When I first met Allyson and Kyle, their warm smiles drew me in. But what impressed me most was how excited and interactive Kyle was with the entire planning process. I mean, usually when I ask a couple to tell me about their wedding, the bride interjects with "blushes" and "periwinkles" and "dusty blues" when describing her colors. The guy usually sits there with his arms crossed, along for the ride...
As an entrepreneur, I am always trying to find ways to grow and better my business. So when Stephanie inquired and told me she found me from a Google search, I was PUMPED because I had been working tirelessly on my SEO.
In 2009, Meleka Jolliff began MMJ Events, a luxury wedding planning and coordination company after a lifetime of dreaming about all things wedding. During her first several years in business, she had the opportunity to work with brides and vendors across the board, creating unique masterpieces with endless budgets. But Meleka found herself constantly on the hunt for unique and original pieces for brides for their wedding days.
Wedding photographers are becoming such an integral part of wedding days. While your job as wedding photographer may not be "wedding coordinator," it is your job to educate your clients on how to get the best pictures. Often times, that involves offering advice on how ceremony times affect sunset portraits, how to dress for engagement sessions, and teaching your brides to look for good light in bridal suites when venue shopping. I do this by sending all of my new clients a welcome kit with a bridal guide loaded with information and some gifts and goodies.
The entire week leading up to Kayla and JD's wedding for ominous and gross. Rain, rain, rain all week. I was stalking the weather the entire 24 hours before the wedding. At about 11 pm the night before, the rain still showed about 70-100% chance of rain for every hour of the day, especially the hours we had planned for pictures outside... of course.
Until I interviewed her for this blog, I had never had the privilege of working with Leigh. However, I was very familiar with her work and was excited at the opportunity to get to know her and the history of her booming calligraphy and stationery business.
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).