Myrtle Beach 2017
My day with Barry and Jeni started with the girls' getting ready in their cabin At Trails End in Logan, Ohio. It was a pretty warm day and there was some rain in the forecast but we never got more than a few sprinkles. Jeni had her hair done by Chelsea Heimberger from 2 The Maxx Hair and Nail Salon and her makeup was done by Monica Searing. Everyone was relaxed and excited to get dressed (especially Ellie, Jeni and Barry's daughter) and shoot some portraits before heading to the venue in Lancaster, Ohio, Ale House 1890.
I'd had dinner at the venue before, a really cool little restaurant in the Downtown Main Street area of Lancaster, but I had never been to their banquet space. I'm going to admit, when I walked in I had a mild panic attack. The space is beautiful with moody lighting, exposed brick walls, amazing metal lighting fixtures, stunning church-like windows on one end with a bar on the other and a fabulous outdoor 2nd floor patio for some fresh air and cool views of the hills around the city. But the space is long and narrow, perfect for a smaller guest list, but not much room for a rambunctious photographer to move around without having to step in front of people. I apologized to a few of the guests ahead of time and we giggled about the challenge ahead of me (which I fully accepted.... and ROCKED, I might add ;) and we got underway.
The ceremony was short but beautifully perfect as the bride and groom said their vows, lit their unity candle and had their first kiss as husband and wife. The guys looked very dapper in their suits from OP Gallo. Jeni was stunning in her ivory chiffon Vera Wang fit-and-flare gown from David's Bridal as she carried a bouquet of white calla lilies, feather leaf fern and baby's breath that her bridesmaid, Corinne, put together for her. Jeni purchased the flowers for the girls' bouquets from Flowers of the Good Earth in Lancaster.
After Jeni and Barry were declared husband and wife the party got underway. With tunes provided by Jim Neader, the happy couple had their first dance and the father/daughter dance and mother/son dance as guests feasted on appetizers and drinks before digging into a beautiful "naked cake" of almond and almond buttercream cake with fresh berries, made by Megan Collins, sister-in-law of the bride.
Everything about this wedding was perfect and short and sweet. This was a special event for me because Barry is my nephew and lots of our family was there and I actually received an invitation for this wedding, whiiiiiiiich kinda makes me eligible to eat wedding cake! ;)
I was contacted a few months ago by Basic Invite, asking if I would be interested in writing a wedding photography feature about myself and my work for their blog. I finally submitted one, it was accepted and it went live on Friday!! It's so exciting to finally have my first (of many to come) feature!!! It's about my style of shooting and how to get natural interaction images for an engagement session, featuring (of course) Jesse & Justin's AMAZING engagement session at Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio.
Jesse and Justin met at yoga, which I thought was only for modern day fairy tales. I mean, does that really happen? ;) I met Jesse and Justin at Starbucks in Canal Winchester in October for their wedding consultation and I was elated when they chose me as their wedding photographer. On a beautiful day in April we shot their engagement session at Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio. I have to tell you, there aren't a lot of times that I get really jealous, especially when I'm shooting. I'm always just so happy for a couple so in love and getting married, starting their lives together, but this time I couldn't help it. The way Jesse and Justin love each other is so extraordinary. Quirky. And true. The way Justin opens the car door for her, every time. The way she looks at him... I am so incredibly thankful to have met these two and that they chose me to bless with their engagement and wedding photography. I can't even tell you how much I am looking forward to their wedding at Amelita Mirolo Barn in Upper Arlington!! Here's just a tiny little peek into their engagement session! Can't you just tell how in love they are?
Make sure to congratulate them and give them best wishes in the comments below and click here to contact me about availability for your wedding or engagement photos! Happy viewing! <3
Being asked to shoot a wedding for a friend of a friend is always special. It feels good to know the people who know me best have enough appreciation for my wedding photography that they will refer me to the people they love the most.
Lisa and Joe were just that; referrals from a friend. Their day started and ended at a beautiful location in the Hocking Hills area, which, if you have never been there.. you don't know what you're missing and I suggest you add that to you "Things To Do This Summer" list!!! I grew up not far from here so it was even more special for me.
The groom started his day getting ready at the couples' cabin and the bride was in the bridal suite of the venue, Hocking Hills Weddingmoons, a beautiful, intimate venue outside the Old Man's Cave area of the Hocking Hills. When it was time to walk down the aisle, you could feel the emotion in the room and just how incredibly happy Lisa and Joe were to finally become husband and wife. Surrounded by their families and friends they said their I-do's and then switched into party mode.
Lisa left no details unforgotten and everything had her personal touch as their guests enjoyed the evening.
Many blessings and best wishes to Lisa and Joe!!