It’s always fun to be a part of a proposal! Congrats Max and Katie on your engagement! Cheers to the both of you as you embark on this new journey together. xoxo
2018 marks 12 years of Parisi Images! Since moving to Cincinnati in 2014, wedding photography has been a back-burner project (can we just say life happens?!) With my family roots now firmly planted in this Queen City, It’s finally time to build deeper roots for Parisi Images and make us a top choice for Cincinnati couples.
We are announcing a very special promotion in which I’m inviting 12 couples to receive their 2018 wedding coverage by Parisi Images for only $1,200!!
That’s right — just $1,200. If this sounds crazy, it’s because it is (for perspective, typical Chicago brides spent $5,000 with Parisi Images) — but my heart, gut and #girlboss attitude tells me that now is the time to take this city by storm, make friends, and build a wedding business that can’t be ignored.
1. Go to Instagram and follow @parisiimages.
2. Like, comment and tag TWO ENGAGED or SOON TO BE ENGAGED friends on the Instagram post announcing this promotion, available here: http://bit.ly/2yE8a6L
3. Submit an email to [email protected] with the following information: Brides Full Name and Email / Groom’s Full Name and Email / Wedding Date / Wedding Venue / What do you love about your story? You can also submit this information using the form below.
*Names of non-winning couples will automatically be carried over each week.
*Tag one new engaged friend each week through January 25, 2018 for extra entries.
Don’t know anyone who is engaged or soon-to-be-engaged? Everyone who follows Parisi Images on Instagram and tags ANY friend (engaged or not) via this post will be entered to win a free portrait session. The more friends you tag, the more times you enter the contest.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What’s included with this $1,200 promotional pricing?
All 12 weddings booked under the $1,200 promotional pricing includes up to six hours of coverage by Sarah Parisi Dowlin; all images edited for color, tone and exposure; and a digital download of all hi-res files. Couples will receive a print release allowing you the freedom to print images when and where you choose.
What’s more, every couple who books with Parisi Images under this promotional pricing will receive the same amazing experience on which we’ve built our reputation.
Please note that additional hours of coverage can be added for $300/each (when selected during booking) or $350/each when selected day-of event. A second shooter option is available for an additional $500. Albums are available at regular a la carte pricing.
What 12 Venues are Included?
Any venue within the Greater Cincinnati/Ohio Valley region is eligible. Only one wedding per venue is eligible to receive the promotional pricing. Once a venue is booked at the $1,200 rate, couples can choose to book Parisi Images at full pricing.
Why are you offering this promotion now?
I started Parisi Images 12 years ago while still a college student in Ilinois. Post-college, I moved to Chicago and invested in my business full time, building a solid Chicago client base.
Three years ago, I moved to Cincinnati to marry my now-husband, Blake. Since that time, I have focused less on my Chicago client base and more on building community within the Queen City. Now, with my Cincinnati roots well-established, I looking to partner with local, Cincinnati wedding venues to offer Cincinnati couples the same hand-crafted, quality imagery Chicago bride and grooms enjoyed for several years.
Will this promotion be repeated?
No. Once the 12 weddings have been selected, pricing will return to our standard rates.
If we are not selected for the promotional pricing, can we still book you for our 2018 wedding?
Absolutely! All non-winning entries are free to book Parisi Images at our normal rates. Please contact [email protected] for details.
What’s Included in the FREE Portrait Session?
One lucky participant will receive a free 60 minute portrait session to be scheduled for April, 2018. To enter, simply tag any friend (engaged or not) in the comments of the original Insta post. The more friends you tag, the more entries you receive. One participant will be chosen at random on February 1, 2018 and notified by Private Message in Instagram.
Terms & Conditions: Only bride and grooms are eligible to enter, one entry per couple. Family and friends of bride and groom cannot enter contest on couple’s behalf. • Wedding must occur within the 2018 calendar year and take place within Greater Cincinnati region. • Winners will be selected a rolling basis and notified via email. Winners will have 24 hours to accept or reject the offer. • Once offer is accepted, full payment and signed contract is due within one week. All bookings are non-refundable. • Lack of response within 24 hours forfeits any rights to contest pricing. • Winners will be selected at Parisi Images’ discretion and announcement of winners will be made in a timely fashion. All 12 winners will be selected by February 1, 2017 • Promotion runs from 12:01 AM, October 12, 2017 and terminates at 12 Midnight on February 1, 2018. • Instagram is not involved in this promotion.
The New York Times’ travel itinerary for the fair city I call home took Cincinnati by storm. Cincy natives and transplants alike boasted and blushed with the Times’ attention to what has long-been an industrial city on the banks of a river.
Our simpleton reputation as a pork and beer city is no more. Today, Cincinnati is a “booming” city with thriving arts, brewery, foodie and recreational scenes. There is plenty to do, see and experience in Cincy that even the 36 hours defined in the NYT’s write-up is hardly enough time to scratch the surface of all that Cincinnati has to offer.
I moved to Cincy three years ago, after marrying a proud Cincinnati native. He loves this city like a king loves his kingdom. He boasts at Findlay Market’s historic significance as the longest running market; at the Roebling Bridges’ role as the prototype to the Brooklyn Bridge; and, of course, to the Reds’ historic fame as the first professional baseball team.
Moving to Cincy from Chicago meant that there was a bit of … shall we say, “transition,” (more like fits and fights) for me to find the nuances of Queen City living that make it so spectacular. Familiarity with places like Millennium Park, the shores of Lake Michigan and the marvel of public transit that is the “El” meant that humble lil’ Cincinnati couldn’t compete for my heartstrings.
But compete it has. And this past weekend, as host to my Chicago roomie for 36 hours, I tested and tried – and found true – that Cincinnati not only competes, but hits a few home runs.
Below in my own take on “36 Hours Cincinnati” with personal commentary on where and how Cincinnati surprised and delighted not only my guest, but me as well.
5:30 PM: Dinner reservations at Salazar – Owned by James Beard nominee Jose Salazar, this delightful 40-person restaurant in the heart of Over-the-Rhine serves New American fare. Early reservations meant we slid in during Happy Hour and successfully tasted several dishes for an amazing price.
7 PM: Final Friday – We lucked out in that my roomie visited during “Final Friday” weekend, a monthly event hosted by the galleries and shops of Over-the-Rhine in which they “open their doors for a special showing.” We wandered the streets of OTR and up to Pendleton Art Center to pay witness to the established – and always growing – art scene.
9:00 AM: Coffee Emporium – A short walk from our home, Coffee Emporium in East Hyde Park offers the perfect Saturday morning brew to welcome the weekend. Even better is that my roomie, a bonafide coffee snob, gave their coffee two thumbs up. Drink up!
10:00 AM: Oakley O.F.F. Market – Hosted monthly throughout the summer in Oakley Square, this street-fair shows off the creative, entrepreneurial spirit of Cincinnati. Stop by artisan baker Gadabout Doughnuts and ask for the Earl Grey with Lemon Drizzle. Yum!!
12:30 PM: Lunch at Panino, OTR – Head back downtown to catch OTR in the daylight. We ate lunch at Panino where my roomie touted the meatball sandwich as “worth the trip to Cincinnati all by itself.”
3:00 PM: Findlay Market food tour by Cincinnati Food Tours – $20 gets you a guided tour of five Findlay Market vendors, each of whom share their stories. A fantastic way to learn more of Cincinnati history using all five senses. Highly recommend!!
5:00 PM: Farm Chores at Turner Farm – As a member of Turner Farm’s meat program, I commit to caring of the animals at this organic educational farm just outside of Cincinnati city limits. Farming doesn’t take a break for guests, but fortunately my guest was willing to tag along as I fed and watered the pigs, sheep and horses. For your own itinerary, consider simply visiting the farm – it’s always free and open to the public and shows how Cincinnatians can enjoy urban and rural life all within a 20 minute drive.
7:30 PM: Dinner at Mazunte Taqueria – Inconspicuous and humble with its strip mall facade, this Mexican joint complete with salsa bar, serves fare worthy of your “last meal on earth.” (my words). Try the chicken tostadas and margarita on the rocks for a winning combo.
9:00 PM: Madtree Brewery – Any trip to Cincinnati must include a brewery stop. We chose Madtree for its location in our neighborhood and its indoor-outdoor space that can’t be beat. Even for non-beer drinkers, the airplane hangar-turned-brewery makes for an impressive display.
9:00 AM: Brunch at Home – Nothing is closer to eating local than eggs you collected yourself the day before at Turner Farm.
10:00 AM: Red Bike along the Banks – Head downtown one final time to ride along the Banks via Red Bike. $8 for the entire day, Sunday morning proved the best time to show off Cincinnati from the banks of the Ohio River. Ride over the Roebling Bridge and say a quick hello to our Kentucky neighbors.
12:30 PM: Ice cream for lunch at Graeter’s – Finish the trip with a milkshake from Cincinnati’s hometown scoop-ery. It’s a sure-fire way to leave a lasting impression on the merits of Cincinnati!
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Are you planning to host family or friends in Cincinnati? Consider adding a portrait session to your itinerary to capture the fun times together. Traditional and lifestyle portrait sessions available and make for a great way to celebrate your “together-ness”! Email [email protected] for details.