Cincinnati creative photographer

Mr + Mrs Craft

The day has finally come where I get a chance to share this magical, stormy wedding! 

Megan and Aaron got married in the beautiful rolling hills of Vinoklet Winery out in Colerain, Ohio. What made their wedding together particularly unique though, was the pop up summer storm that decided to make it's presence. 

Now, in most cases, that is every bride's nightmare to see storm clouds rolling in on their outdoor ceremony. But, Megan and Aaron embraced it and just kept trudging on. 

And because they decided to just go with the flow and embrace what happened, their wedding ceremony ended up being a super intimate and beautiful event underneath a covered gazebo with the sound of rain falling all around them. It felt as though nothing else was happening in the world during this ceremony. That they had the entire world to themselves. And all the focus was on their commitment to each other and the beauty that comes out of marriage itself. 

Then, the rain clouds finally parted. The sun started to show itself. A double rainbow appeared DIRECTLY over the winery. And we made absolute magic with those storm clouds together. 

Thank you, Megan and Aaron, for letting me make magic with you guys. Embracing a little adventure. And letting your wedding be as unique as they come because of it.

PS: The song choice is from Lord of the Rings because these two gamers brought out my inner nerd and I loved it <3

Mr + Mrs Lalami

Well this one is a little different than the usual wedding, and in a way that hit close to home for me. 

Othmane is from Morocco and came to the states to play tennis at Auburn University in Alabama. While he was in school, he met Cayla, who grew up here in the great state of Ohio, but happened to also be attending the school. Well, one thing led to another and the two of them have been inseparable since.

Othmane decided he wanted to be here in the states with Cayla and so together they have faced the U.S. immigration process together - just like my husband and I did back in the day - and when anyone goes through that process, it's so trying on the relationship. And these two passed through it all with grace and came out on the other end stronger for it. (congrats again for passing your interview!!)

They actually got married around Christmas time last year. So what I captured was the reception 6 months later in her hometown of Cincinnati. And it ended up being a beautiful celebration between both families, a lot of whom traveled from all over the United States, Europe, Morocco, and even the Middle East to be there. Getting to watch all of these people from all over the world be apart of Cayla and Othmane's celebration was truly special for me! And I'm so happy I got to capture it all. 

So, press play and let the photos do the rest of the talking <3

52 Weeks Project| Week 2 | Wake the Warrior

 

"She needed a hero. So that's what she became."

Do not kill if you can wound. 
Do not wound if you can subdue.
And don't raise your hand at all
until you at first extended it. 

Nestled beneath the surface, a fire burns. A fire burning so deep,
the walls of kingdoms rumble. A fighter is ignited and the danger surrounding is no longer, for I became it. A danger to all that is
unjust, evil, and dark against this world. 

 

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

This week's image is all about unlocking your inner warrior. And embracing being that warrior. To take a stand on what you believe in and follow through with it whole-heartedly.

Being a warrior doesn't just mean fighting with your fists and physical strength, but with your mind, ideology, and mentality. That embracing your inner strength comes before any outer strength can be recognized. And making a decision on where you stand and what you are willing to fight for. 

We all have a warrior inside of us. Do you know how to unlock yours? 

Here is this weeks behind the scenes video if you want to see how this image was photographed, edited, and created.

And a few more outtakes that were considered as the final image: