HEY, I'M RACHEL JOY-MONET

Your love is a unique creation that deserves to be captured. I vow to love you without judgement and create art that you can hang on your walls, and not just all over your social media. I also will always encourage another cup of coffee and will avidly try to make collaborative playlists with you. My mission: to capture you in your most natural and authentic state, alongside the one you love, to further reveal to you the intimate impact you are making on the world around you.

This 1920’s Great-Gatsby inspired wedding in downtown Cincinnati was such a dream to be a part of. From Nina’s beaded dress, to the breathtaking 1930’s art deco hotel we got to work inside of, to their gorgeous auditorium reception that felt straight-up like a Frank Sinatra concert, the whole day truly felt like we were time traveling! Keep reading to learn more about the gorgeous heart this couple has and just how valued they made my team and I feel on their special day!

Nina and Ben are the kind of couple you meet and instantly just feel like you can take a huge deep breath and relax around. We shot their engagement photos at Red River Gorge on an overlook where they had one of their first dates (CUUUUUTE right? i know…). We seriously got so caught up talking, eating pizza, and sharing some Rheingeist beer that by the time we started shooting the sun was SO close to going down. We still made some blue hour magic, and we had a magical time running around in the rain laughing about how silly we were to have basically forgotten what we were there to do.

Fast forward to their wedding day this past December. Nina had actually mentioned in her consultation with me that they love the Cincinnati skyline because the hotel they’re getting married in is the second tallest structure, and every time they see the skyline they think of their wedding day. Because of this, I made sure we got into town an hour early to find the perfect park overlook. I love making sure that all of my couple’s wants, needs, AND dreams are taken care of. I want to always make sure when they look at their gallery for the first time that they are shocked and surprised to see moments throughout the day they were too busy to notice.

Once we arrived to the hotel the weather started taking a turn for the worse with continuous downpours and overcast skies. It was obvious when we got there that the weather wasn’t bringing down anyones spirits. We found Nina walking around in her slippers and pajamas talking with her bridesmaids, sisters, and mom. She welcomed us with huge hugs and excited introductions to everyone in the room. Nina has such a talent to make others feel valued and seen, and it was evident that everyone in that room understood our value in being a part of their wedding day. I went down to the hotel’s gorgeous bar area where I found Ben and his fellas. Ben’s groomsmen sported a classic tux with neutral boutonnieres to emphasize their timeless style. They all were so welcoming and genuinely excited to be a part of such a special day. As I started photographing this group of friends, I could immediately tell that they were more like family. Their energy continued throughout the day to finish out on a HYPE dance floor.

I mentioned that Nina and Ben’s 1920’s Great Gatsby inspired wedding day was rainy and cloudy for a majority of it. If your forecast is rainy, fear not! Rainy wedding days are some of my favorite! Checkout my blog post How to ROCK Your Rainy Wedding Day for more information on how to change your attitude about the weather when it comes to your planning!

We also got to work with the most amazing team of vendors for this wedding. You can find all of them below!

Florist: Reading Floral Boutique

Hotel / Caterer: Hilton Netherland Plaza Cincinnati

Ceremony Venue: St.Francis Xavier Church

Dress Shop: Bridal and Formal

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