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jess + mitch

engaged

Jess and Mitch are Ohioans who relocated to Chicago, a city whose lake, baseball team and architecture they have grown quite fond of.  I don’t blame them!  I took the 4 hour drive out to Chicago and somehow convinced them that sunrise was THE only way to hit up the popular landmarks that they wanted to use as backdrops.

Millennium Park is in the heart of Chicago and meeting at the ever popular Cloud Gate aka The Bean at sunrise meant we had it to ourselves… which is eerie considering how popular of a selfie spot it is!  Since my last visit to Cloud Gate was the year it was installed, about 10 years ago, the area has even more to offer.

I was thrilled to see a Frank Gehry designed pavilion and the BP Pedestrian Bridge which made me long for a drone.  The architecture geek in me was even more excited that we could be on a Frank Gehry installation and see the Jeanne Gang’s Aqua Tower in the background!

I love that Jess and Mitch adore the architecture and landmarks enough to wake up early on a weekend.  These two are so adorable… their laughs and smiles made all of our faces hurt by the time we wrapped.

Thank you for inviting me to photograph this time in your lives in the city you love.  Your wedding next year is going to be amazing, can’t wait!

zara + russ

engaged

Zara and Russ engagement photos in Mt. Cory outside of Findlay Ohio at her family’s farm property in a rural setting.  Barn, apple tree and gardens were our countryside backdrop.

jillian + austin

toledo country club, wedding

Photos of a July wedding at Toledo Country Club with gorgeous flowers by Bartz Viviano, whimsical wedding stationery by Uppercase Designs.  Coordinators Bee for the Day expertly kept the day on track.

meredith + brandon

wedding

Meredith & Brandon’s Toledo Ohio Wedding at Historic St. Patrick Downtown tent reception at Hensville.  Coordination by Bee for the Day, Mager Designs lighting

jackie + andrew

engaged

Catawba Island Cliffs Lake Erie Boat Engagement Session

J&A wanted to do their Catawba Island Cliffs engagement session right on Lake Erie followed by some photos on their family boat.

lizzy + nilin

wedding

After a delicious lunch of Indian cuisine, we took a break while the couple changed for the afternoon half of their wedding day.  They were married by a friend on the lawn of Geneva on the Lake overlooking Lake Erie.  We had blue skies, aqua Lake Erie water and sunshine for their golden hour nuptials.  It was beautiful to hear them exchange vows again and even though they had a ceremony several hours earlier, tears welled up in Nilin’s eyes when he saw Lizzy take the long walk down the beachfront-ish aisle.

Oh these two… they are so warm, they are funny, genuine and too adorable together in front of the camera.  I wish them the absolute best as they start their next chapter in Colorado.   I adore you two!

jillian + austin

engaged

It never fails to impress me when a couple is up for a sunrise engagement session and arrives bright eyed and ready to cuddle & laugh.  Jillian and Austin were quite impressive!  Downtown Toledo at sunrise is so peaceful.  The light is gorgeous, the streets are quite and its lovely to see our city as it wakes up.

The lovebirds will be married this summer at Toledo Country Club, and while we won’t be starting photos quite as early, I have a feeling I’ll still be impressed with their positive vibes.

marissa + sean

wedding

We all had goosebumps as Marissa buttoned the last button on the lace back of her stunning Pronovias wedding gown. It instantly set the tone of what our day was going to be. Beautifully intricate details, fashion forward attire and a day of love. The first look with her father was our second magical moment. I recall her sharing this special father/daughter relationship during their initial meeting.  They work together and she is the youngest with two older brothers.  It is something to treasure and one of my favourite parts of the day, seeing dad look at who used to be his tiny baby stand there looking like a bridal super model on her wedding day. As a parent myself, the moment brings me to watery eyes every time. Ugh! Even right now as I type this!

Marissa definitely chose the right gown to match the dramatic Holy Rosary Cathedral Church where they were married. You can’t do a subtle walk down the aisle in the massive holy building… I mean you could but why would you want to?!  As she walked down the aisle we saw Sean’s eyes water, a bite on the lip and a smile that radiated.  There was our third goosebumps moment.  Whether its a first look in a hotel lobby or the walk down the aisle, that moment where the groom sees his bride for the first time is so special.  When I am downloading photos the next day, its the first set of images I look through!

The reception at Toledo Country Club was elegant with European flair in the details.  I loved the layout of the room they chose, with their sweetheart table set in the center back of the room.  White Chiavari chairs, textured black linens and chandelier hanging anywhere one could hang in the dining room, helped continue the dramatic detailing from their cathedral wedding.

We commented that we could not recall a wedding reception where we saw our bride & groom together for almost every second.  It was refreshing and romantic.  It resulted in so many fun photos of Marissa and Sean together on the dance floor celebrating with their people.

Thank you Marissa & Sean for kicking off our wedding season with a spectacular love!  It was a joy the whole day to be there.  We left with an adrenaline rush and even though it was a long day, it was hard to fall asleep that night knowing we had thousands of amazing images to look through the next day.  Also a tall thank you to Marissa’s father who was just the sweetest and stood in the middle of Collingwood Boulevard to prevent my turning in to roadkill so I could get what, we jokingly called, The Money Shot…  yep, it was worth the risk…

jenna + zach

engaged

Last week I travelled down to Cincinnati for Jenna & Zach’s engagement session.   The drive down is long but getting out of Toledo for a session is quite refreshing.

Zach is keen on nature and has a sweet spot for the park near their home. While we are just starting to see signs of greenery up here in Toledo, Cincy already was looking like a pastel spring wonderland. After walking the trails at their fav park, we drove down to the Over the Rhine (OTR) area which was such a rad area with its murals, restaurants and boutique shops.  Jenna is a fan of all the unique restaurants and enjoyed smelling the smells of cooking.

Thank you Jenna & Zach for inviting me down for your session! It was so lovely to explore a new part of Ohio, meet the lizards that live in your front yard and get to know you two a bit before the big day! You two are adorable and a joy to photograph!