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I can’t wait to ride rides again. 2020 – When we started to appreciate the little things again. All it took was a global pandemic.

Let me start by saying that I am not a writer. I am a photographer, a wife, a mother, a former server & bartender. Last night I commented on a friends Instagram post. It was just a photo of a little girl in Disney World, riding a ride, her hands up in excitement and wearing a princess costume. The caption asked us what we can’t wait to do once this is all over. I commented, “I can’t wait to ride rides again.” After I posted that comment, those simple words really stuck with me. That image of an innocent child on a ride stuck with me. When will we ride the rides again? A few weeks ago, we would never even question such a thing. Now, we don’t want to touch anything that is out in the public.

In these unprecedented times, we all have so much more time to think about the things we can’t wait to do when the pandemic is over. So many people on social media asking what the first thing you’ll do it. So many different answers: go out to eat(if we can afford it), go to the mall, go to Disney World. So many simple answers: hug my senior mom, walk around the store unafraid, allow my kids to go hang out with their friends again. It took a global pandemic for most of us to appreciate the simple things in life again.

I am a wedding and portrait photographer. I am having to reschedule so many photo sessions, and even more importantly, weddings. Can you imagine having to reschedule your wedding day? Well, it’s happening, and my couples are being amazing about it. Spring Saturday weddings are now Friday and Sunday summer and fall weddings. We are all making sacrifices. But, we are all in this together. The colors may not be in season, and the dates engraved on the rings won’t be right, but what a story to tell the grandkids one day! We will have weddings again, and what a celebration they will be!!

I know it is easy to get sucked in to the doom and gloom, and all of the things that are not fair and won’t happen and that were canceled. Believe me, I know. My daughter did fundraisers for two years to help pay for her Disney World trip. It was canceled just 8 days before they were supposed to go. She will most likely finish her sophomore year of high school from home, online. She could not take her drivers education class this month, so won’t be getting her license when she turns 16. She will most likely spend her Sweet 16th birthday at home, with no real party or friends, as it is in a few weeks. Even with all of the sadness, the unfairness, we have to appreciate what we have and what we will have again. Hold on to hope.

Take a minute and think of all of things we can’t do now, but we will do again. My hope is that this global event will make us all better, stronger, and more appreciative. We have to stay positive, we have to fight this together. We all have to do our part. I joke that by the time this is over I will be a master chef, baker, and a whiz at Photoshop(I always edit in Lightroom). Now, I may not come out a master at anything, but I will have fun trying. This event has the world slowing down, and maybe that is what we needed. Every day I am baking and cooking new things with my daughter. I started a puzzle, I can’t remember the last time I even did a puzzle! I am playing games with my family almost every night. We are finding joy in the little things. We are building an even stronger family.

Now, here are some photos of things that I can’t wait to see again. Some are cell phone photos. Should a portrait photographer be uploading cell phone photos? Well, we are in a global crises, so why the hell not?! I would love to see some comments on what you can’t wait to see again! Would love to see comments about what you are up to at home!! We will hug our friends and family again, we will go to the mall again, we will have weddings again, and we will ride rides again!! Also, let’s keep those on the front lines in our thoughts and prayers!! Thank you to all of the doctors, nurses, first responders, truck drivers, and grocery store employees!! You are all the real MVPs!!!

Lindsay Dawn Photography - Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
Lindsay Dawn Photography – Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer – Cell Phone Shot from Disney World in 2015 – I can’t wait to ride rides again!

Lindsay Dawn Photography - Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
We will go to Mexico with our friends again!!! – Cell phone shot Lindsay Dawn Photography – Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
Lindsay Dawn Photography - Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
We will go out to celebrate birthdays again!! – Cell phone shot -Lindsay Dawn Photography – Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
Lindsay Dawn Photography - Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
We will party in Vegas again!! – Cell phone shot-Lindsay Dawn Photography – Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
Lindsay Dawn Photography - Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
Our kids will play baseball again!! -Lindsay Dawn Photography – Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
Lindsay Dawn Photography - Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
We will zip line again!! – Me in Mexico in 2016 -Lindsay Dawn Photography – Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
Lindsay Dawn Photography - Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
We will dance in lavender fields again!! -Lindsay Dawn Photography – Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
Lindsay Dawn Photography - Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
Kids will play together again!! -Lindsay Dawn Photography – Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
Lindsay Dawn Photography - Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
We will keep dreaming big!! -Lindsay Dawn Photography – Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
Lindsay Dawn Photography - Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
We will hug our families even tighter! -Lindsay Dawn Photography – Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
Lindsay Dawn Photography - Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
Teens will hang out with their friends again! -Lindsay Dawn Photography – Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
Lindsay Dawn Photography - Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
Weddings will happen again!! -Lindsay Dawn Photography – Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski - White Birch Barn - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Manatees, Dogs, & Costumes?! My Kind of Wedding!! – Kristen & David – White Birch Barn Wedding in Medina, Ohio – Cleveland Wedding Photographer

I knew from the moment I met Kristen & David at their engagement session that they were going to have an awesome wedding, and boy did they! Totally in love with their color scheme, so unique and beautiful. They had their wedding at the gorgeous White Birch Barn in Medina. It was my first time at this venue, and I already can’t wait to go back next month for another wedding! It has everything, including a bridal suite for the girls to get ready in, a cabin for the guys, a cozy fire pit and outdoor bar, beautiful outdoor ceremony site surrounded by amazing photos spots, and the warm and cozy barn for the reception.

It was a little chilly for the ceremony, being November, but the venue provided some heaters for the guests and the couple provided some cozy blankets as well. What is a wedding without some dogs, right? David walked their two pups down the aisle, so they could see mommy coming down to marry daddy. So cute!!! After the ceremony, there were so many picturesque spots on the property to take formal photos. Was it cold? Yes, lol, but the ladies luckily had some adorable scarves to keep warm under that matched the color scheme perfectly.

What is a reception without the bridal party entering in costumes?! Yup, they did that! Finished up with the groom in a giant shark suit even! And then there was the manatees on top of the cake..Loved it!!! Kristen and David had the cutest “Dog treat bar” for their guests to treat their own fur babies, and instead of guest favors, they opted to donate the funds to a local animal shelter. LOVE!! Now, go check out their gorgeous wedding!!

Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski - White Birch Barn - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski – White Birch Barn – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski - White Birch Barn - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski – White Birch Barn – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski - White Birch Barn - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski – White Birch Barn – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski - White Birch Barn - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski – White Birch Barn – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski - White Birch Barn - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski – White Birch Barn – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski - White Birch Barn - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski – White Birch Barn – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski - White Birch Barn - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski – White Birch Barn – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski – White Birch Barn – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski - White Birch Barn - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski – White Birch Barn – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski - White Birch Barn - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski – White Birch Barn – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski - White Birch Barn - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski – White Birch Barn – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski - White Birch Barn - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski – White Birch Barn – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski - White Birch Barn - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski – White Birch Barn – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Vendors:

Photographer : Lindsay Dawn Photography http://www.lindsaydawnphotography.com/

DJ: Shaun Street Entertainment https://clevelandreception.com/

Venue: White Birch Barn https://whitebirchbarn.com/

Dresses: David’s Bridal https://www.davidsbridal.com/

Suits: American Commodore Tuxedo https://actux.com/

Cake: Nick’s Cookies And Cakes, LLC https://www.facebook.com/Nicks-Cookies-and-Cakes-LLC-177349482346243/?ref=br_rs

HMUA: The Lipstick Twins https://thelipsticktwins.com/

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

Mr. & Mrs. Kempinski - Lake Erie Bluffs - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Mr. & Mrs. Kempinski – Perry Community Center – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

I first met the bride and groom in the summer of 2017, for their winery and Lake Erie engagement session. What a gorgeous couple!! So, I was super excited for their September 2018 wedding! Christa & Matt had a beautiful church service ceremony, surrounded by all of their loved ones. For their formal photos, after the church, we headed to Lake Erie College. The college makes for some gorgeous images, with all of the brick and fountains. From there, we headed to one of my favorite Lake Metropark’s Parks, Lake Erie Bluffs. We found the Lake and some nature, both of which I love!

The rest of the wedding day was spent at the Perry Community Center, for the reception. What a great venue, right on the cliffs of Lake Erie. We even had a rainbow, after a random rain shower! The DJ kept the party going all night, and I even saw my first “money dance Polka!”

Check out the amazing wedding day!!

Mr. & Mrs. Kempinski - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Kempinski – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

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Vendors:

Photographer: Lindsay Dawn Photography

DJ: Jeremy James

Catering: Meola Catering

Cake: Cake and Candy Connection

Bridal Gown:Seams Unique

Decor: Designs by Bernie

Brookside Farm Wedding - Mr. & Mrs. Kudley - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographe

Brookside Farm Wedding – Mr. & Mrs. Kudley – Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer

 

Jenna & Stephen could not have asked for a more perfect wedding day at Brookside Farms. The weather man was calling for possible rain, but we ended up with picture perfect weather…literally. Even though the venue is a bit of a drive for me, I can’t wait to photograph another wedding there! Why? Here are a few reasons:

  1. Everything a bridal party and guests need is all on the farm. Everything! There is a cottage for the guys to get ready in, and a decked out basement room for the girls to get ready in(vanities, fridge, places for HMUA to work, etc).
  2. The gorgeous chapel for the ceremony is about 25 feet from the reception barn. Yup, after the ceremony the guests can just walk on over for cocktail hour!
  3. SO many amazing places to take the formal photos! There is a covered bridge, an historic inn, and acres and acres of beautiful farmland.
  4. The receptions bard is huge. A great beautiful area for all of the guests tables, separate huge area for the dance floor. And another great space for a photo booth over by the massive bar.

I loved everything about Jenna & Stephen’s wedding. The color scheme of wine & navy is a favorite of mine, and photographs so beautifully. One of the bridesmaids used to be a florist, and mans she did not disappoint with the flowers. They were so gorgeous!! A talented cousin of the bride even made the amazing wedding cake! Now let’s talk about Jenna’s gorgeous gown…Obsessed!! The couple’s families and friends made me feel like one of them for the day, and I could not be more grateful. Now, stop listening to me and check out all the pretties!

Brookside Farm Wedding - Mr. & Mrs. Kudley - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Brookside Farm Wedding – Mr. & Mrs. Kudley – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

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Vendors:

Photographer: Lindsay Dawn Photography

Second Photographer(Pre-Ceremony & Ceremony): Kaitlyn Bernauer Photography

DJ: Jack Lyttle

Venue: Brookside Farm

Catering: Village Catering

Bridal Gown: The Dress Rack Median

Bridesmaids Gowns: Azazie

Florist: Abbey Smith (bridesmaid)

Cake: Jeanne Plank (cousin of the bride)

North Vancouver & Squamish, British Columbia, Canada - Destination Photographer - Adventure Photography - Wanderlust

A Tribute To My Dad – Destination: North Vancouver & Squamish, British Columbia, Canada – My 40th Birthday Adventure

This blog post is dedicated to the memory of my Dad, James Wirtanen, who passed away eleven years ago today. He fueled my wanderlust soul, always did, and always will. He had a desire and passion to see the world, and he wanted the same for his daughter. I miss him every day: my sunshine, my mountain man, my daddy.

June 16, 2001
June 16, 2001

About a year ago, my best friend Marc started planning a trip to Canada. He reached out and asked me if I wanted to go on another adventure with him, as our last one was four years prior to Seattle & Mount Rainer, Washington. Of course I said yes! I reminded him that September was not only my birthday month, but my 40th birthday, so he planned this adventure around my birthday. And it was the best birthday ever!!

I flew out from Cleveland, Ohio to Vancouver on September 5th, and Marc flew out from Norfolk, Virginia. We met at the baggage claim, grabbed the rental car, and off we went. After checking in to the Holiday Inn and Suites North Vancouver, which I highly recommend, we hopped back in the rental and found the nearest park to explore. Sadly, I don’t even think I go the name of that place, but it was a beautiful spot for birding in North Vancouver, with paths through the woods surrounded by a gorgeous lake.

Thursday was set to be the best day ever, as it was my 40th birthday! What better way to ring in 40 than zip lining at the top of the mountains?! We started by taking in some views at Cleveland Park (ironic since Cleveland is where I am from). We then headed up the gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain, where we zip lined for two hours. Talk about a view!! The last two zip lines were absolutely breathtaking, with views of snow capped mountains and downtown Vancouver!! Did I mention this adventure included a round trip ride on the ski lift, where we made a new friend from Australia? Happy 40th to me!!! #thisis40

Grouse Mountain Zip Line Crew #thisis40
Grouse Mountain Zip Line Crew #thisis40

Talk about an amazing Friday.  We grabbed some Tim Hortons, which we did every day while in Canada, because Timmy’s is AMAZING. We headed to Capilano for our next adventure, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. This place was worth every penny of the entrance fee!!! As most thing I experienced in Canada, the photos do not do it justice. It wasn’t just the suspension bridge, but also the cliff walk, and walking in the tree tops on the mini bridges. My best friend may have had a little too much fun trying to bounce the bridge around the other tourist, but all in good fun.

We ventured up to Cypress Provincial Park, for some more amazing views, some birding, and a cool view of one of the sites from the 2010 Winter Olympics. I found so much peace on this day, after a couple of days of thrilling activity. It is busy season right now for a Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer, so it was so nice to just breath in all of the beauty and take photographs just for myself. Taking nature photos is where it all started for me, so it was nice to get back to where it all began. Another favorite stop this day was to Horseshoe Bay, home to British Columbia’s ferry boats. I had some poutine (look it up, it’s amazing), some delicious fish-n-chips, all while watching the clouds roll in and out of the bay over the mountains.

We tried so hard to get up to Whistler, a small mountain town and home to the 2010 Winter Olympics, but a huge bicycle race got in our way. It all worked out though, we found an amazing waterfall along our detour, and accidentally snuck in to the actual mountain site of the Olympics. It was like the apocalypse up there! You could not hear a sound. Broken down parking lots, crumbled cement walls,  and nothing but breathtaking views. So peaceful. I wish I could remember the name of the town we had lunch in on the way back, it had the best lunch view I have ever had overlooking the mountains in Squamish.

Our last full day in Canada was pretty epic. Rain tried to ruin our plans, but by winging it, we found the most fun. We visited the gorgeous Shannon Falls, and while winging it again with a hike through the woods, we ended up in the parking lot of the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish. We thought, why not? It had been raining off and on, which for us was perfect, it meant less tourist. We took a ride up the mountain, with views of glacier lakes and mountain tops, all the way in to the clouds above. And I am being serious, we were in the clouds! When we got off the gondola ride, we really had no idea of the beauty around us, as the clouds had rolled in so thick, and then we saw the suspension bridge. Talk about something so amazing!! After crossing our second suspension bridge of our trip, we walked around a corner and the clouds opened up to views of snow capped mountains in front of us. I swear, we found heaven at the top of that mountain, or as close as we could get to it.

Adventure is out there. Life is short. Take the trips. See the world. Plan a destination wedding or elopement, and take me with you!! I am proud to say that I am an adventurous photographer, and I find peace in the mountains, and I will zip line with you and walk over crazy high bridges in the clouds! My soul needed this trip. I only get to see my best friend a few times a year, but we always make an adventure out of it. And this one was epic!! Time to plan the next one!!

North Vancouver & Squamish, British Columbia, Canada - Destination Photographer - Adventure Photography - Wanderlust
North Vancouver & Squamish, British Columbia, Canada – Destination Photographer – Adventure Photography – Wanderlust

Vancouver 2018 -One

Vancouver 2018 -One

Vancouver 2018 -One

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Lindsay Dawn Photography: Destination & Elopement Photographer, Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer, NE Ohio Portrait Photography, Traveling Photographer, Wanderlust Soul