Come celebrate life, savor sacred moments, and grow in love. 

THE JOURNAL

the JOURNAL

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

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

StillWater_Prairie_Reserve_Covington_Autumn_Ohio_Engagement_Portraits_Kate_Mannella_Photography

2/16/21

Engagements

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

Lost_Creek_Reserve_Troy_Engagement_Portraits_Kate_Mannella_Photography

2/12/21

Engagements

Stuart planned the ultimate surprise proposal. Shawnie walked outside their Crossfit gym for what she thought was a final stretch. Little did she know, Stuart coordinated their coaches and friends to help set the scene for the moment he would get down on one knee. When Shawnie left for their workout that morning, she had […]

Shawnie & Stuart: Inniswood Gardens Engagement

2/09/21

Engagements

Amber and Jordan are college sweethearts. Even though Jordan attended Ohio University and Amber was at The Ohio State University, mutual friends allowed their separate paths to meet. They clicked right away. They wanted to spend as much time together as possible, so this sweet couple took turns riding the bus to meet up on the […]

Amber & Jordan: Kingwood Center Engagement

Jakab_Kingwood_Center_Gardens_Estate_Mansfield_Ohio_Engagement_Photography_Session_Kate_Mannella

2/09/21

Engagements

I laughed out loud the second I opened up their email. Ethan included a Psych gif at the bottom of our email exchange. I immediately thought “this is a couple who really gets me.”    Amanda and Ethan are so fun, sweet, and full of life. Their engagement session at German Village was the first […]

Amanda & Ethan: A German Village Engagement

Columbus_German_Village_Engagement_Schiller_Park_Kate_Mannella_Photography

2/05/21

Engagements

Amy and Ben’s engagement session at Chagrin Falls features 3 of my favorite things: charming alleys, polka dots, and puppies. This sweet couple met at a running club. They often run together in Chagrin, so the square was a perfect place to document this season of celebration. I knew I would love Amy and Ben […]

Amy & Ben: A Chagrin Falls Engagement

2/03/21

Engagements

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

Cleveland_Museum_of_Art_Emily_Daniel_Fall_Engagement_Portraits_Kate_Mannella_Photography

3/25/20

Engagements

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

Columbus_Engagement_German_Village_Parking_Garage_Skyline_Kate_Mannella_Photography

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

Columbus_Goodale_Park_German_Village_Fall_Engagement_Coffee_Kate_Mannella_Photography

2/07/20

Engagements