The Best of Engagements 2016

Another engagement season has wrapped up and it was a great one! With 24 weddings and 16 engagement sessions, it was a year full of Susie Marie couples! From rural country fields to the streets of downtown Columbus, we adventured all over during these sessions.

I loved getting to know each and every couple plus I had so much fun exploring all over with them. Scroll down and click right to view my top highlights from this 2016 engagement season!

Kevin + Stephanie's Wedding | The Center Cincinnati

Last Friday, Darren and I traveled down to Cincinnati for Kevin + Stephanie's rehearsal dinner. Stephanie and I joined the same sorority Freshman year of college and she is one of the sweetest girls I know! We had so much fun prepping for their wedding and getting to hang with the wedding party the night before!

Where do I begin with this stunning wedding?! Saturday we were up bright and early to start photographing the most gorgeous details. From the mimosa bar, to the yummy macarons and Belgium waffles, the huge bridal suite at The Westin was the perfect getting ready location for the bride and her maids! The bridesmaid's reaction to seeing their best friend as a bride for the first time was PRICELESS. Bring on the tears! I had so much fun spending hours with the girls before Stephanie's first look with Kevin. 

Now..the first look with Kevin was JUST as priceless. Kevin anxiously rode the escalator and at the top is where he first saw his soon-to-be bride. It was the sweetest moment. He was beaming and said "LOOK! THIS IS MY WIFE!" 

The rain came down as the bridal party jumped in the limo and headed to the Cincinnati Music Hall. My bulk order of white umbrella's sure did come in handy and made for some cute rainy shots! The ceremony took place at their church and I truly felt the excitement as they stood in front of their loved ones to say their "I do's." After the ceremony, we headed to our favorite location, the same bridge we went for Kevin + Steph's engagement photos!

The suspension bridge in downtown Cincinnati is gorgeous and is my favorite color! We somehow managed to get the entire bridal party out in the middle for a few shots. It was amazing that the traffic and rain stopped for a few minutes!

The reception took place at The Center which Darren and I both loved. Again, the beautiful blush and navy details were so stunning for this springtime wedding. We ate amazing food from McHale's and danced the night away! It was fun to see sorority sisters and share in this special day.

Congrats to Kevin + Stephanie! Have an amazing honeymoon!

Kevin + Stephanie's Engagement Session

Earlier in October, Darren and I traveled down to Cincinnati for Kevin + Stephanie's engagement session. Stephanie attended Otterbein with me and I first met her when we joined the same sorority Freshman year. We bonded a lot being "hand holders" in our pledge class! When I found out that Kevin proposed to Steph on the beach this past summer, I was so incredibly happy for them! I can't wait to photograph another sorority sister's wedding next year!

This session is one of my all time favorites! I love exploring new locations and Stephanie picked the perfect spots. We first started at Ault Park and the sunshiny glow was perfection! There was so much color! We then headed to the city to take photos just as the sun was setting over the river. Darren and I had so much fun spending this warm fall Sunday with Kevin + Stephanie! I am looking forward to traveling back down to Cincinnati for their wedding next April!

Enjoy my favorite sneak peeks below!