We may not be THAT country, but we sure can appreciate people who are! ESPECIALLY Brody & Kaitlin! Seriously…just look at how adorable these two are together!! And those cowboy boots of Kaitlin’s? Those are the same boots she’ll be marching down the aisle to on her wedding day. 😉 We had SO much fun […]

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The sun was shining. The breeze was cool. The bridesmaids were twerking. The groomsmen were regretting their choices from the night previously. So far…just another typical wedding day. 😉 But let’s be honest. Josh & Alicia are NOT typical people. And what started off as any other wedding day, ended as one of the most […]

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These two…oh my gosh. We don’t even know where to start! First of all, when you scroll through these pictures, you can really feel the love and joy radiating off of them. We’re not quite certain the last time we had so much fun on an engagement session. And it was so awesome to go […]

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If you’re just now joining us, we’ve been taking a few weeks off in the middle of our Work/Life Balance series to focus on, well. Work. And Life! Lol! We tell you guys what…just when we think we have it aaaaaaalllll figured out, life decides to throw us some curveballs! We say this all the time: […]

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While becoming your own boss may sound like the best way to be able to build your own schedule and have all the time in the world to juggle kids, clients, a social life, personal time, and any other thing that life has in store for you…it can be a little more complicated than that. […]

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Chris and Sara are a pretty amazing couple. Not only are they loving, compassionate, hilarious, and so much fun…but you guys. They’re Potterheads. Oh yeah. We THINK we might have actually found people who are just as obsessed with Harry Potter as we are! Wait until you see when they got their wands out. 😉 […]

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So you guys. We did a thing. Stephanie turns 30 today and we wanted to do something fun and extra special! So. We may have went all out. 😉 Not only did we get super messy with cake, champagne, and wear some pretty ridiculous clothing, but we want to celebrate with you too! If you […]

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This day has been in the making for so long, and it’s so hard to believe it’s already come and gone! When we first met Eric & Eliza, it was love at first sight! They walked into our studio, we chatted, laughed, connected, and basically became friends. And then when we walked out the door, […]

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Oh, you guys…spring is FINALLY here! After scheduling, and rescheduling…getting rained out and just being too cold…we are FINALLY in a groove of spring sessions and we can’t get enough of it! We were so excited about the great weather on the day of Josh & Lindsay’s session, and it stayed nice until the evening! […]

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We’re not 100% certain we’ve ever met two people who are more joyful than Ken & Amanda! These two were just overflowing with laughter and smiles from the time we walked into Amanda’s grandmother’s house (which was seriously just SO gorgeous!), to the end of the night when we gave them hugs and said our […]

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We have been SO eager to blog and show off this wedding, and now that it’s here, we are so happy! You see, Jordan & Kelsey are two extremely special people, and together, they make one amazing couple. We first met them about a year ago and bonded over tacos and table side guacamole. Because […]

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You guys…when people come up to us and tell us that they’re getting married in March, we normally respond with, “You guys know we’re in Ohio, right???” March can be four seasons in one month up here, and if there’s anything that we’re subject to the most on wedding day…it’s the weather! And as you […]

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We posted a picture on Instagram last night, and we were overwhelmed with the response we got from it! We had our inbox flooded with virtual high fives, heart emojis, and people saying, “YAAASSSSSSS! We can SO relate to this!” We never ever thought content we had to share would be that powerful, but we […]

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There isn’t much more we love doing than shooting engagement sessions. Seriously! We always have so much fun with our couples, and it’s such a great opportunity to get to know them better! We love hearing about what is important to them, the flowers they chose for their centerpieces, how they met each other, and […]

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2016 has been a crazy year. There is just SO much that has happened, and really, so much that we have to be grateful for. We have seen growth in our business year after year…and every year we say that we can’t imagine it getting any better than it already is, but somehow every year […]

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We couldn’t think of a better way to close out 2016 and start out 2017 than to spend it photographing Steven & Jacqui’s wedding. As if these two weren’t cool enough (THEY’RE FAMOUS YOU GUYS), we just connect with them on so many levels! Jacqui might even rival Stephanie in her love for Harry Potter…just […]

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Sometimes it’s just nice to be in familiar territory, isn’t it? We packed up and moved from Fremont, Ohio to Lambertville, Michigan earlier this year and while we have LOVED it, sometimes we just get a little homesick. So when Bryan & Kayla told us they wanted to do their engagement session in some areas we […]

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It doesn’t get much better than fall in Ohio, friends. That is unless two of the most adorable people in the world are taking you to their favorite walking trails in Pemberville in Ohio in the fall. <3 And that is exactly how we spent our afternoon with Bryn & Caitlyn! It was pretty awesome […]

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Oh, friends we don’t even know where to start with this wedding! This project has been our love child for about a year, and seeing it all come together was an incredible experience for everyone involved. Our hearts are still overflowing! For those of you who are a little lost, let us catch you up. […]

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We are not even exaggerating a little when we tell you guys that this is one our FAVORITE engagement sessions that we’ve ever done! We know, we know…you all probably get tired of hearing that because it seems that we find a new favorite every time we go out and shoot somewhere! But this session […]

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Tim & Julianne are two very special people, there’s no doubt about it! We SO enjoyed getting to know them when they spoiled us with an overnight trip to Cleveland during their engagement session, and to say we have been looking forward to this wedding for a long time is quite the understatement! We knew […]

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It’s no secret that we love to travel for our work, and even though Cleveland isn’t too crazy far away…it feels like it’s world’s apart from where we are! The vibe, the culture, the busyness…it’s all so different from our area. So when Ken & Amanda told us they wanted to do their engagement session […]

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It’s really something special when you can walk into a room on the day of a wedding and feel like a REAL part of the bride’s and groom’s family and friends when you’re there to work. But that is exactly how we felt when we arrived at Bethel Lutheran this past Saturday for Cole & […]

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Dear Kent, I have struggled all day with what to say to you today. After 7 years of marriage, we have been through so much together. We’ve experienced amazing highs, and some of the lowest lows. We have cried together almost as hard as we’ve laughed together. What do I even say to the person who […]

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They say that opposites attract. There are no two people who are more opposite than Jason & Sarah! She is very bright and bubbly, and he is very reserved and stern. She has an amazing attention to detail, and he’s more of a big picture kind of guy. She’s very talkative and outgoing, and he […]

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We don’t even know where to start with these two. <3 We’re not sure that we’ve ever seen a couple so JOYFUL and so happy to be with one another and to start their lives together! If we had to pick a theme for the entire day, we’d have to say, “EXCITEMENT.” From the moment […]

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There is just something so fun and warm about being outside in the summer. And with it almost coming to a close, we’re all holding on to the last bits of summer that we can muster! And we were so glad to share some of the last light of summer with Casey and Sara. We […]

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Earlier this week wasn’t the first time we were able to get together with Andy & Rachel. They also came over to our home earlier this summer for the Annual KS Bride Summer Bash! And we had a fantastic time with them both times. 🙂 We were so grateful we got to spend time with […]

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When we say we work with some of the best and most creative people in the industry, we are being so sincere! We can still hardly believe that this shoot came together in such a short amount of time. Jenelle only contacted us a little over a month ago with nothing more than a vision. […]

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I (Stephanie) still remember the day I met Amber. I was actually asleep when she saw me for the first time…because we were in college and they had accidentally assigned me to her dorm room. She saw me asleep, and immediately closed the door and went downstairs to ask the people at the front desk […]

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  • Elizabeth A Edinger

    Great pictures!!!!!!!! Love you guys! Can’t wait for the big day!❤️ReplyCancel

  • Denise J. Kaylor

    Love the pictures. Excited about your big day. �ReplyCancel

You guys, I don’t think we’ve ever met a bride who giggles as much as Carole does. Seriously. Her joy is so contagious! From the moment she walked into the Oliver House to get ready, she was just so giddy and so excited! And maybe a little clumsy. We won’t talk about how many times […]

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  • Diane Gladieux

    These are incredible!!! Kent and Stephanie you are Toledo’s BEST!! Your Perfect Day was honored to work along side you.ReplyCancel

  • Karen McKinney

    Incredable pictures. Many blesssings to you both.ReplyCancel

When we drove to Freeport Hall, it was raining. And that’s probably the understatement of the year. When we were driving on 75 all the cars were driving about 35 miles per hour and we all had our four ways on! It was torrential, and the lighting and thunder was insane! We looked at each […]

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  • Susan Spencer Briney

    Fabulous work…..still remember my lens envy…these are breathtakingReplyCancel

  • Ann Darr

    One word…..Beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Paula Sidle

    WOW! That was very nice! Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

We’ve done a lot of engagement shoots at Wildwood, but we’ve NEVER been to the opposite side of it! What started out as a GPS mishap ended up being one of our favorite engagement sessions to date! Don’t get us wrong…we LOVE those repurposed stables and the amazing manor. But being able to shoot in […]

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We finally got to get together with the winners of the 2016 Military Wedding Giveaway! We must say, this is the first time ever we’ve shot a couple’s anniversary pictures BEFORE we photographed their wedding day, but it was worth it and so much fun. 🙂 Alex & Allison were one of about 30 couples […]

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  • Brian Burgin

    Wonderful pics! You really captured the love that these two have for each other. I’m proud to be able to call Alex my son-in-law!ReplyCancel

  • Georgia Whitney

    Beautiful photos of a couple truly in love.ReplyCancel

We’ve been asked a lot where our favorite places are to shoot, and there really are so many for so many different reasons! While we know we haven’t shot everywhere in the Toledo area, we have done quite a few weddings and have some places that are near and dear to us. And some locations […]

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I (Stephanie) have put off writing this post for such a long time. It’s been over a month since we were in Yosemite, and as soon as we came back we were bombarded with every day life. So many weddings and sessions to pump out, a laptop that died, a phone that drowned, cousins coming […]

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Wedding days are supposed to be all about the bride and groom. After all, it IS a ceremony and celebration of these two, solitary, individual people joining their hearts and their lives together for the rest of time! But if we had to be honest with you, Josh & Kelsey’s wedding day was NOT all […]

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We still remember the day we first met Jimmy & Anna at the Panera Bread in Perrysburg. Anna LITERALLY couldn’t stop smiling and giggling. She was just so happy to be marrying Jimmy and to start her life with him, that the joy just radiated off of her like the sun. It was precious, endearing, […]

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Any time you get your portrait taken, it can be nerve wracking! We just got our family portraits done last week by the amazing Tim & Kylee, and even though we knew we were in good hands and…you know…we do this for other people for a living, leading up to the session still brought butterflies […]

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This wedding was a special one to us, you guys. I mean, they’re all special…but this one was so bittersweet! See, we met all of these people a couple of years ago, and it all started with Bryan & Lauren. Ever since then, we’ve been an important part of the lives of this AMAZING group […]

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You guys, this session had a first for us, and it was kind of exciting. John & Kelsey wanted to do the entire session without their shoes. Allow us to explain our joy. See, we’re kind of hippies. Not the smelly kind. I mean, we wear deodorant. Promise. But we’re almost as crunchy as they […]

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  • Kelsey Marie O'Neil

    Love!! Such a good job capturing our smiles and gigglesReplyCancel

  • Sue Pfefferle

    Great picturesReplyCancel

  • Jamie O'Neil Crouch

    Great pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Julie JP Paszczykowski

    totally adorable! Love the bare feet AND her blouse with the pink flowers! They look so happy!ReplyCancel

  • Veronica King

    I love the pictures! I’m gonna let Anna see them on Tuesday!ReplyCancel

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… A young bounty hunter crossed the galaxy in search of the maiden who stole his heart… Ok, ok. Actually it wasn’t that long ago. It was only a couple of days ago. Also, it was right down the road. And we’re pretty sure Mike & […]

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  • Ashley Hammer

    I’M IN LOVE WITH THESE PICTURES!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Haden-Gaylord

    Absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Nicki Jaehn
  • John Hammer

    Great job KC and SCReplyCancel

  • Lila Wilson Noyes

    My little cousin, Emily! Love your beautiful pictures, and your photographers do beautiful work! Lovely, and romantic!ReplyCancel

We’re not sure if it was because it was a relaxed Sunday afternoon, or maybe because the staff at Nazareth Hall is so amazing everything seems so effortless. Perhaps it had to do with the wonderfully mild weather we were having, or the amount of prayers and preparation that surrounded and led up to this […]

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We all know we should be using custom white balance, looking for the best light every time, and basically doing EVERYTHING we can in camera to lessen our work for later. But sometimes even though we do those things, we can still have some issues with skin tones. Maybe there was SO much green that […]

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No, this post isn’t about the hilarious movie (though if you haven’t watched it, you should probably go to Family Video and make that happen). It’s about your bridesmaids. Your girls. Your crew. Your family. <3 From asking them to be in the wedding, to your expectations, to the actual wedding day itself, all of […]

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How does that old saying go? Third time’s a charm? We’d say that’s pretty applicable for Chris & Sara’s session, because this is the THIRD time we had scheduled to get together for their engagement pics! Every time the rain came in and wouldn’t let us go out and play. And you guys…it almost happened […]

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If we had an award for the most patient couple ever, it would go to these two! We promised to have their blog up last week. While Stephanie was on vacation, she specifically took her laptop with her to work on a wedding and this session. She finished the session and was waiting to get […]

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  • April Gladieux-Campbell

    I agree…these two are one of the most lovable couples I have ever worked with! This wedding is going to be amazing and I can’t wait to work with all of you!ReplyCancel

    • kentandstephanie@gmail.com

      We can’t wait to work with you too, April! Sooooo excited!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Archibeque

    Love, Love, Love!!! ❤️ReplyCancel

    • kentandstephanie@gmail.com

      Thank you so much, Amanda!ReplyCancel

  • Brittney Michelle

    We’re going to HAVE SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!! 🙂

    By the way, just thought I would let ya’ll know again how much WE LOVE the pictures. I’ve only looked at them about hundred times today hehe.ReplyCancel

We can’t believe it’s our last installment of our Leap of Faith series today! We really hope you guys have walked away with a lot of info and inspiration. If even one person was able to learn from our journey, then all this work to put these together over the last couple of months has […]

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It’s the morning of your wedding. Nerves are out of control. Tensions might be high. Stress level? Through the roof. There are details that still need to be placed in the hall because you couldn’t set up last night because there was an event. You don’t remember what time the florist said the flowers were […]

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If there was one word we had to pick to describe last Friday, it would most definitely have to be JOY. From the moment we walked into Nazareth Hall, we were met with smiles, hugs, and warm words. Everyone was so excited! Which when you think about it, is pretty normal for a wedding, right? […]

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  • Candi Renner

    So beautiful! Got me all teary all over again!!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Burgermyer Conley

    Very Beautiful picturesReplyCancel

  • Veronica Stueber

    Such gorgeous pictures! The one with Jeff and Lex got me!❤❤❤❤ReplyCancel

  • Doreen Light Hallbom

    Beautiful wedding and beautiful couple! ❤️ReplyCancel

If you’re just now joining us on our adventures, feel free to click this link and get caught up! We’ve been doing this series for several weeks, and we are so excited to share our experiences with you! It’s true, trying to jump from part time to full time can be downright scary, but if we […]

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We don’t know about you, but when we think of a marriage retreat, cheesy games, introspection, and some talk about marriage comes to mind. Maybe even a little bit of this. When we first signed up to attend our first Connect Retreat back in 2014, we were expecting maybe some of those things, but we […]

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You guys, we could NOT have had a better way to kick off our 2016 wedding season! The weather was supposed to be rainy on and off all day. It didn’t rain ONCE while we were with John & Sarah! God gave us a wonderful softbox in the sky for the gorgeous portraits of the […]

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  • Emily Ross Bissell

    Very beautifulReplyCancel

  • Linda McIndoe Ross

    Gorgeous pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Marsha Hasselbach

    Stephanie & Kent you captured beautifully the magic & love of this extrordinary couple! Happy tears & joy of family. So happy to experience it live & you got the pictures to cherish 4ever!!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Wilber

    Beautiful wedding, beautiful bride!ReplyCancel

  • Kay Mueller

    Truly amazing photos capturing and telling the story of a beautiful day!!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Farrell Jenne

    Beautiful wedding! Everything was perfect!ReplyCancel

We just got back from an AMAZING event this week. We were at the Connect Retreat, which is a marriage retreat for couples in business together. We realize it sounds maybe kinda sorta a little lame, but holy moly…it is insane! Our lives were turned completely upside down in the most wonderful and life-giving way […]

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If you’re just joining us today, know that there are about five other posts in this “Leap of Faith” series! We’ve already talked about burning passion, educating yourself, forming a business plan, and branding your business. Click on any of those links to get caught up! Today we’re going to be talking about what is […]

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  • Amy C Berger

    I am still using the soap and lotion you sent 2 months before the wedding. It makes me feel happy every single time! Plus I have happy wedding thoughts every time I smell that smell. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • […] Passion Awakening Educate Yourself Forming A Business Plan Branding Your Business Making Your Clients Feel Special The Hustle Reaching Out to Other Professionals Understanding […]ReplyCancel

We are coming out of what we lovingly refer to as “engagement season.” Between Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Valentine’s Day, newly engaged couples pop up everywhere with adorable stories at the Lights Before Christmas, watching the ball drop together, or out on a romantic date. If this is you, that means that right about […]

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You know the song that goes, “Oh take me back to the start”? Well, that is EXACTLY what Dustin & Lyndsey did last night. Which guys, if you didn’t know…was the perfect date. Not too hot. Not too cold. All you need is a light jacket. 😀 Dustin proposed to Lyndsey right under the lighthouse […]

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First of all, THANK YOU everyone for your patience as we took a break from blogging last week to get our new home ready and get moved in! Everything is FINALLY painted, most things are unpacked, and we’re (im)patiently waiting for more furniture to arrive so we can continue to decorate our huge space! We […]

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We LOVE kids. It’s no secret that our children are our world, so it makes PERFECT sense to us when people want to incorporate children who are important to them into their wedding day! Whether it’s their kids, their nieces or nephews, or a really good friend of the family…we will always encourage people to […]

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Hellooooooo Friends! Can you believe we’re already on week 3 of our “Leap of Faith” series??? We are just so excited and so humbled to be able to share our experience and our hearts with all of you. Last week we gave you a blog post FULL of links when we talked about education! We […]

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  • Mary Beth Noyes

    AAAHHHH! I am one who’s forehead wrinkles at the thought of managing all of this BUT I get a great satisfaction when I know I have been able to conquer that and learn along the way! Great information for others who may not know where to start and what to include when deciding how much it will COST them to run their business and how much profit they will gain! Stephanie Keck, you think of everything!ReplyCancel

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When your wedding day finally arrives (gosh, it feels like it takes forever, doesn’t it!??!), there are a ton of little details to remember here and there! It can be overwhelming and stressful, and something almost ALWAYS gets looked over. But we’re here to help. 😉 We’re in our fifth year in business, and we’ve […]

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So, last week we talked about how crazy important passion for your work is when you’re taking that leap of faith to start your own business! This week, we want to get down to what we feel is the next important and oh so crucial step! Educating yourself. When we had first realized that our […]

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We’re sure this comes as no secret to any of you, but Stephanie LOVES makeup. We’re talking obsessed. She already has plans for installing a beauty light and a rack…yes…a RACK for her ridiculous collection of brushes, palettes, mascara, and falsies at our new house. It’s a bit of a sickness. We digress. As much […]

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Welcome friends! We are so excited to be taking the next several weeks to talk about our Leap of Faith and how we went from hobbyists to full time wedding photographers. Even if your passion isn’t photography, but you’re still toying around with the idea of starting a business of some sort, we really hope […]

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Engagement sessions can be nerve wracking. It’s basically a “first date” with your photographer, you stress about what to wear and how your hair looks, you have NO idea what to do with your hands when you’re picture is being taken (Ricky Bobby anyone???), and you get really nervous around cameras. Ah! So much to […]

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You just KNOW it’s going to be an interesting day when your bride emails you and says, “Yes! We got permission to take pictures in the shooting range!” And by shooting we mean guns, not cameras. 😉 I think we’ve seen it all now, friends. Lightsabers, flying paint, bows and arrows…and now guns. We have […]

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Last week every single day it was in the high 50’s and low 60’s. The sun was shining. The winds were calm. We were SO pumped for Tim & Julianne’s session in Cleveland. Not only is Cleveland awesome, and Tim & Julianne are basically two of the sweetest people you could possibly meet, but the […]

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  • Brooke Lauber-Cobb

    Great photos of an AMAZING couple. But Armani STOLE the SHOW!!! Congrats you two. Can’t wait for you to be a BRIDE instead of the Bee!!!!ReplyCancel

So you’re sitting there thinking to yourself, “Man…if only I could actually make money being a photographer!” We hear this from people all the time, and we look at them like, “Um…hello! You totally can!” But then we’re met with a barrage of excuses. Everything from, “Well, you guys are the exception to the rule!” […]

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There are so many elements that need to come together in just the right way on your wedding day! So many brides dream of the perfect dress, the perfect shoes, the perfect, florals, the perfect ceremony, the perfect decor…it’s high stakes and it’s a lot to live up to! For most brides, this is their […]

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  • Rebekka Utermohlen

    omg, I think I would be mortified if a priest wanted to do a selfie. no thank you. but I’m sure that was family friend. beautiful photos <3ReplyCancel

  • Kate Callahan

    Amen to number 4!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Lemon Vizcaino

    Great tips!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Barksdale

    Yes, yes, yes! Thank you for writing this. Great tips!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Smith

    Thanks for the advice about trusting wedding professionals. Another thing to do would be to make sure to get a good photographer that will help you get the best pictures. I’ll have to share this with my sister who is getting married in a few months. http://www.robertbrucephotography.comReplyCancel

When it comes to planning your wedding, there are so many things that you feel like you have to do. Between Pinterest, our family’s input, and our own (sometimes) unrealistic expectations of ourselves, it can get dizzying. When we got married, there were some areas where we really made our wedding our own, but there were some […]

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  • Ann LaCourse Hille

    Also love the idea of the first look with the groom and his mom….❤️ReplyCancel

Let us just start by saying this has been something that has been in the works for about a year. We’ve been wanting to move closer to Toledo, closer to most of our KS Brides, and into a great location for our kids to have great options when it comes to school. We’ve been biding […]

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  • Amanda Haapala

    Yay so excited for you both! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Askins

    Thats awesome!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karon Gleadhill

    You guys are truely amazing. Cant wait to see so much more from you and your clients. Congratulations xxReplyCancel

  • April Hope

    Congrats, you two!! Can’t wait to see the new house! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • John-Erica McIntosh

    Congratulations!!! I’m so excited for you all!ReplyCancel

  • Shonna Nicole Cook

    Congratulations my dear friends!! I am so extremely happy for your whole family and business 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Rathbun

    I am so happy for you for that too is my desire to work right out of my home I usually keep up with you so I was excited to see how you all are launching out into the deep
    The big fish are waiting for youReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth Noyes

    Congrats Kent & Stephanie! We are excited to see more of you and be closer AND for your business to grow even more!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa McDonald Ide

    Such wonderful news for a beautiful family!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Randall

    Good luck Stephanie. I think you will enjoy living there. It you are in need there is a small airport there called Toledo Suburban.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Lawson Brown

    Wow! This is amazing news and I am so happy for your family. Love it when God swings those doors wide open like that. Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Joyce Kachenmeister

    Congratulations you two!! You will be right around the corner from me.ReplyCancel

  • Cassie Naserdin

    That’s where I grew up. It’s a great placeReplyCancel

  • Ashley Merillat

    Yay! Congratulations! So happy for u guys!ReplyCancel

  • Pam Klotz

    Soooo excited for you guys!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Silveous

    Congratulations, when God closes one door he opens another, so it was suppossed to happen this wayReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Colegrove

    Awesome! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Amy C Berger

    Congratulations! Sounds super exciting and I hope you have as seamless a transition as possible!ReplyCancel

  • Kylee Carroll

    Congratulations!!!! I know your Mom is going to miss you Steph; but you and Kent are on to bigger, better things! Wishing you the best!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mara Góngora

    I’m happy for you and Kent. May God continue to open doors for you guys and use you in different ways!ReplyCancel

Today for Photog Friday, we’re going to step away from the technical side of things, and talk about balance. Oh balance. What a sneaky little word you are. How many of you feel like one day you are walking the tightrope, holding that pole in your mouth, juggling those balls, and doing it flawlessly…and then […]

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This past Saturday was insanely gorgeous! When we walked up to the barn on the Scarlet Oaks Estate property, we seriously couldn’t even believe it was February! Today? 30 degrees. :/ Thanks Ohio. Lol. At any rate, we were able to get the full tour of the property by the amazing owners of Scarlet Oaks, […]

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  • Sharon Gedert

    Congratulations! My daughter is having her wedding there next year. Very excited about it all.ReplyCancel

  • Heather Kirtland Gerkin

    So sweet! Love that he surprised her!ReplyCancel

  • Beckah Reed

    The Scarlet Oaks Estate sounds beautiful and as a daughter of a retired Navy commander I know how each moment with your military family member is extra special. Wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Hicks Photography

    That is awesome!!! That place is stunning!~!ReplyCancel

When we get together with our couples, we LOVE to laugh and have fun. Let’s be honest…having two people shoving huge cameras in your faces for over an hour can feel a little awkward. Especially in the beginning! When we laugh and chat and joke around, it takes away some of that awkwardness, gets them […]

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When you’re delving into wedding planning, it becomes quite apparent very quickly that those expenses add up. FAST. We love fabulous weddings as much as the next person, and this is the ONE day you get to live out the vision you’ve been dreaming of! So often people think they have to sacrifice their vision […]

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  • Kristan Provonsha

    Thank you for making me feel better about spending the extra money on my flowers! I wasn’t sure that I wanted to fork over the extra cash but now I’m sold!ReplyCancel

We LOVE it when couples are adventurous and want to go out of the ordinary! John & Sarah have lived in Florida for quite some time. They have lots of pictures in the sun. Snow was obviously not something they’d seen a lot of in there time down south. When we turned one of our […]

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  • Linda McIndoe Ross

    Fun pictures, it looked like a fun and frosty photo session!ReplyCancel

  • Linda McIndoe Ross

    Beautiful pictures! It looked like a fun and frosty photo session ❤️ReplyCancel

    • kentandstephanie@gmail.com

      Thanks Linda, we had a ton of fun!ReplyCancel

  • Gail Murray

    Beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Weber

    I’ll take the 5th photo from the end, please! Great smiles. These are all AMAZING!!!ReplyCancel

We had a whoooooole different post prepared for today. We just taught a class about Lightroom last night, and we were going to do a continuation off of that. But a conversation with a friend inspired this post to take an entirely different direction. Maybe we’ll talk about Lightroom one day. Maybe not. But we […]

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  • Douber Brock

    This is good advise to any business. The client is the focus of the business. The client will gravitate toward your business when they see in it the results that they want. It is a matching of needs and the final product that will bring results. You can always tweak as you go. That is a part of learning and growth.
    Good blog.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Dunphy Shanahan

    This is why I LOVE you two! Well saidReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Miller

    I feel so blessed to have read this blog post today. I mean, I really adore you two. Stephanie, I first “met” you in a FB group before you were “Kent & Stephanie”, and I cannot say enough about how wonderful it is to have witnessed your growth as a photographer. You inspire me to start blogging with this post!! LOLReplyCancel

  • Ashton Kelley

    LOVE this post.ReplyCancel

  • Jonalee Earles

    So needed – thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Jeannie Marie Scheer

    I am crying… I needed this. <3ReplyCancel

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  • Jenny Reese

    Love love love everything about this. Very well said!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Aleise Garcia

    This is such a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!ReplyCancel

  • Tara Draper

    First time on your blog – saw the link on the rising tide society fb page – and amen, you are so so spot on with this right now. Excited to follow and let this message really sink in today. You two rock.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel King

    AMEN! *High Fives*

    p.s. I am in absolute love with your new look on the site!ReplyCancel

  • […] That’s how they live their lives. That’s who they are. And while we all know that it doesn’t make any sense to emulate what other artists do, we just related to them so much that we knew we could learn from some of their business practices, […]ReplyCancel

Taking a look around our blog and Instagram, it’s no shocker that WE.LOVE.DETAILS. We love everything about them. We love being creative and photographing them. We love that they are the first part of our day when we arrive at weddings. It really allows us to kind of warm up for the day, get our […]

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Not so long ago, in a building not that far away (right down the road, actually…), two young Jedi and their Padawan friends came together to train together to become Jedi masters and defeat the Empire once and for all!!! Actually, we just invited a bunch of kids over to play some games, eat way […]

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Our first three years in business, we had the craziest good weather luck streak of our lives. In fact, when brides would ask us, “But what if it rains???” We would smugly answer back, “Oh, don’t worry. When you hire us, it’s not going to rain on your wedding day! We’re good luck!” But as […]

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7 years ago when we started planning our wedding (OMG…it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long ago!!!) we weren’t exactly as savvy as we are now when it comes to information and planning as we are now. 😉 We’d obviously never planned a wedding before and we were overwhelmed to say the least! If […]

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Helloooooo our wonderful friends! Today’s post for Photog Friday is geared toward wedding photographers, but it’s still a fun lesson in macro shooting! So sit back, relax, read, and get that camera out and start practicing! We’re going to talk about mastering the ring shot. It’s no secret that we LOVE detail shots. One look […]

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  • Julie Story

    LOVE!!! SO GOOD! Gorgeous photos!ReplyCancel

    • kentandstephanie@gmail.com

      Thank you so much, sweet friend! <3ReplyCancel

It seems like there is SO much to consider while planning your wedding. Do I want ivory or cream? What’s the difference? Does it even matter? Do the florals have to match my bridesmaids’ dresses? Is it ok if I don’t invite some of my coworkers? Venue? Photographers? Band or DJ? Ahhhh! It all gets […]

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  • Kory Sanders

    I had history of recurrent miscarriages and was also diagnosed with genetic problems but using system http://bit.ly/fastpreg719 ,I got pregnant naturally. I am recommending your program to all my friends.
    God bless you! 🙂ReplyCancel

We have been looking forward to the wedding this past weekend for a LONG time. First of all, we’ve never done a wedding in the snow! Yes…seriously! We live in Ohio and we’ve never once gotten out and shot a wedding in the snow. Sessions? Sure. Plenty of them. But nothing compares to that big […]

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  • Kate Whelan

    Very sweet wedding! I too would love to do a wedding in the snow – how fun!ReplyCancel

    • kentandstephanie@gmail.com

      Thank you so much! We were so excited!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Schleif

    This is beautiful! I really loved reading and looking through these photos, great work! <3ReplyCancel

    • kentandstephanie@gmail.com

      Thanks Christine! That means a lot!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Greer

    Love!!?ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Greer

    Love!!!ReplyCancel

Hellloooooo and welcome to our FIRST installment of “Photog Fridays!” We are so excited about this! We have been asked over and over again if we are planning on starting any kind of mentor program or education classes. And while we are teaching our very first Lightroom class next month among our local photogs, we […]

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If there is one thing that is the most confusing and constantly changes for our brides while planning their wedding, it’s where they plan on getting ready! There are SO many things to think about with getting ready, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed! We remember planning our wedding, and trying to figure everything out […]

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  • Jen Cummins Linehan

    Great post! Wonderful advice!ReplyCancel

It was a SUPER FREEZING cold day when we went to the Toledo Zoo to meet Josh & Kelsey for their awesome engagement pictures. Seriously…these two just know what’s up. He proposed at the zoo last year at The Lights Before Christmas. We met them for the first time at the zoo. They had engagement […]

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Since Connor was away on orders, we never got a chance to get together with these two for their engagement session (OR a first screening of Star Wars! 😉 ), but we did have a chance to connect with Meredith. And she had to be the kindest, sweetest, most honest individual we’d ever come into […]

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Servicemen and women have always been a group of people that are very near and dear to our heart. Several family members, friends, and loved ones of ours have sacrificed their time and lifestyle in order to serve our country. The people in our life who serve or have served in the military are some […]

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  • Chasitie Miarer

    My name is Chasitie Miarer. My husband was in the army reserve for 7 years. We had our wedding planned for June 25th 2011. I had bought my dress, all my bridesmaids had their dresses bought, all my decorations, church and preacher in line along with the hall and catering and all my invitations. One day my fiance got a call he was getting sent out to California so we went to the courthouse and got married. We had 2 daughters at the time. He’s been to California 3 times since we’ve been together and for a year at a time. I would love to have a “real” wedding and reception because we never got to celebrate. I have followed all the vendors on your site! Thank you for your time.ReplyCancel

  • Brittany

    Hello, My name is Brittany Martinez. My husband’s name is Braden Martinez, and he is a sgt in the army reserves where he has served for 5 years and enlisted active duty for 1 year in the beginning. We were married on March 1st 2014, about 1 month before he deployed. Our wedding was very small as it was only him, myself, and our 2 girls in the wedding. The service was held in a small chruch that our family members preach at. After the ceremony was over a handful of our family gathered for brunch to celebrate. This all was okay to me as I always say it’s not about the show that really matters, its the fact that you get to marry the love of your life! What am I kidding though? Isn’t it every girls dream to have “THE WEDDING” with a beautiful dress that everyone adores and the most amazing celebration that is talked about for weeks? We spent the 1st full year of our marriage apart as he was deployed over seas for a short stint in Kuwait and then his unit got deployed to Afghanistan for 7 months. I always tell everyone that we were lucky to be able to have the technology there is today as it allowed us to “text” through certain wifi based apps. I made sure to send 2-3 care packages a month whether he needed something or not I knew that the reciept of a care package was the best part of the month for any soldier! I don’t want to make it all sound wonderful because there were a few times I was able to hear some of the rockets and morter attacks hitting the base and times where we couldn’t talk because the internet was down or else he was being moved. Those nights I couldn’t sleep and didn’t want to get up for work the next day. I kept moving forward as I knew in good faith he would contact again. The journey has been a ride for both of us for sure but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Our deployment shared made us stronger than ever and appreciate more. We both would really love to be able to have a celebration of our own with family and friends, with beautiful pictures to last a lifetime! It is very much appreciated the genorosity that you all have given. Thank you all! I have reached out to each vendor and liked all of your pages, I also am re-posting this on my facebook as well speak.ReplyCancel

    • Oh Brittany, what a whole lot to go through! We have SO much respect for military couples and the strength that it takes (and creates!) to be apart for so long! Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Alexander Bromley

    Well, before I get into telling our story, I just want to thank everyone that has come together to make this possible for not just Allison and me, but for all the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen as well. This is an amazing opportunity and I wish the best of luck to everyone, whether they are chosen or not. So, I guess I should introduce us now. My name is Alex Bromley and my beautiful bride’s name is Allison Burgin. I was in the Ohio Army National Guard for 6 and a half years and in July of 2015 I reenlisted and transferred to full time Active Army. Allison and I have spent a lot of time during the, almost 6 years we have been together, apart. Whether it was a weekend to 3 weeks at a time for training, the year I was away while deployed to the Middle East, or for the 6 months and counting that I am currently away to finish training for Active Duty Army, it feels as if when I am with her it is only to wait for myself to leave again. The whole time we have been together I told her I didn’t want to rush a wedding because she deserves more than just a courthouse wedding and a trip to Taco Bell afterward, so we put it off. We waited past all of the training and the deployment. After all that time we decided it was best that I went full time and that’s when I knew that we couldn’t push it off any longer. So in July before I left, after being engaged for 2 years, we went to the courthouse and made it official. But the next day felt like any other day, and soon after I left home again. On paper and legally we are married but we didn’t get the celebration, the laughter, or the tears. She didn’t get the day that every princess dreams about having in a white dress and I didn’t get to watch my best friend and love of my life walk down the aisle toward me. I want her to have the laughter and tears. The dress and the flowers. And who doesn’t want delicious wedding cake?! I know I kind of got carried away in typing this, but half-way through this just made me realize even more that she has made more sacrifices than she should have and has spent almost 2 years of her life waiting for me to come home. With her birthday being January 12th, yet another one that I can’t spend with her, I don’t think there could be a better birthday present than finding out we would be having a wedding she deserves this year. Thanks for taking the time to read this! We have both Liked the Facebook pages and are Following the Instagram pages that were listed as well as Sharing the link the the blog!ReplyCancel

    • Alex, this just completely made our hearts break and sing at the same time! THIS is exactly why we wanted to do this…for people like you and Allison! Good luck you guys!ReplyCancel

      • Alexander Bromley

        Thanks! I hope these next 10 days go by quick!ReplyCancel

  • Monika Lira-Zeides

    Hello, my name is Monika. My fiance/husband is currently serving in the U.S. Army. We both come from difficult backrounds. Both of our mothers are suffering from Breast Cancer. WE were married by the court a year ago. Unable to leave with him, i stayed home in Ohio to help my mother, while working 3 jobs. I had to save up money in order for me to move down with my husband. Allot of people think that being in the army/military that you will have so much money. Thats not true. Your pay is by your rank, and you get a certain about of BAH and BAS and even that is not enough to support your family. We have always talked about having a beautiful, traditional wedding. With finaces how it is now a days, it seems like we won’t even come up with a deposit for a ceremony/reception til 2019. Yes I know that traditionally family’s help. However with both of our family’s illness and with there finaces , they can barely afford to help. We have lower our standards and kept a low budget, but allot of things that go into a wedding-photographers-flowers-apparel- ect. Are extremely exspensive. Even if you cut things out. With the fear of him getting orders for Iraq, it just scares me that we will never get to share that special day with each other, let alone with our families. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Oh my goodness, Monika! What a whole lot to go through in such a short amount of time! Our prayers and best wishes to your mothers. <3 Good luck in the contest!ReplyCancel

  • Monika Lira-Zeides

    I have liked every one listed 😃
    And I just shared on facebookReplyCancel

  • Tabitha Stegall

    My husband and I are both in the US Air Force. We met in Germany while working together. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to come home to get married with our family and friends due to our low manning. However, we didn’t really have a choice in getting married due to our fast approaching PCS (change of duty station) and the possibility of being separated if we didn’t get married. So, instead of having a wedding without my father, we opted to get married “online” via a double proxy through Montana. That’s right, sign some paperwork, send it in, and received an email saying “congratulations” 2 weeks later. Not quite what either of us had in mind, but we didn’t have many options. Thankfully, we did get to move together and are currently in the process of moving to California. There is nothing in the world that would make us happier than getting to have our dream wedding with our families! I really hope we get chosen!! And even if we don’t, I cannot express how amazing I think ALL of you are for being so willing to allow someone their dream day! Good luck to all!

    P.S. I liked/followed all vendors ☺️ReplyCancel

    • Stephanie’s parents almost had to get married via satellite while her dad was still overseas. We understand your struggle! Good luck in the contest, and with your big move to California!ReplyCancel

      • Tabitha Stegall

        It’s so amazing to have the technology and ability to have those options available! I couldn’t have a had a wedding without my dad by my side, so that was my best option. If we win this contest it would mean the world to my husband and myself, as well as my father!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Brand

    Hello guys! My name is Melinda Brand and my husband is SPC Kenny Brand. He is currently active in the US Army and is stationed in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. My daughters and I reside in a small town close to Findlay. Kenny and I had a quick wedding in November 2015 at the court house. He was only able to get leave for 4 days so he drove 15 hours to get married spend a day with me just to drive the 15 hours back! He’s been in the Army a little over 6 years and is now getting ready to hear up for deployment. Only for 9 months 🙂 he’s always been there for me and my daughters the moment we met! He’s such an amazing person inside and out! I would love to win this for him and I beings we didn’t have time or the money to get a real wedding! He sacrificed so much being 1,000 miles away from his family on the regular, now will be over 6,000 again. Being apart is becoming our normal. We have until October 2018 for our family to be together again! I would like to thank you all for giving us military couples hope to have a dream wedding some of us couldn’t get the chance to have!ReplyCancel

    • We couldn’t even BEGIN to imagine spending that much time apart! Good luck to you guys in the contest, Melinda!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Brand

    I filled and liked all vendors 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Rickerd

    Hello, my name is Danielle Rickerd. My husband is Josh Rickerd and he has been active duty Air Force for 3 years! When he joined the Air Force I was attending Kent State. When we learned his first duty station was Cannon AFB in Clovis, NM, that is when we decided to get married so quickly. At the time he was in tech school and we planned for me to come visit him and get married in Texas so that I could be on his orders to Clovis. So me, my parents and my sister all bought our plane tickets and we had it planned for them to be there with us when we got married, even though it was at the courthouse. Plans quickly changed when my grandmas brain cancer got really bad. So we ended up canceling our trip because it was very likely she could pass while we were visiting Texas. Before she passed though, I got a phone call one day and it was my husbands mom saying that my soon to be father in law had passed away in his sleep. So Josh had to quickly come home to attend the funeral and just be with family. It was tough times for everyone, but both of our families still wanted us to get married while we were in the same state together. So while he was home we ended up going to the JOP in downtown Cleveland and getting married. A couple days later is when I got the phone call saying my grandma passed away, which was extremely hard for my family. It was one of the saddest moments for us, me and my husband both loosing such important people in our lives. But I’m so happy we got to get married through all the craziness. We have lived in Clovis for about 2 and a half years now. Josh has been deployed overseas since the beginning of July, but he is finally coming home at the end of this month. Me and him both want a wedding so badly, but sadly for financial reasons don’t see it happening anytime soon. This would be such an amazing opportunity for us! It would be nice to have a ceremony and celebrate our marriage the way we have wanted since the beginning!

    P. S. – I have liked, followed and shared the links above!ReplyCancel

    • Oh my goodness! What bittersweet moments to go through! Our hearts go out to you guys…good luck in the contest! <3ReplyCancel

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  • Macie Copic

    Hi my name is Macie! It’s not every day you see something this amazing taking place so I’d like to thank every single person who was a part of this to make it happen! My fiancé and I have been engaged since November 14 of this last year. What makes our story special is that we are both currently serving in the United States Air Force. I am in my second year of my enlistment and my fiancé Josh has been in for 4 years now! We met about 6 years ago at MEPS ( military entrance processing station ). It wasn’t until a year and a half ago that we became a couple though. I came home from basic training June 1st of 2014 and had a message from him that day asking to take me on a date, and we’ve been together ever since! We’ve managed to stay strong as a couple even when one of us has had to leave for duty, the awesome thing is that we understand the military life and that makes it somewhat easier to deal with. We currently have a baby boy on the way! We are doing things a little backwards, baby first then wedding but that’s just fine with us because our little boy will be able to share our special day with us. I am 30 weeks into my pregnancy and due March 10th. Unfortunately, Josh is deploying next week. His departure date is January 13 and he isn’t due to come home until the end of April. We have both been full of emotions lately knowing he won’t be here for the birth of our first child. FaceTime won’t do it justice but that’s the only way of having him be a part of our big day. This last November right after we became engaged we moved into our own home together and have managed to get our little mans nursery started! We agreed on a name as soon as we found out the gender, Camden David Miller. Camden’s first time meeting his daddy is going to be quite special! He will be almost 2 months old at that point. Him and I will be standing there as soon as Josh steps off the airplane waiting for the biggest hugs of our lives! Josh and I have been hoping to have our wedding in the fall of 2017. We planned to wait until then because I’m currently a full time nursing student and we don’t have the funds quite yet to be able to make our special day happen so we are in saving mode! We didn’t choose to rush off to a courthouse and get married and have a reception later in time because we want all of our loved ones to be there to experience every aspect of us becoming married. Being able to get married next year and have the funds covered would be an absolute blessing! We have awesome friends, amazing family, and soon will have our beautiful baby boy to be a part of our big day and we cannot wait for that day to be here! Even if we don’t win, any couple who gets this will be well deserving and we are so grateful to have a chance at something this great! Thank you to all who are making something this wonderful possible and good luck to all:)

    PS I liked all the Facebook pages and followed everyone on Instagram!!ReplyCancel

    • Oh Macie! Congratulations on your new little Camden, but how bittersweet! That reunion will be such a special one though. <3 Good luck to you guys with everything, and good luck in the contest!ReplyCancel

  • Sierra Gandee

    First and foremost, I think this is truly amazing what you all are doing. Regardless of whether I am the one to win, this is incredible and I’m sure so beyond appreciated from all military families, especially the one lucky winner! My name is Sierra, I’m two weeks post-partum after the delivery of our second child. A friend tagged me in this, and my first thought was “way too good to be true!” Reading through all you guys are giving away, of course I’m super emotional and just imagining how incredible this would be for us. My fiancé, Travis, is in the Air Force. He has been in the military for 15 years. He has 11 more to go before he retires! He’s a lifer! He works full time (5 days a week, drill weekends, deployments) out at the 200th RED HORSE squadron here in port Clinton, Ohio. Maybe you’re familiar with it! We have been together 4 years, engaged for almost 2 1/2 years. we just welcomed our second child on December 22nd, 2015. Our first was born math 8th, 2014. You can see how this is relevant considering we have to keep putting off wedding plans to welcome our beautiful babies. Also, who has that type of money to spend on a wedding, especially when you want to give your children the world?! We sure don’t. Everyone keeps asking when the date will be, and our reply is, “eventually,” and “we will see!” We’ve been trying to save up for the past few years, but honestly, without any help paying for the wedding besides ourselves, anything besides eloping seems unrealistic. Do I want to elope? No, of course not! I’m 25 years old, and have always dreamed of the big day! But, at this rate, that might be what we will have to do. I don’t know how much longer I can wait to marry the man of my dreams. He’s been deployed more times than I can count, 5 of those were the BIG deployments. None of the big ones since we have been together, thankfully.. But I know that day is coming. He was gone for 2 months in 2014 when our daughter was 5 months old and was deployed in Israel twice in 2015, during my pregnancy for two months. As all military families know, you never know when they will be taking your spouse again, or for how long, or where they will be going for that matter! We found out both times last year that he was leaving, a week before he left! That was rough, especially with my emotional, pregnant self! Haha anyway, military families have to stick together, because only they know how difficult it is on the serviceman themselves, and their families! So thank you all for what you’re doing. It truly is incredible. And thank you for listening to our story! Here’s to hoping we get to meet in the end!ReplyCancel

    • Sierra gamdee

      I’ve followed and like everyone on Facebook and Instagram! Thanks for your time!ReplyCancel

      • Wow, Sierra! What a lot to consider for you guys! Congratulations on your new little baby, and good luck in the contest! <3ReplyCancel

  • Brittany Bowers

    What an awesome gift for so many to give a couple! My fiancé and I met one month after he returned from his 2013 deployment! And I being the crazy woman I am knew he was the special one! He is currently serving his 8 th year of being in the United States Air Force. Our story is one for the books that is for sure. I met him December 30th of 2013. I, at the time was a stylist at a local barber shop. He came in after work and sat in my chair ( I instantly wanted to know if he was single) we talked the entire haircut I think he left after sitting in my chair for close to two hours!!! Well the next night was New Years Eve and guess who I saw at the bar? You guessed it him we spent the entire night talking and laughing, even missed the ball drop! Fast forward 3 weeks and he finally asked me on our first date! I show up to his house and not even 30 mins later we go into level 3! 3 days I spent with him 24/7! It was the most fun I’d had in a long time we bonded and formed an awesome relationship in those three days! Andrew and I have an 11 month old daughter named Charlotte. She is our world and give her everything we have with our crazy schedules ( Me in school and Andrew working long days and weekends sometimes) we had planned for a 2017 wedding sometime in the early fall. Andrew leaves January 13th for an overseas deployment. This will not be our first deployment together but this one will definitely be different as he will be missing his daughters first birthday, his sisters wedding, and the joy of planning our wedding. Andrew has done so much for me since the day I met him he has given me security love and patience. It would mean so much to lighten the financial load off of his shoulders and let him be able to come home and focus on our daughter and not working to give me the wedding he believes I deserve! That’s my favorite part of my fiancé he truly believes I deserve the world when the reality is I already have it!!!! I wish the best of luck to all the couples entering and congratulations on the engagements and happy wedding planning!!

    Ps liked everyone and followed them on Facebook 🙂ReplyCancel

    • You don’t sound crazy at all, Brittany! When you know, you know! What a wonderful gift this would be to both of you! Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey Russell

    Hello, my name is Lindsey and my fiancé’s name is Joshua Valera. He is currently active in the U.S. Army and is stationed in Fort Stewart, Georgia. I, however, live in Bowling Green and am attending school, pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. We are both from Ohio and met our junior year of High School in math class. I ended up helping him with math (because it was NOT his favorite thing) and we got really close. I rode horses and refused to ever spend time with someone who didn’t share my love for horses, especially my big guy, Leo. Well long story short Leo LOVED Joshua and Joshua LOVED Leo. Joshua and I began dating on August 20, 2012 and have been together for 3 years and 4 months. However, joining the Army was always his dream, something he wanted to do. With a little encouragement, he joined the Army as an infantryman, and left for basic on January 6, 2014. We have been doing everything long distant for 2 years now. We are still young and figuring out life with deployments and everything but are slowly figuring it out (tips are always welcome)! Very recently (January 3, 2016) Joshua used Leo to propose. He was getting him ready for me and came and got me saying that Leo would not pick up his hooves to be picked and he needed my help. When I came out, he said, “let me show you.” At this time he swung around and got on one knee right next to Leo and asked me to marry him. It was perfect. I guess the moral of the story is… I just can’t wait to marry my best friend! Best of luck to everyone entering, each and everyone of you truly deserves it!ReplyCancel

    • Lindsey Russell

      We have followed everything on Facebook, Instagram, and shared.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Cole

    Hi my name is Rachel Cole and my husband is Dustin. We had been together for two years when Dustin decided to join the Air Force in 2007. I had just graduated high school and was devistated when he had left. We had talked about marriage but of course being so young, I didn’t know how to break it to my parents. During our time apart while he was at boot camp, we both realized that we wanting nothing more but to be together and I could not stand the thought of being away from him for one more day! He sent me a letter telling me he wanted to marry me and when I flew down for his graduation, he proposed and of course I said YES! In order for me to be able to live with him during tech school, we had to be married. We did not have any time to prepare a wedding so I flew down again shortly after and we married in the court house alone with no family or friends. It was a happy yet sad day all at the same time. I was becoming one with the love of my life, but also was unable to have my loved ones there for me, as I’ve always pictured my wedding day. My father was crushed that he did not get the chance to walk me down the aisle. I missed out on the bridesmaids and planning that every girl dreams of! Soon after, Dustin was deployed during Iraqi freedom to Qatar for a deployment, again putting of the wedding we still wanted to have. After his deployment, I was finishing nursing school and shortly after, became pregnant with our first child ( again putting off the wedding ). He ended up serving 4 years, when we decided to come back home to raise our children closer to family. We have been married for over 8 years and still have not been able to have our wedding. It would be such a blessing to finally be able to finally have a wedding joined by our friends and family! Thank you for this amazing opportunity! Good luck everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Cole

    I have followed all the vendors on Facebook and Instagram and shared the giveaway on Facebook! Thanks again for the opportunity! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Aw, high school sweethearts! Not much warms our heart more. <3 <3 <3 Congratulations on your beautiful family, and good luck!ReplyCancel

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Listen, if we break the server, just know…that it’s not entirely our fault. See, we have quite a few people to blame for this massive overload of images that are probably taking forever to load for you. Let’s not kid ourselves. First of all, let’s think about all the people IN these photos. We wouldn’t […]

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With 2015 coming to an end and a bright new year on the horizon, it’s always exciting to look at the prospects ahead. But it’s also wonderful to look back on all the amazing things this year had for us! And what a year it was! We met SO MANY amazing people, and had so […]

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We seriously just CAN’T get over the fact that these pictures were taken in the middle of December in Ohio! It was a nice 65 degrees during our session. Heather even had to go shopping for new outfits for them because they originally had huge sweaters they were going to wear to prepare for the […]

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So, Logan and Stephanie are pretty freaking cool. For starters, let’s talk about her name. Duh. Secondly, they are SO into fitness, it’s kind of intimidating! She just did a bikini contest because she’s a body builder. A BODY BUILDER YOU GUYS. It kind of makes us look down at our midsections so graciously given […]

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Gage & Colleen are two insanely special people. They won a free wedding you guys. A FREE WEDDING. And we honestly don’t think there are two people who could have possibly deserved this more. Seriously, a BIG thank you to the folks at Sanctuary Restaurant for putting this whole thing together and allowing us to be […]

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When Stephanie and Brittney had their first phone conversation, it lasted 40 minutes. And it took almost the entirety of that 40 minutes for Stephanie to realize who she was talking to. See, we met Brittney a couple of years ago at Brenton & Amber’s wedding. If she can handle horizontal snow, crazy winds, and […]

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You really just never know what you’re going to get with a November wedding. Crazy wind? Torrential downpours? Weather in the teens? Dare we say it…SNOW??? It’s just something you have to take in stride in the late fall in Ohio. Because really. ANYTHING can happen! So when we unpacked our equipment at Brookshire, and […]

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There is nothing we love more than showing up at a wedding day and feeling like we’re walking straight into a family reunion! And that’s exactly what happened when we stepped into the bridal suite at Nazareth Hall! ALL of the girls that were in Katie’s wedding? Well, you might recognize the matron of honor […]

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The dynamic between Jason & Sarah is so interesting to see.  She’s light and bubbly.  He’s stoic and grounded.  She’s artsy.  He’s practical.  But there is a real truth to the phrase “opposites attract.”  And we think it’s awesome.  Because they balance one another out perfectly. 🙂 They both have one thing in common though. […]

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Ryan & Melissa are from a special branch of the #ksbride family.  Ok, you’re all special. 😉  But when brides know other brides, it brings about an energy and expectation from us!  These two were part of the “family reunion” picture we posted on our instagram a month or so ago.  Because that’s exactly what […]

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We’re not sure we’ve ever been more excited for dreary weather in our lives.  Normally we kick our feet in the dirt a little bit if the sun isn’t shining, it’s getting dark in the middle of the day, and there’s a chance of drizzles while we’re supposed to be doing wedding portraits.  However, Phil […]

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Us becoming Cole & Stephanie’s wedding photographers was simply meant to be. Let’s start with the fact that there is a name shared here. :p  And their last name?  Starts with a “K”. She is a nurse. Stephanie went to nursing school. If she’d do anything else, she’d be a photographer. Um. We ARE photographers. […]

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We don’t know about you guys, but we find Blaine & Ali to be EXTREMELY easy to talk to. So much so, that we probably talked their ears off the entire time we were together. :p They’re just so laid back and welcoming…we couldn’t help ourselves! They are incredibly genuine people, and so wonderfully warm. […]

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Did you know that Stephanie used to serve tables and bartend at Applebee’s before we were even Kent & Stephanie?  And we don’t just mean “Kent & Stephanie Photography,” she worked there before we were even together!  In fact, one day, Kent came in and waited about an hour just to sit in her section. […]

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When you wish upon a star, Bryant & Becca, here you are! It was such an honor Watching your dreams come true! Ok.  Backstory. 😉 Bryant & Becca got engaged.  At Disney World.  In front of Cinderella’s castle!  Why?  Um, because it’s awesome.  Also, because Becca might be the biggest Disney fan you’ve ever met! […]

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We’re not even sure where to start with these two. <3 Or professional relationship began with Jason about four years ago when we met him at a wedding.  It was pretty much love at first sight for us…he is SUCH an incredible DJ!  Seriously…if you need a wedding DJ, call this guy.  He’s the owner […]

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It was a wet, rainy day when we arrived at Nazareth this past Saturday for Scott & Kate’s wedding.  We were nervous that the weather was also going to put a damper on their moods.  This was 100% not the case. 🙂  We LOVE it when we have couples who are adventurous or who do […]

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Oh, Alex & Lani. <3 We met Lani at a bridal show with her lovely Aunt, and met Alex later at another bridal show in the very room their wedding would take place.  They booked us right then and there, and the rest is history.  We had a TON of fun at their engagement session […]

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Stephanie can still remember Blair marching out on the field of the Fremont Ross Marching Little Giants during halftime in his football pads and cleats.  She remembers hearing him practicing his trumpet in the back of the band room, and spending countless hours out on the soccer field.  She remembers how dedicated he always was. […]

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We have literally been sitting on our hands for days while getting this blog prepared!  The moment we walked into The Stables, our breath was taken away.  The decor. Was. Perfect.  The ladies from K & K were busily setting out typewriters, old cameras, books, vintage hats….yes.  It was speaking straight to Stephanie’s old lady […]

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We started our journey with Josh & Roseanna two years ago.  We remember the first time they sat in our office.  We had such a great time getting to know them and hearing about their vision for their wedding!  You know those moments when you meet someone for the first time and you just instantly […]

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I (Stephanie) debated and debated about writing this blog.  It’s really personal, shows off a LOT of our flaws, and just really shows everyone we are far from perfect.  But you know what?  That’s ok.  On social media, we are normally our best selves.  We only post the pictures we want people to see, we […]

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  • Thank you Friends for opening your hearts to talk about what marriage is really like! We believe the same about marriage and I am reading the 5 Love Languages right NOW! Marriage is work when you think of it in terms of remembering that YOU and YOUR SPOUSE are the ones who will make the daily choice to put eachother first in some way. Reality is that not everyday you will feel so overjoyed to have this person in your live but you WILL be thankful that they are still there, walking with you and planning your futures together. I thank God everyday for Loren and knows he feels the same way about me:) We are so glad to have you both as friends, too!ReplyCancel

    • We are so happy to have you both in our lives! You have no idea how grateful we are for friends like you! <3ReplyCancel

  • mpwpphotoblog

    Wow! You killed it with this post! Thank you for sharing. This is such great advice!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for being raw and saying the truth. You and your marriage are an inspiration to me! 😍❤️ReplyCancel

  • This was great, so happy I came across this! Be blessed ! ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    I love that your marriage is a lot like mine. A lot of ppl fell to the wayside because they think marriage is compromise. Meaning he compromises to do whatever the woman wants. If they want to go out with friends the man stays home to give her a night out. A lot of ppl thought my husband was a controlling spouse. Which i think EVERY one has some of those tendencies. He admits that he used to be. But when it came to our time hes almost always traveled for work. It hasnt always been easy. However hes given me opportunities i wouldnt have. Do i get lonely? Sometimes but not just because i miss him. But because some of my family id like to be closer with dont feel the need to keep in touch with me or be a daily part of my childrens lives. Ive learned to not let it bother me as muchReplyCancel

  • Terri Kyle Thompson

    After spending over a week with this family, staying with them and Jude what a wonderful time I had. I came for a visit and was treated like a Queen. Love takes two people and I can say, I believe these two wonderful people will be married at least 50 years. I send my love to you all .Hug Spencer and Cayden for me please.ReplyCancel

  • Soooooooooo true! Love this! Thanks for sharing your hearts and being real. Love you guys! And happy anniversary to our anniversary-almost-twinkies!ReplyCancel

  • Darla hollan

    I was so grateful you wrote this blog. I have been feeling the need for several years to get the word out on marraige truth. So many newlyweds, or us old timers just have to muddle through false expectations
    Truth like this blog helps the success rate if taken to heart. You put it in words I couldn’t have done better. Love you guys so much. There is a “love language for kids” and my daughter told me mom I get all the touch I need so that love tank is full, I could use some quality time since its hard to come by. I told my hubby I feel very loved with your time and words. But service makes me feel apreciated. Just a little note on why the love language can change.ReplyCancel

We ADORE it when couples come to us with ideas on engagement session locations.  And we love it even more when those locations have special meaning to them!  Lex & Sydney knew immediately that they wanted to go to the University of Findlay for their engagement pictures.  It’s where they met and fell in love! […]

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All of our couples our special to us, and every single wedding is exciting when we are lucky enough to be a part of them…but we’d by lying if we said Derek & Megan weren’t a LITTLE more special, and were weren’t a BIT more excited.  Megan is kind of related to us.  Kind of. […]

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Allow us to start out by saying that Bryant & Becca crack us up.  We don’t think there was ever a moment during the first time they sat down with us or their engagement session that we weren’t just giggling our heads off.  Have you ever seen “I Love Lucy”?  You know…Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz? […]

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As we’re sitting here typing this, we’re up in the mountains of New Hampshire. With no signal. No service. We are literally in the parking lot of a public library preparing this blog. But no lack of wifi or 3G could prevent us from telling the world about how wonderful Daniel & Brittany are. From […]

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Jake & Brittany love good food, playing with soap suds, harvesting corn, and downtown Sandusky.  But more importantly, they love each other.  When they contacted us back in October, and told us they were planning on getting married just 8 short months later, our hearts literally soared.  I mean, come on…you are talking to two […]

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Before we talk about Tim & Kristan, let’s just talk about one of their friends for a minute.  Kristan’s best friend, actually.  Her name is Allison. Allison is super awesome.  She grooms our dog, is super chill, and is just one of those people who you think, “Huh, I could really hang out with her […]

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Our journey with Ben & Heidi started last October when Heidi drove way too far to come see us at a bridal show. 😉  After a love letter from Stephanie and countless amounts of hinting from Heidi, Ben was finally convinced that we were the right photographers for them.  When we met up with them […]

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For a lot of brides, your wedding day is something you’ve dreamed about for a long, long time.  The dress, the centerpieces, the colors…and of course the moment you walk down the aisle and your husband-to-be sees you for the first time.  It’s truly a magical moment!  For most brides and grooms the very thought […]

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Andrew & Brittany made the hike down Route 20 from Perrysburg to spend some time with us.  Our first session was stormed out, and this one was certainly in danger of it!  We made a gamble and decided to risk it and we’re so glad we did!  The sun was shining, and everything was so […]

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We LOVE to travel. We also love OSU and taking pictures.  Combine all of these things and add in Alex and Alana, and you have basically given us a dream come true. 🙂 Not only did these guys take us on an adventure in Columbus that included SO MANY prom dresses, and arts festival, an […]

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If we could pick one theme from Albert and Kalli’s wedding a few days ago, it would have to be, “It’s about time!” 😉 These two have been together for seven years!  We read somewhere that if you remain friends with someone for seven years, then you’ll be friends for the rest of your lives. […]

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We are so excited to announce that we are too busy for our own good! :p  We are planning on adding on a new employee, and we wanted to reach out to everyone and see who was interested! Job responsibilities would include some assistance while shooting, helping organize our insane inbox, organizing and packaging products, […]

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  • Erin

    I am really interested in this position could I please have an application!
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We’ve had lots of people, brides and vendors alike, ask us about our bridal show set up.  There’s no doubt, it’s a bit extensive, but in our opinion it’s so worth it!  The display is gorgeous, shows off our work, shows potential clients how large canvases could look in their home, and definitely leaves a […]

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Katie got a hold of us earlier this year and entered a contest we had on our blog (seriously…you should follow our blog. We like giving stuff away. 😉 ). And wouldn’t you know it…she WON. Small catch. She wasn’t engaged yet. :p That didn’t stop us and Jay from planning and conspiring behind Katie’s […]

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When we were in the Dominican, as you know, we ran into some travel issues. :p  Two amazing girls named Raquel and Virginia were going through it right along with us and were a little less wet behind the ears than we were. 😉  We were on the same flight plan, and were even staying […]

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Allow us, if you will, to tell you a little story. Once upon a time, there was a girl named Heidi, who for some reason though that two weirdos named Kent & Steph were the bee’s knees.  So, she traveled almost three hours away just to see them at a bridal show because she heard […]

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We spent our first day of spring playing outside with Kyle & Deb for their engagement pictures.  It just…you know…felt more like fall. :p  And even though we had to go through closed off gates, use each other as step stools, and throw rocks at frozen ponds (ok, so we didn’t HAVE to do that […]

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So, as you know…since we’re officially full time photographers (yay!), we decided to celebrate by taking our first trip alone since our honeymoon!  We went to Puerto Plato in the Dominican, and holy moly…it was so beautiful!  We highly recommend this place to anyone looking to take a vacation!  The weather was beautiful, the water […]

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  • […] that their grandparents got for them, and the fact that we recently took a plane for our vacation back in March.  He came up to us one day and said, “Mommy?  Daddy?  I would like to take plain […]ReplyCancel

More often than not if a couple is looking to save some money on their wedding photography (at least with our personal experience), they’ll skip the wedding album and only get the digital images.  We understand working on a budget…trust us!  We got married once too, and we paid for the entire thing ourselves!  But […]

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So!  You’ve already read the first blog post (if you haven’t, you should!  It goes over the order in which you should hire vendors, how to set a budget, decor and details, and so much more!), now you’re ready to start booking those vendors!  Oh boy…vendors.  Who all do I need to contact?  What order […]

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So, you got engaged, you have an amazing ring and an amazing story to tell over and over and over…and now you get to delve into the wonderful world of wedding planning!  Exciting right???  Trying on dresses, picking out flowers, tasting cake…then before you know it, you’re up to your eyeballs in seating charts (and […]

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When we got to Tamaron Country Club, we were so excited.  Not just because of the amazing weather, or because the decor was beautiful, or because Vicki was simply AMAZING at coordinating everything, but because we knew that Friday was going to be something extra special.  We had the privilege of meeting with Jason & […]

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