One of my fav families added a little one recently!! I can't wait to meet their little boy <3 I am sure little Brooklyn is the best big sister. And can we just take a moment to obsess over how GORGEOUS Jenilee is????? [Sigh] I wish I had looked an eighth as stunning as her....I did not... and that is all we will say about that lol. One of the fun things about Jenilee is she is always thinking of cool things to try and pushes me to think outside the box. When she approached me about the backlit picture I was 100% onboard and had actually just shot one like that in the rain and was super excited to try it again.
OH! One last thing I want to talk about is sweet Brooklyn and what a trooper that girl was!!!!!!!!! OH. MY. GOODNESS it was so windy and SOOO cold and she did not complain once. At one point she sat on my chair in the middle of a field huddled under one of my blankets just singing all kinds of songs. Gosh I love her <3
This girl made it so easy <3 We split her 2 hour session into two days about a month apart. For the second session her boyfriend who was home visiting from boot camp joined us. THEY ARE SO CUTE!!!
Ummmm Taylor Swift's doppelgänger????? I am sure she is tired of hearing that but it hit me mid-way through her session and I just couldn't keep it in 😬😳
When Caitlin contacted me she said, "I don't know where I want my pictures taken but I know it has to be inside because I have bangs and I don't want them blowing around" I was like...I know JUST THE PLACE!! (Btw it was a good call on her part it was windy as HECK the day of her shoot lol)
Y'all!!!! I am getting so excited for this wedding season that is coming up! We are only about a month out from my first wedding related photography and I am itching to get back at it!
This is Kylie & Ryan one of my August couples for this year. Guys they are seriously the sweetest! We were struggling to find some fall color for their session. I swear the fall colors have been so unpredictable these last couple years. Thankfully Kylie had spotted some amazing reds while on a walk at Heritage park earlier that week! So we started downtown and then rushed over to the park to catch the sun kissing the tops of the trees. I had so much fun with these two and I can't wait to capture more of their sweetness on their wedding day <3
Who's cold??? Silly question right? Ohmergersh it is ridiculous out there. I am currently cuddled under my heated blanket at my desk longing for the warmth we had during this October session. Yes, they have had their pictures for a long time :) I've just been backed up on the blog end... sorry guys!!
I cannot tell you enough how FUN this couple is!!!! I was laughing the whole time! Veronica can go from a stunning serious model look to hilarious silly faces in 1 second flat! These two flow together so naturally you would think I hired some models for a styled shoot. Loved every second of their session and literally cannot wait till their wedding this fall!!!!!!!!!! <3 <3
Kelsey & Clark are another Captured by Lydia Wedding couple that I got to hang out with this past fall. They wanted to visit their old college stomping grounds for the engagement session and I was 100% down, I LOVE when couples have a story behind the location. We definitely picked a cold and WINDY day but the sun decided to come out to play towards the end of the session...and I always tell my couples that the cold makes engagement sessions easier because it makes cuddling all that more enjoyable. These two were so sweet and I can't wait for their Nazareth Hall wedding in August! <3
Kylee.... a fellow creative...Oh how I love that you push the limits and allow me to feel extra creative in this tiny little town. Earlier this year Kylee had the awesome idea to do her first session at the fair and it was AMAZING!! We stuck to downtown Lima for the 2nd half and I was not disappointed at all when she showed up in her sweet pink fur coat <3 <3
Alexis is one of our 2019 senior models! She split her 2 hour senior session in two. First we explored downtown Lima and second popped on over to Bluftton...I always love visiting the home town <3
This girl can ROCK a serious face....but of course we had to throw in some smiles for the momma :)
What better place for an engagement session than the place you are going to get married at a year later? I met Kaytlynn, Wyatt, & their sweet pups out at Lincoln Ridge Farms, where their ceremony will be held in the chapel. I had so much fun exploring, chatting, and laughing with these two. I can't wait to watch them tie the knot this year!
In a few months I will get to witness these lovebirds tie the knot! We stuck to downtown Lima and hopped over to a park for their shoot and I was thrilled when they asked if they could take photos with Dylan's baby...the Firebird :) How cute are they in their Firebird shirts??
I am so excited to introduce to you another Captured by Lydia bridal couple! I get to spend the day with these love birds in September and I can't wait! For their session we traveled to a special place. Justine & Eric both attended OSU and Eric proposed on campus so obviously it was a no brainer that we should revisit such a special location for their engagement session.
Lima, Ohio | Allen County Farm Park | Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center | Hampshire Wedding
Ahhh… the last wedding of the year. This time is always bittersweet. I truly, from the bottom of my heart, love all my couples and LOVE my job. On my way to every wedding I pray for each and every couple and thank God for the AMAZING job he has blessed me with. So even though my slow season is definitely needed and enjoyed with my family.... I do miss it.
The weather was perfect for a November wedding, 50s and partly cloudy! The ladies arrived to the farm park in their flannel shirts with hair and makeup beautifully completed by the Beauty by Jill team. We grabbed up Kelsey's details and started shooting away as they nibbled on their lunch in the small cabin on the property. Kelsey's dress.... [sigh].... it was STUNNING!! I first was surprised by how light the dress was! I am so used to picking up a dress and feeling like I have a small toddler in my arms... not kidding folks...brides are the definition of "beauty is pain". The details on the gown were to die for! The gown was light and flowy with a train split into 3 sections. Lace details created the most unique lines all over the gown and the sheer back and neck allowed for lace illusions that lined the plunging V neckline and straight up the back. Kelsey wore her hair up at the nape of her neck with sprinkles of baby's breath tucked in. She wore flats, a simple neckless and intricate gold drop earrings. Her look was completed with a gorgeous light and airy bouquet, that complimented the florals on the ceremony arch. Her bridesmaids wore individually unique dresses of different shades. Huge shout out to them for helping me with the photo of all the dresses! That was definitely a team effort A) I'm vertically challenged and couldn't reach that high even with my step stool B) They helped with the color and hanger arrangements to make sure I got them in the right order!
Megan & Clay picked the beautiful Buckeye Barn Venue for their wedding day and it was the perfect setting for these two, since they both a have a huge passion for horses.
Megan had a gorgeous farmhouse to get ready in with her crew and the guys had an awesome Dude Cave complete with a foosball table and tv with a gaming system.
Megan wore a stunning strapless fitted lace gown with a beautiful jeweled detail on the belt line. On the skirt of the gown Megan wore her grandmother's broach. Her jewelry was simple, consisting of a heart neckless, diamond drop earrings, and a sweet bracelet. Megan completed her look with a fingertip veil, boots and a gorgeous bouquet that she and her crew made at The Flowerman the night before. If you have never heard of The Flowerman, they are a florist shop but hey have an option to take a class where a florist helps you design and make your own flowers for the wedding! << I just think that is the coolest thing!!
The morning was drizzly and chilly, but the rooms were filled with love and joy. Many wedding preps can be a complete whirlwind of activity, their day was definitely busy but each one took precious time to make sure that hugs and gifts were given, and letters were read with family members. This couple is and will be surrounded by much love as they grow together <3
Working with Deacon was so fun! I work with a lot of senior girls...and I love each and every one of them ♥ I really do, but it was nice to switch it up with a good looking guy like Deacon. He was willing to do everything I asked and he totally thought I was hilarious (no he didn't but he would humor me and laugh occasionally lol) I had a great time hanging with him and his mama...I don't know about that first shirt he wore though ;)
Friends the Fall busy season is in full swing! It is crazy, but also awesome to photograph so many amazing people! In the meantime.... this time of year my blog can fall a bit behind.
Back in AUGUST...(yikes) I got to photograph this beauty at a super neat property in the Shawnee area <3 Shaylen was one of our senior models this year so of course she was a natural.
Brittany & Dustin had a PERFECT fall day for their wedding! Just a few short days before the wedding we were still hitting the 80's for temps, and then just like that we dropped 30 degrees like Mother Nature realized she slept though her alarm clock :D
Brittany and her crew got ready next to the church. There were many smiles, laughs, and tears as Brittany transformed into a bride before their eyes. The interactions between the bride to be and her mother, future step-daughter, and friends were such a joy to watch.
Brittany wore an A-Line, strapless, lace gown with a sweetheart neckline with a beautiful beaded belt. Her hair was pulled up at the base of her neck with a stunning fingertip veil with lace trim tucked up underneath. Her shoes were a simple strappy jeweled heel and her bouquet was made of brilliant fall colors. She wore a sweet and simple bracelet give to her by her mother as a finishing touch (cue the waterworks <3)
Dustin wore gray trousers, a white shirt, white tie, suspenders and a "wicked" watch that his bride surprised him with right before the ceremony. (Wicked was his description...which I loved lol)
The couples ceremony took place in the gorgeous Transfiguration of the Lord Church in Upper Sandusky. It was simply, sweet, and full of laughter. Sweet Kaylee was so happy she couldn't hold back the tears as she walked down the aisle after the ceremony was finished. After the ceremony the couple was greeted with shouts of joy as they exited the church to take a quick trip with their daughter Kaylee in Dustin's grandpa's car.
After the ceremony we hopped on out to Indian Mill park for our bridal party and Bride + Groom photos. The sun was shining, the cool fall air was still....it was perfect!
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These two were so great to work with! They could go from stunning serious looks to genuine laughter in a minute. I wish many many years of laughter together <3
The reception was held in the Masters Building located on the Wyandot County Fairgrounds. The venue was decorated in a fall rustic theme with vibrant center pieces designed by Brittany's grandmother.
Jeff and Jessica had a gorgeous day for a wedding. It was sunny with a high of 84! I know we were all a little shocked with that temperature for an October wedding but I will take it gratefully because we are VERY close to complaining about how cold it is :D
First up for the day was popping in with the groom at his house. We arrived to a large group of guys hanging out in the garage enjoying the day and each other's company. After locating Jeff's details and snapping a few photos, he opened his letter and gift from Jessica, which turned out to be a surprise engraving on the inside of his wedding band.
Next up, was checking in on the lovely ladies as they were at Jessica's parent's house getting prepped for the day in their beautiful floral robes. Midway through prep we took a break for Jessica to open her sweet letter and gift from Jeff. He gave her the metal rose to represent his everlasting love for his beautiful bride.
Jessica wore a stunning white and ivory fitted lace gown with a plunging V-neckline, buttoned back, and long sleeves with a line of buttons at the ends. Her dress was finished with a beautiful jeweled ivory belt cinched around her waist. She wore her hair half up with a delicate jeweled wire hair piece. Her shoes were a low profile jeweled wedge with "I DO" jewels place on the bottom. Her jewelry, borrowed from her mother was addition to her classic look.
Ohhhh you guys... for a girl that has a heart that feels at home in the mountains this wedding was a DREAM <3 <3
Janeka began her bridal prep at The Hyatt Regency where we would later return for the reception. We walked in to see one of the most impressive makeup displays! I couldn't help myself from snapping pictures of all the cool stuff surrounding us. After chatting and snapping for a bit we grabbed the details and started on our way to the prettiest little chapel on a cliff. It took us 15 minutes just to get to the top folks! I'm still in awe of the beauty we found there!
Janeka wore a gorgeous full A-line gown with a dreamily fluffy tulle skirt and a white lace bodice with blush material underneath and a dainty rose gold jeweled belt. The neckline was a deep V-line with romantic fabric draping from the shoulder line. The back of the dress was also a deep V-line with a small line of sweet pearl buttons. She wore her hair up with a finger tip veil, dramatic rose-gold earrings, rose gold bracelet, and rose-gold heels. Her bouquet designed by the mother of the groom was made of white, peach, and green blooms and finished with jewels around the stems.
Emily + Steve are seriously the sweetest couple! We loved every moment of their day <3 Their day took place at the Manor House at Wildwood park. This 30,000 square foot historic home was built by the founders of Champion Spark Plug Company in 1938. I loved this choice for them because it fit them perfectly. Their day was intimate, unique, and absolutely gorgeous.
All wedding dresses are special, but Emily's was a notch up in the special department as she was wearing her grandmother's wedding dress! It was a beautiful silky satin with a button back and unique neckline. She had the sleeves altered to put her own mark on the dress. She wore her hair half up with a stunning comb, beautiful pink heels, rose gold earrings and carried her grandmothers beautiful beaded clutch. The setting of the historic house, and the dress......gah perfection... One of the most unique elements of the day was her use of books. Emily, a bookworm, works at Barnes and Noble and brought this love into her special day by making her own bouquet out of pages from a book and having her bridesmaid carry books in stead of bouquets <3
Steve prepared for the day in the basement of the manor, which was fitting since it isn't a normal old basement. This one was a full man cave, before they were called man caves. It has a fireplace, bar, and shooting range! Steve wore a grey vest and trousers, with a green tie and a wedding ring made of oak.
Steve is a character :D I laughed so much with them through out their day. I ended up having a terrible time narrowing down the images to use because they had so many cute interactions! Steve 100% brings light to Emily's eyes and I know these two are going to be laughing for years to come.
First, I'd love to welcome this sweet little family to the area! They had just moved in when they asked me to come over and capture a few moments of them with their toddler and newborn <3 Big sis didn't know how she felt about me...but we were able to capture a few sweet moments with her new baby sister <3
Just stop it..... I LOOOOVEEEEE this senior session!! How fun!! Kylee is one of our 2019 Senior Models. I knew from working with her earlier this year that she is a beautifully unique individual so I was not surprised when she asked to do part 1 of her session at the fair. It honestly fit her so well with all the bright color and was so different than what other people were doing. I loved every minute it of it and I know I looked like a crazy person squatting down in the middle of the midway to get a shot and asking to sit on the skiball. But I honestly don't care...I have come so far since I started my business! I used to get nervous taking a client near a busy street where...gasp... people could see us. Now if you are close to me during a shoot, you BETTER be watching, because I will probably back right over you lol. Can I get a back up beeper made for a human???
I'm so excited to photograph Jessica + Jeff's wedding in a little over a month! We met up for their engagement session a few weeks back and their little guy joined us for the first part of the session....Oh. My. Gosh folks...I could eat that little boy up he is so dang cuuuute!!
Jessica + Jeff were a dream to photograph and Jeff even had the opportunity to save my life....ok not really, but he did help my dumb self out tremendously!!! When we got out to the field part of the session the bugs were BAD. Like eating my face off bad. So I said, "hey guys hold on just two seconds while I spray this bug spray on...especially around my head area because they are really biting my face" Well this spray was a pump, not an aerosol, and it didn't come out right away. Have no fear though, it did come out..right into my EYES when my seriously dumb self pointed it at my face to see why it wasn't working (SMH...WOW, just WOW) which is why you should never point things at your face as my 7 year old pointed out to me as I reported the evening events to my husband when I got home. Immediately my eyes felt like there was molten lava under my eyelids. Jeff ran to my rescue by retrieving water out of his vehicle which he handed to me and quickly realized he would have to assist me while I held my eyes open and he poured it all over my face bahahaha…. Oh I can only imagine what they were thinking and probably said to each other after the session was over lol. Anyway I recovered quickly, because we were losing the best light and the show must go on!! I continued on in my wet t-shirt and with black eyeliner smeared all over my face.... I'm glad I can laugh at myself and share this lovely story with you all. Thank you Jessica & Jeff for having my back and continuing on after my traumatic event bahahah. I think I will stay away from any sprays on your wedding day...maybe I should invest in one of those deodorant stick looking repellents!
the love story | as told by Deena
Don and I actually met back in 2010 when he was the best man and I was the maid of honor for one of our good friends' wedding. However, we didn't hit it off until the end of 2015 - beginning of 2016. In 2017, we decided to move in together and see how things would go and that is when he popped the question later that year. And from there it's our very happy fairy tale ending.
Don proposed when we were on vacation in Disney taking my daughter to Magic Kingdom for her 10th birthday celebration. Little did I know, he surprised us with dinner for her birthday at the Cinderella castle. After dinner and while we were waiting on our desert, just as the fireworks were starting, he got down on one knee and proposed. It was a total surprise and a very happy ending. He even got a photographer to snapshot the whole proposal.
Deena & her bridesmaids all got ready at the ceremony site, Field & Stream in Spencerville. They had a super cute waffle & mimosa bar for everyone to nibble on during the morning prep. Deena wore a sleeveless, A-line gown with a v-line neck. The fabric had white pinstripes and the skirt was full of many different layers and pieces, almost like petals on a flower. She wore her hair up with a delicate barrette. Her jewelry was simple and stylish and she opted for cute and comfy with her white and gold converse sneakers (SUPER smart!!) Deena did get dressed in the lodge but we opted to head outside for the finishing touches. While we were out there a butterfly was hanging around. After the butterfly visited Deena, her niece became the keeper of the sweet little butterfly and he hung around on her dress till Deena's niece stepped into place for the family formals photo later that day. Now this is a neat thing all by itself, but I want to share that Deena's dad passed a few years back and I know we all liked to think of it as a sign of his presence on such a special day <3
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Toast: "May all your ups and downs be in the bedroom." lol....I have heard many toasts...that's a first for me folks.