• Ben + Carlyn

Every wedding season we have a spell where we don’t realize it, but we’re in need of a pick-me-up. We always become aware of how much we needed this pick-me-up after it happens and that makes it that much sweeter. So Michael and I have been on the go a lot recently and if i’m being honest, it can be hard. Living at Hampton Inn after Hampton Inn is not a glamorous as it may sound. (We do however get free internet and breakfast which is pretty fabulous in my book!) Sometimes when we’re in a season like this, we don’t realize it but we get to a place where we are being challenged and inspired. Ben and Caryln’s wedding was just that. It was totally fresh and something NEW to shoot! I’ve never had a chance to shoot a gown from Anthropologie’s bridal line until their wedding day and just in case the gown wasn’t fun enough, the apartment that they rented for the girls to get ready is was INCREDIBLE!

Exposed brick, natural light, large golden mirrors…. it’s just a DREAM! Their whole day was a dream!! From the homegrown wild flowers that covered the reception to Ben’s reaction when he saw his bride for the first time… it was all priceless!! I could have photographed their wedding over and over again! There was such a sense of sincere joy that flooded their venue. Family and friends drove in by the dozens! It was a large event!!

They celebrated the beginning of their new life together at The Barn, which is a beautiful wedding venue that fits their personalities to a “T”! Ben loves outdoors, nature, etc and so it didn’t surprise me that their wedding reception took place right in the middle of a rustic barn! And this wasn’t just any ol’ barn… this barn had SO many different levels and nooks and crannies! I loved every minute of photographing this amazing day in the middle of Ohio!! I have come to find out that Ohio is actually quite gorgeous and I told Ben and Carlyn that if I was guaranteed to always work with couples like them, I would TOTALLY shoot in Ohio some more! I still can’t believe it’s over. It’s so sad to think that all of that gorgeous planning and decorating was coming to an end. However, I have a TON of my favorites to show you!!

Carlyn’s style was amazing!! 


Oh these two are such cuties!!!!

This is Caryln’s grandma’s mirror!! 

Oh Carlyn…. you’re stunning! 

Look at her!!!!! What a dream! Her look was perfect! 

Yep. The sweetest moment….. he was just in awe of not only her beauty but of the fact that it was their WEDDING!!

I honestly don’t remember what was so hilarious here …. but whatever it was, Michael captured it perfectly!

There’s something about this one that I just love! 

Ceremony | The Barn & Gazebo
Reception |  The Barn & Gazebo
Florists | Farmhouse Blooms
Dress | Anthropologie
Bridesmaids | Macy’s
Videographer | MiMy Media
Invitations | Wedding Paper Divas
xoxo, Katelyn
25 Comments Weddings
  1. Candi reply

    I’m in love with this wedding! Just stunning!

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  3. Ashley Durham reply

    I think this might be my most favorite wedding … Like, ever. How stunning!!! Love all the details, the colors and the location!

  4. Meghan reply

    Katelyn these are simply amazing…some of your best work, I think. Standing on that car was totally worth it ;)

  5. Claudia reply

    My favorite part about doing weddings are the details and your wedding details are just stunning. :)

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  7. Ashley reply

    All I can say is wow! Absolutely stunning! I know I say this a lot…but I think this is my favorite wedding I have you seen you shoot! GORGEOUS!

  8. Rebekah Carter reply

    Everything is SO perfect! The flowers, the dresses, the jewelry, the hair, the location, EVERYTHING! Most of all the couple is so gorgeous & obviously so in love! Great work!

  9. Tonya reply

    Stunning I simply love what she did with her wedding and love how you captured it!

  10. Meredith Sledge reply

    Katelyn. You. Are. Awesome!! These are SO, SO good!! AH! I can imagine you’re exhausted with so much traveling but you are making these couples ridiculously happy, I’m sure!! Beautiful work!

  11. Rosemary hudak reply

    Absolutely breath taking! Many many years of Love to you and Ben!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I love you because of who you are… Sooo beautiful inside and out!

  12. Shalese reply

    When i get married, I want it to look like this! Such beautiful style and GORGEOUS portraits!

  13. Sharon reply

    What a great wedding. congrats!

  14. resi reply

    Favorite for sure! They look so friendly and pretty and happy! Perfectly captured I’d say :) such a pretty wedding affair!!! WOW!

  15. Jennifer Mosher reply

    This really does justice to a gorgeous, blessed day with an amazingly sweet couple and their dear ones. Thank you for sharing these photos. You do wonderful work!!!

  16. ashley link reply

    the shot of him picking her up is so romantical! haha. love it!!! definitely a favorite wedding! it’s so fun and different! you did a kick-butt job! it was so great seeing you this week! :)

  17. Elizabeth Rinda reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this wedding! Your ability to create a cohesive and beautiful story from each and every wedding inspires me! I love the perfection of this one!

  18. Ginny Harahuc reply

    i loved the pictures they were amazing and everyone looked great. Have a great happy life together

  19. robin e. reply

    Omg, Carolyn! Everything about your wedding was gorgeous! And your photographers did an amazing job!

  20. robin e. reply

    Auto correct messed up your name.I promise I know it’s carlyn and not Carolyn

  21. Stephanie Reagan reply

    what an amazing job! The pictures captured the love they have for each other. Haven’t seen Ben in about a year, congrats to him and his beautiful wife. I am glad to be able to see the beautiful pictures and able to see the happiness that has been captured as well.

  22. Sara Dorris reply

    This wedding was captured so perfectly and so delicately! It shows every emotion so that you may feel them while you browse through the pictures. Ben and Carolyn are a match made in heaven!!

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    THIS WEDDING!!!!!!!!!! You are so amazing!!

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