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Briana & Kristian were married this past Saturday at Bella Amore on Enchanted Acres. Bella Amore looks like a luxury stone castle in the heart of Tuscany. Not only is it the picture of romance, it was also the perfect venue to bring this bride and groom’s story full circle. Briana and Kristian first locked […]

Briana & Kris: A Snowy Wedding at Bella Amore

2/24/21

Weddings

Winter in Northeast Ohio is beautiful, but winter waterfalls in Northeast Ohio are next level. Julie and Cody love to spend time outdoors. When I asked what they most enjoy doing together, they told me they like to rock climb, kayak, and hike. Naturally, they chose Cuyahoga Valley National Park for the location of their […]

Julie & Cody: Blue Hen Falls Engagement

2/16/21

Engagements

What’s better than an afternoon at a Christmas tree farm? An afternoon at a Christmas tree farm with friends! Amber and Jordan LOVE Christmas! When they asked if we would join them for a festive mini session, I was over the moon. River Run Tree Farm in Mantua, Ohio seemed like the perfect location for […]

Amber & Jordan: A Christmas Tree Farm Session

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2/16/21

Lifestyle

Christmas came early for Christian and Carrie. December 19th was both cold and gusty, but the excitement of Mr. and Mrs. Lament’s celebration made the day pleasant and full of warmth! Their wedding was the picture of Christmas romance. Evergreens and twinkle lights created a beautiful winter glow in St. Michael’s Hall. Deep red roses […]

Carrie & Christian: A Christmas Wedding at Sacred Heart

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2/16/21

Weddings

These high school sweethearts are proof that timing is everything. Ashley and Kyle dated through high school, but separated colleges and long-distance made maintaining a relationship tricky. Caring deeply for one another, they kept in touch. After some time, they tried again and everything they once felt was rekindled. Their story is so beautiful! It […]

Ashley & Kyle: Autumn Engagement at Stillwater Prarie

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2/16/21

Engagements

Guests gathered near John and Emily under the pavilion as the ceremony ended. John sat down at a keyboard and took a deep breath. For months he’d been composing a song to surprise his bride. As he began to sing, everyone fell silent. Love poured out of him with every note. There wasn’t a dry […]

Emily & John: Sapphire Creek Winery Celebration

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2/12/21

Weddings

Photographing a couple begins with getting to know their hearts first. I always ask couples to answer a few questions before they even step in front of my camera so I can learn more about their story. One of my favorite questions to ask is “How long was it before you thought you’d probably end […]

Sarah & Jaysen: An Autumn Farm Engagement

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2/12/21

Engagements

Cassie and Brandon were married in a beautiful backyard celebration this past October. Their wedding had the style of a garden party with linen tables and mixed china. It had the whimsy of fantasy, with nods to their love of Lord of the Rings. It also had the intimacy of a family dinner with just […]

Cassie & Brandon – A Small Backyard Celebration

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2/11/21

Weddings

About a year and a half after Tyler proposed to Kristin at the Buckeye Barn, they returned. This time, they officially made the promise to love each other for their whole lives. Tyler and Kristin said “I do” on a perfect September afternoon. The clouds opened up, revealing a vibrant blue sky just in time […]

Kristin & Tyler: Buckeye Barn Celebration

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2/10/21

Weddings

Samantha and Jacob’s wedding will forever stand out in my memory as a day overflowing with beautiful emotion. If these two experienced any nerves that morning, they all dissolved the second this bride and groom saw each other under the Manor House gazebo. It began with the sweetest first look ever (scroll down for those […]

Samantha & Jacob: A Manor House Celebration

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2/09/21

Weddings