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stephanie + devin

engaged

Stephanie & Devin were the winners of our huge engagement session contest we promoted early winter.  We didn’t meet them until the day of the session and I was a little nervous that we may not vibe well without having had that initial consultation.  Seconds after saying hello, we all knew they would be a blast to work with and cute as can be.

These lovebirds have been together since high school and have the cutest energy with one another.

Our videographer Jose was there to hear their love story to use for their Engagement Love Story Video.  A video that is a fun way to add an extra element to your engagement session and share on social media, wedding website and to have as a keepsake.

jaclynn + justin

maumee bay, wedding

Jaclynn + Justin embraced Maumee Bay’s beachy vibe opting for a laid back, relaxed wedding on he Lake Erie coastline.  Their First Look was one of the most touching experiences to photograph.  They were both overwhelmed with the joy of the day.  Jaclynn could not have looked lovelier.  The skies were blue and the lake certainly gave us her best that day… could have fooled us that it wasn’t a Caribbean destination.  Such a delightful day.  Enjoy their photos!

denise + pj

maumee bay, wedding

It ended up being a perfect August day… It wasn’t supposed to be.  It was supposed to rain on their Maumee Bay outdoor wedding.  I flipped through the hourly & Doppler up until we arrived at their venue just a bit east from Toledo Ohio.  Denise + PJ are warm & generous, the type of people who make you feel like you’ve been friends for years when you first meet.  I was over the moon when the blue skies & fluffy white clouds made themselves comfortable over Lake Erie.  They deserved to have their epic wedding under a perfect summer sky.

whitney + jon

wedding

On NYE, Whitney & Jon had an intimate ceremony with their immediate families and closest friends. When an adorably in love couple like Whitney & Jon tie the knot on New Years Eve it is a no brainer to enjoy the last day of the year with them! They kept their wedding day beautifully simple: quick ceremony reading their vows which melted everyone’s hearts, family portraits, TWO HOURS of creative portrait time (a dream!!!), and an amazing meal at Element 112
Whitney & Jon live downtown Toledo and Whitney has been crushing on the peeling pink paint on this (seemingly) abandoned building for quite some time. When we met over the summer, she knew she wanted wedding photos taken with it… I knew exactly which building she was referencing- I had my engagement photos taken there 11 years ago. My kind of couple! Digging the quirkiest building in the warehouse district. We popped over to a few other diverse locations to give them a variety of looks.
It was refreshing to have a 4 hour work day and know their wedding album will look fantastic and feel whole. Biggest congrats you two!!!Your good vibes & loving energy made me forget the champagne chilling.
Ceremony: Simply Married, ltd. Downtown Toledo Ohio
Dinner/Reception: Element 112 Sylvania, Ohio
Flowers: Beautiful Blooms by Jen Sylvania, Ohio

catie + bryan

wedding

Catie & Bryan originally planned a big wedding downtown Toledo with over 150 guests.  After Save the Dates went out, they decided that a big wedding just wasn’t them and it didn’t make sense to do it just because it was the norm.  They emailed me with the change of plans and was down for a low key wedding to photograph instead.

While I know I wouldn’t be able to make a living at photographing 4 hour weddings full time, having one every once in awhile is refreshing and puts in to perspective the simplicity of what the day is really about.

Ceremony: Monclova Country Church at Maumee Valley Historical Society, Maumee Ohio
Cocktails + Brunch: NINE at Hensville, Toledo, Ohio
Catie’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Flowers: In Bloom

katelyn + alex

wedding

Katelyn & Alex celebrated their wedding day during the holidays and I tell you what, if you’re going to do a winter wedding, do so while the cities are still lit with string lights!  While it was freeze raining during their creative portrait time, I was geeking out that we had wet roads reflecting the lights adorning Downtown Sylvania.  It was dreamy.

erica + chris

engaged

We are pretty lucky in Toledo to be a short drive from Chicago, a city where it seems many MWP couples live. They often relocate there after college and then come back to Toledo for their wedding. I made the drive to Chicago for Erica & Chris’s engagement session in November… and I was pretty nervous that those notorious Chicago chilly winds would make it a challenge for their engagement photos. Well Mother Nature was on our side!!! It was gorgeous and we were able to visit all of the places that the lovely couple had on their photo wishlist! Thank you Chris and Erica for inviting me out to your city, to meet your pup & all the fun facts that you’ve accumulated while living there!

mandy + jon

wedding

I met with Jon + Mandy about 1 1/2 years ago and when they told me they were best friends with one of my favourite 2012 couples I got giddy… that whole, birds of a feather thing ;)  They are kind, warm, gentled hearted, I’ve observed their soft spoken admiration and love for one another which was a joy to document.  We explored Belle Isle in Detroit for their creative portraits, a location that is close to their heart and originally they planned to marry there.  I was overjoyed to have my photog pal Noelle shooting with me & Detroit native, Beka, assisting me.  It was a great close to our busy fall season.  I love the soft, airiness to these images.  It was a lovely day!  Congrats to Mandy + Jon!!!  I can’t wait to show you the whole collection of photos!!

Ceremony + Reception: Ford Piquette Plant Detroit Michigan
Florist: Lane Street Blooms
DJ: Night & Day Productions
Mandy’s Gown: Allure Bridal
Caterer: Golden Spice Catering
Cake: Holiday Market

dana + aaron

wedding

When a couple can be adorable + cuddly at a sunrise engagement session, I know their wedding day will be a breeze. Dana + Aaron passed that challenge with flying colors ;) Their wedding took place at Dana’s parents home which sits on several acres, so much rustic character, personal touches & emotion made their day one I will never forget. They both welcomed the emotions, let it wash over them, take it in & enjoyed every single second of how special it is to have the most important people surrounding you for one fantastic day.