Rachel & Stewart | Rivercrest Farm

Seven years ago I was scheduled to photograph a wedding, when the bride called me and asked if a young girl at their church could photograph with me since she was interested in photography. I met her day of the wedding, she was darling and sweet and definitely working hard at what she wanted, even as a young teen. We’ve remained friends since, working weddings together, having great conversations and road trips. Rachel is a girl with the brightest smile and a heart of gold, and i’ve loved seeing her become the incredible artist she is today.

It was an honor being part of Rachel and Stewarts day. Their wedding was held at a farm in central Ohio, during one of the first snowfalls of the season. Her dress, hair and makeup all done by her close friends, flower arrangements and cake by the bride herself, choreographed dances, breakfast for dinner, loads of dancing and heat lamps to keep everyone cozy, and a whole lotta love for the bride and groom.

Ruth & Dustin | backyard wedding, spencer ohio

This was a particularly special wedding and event to document. The bride and her family have been dear friends since before we were born and the property and home I’ve known since toddlerhood. Some of my favorite childhood memories have taken place there. Ruth didn’t live particularly close to my family, so going there always felt like an event and we always seemed to make the most of the precious hours we had, feeling pressured to pack in as much fun things as possible before we had to part ways again. I have so many memories there of our siblings and us playing tag in the fields, hours upon hours of barbies, playing “little women”, board games (that often ended in tears over competitiveness), and lots of late night sleepover talks about boys and “the wedding day”…

A couple nights before the wedding Ruth sent me this text with a photo of the view of the ceremony setup from her bedroom window “Mary, i have spent my whole life enjoying this view from my window. Looking at it now seems like the most surreal feeling in the world. Can you believe i am getting married this weekend?!”

It really did seem surreal, arriving there and seeing the property and barn transformed into a beautiful wedding venue. All in all, the day itself unfolded into an event that years of daydreams couldn’t beat. It was beautiful, effortless and lovely, down to the last detail, and the love between Ruth and Dustin and their friends and family was the glue to the whole thing. I would relive this day again and again if I could. Thank for having me along to document it, #bucketoflove.

Wedding Planner: Cassie Mullins Event Planning 

Catering: Forno wood-fired catering

Second Photographer: Rachel Clark Photography

ashley & jacob | metropolitan at the 9

I had the honor of photographing the long awaited wedding of highschool sweethearts, ashley and jacob. It was a gorgeous wedding celebration at the 9, with a rooftop ceremony, cocktail hour in “the vault” and some of the most fun choreographed dances i’ve seen. It was a blast to get to be part of this wonderful wedding day!

Venue: Metropolitan at the 9

Second Photography: David Swidrak 

Lomas Family | Highland Park, Pittsburgh

Since moving to Pittsburgh 1.5 years ago Julika has become a dear friend. Its been awesome having another mom friend who lives several blocks away and who is always up for afternoon walks and hangouts. Her two kids are a couple of the coolest and sweetest little people I have met and are so great with Trudy. I loved taking their family photos during sunset in the neighborhood. This family is the best!

Dan & Michelle | Barn at the Meadows, Orville OH

When I was 12 I took my first photography class in the home-school co-op my family was part of. Dan was the class instructor, which makes him a pretty significant person in my life.

I was so happy to have photographed Dan and Michelle’s #abarngoodtime wedding. They’re the best.