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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
Maroon Bells Colorado Engagement Session - Rachel & Matt

Colorado Destination & Cleveland Hometown Engagement Photos – Rachel & Matt – Lindsay Dawn Photography – Northeast Ohio & Destination Wedding Photographer

When Rachel & Matt told me about their vacation plans for Colorado, and that they wanted to take their engagement photos there, I was so thrilled at the idea! I mean, how freaking awesome is that?! They had plans to stay in Breckenridge, CO, take their photos somewhere in the Rocky Mountains nearby, then head to Denver to stay with family and attend the Browns versus Broncos game. They had originally planned on hiring a local photographer for the mountain photos, until I reached out and let them know that I had family there to stay with and that I would love to take them. So, they bought me a flight out there for the first weekend in November and we did it!!

I decided to make a weekend of it, and take my husband along since he had never seen the Rocky Mountains or Colorado. Rachel & I decided on Maroon Bells, which is really two mountain faces overlooking a lake in Aspen, Colorado. So, my husband I flew in to Denver and grabbed our rental car and drove the 4 hours in to the mountains. Unfortunately, the directions I had took us to the other side of the lake, to the actually hiking trail in the middle of no where. Rachel and Matt were in the right spot, but had no cell service. I tried calling, texting, Facebook calling, emailing, and nothing. So, my husband and I franticly made our way to the other side of the mountain just as a panicked Rachel and Matt were leaving. Both them and us thinking something terrible happened to each other. Thankfully, Rachel spotted us driving in and turned around. By the time I got out of the car, the sun had already set. But I grabbed my camera and we made magic! I didn’t even take the time to grab my coat, LOL! We got some amazing images, and shot until it was too dark to shoot anymore. With no time for them to change in to another outfit, I promised them we would take some more back home in Cleveland.

Flash forward to December, when we scheduled part two of their engagement session! We met down in the Cleveland Flats, and started outside of Shooter on the Water. They have the coolest bridge, and such great views along the boardwalk. I love the Flats. There are so many cool bridges, and the skyline, and industrial touches. It was an awesome part two for these two, to have such awesome nature photos AND urban!! Check them out!!

xoxo

Lindsay

Maroon Bells Colorado Engagement Session - Rachel & Matt - Lindsay Dawn Photography
Maroon Bells Colorado Engagement Session – Rachel & Matt – Lindsay Dawn Photography
Maroon Bells Colorado Engagement Session - Rachel & Matt - Lindsay Dawn Photography
Maroon Bells Colorado Engagement Session – Rachel & Matt – Lindsay Dawn Photography
Cleveland Flats Engagement Session - Rachel & Matt - Lindsay Dawn Photography
Cleveland Flats Engagement Session – Rachel & Matt – Lindsay Dawn Photography
Cleveland Flats Engagement Session - Rachel & Matt - Lindsay Dawn Photography
Cleveland Flats Engagement Session – Rachel & Matt – Lindsay Dawn Photography
Cleveland Flats Engagement Session - Rachel & Matt - Lindsay Dawn Photography
Cleveland Flats Engagement Session – Rachel & Matt – Lindsay Dawn Photography

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Old Stone Church - Cleveland - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Mr. & Mrs. Tichar – The Old Stone Church & Nuevo -Cleveland – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Christy and John Mark’s wedding day was nothing short of a dream wedding. Fall came very late this past year, but with that it made their wedding day a fall dream with it being the peak weekend for the amazing colors!

It was a bit windy and chilly, so we had to get creative with the first look, since Christy had a cathedral length veil. SO worth it!!! Her veil even took flight shortly after, luckily caught by her bridesmaids LOL! What better place to take formal photos than Wade Park, in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art?! It made for such a stunning backdrop!!!

The Old Stone Church, just across from Wade Park, is stunning!! Their ceremony was dreamy!! With all of the groom’s nephews as the ring bearers, it made for quite the introduction for the bride…SO CUTE!! With the help of my amazingly talented second shooter, Dana(see her info below), we were able to capture images from the balcony and from the very front of the church. AMAZING!

Their reception was in the most perfect spot, Nuevo, overlooking downtown Cleveland and even the Lake Erie sunset. Amazing food, gorgeous views, and the DJ kept the dance floor packed all night. Did you see the cigar bar? Check it out!!! And find all the amazing vendors below!

aLoft - Cleveland - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
aLoft – Cleveland – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
aLoft - Cleveland - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
aLoft – Cleveland – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wade Oval - Cleveland - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wade Oval – Cleveland – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wade Oval - Cleveland - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wade Oval – Cleveland – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wade Oval - Cleveland - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wade Oval – Cleveland – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Old Stone Church - Cleveland - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Old Stone Church – Cleveland – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Old Stone Church - Cleveland - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Old Stone Church – Cleveland – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Nuevo - Cleveland - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Nuevo – Cleveland – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Nuevo - Cleveland - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Nuevo – Cleveland – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Nuevo - Cleveland - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Nuevo – Cleveland – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Vendors:

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

Second Shooter: Dana Marie, LLC: http://www.distractionphoto.com/

Flowers: Avalon Gardens & Inn: https://www.avalongardensinn.com/

DJ: VYBE Entertainment: https://vybentertainment.com/

Bridal Gown: A Brides Design: https://www.abridesdesign.com/

HMUA: Bare Beauty Boutique: http://www.barebeautyboutique.com/

Church: Old Stone Church: http://www.oldstonechurch.org/

Reception: Nuevo Cleveland: http://cleveland.nuevomodmex.com/

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)

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.

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

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