Lindsay Dawn Photography - Northeast Ohio Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer

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/

Mr. Mrs. Kilcher - Landerhaven Wedding - Lindsay Dawn Photography

Emerald & Navy Wedding – Landerhaven – Mr. & Mrs. Kilcher – Lindsay Dawn Photography – Cleveland Wedding Photographer

Amanda and Sean had the most perfect wedding day this past fall! It was my second trip back to the beautiful Landerhaven Events center, and I was so happy to be back. They were married under a heated tent, which was attached to the grand ballroom that their reception was held in. I absolutely loved all of the emerald green and navy touches, as well as the subtle gold.

Amanda and Sean have the most amazing chemistry, and are just naturals in front of the camera. Candids are my favorite, and they nailed those along with the formal poses. Their family and bridal party were such a blast too!! We did a first look with Amanda’s grandma, and their smiles brought me to tears! Her and Sean wrote letters to each other, and watching her read his letter was also a tearjerking moment.

Amanda is a school teacher, and her family even surprised her with having her whole class and their parents at the ceremony. They were the first thing she saw when she entered the ceremony tent, and it was nothing but smiles and tears down the aisle. Sean and Amanda had a sand ceremony, which brought a lot of laughs, and some beautiful art to keep forever.

The reception was insane! I haven’t seen a dance floor that packed all night in years! The crowd was non stop dancing, and their was even a Spanish coffee bar! Did I mention the ice cream canoe? Yup! Landerhaven staff impressed everyone with a giant canoe filled with ice cream and all the toppings for guests to build their own sundaes. Such a hit!

Check out all the fun and pretties below!! Also check out the list of all of the awesome vendors from this day at the bottom of the page!

Mr. Mrs. Kilcher - Landerhaven Wedding - Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. Mrs. Kilcher – Landerhaven Wedding – Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. Mrs. Kilcher - Landerhaven Wedding - Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. Mrs. Kilcher – Landerhaven Wedding – Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. Mrs. Kilcher - Landerhaven Wedding - Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. Mrs. Kilcher – Landerhaven Wedding – Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. Mrs. Kilcher - Landerhaven Wedding - Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. Mrs. Kilcher – Landerhaven Wedding – Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. Mrs. Kilcher - Landerhaven Wedding - Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. Mrs. Kilcher – Landerhaven Wedding – Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. Mrs. Kilcher - Landerhaven Wedding - Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. Mrs. Kilcher – Landerhaven Wedding – Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. Mrs. Kilcher - Landerhaven Wedding - Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. Mrs. Kilcher – Landerhaven Wedding – Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. Mrs. Kilcher - Landerhaven Wedding - Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. Mrs. Kilcher – Landerhaven Wedding – Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. Mrs. Kilcher - Landerhaven Wedding - Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. Mrs. Kilcher – Landerhaven Wedding – Lindsay Dawn Photography

Vendors:

Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade

Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center – Lindsay Dawn Photography – Cleveland Wedding Photographer

Michelle and Josh were married inside La Vera Party Center in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. I love that they chose to do a first look and all of their bridal party photos before the evening ceremony, especially since it was a winter wedding with a 5pm sunset. What else did I LOVE? I loved the whole holiday theme!! From the girls cute red flannels while getting ready, to the red and green pops in the bouquets, to the centerpieces and ornament guests favors, and even the card house that the groom made himself!

We started the day at their hotel, grabbing the final touches of the girls getting ready and a first look with her dad. Then it was time to have a first look with the groom! Michelle was so excited she practically ran through the lobby LOL! Then it was off to downtown Cleveland, for formals at The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade. I am so glad that Michelle reached out to them and secured a permit for us to take photos inside for an hour, since mid December weather can be very unpredictable here in NE Ohio. The Arcade is stunning, especially at Christmastime!

Then we headed to the ceremony and reception site, La Vera Party Center. They had a beautiful traditional ceremony, the the ceremony spot was transformed to the dance floor, which was packed all night long. You have to check out the twirl of Michelle’s dress! What a wedding to end my 2019 season!! Be sure to check out all the vendors below!

Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography

Vendors:

Photographer: Lindsay Dawn Photographyhttp://www.lindsaydawnphotography.com/

Formal Photo Venue: The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/ohio/hyatt-regency-cleveland-at-the-arcade/clerc

Ceremony & Reception Venue: La Vera Party Center http://www.la-vera.com/

Florist: Bouquets by Becky https://www.facebook.com/bouquetsbybeckyohio/

DJ: Jesse Webb Entertainment http://jessewebbentertainment.com/

Bridal Dress: Galleria Gowns https://www.galleriagowns.net/

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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