Cincinnati Ohio LGBTQ Wedding at Memorial Hall OTR: Kayla + Jessyka

Listen, I don’t even have all the words for this beautiful July day in Cincinnati. Kayla + Jessyka danced on rooftops, were married in a theater, hopped the broom and never took their eyes of each other for the entire day. Their wedding day was a fairytale and their love took center stage. I’ll be on a high from this experience for a long time!

Kayla and Jessyka first reached out to me back in November 2019. That sure feels like a long time ago, and it was! Since then we shot their epic spring engagement session, rainbow and all! But we actually go even further back: they heard of me through Ashley + Mike, whose wedding I shot back in 2018, and they heard of me through Tenzin + Jonathan, whose wedding I shot back in 2013! All family connections – cousins. Feels serendipitous in a way, that we would finally get to work together all these years later in 2022.

It was the last Friday in July, a warm and sunny summer day. We began our day on opposite sides of Washington Park – Jessyka at their venue, Memorial Hall, and Kayla at a nearby Airbnb. After each side was dressed, Jessyka’s side joined Kayla’s side and I staged their first look on the rooftop at the Airbnb, overlooking their venue and the entire park. It was truly magical! From there we joined their wedding party, went for a walk in the park for portraits as we made our way back to their venue.

Back at Memorial Hall, the brides were married in the theater, which was grand and majestic in every way. They exchanged vows, fist-bumped, kissed and hopped the broom as they became wives! Afterwards we ran outside for some quick golden hour photos – always worth it!

After cocktail hour, the brides and their guests celebrated with toasts, dinner, first dances and they partied the night away. That dance floor was packed all night! Cheers to you two, Kayla + Jesskya!

Amy Ann Photography

I aim to capture moments and expressions that tell the story of a day, and are authentic to the people involved. If you can look at a collection of images I’ve taken of a total stranger and get a feeling for who they are and what they felt, then I’ve done my job!   

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