Daniel & Patrice

This wedding was taken place on September 5th, 2020. The ceremony was at Hathaway United Methodist Church in Cleveland Ohio and the reception was at Embassy Suites in Cleveland Ohio. I photographed this wedding when I was still new to the photography world, but you see, this wedding is near and dear to my heart. Here's why: The groom, Daniel Givens, is like a mentor to me. I played woman's soccer for a total of 8 years, including all throughout high school, Daniel was my athletic trainer in high school. As funny as it sounds, every day after school, I would come to the athletic training room and "hangout" before soccer practice would start. I would talk to him, as well as the other female athletic trainer, Kylie, but I was always closer with Daniel. I always looked forward to seeing him, he was like another father-figure to me. However, the winter of my sophomore year of high school, he received an amazing job opportunity that he couldn't refuse. I was sad that he was leaving, it was never the same after he left. For those thinking: Do you guys still talk? Yes, yes we do. We still mess and joke with each other to this day. Even after he left we still kept in touch, he even came to my senior night. That's when I met Patrice. From all the years I've known Daniel, I never pictured him with a partner because I've always known him to be nothing other than independent. But when I was saw him with Patrice, I knew they were meant for each other. Needless to say, she passed the "Carter check." She was so kind and funny; I couldn't have seen Daniel with anyone else besides Patrice from the moment I met her. Overall, I was extremely happy for him, but even more honored when he reached out and asked me to do his wedding.