Archive for July, 2011

{Asiyih & Niyaz}Love around the World

July 23rd, 2011

I love this couple!!!  I love them so much.  The feeling, love and affection Asiyih and Niyaz have for eachother is so beautiful and something I can’t get enough of through my camera.  I was able to take just a few engagement portraits on the day of their engagement party and the chemistry I witnessed […]


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I love this couple!!!  I love them so much.  The feeling, love and affection Asiyih and Niyaz have for eachother is so beautiful and something I can’t get enough of through my camera.  I was able to take just a few engagement portraits on the day of their engagement party and the chemistry I witnessed that day made me so excited for their BIG day.  This lovely, small, intimate wedding was at Wildwood on the most perfect of June days here in Toledo.  There were so many vintage and antique inspired details which JEM always loves.  The ceremony was filled with readings, personally written songs, music and close family and friends from all over the world.  The rest of the day was full of smiles, laughter, love and pure fun.  I could go on and on about this couple, the family, the wedding, the uniqueness of the day BUT I’m going to keep this short as I know that I NEED to hit the publish button very soon as Asiyih has been extremely patient in waiting for this peek of her pictures.  🙂  Asiyih, I hope you and Niyaz relive your wedding again and this blog brings back those smiles that never left your faces that day.

Dan – thanks for helping me out and for the great images.  JEM appreciates you so much!

 

 

 

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{A Tea Party for 3} Toledo’s Cutest Triplets

July 19th, 2011

We had planned this tea party for over a month and when the day arrived, I woke up to realize that I didn’t have a tea set that was in once piece…I was planning to run to Meijer to see what they had.  As I made it out the door, my neighbor happened to be up at […]


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We had planned this tea party for over a month and when the day arrived, I woke up to realize that I didn’t have a tea set that was in once piece…I was planning to run to Meijer to see what they had.  As I made it out the door, my neighbor happened to be up at the crack of dawn as well and conversation led to her finding out I needed a tea set. Perfect! She had this German tea set she found at a junk store for dirt cheap and wrapped it up for me, saving me a trip to the store.  I say this because maybe some of you wonder, where does JEM get their things, or as some of you might refer to our precious trinkets and ‘what-not’s’ as garage sale items. Well here is a break down from The Triplets Tea Party Session:

—Tea Set—my neighbor, Sue, who got it at the Junk Store in Bowling Green.  Children’s wood table—Antique Store in Dundee.  Tiger Lily—Elaine’s Backyard (that is not a store, it is really from her backyard).  Assorted vases—my wedding,  which in essence came from a garage sale in the heart of South Toledo (there is a back-story to that).  Rocking chair—Amanda bought it off Craigslist and I, in turn bought it off her.  Pretty Table Cloth-Antique Store off Otter Creek Exit in Michigan.  Blue Feather in Lauren’s hair–Blue Blue Pink Bowtique.

All these thing randomly purchased within the last 5 years and what a coincidence that Samantha, Abigail and Lauren matched perfectly!  We couldn’t have planned it better if we really did plan this. LOL. These girls met me at Secor Park and we enjoyed a tea party until it got a little too hot and humid for us to all function outside. We packed up all our things and drove to the studio to finish up our shoot. I love watching these girls go from quiet and reserved to playful and talkative.  I just can’t imagine the patience that Amanda and Seth have, day in and day out.  Which, leads me to say-congratulations on 5 years of marriage this September!!  Did you ever imagine within 5 years you would be blessed with 3 girls??! 

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{Abby & Adam} Love & Laughter

July 19th, 2011

The first time I talked to Abby about her wedding, I seriously think we talked for over an hour!  I hadn’t met her EVER before and we talked like we knew each other. I knew we would hit it off, and we did.  I saw her randomly outside her house one day (she moved in […]


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The first time I talked to Abby about her wedding, I seriously think we talked for over an hour!  I hadn’t met her EVER before and we talked like we knew each other. I knew we would hit it off, and we did.  I saw her randomly outside her house one day (she moved in down the street from my brother) and I honked, waved her down, pulled in the drive and we did a little dance on how excited we were for the wedding. That’s just the type of girl she is.  Because of this, I also knew that it would be 100 % OK to try out the new fanny pack that Jen had convinced me was making a powerful comeback in the US.  I would like to think that JEM is helping this new trend pick up speed.  I became instant friends with all the bridesmaids when they agreed that I was indeed super cool.  Now, on to the good stuff….Botanical Gardens. 6-08-2011. Need I say more?? This is a gorgeous venue for weddings and it was so fitting for Adam and Abby’s carefree, quaint wedding. We got ready in the little cabin that is located on the grounds and the wedding was so relaxed from beginning to end.  Abby and Adam are incredibly fun and laid-back but at the same time, they are incredibly in love. You will hear both of them laughing in these pictures and it is contagious…they can go from serious to bursts of laughter in a matter of a click of the shutter for me and I really loved capturing all of this.  Abby and Adam, here is the sneak peek!!

  

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{Softball} PLAYOFFS!!!!

July 15th, 2011

PLAYOFFS!  2 WEEKS!  Thursday, July 28th!  Come on out, fill the stands, wear your JEM shirt and support us!!!! Awesome job yesterday  team JEM!!!  Everyone did amazing!   Thanks to our little JEM fans who brought their Mud Hens whistle! 🙂 Pudge, such a cool hat! Nice to see that smile coach! Thanks for comin […]


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PLAYOFFS!  2 WEEKS!  Thursday, July 28th!  Come on out, fill the stands, wear your JEM shirt and support us!!!!

Awesome job yesterday  team JEM!!!  Everyone did amazing!

 

Thanks to our little JEM fans who brought their Mud Hens whistle! 🙂

Pudge, such a cool hat!

Nice to see that smile coach!

Thanks for comin out to represent Ang!

This weeks JEM-VP.  Awesome job John!

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{Elizabeth and Brad}I KNEW it would be a beautiful wedding!

July 9th, 2011

I remember meeting Elizabeth and Brad along with the fam at Starbucks over a year ago to talk about this beautiful day.  It’s so funny how you meet, a year passes in a flash and all of a sudden the big day is here.  For some reason, way back then, I pictured Elizabeth and Brad’s […]


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I remember meeting Elizabeth and Brad along with the fam at Starbucks over a year ago to talk about this beautiful day.  It’s so funny how you meet, a year passes in a flash and all of a sudden the big day is here.  For some reason, way back then, I pictured Elizabeth and Brad’s day just as it was…beautiful, warm, a typical June day.  I never had a doubt that it would rain or something would go wrong.  It was perfect just like I knew it would be.   Not only was the day beautiful but I got to photograph in one of my favorite churches.  Both the inside and outside is so gorgeous.  Perfect for this couple!

It’s funny because after every wedding Emily and I talk late each Saturday night about each of our weddings.  There is always talk of the beautiful dresses, flowers and most of the time the toast is mentioned among other things.  For this wedding though, the father/daughter and mother/son dances really stuck out.  There was SO MUCH emotion.  I could hardly keep it together during the father/daughter dance.  The gathering in the corner of Elizabeth’s brother, sister-in-law and Mom with their warm looks and the tears coming from both Elizabeth and her Dad was so touching.  Even when I went through the images and put together this blog it made me get a little choked up again.  Emily and I say it all the time, we love what we do and we love capturing emotion and moments that will always be remembered.

Before I end I need to give a shout out to Dan, JEM’s latest assistant.  Thanks for all of your help around here!

It’s Elizabeth’s birthday today and I’m so excited that I get to give her a gift!  Enjoy your sneak peek and Happy Birthday Elizabeth!