Brian + Kalie’s Engagement Session – Cuyahoga Falls National Park – Virginia Kendall Cliffs

“Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Place your head on my beating heart
I’m thinking out loud
Maybe we found love right where we are.”

Brian and Kalie were the lucky winners of my Facebook Engagement Session Giveaway in January. Being that Brian lives in New Jersey and Kalie in Columbus we thought it might be a challenge to get them together. Thankfully, the first date we picked out worked!  It was a bit chilly, but beautiful with a gorgeous sunset. You don’t get that lucky in Ohio in March very often.

Brian and Kalie met in college in New Jersey. Then, Brian went on to become a pitcher for the Minnesota Twin for several years. Now he is back finishing up school. And Kalie is almost finished with Veterinarian school and ready to start her internship in Florida soon.

This was my first time shooting at Virginia Kendall Cliffs in Cuyahoga Falls National Park. Even though it is about an hour from Louisville it was definitely worth the drive. We are so lucky to have a National Park so close to home! I was looking at a map the other day and the next nearest National Park is Shenandoah in Virginia.  My family and I love to take advantage of this and we have been trying to take summer trips to hike the whole park a little bit at a time.

When I suggested the Virginia Kendall they were all for it. And Brian and Kalie were such good sports about all the hiking. The trails were a little muddy. And the snow was unexpected.  But it made for very beautiful photos.

It was such a pleasure working with this couple. They were so sweet and easy to work with.

Brian and Kalie, I wish you the very best in your exciting new life together.

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Brody + Melinda

I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine – Oceans by Hillsong

This beautiful song was played while Melinda’s father walked her down the aisle. It was so touching how Melinda and Brody made Christ the center of their ceremony. Their faith was very evident in their kindness toward others and their love for each other.

The attention to detail was impeccable at the Phillips wedding. They chose the gorgeous The Barn on Enchanted Acres as their venue. It was a perfect choice for that kind of day. It was 11 degrees as a high for their day! So it was so nice to have the preparation, ceremony and reception all in one location.

The snow blew all morning and afternoon. But as soon as we went out to take pictures the orange sun peeked though the clouds. It was so such a lovely touch to a beautiful day for these two.

 

Bridal Attire: Toula’s Bridal (Bride) RenzRags (Etsy Shop, Bridesmaids)

Cake, cupcakes, or dessert: Litty’s Bakery

DJ or musician: Steve Anderson

Florist: Silk Worm Florist

Hairstylist & Makeup artist: Danielle Glenn (Hair) Evan Monticelli (Make up)

Tuxedo: Joseph A Bank

Favors: Chocolates by Erin

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Summit Mall Bridal Show with Event Day Marketing – Fairlawn, OH

On February 18th I had the privilege of photographing the Summit Bridal Show for Dayna Yurkovich. She is the lovely owner of Event Day Marketing. This was the third event I had worked with her and it is always such a pleasure! Event’s come and go and a lot of work goes into them. So if you have an event, think about hiring a professional photographer to capture all the details. It is great resourse material for your website and for marketing purposes. Here are some of the highlights of some of the fun vendors and activities.  Event Day Marketing’s bridal shows always have fabulous professional models and dancers on stage which really liven up the party! It is so much fun to be a part of this event.

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Casey + Tyler Wilson’s Wedding

Meet Casey and Tyler. They were possibly the most fun-loving couple I’ve photographed to date! I loved all the details of their wedding that made it so them! Note all the super hero paraphernalia! And their first look was definitely the sweetest I’ve ever seen! Tyler’s reaction was priceless. You can tell how much love they share! Thank you for allowing me to share in your big day!

Wedding Venue: Parkside Church in Green

Reception Venue: Hartville Kitchen

Bridal Attire: Lavender Bridal

Cake, cupcakes, or dessert: Hartville Kitchen

DJ or musician: DJ Crew

Florist: Flowers by Pat

Hairstylist & Makeup artist: Chrissy Smith

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Officiant: Ben Walters

Photo Booth: Black Tie Entertainment

 

Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse

Favors: St Jude’s Children’s Hospital

 

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Jamie and Timothy Diss Wedding – Storybook Barn – Canal Fulton, OH

Meet Jamie and Timothy Diss. This beautiful couple was married October 8th 2016. They chose the newly build Storybook Barn in Canal Fulton, OH as their wedding and reception location. This was my first time shooting there and it was a wonderful location. It is always so nice and much more relaxing for the couple when there is only one location for the day.  They were also very lucky that it was a sunny and warm day for October. It couldn’t have gone better. And Jamie and Tim were such a wonderful couple to work with. They were so laid back. And they had such a sweet group of family and friends. It is always so nice when even as a vendor everyone tries to include you in the celebration. It was such a pleasure to work with you Jamie and Tim and I wish you the very best!

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Elizabeth and Mark Hilton’s Wedding – North Canton, OH Wedding Photographer

I had the wonderful privilege of photographing Elizabeth and Mark Hilton’s wedding.  They were married on September 24th at Jackson Friends Church.  But I started my day at Mark’s house photographing the guys. They were running a little behind that day, as typical weddings go. Then, we headed to the church. It was so sweet to see how much love was showered on Elizabeth from her family as she was preparing for the wedding and throughout the day. Family seemed to be such a huge part of their lives. It was especially fun to see family members from Armenia who came to attend the wedding. Some hadn’t been here in twenty years!  The wedding went smoothly except for the adorably dramatic show from the ring bear. Their reception was at The Walsh Barrett Center. The campus was gorgeous and provided so much photographic opportunity. And then it was off to party! And this family sure can party! Literately everyone was on the dance floor. Including one relative in her 90’s having the time of her life. It was the cutest thing. And the reception really picked up when Elizabeth’s father came out and played with his Armenian band. I was having so much fun I was sad to leave! Mark and Elizabeth have such a wonderful life ahead of them. You can see how much love they share. I wish them the very best! And I want to thank them once again for choosing me to be a part of their big day!

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Casey + Tyler Engagement Session – Canton OH Photographer

This fun-loving couple are Casey and Tyler. They have set their wedding date for November 2016.

Both being comic book fans we had to have part of their session at a comic book store. So we started out at Hazel’s Heroes Comic Book Store.  The owner was so obliging to let us shoot wherever we wanted in his shop.  So I want to give him a huge shout out and thank you for his kindness!  And note how Tyler had personalized comic book made for the two of them! How adorably romantic!

Being that it was in the mid 90’s that day we waited until the very end of the day to finish out the rest of the session. Thankfully it cooled off a little. We ended at McKinley Monument. I’ve been shooting around McKinley Monument for seven years. I love how many different locations there are all over the park. And the actual monument always make for a beautiful finish.

Congrats to Casey and Tyler and I can’t wait to photographer their special day as well.

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Elizabeth and Mark’s Engagement Session – Canton OH Photographer

This classy, beautiful couple are Elizabeth Joseph and Mark Hilton. They will be tying the knot on September 24th, 2016. They are a very sweet and very active couple.

Mark is a Sales Engineer and frequently travels to Germany for his job. But when he is home he and Elizabeth are huge fitness buffs and love working out together. He also loves to cook. Fun Fact: They were friends for seven years before he proposed to her! Elizabeth has a background in fashion and runs the Mainstream Boutique in North Canton with her sister Rebecca Paliswat. It is a really cool boutique! Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/MainstreamBoutiqueNorthCanton

They had many ideas for their unique engagement session. It was a bit of a challenge to fit it all in, but I love a good challenge! We started out at Cuyahoga Falls River Square. Then we headed to the Metro Gorge Falls. I love taking portraits in the Mary Campbell cave. Such beautiful quality of light and fantastic texture on the walls. Then we rushed home, picked up their sweet little dog Nellie and headed over to Sippo Lake Park. All the shots taken at Sippo were Elizabeth’s idea and it work out beautifully. She arrange for the bike rental from Ernie’s Bike shop. I love the vintage inspired design of the bikes. She also wanted to have some fun photos of them swinging on the playground. They were so cute and pulled off playful and romantic all at the same time. Then we drove over to the docks with Nellie and squeezed the last few photos of them with the sun setting over the lake. It was a perfect session with perfect weather and an even more perfect couple. Elizabeth and Mark are very sweet and I can’t wait to photograph their special day!

Credits

North Canton Mainstreet Boutique: https://www.facebook.com/MainstreamBoutiqueNorthCanton

Ernie’s Bike Shop: http://www.erniesbikeshop.com/

Little Chicago Clothing Co: http://littlechicagoclothing.com/

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Destanie and Daniel’s Engagement Session – Cuyahoga Falls Wedding Photographer

This incredibly adorable couple are Destanie and Daniel or as they call themselves, D-Squared. 😉 I met them at the Belden Village Bridal Show in January. They are so in love and pretty much the cutest. I barely had to help them pose. They were so comfortable and relaxed. I think sometimes they forgot I even was there!

We started out in the Cuyahoga Falls River Square. Then we drove the short distance to the Gorge Metro Park. That was my first time shooting there and I was amazed at the height of the gorge! Also, the Mary Campbell Cave was fantastic. I loved all the texture and the beautiful light coming through. I will definitely be back. Then, we raced home just in time to catch the sunset at the Walsh University track field. They wanted to tie in this track field because that is where they first met. Dan and Destanie’s brother use to run together. Destanie came to watch him and Dan quickly introduced himself. The rest is history!

Destanie works for the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier. Dan is a financial analysis. And between the two of them they have five children! I got to meet them later that night and they have a beautiful family!

It was such a pleasure working with these two. Sometimes I feel like I get the best clients! I’m so thankful that they chose me to remember this special time in their lives. Congratulations Dan and Destanie!

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