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This wedding day was thirteen years in the making! Brandon and Kalyn’s relationship began in middle school and on Saturday, the 17th, they officially became husband and wife! It was most special celebration of their families, their relationship and all those that helped them get to this point! When Kalyn and I sat down over […]

A Secret Garden at Weber Estates Wedding in Dayton, Ohio | Brandon & Kalyn

The moment I saw Shelby’s inquiry email file into my inbox, I was ecstatic! We go way back, well as far as high school at least! Shelby was my counselor at camp one year and became close friends with my older sister, Sarah! That friendship turned into Shelby being in my sister’s wedding and I […]

Fall Wedding at The Windamere in Middletown, Ohio | Tyler & Shelby

Every wedding has a story. And one of my favorite things is to see it all unfold throughout the season of preparation and on the day of celebration itself! Brent and Tabitha’s was one of the most special that I’ve seen. But, it wasn’t in the way you’d expect. They didn’t have a grand venue […]

Vintage Inspired Church Wedding in Dayton, Ohio | Brent & Tabitha

Summer weddings are always so beautiful! Between the bright greens and the blue skies, you couldn’t ask for anything better! Okay, well we could do with a little cooler weather every once in a while for the sake of weddings! Regardless of that though, Kyle and Jessica’s wedding on Saturday was wonderful! From the classic […]

Kumler Chapel Wedding at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio | Kyle & Jessica

  I’ve been excited to share these photos in the midst of this wild Coronavirus thing! And what a way to kick off the 2020 wedding season! Chad and Brooke’s small celebration on Saturday was such a gift in the midst of our new social-distancing normal! Aside from using hand sanitizer a little more often, […]

Spring Church Wedding in Dayton, Ohio | Chad & Brooke

What a year! Putting together this blog post is always eye opening because it forces me to look back on all that I was able to create. I absolutely love this craft I get to be apart of. Walking alongside couples as they journey toward and through their wedding day is something that I never […]

Best of 2019 | Weddings

What a way to close out my 2019 wedding season! Friday was the definition of a fall day! The temperature, the color palette and even the thick clouds that made it a little extra overcast! It was beautiful! Kevin and Paige officially became husband and wife! Surrounded by so many family and friends, they said […]

Fall Wedding at Rolling Meadows Ranch in Lebanon, Ohio | Kevin & Paige

The honor of photographing the wedding of a friend of a past couple is one I don’t take lightly! I got to meet Jessie when she was a bridesmaid in Joel and Anna’s wedding last spring! She was the absolute sweetest to work with throughout the entire day and at the reception she stole me […]

Fall Backyard Wedding in Columbus, Ohio | Luke & Jessie

If fall weddings continue to be like the past two, I may be won over from my summer obsession! Just maybe! Steven and Taylor’s wedding day at Polen Farm in Dayton, Ohio was a beauty! From the classic color palette to the actual fall temperatures we experienced, there was no shortage of things to make […]

Fall Wedding at Polen Farm in Dayton Ohio | Steven & Taylor

One of my favorite parts of a wedding day is walking into the bridal suite for the first time. The best part? Finding the leading lady of the day and giving her the biggest hug! Why? Because all my Rachael Leigh Brides are simply the greatest people and by the time I walk into that […]

Slate Blue Estate Wedding at Polen Farm in Dayton Ohio | Wes & Kate

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