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by Cynthia
05.10.17

From the stylist & model:  As we were wrapping up another amazing wedding day, Emily of Emily Millay Photography and I were discussing how I never took any outdoor photos at my own wedding.  Emily let me know that she wanted to shoot an “Indian Summer” themed beach photo shoot to take advantage of the unseasonably warm October in Cleveland and had been looking for a couple to model and she thought I would be perfect for it!  I was of course ecstatic, Emily is amazing!  She asked if I wanted to plan the shoot as well and I immediately began thinking of ideas.  Being able to go wedding dress shopping again was super fun!  The ladies at The Dress Bridal Boutique were beyond generous to let us put a wedding dress in Lake Erie, and their boutique is so cute with tons of amazing choices!

I worked with the creative geniuses at Plantscaping & Blooms to create the most amazing scene on a neighborhood beach near Cleveland, Ohio.  We really wanted to work with the rich colors of Autumn while also drawing inspiration from the beach.  This resulted in a stunning color palette complete with shells, driftwood, and netting.  Borrow Rentals had the perfect items to complete our vision including a canoe!  And how amazing is that round farm table?! Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes made our naked cake and macarons.  Rather than using traditional stationery I decided to take a walk on the beach and find shells to make place cards, how lucky am I to have a job that involves walks on the beach.

Lugging all of these items down to the beach was no easy task and I am so thankful for such an amazing team to pull all of this off.  We had a bit of a weather scare when it unexpectedly started to rain 10 minutes into our photo shoot but thankfully we didn’t give in.  The sky remained dark but the rain let up to allow us to get some more photos and get everything off the beach. Emily snapped one last photo of my mom and I so I could remember how fortunate I am to have someone willing to haul items up and down multiple flights of stairs as I sat and got pampered for hair and makeup!  It actually started pouring like crazy the minute I pulled into my driveway, sometimes things work out so perfectly!

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Photographer: Emily Millay Photography | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Kirkbrides Wedding Planning & Design | Flowers & Decor: Plantscaping & Blooms | Rental Furniture: Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals | Cake Baker: Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes | Hairstylist: Lather A Salon | Makeup Artist: Lindsay London | Bridal Salon: The Dress Bridal Boutique

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by Cynthia
03.31.17

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From Radian Photography:

We couldn’t help but want to share this shoot with you because, as artists, we love learning about the process that other artists take and the people, experiences, and memories that motivate and inspire them. We had the privilege of getting to photograph Alexa, of Sage Paper Co., a bespoke paper goods studio and hear about her grandmother, also an artist, who inspires her to create. Below is her description of why she creates and what it means to her to be an artist.

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I savor each moment of this reunion with the summers of my childhood. It has been six years since I walked these narrow halls and breathed in this fresh New England air. Walking through this home as if for the first time, I notice frames spanning across every wall, filled with carefully curated images from my grandmother’s life. Each scene intentionally painted and commemorated forever – a legacy created. I grew up going to galleries, seeing her work on every wall of her home, but I never imagined that could be me. It wasn’t until two years ago that I began to develop my own identity as an artist. Artist. A word I still trip over a bit, perhaps due to the weight it holds for me. This weight became stronger as I spent the weekend in my grandmother’s art studio. Twenty-year-old paint tubes filled drawers, brushes stood tall in cloudy jars, and the smell of turpentine wafted through the air. I sat on her squeaky stool surrounded by decades of experimentation, perseverance, failure, success, and courage. After a life filled with successful careers from soap opera actress to corporate training, she settled into a slower rhythm as a painter. She dedicates her days studying the art of watercolor, sharing her work in galleries, and challenging herself to hone skills in new mediums.

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I listen to her stories of her dedicated practice as an artist. She speaks not only of the wonder of creating art, but to my surprise, the discipline of the practice of it. Days spent staring at a blank canvas, creatively drained and unmotivated. Crumpled, rejected drawings scattered on the floor. The feeling of defeat when nothing turns out quite how you had hoped. She shares that it’s these moments, when inspiration fails, that discipline carries you through. Studying the intricacies of an art form and dedicating time to experimentation and practice is what opens up the opportunity for the wonder of art to shine. Artistry is not always a finished piece, sometimes it’s simply the act of putting paint on paper in the attempts of learning something new. Furthermore, it’s letting go of expectations of grandeur and accepting your art for what it is – a courageous and vulnerable act of letting your soul breathe freely.

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Photographer: Radian Photography | Invitations & Stationery: Sage Paper Co. | Styling: Jenn Squizzato

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by Cynthia
02.22.17

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Insights from Mackenzie on the inspiration behind this lovely engagement session:

The unique beauty that Montana winters have to offer is easy to be inspired by. The blue mountains, the snow adventures, and having to cuddle to stay warm. What could be better than going on a snowy adventure with your love and snuggling on the chair lift?

We couldn’t agree more Mackenzie!

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Photographer: Mackenzie Keough Photography | Flowers & Decor: Diamond Events & Floral | Invitations & Stationery: Warewulf Design | Hairstylist: Taylor Lamb | Makeup Artist: Taylor Lamb | Bride’s Dress: Ivy & Aster | Bridal Salon: Belles & Lace | Location: Showdown Montana

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2017 Wedding Trend – the Elopement

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Brunch Wedding Inspiration

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