It is so nice to meet high school seniors who have direction and focus. Michael is one of those Seniors. He is graduating this spring, and headed to The University of Kentucky (go Wildcats!). He is planning to go into the Army ROTC. Though I know it makes his mom nervous, I am excited that there are people who want to commit themselves to serving our country.
Michael, his mom, and I were able to coordinate our schedules for when I was back in Ohio the last time--and wouldn't you know, it was the coldest day in Ohio to date. Thankfully, the rain held off for our session, and we were able to get into the grungy parts of downtown Dayton that make for such awesome pictures. Michael, thank you for putting up with the pictures thing for your mom. Hopefully it wasn't too bad. :)
Hope you enjoy your preview!
Joel and Allie have one of those EPIC love stories. I am so excited to be sharing this couple with you, and pictures from their amazingly organized, beautiful day!
How did you meet? We met in the 6th grade! We've been friends since then and love that our story begins with a long and deep friendship.
When did you get engaged? Sept. 3rd, 2010
Did you have a First Look? If yes, what did you think about it? Yes. We loved it!! We enjoyed those first few moments with just the two of us, and it also allowed us to be able to do all our pictures before the wedding.
What was the most memorable part of your day? This is a hard one to answer!! We both loved the whole day, and are amazed that everything went as we had planned!! We did enjoy the moment at the reception when we sat down to eat- everything that required us to be "on" was over. We sat down and just took it all in. We looked out over our friends and family talking, laughing, and eating together and felt truly blessed. Everything looked so beautiful!! Oh, and the food was awesome, so we enjoyed that too!! :)
What was your favorite detail? This is another hard one to narrow down! One of the most enjoyable parts of the planning process was watching our wedding become more and more "us"- big things like writing our own vows, little things like the set up of the head table, and all kinds of things in between!
Any advice about wedding planning for future bride/grooms? Good wedding planning is such a balance. Don't stress over every last detail- it is only one day (your actual marriage is way more important!) and most people won't even notice things you may have agonized over!! The flip side is that we did see the benefit of intentional planning. Since we were intentional to plan the day well, once the day came we were stress free!! (seriously, we really were!)
Funniest memory from your wedding day? We did have a funny moment when it came time to cut the cake! That seems like it should be pretty straightforward, but we found ourselves standing in front of the cake wondering what to do! We had a good laugh and, with the help of some instructions being shouted to us from the crowd, we did manage to cut the cake!
If you could do it all over, would you change anything? No! It really was an absolutely amazing day!! We feel so blessed!
Where did you go on your honeymoon? a cottage by the sea in Northern California
Any other little things you want people to know? Don't lose sight of the fact that your wedding day is one special day and that your actual marriage is so much more important. Don't get lost in the planning of the wedding and forget to intentionally grow with this person who will soon be your spouse!!
Why did you choose me? We heard through word of mouth about your work, and after checking out the website and blog were very interested. After hearing from someone else who had you do their wedding (they commented that you were great to work with and they were happy with your work) we pursued the possibility!
What was the best part about working with me? You were so relaxed and went with the flow so well! We didn't notice you when we were in the moment and you were efficient and fun to work with during the bridal party/family pictures! Also, we SO appreciated your willingness to work with us to give us exactly what we needed!
What is something I can improve on in my business? We did have a little trouble communicating at times, but we know we caught you during a very transitional time of your life!! (this is an understatement! I shot Joel and Allie's wedding on Saturday, and moved to California the following Wednesday!)
Joel and Allie, thank you so much for asking us to be a part of your wedding day. I have never had a bride AND groom so excited to be fulfilling God's plans together. Your joy and happiness infected everyone around you, and you had a perfect day that celebrated all that is amazing about the two of you. I look forward to seeing how God richly blesses your lives together!
Senior photography is such a blast. I remember how fun my own Senior Portraits session was, and I strive to bring that same level of comfort to the seniors I photograph. I love seeing these fresh faces that are so excited about their future, and excited to get it started.
Sarah is a Senior that has gotten a head start on her future already. She completed high school early, and has been taking college classes ahead of time! She is starting her college career officially this week, and I am so excited to see her touch lives as a pediatric nurse!
I hope you enjoy your preview, Sarah. It was wonderful to work with you on such a HOT Ohio morning!