselves in it all. Bridget’s family vacationed here quite a lot, mostly because her late father loved it so much. It was such an emotional day, but so special. After the ceremony, Nick’s dad took us out on a boat and we happened upon a cluster of islands to explore and take portraits on. We later deemed it sh*t island once we realized it was frequented by the local birds - but beautiful still.

Their reception started just as the sun dipped below the horizon and I remember smiling ear-to-ear while capturing the emotional and warm toasts given by family and friends. We met so many new friends all from back home and even had the chance to see the Milky Way at the very end of the night. I had never seen it so clear before.

Bridget and Nick, thank you a thousand times over for including us in this day. It means so much.

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Alia + Tyler // Woodsy Wedding in Sunman, Indiana

This day was as magical as it gets. The Reckman Family Farm in Sunman, Indiana holds a special place in my heart (beyond the obvious natural beauty that it provides) because it's the place I shot one of my first ever weddings. It's one of the most calm and serene places you could imagine and it was the perfect place for Alia and Tyler to get married. It had been sweltering hot in the weeks prior, but the weather magically turned into what felt like a cool, autumn day with slightly overcast skies. It could not have been better.

The love and kindness in the air was SO palpable. I honestly had never seen or felt anything like it. Alia and Tyler's closest friends and family were there to witness the day and I could see why after being stopped more times than I could count - so many thanked me graciously for being there to document their wedding. I swear, at least twenty people did just this. It was so humbling to experience. I can't thank these two enough for allowing Zac and I to be there with them and witness these moments. It could not have been better. Scroll and check it out to see what I mean, Billy Jean. 

Hannah & Nick // Summer Wedding in Mariemont, Ohio

This wedding was the gemmiest of gems if it could be one! Hannah and Nick are some of the most kind humans I've ever met and it was a privilege to spend a whole day with them, surrounded by those they love and cherish most. They chose to not do a first look (I kinda love this traditional feel sometimes), and there was so much love and built-up emotion leading to the moment they saw each other down the aisle. All of the festivities took place within a one-mile radius of a cute, old town called Mariemont, Ohio. We live less than a mile from this spot, so it felt like home from start to finish.

Hannah got ready at her childhood home and Nick at an historic inn just down the road. It was one of the hottest days EVER, but it was so so worth witnessing all the laughs, tears, and emotions of the day. Their reception took place in a beautiful sailcloth tent in a nearby park, decorated in the most beautiful of ways (see the amazing vendor list at ze bottom) - not to mention they had a surprise for their guests mid-way through involving soft serve ice cream. I promise you won't be disappointed, so take a minute to see the amazingness that was Hannah and Nick's wedding day last month. 

The AMAZING vendors involved in making this day possible: 

Ceremony Location: Mariemont Chapel

Reception Location: Bell Tower Park

Florals : Eve Floral Co.

Tent/Furniture Rental: All Occasions Events

Catering: Garnish Catering

Make-Up: Cynthia Crist - Art of Makeup Collective

Hair: Cassandra Doyle - Hair Love By Cassie

Bride's Dress: Pronovias Atelier // Lace Bridal Boutique

Groom/Groosmen Attire: Joseph A. Bank

Videography: Little Brown Dog Productions

Ice Cream Truck: Johnny's Creamy Whip

 

Taking a Spin Around Cincinnati // Olivia + Nick Engagement Session

We chased the light and dodged the rain on a Sunday evening and I'd do it a million times over. Olivia and Nick have a special kind of love that dates years and years back - I loved hearing the story of how they came to be where they are now. We took a spin on Nick's motorcycle down into Kentucky to grab some blueberry soft serve ice cream and catch the sunset. It was quite the time and I can't wait to photograph their wedding this fall. Check it and press play, mmkay?

Ann Marie + Steven: Montrose Beach, Chicago, IL // Sunrise Engagement Session

To truly convey the beauty that was this morning on Montrose Beach in Chicago would be so difficult, but here we go. It started at 5am with the most brilliant sunrise on Lake Michigan. The sun put on quite a show with the most radiant colors of pink and orange filling up every corner of the morning. It was simply breathtaking to see where the sea glass-colored water met the warm-hued sky.

Steven and Ann Marie are new friends of mine and displayed the most gentle, giving and kind love. We went to the same spot where Steven proposed a few months prior, and they recounted what was a very different and snow-covered scene. I kid you not, tears well up in my eyes when I think about how much Steven and Ann Marie beam their love for one another. They had such a natural way of laughing, hugging and enjoying one another's presence. There were a few times I just sat in awe of them, perfectly framed by the sun's early morning hello. I'd go back to this morning as many times I could if I had the chance. Come re-live it with me and scroll to see for yourself. Okay? Okay. 

Alia + Tyler // OTR, Cincinnati Engagement

Everyone, meet Alia and Tyler! These two are special and were so fun to photograph. They wanted to do something a little different of their engagement photos, so we found a lovely and simple space to take some studio-like portraits of them. I was completely up for the challenge of getting creative with only one window and a white wall to work with. There's something so beautiful about creating images with a couple in love in such a simple space. Let the cuteness ensue! 

Leslie + Ajay: The Steam Plant // Dayton, OH //

This day was a vision at The Steam Plant in lil Dayton, Ohio. You'll see why in a second. Every little detail had a meaning and purpose behind it. The bride Leslie, is a super talented graphic designer (of course she designed the gorgeous invites) and she and her now husband, Ajay, had such style and personality at every turn of their wedding day. They were such a fun pair to photograph along with their wedding party that involved all of their siblings. It was an overcast day, but man, that didn't stop us from having a kickass time. Get to scrolling and enjoy, friends! 

 

Thank you to all the wonderful and amazing vendors involved!

Venue: The Steam Plant // Florals: Bear Roots Florals // Dress: Grace Loves Lace // Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN // Groomsmen Ties: The Tie Bar // Invite Suite: Leslie Becker of Ephemera Studio // Reception Band: The Clyde Brown Band // Hair + Make-Up: The Village Salon and Spa // Cake: The Bakeist // Catering: Brock Masterson

Jessie + Andrew: In-Home One Year Anniversary Session // Over-The-Rhine, Cincinnati

There are a million ways to celebrate a milestone, especially an anniversary. Jessie and Andrew married last year and decided to do a session at their home on a typical Sunday as a way to acknowledge their first year of marriage - it was a true delight. Jessie kneaded her homemade sourdough bread while Andrew brewed pour-over coffee as the early morning light swept the span of their home in OTR. It was so lovely to chat with them and hear how they've changed and grown together since saying, "I do". Jessie even pulled out her wedding dress and Andrew, his suit jacket, reminiscing and recounting all the happenings of their wedding day. It was such a joy to witness and document these moments for them. Every little detail in their home has a story behind it and just being there felt so meaningful. Their hope is to have an anniversary session done every year to capture how they have evolved as individuals and also together - to capture how they continue to choose and love one another.

So, here's to one year and counting for these lovebirds!