Oh boy! Is this a good one, folks! Bry and Jake have been getting yearly photos done (which now, to my absolute joy, includes their long haired German Shepherd pup Mila), and I think this year was my favorite yet!! We met at a sunflower field in Medina, Ohio for a glowy evening couples session, and it did not disappoint. Walking through a field of sunflowers all facing the same direction (all trying to catch those nice morning rays, no doubt) literally felt like a dream. 5 star review from me, for sure. Take a look at all the goldeny goodness below!!!
Nick & Jalena's Summer Estate Engagement Session at Kingwood Center Garden in Mansfield, OH | June 26, 2022
In honor of their WEDDING in [roughly] a WEEK(!!!!!), here are Nick and Jalena hittin' the blog with their Kingwood Center Gardens engagement session from earlier this summer. These two are such a joy, and I cannot wait to meet all their friends and family and celebrate them at their Cleveland wedding and reception. We met up at this hidden gem historic estate to commemorate their season of engagement, and we got to explore the grounds, chase a peacock (he was camera shy, unfortunately), and just have a good ol' time in general. And will you just look at Jalena's dress!! I'm still not over it!! I CANNOT WAIT to see what she picked for her wedding dress! (and Nick, I'm sure your outfit will also be very stylin', too haha) Love you two and cannot believe that the day is almost here!!!
It is always extra special to photograph your friends during their big milestones. I met Ashley (and therefore John, as well because they come as a set, of course) in a small group at church, and we bonded over our shared name! Fast forward a few years later, they beasted it at grad school in Pittsburgh, moved back to Ohio in the Columbus area, and are getting married next year at The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake!! We debated different possible locations for their engagement photos, with Ashley’s one stipulation being 100% FALL, and we settled on Zoar, OH, which was absolutely perfect. Zoar is a historic village in Tuscarawas County. If you’ve never been, you need to check it out, especially if you like history and learning. The historic homes and buildings have so much charm and made for the perfect fall photo backdrop. Ashley and John, I’m so glad to know you and be your friend, and I hope that these photos make you feel so very special.
Jackie and Patrick's Fall Evening Engagement Session in Gordon Square and Lakewood Park | October 17, 2021
Jackie and Patrick had their first date at Sweet Moses Soda Fountain in Gordon Square Arts District, so it was fitting that we began their engagement session at the ice cream shop where it all started. Sweet Moses gave us the cutest ice cream sundae which was drowning in chocolate sauce and sprinkles (Patrick didn’t mind taking one for the team and finishing it up. Like I always say, no ice cream left behind...I don’t actually say this, but now I think I’m going to). We then moved on to Lakewood Park where their two doggos joined us for some pictures (bribed by chicken nuggets of course), and then we went down the path to Lake Erie where we had a distant view of the Cleveland skyline and sunset views at the Solstice Steps where we got beautiful golden light. The wind was CRAZY, but it added a wildness and carefreeness to the images, with Jackie's hair flying all over the place. I cannot wait to celebrate with Jackie and Patrick on the Good Time III next year. How fun is that going to be?!! YAY!!!
Emily and Joe's Cuyahoga Valley National Park Engagement Sunset Session | Peninsula, OH | June 5, 2021
Emily and Joe are obviously couple soulmates of mine because they're getting married at the same wedding venue as Pete and I did (the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo)!!! That makes us like automatic BFFs, right?! I'm gonna go with a big ol' "yes" on that one. But anywhooo, I just love these two and their sweet love. They are literally so cute that I can't even handle it, and I Iove both of their playful and fun personalities! We had a lovely summer evening engagement session in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park at both Kendall Hills and the Virginia Kendall Ledges Overlook, and although they claimed that they didn't know what to do in front of the camera, I beg to differ (please see my supporting evidence below). I am beyond psyched and completely humbled to be their wedding photographer, and cannot wait for their wedding day next year. WE GON PARTY WITH DA ANIMALS!!
My name's Ashley, and I'm the photographer behind Ashley Deanna Photography. I am a fun and quirky wedding and engagement photographer serving Cleveland, OH, Akron, OH, and the Northeast Ohio region. Thanks for checking out the blog!