Bethany Leisure

About Bethany & Wellspring Photography

I’m excited about how Wellspring Photography is growing and through that I am able to learn more as well as venture into new areas of photography. We now offer packages for any events in life, from as big as weddings and births to as small as your child’s first time making chocolate chip cookies. We are now even doing school photographs from preschool through high school, as well as family, pregnancy, and baby sessions. Any photography need you have, we would be honored and excited to fulfill it.

Here at Wellspring Photography we love photography and love capturing the important moments in life. Any moment worth remembering is worth photographing.

Archive: ‘Couples’



Nathan and Ashleigh {Vow Renewal Photography}

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

This was not a normal vow renewal or session. These two have been married 10 years now, when Ash asked me to photograph her vow renewal I had assumed it would be a big deal, big party, food, dancing all the works. They had something smaller in mind. They wanted a ceremony just them with their babies. I was touched by the simplicity of it and the meaning behind it. They got married at age 18 and Ashleigh had expressed how it didn’t mean as much as it does now with having weathered 10 years together and how she was disappointed in her photos from that day in general so she wanted some fresh photos. This translates to I GET TO GO CRAZY BECAUSE THERE IS NO SCHEDULE!! Yes..I did go mildly crazy.

Watching these two, it was like they were getting married for the first time. They were giddy, and teary, and so full of joy and all this with KNOWING what marriage is like. The hard work and sacrifice and the decision to choose each other everyday over yourself. The diaper changes, the laundry, the bills, the laughter, the crying- all of it. They didn’t need fanfare, didn’t need a crowd. Just being together with their babies was all the celebration they needed. Watching them just so in love, and choosing each other all over again-imperfections and all- just really touched me. Even a few days after I just kept finding myself smiling thinking about it.

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Seeing his girl.

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Their oldest son Brock walked her down the aisle. It was adorable.

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::swoon::

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The kids did so well! After awhile they did wander off but Ashleigh and Nathan didn’t even notice. Kids were digging in sand and playing in the water and still, Ashleigh said it was so perfect and just meant so much.

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Yes, he twirled her….could they be any cuter!?!?!

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They are a good looking bunch.

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Time for cake!

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Their kids are all so sweet with each other. I was loving it.

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Yeh…They are so so cute!

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Now on to photos of the bride and groom!

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Yeh- she’s entirely gorgeous.

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There’s her fella.

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Nathan and Ashleigh thank you so much for asking me to be a small part of your special day. I agree, I think it was perfect and truly you guys inspire me- to love deeper, fight harder, and serve more selflessly. I know another 10 years will fly by…next time…let’s get a D.J.!

~Bethany

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Mini Me is Waiting for Baby {Toledo Maternity Photographer}

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Well, it’s crazy but my Mini Me is about to be a mom. She is so so adorable and I am really beyond excited for her. She is about to get slammed with the deepest love she’s ever known. I’m also excited for me….because I get to see baby’s face so soon!! This will be grandbaby #10 on our side, so if this little one is a girl we are tied girls and boys but otherwise the boys will keep winning!! I already love this new little one so much, only a couple of weeks left until I finally get to meet him or her!

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She’s just so pretty!!

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I can’t believe how tiny she is when her “due date” is literally right around the corner!

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I’m kind of obsessing over plaid for maternity wear! How stinkin adorable.

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This is one of my favorites. Her beautiful smooth belly with that cute big plaid on her! AGHH!

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She has such a beautiful shape. I’m definitely obsessing over her profile. Just gorgeous.

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Seriously, so tiny!

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Baby’s room is all ready, we are waiting for you little one.

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I wouldn’t consider this a maternity photo really, I mean her small belly is hidden but I had to include it. This is how I see them, him being totally sarcastic and her just laughing.

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The tree where he proposed, that’s where this baby’s story actually began, three years ago.

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Yes, it was perfectly and lightly snowing for our session. I love the cuddly one where she is snuggled up in baby’s blanket and baby’s bump is barely peeking out :).

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I’m aware that I took many many photos, but that’s what happens when you are related to me!

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Another favorite of mine, I can imagine her sitting here often with baby….cuddling, feeding, reading.

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See you soon baby, I’m trying to be patient!!! Can’t wait to kiss your sweet face!

~Bubba

Nate and Mal ~ Engaged {Toledo Wedding Photographer}

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Nate and Mal want a quick engagement, so one short week after he popped the question we did their engagement shoot. This time we were on my turf. I really wanted to get photos of them in the dunes in Holland but we ran out of time. SO! I made do, I found a place that was dune-esque and it was close to a secondary location. I am pretty pleased with how they turned out!

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When they first met, Nate didn't like coffee and Mal didn't like beer. So, they set out to expand each other's horizons. Now they each have a lovely palette for dark roasts and craft brews.

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I think what I love best about these two is how respectful they are of one another. They are careful in their speech and they really do compliment one another. They are opposites for sure but I've never heard a harsh word from either of them.

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The other thing I love about these two is just how much they make each other smile. It's so easy to be around them and photograph them because they are never not smiling (I make up my own grammar sometimes!). Seriously though, they are crazy about each other.

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This one I couldn't decide what was my favorite so I asked our Facebook fans. They overwhelmingly agreed color…and I'm pretty sure I agree too. This photo really screams Mal's personality. Muted colors, soft and romantic but playful to. Just reminds me of her.

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I REALLY wanted to do my maternity photos here but they mowed it two days before my session. Needless to say I was SO happy they agreed to this spot! Walking through 4ft tall grass isn't for everyone :).

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This is my favorite one. This is just them. It's how they look at each other all the time, it's how they interact. I just love it!

 

Nate and Mal, I am REALLY looking forward to April. I think it's going to be amazing! I can't wait to see all the details you come up with and I'm super excited to travel to Indianapolis!

~B

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Nate Proposes {Holland Photographer}

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

This is the first time (long awaited) to be asked to photograph a proposal! Nate did a BEAUTIFUL job. He had his brother set up a little area at the top of a sand dune in Holland, MI. At sunset they climbed the sand dune after a walk on the beach. He read to Mal out of a book he wrote and finally got on one knee and popped the question. I was laying face down in the sand dune peeking through some grass and I could hardly contain my excitement. When he did finally get down on one knee he was choking up and Mal was so excited that she was jumping!

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I have to say being part of such a surprise was amazing. I LOVED traveling to the beach and dunes and capturing this literally once in a lifetime event!!!! This was a complete surprise to Mal and she didn't even have one tiny inkling, Nate had a lot of help and had all of her family and friends as well as his family and friends waiting to congratulate them and go celebrate. It took a TON of planning and went off perfectly.

~B

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Mike and Dena {Toledo Photography}

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Just a couple!! Mike and Dena drove allll the way up from Charlotte, NC just for engagement photos. They braved the snow and the freezing wind! They are a pretty cute couple and I'm excited about September πŸ™‚

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Mike did a great job with choosing Dena's ring. It's GORGEOUS!

Mike and Dena,
glad I got to see you guys and visit for a little bit! You should have an email with a link and password to see the rest πŸ™‚

~Bethany

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Luke & Kirsta~Engaged {Toledo Couples Photographer}

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

These two hold a special place in my heart. Kirsta is one of my baby sister's dearest friends. I've gotten to know Kirsta through her hanging around our family a lot and especially through my baby sister getting hitched last fall! These two seem pretty smitten with one another and Luke really makes her laugh. Not only does Luke make Kirsta laugh he is also great with her two nieces Abby and Kenzie. Any girl knows when she sees that the guy she is dating is genuine with her nieces (and nephews) that pretty much seals the deal. Since I know these two a bit more than a typical client I decided to spoil them a bit. We did two locations for their engagement session and one of the locations we went to at sunset.

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He did an incredible job on the bling!

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Not many girls are willing to climb into super tall grass in a dress and heels.

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Right as the sun went behind the horizon we went to the grassy area right outside of the Hilton. Right as I was saying "I wonder when the lights will come on" they flipped on. Perfect.

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Luke and Kirsta, I can hardly wait for your big day next month. It is going to be exquisite. Seriously I can't wait. P.S. I sent you the link and password to your gallery so you can see the rest!

~B

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Kyle and Rachel ~ Engaged {Toledo Couple Photographer}

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Rachel is the baby sister of Jaci and Cassie! I am pretty excited about photographing another huge family event for these guys. I've gotten to know them all so well; it's like being with friends, not clients. Shooting Rachel and Kyle's engagement photos was extra special since Rachel is the sister I knew the least. I got to hear their whirlwind romance story and just watch the two of them together. They are totally adorable, all cuddles and giggly. You can just see how happy and excited they are for their big day. I thought I'd share just a couple of my favorites!

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Rachel has the CUTEST smile squinchy nose. Every time she looks at Kyle she just gets this big squinchy smile.

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Check out the bling he got for her!! GORGEOUS!

Rachel and Kyle, I am SO excited for your big day! It's going to be great! I hope you enjoyed looking through your photos πŸ™‚

~B

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Claire and Katie {Toledo Family Photography}

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

I really love the way Sarah and Craig approach their family photos. The girls get to pick their own clothes and we always go somewhere with a park so the girls can have breaks! Plus I get cute photos of them playing. They tell me they want to remember the girls just as they are….skinned knees and all πŸ™‚

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Yeh….these girls are spunky and I think each of these photos just screams their personalities. I love it!

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These two have such an interesting life story. Craig is Australian (and yes…has that incredible accent!) and after they married they actually lived in Australia for 8 years and then came back to the states and had two little girls! They are still gooey together which the best part.

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I can hardly believe my eyes with these fall colors this year. So so bright!

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Katie is super cuddly. Always hugging and kissing and holding somebody's hand:)

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This is my favorite one from the entire session. They are so cute together and who doesn't laugh on a slide when they go down together!

Sarah, I hope you enjoyed your sneak peek. There are so many more for you to see so keep an eye out on your email!

~B

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Tiff and Paul {Toledo Photography}

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

So, Tiffany and I have been trying to schedule this shoot for a year! Paul is a pro baseball player and his schedule mixed with my schedule mixed with Tiffany's schedule made it hard to find a spot! I am so glad we finally figured it out. I've been hearing about this mysterious Paul forever since Tiff cuts, styles and all around fixes all problems with my hair. Paul is from England….so yeh he has an accent. I can see why Tiffany fell for him. Besides the accent (which all women adore) he is rather dapper AND he is a gentleman. He offered many times to carry my bags and he kept helping Tiffany with the dogs and helping her mom carry her things (purse, coat, etc) all without being asked. He just is a nice guy. There could be no one less who could deserve Tiffany. Tiffany is one of sweetest happiest people I've ever met. Not to mention she's is adorable and always encourages people. I was so nervous to do their photos because Tiffany has become a friend of mine and she's really fashionable and I didn't want to disappoint her! I was pretty thrilled when I got home…take a peek!

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They LOVE their pups Alfie and Lola…and honestly you can't not love those furries. They are so sweet and just about want to kill you with kisses!

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Don't you just love their collars?

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I decided to use completely different areas of Sidecut that I've never used and I think it paid off. I felt like I was in a whole new place!

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I think this is my favorite from the entire session. I think they both have a career in modeling that they may be neglecting for their true passions in life πŸ˜‰

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Is anyone with me when I say this looks like the cover of a romantic comedy DVD?

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Yeh…she's smitten.

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Paul I am so happy I finally got to meet you! (Sorry I canceled out previous appointment on account of the baby being born and all :)). Tiffany I am so glad I got spend some extra time with you. Thank you for always fixing my crazy hair and for being one of the most kind-hearted people I know! Your photos are uploading today so keep an eye out on your email!

~B

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Jim and Laura ~ Engaged {Mackinac Island Photographer}

Monday, June 25th, 2012

OK soo…I went a little hog wild on this session. Note to brides this is what happens when you bring me out to new locations…I take too many photos and you will literally have hundreds to choose from!
Anyway, meet Jim and Laura! They are about the cutest couple ever. You can tell this girl ADORES her boy. He can nearly say anything and a smile just breaks across her face. They are just so natural together. I hardly had to give them direction at all. Laura informed me that they had NO IDEA how to get photos taken of them and would need a lot of direction. After the first couples of frames I knew that wasn't true. They have this ease with each other, you know instantly that they have a deep love and friendship. It was awesome to hang out with these guys at Mackinac Island of all places.

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oh yeh..did I mention that they are both lookers? I had some real models on my hands!

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They did a great job picking clothes! Salmon looks fantastic against blue skies and blue water!

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The one on the right ranks in my top two faves!

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My other fave. I love how sparkly water looks when the sun hits it. PS This is just them…I kept catching them kissing and cuddling. I really loved photographing these two!

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My couples have been coming up with some creative save the dates lately!

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LOVE this one!

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There's that look she always gives him. You know Jim loves it to. He just makes her laugh as much as he can. That will go a LONG way in married life!

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Laura and Jim, I am beyond thrilled you guys gave me a call! I had so much fun with you guys and watching how you relate to each other. Such a beautiful thing to see. Alright you cuddlebugs, I'll have the rest of your images uploaded sometime this evening. I know Laura is wiggling to see them πŸ™‚

~Bethany

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