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jordan + chris | laurel court cincinnati photographer

Can’t believe it’s been almost five years since I photographed Chris and Jordan’s wedding! It was so great catching up with them, they are such a great couple! I was so excited to do this session as Jordan said she wanted it to be black tie and also a secret garden type theme. The bouquet and florals were done by the lovely and talented Eve Floral Co. The beautiful calligraphy was done by the amazing Hope Scott (Hope Scott Calligraphy.) It was hard to choose just a few favorites to publish but these are a few….

 

And for the black tie photos…

Florals: Eve Floral Co

Calligraphy: Hope Scott Calligraphy

  

ally + stephen

Ally and Stephen’s wedding was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. When Ally emailed me quite a few months ago, I knew I wanted to be a part of this wedding. I love whenever I have the opportunity to photograph a couple that loves Christ and wants to honor Him in their marriage. Ally and Stephen are going to have a marriage that is built on Christ and I am so happy for the both of them! Their wedding day was absolutely beautiful, in downtown gorgeous Miami and Ally was such a stunning bride! I loved all of the details through out the day! The flowers, her dress, the church….everything was perfect! It was truly hard to choose just a few favorites from this wedding, so I did my best to narrow them down. Here are a few of my absolute favorites from the day….

Ally, you are stunning!!

Loved those dresses!

Ah! So beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

  

the fourth.

Yesterday Jay and I got home from Miami and I realized that I hadn’t published any of the Fourth of July photos I took! When you have little kids and it’s fourth of July, you HAVE to dress them up in red white and blue….you just have to. Ha ha! We had a great July 4th even though it poured rain all. day long. After a while it finally stopped and we were able to spend time with family. We even had fireworks! This is the first year we let the boy try sparklers with us and they loved them. So much fun!! Summer is in full swing, and I absolutely love it! :)

…Leland wanted to say the pledge of allegiance ha ha!

…perfectly depicts both of their personalities ;)

…he’s the sweetest!

 

  

morning sun.

“the path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” proverbs 4:18

Sometimes we have to wonder why things happen the way we do. Sometimes instead of wondering, we have to trust. Trust that the light will shine as we follow God’s path for our lives. Trust that what is hidden will be brought to light. Trust that God’s plan is far greater than our own. I’m not sure why things happen the way they do, but I know that there is good in His will. Today, that is my prayer. Trusting, moving forward, and walking in His light.

  

when life gives you lemons!

A couple weeks ago I randomly decided to make a lemonade stand for the kids and thought it would be fun to take a few photos. I used this DIY I found, and printed some free printables. Bought the crates and wood at Home Depot….Jay helped me put it together, and voila! So easy and cheap to make. I already had the kitchen scale and the kid’s shirts (from the Gap.) They loved it, and it was fun for me also- ha ha. Reagan just wanted to carry the lemons around and Beau and Leland wanted to drink all of the lemonade. Love how these photos show their personalities :) Here are a few of my favorites…

…she was a fan of the lemonade I think! ;)

Leland loves her so much, she’s his “baby” he says -haha! Love it.

…When life gives you lemons, make a lemonade stand! Of course!

…They are always cracking each other up!

The end :)

  

influence and purpose.

“Mothers, you are the divinely-appointed teachers and guides of your children; and any attempt to free yourselves of this duty is in direct opposition to the will of God. if you neglect them, the consequences are swift and sure….spend most of your time with your children. sleep near them, attend and dress them; let them eat with their mother and father; be their companion and friend in all things and at all times.”

“The above quotation was gleaned from a wonderful book a friend gave to me called Golden Thoughts on Mother, Home, and Heaven, published in 1878. The words still resonate, especially in today’s culture where the imagination for how mothers can affect the overall well-being of the soul of the next generation has been lost.

It’s not to say that women can’t work or do other kinds of ministry. But a culture who has lost the imagination of the importance of motherhood, leaves children at risk. Children are the next generation of adults who will make decisions from the foundations of their souls. If wisdom, righteousness, faith, education has not been a priority of shaping for them, they will be deplete of wisdom, and they will go into adulthood with sawdust souls.

So, each mom has a different puzzle, but she has to keep what is a priority to God at the center of decisions in life, and when she seeks the heart of God, her legacy will be one of faith and faithfulness and will have implications for eternity.” ~s. clarkson

Thinking about these words today, as I juggle all the things that come with doing photography on the side and being a mom to three little kids. My job as a mom is indefinitely important and I try not to forget that. In the daily, in the mundane, I know it has impact and a beautiful purpose. Not just now, but for generations to come.

“My influence of my children is limited by the smallness of my dreams and my lack of commitment to the Lord and His purposes.” s. clarkson

  
Justyna

Hey! I’ve been a fan of your photography since I remember. Now I found out that your family’s last name seems to be Polish. Does your family come from Poland? :)