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: ‘Engagements’



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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Alan and Amy ~ Engaged {Toledo Photographer}

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

So…we had an INCREDIBLE day on Friday!! It was all snowy and foggy and cloudy. So perfect. Alan and Amy are super cuddly and can't stop laughing so they are really fun to be around. They were willing to trek through snow, sit in snow, and be snowed on…that equals photographer's dream! I really had a great time. I think their wedding is going to be a blast! I'm really pumped! Amy and Alan met 5ish years ago. Amy was an undergrad at BGSU and Alan was already out of school but was friends with some of her friends. They began seeing each other when the group would hang out and I believe Amy's words were "Oh, who's THAT boy?". I think he caught her eye pretty quickly and I know he's glad he did.

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Yes…this is our dreamy scene!!

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Yes…everyone can be jealous of her hair now. BTW they have like a million inside jokes. You can say nearly anything and they start laughing πŸ™‚

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Her ring is GORGEOUS!!

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So…I'm really loving all the crispy plants this time of year. They are just making some great textures for me! I really love how Alan can always make her laugh. He was always carrying her coat for her too…that's the sign of a good boy right there!

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And they said they aren't photogenic…..

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These two are tied for my favorite. I think Amy has such a pretty smile and Alan looks quite dapper in that one on the right.

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This one is very fairytale feeling πŸ™‚toledo engagement wedding photography photographer http://www.wellspringphoto.com

There's that texture again! Seriously, though, they are cute together. I really love when couples are comfortable and relaxed together. That's how you can tell it's going to work.

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Check out his blue eyes! I bet that is a part of why she fell for him πŸ™‚ Alan made sure I knew he picked out her ring ALL BY HIMSELF! πŸ™‚

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Yeh….he did a good job πŸ™‚

Amy and Alan, I was so so excited when you booked me. I think this wedding will be extra special πŸ™‚ The rest of your photos will be ready tomorrow, I can't wait to show you!

~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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Sam and Laura~ Engaged {Elmore Couples Photography}

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

So Sam and Laura totally rock. They are sweet and oh so funny and just generally happy to be around each other. They asked me to come out to Schedel Gardens in Elmore, Ohio to photograph their engagement session. I was so happy to be going to a new location and let me tell you…that place is FAB! I could have stayed all day (but really who wants paparazzi in their face all day?). I really did have such a fun time, my cheeks hurt from smiling when we left.

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How could she not fall for those dimples?!?

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They were always laughing (probably somewhat at me too…I think we ALL know how clumsy I am!). I really love to laugh, one of my fave activities so I love being around people who make it easy for me to laugh!

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Laura is so stinkin pretty. She has these beautiful clear blue eyes and such a big smile! I know I am partial to my WP brides and grooms but mine are the best!

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That's right ladies…Sam custom designed that sucker! So gorgeous!

Sam and Laura I'm so excited for your big day. I got a good preview of how fun it's going to be! The rest will be up soon!

~B

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Karl + Kim~Engaged {Toledo Couples Photography}

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Kim and Karl booked me FOREVER ago! They remind me of hubs and myself. When their wedding rolls around this winter they will have been together around 7 years! (Just like me and hubs!) Karl can really make Kim laugh, it's really sweet. They also have an adorable 4 year old Connor. He wasn't at the shoot but I met him at Kim's sister's wedding (back when I was big pregnant!).  I always love a winter wedding so I know I'm stoked! The shoot was fun too, Karl and Kim are really relaxed and are just easy to be around.

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Karl and Kim, can't wait for your big day! It's going to be so fun! Hope you enjoyed your sneak peek the rest will be up this evening or tomorrow! Keep an eye out on your email address!

~B

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Matt and Rachel~Engaged {Toledo Photography}

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

It's true..my baby sister is officially getting married. It seems so weird and I don't know why. She's the youngest one…she's not supposed to do grown up stuff. She found the one for her, and he's the only guy I'd be willing to give her too. He's nuts about her and I know he will take great care of her. Plus he loves Bean a ton….sign of a good man right there. I think I went overkill on the photos but I was suddenly nervous….didn't want her to be disappointed! Rach….hopefully you didn't get the E.P. about photos πŸ˜‰

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He makes her laugh so much and that's what we all wanted for her….a lifetime full of laughter.

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They are really alike…I asked them to sit here….and the both started collecting leaves because they didn't want to get dirty haha.

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I remember in the beginning of their relationship Rachel was taking it slow, trying to figure him out. One day he had flowers delivered to my folks house for her. He learned that she wasn't actually going to be home that weekend, she was house sitting for Tabitha…he went over to my parent's house and picked them up and took them to Tab's so Rachel could enjoy them all weekend. That's when I knew he was the one she'd been waiting for. She once told me she had been waiting her whole life for a boy to send her flowers…and here he was. Sending her flowers for no reason at all and double delivering them just so she could enjoy them.

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So I know she reads my blog…when I was explaining this to them she said "Oh I know that one….no smiling Matt…it's dramatic" Gotta love a good blog stalker.

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Yes…that is an amazing ring….that he ::cough cough:: designed himself!! Yowza!

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Matt and Mini Me….I couldn't be happier for you guys. I can hardly wait until your big day, it's going to be wonderful! You guys will be so happy together!
PS Hopefully Dad doesn't think I made you kiss too much! πŸ˜‰

~B

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