Category Archives: Jessica Miller Photography

Swan Lake Event Center Wedding

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!

All-Star Vendors

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.

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Fall OSU engagement shoot

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

Fall wedding at High Line Car House

Tonight I get to feature Jenn and DWs gorgeous wedding from last year at High Line Car House! I have been so excited to show this one off because from start to finish, this day was just magical. This is also the first time in 12 years that I’ve had a pet stand at the front with the couple as they got married. Cooper was very respectful and didn’t steal the show too much!!

DW and Jenn did a first look at Schiller Park in German Village. It was so much fun to see DW’s reaction as they both turned around. He was overcome with emotion and photographers just live for those moments! From there we casually walked around the park, talking and laughing with the whole bridal party. Jenn’s cathedral length veil was just everything. Long veils make the whole bridal look so elegant and romantic. One of my favorite photos we got was the picture of their basset hound Cooper standing in front of the bridal party. He even had his own little tuxedo!

We all headed back to High Line to watch these two tie the knot! It was so intimate, loving, and warm in that room. From there we all moved to the main space of High Line and got the party started. Tables were accented with flowers from Jewelwedding Floral Studio, candles, and the most beautiful glass pumpkins. Kitties Cakes supplied the most incredible desserts as well! After their first dance, we snuck out to do a few night photos in front of the Columbus Love sign downtown. To finish off the night, guests were treated to The Whirlybirds live band. This day had the best energy from start to finish. So much love to you both DW and Jenn. You’ll never know how lucky I feel that you walked into my life! XO J

Short North Fall Engagement Photos

I’m so excited to bring some fall goodness to the blog today! This session is from Mari and Ben’s beautiful Short North Engagement session last year. This year we celebrated their STUNNING wedding so keep an eye out for that blog early in the new year.

We started this session at Goodale Park and all of its autumnal glory. We had so much fun just walking and talking around the park and up and down the streets of the Short North. We even ducked into their favorite hangout, the Short North Tavern, for some romantic “cheers” photos. A lot has changed in a year but one thing has not- the amazing love these two share. I am so lucky Mari and Ben walked into my life and can’t wait to see what their future holds! XO Jess

Blackwell Hotel Wedding Photos

Eric and Morgan tied the knot in September of last year at the Blackwell on OSU’s campus. It was such a special day because they had been together for over 10 years and decided to make it official! Eric also happens to be one of the first friends I made when I moved back to Ohio in 2005. Now that I write that, I can’t believe how fast 15 years flew by. In a lot of ways, it felt like I was reconnecting with family. Everyone in this wedding party was so much fun. It was just laughter from the beginning until the end. I think one of my favorite parts of the entire day was during the ceremony, light just beamed in on the two of them. I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t ideal for photography, but it was a moment that made me think, wow! The sun is giving its approval, too. So after their sun-kissed vows and ceremony, they greeted their guests with deep celebratory hugs, because you could do that in 2019.

The Blackwell has a lot of hidden photo gems right around it, including these tree-lined walkways across the street. The lighting we got in that area was insane. I think my favorite photo from the entire day was when Eric and Morgan were walking across the street back to their venue. It reminded me of the Abbey Road album cover, but it was also just such a sweet and real moment.

At their reception, guests were treated to flutes of champagne with flowers in it. It was such stunning detail and pop of color. As the night went on, the party just ramped up! By the time I left, there were some expert dance moves being distributed across the dance floor. It was such a special night and I’m so honored I was asked to capture it. Thank you, Eric and Morgan, and happy one year married!

Clintonville Newborn Photos

I started Familypalooza September 1st with a session I did for the Byrnes last year. Now I’m so excited to share the session I did this year 10 days after baby Wyatt was born. We made it a front porch distanced newborn session because of Covid-19. The photos never do justice to how small these babes really are. When Jess brought him out, I felt the breath pass out of me. It is such a cool experience to meet a newborn for the first time. So new, tiny, and helpless. And Wyatt was so bright-eyed and awake, which I absolutely love. His eyes soaking up all the new sights, trying to make sense of it all. And I felt so grateful to be there. This year has been very challenging for so many. But here in the middle of all of that, is a new precious life.

Columbus Extended Family Photography

I love this family!! And I’m not going to lie, shooting this many people at once is hard. But it is a beautiful rollercoaster that I absolutely adore. It was so much fun to see how much all of the kids have grown since the last time I saw them all last year. And there was even a new addition to photograph too! This year we made sure to get the whole family in front of the house the siblings all grew up in. This way they can always have a keepsake of where they grew up, and where their children now run and play. I think my favorite photo from the day was the one of the immediate family. It is so obvious they have so much love for each other. Thank you so much to the Flynn Family!

Family Photos in Downtown Columbus OH

So often I see families only opt to have their family photos done when their kids are really little, or even just as newborns. And then, like magic, the kids grow up and there are no family photos! That’s why I just love that the Reynolds family contacted me to do their family photos. We had so much fun walking around downtown Columbus, talking, and laughing. It is also so fun for me to do family photos in urban settings because so many people opt to have them in parks. I ADORE different! One of my favorite photos below is them in front of the Scioto Mile fountains. The wind blew at just the right moment and gave both girls that Beyonce hair moment! Thank you so much to the Reynolds family! I hope you love these as much as I did  taking them:) XO Jess

Indian Run Falls Family Photos

Ah, my heart. I remember the fall day that I got the phone call. It was my best friend Lisa on the other line. She told me she was pregnant! I remember where I was. I was on the top row of the bleachers inside the Indianapolis Arena photographing a show for FFA’s National convention. It took my breath away! I always knew she was a lot more maternal than I was, but I also couldn’t believe my best friend was taking that next huge step in life and becoming a mother. And oh my god what an amazing mother she is. And then I blinked, and her two kids are now 10 and 8. How did that happen? And wow, how lucky I am to know them. I would move mountains for these people. Last year she gave me the honor of photographing the three of them together. And as time keeps speeding up, we now have these beautiful windows back to last year that we can visit. I love you Lis and am so lucky to have you in my life! XO

Columbus In-home newborn session

Today is my birthday! I just love that I was born in September because it’s right when the air starts to become manageable and the whole world feels like it’s air-conditioned lol. Strangely enough, most of my good friends are Virgos as well. I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence, or if it’s a Virgo thing that we just like each other. Either way, today I’m celebrating. And I’m celebrating on the blog by posting this session from a family I just love and adore.

Late last year I had the honor of meeting little Camille! She is the daughter of one of my past brides and grooms. From the moment I met her mom Traci, we just clicked. Now I have shared their engagement, wedding, and now the start of their family and I couldn’t feel more blessed. She was awake for most of our session, and I just melted at her beautiful and inquisitive little eyes. Seriously, babies are the best. The absolute best. And thank you Andrew and Traci for letting me give baby Camille her first closeup!