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
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
I shot this adorable family’s wedding last year. Instead of an engagement shoot, they opted for a family shoot after their wedding. Their daughter Mary stole all the thunder! This late fall shoot from last year was cold, but they all made sure to keep warm with plenty of snuggles.
We met up outside the new Dublin library. It has the best modern lines and beautiful landscaping as well. It actually started to rain, but luckily inside is cool too and little Mary was able to play in the children’s area for a while with mom and dad. I love the photo where she’s in the crawl circle looking out at the world around her. Thank you so much to the Harrison’s for being so wonderful in so many ways! XO Jess
Normally I wouldn’t include a senior portrait session with a month of Familypalooza, but this session was so special. Because Jaya’s older siblings were home for her graduation celebration, we were able to mix it into a family shoot as well. And it’s a great reminder to those with older kids, that you don’t stop being a family, and you can always make space to have an updated family photo!
This family had the most beautiful backyard. We started the session early in the morning because she went straight to her COVID-friendly drive-through graduation afterward. The sun was low in the sky and created these heavenly rays of light that poured through their backyard trees. It was evident how much Jaya’s older siblings loved her as they hugged her and the whole group started laughing. For me, this was the perfect morning. I left feeling so lucky to have such incredible people come in and out of my life AS MY JOB!
Jane and Chirs were married in early August last year at Saint Andrew Catholic Church and had their reception at the Jessing Center at the Josephinum. I had never met them before their wedding, but instantly, they felt like old friends. They both have a calming and genuine presence. We met up for their first look in a park down the block from the church. It was a sunny day and a slight breeze was in the air. Jane’s David’s Bridal dress was so beautiful and she paired it with a simple strand of pearls. The back of the dress was a masterpiece! Lace and button details created a heart shape. Chris was dressed in a grey 3-piece suit from the Men’s Warehouse. As we shot, they just talked, held each other, and giggled. They are truly so sweet together. We decided to do some more photos at St. Andrew’s and I’m so glad we did. The interiors of this church are magnificent. They are just perfect for an epic silhouette!
The entire bridal party met up outside for some more relaxed and fun photos before the ceremony started. Right after the ceremony, we took some photos with Mary, their adorable infant daughter. I just kept thinking about how sweet of an experience it must be to hold your own child on your wedding day. I wasn’t even postpartum, but it gave me all the feels from behind the camera.
From the church, we went over to the Jessing Center at the Josephinum. I had never had the privilege of shooting on their grounds before, but this place is just magical. The campus buildings made for a backdrop reminiscent of European cathedrals. Inside, the ballroom was large but it retained a feeling of intimacy. Bloomtastic florals that accented the room and an enchanting cake by Jennifer Hemphill were standout details. This group did not disappoint on the dancefloor and everything about the entire day was so authentic and joyous. Thank you so much, Jane and Chris. I hope you love these photos as much as I did taking them! XO Jess
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
It has been so much fun blogging and reliving all of the amazing weddings from over the past year. I truly love what I do and feel so blessed to be able to peek into so many’s lives even if just for a little bit.
This wedding was last June and was beautiful for so many reasons. I met up with Danielle as she was getting ready in the Bridal Suite at the Scioto Reserve Country Club. They were steaming her cathedral length veil when I arrived. There are very few things I love more than a longer-than-life veil. As she got her dress on, you could see the excitement in her eyes. It was a sunny day with no clouds in the sky. The country club has this amazing little spot of trees right near the back of the club where I just love to do portraits. This is where we did the first look with Charles. The expression on his face was so cute as he turned around and saw how stunning Danielle looked. We then hopped on a golf cart and took some photos around the grounds. The sun softly illuminated them both as they walked.
It was then time to get married! They had an outdoor ceremony in the back of the club. As Charles read his vows to Danielle, a beam of light came through and highlighted only his eyes. For me, it was a poetic moment. I’m such a sucker for cool lighting.
Inside the reception room, soft violet and cream accents adorned every corner. When the dancing started, it didn’t stop. There was so much joy and love in the room that night. Thank you so much to Danielle and Charles for letting me be a small part of it all!
SO, I REALLY missed their first anniversary, but this wedding needs to be seen by the world! It was so pretty and fun. I love Amber and Sean. They have the most amazing way of joking around with each other. I’ll never forget their first look. Sean was just talking to himself and making himself laugh. As Amber stood behind him waiting to tap him on his shoulder, Amber couldn’t stop laughing and was trying so hard to compose herself. They have a way of being so intimately funny.
After the first look, we hopped on some golf carts and explored the grounds at Tartan Fields and found some stunning little spots to take some dreamy photos. The bridesmaids’ sage green gowns looked perfect against the landscape. After photos, we all met up behind the Country Club because their ceremony was about to begin. This outdoor ceremony spot overlooked the perfectly manicured golf course and provided the perfect “wow” factor as they exchanged their vows.
After the ceremony, everyone was treated to a patio cocktail hour as the sun lowered in the sky. It was then time to party the night away. Their reception was detailed with white and sage green. Their cake was by Kelly’s Cakery and tasted delicious. I loved that both Sean and Amber individually stood and thanked their guests with very heartfelt speeches. Amber and Sean concluded dinner with their first dance where they were wrapped up tight in each other’s arms. After open dancing started, I saw some of the best dance moves from any of my 2019 weddings.
Amber and Sean, I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to have been there as you both said: “I do”. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you both! XO J
Happy Pride Month! I am so excited to feature so many beautiful couples this month on the blog, starting with these two. I have known Ben since I was 6 years old. When he asked if I would be the wedding photographer for him and his fiance Dustin’s wedding, I was so incredibly honored. Ben is exactly how I remembered him. A huge smile from ear-to-ear, genuinely invested in what you have to say, and just a really beautiful soul.
We took these photos the weekend of their actual wedding. It was such a fun way to celebrate early and get them a little more comfortable in front of the camera. I met up with Ben and Dustin in German Village and we just walked around, swapped stories, memories and laughed together. The funniest story was that the film “I Am Wrath” was filmed at his childhood Bexley home and he got to meet John Travolta. If you haven’t seen this film, it’s worth a watch. It’s so funny (it’s not supposed to be funny), especially if you’re from Columbus. They also filmed a lot of it at the barbershop my husband Scott gets his hair cut, Old Familiar.
In the next couple of weeks, I’ll blog about their wedding. It was intimate and perfect! Until then, I hope you love this fun photo session! XO Jess
I had the great honor of traveling to Hocking Hills last spring with the one and the only Shannon Goode from GoodeBeauty. She asked for a romantic and earthy vibe for the photos, and I said: “I’ve got the place for you!” I love it when people are up for anything. Together we ventured to Hocking Hills and when we arrived, it couldn’t have been more spectacular. There was a low-hanging mist around all the trees giving a creamy and soft feel to the photos. I just loved the outfits that Shannon picked. Bright and beaming colors were such a nice compliment to the romantic, earthy setting. Shannon has a soft and relaxed demeanor which makes her a very calming and grounded presence to be around. She is strong, stunning, and basically a force to be reckoned with both in life and in the beauty industry. Not only has she been in the beauty industry since 1997, but she is also a founding partner of the Midwest Beauty Summit. She has done my hair on three separate special occasions and each time has blown me away. I always consider my hair to be very difficult to tame, and Shannon has had the most effortless way of making it look absolutely spectacular.
I am so thankful for our time on this day. It was so great to get to know her, talk about life and business, and shoot some beautiful photos. I love you Shannon and hope I get to have you in front of my camera again!