Emma McMahan

Emma McMahan

lifestyle + portrait photography

based in hamilton ohio

I love flowers, chocolate and adventures in big cities. I need music to fuel my days and lipstick to complete them. I am an endless romantic and adore people in love. 

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Kate and Sarah’s Rhinegiest Wedding

Getting ready in an Air B&B overlooking the Ohio River and the Cincinnati skyline, Kate and Sarah prepped for their wedding day. Full of excitement, the house was buzzing with music, chatter and a whole lot of laughter. We snuck to get both girls ready with out seeing each other. The anticipation was felt throughout the entire room they finished up with the final touches before the first look. Some of my favorite details were Kate’s late grandmothers brooch and ring as her something old. The items where found safe and sound after a house fire, the trinkets were invaluable and definitely gave me shivers when I heard the wonderful story of how they discovered them weeks before the wedding

After the gowns were on, we were off to George Rogers Clark Park for the first look and bridal party photos. The park is beautiful and sits right on the river over looking Cincinnati. Surrounded by charming old homes and victorian-esque features, the first look had us all in tears! Kate and Sarah each had hand written letters to exchange, and even though those of us watching couldn’t read the words or hear what the two had said to each other, we felt it through those sweet sweet emotions on their faces as they turned to see each other in wedding gowns.


 The Bridal Party! Such a fun group- and all so excited to witness the people the love saying “I do!”

Once at Rheingiest, the families were arriving and we were getting ready for the ceremony! The venue is beautiful! I loved all of the vintage industrial touches mixed with Kate and Sarah’s earthy style. All of the hand lettered signs were created by one of the maid’s of honor, Kaitlyn! I am a sucker for anything handmade at a wedding! Family and friends were seated, and the bridal party began their grand entrance down the aisle. Both Kate and Sarah’s fathers walked them down to the greenery adorned alter. With silent anticipation we watched the two exchange hand written vows, and we hung on their every word!

After the vows and many hugs later, we snuck out to take a mini tour of the brewery. The reception was SO MUCH FUN! I have never seen so many guests all on the dance floor! Between the awesome beer, Cincinnati chili and amazing frozen cheesecake pops, everyone was having a blast! Oh and the music helped too!