Make your own weekend. by Suzanne Price

Self employment may seem glamorous (and yes, I'm fully aware of its perks) but more often than not I'll find myself working 50 or 60 hour weeks and ignoring all the signs that it's time for a little exercise and relaxation. 

We originally booked this trip to Hocking Hills for a photo shoot, but when it needed to be rescheduled, we decided to take advantage of a few days away. No internet. No cell service. Just the four of us. I chose a beautiful little place called Wyandot Woods, and I'm SO glad I did. Canoes at our front door, sweet little fire pit, lots of places to walk, and close proximity to the state parks in the area. I'd love to go back and rent out all six cabins with family or friends!

 

Pam + Jeff | A Vibrant New Orleans Wedding by Suzanne Price

Pam and I had a connection before we met. She was the english teacher for Suginoko and Suzumekko preschools in Japan after I moved back to the states in 2008. We lived in the same apartment, taught in the same classrooms, and share the same child/mother bond with the matriarch of Suginoko, Gota Sensei. When we finally met our spirits matched like magnets, and I was just so thrilled when she asked me to document her marriage to sweet, smart, and utterly hilarious Jeff! 

We started off our coverage the night before with Pam and Jeff's impressive rehearsal dinner (this is reserved for ANOTHER journal entry) and continued on the next morning to the beautiful Benachi House for a day of celebration steeped in the particular southern charm that only New Orleans can offer. Take a look for yourselves!

Kendel + Paul | A Lush Cleveland Engagement Session by Suzanne Price

Heavy hung the canopy of blue
Shade my eyes and I can see you
White was the light
That shines through the dress that you wear

-- Green is the Color by Pink Floyd

Kendel led me to this secret little swath of lush forest greens and inspiration ran wild! She did her own hair (incredible plait, yes?) and made the lovely little floral adornment. We ended the session at Rocky River Park where this couple had their first date (prom!) a decade ago! Paul and Kendel brought along the scarf that he gave her when he proposed. See that gorgeous ring? It was custom made by the local and crazy talented Liza Michelle Jewelry.

Morgan + Ryan | a chic Brooklyn wedding by Suzanne Price

After some lovely chats on the phone, we were so excited to meet Morgan and Ryan in the flesh. They are a sweet, smart, stylish couple and it was clear from the start that their day was going to be something special. After a chilly and magical first look at Brooklyn Bridge Park, we headed to the Green Building for a truly joyous ceremony and reception filled with Beatles songs and references. We loved every moment! 

Ceremony + Reception Venue | The Green Building

Catering | Pies n' Thighs

MUA | Ashley Mooney

DJ | James Mulry

Florals | Trees & Petals

Cake | Momofuku Milk Bar

 

Lizzie + Ryan | A Beautiful Cleveland Elopement by Suzanne Price

We were so thrilled to be a part of Lizzie and Ryan's elopement at Cleveland's stunning restaurant The Plum. Lizzie's brother is a chef and prepared a beautiful meal for the couple and their guests which made it even more special! High ceilings, tons of natural light, and the most beautiful color palette - Lizzie's design made the space sing even more! Of course Lizzie's beautiful blue gown from Miranda's Vintage Bridal is a total show stopper. Take a look for yourselves!

 

Japan: Spring 2017 by Suzanne Price

I've just returned from a completely magical week in Japan. I spent most of my days at and around Ryokan Sanga in the Kurokawa onsen village, deep in the mountains of the Aso region of Kyushu, where Beth Kirby of Local Milk and Haruka Sakaguchi of the Denizen Co cohosted a peaceful and thought-provoking retreat centered on the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi. I learned so much, found some personal peace and confirmation, and made some new treasured friends. Below are some photos of the ryokan, a nearby ceramic village called Ontayaki no Sato, and the town of Tsuetate which was adorned with koinobori (fish banners) for Kodomo no Hi - Childrens' day. 

The Dempsey Family by Suzanne Price

It's such a fun, gratifying experience to watch a family grow over the course of a few years. Little personalities emerging, sibling relationships being forged in those very first moments. And more and more I'm leaning toward only doing family sessions in and around the home and perhaps on little purposeful outings. It feels stressful for both parents and children to have to stand still and smile for photographs. The dynamic of relationships and giggles, cries, quiet, silliness, and joy welling up naturally is where true magic is to be made. 

It's always a pleasure spending time with the Dempseys. This light filled shared bedroom is the perfect little spot to sprawl out and enjoy a morning. 

Leah + Pat by Suzanne Price

Leah is bright and funny, formidable in her tiny frame. Pat is quiet and quick witted, a wily smile never far away. Observe the way they look at one another. Lives well lived, together. We adore you Leah and Pat!

Furniture: Borrow Rentals | Invitation Design + Paper Goods: Nick Matej of Downtime Collective | DJ: HIFI Entertainment | Cake: Courtney Bonning | Florals: Branch and Bloom | Dress: A Brides Design | Ceremony: Wade Chapel | Reception: Bohemian National Home

Jenny + Mike by Suzanne Price

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I feel that if I say too much I will detract from the magic incarnate that is Jenny and Mike. When you come face to face with either of them you feel SEEN, HEARD, LOVED. Their dear friend Amanda read the following words during their vows. Not a single dry eye. 

"Why have a wedding? Well, why send astronauts into outer space?

Sure, there are uncertainties. You can’t predict what might happen on
the big day. There are asteroids to think about. It could be very
stressful. All those buttons. And all those people in a small area.
Will there be enough food? Enough bathrooms? It’s enough to make a
person question the endeavor.

And yet here you are. You put on the special clothes, the finest
you’ve ever worn. You’ve gotten this far, and now your whole world is
watching, as you knew they would be. But something else is happening.
And this is the part you couldn’t have predicted—you are watching your
whole world: your new marriage, and all the people you love who are
here to witness it. You’re orbiting in a capsule just above, and so
for the first time you see it all at once. Your life, your love. See
how lush it is? How exquisite and unlikely, a gorgeous blue-green
sphere rotating peacefully in the void? How clouds cluster over whole
continents and then just blow away? You didn’t come up here just for
the vantage point—there were other reasons—but now that you’re here,
press your nose to the window. Savor the view. This is your life, with
one another, supported by all of us. Now that you see how precious it
is you know with certainty that even as it spins quietly on an axis
you can’t control, you will preserve it. What is the thing I want to
say that I have to reach all the way out into outer space to
articulate? Cherish, love, treasure, appreciate, cleave and hold dear,
remember, remember, remember. When you’re back on the ground, remember
this view."

Venue: The Bolton House | Florals: Molly Taylor & Co | Planning: A Charming Fete | Dress: Something White | Desserts: Hummingbird Bake Shop | Furniture: Borrow Rentals | Catering: Driftwood Catering

Shasta + Rebecca at three years. by Suzanne Price

Rebecca + Shasta | January 27, 2014 | San Francisco, CA

Rebecca + Shasta | January 27, 2014 | San Francisco, CA

Today is Shasta and Rebecca's third wedding anniversary, so I thought I'd reach out to them to ask what they've learned about themselves and each other!

Rebecca mentioned the importance of the desire to grow together by taking the time for individual growth. When you see your partner taking the steps to grow, encourage them - you'll be better for each other! 

Shasta talked about "the power of reflective listening (RIGHT???)" Also, she said it is vital to approach each other with empathy, acknowledging how past bruises can affect the present. We work to heal those wounds together.

Dan has been friends with Rebecca for many years, but I am SO grateful for the friendship that has blossomed between the four of us in the intervening years. They are a constant source of joy, inspiration, and TONS of hilarity. They make the world better.