Happy 2019 everyone! :) It’s crazy to think that an entire year has gone by since I last sat down to write a New Year’s blog. I can vividly remember sipping coffee at a house I no longer live in and recapping my 2017 that was full of travel and excitement. Honestly, I would be lying if I said 2018 wasn’t much different than that - because it was. It was full of a lot of major ups and downs, transitions, changes, and general busyness, but I’m grateful for every second of it. Not only did I photograph more weddings than I ever have, but I also got to have my own wedding and marry my best friend, Donny, on our 6th (dating) anniversary.
Colton and Jessica got married on what I’m convinced was one of the most beautiful fall days of the year. Their big day was held at Alford’s Glen - a lovely, rustic barn venue with tons of surrounding woods. I knew it would be perfect for such an outdoorsy couple after getting to know them a little bit during their engagement session and throughout the wedding planning process. What more could you ask for than to roam through the sunlit forest after exchanging your vows with your best friends by your side? It was magical!
On July 22, my now husband Donny & I traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands—partially for business, partially to visit family, and partially to relax—before flying to Florida for business. We spent our first day in St. Thomas visiting family members that sea & Earth had prevented us from connecting with for many years. It’s really amazing how close you can feel with those who you are inherently made to know or have grown up with and understand, regardless of distance or time spent apart. We had an amazing trip & this family portrait session is partially proof of that! Enjoy the Caribbean goodness!
On July 22, my now husband Donny & I traveled to the Caribbean to spend a few days visiting family on St. Thomas and shooting tropical sessions during our stay. A few days after arriving, we packed up our gear and headed to St. John via ferry to capture two of our favorite peoples love, Donny’s cousin, Brian, and his fiance, Caiti (also known as Caiti Snacks, but that’s another story for another day).
Adam + Nicole's military wedding was certainly one to remember! This classic Youngstown wedding featured locations such as the traditional Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, the gorgeous Mahoning County Courthouse, and other beautiful downtown Youngstown spots. These are some of my favorite buildings to photograph in given the historic architecture & beautiful cosmetics which offer a lot of character that speak to the unique nature of Youngstown itself.
Meet Tracey and her adorable "mini me." :) We got to meet up for a Mommy & Me session at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, Florida a few weeks ago and I'm so glad we did! These two were such a joy to be around; I felt like they were old friends. We had a great time roaming through the paths, petting dogs (YAY to people who let me pet their dogs!!), swatting all the mosquitos (oh, Florida... #swampland), and soaking up the evening golden sunlight.