..The Gedeon’s | 15 Years Strong..

It’s crazy some of the connections you make in life.  I remember traveling as a little girl, and somehow some way, hundreds of miles from home, we would make a connection with someone.  It could have been something as crazy as running into one of my parents coworkers, or meeting an acquaintance of someone we knew.  You know, crazy stuff.

In June of 2011, I was asked to photograph Kathy + Tim’s wedding in Wyoming.  I’ve known Kathy ever since I was a little girl and was more than honored to be with them on their special day!  It’s one of those things, you never know who your going to reach, or who is going to end up seeing your images.  Well that ended up being the case with Topher + Colleen!  Colleen so happened to be roommates with Kathy at BGSU and they were great friends.  Unfortunately they weren’t able to make it out to the wedding in Wyoming, but saw their images online.

A few year’s later, Topher contacted me to surprise Colleen with a session.  Unfortunately, I was booked solid and told them I would love to meet up with them at some other time.  That time came, and as luck would have it, I was only hours of going into labor with Ayla.  Because of school schedules, sports, and the busyness of life they never ‘got to it.’  And I’m so thankful they didn’t!  They contacted me wanting portraits to celebrate their 15 years of marriage!!  Umm, yes please!

So like any of my couples, I love to know their story.  They met at BGSU {Go Falcon’s} during college and had met by mutual friends.  They never dated as a couple, but after they graduated, they ironically found themselves running into each other in downtown Cleveland.  {This is what I’m talking about people!}  He had moved there after graduation for a job and she was in search of a job in Cleveland.  Colleen said, We became reacquainted.  We talked on the phone the very next day…and the rest is history!

In the years that followed they have been blessed with 3 beautiful children.  Braeden is 12 years old, He is very active and sports-minded.  He enjoys all sports and always gives his all and his best.  He is a sensitive boy, and very kind and caring.  Mallory is 10 years old.  She is a caring child and very thoughtful.  She enjoys sports and reading.  She has always been very creative and is talented at crafts and decorating.  And Seth just turned 9 years old.  He is our funny kid who enjoys being silly and making others laugh.  He loves to read.  He is active in sports, but still enjoys hanging out at home playing toys.

As a family who is always on-the-go, they love to make homemade pizza’s with a movie night, work in the yard together, and just be home.  They also love to travel, and just finished a family vacation in Lakeside.  We can have conversations and it is fun to see the person that each child is becoming.  She continues, But when we have time at home with just the five of us, I feel the most content.  We are often on the go, taking the kids to activities, friends, events, etc.  So time spent together decreases the older the kids get.  Natural progression of life.

And life is too precious.  I am “learning” just how quickly life can go.  With Eli almost 3 and Ayla already turning 4 months, I know that time is going to come much sooner than I want.  Whether I’m ready or not.  Colleen surprised me, We are celebrating 15 years of marriage and these are the first outdoor photos we have ever had taken as a family.  Fifteen years can go fast, for many reasons.  For Topher + Colleen this was special.  Something they didn’t want to forget, because even they realized that life goes quickly.  We are proud to say we have had 15 wonderful years together.  It started as a romantic crush, turned into true love, and we were blessed with three wonderful children during these years.  Fifteen years, 3 kids later….here we are!

Sometimes you just have to sing, Let it Go…Let it Go…

Topher + Colleen!  I was so blessed to celebrate with you for your 15 years of marriage, and to take a minute to honor that, even after 3 kids!  It is so important to keep that relationship strong and by the looks of it, your doing great!  Thank you for allowing me to meet your family and for hanging in there with me after the birth of Ayla for a session!  Enjoy these images, and I can’t wait to do it again!  I hope the next fifteen are just as amazing!  Many blessings to you and your family!

..FIFTEEN YEARS STRONG..

love, echo

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..Holden Is One | Portraits + Some Cake..

This little man has been up to a lot since I’ve seen him last!  For starters, he turned ONE!!  I’m always so amazed at how quickly a year can go, especially when your a parent.  It’s so new and exciting to see your child run through all of the exciting phases.  I remember specifically saying to my husband one night,  I can’t wait to hear Elijah’s feet pitter patter down the hall.  We have wood floors, and before I knew it, it came, and I cried.

Nick + Jessi could hardly believe it either.  It’s like this parent-to-parent moment that you have.  Turning one is tough.  When I asked how they felt, Jessi said, I was very emotional about Holden turning one. I was so excited that a year had gone by and he was showing off so much of his personality and turning into such a wonderful and amazing little boy, but I was also sad that his entire first year was already over in what felt like the blink of an eye. I just want to savor every second with him and am really mindful of making time for him before anything else I need to do. 

Call me crazy, but at first, I felt like I needed another mom to tell me I wasn’t crazy for getting so upset that my son turned one.  Maybe it’s because you pour your heart and soul into your child, and to watch them grow is so invigorating.  You’re their biggest cheerleader, teacher, and master cuddler.  It doesn’t stop when they turn one, it’s just the beginning to even more exciting milestones.

Holden isn’t quite walking yet, but he sure can move!  That is until we were in the grass.  The poor little dude is still unsure about the green, prickly sprouts coming out of the Earth.  His safe spot was marked on the blanket, where he roamed back and forth.  He does have a ton of things he loves to do, including exploring.  Momma gushed, He is into everything! He is all about climbing up the stairs (thank you gates!) and getting into cupboards and drawers. He also is starting to talk up a storm and repeat a lot of what we say which is really funny and so adorable! He loves to read books. He will grab a book from the crate, crawl over to me and plop right into my lap and hand me the book. It is so cute! I feel like he is learning and doing so many new things each week it is hard to keep up! Outside his favorite thing is to splash around in the water table. He thinks he is just so funny when he scoops water out and pours it on the ground!

Amongst other things, they went on to say, We spend a lot of time together and have so much fun doing it. We love going to the park, the zoo, and playing outside. It is so much fun to see Holden get adventurous and try new things and we get to experience it together as a family.  Lucky for Jessi, she is a teacher and has a couple months off during the year to really spend time with Holden and soak in all of the summertime activities.  She explained that it is pretty tough when she goes back to work in the fall.  I am dreading having to leave him all day. I have absolutely loved spending the summer home with him and know the days are numbered until the school supplies start showing up in stores {I think some are already there!}.  I am grateful for my job and that it gives me extra time with him, but I always find myself wishing for just a little more! {How could I not! Look at his cute face!}

Speaking of his cute face…check out their adorable session and Holden’s cake smash.  He was pretty timid about diving into the cake, and with a little help he became just a tad more curious!

Holden!  Happy First birthday little dude!  Nick + Jessi, I have been so honored to cover Holden’s first year.  What a sweet little boy you have on your hands.  I love every minute that I spend with all of you and I can’t wait to continue to capture your family in the future.  You are truly blessed.  And parent-to-parent, it doesn’t get any easier, but it does continue to get more fun, challenging, and amazing every minute that passes by.  Until next time, blessings over your family!

..PARENT-TO-PARENT..

love, echo

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..Ethan + Shelbe | A Young Kind of Love..

Oh. My. Heart. This couple!! You are just going to fall in love with the love that they have for each other!  They are high school sweethearts, and we all know how much I love high school sweethearts!  But their story started wayy before they decided to give love a try.

Shelbe recalled, Ethan + I first met at a Halloween party when we were in 7th grade.  Ethan said, Like a little 12 year old gentleman, I shook her hand.  She makes fun of me everyday for that!  Shelbe continued, I thought, “What kind of weirdo shakes hands at 12 years old?”  Then our sophomore year of high school we sat by each other in psychology.  He didn’t really talk to me, but I always asked for homework help.  Then our junior year, we started working at the park together, and that’s when our friendship began.

Ethan finally mustered up the courage to ask Shelbe out, and on November 4, 2010 they became official. Who would’ve guessed that that would have turned into all of this?  She was the first and will be the last girl I will ever tell I love.  The first time took a whole lot of guts.  I danced around those three little words for about an hour before I finally told her.  Shelbe blurted, Finally!  He went on, She knew the whole time. She is something special and I wasn’t going to lose that.  We’ve continued to grow closer in every way.  She’s my best friend, teammate, buddy, soulmate, and so much more!  Our love story hasn’t been fully written, but I can tell you that this girl is the love of my life and I’m so pumped to continue writing this story with her!

Shelbe expressed this about her groom, Ethan will make the best husband for a million reasons.  He’s the strongest and hardest working man ever.  He never gives less than 100% and that beautiful example pushes me to be better.  I love that I’ve gotten to grow up with my best friend, and I know that we still have a lot of growing up to do. Why not endure that adventure with your best friend?  Ethan makes me safe, loved, and I know I can always believe in him.  He never let’s me down and his bad jokes always make me laugh.  Our love story is sweet and simple, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  A fun friendship evolved into a love that is my favorite thing in the world.  I am just really blessed and grateful that the little 12 year old who shook my hand loves me back.

So you see now, my heart has melted.  For them.  For the young love that they have for one another.  For the dreams and aspirations that they want to pursue together.  The adorning kind of love that they have for one another is refreshing.  I wish I could capture it up in a bottle, and hold onto it forever for them.  But, I hope these portraits can be just a slim look into what the rest of their days will be together.

This one!!  I can barely stand it!!!  This is the epitome of a man melting in the arms of his bride!

Ethan + Shelbe, your day is so quickly approaching! I’m so beyond excited to see your dreams come to life and to capture the raw beauty that it will entail! Thank you for asking me to be apart of your journey, it’s already so beautiful!  I can only imagine what is to come!

..YOUNG LOVE..

love, echo

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..Brad + Morganne | Maumee Bay State Park Part II..

The ceremony started out perfectly.  The man that had brought Brad + Morganne together, whom introduced them for the first time, was now having the honor of making them man + wife.  Ethan stood before all of their guests, as the sun made it’s slow descent from the top of the day.  Sharing about the love that brought them together.

Moments earlier, Brad saw his beautiful bride coming towards him.  He had already seen her most of the afternoon, but this time was different.  This time her dad, Gary, was bringing his daughter to him.  Entrusting that he take care of her, love her, and protect her.  Gary handed her over.  It was the last time that Morganne would carry his name.

After the vows were exchanged, and they placed a ring of unending love on each other’s hand, they had their unity ceremony.  To symbolize the two of them becoming one, they tied what the sailors call a lover’s knot.  A knot that is so strong, it only becomes stronger the tighter it is pulled.  Ethan went on to explain, in marriage, you will be tested.

I can attest to this.  Sometimes the hardest times that you will ever go through as a married couple, only pulls you closer.  Creates a tighter bond.  As you conquer each mountain, you become even stronger teammates.

By the time Brad + Morganne tied the lover’s knot, they each handed their end to their bridal party members.  Ethan challenged them to pull.  To test the strength of the knot, and to make sure it was made good and tight.  He reminded them to hang it in their home, as a reminder that love continually grows.  He charged the friends + family that stood beside them on their wedding day, to continue to help make that knot stronger.

Then it was time.  Ethan so happily pronounced them husband + wife!!  A walk down the aisle had them showered in rose petals, where their nautical themed wedding awaited.  Amongst finding the hidden Mickey in the cake, I adored the origami sail boat escort cards, which were folded by none other than Brad himself!

The image on the left in the following picture isn’t 100% sharp, but I was strictly instructed by the father of the bride that it had to make the cut.  {This one is all for you Gary + Kim!}

Brad + Morganne!  So many congratulations to the both of you and the beautiful day that began your marriage.  Remember that the knot that you tied, will try to prove it’s strength.  But with each up and down, come out victorious.  Kiss each other goodnight, never go to bed angry, and start each day with an I love you.  Thank you for allowing me to celebrate and capture your day with you!  Many blessings over your future together and the ride that it holds!

..LOVERS KNOT..

love, echo

Photographers | Echo + Nicole

Venue | ..Maumee Bay State Park..

Event Planner | Kendra with Maumee Bay

Decor | DIY by Brad + Morganne

Ceiling + Tables | ..Candlelight Occasions..

DJ | Joel with ..Decorative Sound..

Cake Artist | Mary Kay Oakleaf

Photo Booth | ..Photobooth Live..

Florist | Morganne + Erin {Matron of Honor}

Brides Dress | ..Cloud Nine..

Bridesmaids Dresses | ..David’s Bridal..

Mens Suits | ..Mens Warehouse..

 

 

 

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..Brad + Morganne | Maumee Bay State Park..

I feel the need to breathe.  To write again.  For weeks, I’ve been dealing with a host of issues on my website + blog that couldn’t be overlooked.  While I’m getting much closer to getting them resolved, despite the unresponsive company that shall remain nameless, I have been dying to share what I’ve been up to!  And this, this is a good place to start.

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I couldn’t wait for this day.  It sounded every bit of perfect.  Brad + Morganne were hosting their wedding at ..Maumee Bay State Park.. and with a breeze in the air, blue skies that met the water’s edge, and plenty of activities to keep everyone busy, they got ready.  She was finishing up with her hair and makeup, as we entered in.  It was like we hadn’t talked to each other in months, when we chatted just days before.  Hugs were in order, squeals, and tears of perfection.  It was feeling all the more real by every minute.

By the time Morganne went to put on her dress, it was excitement, joy, and more tears.  Her momma, Kim, told herself she wasn’t going to cry.  And up until that point she hadn’t.  But as she held her daughter’s veil in her hand’s, freeing it from Erin’s way in zipping up the dress.  They began.  Kim stood back and then it hit her.  And then me.  Even behind the camera.  I now know what it’s like to have a little girl.  I’m sure for Kim, a million memories came to mind.  Wondering where the time had gone to have already gotten to this point. Morganne turned, and realized that it had started.  She looked at her mom, and blurted out, You said you weren’t going to do this!  Kim replied, I wasn’t going to, and then I couldn’t help it anymore.  The sweet embrace of a mother and daughter ensued.  They pulled apart, dabbed under their eyes, and each took a deep breath.  Think composure!

On the other end of the lodge, the guys were eating lunch and drinking their brewski’s.  Preparing for the day in such a guy-like fashion.  They talked, they readied, and they made toasts to the day and the events that were to come.

Not too long after, Brad was going to see his bride.  Well before the walk down the aisle, they wanted to capture all of the imagery before the wedding.   That way they could enjoy their guests who traveled to be with them.  As I prepared them for their first look, he wasn’t nervous, Just anxious.  The anticipation is building.  I’m just ready to turn around and see her, he said.  Ready for that moment that she tapped him on the shoulder.  I’m sure, by this point I wasn’t helping.  She is beautiful!  I can’t wait for you to see her!  

Because the truth be told, this moment and any other with any other couple is my favorite.  Whether walking down the aisle or seeing each other in a first look.  It’s the moment that they get to show off each other’s beauty, emotions, and the closing in on them becoming husband + wife.  It. Gives. Me. Goosebumps.  Every single time!

When Morganne was finally close enough, I told Brad that she was almost to him.  His smile radiated.  The soft tap came, and he spinned around.  Taking a step back to see her, and within seconds, he had his wife-to-be in his arms.  The place that he will be able to go to forever.  He hugged her tight and then kissed her.  Such a moment of relief for the both of them.  With the lake in the background, under the willow tree, they chatted.  Softly.  Laughing, and soaking in that moment.

Many moments to come.  Their wedding was still a few hours away, but for me it was time to play!  Stay tuned for their ceremony + reception, that’s coming up next!

Brad + Morganne!  Thank you so much for being so patient with me through everything!  It has been such an honor working with the both of you and I can’t wait to share the rest of your day!  So many memories already revealed in Part I, and so many more heading your way in Part II.  Congratulations again!

..COMPOSURE..

love, echo

Photographers | Echo + Nicole

Venue | ..Maumee Bay State Park..

Event Planner | Kendra @ Maumee Bay

Florist | Morganne + Erin {Matron of Honor}

Brides Dress | ..Cloud Nine..

Bridesmaids Dresses | ..David’s Bridal..

Mens Suits | ..Mens Warehouse..

 

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