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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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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Photographer: Lindsay Dawn Photography

Cupcakes: Cora Cupcakes

Venue: Great Lakes Brewing Company

DJ: Sound Perception Entertainment

Dania & Jason - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer -Sebring Mansion Inn & Spa

Dania & Jason’s Wedding at the Historic Sebring Mansion – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Dania and Jason planned the most perfect intimate wedding, which included Dania’s daughters as the bridal party, and under 20 guests of just immediate family. To them, that was perfect, and I could not agree more!

The Sebring Mansion Inn & Spa is about an hour and forty minutes south of me, from Madison, Ohio. A bit of a drive, but I don’t mind, give me all of the destination weddings!! When I pulled up and saw how grand this mansion was, I was in awe. It is almost finished with all of its restorations. The outside is complete, and only the back half of the inside is still being worked on. It is glorious, from the stained glass windows to the glass door knobs. My couple could not have picked a better location for their wedding!!

The ceremony was in the foyer, surrounded by intricate chandeliers and gorgeous windows. Following the ceremony, the family gathered for appetizers and drinks while we started on the formal photos. I could have photographed this couple all day in that mansion, so many possibilities!! We wrapped up their photos just in time for dinner on the third floor, in a beautiful dining room & bar. Take a look at how gorgeous it all was!!! Give me all of your mansion & destination weddings!!

 

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Jen & Joshua - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Jen & Joshua – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – Crown Plaza Wedding

Back in April, I had a gorgeous Northeast Ohio wedding at The Crown Plaza Cleveland South. Jen & Joshua face challenges every day, that most people would not be able to take. But these two, they are stronger for it, and with their strong Christian faith keeps them humble and so in love.

Their wedding, adorned with beautiful shades of lavender and purple, was small and intimate. It was held in one of the conference rooms, with music played by someone from their church, and officiated by their minister. At one point, leaders of their church, who are also their friends and what they consider as family, got up and made a prayer circle around the couple. It was so moving, so beautiful, and a testament to their faith.

The reception was in one of the grand ballrooms, and it was so beautiful. There were gorgeous table setting, shades of purple adorning the entire room. Did I mention the amazing cookie buffet? Ohhh that was one of my favorites! So many different cookies! The father of the groom(technically step-father, but he deserves the title of Dad) gave the most beautiful and emotional toast, bringing everyone to tears including myself. After dinner, there was one heck of an amazing party on the dance floor!

Just a day after their wedding, Jen & Joshua started a new chapter in their life as man and wife. They picked up their life in Northeast Ohio, and moved to live their dream in North Carolina. I am so happy to be friends with them both on Facebook, and be able to follow their new life together!

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Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer -Lindsay Dawn Photography – Jen and Joshua
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Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer -Lindsay Dawn Photography – Jen and Joshua
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Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer -Lindsay Dawn Photography – Jen and Joshua
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Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer -Lindsay Dawn Photography – Jen and Joshua
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Photographer: Lindsay Dawn Photography

Dresses: David’s Bridal

Cake: Rito’s Bakery

DJ: Thompson Entertainment

Venue: Crown Plaza Cleveland South

Squire's Castle Maternity Session, Northeast Ohio Wedding and Portrait Photographer, Lindsay Dawn Photography

Squire’s Castle Maternity Session – Northeast Ohio Wedding & Portrait Photographer

Meet Sunjeet and Benny, a gorgeous couple from Northeast Ohio. I had a blast taking their maternity photos around Squire’s Castle. I mean, who doesn’t love a gorgeous castle?! It was cold, and there was even snow still left from the last storm, but we made the best of it!

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I love working with couples like these two, so in love and they work so well together. Maternity sessions are a favorite of mine, and although Sunjeet came in a gorgeous gown of her own, I do have a collection of maternity gowns for my clients to use. Did I mention that I have been named twice, by Expertise, as a top maternity photographer in Cleveland? Such an honor for me, and my Northeast Ohio clients!

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Squire’s Castle is not only beautiful, but also has a unique story behind it. You can read all about it while you visit, there are plaques on the walls of the castle explaining its history. It is also a part of the Cleveland Metroparks, located in the North Chagrin Reservation in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.

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In case you are wondering what Sunjeet and Benny are expecting soon, it’s a boy!! I know they will have the most beautiful baby, and he will be so loved. Looking to book your own maternity session soon? I would love to plan your session! I know so many amazing locations in Northeast Ohio, including this awesome bridge over the river!

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Beautiful Greek Wedding – Cleveland, Ohio – Kim & Jerry -Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

I have known the bride, Kim, for a lot of years. Kim & I play pool on the same Northeast Ohio pool league, so I was so honored when she asked me to be her wedding photographer. I was hired almost two years before their wedding day, and had fun watching her plan her “Winter Wonderland” themed wedding over the years. Even more fun was spending the day with such an amazing wedding party, their family, and guests. Even knew a bunch of the guests and some bridal party members! How fun is that?

The day started early, with getting ready at Embassy Suites in Independence, Ohio. It is funny watching the differences of the girls getting ready, versus the guys. For the guys, it starts about 20 minutes before they have to be where they are supposed to be. For the girls, it is hours of hair & makeup, finding accessories, and making sure everything is in place. The team from Makeup by Madison & Co. did an amazing job with all of the ladies! And lets talk about the flowers! The bride and her friends created all of the bridesmaids bouquets themselves, and they turned out amazing. The bridal bouquet was created by one of my most favorite florists to work with on weddings, Bouts & Bouquets, they always do an amazing job. While the girls get ready, I love capturing the details, and Kim’s were so unique and beautiful. Did you see her shoes?! Jerry even snuck in and wrote a message for his bride on the bottom of one! She even carried with her a hankie that her Mother in Law carried with her on her own wedding day. Those are the details that I love!

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Kim & Jerry decided to do a first look, and for a photographer, this made me so happy!! By doing a first look, we were then able to get all of the bridal party portraits done before the ceremony. So, after the ceremony and family photos, it was party time at the reception! Kim was a smart planner, and got a permit for us to take photos in a gorgeous historic theater in downtown Cleveland, called Connor Palace in Playhouse Square, and it did not disappoint. I even got the bride and groom on stage! After the theater, we snapped a few in front of the Cleveland Chandelier, always wanted to do that. From there, we made our way to the Cleveland sign behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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The wedding ceremony was held at St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church, and what a beautiful church it is. This was my first time being in a Greek Orthodox Church, and at a Greek wedding, and it was an amazing experience. The ceremony was so full of beautiful Greek traditions, that involved not only their bridal party but close family as well.

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The reception was quite the party! It was held in an attached building, called St. Paul Hellenic Center, and catered by Brennan’s Catering. The food was amazing, I was lucky to have the delicious salmon dinner. Now, check out those cakes!! Rudy’s Strudel & Bakery did an amazing job on those cakes! I love how the groom’s cake is mudding on the formal cake! If you are from NE Ohio, you know what mudding is. Being a Greek wedding, they danced the traditional Greek Wedding Dance, my first time seeing such an awesome tradition. And the rest of the evening was an amazing party, everybody danced all night to DJ Christopher, who even created the awesome dancing in the clouds smoke effect for the bride and grooms first dance.

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I hope you all enjoy the images from Kim & Jerry’s wedding! It can give great inspiration for those planning their own wedding in Northeast Ohio, or even a destination wedding.

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Brides & Grooms, Do Your Research. Advise from a Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

I am a member of a pretty amazing group on Facebook, it’s called Northeast Ohio Wedding Resale. The group was formed by some pretty awesome photographers from Brass Key Photography, based right out of Northeast Ohio. Thanks to this group, a local “photographer” was caught using stolen images on his website, used to attract clients. This “company,” called Bou-Jai Studios, stole images from local photographers, online stock images, wedding catalogs, and even from a National Geographic photographer, and passed them off on their website as their own. Disgusting, I know. Sadly, this happens all the time. Since being exposed, they have taken all of their images down. You can view more about this subject on a website called Stop Stealing Photos, and can view the post here Bou-Jai Studios in Cuyahoga Falls.

Why am I telling you all about this? There are many reasons. First off, I want to expose this company so no one else is scammed by them. We all know how much of your hard earned money goes in to real professional portraits and wedding photos. No one deserves to be scammed by false hope, misrepresentation, or thieves in general.  Secondly, to expose this so called company for what they are. They stole other artists work. Work that they put their heart and soul in to, their own sweat and tears, and their own hard earned money. Lastly, I want you all to do your research when looking for your photographer. What kind of research? I will get in to that in my next paragraph.

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I know that a budget is a huge deciding factor when looking for a photographer, especially for a wedding. For me, being a wedding photographer, that was the largest part of our budget. I knew that these images were so important, ones that I want my grandchildren to look at one day. I knew I had to hire a true, honest, and talented photographer. The saying holds true, you do get what you pay for. So please, do not diminish your big day, by hiring just anybody because they will do it cheap. Either you are going to get scammed, or your photos will not be what they could be. Maybe they will, but it is a huge risk for such an important event.

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Always meet your potential wedding photographer! If they decline a meeting, run! Meet up with them, ask to see prints of their work, and always ask to see a few wedding galleries. WHOLE wedding day galleries! Do not just trust the pretty photos that they have on their website, or social media. As in the case I talked about earlier, had couples met with that company and asked to see the whole gallery from any of their images, they would have known they were scammers. Also, by viewing an entire gallery, you are seeing how capable the photographer is in all conditions. Not all locations have the best light, sometimes the bride is getting ready in a dark basement and the photographer needs to know how to handle the light situation, just as in an up-lit reception.

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Another great idea is to look at their reviews. Yes, there are not so nice people in the world that leave horrible reviews that have not even worked with the photographer(sadly it happens), but there are a lot of amazing and real clients that leave amazing reviews. You can view my Facebook reviews here, Lindsay Dawn Photography. And look at the photographers responses to those reviews as well.

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My final thought on this is to ask your potential photographer about styled photos. There is nothing wrong with being a part of a styled shoot, but there is a huge difference between those and a real wedding day, where you cannot control the elements. Below is from an amazing styled shoot I was a part of while in Baltimore. Is it gorgeous? Yes!Is it a real couple? Yes! But, all elements could be controlled and were planned by professionals in the industry. I have blogged about styled shoots before, you can find it here:  Styled Shoot.

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I hope you found this helpful while searching for your Northeast Ohio Wedding & Portrait Photographer. Happy planning!!!

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