When they asked if I wanted to photograph their engagement session in Smoky Mountains National Park, I began counting down the days! There is nothing I love more than photographing two people in love in one of the prettiest locations in the USA. Jake grew up here so it was also like being on a guided tour of the park! Not only that, but it is the only session I have ever been on that I saw a BEAR. It.was.awesome!

Jake and Kat are literally two of the kindest people I have ever met and the definition of southern hospitality.

Roberts_blog_001Roberts_blog_002They are just as sweet as they can be with each other….Roberts_blog_003I was SO excited that we had such a gorgeous day to take photos! They day before AND the day after the session were rainy and wet! This day, the sun was shining and it was warm… Perfect!Roberts_blog_004Roberts_blog_005Roberts_blog_006Kat has such a light and happy spirit with Jake…. she laughed or smiled the entire session!Roberts_blog_007Roberts_blog_008Roberts_blog_009Roberts_blog_010What a gorgeous couple!Roberts_blog_011When I saw this 19th century chapel I was memorized. I came the day before the session and spent a significant amount of time there. It’s just an incredibly peaceful place and this photo says it all about how you feel when you’re in it. Jake and Kat, let’s come and do a vow renewal here one day, ok??Roberts_blog_012Roberts_blog_013Roberts_blog_014I was in love with the w i d e open fields backed up to the mountains! I couldn’t help but want to sing songs from the sound of music. That’s probably why Kat is looking at me like that!:)Roberts_blog_015Roberts_blog_016Roberts_blog_017Roberts_blog_018Roberts_blog_019Roberts_blog_020All the historic buildings! They are lucky there was a sun down or we would have been shooting all day!:)Roberts_blog_021Roberts_blog_022Roberts_blog_023Roberts_blog_024Roberts_blog_025Roberts_blog_026LOVE!Roberts_blog_027Roberts_blog_028Roberts_blog_029Roberts_blog_030Roberts_blog_031Roberts_blog_032

On our way home, we had to drive through the park at dusk. Traffic was running pretty slow and Jake told me that usually means there’s a bear near. So, of course, he was nice enough to pull over while Kat and I booked it out into the woods where everyone was collecting! I will NEVER forget Kat trying to navigate through the woods with her white dress and heals so I could see a bear. I told you, they are the best! I didn’t see it that time but a few miles down the road I saw one running through the woods! Definitely a bucket list item for me!

I am so excited to photograph their big day this December. I know it will be a day packed full of love. Both of these guys are supported by lots of family and friends and I’m honored to be one of them in attendance.:)

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As promised, here is Johanna and Andrew’s beautiful highlight video made by our Kortnee Kate In Motion team! If you didn’t already know, we have our very own, in house video crew and we are absolutely loving it. This team works alongside our photo team at our events and it has rocked our creative world! So here we go…..



1.) We love working as a cohesive, like minded team on wedding or event days and it has been such a benefit to our clients. We move quickly and efficiently through the entire day, eliminating repetition, as we are working to create the same creative and  high quality product.

2.) When we photograph a wedding or event, we put a ton of time into creating a detailed schedule to make the day run as smoothly as possible. When our video team is on the job, they are in on that planning and know exactly what to expect as the day unfolds.

3.) We are VERY passionate about professionalism in every area of our business and on a wedding day, it’s absolutely supreme. When our photo and video team work together, everyone at the event collecting media not only is talented, but looks and acts like the professionals they are.

4.) We would describe the Kortnee Kate style to be bright, airy, fun, high quality and full of life. It rocks our creative world to have the honor to create a mirror image of Kortnee Kate Photography, only in motion…. hence, Kortnee Kate In Motion.

5.) Because our video team is in house, we work as a team day in and day out. Ted and I work with Kyle, our video team leader, to create a beautiful product for our clients and we love the creative process.

6.) To be honest, we didn’t start our photo business to work on an island alone. Bringing in some extremely talented people to work with us day in and day out has given us the huge blessing of friendship and bringing that happy team energy to a wedding day is priceless. Talk about getting to do what you love with who you love. Can’t beat it!

So if you are getting married, whether you’re a Kortnee Kate Photo client or not (although our KKP clients can receive additional discounts), and you are looking into the option of video, give our studio line a buzz (513.807.3000) or you can send an email to info@kortneekate.com and we can give you more details.

With all that said, we were so fortunate to have worked alongside our favorite video team on such a G O R G E O U S wedding! Enjoy!


Johanna + Andrew – Highlight

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They got married in the high school chapel where they first met, and their wedding reception was in the former home of her great-grandfather. She hand made many of the details, even her wedding cake. This wedding was the as meaningful as they come. Not to mention, the entire day Johanna was absolutely giddy to be marrying her man. You can see it in every photo how genuine their excitement was and how ready they were to be man and wife.

Every wedding morning should begin with mimosas, girlfriends and hairspray. Ya know, like the scene in Steel Magnolias.

Cincinnati wedding photographerThe stationary, rocking it’s honeycomb liner and little golden bee had me at hello. Then I saw the vintage stamps and we were soul mates.Cincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerJohanna looked incredible! She also wore THREE dresses. So, keep an eye out for all three of her beauties in this post! She kept her guests on their toes that’s for sure!Cincinnati wedding photographerMamma moments before the veil….Cincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerUm, yeah. You’re gorgeous girl. Our last pic before the big reveal!Cincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerNot only was the cocktail hour and reception in the former home of her great-grandfather, Powell Crosley Jr,  but we were also able to photograph preparations and portraits there. It really was so special. Cincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerThese florals were just STUNNING! There’s little I wouldn’t do for a pink peony I’ll tell ya that much.Cincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerNow THIS is a wedding party!Cincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerWhen we arrived at the church, we headed in to photograph Johanna changing into her ceremony dress and Andrew had NO clue. Even though they did the first look, he had no idea the surprises had just begun!Cincinnati wedding photographerThe flower girls were ready for their 5 minutes of fame! How adorable are these littles??Cincinnati wedding photographerThe moment before the moment…..Cincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerThe ceremony was full of laughter and tears and love. Where they had originally seen each other for the very first time, they were seeing each other as husband and wife… for the very first time.Cincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerThe reception was just gorgeous and F U L L of the sweetest and most personal details you would imagine. It was warm and inviting but at the same time, classy and glamorous. Boy was this fun to photograph!Cincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerThe sweet summer bee theme was peppered all throughout the details… Sequins and honeycomb, love!Cincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerJohanna designed and made that cake! She sculpted flowers on this cake to match her dress. Seriously? I’m lucky not to burn Betty Crocker my oven. Good show girl!Cincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerThe first letter of your new last name in ice balls for your signature cocktail?? Yes, please!Cincinnati wedding photographerAnd petal pink grosgrain TOMs Shoes as favors for the female guests and custom made bow ties for the guys? I’m going to have to be careful posting all of this or we might start seeing more wedding crashers at KKP weddings!:)Cincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerbrun_blog0042Cincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerWe were excited to help doll out our Live-Click Photobooth for this lovely affair!Cincinnati wedding photographerSoon it was time to head in for the party with this brand new married duo!Cincinnati wedding photographerAnd surprise! The entire wedding party had a full outfit change! There’s nothing like gold sequins from head to toe to make you ready to hit the dance floor!Cincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerNo one wasted any time rockin’ out to the live band with the bride and groom!Cincinnati wedding photographerSee?? Dress #3! This gown was a little easier to dance the night away in for sure!Cincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerWhat a finale to such a perfect day!Cincinnati wedding photographerJohanna and Andrew’s wedding was featured in the Knot Ohio! With all this pretty and all their hard work, we were thrilled to see their day featured so wonderfully!Cincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographerCincinnati wedding photographer


We were honored to also be the ones to video their incredible wedding day! Our Kortnee Kate In Motion team did an amazing job and Johanna and Andrew’s highlight film will be on the blog tomorrow! Stay tuned!

Check out the all star vendor team! :

CEREMONY SITE Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, Summit Country Day School

RECEPTION SITE Pinecroft at Crosley Estate

CONSULTANT Karen Montgomery/i-do Boutique

FLOWERS Courtenay Lambert Floral & Event Design

VIDEO Kortnee Kate In Motion

PHOTO BOOTH Live{Click} Photobooth

CAKE: Made by the bride!

GOWN Ceremony: Monique Lhuillier; Reception: Amsale via Bridal and Formal

HAIR A Salon Named Desire


HEADPIECE Doloris Petunia

SHOES Ceremony: Jimmy Choo; Reception: TOMS, hand painted by Marnani Design Studio

BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Ceremony Bari Jay; Reception: Badgley Mischka via Rent the Runway



RENTALS All Occasions Event Rental; Camargo Events; La Tavola

LOUNGE FURNITURE/PILLOWS: Courtenay Lambert Floral & Event Design

LIGHTING: Goodwin Lighting Services

CATERING Funky’s Catering

MUSIC Clyde Brown Productions


FAVORS TOMS, XOElle via Etsy

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