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Best of 2019: Cincinnati Wedding + Engagement Sessions

WOW. I’ll admit… I was overwhelmed and nervous about taking on the big job of going through all of our best Cincinnati wedding and engagement sessions from the entire year, but I am SO glad I did it! I have loved every minute of reliving my favorite moments from each day!

Honestly, when we think back to our first wedding of 2019, it feels like yesterday. The whole year was a bit of a beautiful blur from our full calendar of Cincinnati weddings to the busy-ness that comes with the territory of raising three little girls. We were blessed to be awarded both Best of the Knot and Wedding Wire Couples Choice awards again this year and to have our work published multiple times. We even got to capture destination wedding and engagement pictures in Anna Maria Island, Colorado, and Michigan. But even in the midst of the whirlwind that 2019 was, we can honestly say time flies when you’re having fun!

We LOVE our jobs because it’s about SO MUCH MORE than pretty pictures. It’s about being able to permanently capture the fleeting emotions and quiet moments that take place the midst of a jam-packed wedding day. It’s about pinning boutonnieres and bustling dresses and wiping happy tears. It’s about meeting your families and being welcomed in as a friend. We have fond memories of every wedding we have ever done, so I’m so excited to share some of the most precious moments that stuck with us from each of these couples! We are so thankful for the friendships that 2019 brought us and for the gift of being allowed into some of our clients’ most intimate and important memories. I can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store for our couples, but for now, enjoy taking a walk down memory lane with us as we recap our favorite Cincinnati weddings and engagements we got to be a part of last year!

Bride Wearing Pearls

Bridesmaids in Matching Robes

Bridal Details at The Marriott at Rivercenter Cincinnati

Bride and Groom Kissing in the City - Cincinnati Marriott at Rivercenter Wedding

Reception Dancing

Custom Wedding Cuff Links with Map

Bride and Groom with Cincinnati Skyline - Cincinnati Wedding

Michelle and Travis won our award for best wedding hashtag of the year – #partyintheuseh was a nod to her Canadian roots – our first international couple πŸ˜‰ When her entire family moved back to Canada, Michelle opted to stay in America to see where things would go with a boy. I’ll never forget when she said, “Parts of wedding planning had me stressed and nervous. But I was never once nervous about marrying Travis. I’ve always known he was the man I wanted to grow old with.”

Mainstrausse Covington Engagement Session

Covington Engagement Session - Engaged Couple Walking in Mainstrausse

Mainstrausse Engagement Session - Cincinnati Wedding

Mallory and Shane are our first Cincinnati wedding of 2020 in just a couple weeks, and we. can’t. wait. They had their first date at Cock ‘N Bull in Mainstrausse near where Shane lived when they started dating, so it was a blast walking down memory lane with them and exploring their old stomping grounds!

Smale Park Engagement Session - Cincinnati Engagement Pictures with Bridge

Smale Park Cincinnati Engagement Session by Bridge - Cincinnati Wedding

These two met as a bridesmaid and a groomsmen in a mutual friends’ Cincinnati wedding, which is still one of our favorite “meet cute” stories of the year! More about Sam and Kevin in a minute. πŸ˜‰

Bridal Party with Roebling Suspension Bridge - Cincinnati Wedding

Kentucky Wedding - Confetti Poppers - Roebling Bridge

Bridesmaid Mimosa Toast

Bride and Groom at Golden Hour

Felicity and Mitchell got married at a chapel on Thomas More’s campus where they met and fell in love. To make it even more special, Felicity’s father actually got to be the deacon who married them! My favorite was listening to Felicity talk about her grandma trying to set her up with a handsome boy she knew… only to find out she was actually trying to set her up with Mitchell who she had just started dating!

Spring Ault Park Engagement Session with Blossoms - Cincinnati Engagement Session

Black and White Engagement Pictures at Ault Park - Snuggling on Park Bench

Ault Park Cincinnati Garden Engagement Session - Bride and Groom in Field of Flowers

These two don’t take themselves too seriously, and that makes our job so much fun! We know they will have a killer party at their Leap Day Cincinnati wedding this year!

Ault Park Engagement Session - Cincinnati Wedding

Ault Park Cincinnati Engagement

We loved that we got to take engagement pictures of Candice and Kyle in Cincinnati where they first met on a blind date! More on their Michigan beachfront wedding below…

Anna Maria Island Engagement

Anna Maria Island Engagement - Second Marriage

Anna Maria Island Sunset Engagement Session - Beach Wedding

Anna Maria Island Sunset - Bean Point Beach

Stacie and Randy were an extra special engagement session, because Stacie’s daughter Emily was also one of our 2019 brides! Their family laughs so hard together – it’s contagious. We loved getting to celebrate with these two in Anna Maria Island, Florida!

Sawyer Point - Cincinnati Engagement Session

Sawyer Point Engagement Session - Cincinnati Engagement

Bridal Details - Bridal Shoes

Cincinnati Bridal Details

Wedding Rings - Blush Ring Box

Pebble Creek Cincinnati - Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Pebble Creek Golf Course Wedding - Bride and Groom White Porch

Groomsmen Dancing at Cincinnati Wedding Reception

Cincinnati Wedding Reception

We had a near-death experience on a golf cart on their Cincinnati wedding day (don’t ask!), but that actually wasn’t the most memorable moment. What stands out most when I think of their day was the way Lindsey’s eyes welled up with tears of anticipation thinking about her man just around the corner, waiting to see his bride for the first time. And the way Eric knew just what to do to make her laugh so his bride wouldn’t cry. They also hold the record for the most men we’ve ever seen dancing to an Enrique Iglesias song (because “Escape” was Eric’s ultimate frisbee song). πŸ˜‰

Bride and Groom at Fitton Center - Cincinnati Wedding

Hamilton Catholic Wedding - Cincinnati Wedding

Bride with Mom on Cincinnati wedding day

Bridal Bouquet

Fitton Center Wedding Reception

Samantha and Kevin are one of the most LOVED couples we have worked with. Sam got one of the most precious wedding gifts we have seen – not only had her mom saved Samantha’s grandmother’s wedding shoes for her, but she also gave her the note her mom had given her on her very own Cincinnati wedding day. My favorite moment from their day was Sam’s walk down the same aisle five generations of her family had walked down to get married. Kevin got emotional at the sight of his bride, and some of his groomsmen got choked up at his reaction. It was a beautiful picture of just how loved these two are!

Bride and Groom - First Look - Cincinnati Wedding

Bride and Groom Dancing at AJ Jolly

Summer Cincinnati Wedding - Bride and Groom - Veil Drop

Stone House Farms Barn - Cincinnati Wedding Venue

Groom Holding Bride's Dress - Cincinnati Wedding

Bride and Groom at Golden Hour - Cincinnati Wedding

Bride and Groom - Golden Hour at Stone House Farms - Cincinnati Wedding

Caleb’s first look at his beautiful bride was one of the best moments of their day. There’s nothing like being around two people who KNOW how blessed they are to be signing up to spend forever together! These two place a premium on both family and faith, and that was evident in every moment of their day from sweet moments with their grandmas to their two families coming together to pray for them before the ceremony.

Red Rocks Colorado at Sunrise

Sunrise Red Rocks Engagement Session - Colorado Engagement

Red Rocks Engagement Session

Red Rocks Colorado Engagment

Red Rocks Sunrise Engagement Session

Couple Laughing at Red Rocks in Colorado

Red Rocks Sunrise Engagement Session

Ariel and Dustin are both way cooler and in way better shape than we are! πŸ˜‰ From snow skiing to mountain biking to hiking, they have the most active hobbies ever. He flies airplanes and proposed by spelling “Marry Me” in the sky… does it get any cooler than that? These two showed us around their gorgeous home state of Colorado and we got to explore Red Rocks with them at sunrise for their engagement session. We made poor Ariel change shoes from heels to hiking boots about 15 times, but we laughed a ton and got some epic pictures! We are so looking forward to celebrating with them this summer in Boulder!

Crittenden Engagement Session - Country Engagement Session

Engagement Ring

Kentucky Engagement - Crittenden Engagement - Country Wedding - Cincinnati Wedding

Kentucky Engagement - Cincinnati Wedding - Country Wedding

Maria and Nick had maybe the hottest engagement session of all time, but they laughed so hard and were the best sports about touching sweaty foreheads and walking through fields of long grass. Super excited for these high school sweethearts’ Cincinnati wedding in May!

Cox Arboretum - Cincinnati Wedding - Dayton Engagement

Walking Engagement Pictures - Cincinnati Wedding

Cincinnati Wedding - Cox Arboretum Engagement - Dayton Engagement

Couple at Cox Arboretum

Sarah and Calvin are actually photographers themselves, so it was an extra big honor to get to capture this season for them. Most couples take a few minutes to warm up since they aren’t used to being photographed, but we couldn’t stop talking about how perfect these two are together. They didn’t stop laughing for one second of their session, and we honestly can’t wait to get them officially married up this spring!

Church Bubble Exit - Louisville Wedding - Cincinnati Wedding

Louisville Cathedral Wedding

Bride and Groom Dancing Downtown - Cincinnati Wedding

Rooftop Wedding - Bridal Bouquet - Cincinnati Wedding - Louisville Wedding

Emily and Joe are two lawyers who met in the courtroom where she was the public defender and he was the prosecutor. They had thunderstorms the entire time they were inside for their ceremony and not a single drop during outdoor portrait time – we thought that had to be a good sign! These two threw one of the best parties with a packed dance floor and plenty of laughter – we loved getting to be a part of it!

Wedding Invitation Suite

Michigan Wedding - Bride and Groom in Front of Lighthouse

Beach Wedding Ceremony

Beach Wedding Portraits - Bride and Groom

Michigan Beachfront Wedding

Michigan Beach Wedding - Bride and Groom on Rocky Beach

Candice got to surprise Kyle with the news that they were expecting on their wedding day, and it was such a sweet moment to be able to capture! Their little girl, Ellie, was a perfect sweetheart who is the first baby we have met who loved Chris more than me (my heart is still recovering!). Honestly, we have never seen a lake that looked so much like the ocean and it did our hearts good to get to celebrate with them in their new home state and see how many friends and family made the trip to come support them!

Lexington Engagement - Cincinnati Wedding

Keeneland Engagement - Cincinnati Wedding

Keenland Engagement Session - Kentucky Engagement

Engaged Couple - Engagement Ring - Engagement Pictures

Lexington Engagement

Emma and Andrew are college sweethearts who met at UK, so it was perfect to do their engagement session around the city of Lexington where they made so many memories and fell in love!

Mixed Race Couple - Mixed Race Engagement Session

Ault Park Engagement Session

Interracial Couple - Interracial Engagement at Ault Park

Sunset Engagement Session at Ault Park - Interracial Couple

Jill and Latonio are Felicity and Mitchell’s neighbors, and we get SO excited to shoot weddings that give us an excuse to meet a new couple AND reconnect with an old one! These two are so natural together and were total troopers on a 95 degree fall day. Hotel Covington is going to be a gorgeous backdrop for their April wedding!

P & G Gardens Engagement Session

Engagement Ring - Engagement Pictures

Downtown Cincinnati Engagement - Cincinnati Wedding - P & G Gardens

Downtown Cincinnati Engagement Session

Lytle Park Engagement - Cincinnati Engagement - Cincinnati Wedding

Downtown Cincinnati Engagement Session - Cincinnati Wedding

Abbey and Sam did their engagement pictures at the same place her parents got engaged! I love thinking about their kids coming back to visit P&G Gardens where so much love was celebrated in their family!

Covington Engagement - George Rogers Clark Park

Wedding Dress Hanging from Tree Branch - Country Wedding

Wedding Earrings

Bride at Honey Locust Farms

Farm Wedding - Bride and Groom on Farm - Kentucky Wedding

Choreographed Groomsmen Dance - Wedding Dance at Honey Locust Farms

Groomsmen Dancing at Reception - Cincinnati Wedding

Rachel’s son, Chase, stole the show at this one with his killer speech and his sweet emotions getting the best of him as his mom came down the aisle. We absolutely loved the special bond he and Josh share – and the groomsmen dance they both surprised Rachel with was one of the books! They have the best sense of humor and fun – we had a blast at their Honey Locust Farms wedding!

P & G Gardens Wedding - Downtown Cincinnati Wedding

Groomsmen at Downtown Cincinnati Wedding

Bridesmaids Downtown Cincinnati Wedding

Cincinnati Wedding

Cincinnati Rooftop Wedding - Residence Inn Wedding

I’ll never forget the way Dania lights up around Andy – it’s impossible to be around them and NOT smile! They met at a restaurant where they used to work together. Andy told a mutual friend and coworker on Dania’s first day, “I’m in love with that new hostess.” Turns out he really was! From her family traveling in from Lima to celebrate from their beautiful garden Cincinnati wedding ceremony and rooftop celebration, their day couldn’t have been more perfect!

Sawyer Point Engagement - Cincinnati Engagement

Sawyer Point Engagement - Cincinnati Engagement

Dan and Danielle were nervous about getting pictures done, but they absolutely crushed it! Their Neltner’s Farm wedding is going to be perfection this summer!

Dog at Engagement Session - Engagement Session with Yorkie

Downtown Cincinnati Engagement Session - Cincinnati Wedding

Cincinnati Engagement - Cincinnati Wedding

Washington Park Engagement Session

Downtown Cincinnati Engagement - Cincinnati Wedding

Katie and Riley met at the Washington Park dog park on their first date, and Riley later proposed there, so it was a no-brainer to do their engagement pictures there. You can tell in about 2 seconds flat how much fun these two have together, and they bring the party with them wherever they go, so we have no doubt their Cincinnati wedding will be one for the books! Plus, they are celebrating at our all-time favorite venue – Ault Park… bring on May!

Fall Engagement at Eden Park - Cincinnati Wedding

Eden Park Engagement Session - Fall Engagement

Eden Park Engagement Session - Cincinnati Wedding

Cincinnati Engagement - Eden Park - Cincinnati Wedding

Bride at Twin Lakes Eden Park Cincinnati in Fall

Fall Engagement Session - Cincinnati Engagement

These two were made for each other. Drew kept Kerry laughing and did his best to keep her warm during their chilly fall session – August should bring some warmer weather for their Cincinnati wedding celebration!

Smale Park Engagement - Black and White Engagement

Downtown Engagement - Cincinnati Wedding

Smale Park Engagement - Cincinnati Engagement

Smale Park Engagement Session

Kate and Kevin met at a friend’s wedding, but shortly after they started dating, Kevin moved to New York to pursue a finance job and they began taking on the challenge of long distance dating. They are finally back in the same state, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for them. If they are half as positive, easygoing and sweet as they were at their engagement session, their summer wedding at The View will be perfection!

Bridal Details - Cincinnati Wedding

Bridal Details - Cincinnati Wedding

Cincinnati Wedding - Bridesmaids with Confetti Poppers

Bride First Look with Dad - Cincinnati Wedding

First Look at Twin Oaks Golf Course - Cincinnati Wedding

Cincinnati Wedding - St. Pius X Church

Bridal Portraits at Twin Oaks - Cincinnati Wedding

Fall Golf Course Wedding - Cincinnati Wedding

Cincinnati Wedding - Twin Oaks Golf Course

Rainy Fall Wedding Portraits - Bride and Groom with Umbrellas - Cincinnati Wedding

Matt and Emily are elementary school sweethearts, and my favorite part of their day was when the best man described Matt calling him and telling him he was finally officially dating “THE Emily”… the one he had spent his whole life loving. Both their proposal and their wedding took place at the church and school where they grew up and fell in love, which just added to the romance of the whole day. Even though it rained the entire day, we got just enough tiny breaks to sneak in some pictures on Twin Oaks’ gorgeous golf course showcasing the fall colors. We couldn’t possibly find two sweetest people than these two – one of our favorite days, for sure!

Devou Park Engagement - Tall Grass Engagement - Cincinnati Wedding

Engagement Ring - Cincinnati Wedding

Devou Park Engagement Session

Cincinnati Skyline - Devou Park - Engagement Session with Dog - Cincinnati Wedding

Devou Park Engagement - Cincinnati Wedding

Jessica and Ethan are getting married on their own property next year, and it’s going to be so special! Their engagement session was filled with puppy kisses from their adorable pup, Ella, and we are counting down the days until we get to celebrate with them this fall!

We hope you’ve enjoyed walking down memory lane with us. If you’re getting married in 2021, we would love to chat about your Cincinnati wedding day and get to know each other to see if we might be the right fit to capture this season for you to look back on forever!

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