Jerome & Ashley | A Sweet Brunch Wedding | June 7, 2014

From Ashley:

“Jerome was an intern at Journey Church, and my family recently started attending one summer. I was sitting in church one day when my mom and I were having a discussion about dating. She told me that if I married a man who worships as freely as “that man on stage” she would be extremely happy. Of course she was pointing to the bassist, who happened to be Jerome. A couple months later I was sitting in the seating area in the hall, and an intern came to tape up new posters on the walls. He said “Hi, I’m Jerome, crazy guy on stage.” And promptly left. Not even an hour later I had a friend request on Facebook and a message saying, “Hi, I’m Jerome, so funny how you came up as a friend suggestion.” …. Little did I know, I wasn’t a friend suggestion after all — he had asked someone for my name! Two months of super long emails back and forth we went on our first date to glow in the dark mini golf, Five Guys, and The Princess Bride. And we both lived happily ever after.”

From Jerome:

My favorite thing about her is that she is my best friend. She is my favorite person to be around. Whether we’re just watching TV, swapping jokes we’ve heard over the day, or just relaxing because of a really difficult day, she’s the only one I want to always see every single day.

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Guys. How sweet is Jerome and Ashley’s story?! I’ll be honest, it gave me goosebumps when I first heard it told to me during our initial fro-yo meeting last summer :) One of my favorite things about being a photographer is being given the chance to tell a story — and their’s is a beautiful one. And this is only the beginning!! Jerome and Ashley have such a bright future ahead of them, and they could not have asked for a more beautiful day to become husband and wife! Thank you both for giving me a chance to be a part of your day; it is always an honor, and I am incredibly thankful. Enjoy!!

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2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-4830_STOMPAnd then the ceremony began!2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-4908_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-4968_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-4929_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5011_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5027_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5088_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5104-2_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5183_STOMPWe headed to North Olmstead for photos by a favorite covered bridge of Ashley’s and ventured around from there.2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5326_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5378_STOMPHaha! 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5395_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5411_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5462_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5516_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5507_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5508_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5512_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5517_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5545_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5557_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5607_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5651_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5666_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5696_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5720_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5743_STOMPNothin’ like a #selfie with the Pastor!!2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5777_STOMPLove the one on the right with Grandma watching on…2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5790_STOMP 2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5825_STOMP2014.6.7 Ventura Wedding Facebook Red-5857_STOMP

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Ashley and Jerome, Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your special day!! I had so much fun and loved celebrating you two all day long :) Congratulations, and best wishes to you both!

love love love,

Sami

Weddings | Dave + Amanda | March 8, 2014

Despite the sleet & snow Ohio threw at us after a week of temperatures in the mid 50s, Amanda and Dave’s wedding was full of warmth from all of the love, joy, and excitement that went into making it a perfect day! When I met the girls at the salon, I could already tell that it was going to be such a fun day — not even the weather was going to bring anything down :)

Amanda had all sorts of fun details for me to capture, and, well, I couldn’t choose just one ring shot….so you get to see quite a few :)

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LOVE the one on the right — Amanda’s mother, Darnell, wasn’t quite sure what to make of the “duck face”! :) 201438ShelleyBradyFR-1555_STOMP.jpg
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After Bridal Party photos and portraits, we headed over to Ciminero’s Banquet Center for the reception!201438ShelleyBradyFR-2102_STOMP.jpg
Youngstown weddings have a unique tradition: everyone bakes cookies and brings them to the wedding for the bride, groom, and guests! I had never seen this before — but absolutely LOVE it!!! :) 201438ShelleyBradyFR-2124_STOMP.jpg
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Amanda and Dave’s kiddos — Joey and Matt — had SUCH a blast at the reception; they were CRACKING me up with all their dance moves, poses, and stolen photo-booth apparel :P201438ShelleyBradyFR-2180_STOMP.jpg
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201438ShelleyBradyFR-2464_STOMP.jpgAmanda and Dave, CONGRATULATIONS again! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your wedding day — I had SO much fun celebrating with you!! Here’s to all the love and happiness life can bring for many years to come!

–Sami

Vendors:

Hair/Makeup: Salon Ruberto

Ceremony: Church of the Nazarene

Florist: Albie’s Floral

Cake: The Cake Baker

DJ: D&R Audio

Reception/Catering: Ciminero’s Banquet Center