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!
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!!
It’s hard to believe that 2019 is coming to a close, but here it is. Before I take 2020 by storm, I thought I would do a recap of all of the amazing weddings that I captured this past year! I had a total of 31(including one that I am second shooting today) wedding in 2019, WOW!!! This includes 28 of my own weddings, and 3 that I second shot for. This also includes 3 destination weddings! I second shot a destination wedding in Miami, had an amazing wedding up in Maine, and another beautiful and intimate wedding down in Hocking Hills. It was an amazing year!!
My first wedding of 2019 turned out to be a winter wonderland! The morning of Chris & Amy’s wedding was the start of the biggest snowstorm that we had in 2019. Luckily for us, they had their intimate ceremony early in the day, before it got too bad out. It was SO beautiful!!!!
My second wedding of 2019 was another winter wonderland, and on a Wednesday! It was a small intimate affair, with a church ceremony and a dinner following at the gorgeous Steele Mansion Inn and Gathering Hub in Painesville. http://www.steelemansion.com/.
My third wedding of the year was a destination wedding in Miami, Florida in April. I second shot for my talented friend Emily, of https://emilymelissaphoto.com/. It was an amazing rooftop wedding at Hotel Aria in Coconut Grove, Miami. https://www.hotelaryacg.com/. It was a stunning wedding, and their were even pugs!!
My second April wedding was a local one, Mary & Scott were married at The Estate on Coffee Creek in Austinburg. http://coffeecreekestate.com/ The weather forced us to have an inside ceremony, but it blessed us with some beautiful sunset photos outside.
My next wedding was Memorial Day weekend, down in Hocking Hills, Ohio. Deb & Paul rented a beautiful home for the weekend, for their closest family. It was blazing hot, so the ceremony was held inside, but it was so beautiful! They had a beautiful archway, a memory table, an amazing cake, and their closest loved ones.
Laura & Patrick’s June wedding was a rainy one, but that didn’t stop it from being absolutely beautiful! The ceremony was held in a beautiful Catholic Church in Cleveland, followed by an amazing reception at the St. Paul Hellenic Center. In between, we took photos at Tower City in downtown Cleveland.
Emily & Buddy had a beautiful wedding ceremony at the Wildwood Cultural Center in Mentor, followed by their reception at a new winery in Madison, Stonegait Winery. The weather was absolutely perfect, and the reception was one heck of a party!
Mr. & Mrs. Coxson came all the way from West Virginia to have their wedding at the beautiful Lodge at Geneva on the Lake, back in July. It was an intimate wedding with their closest family & friends, at the gazebo overlooking Lake Erie. Afterwards, they all went out to dinner rather than a big reception. I love intimate weddings!
Michelle & Alex were married on the hottest day of the summer, in mid July. Despite the heat, it was such a gorgeous wedding at one of my most favorite venues, Meadow Ridge Events in Windsor, Ohio. Beautiful ceremony, gorgeous couple, and an amazing party during the reception!
Ann & Jess’s wedding was another scorcher of a day, just the day after my previous wedding. But, despite the heat, it turned out so beautiful. There was a beautiful ceremony on the hillside, just outside The Lodge at Allardale in Medina. The reception followed inside the Lodge, with a great dance party and even a popcorn station!
Stephanie & Gabriel were married at the same place that I met her, and that I used to work at, The Redhawk Grille in Concord, Ohio. Another hot day, but full of love and laughs. It is always awesome to work with people you already know! They had an intimate ceremony on the patio, before it was opened to the public, followed by a party under the awning in the back patio.
Next up was Adam & Abbie’s wedding in Lincoln, Maine, which is about 40 miles north of Bangor. This destination wedding was a dream! They got married lakeside, on Adam’s family’s property. The whole family was there, as it was their usual family reunion weekend. I got to ride on a boat back and forth across the lake! Total wedding goals!
Daniel & Tyler had an amazing wedding day!! We did some fun photos around the Cleveland Flats, before their gorgeous ceremony at Pine Ridge Country Club in Willoughby, Ohio. The reception was also at Pine Ridge, and such an awesome party!! These guys have the most amazing friends and family, it was an honor to capture it all.
Jaime & Darin were married just a town over in Perry, Ohio, at the Perry Community Center. It was a beautiful ceremony along Lake Erie, with the reception in the Center just after. It was an intimate affair, with just immediate friends and family. The flowers were to die for, as well as the beautiful centerpieces and awesome DJ!
Georgi & Cory had a backyard wedding, but man was it beautiful, and full of all of the bohemian feels. Her dress was pretty much my personal dream wedding dress, all the gorgeous lace and boho feels!
Austin & Erica were married at Roses Run Country Club in Stow, Ohio, a beautiful setting, and most perfect day. We even got to ride around on golf carts!! There were touching speeches, beautiful flowers, and even an ice cream sundae bar. Now that is my kind of wedding!
I had done photos for Caitlin & Eugene before, so I knew their wedding was going to be amazing. The ceremony and reception were both at NOAH’S Event Venue in Mentor, Ohio. It is a gorgeous venue, with its own ceremony site and reception hall, and even a pool table! Caitlin looked like such a princess, I still can’t get over her dress.
Haley & Steven were married at the beautiful Lake O’ Pines in Hartville, Ohio. Their entire wedding was designed by the bride’s mom, including the beautiful cake. When it came time for photos, and they took me to the lake to show me the decorated boat, I about fell over! This was like a styled wedding dream!!!!
Krysta & Jordon had their wedding at the beautiful Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. A huge thunderstorm had blew through the area the night before, knocking the power out at the venue, as well as the hotel they had to get ready in. This did not stop them from having a perfect wedding day! Landerhaven stepped it up, brought in more generators, and pulled off a fantastic wedding.
On the morning of Emma & Dustin’s wedding, I broke my pinky toe. Not cool! But, I taped it to the toe next to it and rocked that wedding!! They had a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Michaud’s Catering & Event Center in Strongsville, Ohio. The reception followed in side the hall, and it was a rocking party! They also had the coolest cake topper that I have seen yet!
Chelsea & Eric had a small and intimate wedding at their church, followed by their reception on the top floor of Pick’s at PLX in Portage Lakes, Ohio. They had just enough rain for good luck during the ceremony, then a wonderful dinner with their closest family and friends. I loved the location of Pick’s, right along the water, and made for some gorgeous photos.
I first met Taylor and Brett at a Panera, to see if we would be a good fit for their wedding day, and we have been friends ever since! They had a beautiful fall wedding at Vermilion on the Lake. Their theme was very fall, and mixed in their love of the stars. Taylor had another one of my dream dresses, and very much was Brett’s princess. I even cried a little at this wedding!
Amanda & Sean’s wedding was up next, and I was back again to beautiful Landerhaven! It was a chilly but absolute gorgeous wedding, with both the ceremony and reception at Landerhaven. Not only did we do a first look with the bride’s dad, but also with one of her grandmas! Yes, I cried. Their reception was in the large ballroom, the DJs rocked the house, and their was even a giant sundae bar in a canoe AND a Spanish coffee bar!
Lauren & Ricoh were married at the historic Peter Allen Inn, with a reception following at the beautiful Hartford Hill Winery. They had an amazing bridal party, with one of the bridesmaids even officiating the ceremony! It was a small wedding, with a dinner, cake, and speeches held at the winery. We had some amazing shots to take with a perfect sunset, and even an old truck!
Trisha & Bill were married in the same small church that Trisha grew up in, in Monroeville, Ohio. They had a beautiful ceremony, surrounded by their children and closest family and friends, followed by a wonderful dinner in the church reception hall. We got so lucky to take some amazing photos outside of a family members mansion before the ceremony!
Bri & Dwight had a fall wedding dream at another favorite venue of mine, The Grand Barn Wedding Center at the Mohicans. Bri planned every detail out to perfection, including her gorgeous veil, the smoke bomb, and the amazing florals. This was a dream wedding, and my most popular one to date!
Kristin & David were married outside of the beautiful White Birch Barn in Medina, with their reception following inside the barn after. This was my first time at the barn, and I loved it! The ceremony site, the bridal suit, and all of the photos spots around the farm are so perfect! The couple even had their dogs in the wedding!!!
Nicole and Max’s wedding sent me back to the beautiful Pine Ridge Country Club in Willoughby, Ohio. This was my first Christmas themed wedding of the season, and I loved it! I loved the dance that Nicole shared with Dad, gave me tears! Such wonderful families, a great party on the dance floor, and an all around beautiful night.
My second Christmas themed wedding was a small intimate wedding at Cassi & Derek’s church in Madison, Ohio. They followed the beautiful ceremony with an intimate dinner at the Quail Hollow Country Club in Concord. The decor and the flowers were absolutely beautiful!!
My last official wedding of the year was nothing short of spectacular! I loved all of the holiday touches that Michelle and Josh had at their wedding. We started the day with a first look, then went downtown for some amazing shots inside the Hyatt Regency at the Arcade. Following the Arcade, we went to the ceremony and reception venue, LaVera Party Center in Willoughby Hills. Talk about a dance party!!
Safe to say that 2019 was an AMAZING year for me!!! I am so honored to have played such a big part in so many wonderful couple’s big day. Truly, so honored. Cheers to the new year everyone!!! I can’t wait to start capturing all of the 2020 weddings!!!!
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.
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.
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!!
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!