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The Grand Covington, KY | Lindsey & Kraig {12.13.14}

The Grand Covington, KY

Did you know that this past Saturday the date was 12-13-14? Of course you did. But did you realize that this past Saturday was the last sequential date for a century!? You know what would be a sweet date to be alive for? January 2nd, 3456. Here’s hoping they invent a “Forever Alive” pill! :) But we clearly digress. Lindsey & Kraig were amongst a very few in our population that will get to say that they were married on the last sequential date for a century. An even fewer group of will get to say that their wedding day was as beautiful as this one! And only one couple married on that date is the most wonderful, and that is undoubtedly Lindsey & Kraig! If you know these two, you would have to agree. Their wedding with the ceremony held at Lakeside Presbyterian and their reception at one of our favorites, The Grand, was an incredibly fun day that we are truly happy to have been a part of.

We first met up with Lindsey at her parents’ home, where she and the rest of her girls were getting ready. Everyone was running around and trying to get everything in order, but they were all in good spirits. That’s what really matters! Rudy headed off to the boys getting ready spot which was Lindsey & Kraig’s home only a few minutes away from the girls. The boys were also in good spirits, and so were Lindsey & Kraig’s dogs which watched and followed Kraig everywhere he went. Before we all knew it, it was time to meet up and let Lindsey & Kraig see one another for the first time. With a crowd of people watching, Lindsey approached Kraig, touched him on the shoulder, and Kraig turned around. He was all smiles and so was she. It was very sweet and we are so happy the whole family and bridal party got to witness it. They were all very respectful and very quiet during the whole process. But just like that, we hopped in the bus and went down to Mainstrasse in Covington for all of their photos.

It was a little bit cold, but nothing too bad. We have shot photos in single digit temperatures before, so the high 30’s were a welcome feeling. Lindsey & Kraig took our direction very well. We sped along with all the photos in order to make up for some lost time, but all the while paying close attention to detail. Mainstrasse is currently all dressed up for Christmas which makes for some wonderful backgrounds. Christmas lights everywhere mean for some beautiful backgrounds. Mainstrasse definitely didn’t disappoint!

After a shot or two in front of Piper’s Cafe (their last name is Piper), we headed to the church for their beautiful ceremony. After the ceremony and all the family photos, we hopped on the bus again and headed to The Grand for the party! Once we arrived, everyone was eager to bring the bridal party in to get the show on the road. Fred of DJ Butlers provided the entertainment for the evening and as always did a great job! But the time flew by because we knew it, it was time for us to say goodbye.

At the end of every wedding, we always seek out certain individuals to say goodbye to. That can sometimes include bridal party members, the staff at the venue, the DJ, the parents, etc. But it ALWAYS includes the bride & groom. It’s a chance to make sure they have everything they need, as well as congratulate them and say goodbye. But this time was different. We found Lindsey’s parents and say goodbye to them. But Lindsey & Kraig, well they vanished. We walked all over looking for them. We looked in the photobooth, upstairs, outside, all around the dance floor, GONE! So after about 10 minutes of searching, we abandoned our search and left. Which made us VERY sad. We love that time with the couple for just a brief moment. Oh well. Hopefully they know how much we like ’em. πŸ˜‰

Congratulations Lindsey & Kraig!

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The Grand Covington, KY
The Grand Covington, KY
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The Grand Covington, KY

Cincinnati Engagement Photos | Erica & Cooper

Cincinnati Engagement Photos

That laugh. If you have ever met Erica & Cooper, you will know exactly what we mean. These two sweet and wonderful people are a ball of energy and a blast to be around. But more than anything that you could say about Erica & Cooper, is Erica’s laugh. It is just so darn infectious! In fact, when we first spoke with them over the phone, not only did we instantly love her laugh, but she pointed out that she hoped that somehow we could capture her laugh in their Cincinnati engagement photos. We think we did.

We met up with Erica & Cooper at Erica’s family farm. It’s a beautiful piece of property loaded with livestock of all kinds, but most notably, horses! We really like horses. They slightly intimidate us to be honest, but they are so beautiful. During the session one specific horse got a little too curious with us. He came up to the fence where Rudy was shooting, and started sniffing him. It was hilarious and definitely memorable for sure.

Erica & Cooper did a fantastic job taking in all of our crazy direction to achieve what we feel is a beautiful result. And now having been around them during the engagement session, we are so much more excited to be a part of their wedding next year!

Cincinnati Engagement Photos
Cincinnati Engagement Photos
Cincinnati Engagement Photos
Cincinnati Engagement Photos
Cincinnati Engagement Photos
Cincinnati Engagement Photos

Michelle & Sam {11.1.14}

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It’s nice catching up with old friends. It’s even nicer to be a big part in an old friend’s wedding! Such was the case with Rudy and Michelle, both graduates from the same college with Audio/Video Production degrees. Not only was it nice to see Michelle on her day, but a few of the guests in attendance were old friends from college, too. It really was quite a great time getting to see a few familiar faces.

Anyway, we started out with Michelle and her girls at Michelle’s parents home. There we entered to everyone running around and getting ready. The house seemed to get more and more packed! But everyone was happy and helpful, so it was a blast. After taking photos of Michelle getting into her makeup and into her wedding gown, it was time to head off to their venue for the guys photos.

Unfortunately, the original plan of having an outdoor ceremony shifted due to temperatures in the 40’s with a windchill making it feel like the 30’s! It was cold! But that didn’t stop Michelle & Sam from wanting some outside pictures. So before the ceremony, which was beautiful and simple, we shot the boys photos outside. And then after the ceremony we took the entire family outside, the bridal party, and of course Michelle & Sam. Our original plan was to have them inside being introduced at 5:15pm. It turned out that they entered by 4:45pm. Why? IT WAS TOO COLD! We worked our very quickest while still maintaining quality images. But we had to take a couple of quick breaks to have Michelle’s brothers give her a big bear hug to warm her up!

The reception was held in the same room as the ceremony. Which was decorated beautifully. But most notably was the dessert area. Not only was there a very nice cake and cupcake display, but there was a very long table FILLED with cookies and sweets of all kinds! It was like Christmas! So after loading up with a few cookies, it was time for us to say goodbye. Congratulations Michelle & Sam!

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Muhlhauser Barn | Allyson & Brian {10.25.14}

Mulhauser Barn

Allyson & Tammi go back a few years, all the way to high school. So when Allyson & Brian got engaged, it was only natural for her to reach out to us. Luckily we had their date available and the rest is history. We met up with these two at Muhlhauser Barn in West Chester, OH which is where they had both their ceremony and reception. After we did their first look photo, it was off to the races to get all the photos finished before the ceremony.

It was beautiful day. Although it was very sunny, we used our nerdy photography knowledge and expertise to take some beautiful pictures of these two love birds. Oh! We forgot to mention that they have been dieting and look fantastic. We literally didn’t recognize Brian due to his weight loss and losing his thick beard. Allyson looked great too, but it’s hard not to recognize a bride dressed in white. πŸ˜‰ Especially one with beautiful red hair! Anyway, we took some time just the four of us, to make some beautiful image together that we are very happy with, and we hope they are to!

Their ceremony was very simple and elegant. One of Allyson’s bridesmaids, Brittany, read a poem during the ceremony that made Allyson, Brittany, and Brian all cry. It was very sweet. They read their vows, gave each other rings, kissed, and just like that they were married!

Their reception was simple and tastefully directed. The food was catered by City Barbecue, which is delicious if you didn’t know, so dinner was great! But it was outmatched by their first dance which they hugged each other so tight throughout the entire song.

We want to wish Allyson & Brian congratulations. It was great getting to spend time with you both and your families, and again, thanks so much for the epic gift basket! The chocolate and the coffee are both delicious! Morris loves his treats ,too! :)

Mulhauser Barn
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Riverside Drive Engagement Photos | Danielle & Zach

Riverside Drive Engagement Photos

Danielle & Zach came to us from one of our favorite couples, Ashley & Nick. Ashley & Nick took us to Jekyll Island, GA with them for their destination wedding and have since used us for their 1 year anniversary pictures. Zach & Nick work together for The Cincinnati Reds, so that’s where Danielle & Zach found us! Although they booked us pretty late in the year for their December wedding, it didn’t matter to us. We are so happy to be a part of their big day!

We met up with them at Riverside Drive in Covington. Having just shot there earlier in the week for Layne & Thomas’ engagement pictures, we made it a point, like we typically do, to find different areas to shoot. We don’t want people to have identical photos to our other clients. Although when you are at Riverside, there are a few “have-to” shoot locations, we always want to find new spots. We found a few beauties! And although any smart photographer could probably figure out where we shot, we ain’t telling anyone where these new spots are at! :)

After an hour or so with Danielle & Zach, we learned all about them and most importantly how to pose them so that they are comfortable. That part wasn’t hard at all. They just fit together! Truly this session was a breeze. And now we can’t for their big day this December!

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Riverside Drive Engagement Photos
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Devou Park Engagement Pictures | Kristie & Drew

Devou Park Engagement Pictures

Kristie & Drew will always have a special place in our hearts. Why? Because they were the very first couple we met with in our brand new studio. That’s right, if you haven’t heard, we now have a studio on Pike Street in Covington, KY. We have updated our branding thanks to our buddies at Durham Brand and have been updating our packaging and offerings. We now have four packages all titled after important streets in our lives together…4th & Vine – Our first kiss; Pendelton St – Where Rudy proposed; Linwood Ave – The address of The Redmoor where we held our reception; Pike St – Where our studio is!

It would be enough to say that we will always remember Kristie & Drew for being our first meeting inside our shop, but we will remember them for so much more. Flat out, they are very sweet and very cute. I mean, just look at them. Drew is a handsome fella and Kristie is just cute as a button. Put them together and add in their height difference and it’s just adorable.

We took their photos in a couple spots. At our last location after shooting where Drew proposed to Kristie, where we took one of our favorite photos we have ever taken, Kristie said to us, “This is so much fun!” That’s always nice to hear. We always worry that our couples become annoyed with the amount of direction and just general chatter during the engagement session. So when we hear that they are having fun, it makes us feel great!

But the sun went down and it was time for us to say goodbye for the evening. We went home to our crockpot meal (which burnt!) and they went off to The Eagle in OTR, which is one of our very favorites. In hindsight we should have just intruded on their date. πŸ˜‰

Devou Park Engagement Pictures

Devou Park Engagement Pictures
Devou Park Engagement Pictures
Devou Park Engagement Pictures
Devou Park Engagement Pictures
Devou Park Engagement Pictures
Devou Park Engagement Pictures

Covington Kentucky Engagement Photos | Layne & Thomas

Covington Kentucky Engagement Photos

We had a very busy week this week with lots of shoots in this beautiful fall weather. It all started with Layne & Thomas, who if we do say so ourselves, are super cute! They have a certain approachable nature to them that we just loved. You know the type. The type of person that you just see smile and think, “We should be best friends.” That’s Layne & Thomas, and we are so happy to be a part of their wedding day.

We shot their engagement session at Riverside Drive in Covington. It was a beautiful day to shoot, so we were a bit nervous about going there simply because of its popularity. But there was hardly anyone there at all! We went all around the neighborhood and shot lots of very cute photos of the two of them. Although it took a little bit directing to get them to snuggle together in front of the camera, a definite awkward situation for almost everyone, they loosened up very quickly and the rest of the session was a snap.

We can’t wait to see them again on their big day, which happens to be on Rudy’s birthday next year. We wouldn’t typically give up a birthday for just anyone, but we gladly did for them!

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Covington Kentucky Engagement Photos
Covington Kentucky Engagement Photos
Covington Kentucky Engagement Photos
Covington Kentucky Engagement Photos
Covington Kentucky Engagement Photos

Riverside Drive Covington KY | Ashley & Chad {10.18.14}

Riverside Drive Covington KY

We want to say right out of the gate that this wedding day has to be one of the top 5 most sentimental and meaningful wedding days we have ever been a part of. Yes, obviously every wedding is sentimental and meaningful. But with Ashley & Chad’s wedding day, it was just that much more. Chad’s mother passed away earlier this year. Although we would have loved to met her, her presence was felt all day long. Ashley & Chad made sure to honor her in several different ways throughout the day. Some very simple but precious, and one big one in such a way that not a single eye was dry during the reception, ours included. But more on that later.

Ashley & Chad are such a cute and wonderful couple. It’s evident that they are such nice and good people just simply by the turn out of guests. But if you ever get the chance to meet them or any of their friends or family members, you will know just how amazing they are. We met up with them for their getting ready photos at the same house. Yes, you read that right. They got ready under the same roof. Chad was banished to the basement for his process, and Ashley had the run of the house upstairs. Everyone there was busy getting ready, but Ashley of course made the time to stop and greet us. Quickly thereafter, Rudy headed downstairs and Tammi stayed upstairs for all the getting ready photos. But not long after we arrived, it was time to get these two hitched. So with a little orchestration from us, we got Ashley out of the house and on her way without Chad seeing her.

The ceremony, held at St. Mary’s in Alexandria, KY, wasn’t a full mass. But it did have some special touches for Chad’s mother. Not only a mention during the ceremony itself, but by a special remembrance candle lit by Chad’s bothers before the ceremony started. When Ashley started her walk down the aisle with her father, Chad had several emotions right on his face. It was like rapid fire from a big ole’ smile, to him in awe, to him tearing up. We LOVE when the groom shows emotion like that. Makes us happy. :) After the ceremony, they walked over to the cemetery at St. Mary’s to Chad’s mother’s grave site to place some flowers and a special stone they had made for her. We kept our distance while still capturing this very intimate moment.

Soon after that, we headed off to Riverside Drive in Covington, KY for all the photos. The rain was looming but it never actually came down. Thank goodness! So we were able to take all of the photos there with quite the enthusiastic and hilarious bridal party. One of the groomsmen was a former groom of ours, Ben. Ben took it upon himself to repeat in a very loud voice any direction we gave. It was actually quite handy, although Rudy still lost his voice from screaming. Not because the bridal party was rude, but because they were having nearly too much fun. But we blinked, and the time was gone, so it was time to head to the Reception at Memorial Hall in St. Joseph’s in Cold Spring, KY.

Right away the party got started. The bridal party, as well as Ashley & Chad, entered into the reception with a ton of energy. We were excited and ready for a fun night. The toasts, given by Ashley’s sister and Chad’s older brother, were fantastic. Ashley’s sister was very funny and did a great job for never having done a speech like this before. Seemed like she was a seasoned pro. Chad’s brother followed her with another great toast that was funny, sentimental, and just overall heartfelt. But then came time for the dances.

Ashley & Chad’s first dance was sweet and simple. They were all smiles and danced in such a way that photographed well. (Secret time! We give all our couples tips on how to dance unless they are doing something choreographed in order to obtain beautiful images.) Ashley’s father daughter dance was cute, too! But then came time for the mother son dance. Ashley’s mother got the privilege of dancing with Chad for this. But it wasn’t over there. Chad got on the mic and told everyone that he was going to play the song that he had picked out for his mom. Through tears he told all the mothers with sons to come out and share a dance with him and his Godmother. He said something that really hit home for us and made us both cry behind our camera lenses. He said, “And don’t wait to tell them you love them. Because you never know how much time you have.” It was very quiet during the speech and song. But the repeated sniffs of a crying audience resonated the room. It was beautiful. Heart wrenching, but beautiful.

After that the party was on! Chad of Perfect Day DJs did a great job at making what was already set to be an awesome dance party even better. But not long after the party started, it was time for us to leave. It was already crazy enough when we left. We can’t imagine how insane it got when we left! πŸ˜‰

We want to say to Ashley & Chad, that we just love you both. Your day was so beautiful and meaningful for everyone involved, including us. It was great to see you take time out to honor your mother and it was wonderful getting to witness your love for one another over this past year at your engagement session and wedding day. God bless you both and congratulations!

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Cincinnati Wedding Photographers | Ashley & Mike {10.11.14}

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We are gonna try to not get too sappy here, but we love this couple. Being Cincinnati Wedding Photographers is a lot of fun. We enjoy meeting and getting to know our couples. But sometimes there is a little more behind a wedding of ours for us. Ashley, and her sister Andrea, go way back with us. We have done professional work with them several times and have just been friends for many years now. They, as well as their family, are some of our favorite people in the world. To top all of that off, these two are pretty dang beautiful. Individually, Ashley is super pretty and Mike is incredibly handsome. But together, the sum of their attractiveness just increases ten fold somehow. Seriously, look at them together and not think that! But beyond looks, they are incredibly genuine and we just love them.

Tammi met up with the girls at ALBA Beauty Studio where the girls were getting ready. Andrea & Ashley actually own it! It’s always a beautiful location to shoot the preparation shots in! Rudy went off to Ashley & Mike’s first home in northern Kentucky for the boys getting ready photos. But it wasn’t too long after that we headed to Riverside Drive for all of their photos. The boys arrived first so we started shooting photos of just them. After a little while, the girls arrived. So we got Ashley & Mike into place for their first look, and just said, “GO!” :) What followed was one of our top 5 favorite first looks ever. It was so sweet and genuine. Ashley was SO excited! So was Mike! It made for some great photos and moments.

We got right to work shooting all of their pictures including the remaining bridal party photos. It was packed at Riverside, but we know some hidden areas that aren’t as populated normally, so that’s where we went. We have been there a time to two if you didn’t know. πŸ˜‰

After a short while it was time to head to Blessed Sacrament for both the wedding and reception. But before the ceremony, we took time to have a special first look with Ashley’s dad, Gary. Gary has a smile that can light up a room. He saw his baby girl, and there came the smile! And for Ashley, out came the tears. Motioning for Andrea to come over for a group hug, Gary kept on saying, “Man! I must have done something right!” And he really must have.

After the ceremony and a few family photos, we headed down to the reception. At their reception, Mike surprised Ashley when a song he had wrote. Along with the help of his best man Troy, they both played guitar and sang to Ashley. It was very sweet! After that, the crowd wanted more. So they played “Pride & Joy” for the crowd. It was a blast and made for a great ending of our day.

Congratulations to Ashley & Mike! We can’t to see what your future holds!

If you would like to find out how we can be a part of your special day, please contact us at info@themarriedphotogs.com.

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Crossroads Community Church | Melissa & Jarrod {10.10.14}

Crossroads Community Church

Rain rain go away. Come again another day! No matter how times we all thought this classic children’s rhyme, the rain was not going away this day. In fact, at some points, it was POURING outside! For some photographers this would be a bummer. And although, sure, we would rather be outside. We welcome the challenge of having to make indoor pictures look awesome. Knowing how to use lighting, we always seem to still make our clients happy with their indoor images. Top off that confidence and skill set with the awesome architectural features of Crossroads Community Church which was where the ceremony was to be held, and this day was going to be a lot of fun for us!

We first met up with Melissa at her parents home in Mason. There we were greeted by Bruschi, whom you might remember from their engagement session. But joining him were two other huge dogs. We were in heaven! We love dogs! And Rudy especially loves big dogs. Melissa was getting ready and in good spirits, despite the rain. Having no bridal party at all, the getting ready process was very simple and relaxed. So just as soon as we settled in, it was time to leave and head to Crossroads for all of their pictures.

First things first, it was time for their first look. Melissa approached Jarrod, touched him on the shoulder, and then the smiles came out. They were so happy to see one another and it made for a very cute and special moment. After taking pictures all around the foyer, we headed into the chapel where the ceremony was to be held. There, we shot just a few more photos and then all the family photos. Their ceremony was beautiful. It felt like going to church, which we always love. They took communion together, and then served the rest of their guests communion, too. It was very special.

After the ceremony, we headed off to The Redmoor for their reception which would prove to be a ton of fun. After all the formal events had passed, they did two more unique events. They did the “Shoe Game” which is somewhat normal, but they also did something epic! They played Box of Lies from the Late Show with Jimmy Fallon. Hands down a highlight for us! But not only that, one of the boxes was filled with a living lobster. A LOBSTER! It was hilarious.

The time came for us to leave and say goodbye. But we had a blast shooting their wedding day regardless of the weather!

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Crossroads Community Church
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