She was everything in just one smile. —
Kellsie & Preston | Athens, Ohio

\\ “To be a muse is to be a wonder in someone else’s eyes, flaws and all.” - L.H. Cosway⠀

We’re back on the road together and are so excited to spend time with our couple tomorrow for their engagement shoot! It’s also 100% true that we’re a little tired and are laughing at our crazy miscommunications as we’re trying to balance work and just living. This trip through Ohio to another part of Ohio also reminds us that we can drive across the country of Ireland in the same amount of time it takes to get to Cincinnati. 🙄😂⠀

Lastly, I feel I have to let you know there was a very social squirrel so close to us during this part of the shoot.⠀

-Amanda // #mattericksonphotography

What are your Wedding Day Dreams? 💍💭We are here to make them come true! CatanFashions.com #clevelandengagement #clevelandwedding #cleengage

Friday feels ☺️☺️☺️! Another wedding weekend on the west side of Cleveland! Can’t wait to celebrate Sarah and Mike @hillcrestfunfarm!

\\ “Beautiful places are not just a joy for the moment, while you’re there. They will become homes for you, spaces of solace and comfort, where you can close your eyes and go to. Nothing you experience will ever go away. It belongs to you now. Just feel. Don’t be afraid to feel.” - Charlotte Eriksson⠀

Happy Friday guys!! What do you have planned for the weekend? Amanda and I are heading to Cincinnati for an engagement session and I’m so excited for it. Cinci is one of those Ohio cities that I’d like to get to know better. I’ve only been twice but both times have been super cool. I’d love to hear any recommendations you have for places to eat or things we should do! // #mattericksonphotography

How sweet it is!!! Congratulations Cleveland. 👊🏻🏈👊🏻@clevelandbrowns #BelieveInCle #ClevelandFaithful #OurBrowns

Things that do not come naturally to me include, but are not limited to:
Carrying multiple items at one time
Catching anything with one hand...or two
Posing for pictures
Talking to kids. I just talk to them like they’re already adults.
Not cursing.
Being graceful.
Days off.
Howeverrrrr things that DO come naturally to me include:
Making the perfect s’mores.
Giving really good hugs.
Being quick witted.
Keeping a tidy home.
Asking people their life story.
Picking up new hobbies.
Finding something I’m interested in and deeply pursing it.
Without failure I have a good yin & yang balance in my life between what I can & cannot do. But I’m really starting to love both my strengths and flaws. Actually, they’re a big part of who I am. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Who are you? How are you flawed? And what do you love most about those flaws? I am just as proud of my natural abilities as being self aware of things I’m just not meant to do well ✨

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\\ “I'd cut my soul into a million different pieces just to form a constellation to light your way home. I'd write love poems to the parts of yourself you can't stand. I'd stand in the shadows of your heart and tell you I'm not afraid of your dark.”⠀

It’s definitely not the first thing that comes to mind when I think about how I can show Amanda I love her, but clapping quietly is definitely on the list somewhere. When we first started dating Amanda really wasn’t all that in to football, and that’s putting it mildly. But seeing as how I talked about it nonstop she started to catch on a bit. She can now tell you what years the Broncos won their Super Bowls. She can also name many of my favorite players and even a few of their numbers. 😉 ⠀

Despite her growing level of knowledge and interest though, she still always seems to fall asleep during the late games. So tonight as the Browns we’re driving and I was jumping around the living room, I was doing my absolute best to do it quietly, as Amanda was fast asleep on the couch next to me. I swallowed my yells and emphatically pumped my fists. And as the Browns won their first game in 635 days I smiled ear to ear, looked back at Amanda still sleeping peacefully, and smiled even bigger. 📷: @reneelemairephotography // #mattericksonphotography

Check out Kellsie and Preston’s engagement session and read about their love story on the blog! {Link in profile} ❤️

Is it too soon to share a #tbt from Croatia? These ruins are part of a monastery on the island of Lokrum just off the coast of Dubrovnik. Legend has it, when the monks were forced to leave the island after 800 years of inhabitance, they walked the circumference of the island three times with candles pointed toward the ground so the wax would leave a trail. As they did so, they solemnly chanted, “Curse anyone who should take Lokrum for his own pleasure!” Allegedly, the curse will only be lifted once the last drop of wax is picked away. #spooky

Comforted by love and light!

\\ “Grab your coat, leave a note, and run away with me.” - William Chapman⠀

Lots of travel posts coming to the journal here soon! I spent way to long, like 3 hours, at Starbucks tonight finishing up some personal and travel posts that I’m really excited about. We’ll be sharing some gorgeous images from Baltimore, MD; Portland, OR and Denver, CO. Oh and of course we’ve got a personal post from the CLE. If you haven’t signed up for our Story Recap yet, you can do so on our journal page. 😊 // #mattericksonphotography

NEW on the blog: Kellsie and Preston’s engagement session in @hockinghillsofohio and @ohio.university! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Link in profile!

On the sands, beach sands, make plans to be in each other's arms. // The Carters

Say you’ll remember me,
Standing in a nice dress,
Staring at the sunset, babe.
Red lips and rosy cheeks,
Say you’ll see me again,
Even if it’s just in your wildest dreams. —
Kellsie & Preston | Athens, Ohio

\\ “Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.” - Rick Warren⠀

This has been one of those weeks that feels both like it’s dragging on forever and yet also flying by. With that in mind I thought this quote was especially fitting. 😊 What motivates you? I’d love to hear some things to really get me rolling this morning! // #mattericksonphotography

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