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Josh and Nahdia: Engaged!

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Wow!  This session for Josh and Nahdia was so fun and at a unique location that wouldn’t have happened if it hadn’t been such a rainy day.  But, go figure, after we started the session indoors, it quit raining.  Toledo engagement photographers really had some challenges with this year’s constantly changing weather!

Josh and Nahdia’s love story is one woven in time.  They’ve known each other for over 11 years, but they hit if off while working together at Toledo’s Gladieux Lumbar Yard on Route 2 in Oregon.  Nahdia was a junior in high school, and Josh worked out in the lumbar yard.  Their first date was to a Mudhen’s game, which is so perfect!  Being avid baseball fans, they made a goal while dating to visit all 30 US stadiums.  So far, they’ve been to Atlanta, Pittsburg, Boston, Chicago, and Detroit.  Josh knew when they were planning their trip to Boston that he would ask the love of his life to marry him.  And there, right in front of Fenway Stadium in Boston, he got down on one knee.  And she said, ‘yes!’, of course!

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Nahdia, you are seriously so beautiful!Engagement Photographers in Toledo Engagement Photographers in Toledo Engagement Photographers in Toledo Engagement Photographers in Toledo Engagement Photographers in ToledoThis last set of images with their Tiger’s shirts is so cute!  The back has “Save the Date – 4/16”!

Congratulations to you both!  We can’t wait to be a part of your big day!

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!

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