This wedding was definitely a whirlwind, but in the best way possible. I only got to meet Valerie and Danny a few days before their wedding!!! Challenge, yes, but, let's face it, I like challenges and I like working under pressure..why else would I be a wedding photographer?!
When I first spoke with the bride's Mom Jenny, she told me that Valerie is always smiling and laughing and that her and Danny are just really sweet together..well she was right. Not only do Valerie and Danny light up a room, they bring so much life too! It didn't hurt that Valerie is stunning and extremely photogenic :) These two have been through a lot together and everyone was so happy to finally see them make it to the alter!
Off they go for the night! I hope you are both having a great honeymoon!
Flowers | Diane Maxwell
Dress | David's Bridal
Hair & Makeup | Laura Focht & Molly Morgan
Caterer | Nazareth Deli
Cake & Desserts | Golden Delight Bakery, Costco, Ashley Dettmers
Videographer | Jamie Maxwell
Live music | Carrie Maxwell & Kate Powers
DJ | Good Vibrations
We may have ended the session with frozen fingers, but it wasn't due to the lack of warmth between these two people. Since they booked over the phone, the Audubon Park was the first place we all actually got to meet. Right away I felt an ease with them, I loved Brittany's choice to wear a red dress (especially in March with everything not quite blooming and still frosted from winter) and I could tell they had so much respect for one another. When I asked them what they love about their relationship, they both said they appreciated the other's loyalty. We started off our session with a little something to keep them warm, my favorite, tea by the water.
After talking with these two over FaceTime I knew we had to make their session very natural and fun, as if I was witnessing a real date and just happen to get some photos along the way. If you are from anywhere near my hometown (and theirs) you probably know about Stauf's Coffee on Grandview Avenue. In school, this was a frequent spot for my couple and I thought it would make a great location for their time with me this week. Nostalgia always wins for me when it comes to location ideas. I am so glad Lauren & Andrew were able to make it to Columbus (from Chicago) for us to get a little practice in before the Spring!
It's not too often I get the request to capture cat families, but when Kristin & Harmon invited me to their home to start their session with their five (yes, five) kitties, I was in for the adventure. These two have a unique kind of love and style that makes them so much fun to hang out with. Anytime a couple is comfortable with each other, it makes my job so easy..they laugh like I'm not there and don't shy away from snuggling up in front of the camera. I was expecting the cats, but what I didn't know was Kristin had set up an whole studio for us to shoot in their basement-eccentric and very them..and it was perfect. The more you get into personalizing your session, the more comfortable you are and the more personal the images feel.