One of the challenges of shooting weddings can be jumping into other people’s big family events and trying to learn names and all the subtle relationships between everybody in a very short period of time. But when the bride is a relative (dad’s cousin’s daughter, whatever that’s considered), I get to show up, see a bunch of familiar faces, and do my thing.

Lauren and Bryan had their ceremony at St. Michael’s in Independence, after which we drove to the gorgeous Holden Arboretum for sun, pictures, and lots of bees. La Malfa served great food and provide a wonderful setting for speeches, dancing, and shots through the ice sculpture a the reception.

A big congrats to Lauren and Bryan!

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Fact: I have never seen so many people cry during an exchange of vows as during Mahmoud and Megan’s wedding. This wasn’t just a particularly emotional group, but had to do with the incredible conviction and sincerity with which they spoke to each other. Mahmoud and Megan brought together a mix of cultures in a bond between truly good people, truly in love.  This is one I could go on and on about, but I’m a photographer before I’m a writer, so I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story…

A huge congrats to Mahmoud and Megan!

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The first day of August became the first day of Lauren and Terance’s marriage, celebrated at the Scioto Reserve Country Club. We took a golf cart for a spin around the area for some portraits after a sunny ceremony.  The reception was full of good food, an awesome candy bar, and a late night french fry station for people to refuel after tons of dancing. They made an exit through a crowd of sparklers to end an amazing wedding day!

Congrats to Lauren and Terance!

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Rachel and Joe’s wedding was exactly the sort that makes me love my job. She and I went to the same high school forever ago, and we were able to reconnect so I could photograph the wedding.  The Darby House set the stage for this group of fun, genuine people to gather for the ceremony and reception on a perfect July day. Ok, there were a few a ton of mosquitoes, but other than that it was perfect.

They have a great story about the first time they met and Joe did some cheesy dance moves for her, not knowing that she taught dance. I expected to see a few good moves during the reception, but I ended up being blown away by a sock explosion and then the best impromptu Thriller choreography I’ve ever witnessed.

Congrats to Rachel and Joe!!

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Greek weddings are always a blast and Renee and Vaughn’s didn’t disappoint! We did everything at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in the short north, starting with a beautifully musical ceremony. After coming out in a shower of bubbles, we used the grounds of the church for portraits before heading inside for a series of teary eyed speeches and dizzying Greek dancing.

Congrats to Renee and Vaughn!

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