Mr. & Mrs. Kurth | Married

It is so rare that I don't get to meet my couples before their big day but that was last Saturday. I had never met Patricia or Thomas until wedding day. I walked into a crowded hotel room and found the girl who was glowing the most! I quickly realized how filled with love this whole day would be! 

They had so many people travel from all over to watch and celebrate their love! I don't know if I laughed that much in a long time! Their friends and family were so much fun! Their day was filled with beautiful bilingual toasts, amazing dancing. It was filled with beautiful displays of culture, I left on cloud nine! 

Thomas and Patricia are the sweetest, they were grateful for every ounce of their day! We explored all of Columbus, which is something I've realized all about my Columbus couples! The city is important to them! We always end up in the heart of downtown and I love it! 

Their reception was held at The Wells Barn at the Franklin Park Conservatory, it was beautiful. Every thing was so beautiful! By the grace of God, we missed all the rain and the sun came in and out all day! I'm not sure things could have been any better! 

Thank you Thomas & Patricia, for having me be apart of your celebration, your love! It was a BEAUTIFUL day! Enjoy some of my favorites! 

Emilee & Evan | Engaged

You'll never guess where I met Emilee. Ok, maybe you will. Yup, you're right! But this time it was Texas Roadhouse in Fairborn! She is seriously the sweetest ever, I honestly can't even believe she's old enough to get married!! 

The first time she met him, was when he picked her up for the first date. That was all they needed. They have an adorable house sitting in the country side, with their two adorable dogs and fat cat. We had the most perfect night, it was actually pretty warm, but the sun and sunset was PERFECT. Evan actually started the session super sick. I was worried he would be miserable and possibly unable to keep going. but he seriously was SUCH a trooper and I think he maybe even enjoyed himself! haha! 

My favorite thing about their session was seeing how much Evan loves Emilee, and how he is everything she needs and more. They really are perfect for each other. I am SO STINKING excited to watch them say I DO! 

Some of my favorites! 

Mackenzie & John | Engaged

Texas Roadhouse does it again! Met this gorgeous lady while working there when we moved home! We bartended a short while together, I got to know her and a little about John! Bless her heart, had to deal with me being cranky pregnant in a small closed off area! haha! 

I remember her talking about the wait. You see, her and John have been together for quite some time, and she had been anxiously awaiting the big question for what seems like an eternity. I know because I waited FOREVER for Kenny to ask me too! Fast forward: HE ASKED, in a surprise sweet at home proposal! She wasn't even sure if it was really happening, but she said YES! I can't wait for their wedding this year! Mackenzie has told me a little about it and let me tell you--- its gonna be GORGEOUS! 

I loved getting to chase the light in some new spots around lima, so thankful they trusted me!! This was the session I knew that spring was FINALLY here-- everything was gorgeous, the light, the trees had finally blossomed! I was oozing with excitement the whole session!! 

Enjoy some of my favorites!!! 

Master Vendor Monday | Ivy Hutch

I'm so excited to start this part of my blog!! We all know that there is A LOT of different aspects that go into making your dream wedding come to life. It can be overwhelming trying to learn about all the different vendors out there. So i'm gonna try to make your job a little easier!! Once a month, I'm going to be featuring & interviewing one of my favorite wedding vendors!!

So to kick things off I'm so excited to introduce you to Ivy Hutch! More specifically, Ivy Hutch Flowers & gifts! Ashley Etzkorn is the Owner and head designer! She's surrounded by some of the most amazing ladies that complete her team, not to mention her supportive husband! 

I remember the first time I spoke with Ashley, it was about my own wedding!! Gah, I still ooze over photos of my wedding flowers! So! Meet Ashley, & the Ivy Hutch Team! 

 

Q: How did you get started in this business?? 

A: I always loved designing and creating growing up and took as many art classes as I could in high school. I graduated with a Bachelors in Tourism and Event Planning from BGSU. I got a part-time job at a Findlay flower shop my last year of college and quickly fell in love with the industry. I had no previous floral design experience. I learned from the owner of the shop and the other girls that worked there. After college I moved home and continued in the floral industry at Ivy Hutch. After two years, the opportunity came to purchase the shop. I am blessed to have a career that I love! 

Q: How do you think others would describe you? 

A: Creative & energetic. I have a willingness to try anything at least once and am sometimes a perfectionist, haha! 

Q: What do you enjoy doing when you are not at Ivy Hutch? 

A: I am a dance instructor at the Dancer by Gina in Delphos and also enjoy running and hanging at home with my husband! 

Q: What's the biggest trend you are excited about this year? 

A: Boho, I love loose designs and lots of texture when it comes to bridal bouquets! 

Q: What do you think flowers can bring to a wedding?

A: They set the mood, they soften and bring warmth to the event. Flowers are symbolic of new life and new beginnings.

Q: What do you want potential brides to know about you an Ivy Hutch?

A:  We love working on each and every wedding. We treat each wedding as if it were our own!

Q: The cliche question- what's your favorite flower?!

A: Of course I love them all! (Again, cliche! haha!) But if I had to pick one, probably alstroemeria, it lasts forever and comes in so many colors! 

Q: What should brides do with the flowers after the wedding?

A: Some of our brides dry their petals and have them made into beads for jewelry. It's a great keepsake! 

Q: Is there anything else you can provide your bride with, other than flowers?  

A: We offer personalized gifts right in our store! Perfect for bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts! 
Examples: Engraved pocket knives, coasters, tumblers, cutting boards, serving trays. There are literally 300 different items!! 

Q: Some of your favorite things!? 

A: Sweat pants, any type of candy/chocolate (its actually an addiction!!) Dancing, movies and the beach! 

Q: What sets Ivy Hutch apart? 

A: We're modern and stay up on the trends. We love our work so much that each arrangement is so personal to us! 

 

Ready to include Ivy Hutch in your wedding day plans? Contact them via: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ivyhutchflowers/

Website: http://ivyhutchflowers.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ivyhutchflowers/

Phone: 419.692.2222

Jadin & Kenny | Engaged

Texas Roadhouse. It has played such a big roll in my life. It seems silly, but I worked their for over 10 years. 3 separate locations, One location twice. Second time around is when I met Jadin!! I couldn't believe that even though I had not worked there in so long she reached out about her wedding!! 

Jadin & Kenny have the sweetest little girl, Emersyn! She's a total daddy's girl!! As we walked around for their engagement session, I told them how excited I was that Emersyn too gets to be a part of their beautiful wedding day. Beckett was apart of ours and its still my favorite part of our day!! 

I can't wait to watch them say their "I do's" with Emersyn by their side!! Enjoy some of my favorites from their engagement session! 

Mr. & Mrs. Edler | Married

AH! Can't believe wedding season is officially under way!! Austin and Nicole were my first wedding of the year and it couldn't have started off better!! The forecast was not promising the days and hours leading up to their big day. I packed 4 umbrellas because the rain was suppose to continue from morning until night. 

As I got started with details I could not believe what I was seeing. The rain was clearing and sun was starting to come out! I was so excited to be able to have a little sunshine! God is so good!! These two are so loved, tons of friends and family celebrated in their big day and I am so grateful to have gotten to be apart of it! 

I hope you guys are enjoying your honeymoon!! Thank you Austin & Nicole for allowing me to be apart of your beautiful wedding!! 

 

Collins | Newly Born

In what seems like forever ago, but really not, Collin's sweet mama came to my studio and watched me photograph her brand new nephew. She asked some questions and seemed pretty weary of parenthood. She left early and I joked to her brother and sister-in-law, that it didn't seem as though Kara would be joining them in the parenthood club anytime soon. They both looked at each other, and I knew! Kara was asking all those questions because she too was going to in fact join the parenthood club and those first few days of trying to wrap your mind around the journey you are about to embark on is overwhelming and nerve wrecking. 

A short time later, Kara contact me to be apart of her journey! I was SO stinking excited!! Their maternity session will forever be a favorite and now Collins newborn session too! Although things didn't quite go as planned (poor Collins broke her clavicle), we ran with it and I am head over heels in love with this session, and this insanely adorable family!! Loved being apart of this time in your lives, Kara & Curtis!! Hope you love her session as much as I do! 

Some of my favorites! 

Raven | Newly Born

It has been MONTHS since I've blogged. I've been busy, but blogging has just been on the back burner. But its time to get my butt in gear!! I really do have so much to share with you! 

First up, one of my very best friends had a baby!!! I can't tell you how long it felt like I waited to meet this sweet girl! I loved every wrinkle, roll, and of course ALL of that hair!! 

Enjoy some of my favorites!! 

Mr. & Mrs. Williams | New Years Eve Wedding

There honestly could not have been a better wedding to end my year with, This New Years Eve wedding will forever be one of my favorites, The details, the dress, the decor was all top notch, but honestly- it was the love that Chris and Miranda have for each other that made it so perfect. 

They way Chris looks at her, he boasts about her every chance he gets, its the absolute sweetest! You can tell Miranda still gets giddy with him, she melts at his touch and his kisses. Their love is one of a kinda and I am just so blessed to have been there to capture it! 

Cold doesn't even begin to describe their day. Snow on the ground, negative temperatures, yet not a single person complained. Their entire bridal party were serious troopers. We could see our breathe, and not feel our fingers, but we did it! Lots of little well deserved breaks between all the portraits but my gosh-- It was SO SO worth it!! 

Congratulations Miranda & Chris!! Enjoy some of my favorites from your day! 

Mr. & Mrs. Burnett | Married

It felt like I had waited FOREVER for Kendall & Joe's wedding day!! I can't tell you how excited I was to see these two again! I knew that if any couple could handle a stormy wedding day, it would be these two! I mentioned them being Storm Troopers, and it was SO fitting especially since the guys had Star Wars hats & socks! 

As much as you can prepare for a wedding day, you cant.  They were such troopers to huddle under umbrellas just for a few quick portraits when we thought the rain wasn't going to stop! Things have to change & switch at the drop of a hat, and that most definitely happened for Kendall & Joe- Kendall had to get ready somewhere else, I literally ran after their limo because the rain had stopped so we had changed plans yet again for portraits! 

It was such a crazy good day!! We popped into The Met & Upper Lounge at Old City Prime for a few more portraits. These two are surrounded by so many people who love them, I couldn't be happier or more honored to capture their big day!! 

Here are a few of my favorites from their big day!! 

Mr. & Mrs. Henson | Married

Oh what a day! A beautiful, crazy, fun, love filled day! These two have been with me from the beginning, They forever have to be lifers. I refuse to let them ever use anyone else! ha! I don't think they will ever truly know what it means to be asked to be apart of so many big moments. These clients have turned family. And to be able to be there when they said I do was such an honor! 

Stephanie, you are so beautiful!! Inside & out!! And I know Eddie will be annoyed if I don't mention how handsome he was. He really was! And little Harp! OH MY GOSH!  Be still my heart!! SO CUTE!! Their day was gorgeous, incredibly warm for a November Wedding- even I was hot and if you know me- I LIVE in sweatshirts and sweatpants because I am always cold!! 

If you know Stephanie, you know her love for Disney & Harry Potter but also things classy & pretty! We'll she did it!! Their Beauty & the Beast wedding was classy, elegant, whimiscal & charming! So many beautiful details! Harper's dress was perfect, made from Stephanie's grandmothers dress! It was perfect! So much love for these two on their day, still sending it all from Ohio! Enjoy some of my favorites!! (My absolute favorite is the one of Harper & I! Love that sweet girl!) 

Mr & Mrs. Meis | Married

It was a BEAUTIFUL fall day for Michelle & Andy's wedding! I don't think the weather could have been any more amazing!!! These two are so incredibly perfect for each other, it was such an honor to be apart of their day! Michelle was jaw dropping gorgeous in her Maggie Sottero dress! (No seriously, check out dads face from his first look with her!!) The details on her dress was one for the books!! The girls and guys all looked amazing in navy blue and they were such a great bunch to work with!! 

They girls all put together their bouquets with the flowerman and did an amazing job, and I'm sure they had a blast doing it! We made our way to schiller park for pictures and it was amazing!! Enjoy some of my favorites from the Meis wedding! 

 

Mr. & Mrs. Brackman | Married

What a day!! I've typed and erased probably 10 times already, not sure what to talk about first!! Her details were top notch, her dress was jaw dropping, the bridal party was the bomb(.com) , the weather was perfect & Amy & Jason are married!!

I love so much about this day, I am literally cheezing like an idiot as I edit their session!! I learned SO much more about these two on their wedding day! I took Amy for an understated, quiet, keep to herself kinda girl-- she is all of those things, but she is goofy, loves to belt out songs, and is just so spunky!! They have big families with big hearts and these two are truly loved beyond measure! They had friends travel in from all over to celebrate their big day and I can see why! These two are gems! 

I could go on an on about so much, but I think I'll let the pictures do the talking of how fun this whole day was!! Congratulations Amy & Jason!! Thanks for letting me be apart of your big day!!! 

Lucy Rae | Newly Born

Meet Lucy, this little girl has a special place in my heart! I feel like I would get asked a million times over when Allie & Jake were going to have kids, if they were going to have any kids. (You know, because everyone has to have kids, and it has to happen right after marriage **insert sarcasm). My answer always was, I don't know. I didn't know when they were going to add to their family, if they even wanted to have little baby Pohjalas.  

I think after becoming a mom you want people to experience the blessing that is motherhood, and I know that in my heart I wanted Allie to experience it too! I was thrilled when they stopped over and told us they were pregnant!! Then the news came... They were waiting to find out what they were having until baby arrived. What?! Didn't they know that I am the most impatient person?!

Fast forward-We were leaving for Tennessee and I get a message from Allie saying her doctor had accidentally broke her water! (This is why I'm not meant to go on vacation- Lucy was the 2nd baby to come early, before I left for vacation!) Thankfully Allie was far enough along that Lucy was healthy! So I not so patiently waited for a text from Allie, and I waited some more and some more! FINALLY a message, introducing me to Lucy. My heart melted! She was perfect!! I couldn't have been more excited for them! I knew Jake was already wrapped around her finger!! I was so excited to meet her!! I can't tell you how much I love capturing this moments for friends. Makes me love my job so much more! 

So excited to watch Lucy grow, but for now enjoy her while she is little-- some of my favorites!