Cox Arboretum Engagement Session: Trey + Lauren

Hot outta high school these two met at work. He winked-she smiled and they flirted the days away. 

 Couple kissing each other in Dayton, Ohio.
 Couple kissing in the park at Cox Arboretum.

He left to work for a family business and they did everything they could to keep in touch and remain friends.

 Couple sitting on a bench and laughing together.

One day, big news came through the office that there was an opening! The first person that popped into Trey's head was his "friend" from his last job-he thought she would be PERFECT.

 Girl looking at camera while guy hugs her.

Lauren went in for the interview, got the job, and the rest is history! After working together for several months they started officially dating!

 Engaged guy and girl looking at each other and laughing. 
 Couple walking together at Cox Arboretum.

On New Years Eve, the stars in the sky led Lauren down a path that was covered in lights. She had no clue what was going on but kept following Trey down to a gazebo in his parent's backyard. He sang to her, told her how much he loved her, and got down on one knee! Everyone she loved was there to celebrate afterward. They have the sweetest 2 year old girl who reminds them daily of how precious life is and how amazing their little family has become!

 Wedding ring and couple sitting together.

Lauren and Trey, I am overly excited for your big day at Lake Lyndsay! You complete each other perfectly and I'm so glad you found each other! Trey: I better hear that voice of yours at the wedding or the reception!! Just sayin! ;) -Em 

Columbus Park of Roses Engagement Session : Salvatrice + Mar

The moment almost seemed surreal when she saw headlights coming toward the car. 

 Engaged Couple kissing on a bench in Columbus, Ohio. 
 Engaged couple looking at each other and kissing at the Columbus Park of Roses 

Her life flashed before her eyes as the two cars collided. 

She was rushed to the hospital and came out with stitches in her head and her leg and a broken foot.

 Guy giving his fiancé a bear hug

Salvatrice and Mar had been on and off for about a year at that point but after the crash they both realized life was way too short to not chase after a love that meant the world to both of them.

 Guy kissing his fiancé on the cheek in Ohio park. 
 Engagement ring sitting on a rose in Columbus Park of Roses. 
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Salvatrice and Mar, I can't WAIT to party at your wedding next year! You guys are such an amazing pair & I'm so thankful for our friendship! -Em

Myrtle Creek Engagement Photos : Morgan + Colby

 Couple during engagement session at Myrtle Creek smiling at the camera.
 Couple during engagement session at Myrtle Creek kissing and smiling at each other. 

The morning bell rang. All the high schoolers shuffled in with their hoods up and their eyes barely open.

 Homeroom. 10th grade.

She liked him for quite some time but Colby was shy and didn't say much.

 Couple posing in a leaf doorway at Myrtle Creek, kissing and snuggling close together. 

One day, they decided to hang out like high schoolers do..

& they just. knew. 

 Couple during engagement session putting their heads together and looking at eachother 

From then on, it was "never if, always when"

 because even when they first started dating they would say "when we get married" & "when we have kids".

It's never been "if"

 Couple during engagement session picking finance up in the air at Myrtle Creek.

  After high school, their worlds went two different directions. 

Morgan to college and Colby to boot camp.

After two years of sleepless nights, longing for each other, and signing their names at the end of letters-the two decided it was time to promise forever.

 Engagement ring in a succulent at an engagement shoot at Myrtle Creek.

Engagement session took place at Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens

Beautiful wedding band designed by Kai Jewelry

 

Morgan and Colby,

I simply adore the both of you. You compliment each other perfectly and it is so obvious that you belong with each other. I'm so glad your love survived the hard times and brought you where you are today. Together. Keep loving each other with everything you've got.

-Em

 

Oceanside Beach Wedding: Sheila + John

"2002." she said confidently in front of the die hard fan, "That was the year!".

A blonde hair blue-eyed beauty breezed into the party that night. John didn't really think twice until she rattled off the date of the LSU game he had just spoke about. She knew football? Everyone was baffled (well-except her brother who knew her inside and out). She continued by saying who LSU went on to beat in the national championship. This girl knew football. He stood shocked. Within a few days of her walking into the party that evening, Sheila walked into his LSU loving heart. 

After almost 18 months of traveling back and forth between Denver and St. Louis, John asked Sheila to be his wife for life. 

 

On April, 23, 2016, Sheila and John enjoyed their morning getting ready at the La Jolla Cove Suites.

Their first look was precious. John made the funniest sound when he first laid eyes on his beautiful bride & had us all cracking up!

They went off in a limo to Oceanside Beach, where they would seal the deal! 

Their beautiful beach wedding took place in front of crashing waves and beautiful sunlight on Oceanside Beach.

Of course, my absolute FAVORITE elopement officiant, Rev. Christopher Tuttle, had us cracking up the entire time (okay-and tearing up behind my camera at times as well!)

With her closest friends and family standing near by, Sheila and John promised forever to each other! 

They got special messages engraved in their rings for each other and this was Sheila's reaction.  ADORABLE

After the ceremony, we went over to the Oceanside Pier to take a few pictures as the sunset.

Their love started with a little knowledge of football history, so of course-a football had to be involved. A bride who would rather hold the football instead of the flowers? My kinda bride (: 

Sheila and John,

      I am so happy that distance no longer separates the two of you. It is SO obvious that you two belong together and that makes my heart jump with joy. Thank you for trusting me to capture that love and I pray that your love continues on for years and years to come. Cheers to you, football fans (:  

-Em                                                                                                                                     

A big thank you to the folks who brought this day to life:

Makeup and Hair: Chelsea Caddick Artistry & CherWear Professional Makeup Artistry

Officiant: Rev. Christopher Tuttle Elope To Oceanside

Limo: Aall In Limo

Photography: Emily Rochelle Photography

Buddy Todd Park Wedding: Matthew + Kacey

They met in the Windy City. For some it takes years, for others it takes days. It didn't take long for these two to realize they'd like to be together for the long run! 

 

At age 17, they had it all figured out. Love wasn't confusing, it wasn't a game, it made everything fall into place..

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The Marine Corps decided that these two would need to be long distance lovers. But, for Matthew and Kacey-this time wasn't going to be long. They decided to get married in Hollywood in order to be together! 

They brought their family and friends together on April 3rd at Buddy Todd Park for their stunning outdoor wedding.

The gorgeous mountains and beautiful trees at Buddy Todd Park made this cute simple outdoor wedding a dream!

Matthew and Kacey, 

       You deserve a life full of love, joy, and happiness. I'm so glad we found each other and I was able to capture your big day. Thank you for serving our country, Matthew and Kacey-keep on smiling that big beautiful smile every single day. Cheers to you two!! -Em

Santa Ana Courthouse Wedding: Kareem + Eliana

A phone call was all it took. 

There is just something about long distance and fighting the fight for love that makes my heart sing. These two started their journey over the phone and did what they could to keep each other around. 

This love took her to Philly to meet this man she only knew by a voice. With the craziness of the hustle and bustle at the airport, she found herself lost, in a city, having no clue where he might be. At this point, ‘he’ was still only a voice through her phone but she knew she had to meet the man behind the words, promises, and affection. 

She started to doubt herself only to hear a small voice behind her telling her to simply, “Turn Around”. 

The man behind the voice. Forever was only a hop, skip, and a jump away. After that one moment, she told me, it was love at first sight and the rest is history. 

Their wedding took place at the gorgeous Santa Ana Courthouse in Santa Ana, California. The architecture of the Santa Ana courthouse is simply breathtaking! 

The Santa Ana courthouse was lucky to have this love story documented for this amazing couple! Their ceremony was so adorable and how cute is Eliana?? (: 

Kareem and Eliana, loving from afar is all too close to my heart as I’ve journeyed those roads with my husband during deployments and field ops. Loving from a distance is no easy task and it definitely isn’t for the weak at heart. I’m so glad you two have found your forever, together. Life will surely start to make more sense now. Thank you for trusting in me to capture the love that overflows from the two of you!

Should I do a First Look?

Whats a first look? Will the first look take away from walking down the aisle? Will he be faking his reaction after the first look? These questions come up all the time during wedding planning.

A first look is the opportunity a bride and groom has to see each other before the ceremony! Whaaaat? Won't that ruin the moment I walk down the aisle? I'll get to that. :) Here is a photo of one of my favorite first looks this year! I mean, look at that tear! 

 

I was a bride before I was a photographer so we went through the same discussions you are having! Surprisingly enough, normally its the GROOM who has an opinion on this one! My hubby, Josh, only had 3 opinions on our wedding day. Food. First Look. and Music. Everything else he gladly handed off and didn’t look back! Josh was pretty dead set on having a traditional ceremony where he would see me for the first time walking down the aisle! After a lot of discussion and endless nights of pro and con lists, we decided we would do a first look! I’m so glad we did…

I got to see his reaction…& be there to kiss him afterwards!

Lots of photographers will say, “Its such a special moment between the two of you!” Well-if your friends are ANYTHING like mine-they will sneak their way out of the barn, suite, hotel and watch the whole thing happen. Ha! See all those people watching behind us? Talk about real life wedding day right there! But, I will say, seeing his reaction for the first time, up close, was an awesome feeling. 

 Photo cred: Chelsea Porter 

Photo cred: Chelsea Porter 

He said ooooOOOOOOO! Really loud! HA! He continues to make me laugh and smile to this day.

I got to spend more of the reception with my friends and family that sacrificed a weekend night for me!

After we had our first look, we got to take all of our photos as a bridal party! Wait, what? You can actually attend your cocktail hour? You can actually take a breather before your grand entrance into the reception? YES! When you do a first look, you take your photos before your guests even start arriving! Again, if your family and friends are like mine-they’ll appreciate the fact that dinner came quick! (: 

 Photo cred: Chelsea Porter 

Photo cred: Chelsea Porter 

P.s I can't promise I won't bust a move at your wedding or join the conga line. I just can't help myself! ;)

The moment I started walking down the aisle, we were able to focus on FOREVER...& thats when the tears came. 

Josh was mainly worried about not having that “moment” he always hoped for while I was walking down the aisle. Don’t let them kid you, the groom has his daydreams about the wedding too (: Funny thing was- Josh didn’t get emotional at the first look. Neither did I. For us, it was more of a exciting “DANNNNGGG” moment. Once the ceremony began, Josh had already seen me, right? Well, that allowed him to truly take in the moment and realize-she’s walking down the aisle a single lady and the second she gets here she’s all mine. For life! & folks, he BALLED. (Cue- my gosh awful crying face) 

First looks are becoming more and more popular! As a photographer, I love getting the natural but posed photos done before guests arrive so that more candid fun photos can take place afterwards. You may find that your day doesn’t feel as rushed if you do a first look!

Will I still be your photographer even if you choose not to do a first look? No. HA! Just kidding. Honestly-I don't care either way! But-I chose the first look & I'm so glad I did! Either way its going to be the best day of your life!

-E

Nick + Emily- A Balboa bridal session

Meet the most adorable couple you ever did see! They have the sweetest souls and were absolutely GLOWING on their wedding day! I met Nick and Emily in October for a couples session! I knew the moment I met them that we would click! During our session, I mentioned wedding bells and they both rolled their eyes, laughed and said "NOT FOR A LONG TIME!!" Fast forward 5 months...

A love story unlike most. A story that dealt with distance and uncertainty. A stubborn girl who wasn't planning on getting involved. But, there was just something about him. He was kind. He chose her. & eventually...she chose him, too. 

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I am so happy for you two. Thank you for making this world a little brighter (: