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THE JOURNAL

the JOURNAL

  “Appreciative of every moment given together.” That’s what Allie and Jake said when I asked them to describe themselves.   This sweet couple met in high school. They’ve been together for a long time – even while enduring years of distance during college. They waited so patiently for their wedding day to arrive, so […]

Allie & Jake: A Small Cleveland Celebration

6/30/20

Weddings

There was a single message woven throughout the Rusin’s wedding day. On a sunny May afternoon in front of their closest friends and family, Maddie and Nathan said “I do.” Those two words hold a promise that is both deeply profound and sacred. With those two little words, a covenant was established.   As their […]

Maddie & Nathan: A Four Seasons Barn Celebration

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6/01/20

Weddings

Stephanie and Trevor’s wedding at the White Birch Barn in Medina looked nothing like they planned. Their big party turned into a small celebration with just immediate family. Their full day event was reduced to a few hours. While their celebration wasn’t the grand party they originally envisioned, the declaration of their promise to each […]

Stephanie & Trevor: A Beautiful Small Ceremony

5/13/20

Weddings

What a perfect day!! We were lucky to have an unseasonably warm November afternoon for Emily and Daniel’s engagement session at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The sun was shining, the leaves were dancing on the trees around us, and we had Wade Lagoon almost completely to ourselves. It was like Cleveland was just ours […]

Emily & Daniel: An Autumn Art Museum Engagement

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3/25/20

Engagements

Tessa and Shaun’s wedding at Resurrection Church and the Bertram Inn was my final wedding of 2019, and it was certainly a day I’ll never forget. There are so many things I could say about this celebration. I could tell you how the classic black and ivory color scheme made it the picture of elegance. […]

Tessa & Shaun: A Black and Ivory Celebration

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3/25/20

Weddings

A few months ago I got an itch to travel. Something in my soul needed time away. I really wanted a change. I needed to see new things, smell new smells, and ultimately get a fresh perspective. I ask Niko to entertain the idea of taking a short birthday trip and to my delight, he […]

Our Trip to San Francisco

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3/13/20

Personal

It’s the season for meeting newly engaged couples, and I’m loving every second of it. If you’re new here and you have questions about what I do, here are answers to some of the most common questions past couples have asked. 1. How long have you been shooting weddings? I photographed my first wedding as […]

13 Frequently Asked Questions by Couples

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2/20/20

For the Bride

I may be the face and name of this photography business but Kate Mannella Photography has always been a team. There is no way I could run this monster without my husband and because it’s Valentine’s Day, it seemed like the perfect time to share the impact Niko has on what we do.   Five […]

The Secret Sauce of Kate Mannella Photography

2/13/20

Personal

One of the best and most important parts of my job as a wedding photographer is to know my couples. Listening to the details of their story not only helps me connect with them personally, it allows me to photograph them more authentically. I ask all my couples a few questions when we begin the […]

Takara & Kevin: Downtown Columbus Engagement

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2/07/20

Engagements

On a crisp Autumn morning, Niko and I did three of our favorite things. We stopped for coffee at Pistacia Vera, we met new friends, and we photographed their sweet, goofy interactions. Though we hadn’t met Maddie and Nathan, they felt like friends pretty instantly. One reason is because we spent plenty of time communicating […]

Maddie & Nathan: A German Village Engagement

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2/07/20

Engagements