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In an effort to scale back on weddings this year, I still managed to book two weddings over Memorial Day weekend. I am so happy I did. I simply adore both couples! On Saturday I had the privilege of photographing Jane and Eric’s beautiful wedding at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and Portage Country Club. Jane and I go way back – several years ago – when we were both life guards/swim instructors. I – probably too old to still be twirling a whistle – was beginning to look at photography as more than just a hobby. Dear, sweet Jane, who was just in high school at the time, said to me, “When my boyfriend and I get married after college, I’d like you to photograph my wedding.” How precious, right? Of course I dismissed it, and we all went on with our lives. Fast forward about five years to last March when I received an email from Jane with the subject “I’m finally getting married!” When I met with Jane and her mother for a consultation, I reassured her that, although I would be thrilled to photograph her wedding, I was not holding her to it, and if she went a different route with the photography, I completely understood. Well, this girl is loyal, and getting to work with Jane and Eric and their families last Saturday was such an honor. Watching the slide show production at their reception definitely helped me feel “in,” and now I understand why Jane – and everyone else! – knew she and Eric would last.

About these photos. Jane was very clear about not wanting her photos to look posed. All candid. All natural. All fun. Non-traditional. So that’s what we went for. Of course I love candid pictures, but often when it comes to photographing a bride and groom with or without their bridal party, people become stiff and really want direction. Not this group. They were phenomenal – laughing and really seeming at ease in front of the camera, which made photographing them a breeze. I’m looking forward to seeing them again this August when I will be photographing the groom’s sister, Jen’s wedding. Much love to you all!

P.S. Isn’t Jane gorgeous? Oh, she was just glowing!

 

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Meet Emily and Chris. This couple convinced their friends and family to run a 5k the morning of their wedding. Now that’s my kind of entourage.¬†Emily and Chris flew in from Portland to get married at St. Sebastian’s and celebrate afterward at Firestone Country Club. Although I’ve lived in Akron my whole life and probably played soccer right by the church a¬†thousand times, I had never been inside. And my experience with FCC: falling asleep on the grass while watching the golfers at the Bridegestone Invitational with Brad. Of course both venues were beautiful! Emily was the ideal bride – very organized, on top of things and completely down to earth! Chris was hysterical. Here are some of my favorites from the day. Congratulations you two. You’re both lovely!


Here are some pictures of my cutiepie niece, Claire Louise, at 4 days old. She’s such a little angel, and she certainly knows how to wear headbands and tutus well! A wonderful addition to our family. We love you, Claire!

It’s great to be back in the wedding scene again, and Kristen and Drew had a perfect wedding last Saturday to kick off the season. Clear skies, sun, and smiles on this May day at Hale Farm. Kristen and Drew, it was a pleasure working with you two. Congratulations!