A group of vendors in the Cincinnati, Ohio area decided to create a soft styled photoshoot showcasing the Kentucky countryside, located just 15 minutes outside downtown Cincinnati. The location was at Neltners Farm, a working farm which also hosts weddings and other special events. We decided to incorporate a bridesmaid into the shoot with the bride. Some of my favorite photos from a wedding is of the bride and her best girlfriends hanging out so we really wanted to translate this laid-back feeling into the shoot. The shoot took place on a hot (HOT) evening in late August. The colors of the florals reflects the time of year of the shoot—rich purple, cream, blush, yellow and a variety of oranges was the basis of the color palate. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we do.
by Tamia Stinson
We love pretty pictures as much as anyone, and this styled shoot organized by Cincy Weddings by Maura definitely fits the bill. The idea originally came to be over coffee between wedding planner Maura Bassman and photographer Amber Bridges. “Amber and I met several years ago while working a wedding together,” said Bassman. “We instantly clicked and through the years have figured out that we share a similar vision so working together on a styled shoot together was a no brainer!”
Inspired by the L-O-V-E marquee letters from One Fine Day and the feminine décor at Obscura (we were too!), they came up with two looks: Boho Chic and Tea Time. From there, the flowers, colors, and even the dresses came together effortlessly. “I literally walked in and told the ladies my vision and they pulled the two dresses along with a belt that fit our looks perfectly.”
by Sara Elliott
Learn about a local lady who launched a full-service event planning business, who specializes in weddings and also corporate planning.
She remembers watching “Father of the Bride” like it was yesterday. It was the first time Maura Bassman saw an event planner in action, and she knew immediately that’s what she wanted to do for a living.
“I was so excited because it was the first time that I realized my love for weddings could actually be translated into a career,” she recalls. “From that moment on, I knew I wanted to be a wedding planner and I continued to keep my eye on the prize.”
Today, Bassman is the owner of Cincy Weddings by Maura, which launched in October 2014. While weddings are her main focus, she also enjoys social and corporate planning.
For brides, Bassman created a variety of easy-to-understand package options allowing couples to choose when they need planning advice – the beginning, the middle, the end, or everything in between. “The first step in the planning process is to meet with me to discuss your wedding vision, budget and other details relevant to your wedding,” she explains. “From there, I help you choose a package option that is perfect for you. Through vendor relationships and our planning expertise, I make sure you are making the best investments possible regarding your wedding day.”
A Cincinnati transplant, Bassman moved here from West Virginia in 2005 and studied Entrepreneurial studies at Xavier University. During college, she conducted her co-op at March of Dimes and helped with the planning of large fundraising events, where she was able to really get experience in the planning industry. Then, after she graduated from Xavier, she worked as an event coordinator for a restaurant as well as two large Cincinnati wedding venues.
Bassman says her favorite part of what she does is building relationships with couples and their families. “I find that by building those close relationships with my clients, I am able to provide couples with the wedding they’ve always envisions,” she says. “It’s so much fun being part of this process with them – I get to meet them when they are newly engaged and then see them become man and wife!”