Nathan Peel Photography

Weddings

Ali and Marcus | Pinecroft Mansion at Crosley Estate

 

 

When you get paid to create sometimes the hardest thing to do is muster up the energy to actually be creative. It’s a weird thing. As an artist you constantly find yourself making small goals or projects for yourself to continue to push yourself forward. If you don’t push yourself forward then you will never grow/get better. For an artist, staying the same feels like you are getting worse. Like I said, it’s a weird thing.

Last year I found myself in one of those places where I needed to push. I was really comfortable with what I was doing, but everything was the same. So I started to think about the place I wanted to go next with my photography. I found that I every time I edited a wedding the pictures that ended up in black and white were always my favorites. The reason I loved these pictures is because of stories they told and the emotion they conveyed. Black and white seemed to distill each scene down to what is most important.

As photographers we too often get caught up in all the “stuff”at a wedding. It’s part of the culture of wedding blogs and always striving to get published. The problem with focusing on all the “stuff” is that we lose sight of the fact that the core of each wedding is real people. A real couple with real friends and family. All of these people have emotions that tell a very important and authentic story. Each wedding is a story about how love brings people together despite the overwhelming forces keeping those people apart. I can’t think of a better story to tell.

So when I thought about pushing myself to do something different I knew it needed to center around two things: Black and White Photography and Storytelling. So last year I asked if there was anyone out there brave enough to let me try this idea at their wedding. I understand how much thought goes into wedding colors, florals, details, etc. and finding someone who was willing to let me shoot those things in B/W was going to be difficult. Then along came Ali and Marcus. When Ali called me and said she was interested in this idea I was so happy. I had spent an entire day with Ali as the maid of honor of Anne and Matt’s wedding. She’s funny, she’s caring and so easy to be around. Then she told me that they were having their wedding at Pinecroft Mansion so I knew that this was going to be something special.

I will let you get to looking at what an amazing day it was, but I do want to say that this was a watershed moment for me. I couldn’t be prouder of how these pictures turned out. This wedding will always be special for me. I feel it awakened something inside of me and there is no going back. The stories I tell from here on out will be stronger and more focused. The relationship I built with Ali and Marcus taught me how two people can give so much even on their wedding day. I am a lucky person to be able to come up with a crazy idea and have people that believe in what I do enough to trust me to make it great.

Enjoy the pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, for those of you who might be interested in what the whole day looked like, here is the slideshow that does a great job of telling the whole story:

 

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Lindsey and Matt | St. Luke’s Chapel and Historic Rice Mill

 

 

 

Church: St. Luke’s Chapel, Downtown Charleston, SC

Reception: Historic Rice Mill

Dress: Ivy and Aster

Cake: WildFlour Pastry

Lighting: TEC Lighting 

Hair/Makeup: Paper Dolls Wedding Hair and Makeup

Coordination: Sweetgrass Social and Event Design

 

 

 

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Rabina and Kyle | Cincinnati Art Museum

*to be notified of Rabina and Kyle’s entire catalog go HERE to sign their digital guestbook.

 

 

Venue: Cincinnati Art Museum

Makeup: Brideface (Nancy)

Hair: Amanda Smith

Cake: Goodwin Lighting

DJ: J Griffin Entertainment

Florals: Yellow Canary

Rings: Derek Simpson Goldsmith

 

 

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Meggie and Dustin | Ault Park

Meggie and Dustin are beautiful people both inside and out. The smiles are real and their genuine love for those around them is never in question. I loved spending their wedding day with them running around Eden Park, Mt. Adams and Ault Park. What a great group of friends and family they have surrounded themselves with!

Annnnnnd….there was no shortage of fun! (See: bride pummeling Piñata or rolling around on the floor in her dress) I loved the personal touches she added and her dress was just too perfect. I’m a pretty lucky guy!

Thank you guys so much for the opportunity to be a part of something so special. Here are some of my favorites from the day:

 

 

*to see Meggie and Dustin’s entire catalog when it becomes available go HERE to sign their digital guestbook.

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Kerri and James | The Bell Event Centre

Kerri and James couldn’t be more perfect for each other. Both are highly creative people who love and appreciate art. They are both laid back, smiley and super fun to be around. Friday was one of the more dismal weather days that I can remember on a wedding day and yet I never heard one of them say a word about it. James even apologized to me for the fact that it was raining:)

Their wedding was incredible gorgeous! I couldn’t love the Bell Event Centre in Over the Rhine more. It is the perfect setting for a couple who believes in character and art and the beauty of life. It’s was a constant reminder of who they are as a couple throughout the day.

Kerri and James, thanks for continually showing me love and kindness. Thank you for being friends. And thank you for allowing me to capture a small part of how much you love each other! Here are some of my favorites from the day:

 

*to be notified of Kerri and James’ catalog when it becomes available go HERE to sign their digital guestbook.

 

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