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My girlfriend Natasha from Perfectly Planned Weddings hosted this gorgeous dinner as a ladies night out (and to fuel her creative passion!) When she asked if I wanted a meal and a beautiful scene to photograph it was an immediate YES. This dinner was almost a year ago now (blame new mama-hood for just now sharing!) but I still love the images just as much. Some strong and beautiful and successful ladies getting together over a gorgeous outdoor meal, sign me up! Enjoy all the beautiful put together by Natasha and Courtney from Perfectly Planned and Prema Designs!

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Sarah + Eric married on a hot day in June in Columbus, Ohio. Something that sticks out to me about their day is the sincerity that was all around. Sarah and Eric wrote “we love you because” for each of their guests in their seating chart. I have never seen something so sweet and caring before! These two know how to make everyone in their life feel so special. That love and closeness was felt all throughout their day. I immediately fit right in and felt like family! And Sarah might be the happiest bride I’ve ever photographed. She was over the moon all day long and it was a fun contagious energy to witness. I am so happy for these two who truly deserve each other and all of the happiness in the world! Thank you for allowing me to capture these moments! Congrats again!!

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Venue: Dock580
Florist: Bloomtastic
Dress: B. Loved Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: BHLDN
DJ:  TKO
Video:  740 Films
Invites/Calligraphy:  Signage was by Sarah, ETC. (@sarahetcreative)
Planner: Bride!
Rentals: Dock580
Bridesmaid Hair & Makeup: Bride Bar
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One of the many perks of this job is getting to photograph the milestones in my friends lives. This is Ali and Ryan. They got married on NYE and I was a bridesmaid in their wedding. I went to high school with these two and I’ve known Ali since I was a baby! Truly a lifelong friendship. I have to say being a part of their wedding was a major highlight of my 2017 (and I got pregnant and had a baby, so thats saying a lot!) A few words that come to mind when I describe Ali and Ryan’s day: Genuine, Family, Friends, Love, and FUN. It was beyond gorgeous, freaking freezing, and one of the most sincere weddings I’ve ever witnessed. Being able to capture their engagement was SO MUCH FUN. Shooting your friends is nothing like work at all. We laughed so much and truly had the best time. These two are so near and dear to my heart. Hope you’re enjoying the newlywed life Aunt Ali and Uncle Ryan. WE LOVE YOU!

Enjoy their German Village engagement shoot:

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There is nothing quite like the anticipation of meeting your child. I never understood this fully until we were pregnant with Porter. It was truly the most exciting (and nerve-wracking/anxiety ridden) time in our life. How many times in your life will you get to meet one of the most important and impactful people you will ever know? Becoming a parent changes you in so many ways. One day you are you, the next day you are mom. I’m not sure I fully appreciated the importance of a maternity session until we had our own. These are the last photos you will ever have of the two of you. You will show your kids one day and say “there was totally an us before you!” Creating a life with the person you love most, theres just nothing like it. And I can’t tell you how much I love photos of me pregnant. It’s like, WAIT I DID THAT? How empowering! Growing our Porter was the most important work I’ve ever done. I feel proud. I feel strong. Pregnancy is such a short phase of life, one that could soon be forgotten – that’s why I think the world of maternity photos.

This is Josh and Val — great friends of ours. Their little Aida is just 4 months (to the day!) older than Porter. Its going to be fun watching these two toddle around together in the coming months. So glad I could document this time in their life -a fleeting time. When you feel like you’ve been “pregnant forrrreeeveeerrrr” and then all a sudden its over and you almost forget what it was even like. I think this season of life is one to be documented and celebrated. It may only come around once/twice/(three times if I’m lucky) in a lifetime. Congrats (a little late) Josh and Val, we love you! All three of you!

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Straders Green House on E Broad — how perfect!?  ^^^^^^^^^

 

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