It was a day that our families had been anticipating for quite some time! Bryan, my youngest first cousin, had proposed to the girl of his dreams on the steps of the building where they met for the first time, the first day of orientation at the University of Cincinnati. I had the honor of photographing that very special surprise, followed by their engagement session, and now the day that they became husband and wife! It is such a privilege to share in a couple’s wedding day, and, I cannot express how I felt this even more vividly with so many of my family members present! Every detail was planned with the utmost care and purpose, and with Chelsey’s talent for design, each and every guest was in for a treat! Wait until you see the glass prism lanterns that Chelsey and her family made by hand to line the aisle and to light each table! You may have already seen the incredible florals! And each moment of the day was filled with personal touches, from the father of the bride walking his daughter down the aisle, to his officiating the ceremony, to the toasts, to the sweetest dances in history, to the collection of rain in a glass vessel to one day bless their children, to all the hugs, tears, and laughter shared throughout the day! A dear friend of the couple sang during the ceremony, and it was just so incredibly beautiful! My parents happened to be the longest married couple, which filled my eyes with happy tears! And everyone danced and celebrated the night away, until it was time to send the newlyweds off with congratulations and sparklers!
Chelsey and Bryan chose the historic and stunning Monastery Event Center, which stands atop a hill dotted with beautiful homes, grand views, and so much charm. Everything about this venue exudes character and romance, with its architecture and texture (two of my favorite things!) and it was a perfectly magical backdrop for their black and white winter elegance affair. The staff at The Monastery is amazing! They’re a well-oiled machine, keeping everything on schedule while looking absolutely effortless! Kris, thank you, thank you, thank you, to you and your kind team for everything!!!
And now on to the many, many, many images from the happy couple’s day! Chelsey and Bryan, it has been an absolute dream to work alongside you this past year and a half! Thank you for allowing me to share in this amazing day! Wishing you a lifetime of adventure, kisses, slow dances to Shania in your living room, and every happiness that awaits! Love you both! xoxoxo
Many, many thanks to two people who helped me to capture the entire day, my amazing husband, Reggie, and my sweet, talented second shooter, Hannah! You both truly captured so many wonderful images for Chelsey and Bryan, and I am so thankful to have had the two of you there with me!
And to the dream team of professionals who made this day so very beautiful in every way, thank you so much!!!
Venue // The Monastery Event Center
Catering // The Monastery Event Center
Florist // The Flowerman
Baker // A Spoon Fulla Sugar
Tuxes // Men’s Wearhouse
DJ // Byron Ginter – BWG Entertainment
Makeup Artist // Hillary Haughn
Hairstylist // Hillary Haughn
Salon // Zephyr Blowout & Salon
Videographer // Rooted Media House
Invitations // Designed by the Bride
Honeymoon // St. Lucia