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

Cleveland Indians Themed Wedding - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Cleveland Indians Themed Wedding – Mr. & Mrs. Naymik – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

I first met Jenna & Mike in downtown Cleveland, for their engagement session last winter. I knew soon enough about their love for our Cleveland Indians, as we started their session in front of Progressive Field! They even wore their Tribe gear!

Moving ahead to their September wedding day, they had a beautiful ceremony along Lake Erie, at Lakewood Park. After the ceremony, it was off to Georgetown, a quaint little restaurant in Lakewood, Ohio. Not you typical reception, it was more of a brunch with immediate friends and family. It was a beautiful outdoor setting, with a breakfast buffet, mimosa & bloody mary bar, and even a donut bar! Can you guess what their guests favors were? Snack bags for the Tribe game after breakfast!! Yup, peanuts and Cracker Jacks for everyone!

What next for the bride & groom, and their bridal party? Change in to their custom made Tribe gear for the Indians game! The couple, their bridal party, and immediate friends and family all had tickets to watch the Cleveland Indians take on the Detroit Tigers. Well, crush the Tigers that is!

This was not your typical wedding day, but that is what I loved about it. They did it their way, they made their wedding day about what they love, and it was amazing and so beautiful!! Couples, take note!

Cleveland Indians Themed Wedding - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Cleveland Indians Themed Wedding – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

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Vendors:

Photographer: Lindsay Dawn Photography

Brides Dress: La Blanca Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaids: Kennedy Blue

Cupcakes: Peace Love and Little Donuts

Venue: Georgetown

South River Vineyard Engagement Session - Emily & Buddy - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Emily & Buddy – South River Vineyard Engagement Session – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Emily inquired with me back in early summer, about being their wedding photographer. I was so excited that I was available on their date next summer! Not only are they a gorgeous couple, but their reception is going to be a new winery in town that hasn’t even opened yet! The thought of all of the weddings I could capture, right here in my home town, that gives me all the feels.

It seemed only fitting that we capture their engagement photos at another local winery, South River Vineyard . This winery is such a dream to photograph at! It has beautiful architecture, all built around an old church, and gorgeous acres of vineyards. I always try to plan engagement sessions around sunset, and boy did we get the most gorgeous sunset ever!! Pair all of that beauty with an amazing couple, and Emily’s to-die-for ring, and I would say it was one of my best engagement sessions ever.

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South River Vineyard Engagement Session – Emily & Buddy – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

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Jami & Rob - Columbia Ballroom - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Jami & Rob – Columbia Ballroom – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Mr. & Mrs. Harris had a beautiful wedding day at the Columbia Ballroom. The weather was perfect, a little warm, but perfect. I love the gorgeous outdoor setup of this venue, which overlooks a beautiful horse farm. Those horses made for some great photobombs! Jami & Rob brought in their own rustic arch to be married in front of, and they set up the ceremony in a perfect spot in the shade. Such amazing flowers, which matched perfectly with the bridesmaids dresses of different shades of dusty blue. Jami cried when she saw her groom, of course causing the rest of us to shed some tears as well. Such a beautiful ceremony!!

The reception was a great party! They had some bridal party members scooting around on scooters, some amazing speeches, and delicious food. The inside of the ballroom was decorated perfectly, with candles and greenery, and table numbers made from photographs of the couple when they were that age. Loved that!! They even had a camera setup for a selfie station, where guests could hang their pictures up on the wall, so cool. You have to check out the cake! You will see a little Harry Potter reference there! And check out Rob’s dance surprise with his Mom, it was the best!!

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Jami & Rob – Columbia Ballroom – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographe

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Vendors:

Photographer: Lindsay Dawn Photography

Second Photographer: Dana Marie, LLC-Distraction Photo

Videographer: Frank Gallo

Cake: Fun in the Oven

Venue: The Columbia Ballroom

Flowers: Sue Hayes

HMUA: Amy Malachin

Hair: Savannah Collins

Bridal Gown: Abbotts Bridal & Formalwear

Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - Mr. & Mrs. Young - Great Lakes Brewing Company

Mr. & Mrs. Young – Great Lakes Brewing Company – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Renee & Josh said I do during one of the hottest weekends of the summer, but you wouldn’t know it by their smiles! They had a beautiful Catholic ceremony in an historic church, in Ohio City. Josh proudly serves in our United States Army, and wore his full dress blues for the ceremony. After we cooled off, and Josh changed to something less heavy, we braved the Northeast Ohio heat and made our way to Lakewood Park, then downtown Cleveland. They joked about taking photos in front of the iconic Lebron James wall, since he had been talking about leaving Cleveland. I don’t know what the chances were, but he announced he was leaving the very next day!

Once we got to the air conditioned reception, at the amazing Great Lakes Brewing Company’s tasting room, it was party time. Such an amazing reception spot in the heart of Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood. The new Mr. & Mrs. spoiled their guests with a popcorn bar, an amazing beer selection on tap, and the best cupcakes in town.

Check it out!

Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - Mr. & Mrs. Young - Great Lakes Brewing Company
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – Mr. & Mrs. Young – Great Lakes Brewing Company

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Vendors:

Photographer: Lindsay Dawn Photography

Cupcakes: Cora Cupcakes

Venue: Great Lakes Brewing Company

DJ: Sound Perception Entertainment

Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - Geneva-on-the-Lake Wedding - Liz & Kirk

Liz & Kirk – The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake Wedding – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

I love all of my weddings, I really do. But, I REALLY love my small and intimate weddings, like Liz & Kirks! I always bond with my couples throughout their wedding day, but when it just a small gathering of just family, I end the day feeling like a part of their whole family.

Liz & Kirk had an intimate wedding in front of the Gazebo at The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake, right in front of Lake Erie. It was a very sunny, and very hot day, but you wouldn’t know it by their smiles! The only guests were immediate family, and after all of the formal photos were taken, they had an intimate dinner in one of the small party rooms at the lodge. There was one surprise though! In the lounge, outside of their party room, a jazz singer was playing and invited the couple to come out and have a first dance. Not planned, but so perfect!!

Check out their beautiful wedding day!!!

Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - Geneva-on-the-Lake Wedding - Liz & Kirk
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – Geneva-on-the-Lake Wedding – Liz & Kirk

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Vendors:

Photographer: Lindsay Dawn Photography

Venue: The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake

Flowers: Flowers by Libby

Cake: Cakes to You

Gowns: MB Bride

 

 

Mr. & Mrs. Tortora - Meadow Ridge Events - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Mr. & Mrs. Tortora – Meadow Ridge Events – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Mike & Leigh did not let a little rain spoil their wedding day. It turned out AMAZING!! The setting was nothing short of breathtaking. A little shuffling of guests to move the ceremony in to the reception area, but the view behind them as they said I DO was so beautiful as the rain fell!! And talk about romantic, Mike even got down on one knee to place the ring on his bride’s finger. He then topped that by sweeping her off of her feet for the most amazing first kiss I have seen yet.

Surrounded by their closest friends and family, Mike & Leigh became married. From the beautiful blush & navy tones, to the gorgeous cake and flowers, this Northeast Ohio wedding was one of my favorites!

Mr. & Mrs. Tortora - Meadow Ridge Events - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Tortora – Meadow Ridge Events – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

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Vendors:

Photographer: Lindsay Dawn Photography

Second Photographer: Drzazga Photo

Venue: Meadow Ridge Events

Flowers: Bouts and Bouquets

Cake: Sweetheart USA

DJ: UrWay DJ & Weddings

Bridal Gown: Catan Fashions