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Tips on throwing a bridal shower! by Colleen Schmidt

I had the honor of helping plan a bridal shower for my amazing stepsister with my stepmom, sister and cousin a couple weeks ago. It was such a special shower for such a special couple. It's hard to believe that May is already on it's way, you two! 

Fresh off the planning committee I thought I would share my experience planning a shower. 
1. Lists are your best friend! My stepmom, Sister, cousin and I all sat down and made a master list of everything that NEEDED to be done. This was a general list, i.e.- Invites, centerpieces, guest list, etc.) 

2. Once we had the overall checklist we divided duties up. My stepmom took the location scouting and food, my cousin took centerpieces, my sister took games and paper decor, I took invites and guestbook. The more help the merrier (and less crazed) your experience will be! 

3. Next was the fun part: We brainstormed decor ideas and made a list of all the things we would need to make our vision happen. 

4. Being on a group email/chat was a lifesaver as well. Everyone was always in the loop and scheduling a trip to Pat Catans was easy! 

5. Teamwork makes the dream work. We truly worked as a team to do this for my sister! I highly recommend gathering bridesmaids or family members to help. 

6. RELAX! It's going to be a great party no matter what you do, and the bride will just be happy to not be planning something (haha!) and so grateful, just watch! (She may even cry and then you will cry-- or maybe that's just me.) ;) 

Happy Bridal Shower season (and Spring)! For even more inspiration scroll down and check out some of the decor that my sister and cousin envisioned and brought to life! (Pinterest and etsy may have helped, but my sis and cousin are also just amazing.) 

To check out Lindsie and Morgan's engagement shoot, click here

Paper Products: Shower that bride shop
Shower Location: Grand Pacific Hotel in Olmsted Falls, Ohio

Eryanne and Keegan-- Love at first sight by Colleen Schmidt

Eryanne and Keegan are the type of couple that just instantly make you feel comfortable around them. We started the shoot at the Oliver House downtown (one of my favorite places to shoot) and instantly Eryanne was giggling and we were all laughing in no time! I felt like I've known them for a long time and capturing their love was so easy! Keegan looks at Eryanne with such respect and love that it gives me goosebumps. Most of my favorite photos from this shoot are the shots of him just looking over at Eryanne with so much love while she gets a case of the giggles (seriously, adorable). 

They also have the CUTEST story. Eryanne says she instantly knew. I'll let her tell you what happened next because it is seriously so romantic and spontaneous. These two are seriously two peas in a pod. They compliment one another so well. Watching them communicate with their secret looks exchanged, giggles and smiles of admiration was truly inspiring. 

Eryanne and Keegan, I can not WAIT to document your day in the fall. It's going to be the best day full of love! :)  

I asked them to answer a few questions so check those out below and then press play on "their song" while you view the photos. They are just the cutest!

How did you two meet? 

My (Eryanne) sophomore year of college, I spent the spring semester abroad in Italy. However, the weekend before I left I came up to BG to see my friends one last time. I went to a party that Friday and as soon as I walked into my friend's house, I saw Keegan sitting on a couch and knew I needed to know him. As Keegan would tell it, I stalked him all night and forced my affection on him, but he was into it! We clicked immediately. We spent the rest of that weekend together, and I cried on Sunday when I headed back to Youngstown, knowing it would be months before we saw each other again. We texted 24/7 until I got on my plane to leave the following Wednesday. Keegan actually convinced his parents to let him upgrade to an iPhone so that we could talk through iMessage while I was away. Although we intended to just reconnect when I returned in May, we made it 'official' two weeks into my time abroad. Then, despite his protests and warnings from friends that I was out of my mind, I bought him a plane ticket and flew him to Italy for a week. It was the best week of my life, and confirmed what I already knew - that I was going to spend my life with this man.

What's your favorite date night spot? 

That's easy - Reverend's in Bowling Green. Nothing beats a good burger and a craft beer!

What's a song that reminds you of eachother? 

As cheesy as it is, our song is 'My Best Friend' by Tim McGraw. Hits ya right in the feels :)

2015 Wrap Up by Colleen Schmidt

Well, 2015 literally flew by. I probably say this every year but I LITERALLY can't believe that tomorrow it will be a new year! 

What 2015 looked like for me: 
- First year down happily married to my best friend! *Heart you, Steven*

- 1st (hopefully annual) sibs weekend! 

- Lots of concerts

- Celebrated the last "day" of being single for two dear friends (what happens at a bachelorette party stays at the bachelorette party) ;) ;)  

- Went to FL for a girls weekend with Stevens family. I'm truly lucky to have the best second family! 

- Had the honor of documenting the wedding of one of my oldest friends

- Had the honor of standing up with one of my dearest friends when she said "I do" to her best friend (who is also a dear friend of mine) 

- One of the best weekends of my life on an island with friends

- Received some really hard and scary news about my father. I have been blown away by all of the love and support our family (especially my father) has received! I became a founding member of "Team Tim" and was truly touched by everyone that joined in. This was the hardest part of 2015 by far, but looking to 2016 to deliver even more healing for him.  I know it will. *I love you, Dad!* 

- Met my best friends baby girl aka my new BFF!! 

- TURNED 30 and had the BEST surprise party EVER! *thank you times a million, Steven and Bridge*

-Riot Fest! 

- Amazing trip to NYC with my mom and sis

- Cried so many tears of joy watching my baby sis walk across the stage and graduate with her MASTERS! 

2015 was definitely busy for Colleen Schmidt Photography as well! I am so so grateful for each and every person that let me document a part of their lives this year. I am truly blessed to do what I love and I can't imagine doing anything else! You are all the reason I am able to do this and I don't think there are enough thank you's in the world for that. Thank you for supporting little old me and my dream. #blessed! 

Thank you, 2015. You have been a roller coaster ride, that's for sure. But life is about the ride, am I right? Ready for the next ride in the new year (maybe I will get the courage to hold up my arms this time going down the hill. Can't promise anything, though.) ;) 

2016, BRING IT! 
Colleen xoxo

I have a lot of blog catching up to do, and I will! I swear! In the meantime, enjoy some of my favorite shots from this year at Colleen Schmidt Photography: