Posts Tagged ‘eastern ohio’

While I’m making new friends all the time with what I do, sometimes I get to work with old ones (and make new ones at the same time) – which is awesome.  Donnie is a good friend of mine going back to our college years when we were  rocking around NRM Music (we both worked there in the day when music stores still existed) and hanging out at Cedars where his band and my husband’s band would often play.  Fast forward about 15 years – imagine how excited I was when he called me to ask if I would photograph his and Tasha’s wedding and then how sad I was when I realized the date they were looking at was already booked.  In a weird twist of fate a few weeks later, the couple who had originally booked the date decided they were going to move their wedding up.  I figured Tasha and Donnie at that point had found someone else, but sent him a quick email anyway.  They hadn’t and here we are!

We met in Canfield this past Saturday for part 1 of 2 engagement sessions – the (mostly) black & white wintery session.  It was cold and very snowy, but so fun.  I had a feeling it would be.  Tasha & Donnie told me that they laugh a lot when they’re together and they do.  I was laughing right along with them.

When I told them to give me a serious look - Don suggested the "Blue Steel" pose (Zoolander) - lol

So my personal favorite was a toss up between this one...and the next.

Thank you, both!  Can’t wait for part 2 – the warm weather engagement session and the wedding day!

xo – Michelle

Winter weddings.  Cold?  Yes.  Beautiful?  Absolutely.  Emily was stunning and her bridesmaids’ dresses (on seven gorgeous bridesmaids) were definitely my very favorite of the year.  The guys were equally gorgeous and fun – which made our job so easy.  Emily & Gino are two super sweet and thoughtful people.  They didn’t want their bridal party to get cold, so we had some fun inside with the group at the Poland Library and then heated things up outside with Emily and Gino by themselves.  These images were well worth bearing the cold and I think I could say I loved every single one of them.  It wasn’t just the atmosphere or the beautiful architecture.  It’s the way these two look at each other.  They are so in love and it couldn’t be more obvious.

An awesome party afterward at The Lake Club (seriously, the best place for a reception – I love shooting there) with Rudy and the Professionals.  Couldn’t have ended the year any better.  🙂

Emily's niece was the flower girl and so adorable.

Emily's dress was breath-taking.



Posing for grandma.


Grandpa saved the day on helping the littlest one down the aisle. How cute are they? 🙂

One of my favorites.

Gino's dad is a singer and sang their first dance. Such a beautiful moment.

A serenade from Rudy. 🙂

The parent dances were very sweet.

Congratulations and thanks so much, Emily & Gino!  It was an honor to be a part of your day.

Congratulations to Sami & Craig!  We had a great time at their Fall wedding!  Such awesome details.  The candy/cookie table was filled with all of everyone’s favorites and the wine list rocked.  They hit the area wineries and even created a variety of their own for the celebration.  The pumpkin cake…all I can say is yum.  Definitely my new favorite.  Not only were the details great, they are just one of the sweetest couples ever.  Very thoughtful and so great to work with.

Sami & Craig's personal mix - this was delicious (they gave us some as a gift!)

The room was buzzing that morning while all the girls where busy getting ready.

Sami's dress was beautiful.

My absolute favorite bridesmaid dress of the year! It was actually two pieces - gorgeous.

One last check before she heads down the aisle.

St. James Meeting Place

Craig's brother performed the ceremony.

The girls were so funny! 🙂

Tons of people on the dancefloor including DJ Branden 🙂

Had an awesome time shooting this wedding with Jimmy!  Congratulations, again, Sami & Craig!

Ceremony – St. James Meeting Place in Boardman Park | Reception – Blue Wolf Banquet Center | Music – DJ Branden

These two had me going from the start.  Ryan was convinced he was going to be “Chandler Bing” from the day we met (for those of you who were fans of “Friends”, you know what I mean).  Melissa’s father warned during our second meeting that she’s a blinker.  🙂   They were both great!  No blinking and no “Bing” moments.  The colors in the park were gorgeous that day and even though it was threatening rain, the weather held out and the session went off without a hitch (just a tiny bit of rain for about a half a second).  I had a lot of fun walking around with the two of them and can’t wait for their wedding next year!

This tree is always my favorite in the Fall. 🙂

These two cuties were perfect for an urban session in Youngstown.  I loved how their mom dressed them and they were so fun!  🙂

Gotta love their little chucks!