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Short North Engagement

Short North Engagement Shoot

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!

Short North Engagement Shoot

downtown columbus engagement

Downtown Columbus Engagement

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

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Engagement at Grange Audubon

Engagement at Grange Audubon

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!

Schiller Park Engagement

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!

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

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

Engagement Shoot at Inniswood Metro Gardens

Even though I was booked for Samantha and Cole’s wedding date, I was still so lucky to get to do their engagement photos. These two are so laid back and fun to hang out with. By the end of the shoot, it felt like we were old friends. We did their session in late spring when all the COVID stuff was just starting. Would it really even be a 2020 photoshoot without a mask picture?

Inniswoods was showing off on this day. Everything was in full bloom including the spectacular purple wisteria arch they have. I think if I could have my dream garden, I’d have an arch with wisteria, an arch with grapevines, a small pool and I would teach my kids to pick me grapes off the vine. I digress. Anyways, it was really pretty.

Samantha and Cole met at work! I actually have a few couples from the past two years who met at work. It’s incredibly romantic. I am so excited for them both and wish I could be there on their wedding day. But I am so honored to have been able to meet them and spend this time together. It was so much fun and I left on a natural high! SO much love to you both! XO Jess

Grange Insurance Audubon Engagement

Even though this year has been challenging in knowing how to navigate a pandemic in regards to how to photograph weddings and couples, I find the engagement shoots I’ve done to be as close to “normal” as you can get. And for that, I am so thankful. Engagement shoots are so much fun for me because I love getting to know people a little better before their wedding day. It’s like we’re able to go on a small adventure together, which is bonding.

This was one of the coolest stories I’ve come across in my career! Marissa used to live in the house I live in now! She was looking up her old home online and it showed that my company was stationed out of there. Fast forward to her engagement, and she thought of me! My husband and I live out of the room she used to live in while we save up the funds to redo the owner’s suite. I can’t even tell you how happy it made me to meet them. It was also so much fun showing off the updates we’ve been able to do in the last five years.

Marissa wore the world’s most beautiful flowy dress to the Audubon portion of their shoot. And lucky for us, there was an intermittent wind that would blow through and make her dress come alive. Some of the photos just felt magical as I took them. A good wind will do that.

We rounded out the shoot with a small walk around German Village. The flowers and landscapes were showing off for us. Every corner seemed to overflow with early summer blooms and life. Thank you so much, Marissa and Chris, for this day. I can’t wait to join you at your wedding in October! XO J

jenn and DW sitting by a fountain

Whetstone Park of Roses Engagement Photos

Horray!! I finally get to feature Jenn and D.W. on the blog today!! And, the thunder stealer extraordinaire, Cooper the adorable basset hound. For their engagement shoot last year, we started their session near their house in Harrison west. I love it when people bring their pets to shoots, but Cooper is extra adorable and so photogenic. He let us shoot with him for about a half-hour and then he had to go get some beauty rest.

From there we drove over to Whetstone Park of Roses and took the remainder of the photos with just DW and Jenn. I love it there because you can get so much natural variety with your photos. In June, the park is exploding with color around every turn. I love these two because they are so down-to-earth and easy to talk to. I feel so blessed they came into my life because I feel like I have a life-long friendship with them as a result. I just love DW’s dry sense of humor and Jenn’s calming presence. Together they make such a great couple.

So, as summer ends and we slowly creep towards fall, I’m going to try to pull out all the remaining summer shoots from last year and this year for the blog in the next few weeks. That’s a lot of blogs, but I’ve really found that blogging has provided me with a bit of grounding that I needed. It has been so much fun looking back at all these intimate and fun moments. It’s important to reflect on your work sometimes, and this year has been a gift in that way. When fall comes, I will be posting about DW and Jenn’s amazing wedding from last year that was one of my favorites from 2019!! Lots of goodness to come:)

andrew and joseph hug

Main Street Bridge Engagement Photos

To continue pride month celebration here at Jessica Miller Photography, I have Andrew and Joseph on the blog today! This shoot was so. much. fun. This was the very first time I had met Andrew and Joseph in person and it felt like I had known them my whole life. We got together last December on a temperate and sunny day downtown. There was just a light dusting of snow still on the ground and the sky was blue and clear, not the typical Columbus winter sky. There is such ease between these two. The way they are just silly and laugh really reminds me of the way my husband and I are with each other.

Our shoot started in downtown Columbus at the Main Street Bridge that connects the Scioto Mile to the COSI campus. From there, we just walked and talked and laughed. There are so many fun little spots in that area for an engagement shoot. If you’re a regular to the blog, you probably already know that I love this area. From the Scioto Mile, we hopped over to German Village, my other favorite spot for engagement photos. The rugged brick streets, the quaint little houses all piled on top of each other, and the immaculate landscaping makes this such a fun part of the city.

Andrew and Joeseph had to reschedule their wedding until early next year. I seriously can’t wait to get these two in front of the camera again and celebrate as they tie the knot! Thank you so much for coming into my life! I am so honored I get to document this journey for you both. Cheers until next year! XO Jess