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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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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Stacy & David - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer -Elopement

Stacy & David’s Intimate Sunset Wedding – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

I first met Stacy & David in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, for the engagement session they had won. I had a contest on my Facebook business page, asking couples to tell me their proposal stories, and this lucky couple won! I knew from the moment that I met them, I would love them! They are so sweet, hilarious, and just generally fun to be around. It also helped that we share a love for tattoos. During their session, they told me about the backyard/elopement style wedding they had planned on a Tuesday in August. I loved hearing how they planned the timing of the ceremony. They sat on their porch one day, and waited for the most perfect sunset light, and that is when they knew the exact time they wanted to be married! Not long after putting up sneak peeks of their engagement session, Stacy reached out about how they had to have as their wedding photographer, and I am so glad they did!!

When I drove the hour south to get to their families property in West Farmington, it was storming bad. I was so worried! But, as I got closer, the skies opened up and even a rainbow appeared as I was pulling down the driveway! Did I mention I got to ride on the back of a 4-wheeler at this wedding? YES!! I had to check out the beautiful ceremony site before the wedding, and that was the quickest way there! The ceremony was set along side a beautiful pond, and just under a gorgeous willow tree. Now, remember how I told you about those earlier storms? They gave us the most amazing sunset skies!!

Just before the ceremony, Stacy’s mom talked about how different life was just a year prior. You see, a little over a year ago, they all lost just about everything in a house fire. Lighting struck their porch, and burned the house almost completely down. So, to see this amazing couple and family rise from the ashes and build a new life together, and plan the most beautiful wedding, well it is inspiring. Good hearted, down to earth, amazing people.

Now it was time for the wedding! Stacy’s dad drove her over in style, in his restored old Jeep(it is so cool!!). A friend sang and played the guitar. The weather was perfect, and even gave us enough time before dark to get some amazing images of the couple. An amazing elopement feel from this wedding evening. After the ceremony, everyone gathered back at the house(rebuilt since the fire), for some hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and cake. I wish I could say that I photographed their reception as well, but they had that about a month later and I was already booked with another wedding. SO grateful to have met this amazing couple, and capture their beautiful wedding day for them!!

Stacy & David - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer -Elopement
Stacy & David – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer -Elopement

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Florist: A.H. Christiansons Floral Design Studio

Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - Kyle & Andrea - Proposal & Engagement

Surprise Proposal at Harpersfield Covered Bridge – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

You are going to want to show this story to your significant other! This is how you plan out the perfect proposal!!!

Kyle and Andrea were coming up on their four year anniversary, but what Andrea did not know was that Kyle had been planning to propose on that day for quite some time! Kyle reached out to me months before, to secure me on that day. He then picked out the most gorgeous Vera Wang Past, Present, Future ring. Kyle then found the most perfect spot at Harpersfield Covered Bridge for me to hide out, while he led her blindfolded to the river’s edge, just below the covered bridge. It could not have been planned more perfectly!!! Did I mention that he even packed a picnic for after their engagement photos? SO PERFECT!!! And guess what? Andrea SAID YES!!!!

Check out the most perfect proposal ever!!!!

Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - Kyle & Andrea - Proposal & Engagement
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – Kyle & Andrea – Proposal & Engagement

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Bri & Dwight's Engagement Session - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Coffee Shop & Winery Engagement Session – Bri & Dwight – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

It was fate that I even got to meet Bri & Dwight. Their original photographer did not show up to their engagement session, even though the couple had driven four hours to have them taken in their hometown. This is when they reached out to me, and I am so glad they did!!

These two grew up in Northeast Ohio, and that is exactly where they wanted to have their engagement session. One of their favorite spots is an awesome coffee shop in Ashtabula Harbor, called Harbor Perk . They even had a coffee waiting for me when I arrived! Ashtabula Harbor is such an adorable area, we had to stroll down the street a little to capture it’s charm.

Just in time for sunset hour, we made it to Grand River Cellars in South Madison. This winery is so beautiful! Not only did we use their beautiful vineyard, but we even found fields of wildflowers. There was this little incident with a bug flying in to Dwight’s mouth, but don’t worry, I captured that hilarious moment too!

Bri & Dwight's Engagement Session - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Bri & Dwight’s Engagement Session – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

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Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - Stacy & David's Engagement Session

Stacy & David’s Fairport Harbor Engagement Session – Tattoos & Laughs – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

 

Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - Stacy & David's Engagement Session
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – Stacy & David’s Engagement Session

These two were hands down one of my most fun engagement sessions to date. They never stop smiling and laughing together, such natural fits together, it is inspiring. My husband John & I went a little early to Fairport Harbor, a small town along Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio, to grab some dinner before the engagement session. While eating we kept looking outside and noticing, after living just 20 minutes away our whole lives, what a cute little town it is. I am SO glad that we chose this for Stacy & David’s session! And even more happy that we had such beautiful weather and a gorgeous sunset!

Now throw in the beautiful artwork on their bodies, and it is even more perfect! If you know me at all, I LOVE tattoos! And these two have some amazing work on themselves!!

Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - Stacy & David's Engagement Session
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – Stacy & David’s Engagement Session

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Now do you get it? Do you see how adorable these two are together?! I am SO excited for their intimate backyard wedding next month!!! Picture this: sunset hour, a willow tree next to a pond, and this beautiful couple….It is going to be picture perfect!!!!

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