April 6th was the best of all the days. It was a perfect 65 sunny day full of smiles and happy tears.
IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. I knew these two were in love, from how much Sarah mentioned Daniels name, but this day reflected the deep and intense bond that these two share. I was honored to be a part of it! Full of so many special moments, and animals, I just have to say..You truly don't understand how awesome Sarah is until you meet her family. Mama and Papa Laux, you raised one of the most sincere and warmest souls this world has been gracious enough to hold. No wonder Daniel was gravitated towards her!
Some highlights to make a few of you envious of their awesome day! A bridal brunch hosted at her parents (that filled the home full of close friends, good food, and love). Jambo got all dressed up to pose with Sarah. They had a pizza oven truck and ice cream bar!! Umm..Owls and Hawks for some extra arm candy! All while driving in style in Daniels mini coop!
The delicate, exotic and graceful orchid represents love, luxury, beauty and strength. The perfect representation of this stunning bride! Lighting and location are a huge part of getting that one great shot. So why not go somewhere you know you’ll get more than just one!? I love scouting for new locations, and rooftops are high up there!
My best friend got married!!!
September 8, 2018
*With full respect for the official photographer, I only captured moments of Lizzie’s big day before their arrival. Because who needs someone cramping on your style!*
With that being said. I am still so honored to have stood next to the now Mr. & Mrs. Dornon! Everything about that day was breath-taking. From the stunning bride, venue, baked goods, and catering. It was a dream come true. We had just enough time to capture bridal party pictures before the rain started and we had to head inside. It was amazing to see so many friends and family gather for Elizabeth and Grant. I think I only cried once during the ceremony! There were bets placed… I did NOT cry during my speech(That surprised myself!) and I lost my big toe nail the next day. What can I say…I love to dance!
Shady Elms Farm is so beautiful! Placed perfectly within the valleys of Pennsylvania, it’s quaint charm and scenic views, make it the perfect rustic wedding venue. Not to forget they have everything covered! Seriously, the easiest wedding planning I’ve ever been apart of.
I want to relive that day again as much as my son Alex does. I’ve never seen a little man dance that much!
I wish Lizzy and Grant the happiest of love and fortune as they continue on to their next chapter in life! Congratulations to the newlyweds!! I hope you enjoyed your day as much as everyone else!
Floral arrangements: @ShadyElmsFarm
Official Photographer: Rachel Rowland Photography (Go check out the rest of their day on her page!)
Ummmmm you guys...LOOK!!! Sweet baby Zelie joined the Frank family May 1st and I think it's safe to say she's fitting right in! Hardly a peep out of her and all the support needed from her big brother and sister!! You forget how soft they are at this age, how sweet the coos are, and how little those sweet noses are. Congratulations on reaching a new level of an adorable family! She is precious.
Just in time for brunch, Landon Jeffery Black was brought into the world on December 28, 2018, at only 6 lbs 14 oz. As small as he may seem, the impact he has on his parents is out of this world. He’s already holding his head high and full of curiosity. With your first, you know what’s to come, you’re called a mommy, you feel the kicks, but WOW you have no idea how much one little soul can take over your world. The sleepless nights are worth it, there will never be enough kisses, hugs, and snuggles. The soft fuzzy shoulders, the way their toes wrap around your fingers, how it seems only you can sooth him. With just a little touch of wizardry, this baby muggle will go far and beyond! I wish Josh and Kristen all the very best as they create all the new adventures and building such a strong foundation for little Landon. Such sweet moments you’ll cherish forever.
Say hello to the stunning Milana!! Like come on people….she is on fire! What do you get when you find an empty parking deck? WOMAN EMPOWERMENT! There is nothing like completely owning one picture…but what about a whole session?? A genuine smile, setting the mood, all eyes on you! It builds a fire within that will burn for ages.
You have moments in life that define you. That moment you realize that you’re graduating high school and flying out of the nest. Ethan is a few short months away from the big flight, but that’s not slowing him down! He’s got a great head on his shoulders with and even stronger support system. Here’s to your future and all the hard work ahead! You’ve got this!
Where do I even begin? Well, I can say this all began about a year ago. My first wedding. My first jump into what I love doing. My first, of many, learning experiences.
Flash forward a year and here we are again! Duska and her sisters, Milana and Alyssa agreed to meet me out at The Cleveland Museum of Art, to do a little revamp of what I truly wanted to create for them originally. Look at how beautiful they are! Faith (LooksbyFaith) came out to do their makeup and girl, can she work some magic! They look and felt like goddesses!!
I can not wait to continue to deliver this excitement to all my future brides! It truly was another day to remember!
Flowers: @acmefreshmarket (bouquets made by me)
Dirty boots, Train tracks, Rusty bolts, and…the Iconic Beatles crossing Abbey road walk?!(kind of!) The Murphy’s were so much fun! Downtown Hartville was beautiful as always. The sun was out for sure but that doesn’t stop anyone from smiling….it’s Ohio, you smile when the sun’s out! So happy you all came out! Best of luck to the kids on their next baseball and basketball seasons.
Hudson and Wesley are officially TWO!!! They are the cutest handful of energy ever! Plus they have hair goals woman wish they had. Meeting up with the Dickerhoof family is always a joy, but this time we met at Everett Covered Bridge. Such a beautiful spot to capture a beautiful family. The boys got to skip rocks with mommy and daddy, read their book together(Little blue truck is their favorite!), and made new memories together! We even found the big green toad!!
Show me your “Maui Muscles”!!
Singing you are my sunshine all evening.
Hugs and kisses for this little man! When you love music, trains, and getting down and dirty, where else would you go!? Downtown Hartville has THE BEST location for all these things. Just add suspenders and you have the ultimate cuteness package!
What's better than the Zoar historical gardens, cotton candy, and adorable cousins!? Nothing. It's been a hot summer and these two were troopers to say the least. What an honor it's been to capture every step of the way with little Kenton. From before his loving parents met him for the first time to his first birthday!! Happy first Kenton and Future happy first to his little cousin, Finn!
Side note: Those hibiscus’s are flipping ginormous!
What a beautiful bride and handsome groom on what could not have been a better August day! Here are just a few of my favorites from that day. Congratulations to the two of you! From your engagement pictures to your wedding day, I'm so thankful you asked me to capture it all. Here's to many more!
How crazy is it that four years ago, the chances of these two meeting were one in a million. Love was definitely in the air! During my own weddings cocktail hour, these two met for the first time. Paul being a good friend of my husbands and Sam being a friend of the family, their eyes met, the doves were released, the chimes sung loud…and all else was history! JUST KIDDING! the last part at least?! I hope you see doves fly and chimes sing on your own day! Love will be in the air for sure!
Don't worry guys..I'm still out of breath too! Maria KILLED IT! What started out as an awkward intro in the fitting room at T.J. Maxx (she walked out in this dress..I couldn't help but want to take her picture!) turned into such an amazing session! I hope she had as much fun as I did. It looks like she enjoyed that night and looked beyond STUNNING! Enjoy the extra touch of a real life bird eating from her hands! Just kidding! Although the finches usually will eat seed from your hands, this particular night they chose not to! So I decided to fix that.
FAMILY GOALS! Look at how adorable these boys are, let alone how much joy you can see they bring to their parents. It's been 20 years since I've been to the Canton Garden Center and 5+ since I worked with Caitlin! She looks like a garden goddess!! Time flies and her family is the sweetest most photogenic family ever! It was so wonderful meeting up with the Cheatwoods. Thank you for coming out in this crazy summer heat!
This little fisherman was all smiles for his lake side birthday session! Happy FIRST Birthday Ryker. Try to not get lost in those eyes!! *I couldn't narrow down my favorites*
I can not wait for their wedding this September! Bringing Bailey and Lily out for this session was a great idea. They are their fur babies, so why not! I adore all of you.
India. Lima.Oscar.Victor.Echo. Yankee.Oscar.Uniform.
Just look at the way they look at each other. Miles away, it'll never keep them apart. I loved meeting up with Nichole and Nick! What an amazing location!!
Top 3 statements:
"Well it looks like I need to get rich."
"I can't breathe."
On a quaint little horse farm, we found ourselves surrounded by beauty. My mother and I took a weekend to ourselves to step away from the usual. Sleeping Bear Dunes, Wineries galore, and stunning views. It truly is Pure Michigan. 17 wine tours later and enough cherries to last…a week(Cherries are my favorite!), it was hard to pack up and travel back home! I even had the chance to capture a beautiful ceremony 400 feet up on sand dunes and a bachelorette party celebrating their bride! Thank you to our Air-bnb hostess and all the wonderful people who brought joy to our trip!
Places to visit if you ever find yourselves up in Glen Arbor:
Sleeping Bear Dunes
Cherry Republic (Cherry EVERYTHING!)
Village Cheese Shanty (Get the North Shore!)
Verterra Winery (2017 Last Harvest Vignoles & 2016 Chaos Red)
Two Fish Gallery
How do you like your coffee?
Here's to the future Mr. & Mrs. Walsh!! I was so excited when they reached out to join them for a cozy cafe session. They couldn't look any more dashing! So glad we had the chance to share a table at the Mulcahy wedding.
"We do not need magic to change the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better."- J.K. Rowling
I went to school with Shana, and when she reached out to have me capture her new chapter in life…I was thrilled! If you’re ever in need of some fresh eggs, chicken, or veggies, make sure you check out Angel Family Farms!
I had a blast capturing these "three" down on Angel Family Farms. The pure love and joy these two have for their future son is hard to miss. They made my job easy!
I absolutely LOVE everything about this session with the Frank family! Thank you so much for having me out and capturing such sweet moments with all of you! Felicity is one lucky sister to have Jimmy as a big brother and such loving parents.
"For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories."-Plato
No words can describe how proud I am of this guy right here! My little brother, yet I still look up to him. The man he's turning into couldn't be any more perfect.
Tuesday night I witnessed one of the most touching moments. I captured the delivery of Emery Lynn. I witnessed life being brought into this crazy world. As we heard those first cries, everyone in the room was overwhelmed with love and pure joy! She has the sweetest little everything's. I can't thank the Habruns enough for bringing me in to capture the (at the time) unknown. I will never forget this experience. Every moment, witnessing from the other side of labor to seeing the bond these two have with each other, was so touching. To the doctors and nurses who do this as a living, thank you. Thank you for bringing life into this world. Thank you for all the sleepless nights you go through. I can't wait to go through and share them with you all!
October 3, 2017
4 lbs. 12 oz. 18 in.
I was so excited to get the phone call from Taylor asking me to meet them out at Virginia Kendall Lake for a family session! Not only was it the Garlesky family, but her in-laws joined us too. The Rogers family and the Garlesky Grand-parents! Everything about this group was great. They knew how to work it!! Thank you again for reaching out.. Loved capturing your family! Ohana♥
In all seriousness. As cold as it was that day and how short of a visit it was with these two...I had a blast! The Thompson's are one of the most humble couple, like ever. Happy 4 year Anniversary! I hope you got your Swenson's afterward.
My heart might just burst! Graysons reaction to meeting his little sister was so precious and Rylee's little pinch only on her left ear, is adorable! I love how this session just came together so well, it really tells a story you can feel. Ugh, and that smile he has every time he looks at her!
Where do I begin? Alexander is the best gift we could have ever received. He is our EVERYTHING.