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Newport Syndicate Wedding | Caitlin & Matt {8.15.15}

Newport Syndicate Wedding

It seems like it was just yesterday that we were with Caitlin & Matt in Findlay Market shooting their engagement photos amid an extremely frigid temperature. It was so freezing that the sensations in our hands were numb in only a few minutes. We all froze, but the pictures turned out great! But fast forward some months later and it was wedding time for these two inside of the beautiful Old Saint Mary’s Church in Cincinnati and at the Newport Syndicate! Caitlin & Matt, although from Cincinnati, didn’t meet here. They met in Germany where they are both English teachers. So their wedding day was full of accents including Matt’s father who is from England. In that way, it was the second weekend in a row of meeting people from all over the world!

We first met up with Cailtin and her bridesmaids at Caitlin’s parents’ home. We arrived at the exact same time as Caitlin did, as she just came from getting her hair and makeup completed. We were then informed that not everyone was ready and in fact both her mother and Matt’s mother were both still getting their hair and makeup done and wouldn’t be done for some time. The salon ran a bit behind. This can definitely be stressful for our couples. But we often do is come up with a backup plan on the spot to alleviate any and all time issues. So we huddled together and came up with a new game plan. And everything worked out completely fine! Things like that happen on a wedding day. The best thing for us to do is to be flexible and try to help the situation rather than hurting it. The girls all looked great in their dresses but none looked as beautiful as Caitlin! Her dress was beautiful and fit her so well. Caitlin, if you don’t know her, is just such a sweet and gentle person. She has a way of making you feel right at home the second you meet her. We knew, even with some slight delays, it was going to be a great day strictly because of Caitlin herself. Well okay, Matt’s pretty cool too. 😉

We bolted off in the limo with the girls down to Riverside Drive in Covington for the girls photos. Meanwhile the limo picked up the boys as we completed all of the girls photos. All of Caitlin’s bridesmaids were just as chill as she was. A few Lord of the Rings jokes later, and it was time for the boys photos. The guys were just like the girls; chill. It helps to achieve the best results for the photos when not only everyone is relaxed, but when everyone cooperates. The bridal party did just that. So suddenly after some photos of the guys and some photos of the ever so handsome Matt, we were off to the church!

Old Saint Mary’s in the Over the Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati is a sleeper of a church. We mean that because although the outside of the church is pretty, it doesn’t really give you a good sense of just how breathtaking the inside of the church is. The Catholic Church sure knows how to build a church, right?! The ceremony was simple and beautiful, which was a great contrast to the very elaborate environment. These two were all smiles when they exited the church as husband and wife. You could just see the joy and nearly feel it yourself.

After photos of their wonderful families and a few shots of them inside of the church, we headed back to Riverside Drive for the bridal party photos. The light was beautiful at that time of the day. Which is definitely a big benefit for couples to do a photo session after their wedding. During the middle of the day the light can tend to be a bit harsh, but at the end of the day, it’s soft and beautiful. Beyond just the beautiful light and photogenic couple, we had the privilege of shooting with the 1940s Buick that Caitlin & Matt rented from A Savannah Nite. This car attracted a lot of attention which is perfectly understandable because it’s so pretty. It was the perfect vehicle to pull up to the Newport Syndicate in.

The reception was masterfully led by Mark McFadden of McFadden Music. Seriously, if you need a DJ, contact them. They are fantastic at what they do. During the speeches, Caitlin’s sister played a slideshow featuring photos from Caitlin & Matt’s lives. Both separate, and together. There were some dry eyes in the audience for sure, but Caitlin wasn’t one of them. She clearly loved it and so did we.

It was a wonderful day with Caitlin & Matt. We are planning a trip to Europe (hopefully) next year. And if they are still there, we hope we get to visit even for just a quick bite to eat. They are wonderful and we want to wish them congratulations again!

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Savannah Center Ohio Wedding | Deena & Jacob {8.8.15}

Savannah Center Ohio Wedding

Where to begin?! The absolute beauty that is Deena…? The hilarious and devastatingly handsome Jacob…? The incredible families of Deena & Jacob…? The beautiful Savannah Center…? The perfectly executed wedding led by A Bride’s Mafia…?  There is just too much to talk about. But here goes. Deep breath everyone!

We are so lucky to have been a part of Deena & Jacob’s wedding day. SO LUCKY. It was a wonderful day full of smiles, laughter,love , and goofiness. We started out at Deena’s parents’ home where Deena was slated to get ready. The house was full of relatives. Although there wasn’t a bridal party for the wedding, there was an overall arching theme of family and respect. Deena had several family members that traveled all the way from Egypt and from various areas of the Mid-East. Seriously, people came from all corners of the world to be at this wedding. And after witnessing it ourselves and getting to know these two, we can clearly see why no plane ride would keep anyone from it.

Deena got ready with the help of her parents and looked incredible. Her parents surprised her with a few gifts that were very thoughtful and beautiful. Jacob on the other hand, had a blast with his parents, best friend, and brother in his hotel room while he got ready. Jacob’s family is weird. But weird in the absolute best way possible. Rudy fit right in. :)

Jacob loaded up into a limo and headed to pick up his bride. Before their first look and after a few pictures of Deena within the house, the family gathered in the kitchen and danced with Deena for several minutes. In fact, there was a lot of dancing all day. We LOVED it. After dancing with Deena for a bit, the entire family gathered outside to witness the event. He stood anxiously but eventually saw the door open. There stood the love his life, smiling from ear to ear. He ran up the yard and gave her a big hug. Then hand in hand they headed towards the limo to cheers from all of their family. Right before they entered though, the family started singing and chanting a song. Although we can’t remember what was said in the song now, it was awesome as they virtually choreographed everything. The day was already awesome and it hadn’t really even begun yet.

We went with Deena & Jacob and two of their friends for their photos. It was a very chill session full of laughs and some beautiful images. We are so excited for them to see these pictures! We loved them. Anyway, not too long after, it was time to head to the Savannah Center for the ceremony!

The Savannah Center is a wonderful venue and the reception itself was expertly managed by A Bride’s Mafia. Seriously, the organization of this wedding was one of the best we have seen. Everything was decorated beautifully including the reception and ceremony spaces. The ceremony was multicultural but definitely favored Deena’s Muslim roots. It was beautiful and the officiant did a great job explaining marriage within the Muslim faith. Again, LOVED it! :)

Deena & Jacob had too many friends to pick a few for the bridal party. So rather than having a bridal party of 50 people, they instead didn’t have one and opted to take a few photos with their friends after the ceremony. So we gathered all the friends, all of which were suspiciously attractive, and snapped a few quick shots before the reception, which we were very excited about. We were promised a good party, and a good party is what we got.

They entered the reception with drummers and dancers leading the way to the center of the dance floor where a 10 minute dance party commenced. At one point Deena was hoisted onto a chair, and Jacob was placed on a few mens’ shoulders. It was quite hot in the middle of all of that, but it was so fun to be a part of. Shane of True Artists Studio was right there with us shooting video shoulder to shoulder with us. It was a blast.

The rest of the reception was a multi-cultural party filled with drumming, dancing, speeches, dancing, cake cutting, dancing, ice cream bars, and dancing. Oh, did we mention dancing? It was non-stop!

But a major highlight, if not the highlight of the entire evening, was the late night candle lit reading of Deena & Jacob’s vows to one another. Everyone walked outside to the gazebo where the wedding was held earlier, only this time it was filled with candles. Deena & Jacob delivered beautiful and very emotional vows to one another amongst their family and friends. It was so romantic.

Finally the day was done and although we were tired, it was kind of sad to see the day end. It was a wedding that had been in the works for a long time and one that we had been looking forward to for quite a while. Zeinab, Deena’s mother, did a fantastic job handling tons of the planning. By the way, the hug she gave us at the end of the wedding was one of the best hugs we have ever gotten! Thanks so much to everyone for allowing us to be a part of this wedding. And congratulations to Deena & Jacob!

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Fort Thomas Mess Hall Wedding | Katie & Eric {8.1.15}

Fort Thomas Armory Wedding

After Katie & Eric’s extremely chilly engagement session, we were due a reprieve from God and the weather. Being as their wedding day was in August, AKA “Sweatober”, we thought we were going to see the other end of the spectrum on their big day. We all braced ourselves for the impending dehydration, but found out that the said reprieve was granted and that this typically warm August wedding wouldn’t be so bad! It was still warm, but it could have been a lot worse. So their beautiful day that was to be capped off at the Fort Thomas Mess Hall was poised for success from the very beginning.

As usual, Tammi went with the girls for shots of them getting ready while Rudy tagged along with the boys. But those getting ready shots were short lived and we headed off to the Alexandria Community Park for their pictures. Choosing to not see each other before the ceremony, the boys went first. We walked around the reservoir with them for a bit, snapping all sorts of photos of them. The boys were very cooperative. None more than the junior groomsmen Raymond, or “Ray-Ray” as he was called on this day by us. :)

Before long the girls’ turn had arrived. So Eric made his way to the church with his father before the girls arrived. Katie & Eric had a multi-colored theme for their wedding. To be quite honest, whenever we hear that phrase, we get a little nervous. Although all of our couples who have opted for this theme have done a great job, we have indeed seen it go terribly TERRIBLY wrong. Although we trusted Katie, we couldn’t be too sure. But Katie proved just how awesome this theme can be. All of the girls (and the boys) looked great and the colors were perfect! Katie was quite the beauty too. So taking photos of the girls and Katie was a breeze.

The ceremony, held at Alexandria United Methodist Church was beautiful and simple. Rather than doing unity sand or a unity candle, they assembled a cross that they would then place in their home. The pastor explained that the frame was the symbol of Eric. He was charged with holding up the family, being the support system. The inner workings and design of the cross was a symbol of Katie. Basically, Katie was to be the flavor and beauty of the marriage. Don’t worry though, we think Eric is pretty cute too. 😉 And finally the three pins that held the whole cross together were Christ, God, and the Holy Spirit. We loved this part of the ceremony. We have seen it before, and we love each and every time we do.

After snapping some pictures in the church and outside of the mess hall at the armory, it was finally party time! Katie & Eric had a great reception. The space at the armory is one of our favorites, but they truly made it unique. Not only was the decor they designed and placed very well done and beautiful, but they had corn hole and hillbilly golf set up inside! They truly wanted it to be a fun atmosphere. They definitely accomplished it, too!

After a few photos of them in front of the watch tower outside the armory, it was time to say goodbye. We want to thank Katie, Eric, and everyone that made their day such an easy and fun day for us. We loved every second of it and are so grateful to have been a part of it! Plus, we just love these two dearly. Congratulations Katie & Eric!

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Krohn’s Conservatory Engagement Pictures | Sam & Ty

Krohn's Conservatory Engagement Pictures

Lots of people each year ask to do their photos privately in the Krohn’s Conservatory during their annual butterfly exhibit. But they are always denied the opportunity. But when a local news anchor says that the photos will also be used for a news story, apparently they are much more flexible because we were able to get in all by ourselves! Brad Johansen of Local 12 WKRC here in Cincinnati has been friends with Sam & Ty for some time now. He has been personally invested in their lives and has been doing the occasional news story on them. If you aren’t familiar with their story, Sam has Cystic fibrosis. Because of that disease and her connection to LifeCenter here in Cincinnati, we actually met her due to us shooting their annual calendar a few years back. Recently, 6 weeks to be exact, Sam was whisked away on a helicopter to Cleveland to have a double lung transplant, something she has been waiting for for years. We are happy to report she is doing very well and we are even more happy to report that we will be there celebrating with Sam & Ty when they tie the knot as their wedding photographers.

The butterfly is a metaphor amongst the organ donation community. It represents the new life that a recipient is given through the selfless act by the organ donor. So the butterfly show was an absolutely perfect location for Sam & Ty’s engagement session. Brad & his photographer Ed followed us around too while we shot their photos. Which, to be honest, was quite nerve racking. We always dress nice for weddings but for engagement shoots we are a little more laid back. But we couldn’t just be in a t-shirt if we were going to be famous on the news! 😉

The shoot went perfectly and we even got to grab brunch with Sam & Ty after the session. We can’t wait to celebrate their big day with them!

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Renaissance Hotel Cincinnati Wedding | Monica & Bryan {6.27.15}

Renaissance Hotel Cincinnati Wedding

Dear God,
On behalf of ourselves, Monica & Bryan, their families, their bridal party, and all of their guests, thank you for the amazing cool and rain free Saturday that we experienced here in Cincinnati’s last weekend in June. Typically we are wiping our brows often and wishing for fall. But since it felt like fall, well, just thanks.
Sincerely,
Rudy & Tammi
P.S. If you could make our cat stop biting us, that would be great.

Seriously though, not sure which one of Monica & Bryan’s family members had a direct line to God or the weather but it was an absolutely perfect day. However, although the weather was wonderful, it was trumped by the amazing wedding of Monica & Bryan. Not only are these two an absolute pleasure to be around, but their bridal parties were mature and respectful as well as fun, their families were very friendly and helpful all day, and the venues & other vendors we worked with were awesome. Couldn’t have been a better wedding to end our very busy June with.

We first met up with everyone at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. A very slight oversight by all of us was that the Pride Festival and parade were happening at the exact time and basically directly in the way of all of the logistics of Monica & Bryan’s wedding. Realizing this, we left our apartment very early but still were nearly late. A couple of illegal u-turns and going down a one way street in the opposite way for just a few feet (promise) and we found our way into a parking garage. We still had to cross over the parade route however as the parade was happening. With no time to spare Rudy exclaimed, “We are going through Tammi!”

“Wait, what? We can’t!” she replied. But the ever determined Rudy found a small path in the parade and b-lined it through everyone. Tammi following screamed over and over,”I’m sorry! I’m sorry!” It was a quite hilarious way to start out a wedding day. But we made it on time. Score!

Everyone looked great and had super positive attitudes. The parade was a topic of discussion as several people had to do the exact same thing we had to do. But not long after everyone was ready and Monica & Bryan opened their gifts to each other as well as read letters each had wrote for the other, it was time to head off to the ceremony at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. The girls took the bus from Xtreme Limo while the boys opted for a walk through downtown. The ceremony was very formal but it was officiated by a priest we had worked with before who is famous for telling jokes. He always says before the joke too that he doesn’t like to offend anyone, but since he won’t see anyone in the audience ever again, he doesn’t care.

After the ceremony we took a few quick family portraits while everyone else lined up outside ready and waiting for their big bubble exit. We left from there for Riverside Drive in Covington, KY. We rode with them and met their very talented videographers, Beloved, there at the park. These two are also a husband and wife duo like us. However, Katie doesn’t always come as usually she has to take care of their 4 girls which are made up of two sets of twins. TWO! The photo process went incredibly smooth at Riverside but we had one logistical hurdle after Riverside. Shooting inside of the Taft Ale House.

Monica & Bryan had reached out to them and they assured us that as long as Taft didn’t have to do anything, they were completely fine to come in and shoot some photos. Once we arrived, Monica, Bryan, and the two of us headed inside. The looks on people faces dining there were priceless. But what was better was that when we had Monica & Bryan enter the room and stand in the very middle, the entire room erupted with applause. After a few shots we were off to the hotel and the reception.

The reception was quite the dance party, but when Mcfadden Music is behind the DJ table, it always is! But not too long after it started, we finished up and said our goodbyes. We left to hugs and thank yous. But as we were getting onto the elevator, Bryan’s father said, “Thank you. You all are awesome. Seriously.” Aw gee whiz….:) That meant a lot, so thank you! And thank you and congratulations to Monica & Bryan!

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Cincinnati Engagement Photos | Erin & Tylor

Cincinnati Engagement Photos

Erin & Tylor have the unique position of taking our very last available booking for this year. And that spot couldn’t have been filled by a better couple. Having some mutual friends with us, Erin was referred to us by our friend and one of Tammi’s gym buddies, Tierra, and her boyfriend Josh. We figured if Erin & Tylor are friends with Tierra and Josh (AKA J-Wade), they have to be cool people too. We were right. :)

We met them in Covington for their engagement photos. It was a perfect night for their session, not too hot and sweaty and beautiful light. We typically do our engagement sessions this time of year at the very end of the day, when the sun is lowest in the sky. It’s referred to by most as “Golden Hour” because of the gold tone to the sun during that part of the day. Nerdiness aside, it is just a great time to shoot.

Erin & Tylor came prepared looking great (hard for them not to) and eager to get started. The only down side of “Golden Hour” is you have to move fast as the light fades quickly. But we were able to get tons of good shots as well as a few special requests.

Needless to say we can’t wait for their big day this September!

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The Grand Covington KY | Layne & Thomas {6.20.15}

The Grand Covington KY

When we first met Layne and her mother about a year ago at a coffee shop for them to meet us and to ask us all sorts of questions as is typical the first time we meet with a client, we quickly learned that Layne is incredibly sweet and mild manured. We also learned that her mother was the sort of person that you are just sort of drawn to. She’s just cool. Layne, you have a cool mom. And now Thomas has a cool mother in law. But we digress…

It was slated to rain the entire day of Layne & Thomas’ wedding, which was to be held at St. John’s United Church of Christ and at The Grand in Covington, KY. We were a bit nervous and so was Layne & Thomas. Smartly, they reached out to a few places and got a couple of solid back up plans. And although those backup plans weren’t necessary as the rain held out for all of the pictures, one of them proved to be beautiful and something we couldn’t pass up! More on that a little later in this post.

We first met up with Layne, her family, and her bridesmaids at Layne’s parents home in Newport. It was a beautiful home, too, which made it easy for Tammi to take some beautiful images of Layne getting ready. Rudy jetted off to the boys who were getting ready at a local hotel. Although the room was a normal hotel room, what wasn’t normal were the groomsmen. We mean that to say they were hilarious and welcomed Rudy right into the fold. But before long, it was time for everyone to meet at the church for the first look and all of the photos.

With a behind the back fist bump to start, Layne tapped Thomas on the shoulder and her face lit up as he turned to see his beautiful bride. They hugged, but didn’t kiss. They did the same thing we did in that we waited for our ceremony to kiss for the first time that day. Sort of a compromise between new and old traditions. We started right away with all of the portraits as we knew we didn’t have much time before guests were to arrive. We shot photos with the entire bridal party as well as the Layne & Thomas. Eventually we walked over to one of the backup rain plans; a house for sale that was currently empty, in which we had permission to shoot a few photos. It was a beautiful house and we were able to fulfill one of the big requests for Layne, a shot with some pretty stairs. Layne’s father is an architect so she knew that she would like it. In fact, The Grand was selected for a multitude of reasons, but a big one was the beautiful architecture of the building.

Their ceremony went off without a hitch. Their pastor teared up for a second which is always sweet to see. He was invested in their lives so who could blame him! They kissed, the left, and so did we as we headed off to the reception. Rudy rode with the bridal party in the trolly they rented from A Savannah Nite. Thomas and he had a good conversation. About what? Jurassic World….Yep. Thomas is pretty awesome.

As usual the staff at The Grand, which just so happens to be one of our very favorite venues and is managed by the event gurus at McHale’s Catering, were awesome. Our personal favorite, if we absolutely had to choose would have to be Bobbie the manager. He is always so welcoming to everyone. Mark Mcfadden had the night running smoothly, just as he always does. I guess what we are trying to say is this wedding was just awesome. Not only were all the vendors selected awesome to work with but Layne & Thomas were nothing short of wonderful. And guess what?! They even got Rudy a birthday card since it was his birthday and Layne’s parents sent a thank you card already. We aren’t going to say that this was our favorite wedding ever, but it’s a contender. :)

Congratulations Layne & Thomas!

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Riverside Drive Covington KY | Ashley & BJ

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What can you say about a couple so nice, friendly, sweet, caring, and just flat out cute other than that they are so nice, friendly, sweet, caring, and just flat out stinkin’ cute?! :) Ashley & BJ had a beautiful engagement session a couple of weeks back at Riverside Drive in Covington, KY. We all attend the same church together, Christ’s Chapel, where you can find Ashley on stage singing her heart out in the praise and worship band. BJ, being one of the groomsmen in our very good friends Emily & Colton’s wedding, knew what he was in for when they picked us to be their wedding photographers. Ashley, most likely didn’t, but being as she is marrying quite the goofball, our nerdiness and overall corny humor didn’t phase her one bit.

When we asked them to cuddle, they cuddled. When we asked them to laugh with each other, they laughed. When we asked them to kiss, they kissed! And each and every time seemingly those moments got better and better. They are just too sweet together! We just can’t wait for their big day this year and to celebrate with their family and friends. Oh! By the way BJ, if you don’t dance your heart out at your own wedding like we have seen you do at two different weddings, we are going to be very upset! :)

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Malabar Farm Wedding| Julie & Justin {6.13.15}

Malabar Farm Wedding

Art students as far as the eye can see! That’s what Julie & Justin’s wedding was like. Because of that, it was so entertaining and incredible. We, nerds ourselves, felt like we were amongst our people. 😉 But seriously, Julie & Justin had a beautiful wedding in the Pugh Cabin within Malabar Farm largely because of their wonderful family and friends.

We first met up with Julie, her bridesmaids, and her mothers (her adoptive mother and her birth mother whom she is very close with) in a cabin they had rented only a few minutes from the farm. Julie was already in good spirits, but to be honest, we don’t think we can possibly fathom Julie being mad or mean. But there she was, getting her hair done by her birth mom just happy as happy can be! It wasn’t too long after that it was time to bolt and leave for the farm to start all the pictures.

The farm, located in northern Ohio, is one of the oldest farms in the USA and also played host to the crew of the movie Shawshank Redemption. The opening scene of the movie was shot at the very spot that Julie & Justin were to have their wedding. We had no idea! Furthermore, we didn’t know that the prison in the movie was just 5 minutes down the road. So we obviously stopped there in the morning the day after the wedding. :)

Julie looked stunning! She is quite the character and is just genuinely excited and hilarious all the time. But once that dress was put on her and she put on her crown of flowers, she became so elegant. It was a beautiful contrast that no one could ever pull off other than Julie. After the girls photos were finished, it was time for the boys photos.

Justin, all cleaned up after his afternoon of fishing, looked great too. He is quite hilarious himself but again, once he was all dressed up, he just had this certain new characteristic about him that we just loved! The boys, after a Nerf gun target practice at Rudy while he took the photo, were all finished after only a few minutes and it was time to prepare for the ceremony.

Their ceremony was tucked away in the woods and was quite the intimate affair. The small assortment of guests made up of their very close friends and relatives all stood around and watched as these two delivered vows that quite possibly are some of the best we have ever heard. At one point Justin promised to always make goofy faces in all of their pictures, but then turned to Tammi and said, “Well, after today.” They kissed, they walked up the aisle, and that was that!

After a very relaxed time with them during their photos, which included a few photos shot on our newest member of the family (a Hasselblad camera from the 60’s) it was reception time. The only word to describe their reception would be “quaint.” It was an intimate affair highlighted by thoughtful speeches by their parents and a delicious plated dinner. Well, it also featured a few interesting moments like the “pants dance” (had to be there) and their first dance.

They danced to a very sweet song that within it’s chorus said something to the effect of getting married in January. Knowing this lyric, on the first uttering of it in the song, Justin loudly and immediately following that word screamed, “June!” Being as it was the chorus, it was said frequently. Julie said it a few times, then random people, then in unison the entire room screamed “June!” at the appropriate time. It was very sweet and fun.

What an absolutely beautiful day it was and we can’t thank Julie & Justin enough for allowing us to be a part of it! Congratulations you two!

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Riverside Drive Engagement Photos | Monica & Bryan

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Monica & Bryan are just flat out cute together. There, we said it! When we first told them to look at each other and just chat about something funny or say something cute, they were instant smiles. Maybe the smiles came out of the awkwardness, but it was very sweet and continued the entire way through their engagement session.

We shot all of their photos at the popular Riverside Drive in Covington. It’s a great place to get lots of different looks and scenes to your photos without having to drive around anywhere. We had the area to ourselves so we didn’t have to battle any other couples or photographers for the good spots, like we sometimes have to do.

It was a brief but wonderful session spent with a very cute couple. It only made us more excited for their beautiful downtown wedding which is only a couple of weeks away!

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