Katelyn + Nick | Yellow Springs Engagement

Katelyn and Nick wanted to go on an adventure for their engagement photos so we drove up to Yellow Springs. Ohio. Leaving Cincinnati there was about a 99% chance of rain but we thought, "why not?" The sky was black and Katelyn called to let us know her window broke on the way up and Nick - being the kind soul that he is - sat by the window and was soaking wet. True to their personalities they just laughed it off and counted it as another adventure.
We decided to keep going and meet at Yellow Springs Brewery instead of the park where we had planned. As soon as we pulled into the parking lot at the brewery the sky cleared and the sun came out with the most gorgeous light 3 o'clock has ever seen. We decided to run to the park and get photos there before the rain came back. We had an awesome time hiking and wading through creeks, only getting wet again on the way back to the cars. We had so much fun spending the day with Katelyn and Nick and they introduced us to one of our new favorite beers from Yellow Springs Brewery. We left with some of our favorite images and two new friends whose wedding we can't wait for next year!

 

Timmy and Mere | Cincinnati Wedding

Tim and Mere had a wedding day filled with love and family. Their entire bridal party was made up of siblings and and in laws! Mere's sister officiated and Tim's brother read a passage. The ceremony and reception were at the Grove Event Center, where everyone danced the night away. Tim and Mere we wish you all the best, thanks for letting us celebrate with you! 

10 Skin Care Tips from a Sephora Girl to prep for your wedding

10 Tips from a Pro is a series I've been wanting to start for awhile now, I hope you like it! 

I met Rachel Baer while I was working at Sephora right after graduating college before really considering myself a professional photographer. We bonded over our mutual obsession with makeup but more specifically skin care. Rachel is fantastic at doing makeup and has wonderful skin care recommendations. Joey and I interviewed Rachel and had her demonstrate some skin care and makeup tips for us so that you can have an insider's look at how to get ready to have your makeup done for your wedding day (or any day for that matter)

Skin Care for Wedding Day

 

1.) Start any new skin care routine a minimum of 3 months before your wedding day. Products usually take 4-6 weeks to work!

2.) Start with a good skin care routine.

How to Prepare Your Skin for a Wedding

 

3.) Drink lots of water! At least 80 ounces a day will keep your skin hydrated. When you drink water your vital organs get the hydration first and your skin gets it last. 

4.) Stay away from water that is too hot. It is bad for skin and helps create texture. Warm water is the way to go. 

5.) Use an eye cream! If you've ever wondered why under eye concealer won't work, it's because the skin under your eyes needs some more love. The molecules of regular moisturizer are too big to penetrate your thinner eye skin, so using an eye cream will make your concealer glide on and prevent it from creasing. 

6.) Talk with your makeup artist. Tell them what you want - they won't be offended. Tell them if you have allergies or if you're worried about skin texture. Chances are they can recommend products that will heal your woes. Healing the skin is easier than covering up any worries you may have.

1 Week Before the Wedding

7.) Don't drink, smoke or self-tan, all of these will dry out your skin. If you want to self-tan do it at least one week before to give your skin time to replenish moisture and to blend into your skin, leaving you with a natural glow instead of an orange tint. 

8.) Drink a lot of water and get extra sleep. Not only will you look good but you'll feel good too. 

9.) Stick with your regular skin care routine. As tempting as it can be to try something new,  chances are it will break you out or you'll have a bad reaction. Feel free to experiment and find out what's best for your skin but do it well before your wedding!  

10.) The night before your wedding use a hydrating mask (that you frequently use) and remember to have fun it's your wedding day!

 

Rachel is your go-to girl for any skin care or makeup needs!

Leave your questions in the comments below and let me know if you like this new series!

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Kelsey and Drew | Surprise Proposal at the University of Cincinnati

For 4 months Drew planned out a surprise proposal for Kelsey - keeping her ring in a safety deposit box and going to look at it on his lunch break (her ring is so beautiful I don't blame him) and planning with friends and family so that she had no clue. Kelsey was in Cincinnati for a wedding and Drew was supposed to be in North Carolina for a boys weekend. 

Before the wedding Kelsey and her friend Bridget (who did an amazing job of helping plan the proposal) walked through their alma mater UC, to find Drew standing right in front of the glorious McMicken. He got down on one knee and she said yes! 

It was the proposal that every girl dreams about and we are so happy that we got to be there to document it all! 

Congratulations Drew and Kelsey!