I have been waiting on pins and needles to blog this Spring wedding. I can’t even say enough awesome things about these two!! But first a little flashback….
I fist met Soosan in graduate school in Chicago where we both attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Art and Technology program. We had a really cool class and all got along great. Soosan easily became one of my best friends from the school. We had so many awesome nights out. We went our separate ways after we graduated, but thanks to social media, always kept in touch. When she contacted me about her wedding I was of course honored, but oh so excited to see her again! It felt like no time had ever passed.
Soosan is so naturally beautiful that she would take your breath away just by being in the same room with her. On her wedding day, however, I walked into the room and immediately had tears in my eyes. There is nothing better than seeing such incredible souls find their match. Beauty just radiated from her- inside and out. Not to mention who she was marrying, Chris, who was one of the most genuine and gracious people I’ve ever met.
In Mason, Ohio, there’s a beautiful event center called the Manor House. This is where both the Persian ceremony and reception took place. In the Persian tradition, a Sofreh sits in the center of the ceremony. This means “wedding spread” and consists of herbs, pastries, bread, fruits, coins, symbols of fertility including decorated eggs, almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts, a mirror and two candelabras (symbols of light and fire), honey, a sacred text, and other symbolic decorations. The result is nothing short of spectacular to look at. The Sofreh was also one of Soosan’s favorite parts of the wedding traditions as well. As an illustrator, she designed their invitations and the entire cover was a Sofreh spread.
A shawl is held over the bride and groom during the ceremony. Two cones of sugar are rubbed together above their heads to “shower them in sweetness.” The sugar is caught by the shawl.
After the ceremony, a huge celebration took place with amazing dancing and great music. It was a day that I will remember forever and I feel so blessed to have shared this day with such a beloved friend and her husband. XO Jess
This is it! This is the last wedding I have to blog from last year- I’m officially caught up on weddings:) Except last weekend, that is, I shot a new one. I was so excited to shoot this November wedding not only because these two are my friends, but the fact they are awesome doesn’t hurt any either. I walked into their house as they were getting ready in the morning. And there was Mike! They are both so relaxed and laid back that they threw tradition to the wind and saw each other on the morning of their wedding day.
Katie is a teacher and is extremely creative in general. The unique touches she put on her wedding were not only beautiful, but refreshing as well. She bought, cared and nurtured a heard (what’s a group of these called?) of air plants weeks leading up to the big day. Each of the bridesmaids carried one as their bouquet. Kattie carried an air plant as well, but hers was decorated with sprigs of fragrant lavender for an added pop of color.
Since it was fall in Columbus, the leaves were just alive with color. Purple, as you know, is my favorite color. But against yellow and red leaves, purple is such a vibrant and vivid color. We stopped at Whetstone park for their group shots, then traveled downtown to the Renaissance Hotel. The wedding took place at the Columbus Athenaeum in my all-time favorite room there, the Priory. The reception was held in the Large Theater, which provided an elegant and dramatic setting for the party. Katie and Mike had a full ensemble big band. A few times during the party, Katie’s dad, who’s also an accomplished trombone player, joined the band. From Polka to R&B, this crowd knew how to get down…including Katie’s amazing grandmother who quite possibly could have out-danced them all!
I hope you enjoy these photos! I have to thank all my 2013 couples again. It was such an amazing year. Here I am starting wedding season 2014 and I can’t wait!! It’s been an honor having you all in my life and I could never thank you all enough, but I will try:) All my love, Jess
Two weeks ago it was my distinct honor to photograph Chris and Soosan’s Manor House wedding in Mason, Ohio. It was an incredibly detailed, vibrant and joyous Persian wedding. Here is a sneak peek to hold you over! XO Jess
Now that spring is upon us, I’ve come out of hibernation and am ready to show off some more amazing couples! I hope to get caught up on blogging in the next month- I can’t wait to share all the photos I have been working on lately. For now, I’d like to rewind to the Fall, figuratively, when I had the honor of photographing Sharon and Justin’s wedding.
It never ceases to amaze me how every time I see a bride for the first time on her wedding day, my breath is taken away. There’s always just a little extra glow on their faces. And this day was no exception. When I walked into the suite at the Renaissance Downtown Columbus where the bride and bridesmaids were getting ready, Sharon looked STUNNING. Her hair was pulled back in an elegant up-do. Her dress complimented her neckline, which in turn seemed to make her eyes pop. It was the perfect dress for her. Elegant and not overstated, with just a dash of fun- the dress had pockets! Gotta love that. She looked flawless.
Can I just profess my love again for St. Joseph’s Cathedral? I will never get tired of photographing weddings there. The sky-high vaulted ceiling, the warm yellow light that radiates through the windows, the bright and colorful stained glassed windows: they all make you feel like you’ve been transported somewhere old-worldly and magical. On a brisk day like this, it was so warm and spiritual inside.
We took our portraits outside and around the Renaissance Hotel right before their reception began. This wedding party braved the cold weather with me long enough to get some gorgeous photographs. Along with the cold, an intermittent wind added some great life to Sharon’s dress during our portraits. I love wind. It makes everything in photography feel more alive. I would like to give a personal thank you to my amazing second shooter, Sarah Williamson! I hope you love these photos as much as I did taking them! XO Jess
The first time I met Han, it was over the phone and I could immediately hear her electric personality radiate through. When I was able to then meet her in person later that week, it was not only her personality, but it was her smile that shined ear to ear- especially when she talked about her (then) fiance Quyen and their adorable daughter. Like my last post with Adrienne and Jay, I did a pre-wedding family & engagement session with them. It was September (I’m running way behind in blogging if you haven’t noticed) and the weather was warm and the light was soft.
I’m starting to love engagement sessions almost as much as the wedding itself. It’s a great opportunity to show who you are on a more down-to-earth level: your day-to-day self and a more natural beauty. Weddings are a great place to show off that “done-up” look. And together, they show two beautiful sides of the same family. Below are photos from both their E-session and their wedding.
The wedding was extraordinary with course after course of traditional Asian cuisine. It was apparently the first time J.Liu had ever done a custom 12-13 course traditional meal for a wedding. White flowers created a fresh, light and romantic feel in the room. A towering white cake was so formal and elegant. J.Liu’s vaulted ceiling made for a refined and upscale setting.
As far as dancing goes, this wedding might tie for my “best dancing” award with Eric and Rachel’s wedding. Everyone GOT. DOWN. (including yours truly). Here’s a little known fact- I like to try to blend in at weddings so that means if you’re bustin’ out the moves, well, I’ll prob. get crazy right along side you to get that photo!
There was so much love in this room. It was such an honor to be a part of it all:) XO Jess
It’s February and thinking about Spring portraits makes me happy as I’m unpiling the 7 inches of snow off my car. In an effort to make you equally as happy, I’d love to extend this one-time-only offer to you and your families. Up until February 28th (OMG that’s a whole month!), I’m offering $300 off my complete portrait sessions. WOWZA! That’s only $200 for a 45-60min session, online ordering, and the digital files of 40-60 images (in black and whaite and color). Think Pets, Family, Gifts, Engagments, Portraits, Senior Sessions, Children, Maternity, etc. There is no minimum order, so contact me today! Sessions must be used before September 1st, 2014. Travel additional if outside Columbus. XO Jess
Adrienne and Jay have brought together two families into one…and it’s quite possibly one of the cutest families you’ll see ever. Their children are such goofballs, and their little girl definitely rules the roost. Scott and I had such an wonderful time with them for their engagement session and on their wedding day. These two are kept super busy with their work and family, so it was nice to take some time to photograph them not once, but twice…just the two of them. One of the things I love most about photography sessions is it allows you to take a pause from your busy life, connect with each other, and preserve that little moment in time…that connection…that love.
This wedding was so genuine and authentic. From the beginning, they said they wanted it to be about the ceremony, their family and the people. The location they chose to create that environment was nothing short of perfect.
I have photographed at Liberty Presbyterian before, but never in their chapel. It is a very intimate, historic and warm place. The pews are all made of wood and an old piano sits at the front. Beautiful old wooden beams support the roof and an old church bell is located in the back of the church..reserved for those who have just gotten married. It felt very old and historical inside, which I feel like aided in creating a very connected spiritual environment. Their personal ceremony with all of their children was followed by refreshments and cookies outdoors. Instead of a formal reception, they opted for a low-key yet equally as fun time out with friends at a local restaurant.
Below are some photos from both their engagement & family session, as well as their wedding. A special thank you to my friend Melissa Jones who was my incredible second shooter on their wedding day. Another special thank you to my husband Scott who wrangled, played, shot, smiled and laughed his way through both the family session and wedding as my “assistant” (more like partner in crime) and additional shooter.
So I have to share this funny story with you all. Stephanie and I scheduled our first meeting over facetime, as they both live in California. I had just come home after wearing heels all day (a rare occurrence), and I just wanted to put my pajamas on. Instead, I knew Stephanie should only seeing me looking my best, but figured I could get away with wearing sweat pants. There I was, dressed to the nines from the waste up, and purple sweatpants and bulky socks below. But she would never know if I just angled the phone at me…well, she caught me when I went to show her my album designs and turned the phone downward. There they were- my purple sweatpants glaring through the phone camera at her. “Um…are you dressed really nicely from only the waist up?,” she asked. We were both laughing for a good 2-3 minutes and the rest is history.
This Delaware wedding was nothing short of perfection. The entire wedding party was composed of the most down to earth, fun-loving people. It was a bright sunny day that was just perfect for getting married. I just adored Stephanie’s vintage inspired bracelet and golden glittery flats. They added the perfect amount of POP to her beautiful gown. Purple is my all-time favorite color, so enough said- this wedding was like candy for my eyes.
Their reception took place at Northpointe Convention Center in Columbus. This venue is so bright and open. The grounds have a lot of beautiful backdrop options for photos. There is also a hotel on the property for those who want to provide close accommodations for guests. I was lucky enough to have Zak Kelly shooting with me this day. He is awesome, awesome, awesome. A true artist and I’m so lucky to call him a friend. I hope you enjoy these photos as much I enjoyed taking them! XO Jess
So in honor of this being the first week of the new year, I’m going to skip ahead some sessions and do a best-of 2013 post. I will continue to post 2013 weddings and session blogs in the coming weeks so keep checking back:)
At the end of it all, all I can really say is WOW! This has been Jessica Miller Photography’s busiest and most successful year to date. It has been such an honor to step into the lives of so many incredible people. I feel like my life has been so enriched by getting to know and share in the memories of my clients. I am a better person for having all of you in my life. I can’t thank you enough.
In early 2013, I traveled to WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) with a few friend-tographers and spent three days in some intensive business classes. I had wanted to attend this conference for the last 3 years, so it was very exciting to finally get there. I came home with a laser-focused drive that I’ve never felt before. It has definitely propelled me forward in not only my business, but also my everyday life. My work was published a few times in 2013: once in The Knot Ohio, once in Curve Magazine, once in Business First, and a photograph I took is now on the back of over 10,000 bottles of Via Vecchia wine. I was able to branch out and team with other local vendors for three fashion editorial shoots- two in the spring, and one in the summer. In 2013 I was the contributing photographer for Craftin’ Outlaws and I also established my own booth to sell prints at both their spring and winter shows. I acted as the in-house photographer for Bartha, a national events and production house, where I photographed over 25 live events. Jessica Miller Photography expanded in 2013 and now offers photography for high school Seniors looking for a more fashion-forward and creative experience with their Senior Photo shoot. Something that I’ve been so grateful for here in Columbus is my family of fellow wedding and portrait photographers. In business and in life, they have been there every step of the way. This year, I was able to have some insanely talented people shoot along side me as second shooters. A special thank you to Nick Fancher, Carmen Hall, Melissa Jones, Sarah Williamson, Mike Stempler, Zak Kelly and my husband Scott Ingraham for your beautiful work!
So without further ado, here are just a sampling of my favorite photographs I took from 2013. I’m so excited to turn the page on another year! Happy 2014 everyone! XO Jess
Jody and Chad were a completely unexpected and delightful addition to my 2013 wedding line-up. They booked me about a month and a half before their wedding. I’m always in awe when people can pull together the most amazing events in such a short amount of time…and on top of that, stay completely relaxed doing it. This wasn’t just any other run-of-the mill wedding, either. There were so many cool details that made this one so memorable.
Their wedding took place at the Kelton House, which is located near the topiary gardens in downtown Columbus. It’s a beautiful historical home with a lot of charm and rich history. It reminded me a bit of the houses I shot in last year down in Louisiana for Katie and Eric’s wedding. There’s something about old homes when you walk in them. You can almost feel the other-worldly history- somehow envision people as they were through the generations using the different rooms for different purposes. The Kelton House definitely has a warmth and a feeling of intimacy that some other venues don’t have. This home was also part of the Ohio underground railroad at one time.
To pay homage to his Scottish heritage, Chad wore his tartan for the wedding festivities. It came complete with a dagger tucked into the side of his kilt hose. Jody was breathtaking in a form-fitting lace gown that elegantly trailed behind her when she walked. The ceremony took place in the back garden of the Kelton House and was adorned with white and yellow flowers. There were also blooming Hostas lining each side of the path that runs along the side of the back yard. It created nothing less picture perfect and enchanting walkway.
Their reception featured a live bluegrass band and home-brewed beer. A couple of their friends who are also musicians, joined the band from time to time making a completely unique, memorable and heartwarming experience for everyone in attendance. I hope you love these photos as much as I do! XO Jess