Spice Acres - Sarah & Andrew - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Hurricane Florence Couldn’t Stop This Wedding – Sarah & Andrew – Cleveland Saved the Day – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Sarah & Andrew had the most perfect destination wedding planned for Saturday, September 15, 2018, in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Well, on Monday, September 10th, the governor of South Carolina called for the mandatory evacuation of the coast. Panic hit, but by Tuesday, the couple decided to move their wedding to Cleveland. They had nothing but Sarah’s wedding gown & shoes. The groom and his groomsmen’s suits were all in SC, as was the cake, flowers, etc. Some of the bridesmaids were stuck in the hurricane zone, while others could not afford the last minute flights up north. Everyone scrambled.

Tuesday afternoon, I was contacted by the bride’s sister, Christine, to see if I was available to shoot their wedding that coming Sunday. I was so happy to say, that with a little shuffling of my schedule, I could do it. The couple’s good friend, Summer Genetti, then stepped in a preformed nothing short of a miracle. She not only officiated the ceremony, but also made the spectacular wedding cake, along with homemade mini-pies and even homemade ice cream for the reception dinner. The groom is a pastry chef at Spice Kitchen + Bar in Cleveland, and they generously donated their farm, Spice Acres, to hold the wedding ceremony. It is SO beautiful!!! And the reception was scaled down to a dinner party at Toast in Cleveland.

Sarah & Andrew’s destination beach wedding, turned in to a farm wedding, with a lot of “winging it” moments, but it turned out amazing. Instead of over 100 guest, there was less than 30. The date already on the guest book, and even engraved in to their wedding bands, was off by a day. But, think of the stories they have to tell! At the end of the day, they were married. It wasn’t on the beach, not everyone could make it, and they even had to stop for gas on the way to the reception….But, they were married. They pulled it off!!

Read more about the crisis the week it happened, in the interview given by The Plain Dealer here: https://www.cleveland.com/expo/news/erry-2018/09/89f57c0bf49216/hurricane-florence-causes-loca.html

Spice Acres - Cleveland - Sarah & Andrew - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Spice Acres – Cleveland – Sarah & Andrew – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

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Vendors:

Photographer: Lindsay Dawn Photography

Venue: Spice Acres

Venue Provided By: Spice Kitchen + Bar

Reception: Toast

Bridal Gown: Dame Couture

Bridal Shoes:Badgley Mischka

HMUA: Stella & Shay Beauty Bar

Cake, Desserts, Florals: Summer Genetti, Pastry Chef at Lola Bistro

15 thoughts on “Hurricane Florence Couldn’t Stop This Wedding – Sarah & Andrew – Cleveland Saved the Day – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer”

  1. So sorry to hear about the storm, but truth be told, this wedding is absolute perfection!! Sounds like they had an amazing vendor team and the best kind of support to see them through.

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  2. What an Absolutely gorgeous wedding! I love the colour of her dress, and i’m so glad to hear everything work out with the storm.

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  3. AH! I love the photos of them walking out just after the ceremony. I’m so sorry that they had to scramble after the storm. It looks like they pulled off an incredible wedding and I’m so happy that they found an amazing Cleveland Wedding Photographer!

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  4. Their story is so inspiring! I love they they didn’t let Hurricane Florence stop their wedding day from happening. Their wedding turned out so beautiful! Glad they were able to pull it together so quickly and find an amazing Cleveland wedding photographer to perfectly capture their wedding day!

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  5. Oh my gosh, what a crazy amazing wedding story! Having to move from SC to Cleveland certainly sounds challenging, but wow it all came together so beautifully. I’m so glad you were available to be their Cleveland Wedding Photographer!! Congratulations to Sarah and Andrew!

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  6. Wow, that absolutely crazy but how everyone worked together to make this wedding happen is the sweetest thing! I would have never been able to say that they pulled this off at the last minute. Hats off to all!

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  7. Oh my gosh what a sweet story! It made me tear up just reading about it. Although they had to move their wedding to Northeast Ohio, it turned out beautifully and you were definitely the best photographer for the job!

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