A wedding filled with laughter, love, forests, nature, flowers and delicious cake is truly a day to remember. The theme surrounds free-spirited love amidst the warm, moody tones of nature in Galloway, Ohio. It showcases a juxtaposition of bare, skeletal trees and a lively girl with flowers in her hair beautifully done by The Beauty Box Columbus, all tied together with sweet simplicity, elegance, vintage elements like the tweed suit, and a few unique touches of style, such as the impeccably handcrafted slave bracelet by Mosmordya, that all serve to create a remarkable overall look for this dreamy forest elopement. Juxtapositions are a working theme within this shoot, as we step away from pairing a classic heel with the wedding dress, and instead it is paired with Doc Martens boots. Not only do they suit the ensemble with a color that matches the changing leaves of the season, but it makes it easier for the bride to explore the vast forest alongside her adventurous partner. Warm autumn colors drape the background scenery, yet with a cool bouquet mixed with lovely pastels that were handpicked and perfectly arranged by Old Slate Farm, the stunning bride truly stands out. Not only do the flowers make an appearance in the hair and bouquet, but also on the charming two-tiered wedding cake, baked and fashioned with care by Columbus Sweets & Treats, and in the embroidered detail on the wedding dress as a true homage to nature and all of its splendor. Celebrating a new love, and vowing to share a life together among the tall and sturdy trees set in a forest that has been standing for many ages; make a wedding a poetically timeless one. One that will live on in the memory of the wooded beings that witnessed the love and promise of forever between two human beings; flourish.
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Before entering the place I've visited every year since I was a child with my father; Fort Edmonton Park, we did a corporate shoot for him at their location. At one point, we were shooting under a tree and all of a sudden he realized there were daddy long legs all over him, they were falling from the tree above where he was standing! Whereas I would've ran around frantically screaming like a 12 year old girl, he simply brushed them off and continued rocking the shoot. You go, Dad! If you're looking to buy or sell in Edmonton, Alberta and the surrounding area, you can check out his website here, he is one of the Top 10 Realtors in his office.
I took a solo roadtrip out to Pittsfield, Massachusetts to visit this goddess and share in some adventures. I had the opportunity to help her forge for ghost pipe to create tinctures with for her business Luna Faun Botanicals which, despite getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, was quite the enlightening experience. We tread lightly through the forest, keeping our eyes peeled for these magical, translucent plants peeking out from the earth, picking off each stem with intention and gratitude and always making sure to leave at least 10% behind. On my last day there, we dolled ourselves up and set out to chase the sun up a mountain in Berkshire County. These enchanting photos of Sahar are a result of that journey. The view was so breathtaking, I was literally left breathless until the last beam of light disappeared behind the mountains in the distance. I felt very blessed to have witnessed such beauty and to have been able to encapsulate it in these portraits. The last two photos of this session are of Sahar holding St. John's Wort which is an alluring small flower that can be used to treat depression.
We love shooting in Galloway, Ohio because there are many untouched nature spots to explore and shoot beautiful portrait sessions in. Jade is a seasoned thrifter and came across this adorable white romper that was so fun to photograph her in. I love railroads because they remind me of free spirits. Perhaps it's all the old school movies I've watched where nomads travel on them by foot or jump in an empty car and embark on a soul adventure, but there's something timeless about them that connects the past and present together, just as rompers were introduced in the 1900s and are just as timeless.
One of my favourite things about meeting new couples are the love stories we get to hear. These two share the modern day tale of a long distance relationship and that is something Tyler and I can truly empathize with. Stephen had only just proposed to Megan within the week at Hocking Hills, Ohio and we were delighted to be able to share in the little time they had left together before they had to separate once more. We were intrigued to learn that Megan is an incredible artist (check out her artwork here) and Stephen, a poet. It's a profoundly beautiful thing when two creative souls come together. The support and love they have for one another were genuinely felt, and I was reminded of how love is so powerful, it can defy distance. Throughout our Darby Creek engagement session, we shared many laughs, had the privilege of witnessing a family of deer grazing in the forest (which we luckily captured in the video) and chased the sunset until it was nothing but a mere glow of orange peeking through the trees.