Rustic Wedding at Rolling Meadows Ranch in Lebanon, Ohio // Sam + Stephen // Cincinnati Wedding Photographer Brooke Townsend

Oh man. I have photographed quite a few weddings now at the Rolling Meadows Ranch in Lebanon which is wonderful because I live so dang close to there! But this wedding felt like it had an extra spark of magic because of two things…. 1) The sunset we got on that HOT September day was pure MAGIC. All day long. and 2) These two are the most playful and wonderful people ever!

Sam + Stephen were so fun to work with from the very beginning. They had full and total trust in me to just do my thing and let me really just have fun with them. It’s funny because they booked me without us ever meeting in person and when it came time to their engagement session, it felt like we had known each other for so long when we finally met! And I feel like that is the absolute best.

These guys kept their day traditional opting to only see each other at the ceremony. But, we made sure to carve a little time out for the c u t e s t “first touch” I’ve ever seen. And when Stephen finally saw Sam walking down that isle looking as stunning as anyone ever could be, the tears couldn’t be contained and honestly, the raw emotion between these two make some of these photos my favorites ever.

Press play and just enjoy their wedding story.


An Elopement in Mt Airy Forest // Joanna + Todd // Cincinnati Elopement Photographer Brooke Townsend

An Elopement in Mt Airy Forest // Joanna + Todd // Cincinnati Elopement Photographer Brooke Townsend

A super intimate elopement in the woods of Mt Airy Forest in Cincinnati, Ohio by Brooke Townsend Photography

Mr + Mrs Harlamert


Amy and Mitch had the most beautiful, intimate wedding in the woods of Benham's Grove in Dayton. And I just love how personal their wedding really was! Amy's Mom, Lori, made all the desserts herself. A long time family friend was their DJ. With their smaller guest count, dinner was set up more like a restaurant and it was literally some of the best food I've ever had at a wedding! (Details for them at the end of the post!!) 

But what was most important is how genuine Amy and Mitch's love really is for each other. And it was such a pleasure to document their wedding story. Because it's not often I come across people who are so openly in love. And so comfortable in it. When Mitch saw Amy during their first look, he had instant tears of joy and it was hard not to tear up myself!! You can tell these two were made for each other and genuinely love each other with a kind that will last the years. 

Grab some tissues, press play, and let the photos do the rest of the talkin <3 



Venue: Benham's Grove
Florist: The Flower Man
Cake and Desserts: Lori Cook (MOB)
Catering: Cardinal Catering
Hair and Makeup: Flawless 
DJ: Family friend
Dresses: David's Bridal
Suits: Folchi's