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Mr. & Mrs. Roznoski: A Nazareth Hall Dream Wedding! {Toledo Photographer}

Mark and Robyn’s wedding day was perfect!  Sunny, blue skies – trees and flowers finally all bloomed – and Grand Rapid’s exquisite Nazareth Hall.  After getting ready in the bridal suite, Robyn made her way down the spiral stairs to the front of the Cadet West windows, where her husband-to-be was waiting with anticipation for their “First Look”.  It was amazing!  They hugged, they kissed, they laughed, and I’m pretty sure I saw some tears.

They recited their vows in front of family and friends in the Grotto, the outside chapel, before being whisked away to a fun night of dancing and celebration in Cadet West.  The setting sun poured through the western facing windows, creating a romantic glow for the newly-married couple.  I can’t wait to publish their private online gallery!

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Nazareth Hall is Toledo’s favorite wedding venue, and one of my top favorite places to photograph couples and families.  The wedding photography here can be photographed like non other!   And the amazing staff and chef know how to pamper couples as they relax in the serene atmosphere and prepare for their happily ever after!  www.nazarethhall.com Music and entertainment was provided by Bob Norris of www.classactbybobnorris.com

Bonjour! {A Paris City Experience}

Our first 3 nights were spent in the most traveled to city in the world: Paris.  With its cafe-lined streets, immense sense of history, and the infamous Tour de Eiffel (Eiffel Tower), four days were just not enough!  We arrived at the de Gaulle airport on Friday morning after an 8 hour overnight flight from Detroit.  Sleeping was attempted, but, of course, was difficult.  We flew in the direction of the earth’s rotation, so the sun set for only about 2-3 hours before we approached the sunrise.  The long daylight hours illuminated the Canadian snow-capped t and the not-so-very-green Greenland.

The police at  the airport were everywhere, especially surrounding a strike demonstration near our baggage claim area.  It was really interesting to watch.  About 30 people were grouped together yelling (in French, of course) over megaphones, waving handmade flags, whistling, and beating the floors with empty plastic bottles. Paris Destination Photographer Wedding 001  They really made the airport come alive with excitement!  The police surrounded them, but were pretty laid back and not expecting anything else besides a bunch of noise.

We stayed at the Novotel De Montparnesse, which was situated in a quiet part of Paris on the east bank.  Paris is divided by the Seine River, which snakes by some of it’s most beautiful Parisian architectural buildings: The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Notre Dame (just to name a few).Paris Destination Photographer Toledo009

We didn’t venture out into the city until the second day after a city bus tour that was included with our vacation (we traveled with Go Ahead Tours, an amazing travel company that takes care of transports and lodging and includes local city expert guides).  We explored the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde (named accordingly so after so many people were beheaded in the square following the end of the French Revolution), the Palace of Versailles, and the Louvre (where you can view the Mona Lisa).  Paris Destination Photographer Wedding 002On to the Eiffel Tower afterwards to see it’s sparkling show that it puts on for 10 minutes on the top of the hour after dark.  My husband was going to take the elevator to the top of the  tower, but unfortunately, it was closed!  Did you know that the tower was supposed to be disassembled after 6 years of it being build for the 1889 world fair?  Partisan residents hated the structure, feeling it was too modern.  In fact, the famous writer Guy de Maupassant, hated it so much that he wrote much of his poetry from the towers upper restaurant so he wouldn’t have to look at it.  This beautiful sparkling site was beautiful from every angle!  Paris Destination Photographer Wedding 003We crossed the bridge to see it from the street side:   I used a technique called “dragging the shutter” to capture the motion of motorists driving by.  I love night photography!

Our last full day in Paris we visited the catacombs and Notre Dame.  The local government copied the idea of underground cemeteries from the Romans when their graveyards became saturated in the late 1700s.  They created a 2 kilometer cemetery in the underground Parisian rock quarry.  It was actually very close to our motel and I had wanted to visit it the last time I was in Paris, but it had been closed due to vandalism.  🙁  We got our own private tour because one of the catacomb guards was in enamored with a friend of mine that went with us.  We captured some amazing images that we normally wouldn’t have been able to get.  It was awesome!  Paris Destination Photographer Toledo005Over 6 million bodies were moved here, and their bones were arranged into interesting patterns and walls.  They mainly used the femur bones (thigh bones) for the walls, with skulls as decorations in the form of lines, crosses, and hearts.  The bones were grouped according to cemetery locations where they were relocated from.  Afterwards, we traveled to the Notre Dame, the Gothic beauty situated on the end of the Ile de la Cite in the Seine River.  We wrapped up the evening with a boat river cruise.  Next to the Provence country!

Mark + Robyn = Engaged! {a Sidecut Park Session, Toledo Wedding Photographer}

Mark and Robyn are the perfect match!  It’s been sooo much fun getting to know them both over the past few months!  When it came time to schedule their engagement session, Robyn knew exactly were she wanted it:  Sidecut Metro Park in Maumee, Ohio.  And what a great choice!  We had to reschedule their session twice due to rain… third time is a charm, right?  The day was as charming as these two were together!  Congratulations to you both and I can’t wait until your wedding day at Nazareth Hall!

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Special Edition Mini Session: Spring Lamb!

Oh, my goodness!!!  This adorable little girl and lamb were just too cute together!   A big thanks to the Indian Creek Camel Farm in L-A-M-B-ertville, too.  It was the perfect backdrop… complete with camels walking in the background!   This session was followed up with a day full of mini sessions 2 Saturdays later: our first set of our Special Edition Series!  More to come throughout the year, and a great way for some unique portraits with different themes!

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Sam + Ryann = Engaged! {a downtown Toledo photography session}

Their love story reminds me of something Nicolas Sparks would write about.  They met each other while on vacation in Mexico;  Sam was from Minnesota, and Ryann was a Toledo girl.  Even after their vacation was over, they kept in touch over long distance, and then Ryann eventually moved to Minnesota.  I LOVE it!  What are the odds of them planning a vacation at the exactly same time, same place, and then meeting each other?  That’s true love’s fate, if you ask me!  And now they are engaged and getting married!  I can’t wait for their wedding!

We planned their engagement session around their vacation back to Toledo.  I met Sam for the first time during their session.  Their connection with each other is so sweet!  I just loved capturing it all behind camera!  Here’s a few from their downtown Toledo session…

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Vahid + Niloofar = Engaged!

It has been so much fun organizing and helping Vahid and Niloofar plan their special day!  We also put aside an appointment for an engagement session, which they’ll use images for their wedding invitations.  It was a might chilly for their session in Toledo, but their photographs turned out amazing!   What a great couple!

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Abdi’s Music Cover Session, Toledo Photographer

Abdi will be the next big R&B artist from Toledo!  I just know it!!!  With his style and personality, I know he’ll go a long way!   Abdi shared his vision for the session theme, and we came up with some really cool places to photograph at in downtown Toledo.  It’s going to be a tough decision to only pick one cover image!  🙂  Which is your favorite???

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Shayne + Jessica = Engaged!

These two have got to be one of the cutest couples ever!   And their session also happened to be on one of the last perfect days before the wintery white season.   We photographed their engagement session here in Toledo at the Botanical Gardens…(one of my fav locations for fall) and captured their love for each other on a background from a palette of yellow and orange.  Simply beautiful!  I can’t wait until next fall…when their photographs will be of them on their wedding day!!!!

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Mariah: 2013 Senior

Mariah…what a beautiful name to go with such a beautiful girl!   Mariah chose Wildwood Park in Toledo for her senior portraits.  It was the perfect day, too!  Full of sunshine and autumn colors.  We didn’t have to walk very far to start her session –  this first image was taken by the tree we parked our cars by!  The leaves were hanging down just enough for me use the color to frame her pose.   I love fall!  Her spring session will soon follow this post!

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Mr. & Mrs. Stykemain

I first met Cameron and Jen (great name, btw!) at a Panera Bread here in town.  We sat down and discussed their wedding details.  Since I had never shot at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Defiance, Ohio, I looked up their venue and immediately fell in love with it!  Cameron and Jen were so sweet together and completely relaxed about their wedding planning. I knew right away their wedding day was going to be beautiful!  And it was!  Jen’s dress was Ah-MAZING, and she looked so breath-taking as the church doors opened with her father leading her down the aisle on his arm.

With no prominent park in town, we actually took the non-formals at the local Defiance Library.  The location was perfect, with it’s red stone walls, carefully manicured lawn, and all overlooking the Maumee River.

Their reception was just as lovely, with beautiful decorative details in black and pink.  The new Mr. and Mrs. Stykemain were introduced and then immediately swung into their first dance as a couple…(always one of my favorite parts of the evening!).  The DJ kept the evening full of entertainment with table games and laughter for everyone.  Congratulations to them both!!!

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