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Carissa + Breen | Progressive Field Wedding

Carissa and Breen got married at Progressive Field on a beautiful August day. This venue was, by far, the most unique place I’ve ever witnessed two people get married at. But, Carissa and Breen are truly the BIGGEST Cleveland fans of all time. They were both raised by fathers who were true CLE fans as well - and it was an homage to them as they dedicated their lives to one another in Cleveland’s stadium. I love these two so much and it was an honor to be their photographer and to capture their wedding in such a unique space!

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Seth + Kristen | Bluffton, SC Engagement Session

It's not every day that an Ohioan gets to do an engagement session in South Carolina- but when your childhood best friend moves down there and gets engaged... you grab your mom and make the 13 hour drive! Kristen has been one of my closest friends for 20 years. And seeing as I'm only 24 thats like a super long time. Her fiancé, Seth, is truly her perfect match and it was so special to watch them be in love together for a week. PLUS - Their dog Cal is the sweetest baby ever and she makes quite the impact on the engagement shoot, so scroll scroll scroll for some major doggy cuteness and serious human hotness. 

Kimmie + Tyler | Ernst Farms Wedding

Welcome, blog-readers, to one of my favorite weddings of all time. And, this one happens to come with one heck of a story. 

So, approximately three days before Kimmie and Tyler's wedding, I was in Portland waiting for my mom's flight to get in. We had a great week of activities planned and I was so excited to have some mommy and me time. That same day I get a message from a Bend photo acquaintance looking for a photographer for a friend whose photographer cancelled on her last minute. The wedding would be in St. Paul, Oregon, on her family's peach farm. Knowing the intense amount of stress the bride must have been under, I decided to give her a call and see what the deal was. Welp, long story short - Kimmie and I are soul sisters. It was like the heavens aligned and we were meant for each other. She welcomed me and my mom into their big family and being a part of this wedding will always be a highlight for me. And, the fact that my mom got to see me work was so special, and she made sure I always had fresh sunscreen on. Sherry is a Godsend, what can I say? 

This wedding was at Kimmie's parent's farmhouse in St. Paul, Oregon. They own a peach and hazelnut farm and they worked their butts off to turn this working farm into a beautiful wedding venue. Kimmie is honestly the sweetest woman alive. She is the kind of person that everybody adores. Her heart is as sweet as Ernst peaches, that is for sure. And Tyler is her perfect match. He got ready down the road at his start-up small batch brewery. You'll see all the hops vines in the groomsmen pictures, as well in all the bouquets, flower crowns, and boutonnieres. Their first look made me cry and when you get to that part you will understand why. When Tyler saw her coming through the apple trees (yes there are apples too), he just melts into the sweetest puddle ever. 

And don't get me started on their flowers! Kimmie is a florist and and made everything herself. Portland brides - HIRE HER. She's a genius. You can see her work here.  Everything about this wedding was sentimental. The huge tables they use for the bridal party at the reception were made BY HAND by Tyler from an old tree that fell on the farm. Kimmie was brought to the ceremony in an old car which was significant to Tyler. She got ready in her childhood home and was gifted an heirloom ring by her mother for her special day. Everyone worked for months and months to make the farm into Kimmie's dream wedding. The whole town of St. Paul was invited and it was a huge party with tacos, beer, and bomb ass cupcakes and can you really even ask for anything more?!

 

Kimmie and Tyler, I wish I had better words to describe how much this wedding meant to me. All I can say is that we were meant to be, without a doubt.. Love you both and I wish you endless blissful years of marriage (and many babies!). 

 

Sami + Blake | Heritage Barn, Stow Ohio Wedding

Sometimes you meet your brides in the weirdest circumstances- for me and Sami, we met at our wedding venue. It was a week before mine and Declan's wedding and we were doing a final run-through with our parents. Sami was there with her parents seeing the venue for the first time. Bride-to-bride we just started talking about our table arrangements and where the ceremony would be outside and all that fun stuff- and then I shamelessly dropped the fact that I was a wedding photographer and I gave her my card. I know- classy.

A few months later she emails me and next thing I know I'm back in Ohio shooting at my wedding venue and having a wonderful time. Sami is the kind of person that everyone adores. She's the kind of girl that nobody has anything bad to say about. She is a fierce mother, sister, and friend- and I am so lucky I got to get to know her. And her husband Blake is such an awesome guy. He is solid- a great person to build a foundation of a family with. He is the perfect step-dad for Zoie and my heart melted when they danced together during the reception. Blake, Sam, and Zoie are a perfect little family and this wedding was a wonderful celebration of that. 

Sami and Blake- you two are such rockstars. I am beyond blessed to have been able to capture this day for you. 

All my love. 

Rach.

Meredith + Nik | Ohio Farmhouse Wedding

It's hard to know where to get started with this blog post. Meredith is my best friend in the whole entire universe, and being able to capture her wedding will forever be one of my greatest honors. 

Meredith and Nik got married at her dad's farmhouse in Tiffin, Ohio. If you think a DIY wedding is a lot of work... try a DIY wedding venue! Mere and Nik got engaged at the end of February and had a 5 month engagement. Here is a picture because it is adorable and I am so blessed to have been there for this moment. 

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By the way, I highly encourage short engagements. It keeps everything exciting and makes it a whirlwind, but typically family members have minimal time to put up a fight about napkin choice, table arrangements, and other random shit that doesn't matter. In the end, its all about you marrying your person, and I regret the year and 10 months I spent planning my own wedding. My husband is toooooo hot to have been my fiancé for that long. 

But anyways-

Mere and Nik had a 5 month engagement and drove to Tiffin from Canton (about a 1.5 hr drive) almost every weekend make a once hobby farm barn/storage facility/dangerous debris from torn down building into a gorgeous wedding venue. And by golly, they did it. It was a festival backyard wedding and everyone pitched in. And Meredith married into the most wonderful family. The Mateers are hardworking, kind, floral masters who made the wedding so beautiful and beyond special. 

 

Meredith Mateer- this is my love letter to you. You are the most wonderful, caring, life-giving person I've ever met. And truthfully, I can't believe you actually like me. I am honored to have captured these moments for you. I love you. 

 

And shout out to the amazing Julia Marie Photography for capturing what I couldn't! You are wonderful. 

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Heyyyooo. Shout out to my smoking hot hubby!