Believe me when I say to you that your vision for your wedding day is beautiful. I know how long you have waited for this moment and you have so many ideas and want it to be perfect... and I want it to be perfect, too! I will bend over backwards to make your day perfect. Literally. However, there is one thing that I have that you likely do not: experience.
JD and I met way back in high school. I think we had a few classes together, but the one I remember most was chemistry. Our teacher was relatively mediocre, so much of the students bonded over comparing notes, asking each other questions, and shooting "the look" when the teacher said something ridiculous. JD and I were a year apart in school so we lost touch once I graduated high school, but as fate has it, The Ohio State University communications major brought us back together! It was during that time that he told me about a girl he started dating. This is where their story begins.
I have known Katie for many years. It all started when I photographed her family, on the same day that her mother went on a first date with the man she is now married to. This family has a special place in my heart, and I've documented so many parts of their lives. I always feel like a mom when families come to me asking me to photograph their seniors... "Katie is a senior ALREADY?!?! How can that be?! It was like just yesterday she was ____ years old!"
I've had the privilege of working with the Estep family on numerous occasions. I first got connected with Aaron and Emily years ago because my best friend and her now husband went to school with them in Johnstown. When Emily and Aaron got engaged, I was thrilled that they reached out and asked me to be their wedding photographer!
Naomi and Michael were referred to me by a friend of theirs. Once meeting them, it was obvious how crazy they were about each other and it made me even more excited to document their love story! They booked early this year and will be getting married on a very popular date: 8-18-18!
Trust me when I say that I know the biggest cloud hanging over your head (I couldn't resist that pun) during your wedding planning is the fact that it could, and very well might rain on your wedding day. Here's a few helpful tips to helping you prepare yourself for a rainy wedding day (and I promise, it's not the end of the world).
So one of my New Year's goals was to read books. Before this year, I cannot tell you the last time I read a book. I would bet money that is has been at least ten years, and even before that I probably used "Spark Note" or just skimmed the book for a class and called it reading. I was never the kid that would read and just get lost for hours in a book. Fiction, sci-fi, mystery, romance... none of those types of books interested me.
Guys, I'm looking at you. Do you know that girls fantasize about their future husband, proposal and wedding for years? No, really. Like, we plan this stuff out before the exit our mother's womb. And it has probably changed 100 times over because, well, we are women. The point is, whether she has dreamed of you flying her to Paris and getting down on one knee with the Eiffel Tower in the background or being proposed to in front of her entire family at Christmas, most women would tell you al of these things before you pop the question:
I had the privilege of spending some time with AnnaMarie Cua, hair and makeup extraordinaire, and the owner of The Beauty Box Salon and I Am Cua. Her salon is currently the only salon in Columbus that provides 100% organic skincare and hair treatments, which requires special licensing and classes, making her Columbus' only practicing certified organic colorist. The skincare products she uses in-salon are made by a fourth generation herbalist in Hungary. The hair color is from Italy and ammonia-free, making it safe for pregnant women and cancer patients. You will likely be greeted by her dog, Dolce and with floor-to-ceiling windows, an overflow of plants and a funky aqua paint color, you might even feel like you're on vacation.
It's the beginning of the year and we're almost out of what us wedding professionals so fondly refer to as "booking season." Men are notorious for planning on popping on the question around the holidays, starting as early as Thanksgiving and extending all of the way until Valentine's Day. Girls eagerly await for their boyfriends to turn to fiancés at midnight and bring them some bling to make it Instagram-worthy!
Well, I'm already behind on one of my goals for the year (whoops!), but I'm really excited to be sharing today. I wanted to reflect on my amazing 2017 year as a whole, and then share my goals and visions for 2018 with all of you. To all of my couples who chose me in 2017: THANK YOU. Your business, trust and faith means more to me than you'll ever know. You made 2017 my best year yet, with 12 weddings and 32 portrait sessions!
I met Julia about a year ago when she interviewed for (and got!) my second shooter position for the 2017 wedding season. Goodness, was I blessed to have her on my team this past year. She has a darling family: Emma, her two-year old and Matt, her husband of four years. They also just announced that they're expecting another little girl next spring! I am so thankful for this girl, for both my business and as a friend.
Ben and I have known each other for several years now. We met back in 2013 when we were in the small small group at a church in Pickerington. A bunch of young 20-somethings all connected right away, and we still stay in touch to this day. When Ben reached out to me in early August, I had a feeling it was for a good reason... He had been dating this girl for 6 months or so and seemed to be getting pretty serious.
So when he asked me to photograph their proposal, I was ecstatic, especially for him. Ben has such a big heart, and this girl seemed to be his perfect counterpart. I had never met Rachel, so I was excited for the proposal to have the opportunity to meet her.
Ben and Rachel worked and lived in different cities, so it was only on the weekends they saw each other. Ben had already asked for her parent's permission, unbeknownst to Rachel. His plan was originally to propose at Dawe's Arboretum out in Millersport, and he went as far as to drive out there and scout locations (complete with pictures and diagrams) for the proposal. After making some calls, we discovered due to another event it wasn't going to work. We came together to draft a new plan and he proposed Frank Fetch Park in German Village.
Ben, once again, sent me diagrams and pictures from a visit he made to scout out perfect picture locations. We choreographed the entire proposal through the park and were ready to go. The day of, I arrived early to double check our plan and text him the "go ahead." Since Rachel had never met me, I was just supposed to act like a local student taking pictures of flowers and such at the gardens. I kept a tight eye on them and discretely photographed them until he got down on one knee.
Rachel was so excited, and then put two and two together as to why I was there taking pictures. After "she said yes!" I went up and introduced myself and gave her a hug. I could see that her and Ben were perfect together.
Afterwards, we walked around the neighborhood for some post-engagement pictures. Ben + Rachel, I am so excited for the two of you. I wish you the happiest of months of wedding planning, and an even better marriage thereafter. Thank you for letting me be a part of such a monumental moment in your lives.
Melissa first contacted me after her best friend and maid of honor, Jordan, found me through an online wedding photographer group after putting out some feelers for a photographer. The group is called The Rising Tide (locally known as Tuesday's Together). It's a wonderful thing that has happened recently in the creative industry lately and is the very reason I was able to connect with Melissa and David.
I've been struggling with these thoughts for months, and I've realized over the past few months what needed to come out of this personal struggle of mine.
I don't feel like there's many people that "look up" to me, however I'm sure there's plenty of people that don't realize I "look up" to them, so in an attempt to break this vicious cycle, I'm coming clean. So, here it goes: transparency.
Andrea and I have known each other for years. Her and I have photography in common, so when she got engaged, I was thrilled to be asked to be her wedding photographer! Her and Dan have had a wonderful relationship over the years. I saw how sweet their relationship was during their engagement photos, and saw how perfect they were together. Their wedding day unfolded like a dream.
Amanda and I met through a mutual friend of ours and during a night of "Speak Out," she shared that her and her husband (yes, you read that right), were doing a "Round Two" for their wedding. After learning that her and Matt got married in the basement of the Alumni Club just before he deployed, I instantly fell in love with their fearless and desire to be together.
Geeta and I went to high school together. We went to a school of almost 3,000 students, though, so her and I never really interacted until a school trip brought us together. In high school, we were both in Spanish class. Every year, the Spanish teachers take a select number of students to a Spanish-speaking country.
Kelsey and I went to the same high school, although she was a year behind me. We had a few classes together and had some mutual friends so we always seem to stay connected. So when her and Dallas got engaged, of course I was thrilled to be asked to shoot their wedding!
Arielle and Erik were my first wedding of 2017! They got married on a beautiful spring day in May and were visited by a massive rain storm just after their ceremony. I met the couple when they booked me before they even got engaged. Yep, that's right! Their engagement and proposal story is pretty cool, so if you haven't already, go check it out here!