Corey & Delaney+A Cuyahoga Valley National Park Engagement Shoot+Wedding and Engagement Photography + Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

We are so fortunate to have a National Park right in our backyard! It provides some amazing sites for engagement and wedding photography! I had a great time with Corey and Delaney for their engagement session at The Ledges in Cuyahoga Valley Park! You both had such a great connection! I can’t wait to photograph your ceremony at Landoll’s Mohican Castle in Loudonville, Ohio!


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The Couple: Corey & Delaney

Wedding Date: October 3rd 

Location: Landoll’s Mohican Castle

Brianna & Josh + Downtown Medina, OH Engagement Shoot + Northeast Ohio Engagement & Wedding Photography

Oh Brianna and Josh...what can I possibly say to make you two sound any sweeter than you both already are!?!? I was so excited to hear that you were up for an engagement session in Downtown Medina! There were so many interesting buildings and hidden places just perfect for your engagement photos! Plus, the city scene is a great contrast to your rustic wedding coming up in May at Hines Hill Campus in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park! 

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What I loved about your session was how sweet the two of you were to each other! It was so evident how much you care for each other! You made my job so easy! And of course, when I asked you to say what the other person was thinking on the count of three out loud and you both said "donuts"...just awesome!

I can't wait for the wedding in May (or the donuts from Circles on the Square)! 





The Couple: Brianna & Josh

Wedding Date: May 25, 2019 

The Colors: Blush and Navy

Location: Hines Hill Campus in the CVNP

Morning Wedding & Brunch Reception featuring donuts for dessert from Circles on the Square



Extended Family Photo Shoot + NE Ohio Photography + Cuyahoga Valley CVNP

Meet Ed and Ginny...simply two of the sweetest people I have ever photographed! Just look at how cute they are! They recently celebrated 50 years together and I bet if we dug out their wedding photos, they would look just as cute and smitten then! When kids grow up and start families of their own, inevitably, some move away, So when Ed and Ginny had the chance to get everyone together for a short weekend, extended family photographs were top priority! Thank you for letting me be a small part of this special time in your lives! 


Extended Family Photo Shoot + Hubbard Valley Park + Medina Ohio Family Photographer

It is really a neat thing when families gather together for an extended family shoot! It is sweet to see grandparents interact with their adult children and their grandchildren! What a beautiful thing it is to see how two people's commitment to each other results in an ever-growing and beautiful family!  Ken and Linda will have been married for 43 years this coming March! It was such a pleasure to work with this family to help document this time in their lives! 



Michelle & Greg + Northeast Ohio Wedding + F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm

It was such an honor to work with Michelle and Greg to document their wedding day! This one was extra special to me because it also happened to be the date of my wedding anniversary! You guys picked a good date! Working with you both brought back a lot of sweet memories for me, especially during your vows! Seeing the emotion you both had for each other was such a sweet moment!

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After a quick ceremony, we popped over to the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm for some photos of the Bride and Groom with their two adorable (did i mention they were ADORABLE...) children!

Congratulations Michelle and Greg!


"The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever." — The Notebook



Celebrating Your Engagement + Custom Engagement Party Invitations from Basic Invite

I remember it like it was yesterday...the excitement and wonder, the shock and surprise, the congratulations from our closest family and friends...we were ENGAGED!  At that moment, life couldn't get any sweeter! 14 years later and I still remember this time in our lives! The feeling of knowing that you are with the person you love more than anyone else in this world, the person who understands you the best, the person who stays up late with you every night to binge watch your favorite shows and then brings you coffee in your favorite mug with just the right amount of cream the very next morning. That person you have been doing life with just asked you to do it FOREVER!

What a fun and awesome time for a newly engaged couple! Naturally, couples want to  celebrate their engagement with their closest family and friends. They want to let the world know their new identity as an engaged couple (shout it from the rooftops so to speak), all while sharing a drink and some good food! It is time to celebrate their engagement with an ENGAGEMENT PARTY! 

These days there are no shortage of ideas and themes for engagement parties. From black tie affairs to laid-back backyard BBQ's, couples are planning some pretty awesome engagement parties! And who doesn't love a party that celebrates two people in love?!?!

Since an engagement party is a celebration of the couple and who they are as one, it makes sense that the engagement invitations they select should be customized to showcase their style and tastes. That is why I am so excited to share Basic Invite with you all today!

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Basic Invite is an online design and printing platform that has a card for almost every major life moment - including engagement parties! Basic Invite offers my newly engaged couples truly customized engagement party invitations that express their style! It really could not get more custom than this friends! From the style, to the theme, to the colors, to the paper type, My couples are able to create custom engagement dinner invitations that express their unique style and declare their love! 

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Why I love suggesting Basic Invite to my couples...

Almost Unlimited Colors!! - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that offers unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once they select a design they can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options! We can make sure the card is exactly how my couples  want it - down to the littlest detail!

Custom Samples!! - I love that Basic Invite provides my couples with an affordable printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order! 

Free Wedding Websites!! - Basic Invite has wedding websites that are completely customized just like their wedding invitations! These wedding websites are mobile friendly and super easy to use. You can instantly upload all of your wedding details along with images and a map with directions which is super convenient for your guests. Choose from 180 custom colors and even choose a design to match your wedding invitation suite! Did I mention FREE!!!??

Basic Invite prides itself on providing you with Truly Custom samples tailored to your colors and unique style.

Basic Invite prides itself on providing you with Truly Custom samples tailored to your colors and unique style.

Just look at all the color options! There is something for everyone!

Just look at all the color options! There is something for everyone!

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A few tips for creating engagement party invites...

1. Be sure to include the who, what, where, and when details on your engagement party invites

2. Don’t invite someone you don’t plan on inviting to the wedding!

3. Consider the type or theme of the engagement party you want to have, and then select a design for your engagement party invitations that showcases that particular theme. The folks over at Basic Invite offer a truly customized experience when creating your invitations which makes it easy for you and your significant other to create something with the colors and style that express who you are as a couple!

These two invitations feature gold foil detailing which my clients just love!

These two invitations feature gold foil detailing which my clients just love!

4. Many couples who create Engagement Invitations through Basic Invite also create a complete wedding invitation suite as well. Knowing this, it makes sense to select and customize an engagement party invitation that compliments the theme and style of your wedding invitations. Engagement invitations also are a great way for my couples to familiarize themselves with Basic Invite so that they are pros by the time they design their wedding invitations. 


Basic invite is truly a one stop shop for  creating everything from engagement party invitations, to save-the-dates, to custom wedding invitations, place cards, menus, the list goes on and on! 


A quick disclosure: this post was sponsored by Basic Invite, though opinions are my own.