Britta & Nick – Denver, Colorado Destination Engagement Session categories: engagement, featured

It started as just a small idea. After meeting Britta and Nick at a friend’s wedding, we quickly booked their wedding and started to talk about engagement session locations. “What do you think about doing the session in Denver,” I asked while talking to Britta and Nick on the phone. Like so many clients, they had not thought about a destination session. We spent the rest of the call talking back and forth about ideas and logistics. By the end of the call, the decision had been made. We would be doing their engagement session in Denver.

Initially, we had planned for an autumn session in Vail, high up in the Rocky Mountains. Unfortunately, time and weather conspired against us. The fall color in the mountains had already come and gone by the day of Britta and Nick’s session. Furthermore, the weather in the mountains called for rain that day. By this time, I had already arrived in Denver for the session, and I was staying with some family. Specifically, my sister-in-law and her husband. Thankfully, family came to my rescue and started to suggest some great locations in the Front Range for the session. After a quick chat with Britta and Nick, a new plan was in place. We would do their engagement session at Roxborough State Park in the Front Range, and then head to Washington Park in downtown Denver. The new plan also came with a bonus – great fall color and very warm temperatures.

The morning of the session, I headed out to Roxborough very early. I wanted to take some extra time for scouting and to capture some scenery. Almost by plan, I was met by a funny, fury fellow at the park entrance. You’ll see him below. Not long after, Britta and Nick arrived. We then headed across the park and into a beautiful valley I had found earlier. Honestly, I cannot adequately describe the scenery. It was breathtaking. Of course, Britta and Nick were wonderful to work with as well. We ended the session at Washington Park, working around the lagoon and geese who were diligently mowing the lawn.

Afterwards, we all sat down at a nearby cafe for a glass of wine and a small bite to eat. At this point it began to hit me – Britta & Nick’s engagement photos were going to be amazing. I’ve included some highlights below. For Britta & Nick, I certainly can’t wait for the wedding. It’s going to be even better than Denver! Thank you so much for the adventure.

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Katie & Jeff – Autumn Engagement in Cleveland categories: engagement, featured

Our lives change in unforeseen ways. Change creeps in, at first imperceivable, like the movement of the sun across the sky. The movement is so slight, the initial change goes unnoticed. Once the change is fully developed, we see the full impact only in hindsight. At first, many of our most important life events creep silently into the room.

You could be out at a bar with friends with no particular expectations. Caught in a small group of companions surrounded by a larger group from some foreign college. Moving through the group, conversation after conversation, the change goes unnoticed at first. You meet some new people and chat for a while. Before long, you set off into the night for “midnight pancakes” with friends and some new acquaintances. The night ends plainly enough. Unnoticed, your foot has already landed on a new path. A golden path that will change everything, but whose scintillation cannot yet be seen.

Flash-forward and you find yourself in a familiar place. The path has lead you up a far away stream in a distant land, past Velma’s house, and deep into a jungle. This place is real and known, and not a metaphor at all. The guide who lead you there recedes into the darkness, leaving just the two of you swimming under the waterfall. The path started so long ago is now bright and plain to see; it’s scintillation manifested in the ring presented before you. The promise bound on this day, under that waterfall, becomes a promise to keep to the path – together and forever.

Before Katie and Jeff’s engagement session at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Huntington Beach, they were kind enough to share their story with me, encapsulated loosely above. Below are just a few highlights from their gorgeous engagement session captured on film this autumn. I certainly hope you enjoy both the story and the images.

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Grace & Rahul – Autumn Wedding at The Country Club Pepper Pike categories: featured, weddings

Wedding season in Ohio is quite different than, say, Florida or California. You would think our peak season would be June or July, but it isn’t. Instead, photographers patiently wait for October. When autumn finally arrives, the outdoor color absolutely explodes, and so does our work. Seemingly, every day is filled with family photo sessions or weddings. This year, I hotly anticipated October. Partly because of the impending color, but mostly because I would be working with some amazing clients, including Grace & Rahul.

By happenstance, I had actually met Grace & Rahul a year before their wedding at another wedding. We briefly crossed paths at a wedding rehearsal for Grace’s life-long friend, Leah. It was from that brief encounter that I was ultimately engaged to photograph Grace & Rahul’s wedding at the Country Club in Pepper Pike. As accidental encounters go, this was definitely a happy one. When the morning of Grace & Rahul’s wedding finally arrived, I knew it would be a smashing success. We had a great plan, with great people, awesome vendors, and some stunning weather. Autumn can be chilly in Ohio, but this day was rather pleasant.

Better than the weather and scenery were the people. Grace was relaxed and ready for the wedding day to unfold. Her bridesmaids kept the entire day light and fun, especially her two sisters. Rahul and the groomsmen were simply awesome. In particular, Rahul’s Best Man gave a stunning toast, bringing all the guests to cheers (excuse the pun). Beyond the people, the wedding design was amazing as well.

Brandi from All Events Planned and Grace had pulled together a gorgeous design. Flowers were richly composed of deep autumn colors of orange, peach, red and green. I especially like the hosta leaves incorporated into Grace’s bouquet. The floral design also spilled over to the cake, which was also richly decorated with rose and lily. The gentleman wore picture-perfect tuxedos, while the ladies donned dresses just a shade off navy blue. The blue tone then carried over to the wedding stationary and print goods, such as ceremony programs and dinner menus.

By the end of the evening, the wedding had been a smashing success. It was so much fun, and I’m thrilled to have had a small part in Grace & Rahul’s wedding day. Below you can see just a small preview, mostly captured on film. I especially love how the outside portraits turned out. I certainly hope you enjoy!

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