I am at the edge of my seat in excitement to post this engagement in downtown Columbus. And we really did go all over Columbus for this one! Valarie and Nathan are such a fun couple to be around. First of all, I have a hair crush on Valarie. Look at her gorgeous locks of perfect hair cascading down her back. Then let’s acknowledge Nate’s masterpiece mustache! And then there’s the way they both melt into each other’s arms. Guys, this session wasn’t that hard to photograph well. Just look at how cute they are together!
Our session started at one of my favorite Columbus spots, the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. We took a short hike, which also happens to be one of my favorite ways of shooting. The light was incredible even though it started as pretty direct. Beams of the warm sun would fall in at just the right moments to highlight Valarie’s hair or Nathan’s smile.
From the Audubon, we ventured around downtown and finally ended the shoot walking around Franklinton. The rustic streets and murals were the perfect companion photos to the nature shots we got earlier.
Keep an eye out for these two in the near future as I will be blogging about their incredible wedding.
I just love Allison and Charles and this Ohio State Engagement! It was an absolutely perfect pre-covid fall day where we were able to walk and laugh and enjoy everything about life mask-free. We had so much fun strolling the grounds of the Ohio State Campus. After that, we made our way to the downtown Pins Mechanical for some really cool and laid-back photos. It was also the first place Charles told Allison he loved her! I think it’s extra special when people can incorporate meaningful places into their shoots.
Even with all the uncertainty that last year brought, these two still safely tied the knot! I can’t wait to share with you how spectacular their wedding was.
Welcome to this Blue Jacket’s Engagement shoot! I adore when a couple has a really cool idea that you don’t see all that often. Lindsay and Jake knew EXACTLY where they wanted their engagement shoot- at the Nationwide Arena and the Arena District. They are season ticket holders so their ticket rep hooked them up with a private time block where the whole arena was ours. It was so fun to be on the ice. I used to ice skate as a kid, but I’ve never been on the ice to photograph anyone. I kept telling myself not to drop my camera because metal sticks to ice!
These two had to improvise for their wedding last year and I’m excited to share how they tied the knot on the blog in the next couple of months! It was so intimate and sweet. Just being around these two you can tell how much they love each other but also don’t take themselves too seriously. I feel so lucky to have met them both! XO J
Jenna, Jonathan, and I met up for this Short North engagement shoot last year in mid-February, right before the pandemic hit. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t waited all last year just so I could post this post on Valentine’s Day weekend! I am so excited to share all of these photos, but especially the roses and wine photos at the end of our shoot!
We started the shoot inside, because yes, it was cold outside. At the Hilton Downtown, they had a fire burning in the second-floor lobby and it made everything feel so cozy and warm. I love this hotel so, so much. It has the coolest architectural details that you can incorporate into romantic imagery. The Hilton Downtown Columbus just broke ground on their newest building that’s going in across the street. I can’t wait to see their sister building in the next couple of years.
From the Hilton, we went one block away and took some photos at Goodale Park. The tall grasses and Pine trees provide a stunning landscape year-round. Pine trees are my favorite so you might notice them used in my photos a lot.
And my favorite part of the shoot- we strolled up and down High Street in the Short North and ended up at Wine on High. The store was decorated for Valentine’s Day from top-to-bottom. Jenna and Jonathan toasted to their future as we laughed and literally smelled the beautiful roses that were on the table.
In the coming year, these two have rescheduled their wedding three times. It has been a total rollercoaster, but I’m so excited to say that I’ll be joining them in Niagra Falls later this year as they say their I do’s in a small intimate celebration. I couldn’t be happier for them and I know it’s felt like a long and winding road. Cheers to Jenna and Jonathan and cheers to all Valentines this weekend!
Today I want to share this stunning downtown Columbus engagement shoot. It had the most beautiful light from start to finish.
Bogna and Eric are, simply put, like a ray of sunshine to be around. I love the way Eric embraces Bogna in so many of these moments we captured. They both have warm and inviting personalities are are so nice to be around.
We started the shoot in Goodale Park on this spectacular fall day. Every tree was bursting with color. As we were walking, we found this huge “heart” made of sticks. It was just perfect to grab a few shots with them, and so fun for me to share the week of Valentine’s Day! Bogna and Eric also included their fur babies in the shoot. My favorite photos included their cat! This is only the second time I’ve photographed a cat as part of an engagement shoot and I think people should do it more!
My favorite part of this adventure was when we drove to a nearby parking deck and finished the shoot as the sun dipped low in the distance. The sky was blue with white puffy clouds. Excuse me while I geek out about the weather. Everything was washed in a watercolor-like layer of beautiful light. It felt like the world was sparkling. There’s also something really cool to being up high when that weather is that nice. It just makes you feel alive.
Bogna and Eric’s wedding plans were put on hold because of COVID last year, but they decided to go ahead and elope! I am so excited to share that small event in the next couple of months and to join them for their big event sometime in the near future! SO much love to these two! XO Jess
Today’s Engagement at Grange Audubon Center makes me so happy! I have known Brad now for 5 years and was so honored he reached out to me when he got engaged!
He is the world’s best house rehabber (is that a word?) He single-handedly re-did our entire downstairs, painted every square inch inside our house, and built and stained our fence. I don’t think there’s anything he can’t do! He is also a social butterfly so we inevitably became close with all the time he spent at our home. I think he probably becomes friends with everyone he meets. He just has that warm and approachable personality. And he met his match because so does Emily! We had so much fun taking a leisurely hike and taking photos.
These two actually eloped in late 2019 before it was cool with plans of a larger wedding and celebration in 2020. Like so many of my clients, their wedding was rescheduled until this year and I simply can’t wait to celebrate with them later this year!
I hope you enjoy these dreamy and colorful fall photos. The Grange Insurance Audubon Center never disappoints no matter what season!
This Schiller Park engagement was so sweet and loving. January and February are generally considered engagement season in the wedding world. To celebrate, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite engagement sessions from last year! Today I’m excited to share Erin and Joey‘s fall session.
To be around these two is to feel their mutual love for one another. The way they interact is so sweet and genuine. There were so many genuine smiles and laughs this day!
Erin also has the most perfect curly hair. My hair is also very curly and I’m always in awe of those who can manage to make it look incredible. I’m also in love with her cool style. The skirt she wore is definitely a piece I want in my own closet!
Erin and Joey were supposed to have their big wedding in 2020, but when COVID hit, their plans changed like so many of my clients. They ended up eloping in their backyard and I’m so excited to join them later this year for their big celebration!
Congratulations are in order to these two! If you can get through planning a wedding in a pandemic, you can do anything!
I am so excited to share today’s Swan Lake Event Center Wedding for a few reasons. I had done Blaire’s sister’s wedding a few years back so it was super fun to see them all again. Also, this wedding felt so grand to me. They allowed so much time for photos and it really showed. Their final collection is so robust and stunning- not to mention I think this might have been the nicest fall day I can ever remember having for a wedding
For those who haven’t been to this beautiful venue in Powell, OH, it is everything you could ever ask for! The fall foliage was in full regalia as Blaire and Brian did their first look down by the lake. Everything was perfectly manicured and there ARE actual swans that live on the property.
Off to the church!
After the first look and a few portraits, it was time to go get married! The couple tied the knot in a grand ceremony at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in downtown, Columbus. Blaire’s lace-trimmed cathedral length veil was nothing less than show-stopping as she made her way down the grand aisle towards Brian. This wedding was pre-COVID so everyone was mask-free. You know, the good ole’ days.
From St. Joseph’s, the entire bridal party met across the street at the Ohio Statehouse for more photos. The bridal party looked so sophisticated and elegant in the deep purple color. The classical architecture of the statehouse complimented Blaire’s off-the-shoulder gown perfectly. From the statehouse, we ventured over to the Scioto Mile for some fun group shots on the Main Street bridge. I think my favorite photos from this area were down by the water where tall grasses accented the edge of the river giving an ethereal feel to some of the imagery we captured.
Time to Party
Now it was time to party! Everyone met back at Swan Lake as cocktail hour was ending. The fire pit was lit on the back deck, and as the sun slowly set, you could see the fountains in the lake starting to change colors. All of the colors can be programmed to match the colors of the wedding!
Creative Cuisine provided the feast as GMJL Productions kept the music rolling. Hilliard Floral Design did an incredible job with the florals and Got Ya Covered provided the linens. Batter and Bowl made the 4-tier cake and cookies were homemade by family and friends. Shannon from Goode Hair LLC knocked it out of the park-like always! Everything from start to finish with this wedding was spectacular and I felt so blessed to be a part of it all.
Last year in the fall, I had the honor of photographing Jack and Elena’s engagement session at both Harrison West and the OSU campus. We scheduled the session so the sun would be setting as we shot on campus, and it was nothing short of spectacular. I just adore the golden glow we were able to get and the super dreamy-delux silhouettes by mirror lake. This year, I was able to capture these two tie the know in one of my favorite weddings from 2020! I am so excited to share this with the world tonight! Keep an eye out for their wedding blog in the coming months! XO Jess