Lizzy + Joey, Engaged | Cincinnati, OH

 Drum roll, please! This blog post is finally here! I've been dying to share these Cincinnati engagement pictures since we took them earlier this month. But before we get to the pictures I must introduce this cute couple! The bride-to-be, Lizzy, shows up in all of my family photo albums from the past decade. That's because she's been my sister's best friend since they met sometime back in middle school. Or before? I can't really remember when it happened exactly but they've been friends ever since. When she and Joey asked me to photograph their wedding I was thrilled! I drove up to Cincinnati earlier this month and we shot the photos below. Enjoy! :)

"JOEY AND I MET IN HIGH SCHOOL THROUGH A MUTUAL FRIEND (BEST MAN, DANNY BARON). WE GREW CLOSE DURING MY JUNIOR YEAR AND REMAINED GREAT FRIENDS THROUGH THE START OF MY COLLEGE CAREER. 
AFTER A YEAR OR TWO OF DISTANCE- I RECEIVED A RANDOM TEXT FROM THE ONE AND ONLY JOEY HASELMAYER. "HEY CLOWN" HE SAID... THAT WAS IT. I FELL IN LOVE.
OR AT LEAST THAT'S HOW HE WOULD TELL IT. IN MY VERSION (REALITY) I WAS SHOCKED BY THE CALL FROM AN OLD FRIEND. IMMEDIATELY EXCITED TO RECONNECT, I TEXTED MEREDITH (MAID OF HONOR) AND ARRANGED FOR THE OLD GANG TO HANG OUT THAT NIGHT. DANNY, MEREDITH, MYSELF AND JOEY SPENT THE EVENING REMINISCING, LAUGHING, AND EATING FAR TOO MANY PANCAKES."
-Lizzy

They wanted their pictures to be first and foremost casual. No where they wouldn't normally hang out. So we picked two great Cincinnati spots: Findlay Market and Rhinegeist Brewery . 

Let's start with the brewery....

I love that they basically turned our photo shoot into a date. It's the best.  It makes sense that Lizzy goes on to say, 

"NOT LONG AFTER, JOEY AND I REMEMBERED WHY WE HAD BEEN SUCH GOOD FRIENDS. THERE WAS A SPECIAL CONNECTION BETWEEN US- ONE OF MUTUAL RESPECT, GENUINE CARE, AND INSANE ATTRACTION (OF COURSE)."

And another Cincinnati favorite, Findlay Market! 

"JOEY AND I SET OUT TO CREATE A RELATIONSHIP THAT WAS FIRST AND FOREMOST, GOD- CENTERED. WE KNEW HE WAS AND IS TODAY, THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE LOVE WE SHARE TOGETHER. WITH GOD IN THE CENTER- ALL THING ARE POSSIBLE"

-Lizzy, Bride-to-Be

Thanks so much, Lizzy and Joey! We are SO excited to be there photographing your wedding day!