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Category Archives: wedding

janelle & jeff {wedding}

Janelle and Jeff were married on a beautiful day in Indianapolis, IN. One element that stood out about their day was their first look & gift exchange. It was so very precious. :)But then there were the balloons that matched the girls shoe colors, and the surprise Michael Jackson dance by Janelle too. Let’s just say, their wedding was extremely heartwarming and TONS of fun!! We felt incredibly honored to be a part.

Janelle and Jeff, thanks for everything! We wish you both all the happiness in the world, and many wonderful years loving together!

jess & brett

September 23, 2011 - 2:22 pm

Janelle - My daily check of your blog was an awesome surprise today!! These pictures are just so amazing! I can’t find words to explain how much I love them either! We are so thankful that you agreed to shoot our wedding. Awesome… just simply awesome!

September 23, 2011 - 4:31 pm

Suzi Lighten - These are super duper FUN – love the lighting too! I totally see some canvas-worthy images here, like the one of them in the tree/orchard area facing forward – lovin’ that one tons!

September 25, 2011 - 10:37 pm

mel - hey i know her! :)
the orchard shot, big trees, little people. H.O.T. that needs to hang in your basement.

July 10, 2013 - 1:38 pm

Denis - Super fun wedding! Thanks for sharing. Love x

christine & joe {wedding}

Christine and Joe had a small intimate wedding with a homemade/nature theme and feel. In other words, our dream type of wedding. :)Brett and I were giddy all day. From the first look that sent us hiking (Christine in her wedding dress) through the woods, to the gorgeous historic home in the Glen Helen Nature Preserve for the ceremony and reception….we just couldn’t get enough. These two were just awesome, and they put such thought and detail into their special day.

All of the DIY signage and *lovely* handwriting was done by JOE. Yes, Joe. That solidified that he is “the bee’s knees” in my book. Their picturesque ceremony and reception were held at The Birch House, in one of our favorite small towns, Yellow Springs.

Inspiration was around every corner at this wedding, and Christine and Joe’s sweet and charming disposition made our job such a pleasure.

Christine and Joe, your wedding was a mix of a laid-back backyard get together & pure magic. It truly was perfect. Thank you for allowing us to document this time for you both.

Wishing you many happy years~

jess & brett

August 17, 2011 - 1:11 pm

Alex from Germany - Love the dress-shot! It’s really great. Also the setup of the wedding, nice details. Love, Alex :)

August 17, 2011 - 3:20 pm

Jess W. - oooh, i love the pic of the two of them in the forest, with all the tall trees around them (pic #14 on the right, if i leave my cursor on it). gotta love original / creative weddings such as theirs. they’re way more memorable than the traditional type!

August 18, 2011 - 1:53 pm

KERRI GREEN - love everything about this wedding! such beautiful images! i especially love the two of them in the woods. just lovely!

August 18, 2011 - 5:00 pm

Jake Ford - That shot of the little old man playing the guitar is awesome! You guys are so great!

August 18, 2011 - 8:14 pm

Maggie - Love, love, LOVEEEE. Great work guys!

August 18, 2011 - 9:02 pm

meredith - I love her shoes and his music :)

August 18, 2011 - 9:14 pm

Gail - This wedding is BEYOND gorgeous. I love all the details. Perfect couple for a Studio3Z wedding!

August 20, 2011 - 2:57 pm

Rachel B. - This is so lovely! All the details are beautiful and personal and just plain SWEET! But my favorite shots are of that first look in the forest. HOW romantic and beautiful and yes, magical! Lovely is the word that I keep coming back to. Lovely couple, lovely sentiments, lovely day.

August 20, 2011 - 4:34 pm

Christine and Joe - Thank you Jess and Brett for a wonderful chronicle of our wedding! This post’s sampling of photos is absolutely amazing. It completely captures the feeling of our day. We love your attention to each detail; from documenting the signage to the pinwheels and even Joe’s gift of vinyl from Christine! We had a lovely day and are so grateful for you both to have been part of it. Thanks again and much love!

August 22, 2011 - 7:52 pm

Brent and Jen - LOVE these! Chrissy and Joe, you look great, and these pictures really show how special this day was! We love you and thank you for allowing us to be a part of your wedding day!

molly & drew {wedding}

We met Molly and Drew for the first time on their wedding day, and immediately we were overtaken with their sweet nature. Currently Molly and Drew are based in Texas, living near Drew’s brother (who also happens to be an amazing photographer beside his beautiful wife!). Molly actually grew up just a couple miles from where I did, in a small country town outside of Cincinnati. Their wedding day was very beautiful, laid back, extremely fun, and most of all- filled to the brim with love!

Also, did I mention this couple is absolutely stunning? I kept telling them, “You two are just TOO pretty.”:)Seriously, inside and out.

Flowers- The Fig Tree
Hair- Lauren Gebhart of Paragon
Makeup- Kim Finkelstein of Exclusive: A Tamra Berry Studio
Dj- Joe Imhoff
Catering- All Things Catered

Molly and Drew, thanks for everything! Your wedding was such the PERFECT one, and we loved getting to know you both. We wish you all the best, and many happy years ahead!!

jess & brett

August 3, 2011 - 1:05 pm

Clary - So much awesome in this post!! Loving the shot of them in the grass with their back to you. Beautiful job!

August 3, 2011 - 1:19 pm

Gail - That bouquet!! It’s SO beautiful — one of the prettiest I’ve seen in a bride’s hand the whole year! (and her dress too — made me gasp — GORGEOUS!)

August 3, 2011 - 1:58 pm

Bernadette Zimmerman - Flowers, hair, make-up,DJ,catering,candy table, photo booth, ……..all were outstanding. Jess, you captured the beauty of the day!!! of course, Drew and Molly were excellent subjects.

August 3, 2011 - 2:48 pm

Bernadette Zimmerman - p.s. can’t wait to see the other pics as well. Pictures of the night bring back all the great memories. Excited to see pics of the cake cutting( it was beautiful and tasty) first dance, etc. etc.

August 3, 2011 - 3:22 pm

Nicole Elkins - I love these pictures almost as much as I love you both! These are awesome and I can’t wait to see the rest! xoxo!

August 3, 2011 - 3:38 pm

Amber - Sooooo pretty! I LOVE her dress!

August 3, 2011 - 4:04 pm

Cathy Malone - O.M.G. Molly and Drew, you BOTH look so beautiful! These pics are so awesome! I love them! Awwwww, your wedding day was so sweet. I love you!

August 3, 2011 - 4:45 pm

Shari Callahan - These photos are absolutely beautiful….you can see and feel the LOVE in each and every one. Great Job!!

August 3, 2011 - 8:20 pm

melanie - omg!!! totally didn’t realize they booked you guys!! yay! i dont know molly but drew is awesome. you got to hang out with my two rockstar cousins all day. :) rob and joe (the one who appears to be singing his heart out in that reception shot lol)im sure the whole day (def for brett) was hysterical. those guys are goofs.
the pics are amazing, i love them. job very well done.

August 3, 2011 - 10:27 pm

Jennifer Nichols - The photos are phenomenal!! But, I’m not surprised. You guys are so, so talented and I’m so glad that Molly and Drew chose y’all to document their wedding day.

August 4, 2011 - 1:24 am

Louis - Great Shots! I love the lighting in all of them!

August 4, 2011 - 1:24 am

Louis - Great%20Shots!%20I%20love%20the%20lighting%20in%20all%20of%20them!

August 4, 2011 - 10:02 am

Jenny Walters - My new favorite series from you guys! Your work is unbelievable, it’s just so amazing! Thank you for sharing these with your fans!

August 4, 2011 - 9:03 pm

Amy T - Molly & Drew, these pictures are amazing. Some of the best wedding pictures I have ever seen. Molly you looked beautiful as can be, and Drew is very handsome! Lots of love to you both!!

August 4, 2011 - 11:29 pm

Lisa - I am with Gail. That bouquet is by far the most beautiful that I have seen. Love the alligator boots too :) Great captures as always!

August 5, 2011 - 3:37 pm

Jaima - I love these pictures, especially the gorgeous ones of Molly in her dress before the ceremony! What a beautiful bride! The lemon pictures with your rings are also so cool!

my favorite moment.

So many moments on a wedding day can be special, unique, and often incredibly intimate. We each have our favorites. Some people love the look on the groom as he sees his bride walking down the isle, others love the first kiss.

Without a doubt, my absolute favorite part of a wedding is when the bride and groom exit after the ceremony, typically sharing a warm embrace once outside of everyone’s view. They are able to finally drown out the world and everything around them, squeeze tightly- all inhibitions lost. All the planning, thought, and the many details are set aside.

The weight of the day is lifted. Because now……you are married to your love.

Drew and Molly are pictured above. This was captured moments before they knew we were there. To me, it was the most magical moment of the day.

{Many more from this wedding to come…..}

July 26, 2011 - 2:33 pm

Gabe - love this frame. a moment that they will look back on for years and years. a frame that they will show their kids kids. amazing image guys.

July 26, 2011 - 3:36 pm

amanda - This is amazing – wonderful image.

July 26, 2011 - 4:09 pm

Jeff Schaefer - Great moment.
Is that St. Ann Lindenwald / Hamilton. Hope it wasn’t too hot that day.

July 26, 2011 - 9:00 pm

Alyson Gawrych - Wow, Jess! Great Job. I was filled with emotion reading that they didn’t know you were there. LOVE is GRAND! Beautiful work, as always.

Much Love,

July 27, 2011 - 2:59 pm

Jennifer Nichols - What a beautiful moment you have captured! You two have such amazing talent!!

July 27, 2011 - 5:13 pm

Keaton - Love the little things in the room, especially the “Please Leave Cell Phones Here” box. ;-) You two have such great talent to catch these awe inspiring moments. Love it!!

July 28, 2011 - 6:52 am

Mary Marantz - LOVE it!! M:)

July 29, 2011 - 12:39 pm

Cathy Nichols - you really captured a lot beautifully here and your preface is so true! happy happy love can’t wait to see the rest!
(mother of the groom)

July 31, 2011 - 10:08 am

Molly - Wow! Jess this is amazing! First off- you are right- we didnt know you were there. Second- I had completely forgotten about this moment – but you captured it and it brought back so much happiness/emotion when I saw this- It was the best hug in the world! I can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures! I am so excited!!!

July 31, 2011 - 11:36 am

Therese Kugler - Thank you so much for such a sweet glimpse of a poignant moment.(Molly’s mom and now happily,Drew’s mother-in-law)

July 31, 2011 - 8:16 pm

Bernadette Zimmerman - This picture brought tears to my eyes. There is nothing more precious than the hope in a shared future. This picture illustrates hope, thankfulness, and support.

August 3, 2011 - 4:42 pm

Shari Callahan - Beautiful, brings tears to my eyes. Sweet Love!!

August 3, 2011 - 5:34 pm

patty - beautiful….
love to visit here in this space and absorb all this beautiful goodness!!

December 12, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Max - Great capture and I love negative space composition.