Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Michelle and Mike - Columbus, Ohio engagement

On Sunday, I got to spend part of that gorgeous day with Michelle and Mike, along with Michelle's daughter, their two dogs, and a couple of their friends and their dog! Can't say I've had that many people at an engagement session before but it was loads of fun. The dogs were very friendly and well-behaved and it was just fun hanging out with everyone, not to mention being a great day for wandering around the park and making some really nice pictures. Here are just a few of my favorites:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Amanda and Ernesto

We couldn't have had better weather this past Saturday if we'd have ordered it up special, so I was more than thrilled to have an engagement session scheduled with the lovely Amanda and Ernesto. We hit up a new place I wanted to try and then headed over to the State House for some shots with the great architecture there, not that we needed any architecture for these two! The love and passion Amanda and Ernesto have for each other was very evident at our shoot Saturday, and I know their wedding day will be just as fabulous because of it (not to mention their marriage!!).

So, on to the show:

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Anniversary, Tonja and Brad!

Here's wishing a very Happy Anniversary to Tonja and Brad, who were married one year ago today. Yet another fabulous couple I loved working with and who were sent to me by Charley, my 2005 bride who sends me all her wonderful friends!

Here are few images to commemorate Tonja and Brad's day last year:

Congrats on the first, and wishes for many more!!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

The Blackwell

Today, I spent some time with Blaire Blechinger, the wedding coordinator for The Blackwell on the OSU campus. I photographed a wedding reception there a few years back and Blaire invited me back today to see the renovations they'd made so I offered to take some photographs of the beautiful work they'd done, along with the gorgeous table set-ups they had on display.

The Blackwell is a fabulous place for an event. You can't beat the location, right in the heart of campus, right across from the OSU stadium, where I've photographed many a wedding couple! Not only that, but the facilities are beautiful and can accommodate a great number of people. The cocktail lounge is open and gorgeous with lots of natural light, and there is an outdoor patio area that is suited not only to cocktail hours but to the wedding ceremony itself.

And what review would be complete without a few words about Blaire? I first met Blaire at Nadia and Lalit's wedding last New Year's Eve. They are all great friends in addition to Blaire doing all the planning for their marvelous wedding. Blaire is a joy to work with and is tireless in her service to her clients. You can find more information on The Blackwell at www.theblackwell.com.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Mansfield Reformatory Wedding

This past Saturday, I was lucky enough to be invited to shoot with my friend Heather Odenweller of Natural Element Photography at the Mansfield Reformatory. Her clients, Amber and Dylan, had planned an elaborate Art Deco-style wedding and chose the uber-unique used-to-be-prison location as the backdrop. The wedding attire was in the style of the 1920's, including a little gangster flavor, some vintage cars, lots of feathers, and guests in costume. It was great fun to see all the detail that went into everything, not to mention fun shooting with Heather and fun wandering parts of the prison for portraits.

Here's my take:

We started with some portraits of the guys.

The light in the ceremony room was gorgeous. Here, a bridesmaid is pulling out the runner.

Amber, looking out at Heather shooting the guys on our way to do some quickie portraits of her.

Our groom.

Have you ever been locked in part of an abandoned prison about 10 minutes prior to walking up the aisle? I can now say that I have! This is Amber, with her fingers stuck in the drilled out deadbolt hole, hoping the door is merely stuck and not locked from the outside, while Dylan pulls on her for extra leverage. The door was indeed locked from the outside with a padlock one of the volunteers had fastened, not knowing we were on the other side of it. Don't worry, we made it out in time after a whole platoon of people came to our rescue!

Amber had a charm for each bridesmaid stuck into the side of the cake. Each bridesmaid took a turn pulling out a ribboned charm while the others read about its particular significance.

Some of the unique costumes worn by the guests.

Mansfield Reformatory, in the golden light.

Thanks, Heather, for having me along!