In honor of their micro wedding last week, I am so excited to share Kaitlin and Andrew’s Franklin Park Community Garden Engagement today on the blog. Kaitlin and Andrew are two people that I could easily spend every day around. They are kind, laid back, and pretty much amazing in every way. Together, they are so cute and loving. Truly- these two fill my heart.
We started our shoot on a bright and sunny day down at the Scioto Mile. How cute is it that they both wear glasses? There were many snuggles and smiles under the warm sun that day.
From the city backdrop, we ventured over to the Franklin Park Community Garden to continue the shoot. Like always, the gardens were immaculate and pristine. I am an amateur gardener and it is my goal to have a garden even a fraction as beautiful as this someday. Some of my favorite photos from the day were taken under the ivy-covered arbor. In the next couple of months, I will be sharing Kaitlin and Andrew’s micro wedding that happened a couple of weeks ago. The day was absolutely perfect and I can’t wait to show them off some more!
Today’s desert botanical garden engagement is so special to me. When my bestie Jess got engaged, I never thought it would be possible to shoot her engagement photos because she lives on the west coast. Last year, about three weeks before COVID shut the whole world down, we both found ourselves in Arizona for our other bestie’s wedding. I got to spend the day with Jess and Randy doing the thing I love most in life, exploring and photographing.
We started our shoot at the Cub’s spring training field, Sloan Park. Randy is a sports fanatic, but having lived in Chicago myself, I also felt some butterflies when we walked into the stadium. It was incredible to see how huge the facility was! In my mind, I thought a spring training facility would be small, but it was about the size of the Columbus Clipper’s stadium if not bigger.
From the ballpark, we went to the desert botanical gardens just as the sun was dipping in the sky. The very first thing I did was step on a cactus, and I was wearing sandals. I can’t even describe to you how painful that was and how stupid I felt. I also couldn’t stop laughing at the thought of me leaving a trail of blood behind me. Anyways it was totally worth it because the lighting, the gardens, and Jess and Randy were too perfect for words. It was an amazing day that I will remember forever. Congratulations are also due to this couple, as they eloped in California late last year! I love you to the moon, Jess! XOXO Jess squared.
I’m so excited to share Alli and Trevor’s engagement in German Village today! This was actually the last shoot I did before COIVD-19 shut the world down. None of us knew that everything was about to change so dramatically. On this day, it was just laughter and smiles as we strolled around the village.
We did this session in early spring, right as the weather turned to get warmer. It’s my favorite time of year. There is nothing other than a warm beam of sunshine on your face after a long winter. It’s so calming for me and I am all about everything spring. Ali and Trevor brought their fur baby Artie to join in the fun. He was so cute and soaked up every snuggle he could get.
I think some of my favorite photos from the shoot were the ones we took outside the Old Mohawk. I love it when people incorporate special places in their shoots.
Ali and Trevor had to postpone their NYE 2020 celebration to 2021 but they still celebrated last year by eloping and ringing in the new year as husband and wife. I was lucky enough to join them for this insanely special and fun backyard event so keep your eye out for a blog about that! I can’t wait to celebrate again with these two later this year. XO Jess
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!