I attended my first ever open house (like a mini bridal show) at Columbus Country Club last week. Before I go any further, if you haven't hear of this venue, you need to go check them out. Like, now. They recently renovated their venue and it is AH. MAZING. and super affordable, too! Their staff is wonderful and I walked away thrilled with open house!
I met Marlee and Preston several months ago for a wedding consultation. At our meeting, they were very quiet, so I anticipated them needing a little help during their engagement session to get them out of their comfort zone. I could not have been more wrong! These two are such naturals in front of the camera and are so young and in love.
I first met Alex last fall when we worked together for Krista and Jeff’s wedding (link). She was their wedding planner, and may I just say that this girl knocked it OUT OF THE PARK. She was such a pleasure to work with and helped Krista’s vision really come to life. So naturally, when I started compiling a list of vendors I wanted to feature on my blog, Alex was at the top of my list.
Krista and Jeff's wedding day was nothing short of luxurious and romantic. These two have quite the whirlwind love story. They met online dating after much encouragement from their friends to join. After just a few dates, they knew this was serious. Before long, Krista's family had booked a venue before a ring was even purchased. When you know, you know... ya know?
I am a firm believer in the sanctity of marriage, which is a huge reason I love my job so much. Although I've never been married myself, I know marriage is the hardest thing I will ever do in my life. But without a doubt, I know that - if done right - it will also be the most rewarding.
This past weekend, I have the privilege of photographing my best friend's newest season of life! Lizzy and I have been friends for nearly 20 years. She's my oldest friend and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to capture nearly every big season in her life... from senior photos, to her proposal, then wedding and now soon-to-be-motherhood!
This past weekend I had the opportunity to photograph an event hosted by Bumble Bizz at Kendra Scott at Easton. The event was called "Trailblazers - Women in Business," and featured mimosas, networking, shopping, giveaways and four kick-ass boss babe speakers. It was such an honor to not only photograph these women, but also to hear their stories about overcoming hardships and their definition of success. From personal trainers to local bloggers; from dental students to even Miss Ohio herself, these women have seen it all and trailblazed the entire way.
So Alison was referred to me by Katie, since they're both students at Gahanna Lincoln (my alma mater). Alison's mom and I had been in touch for months just hoping for one nice day to get outside for some photos. Well, being that we live in Ohio, of course that didn't happen at the most opportune times, so we had to settle for indoors! Alison had mentioned wanting to shoot at Columbus Museum of Art, a first for me! I was so excited to get to photograph in this space. As I got to know Alison during her session, I could see what a perfect fit it was for her senior portraits.
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!
Lizzy and I go way back. Like way, way back. She is the friend who has been around the longest and we grew up bonding over our love of horseback riding. Through different schools, different colleges, several moves and now different states, we have managed to remain the best of friends. So when she asked me to photograph her wedding, it was a no-brainer, considering I had captured her and her now-husband's relationship since day one, AND all THREE of her siblings' weddings. Man, am I blessed.