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
Stonegait Winery - Madison, Ohio - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Mr. & Mrs. Candela – Wildwood Cultural Center – Stonegait Winery – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Remember that dreamy winery engagement session I had last year? And that gorgeous ring shot on the grapes? Well, it was finally time for Emily and Buddy’s wedding! The ceremony was outside of a beautiful historical estate, at Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center. It was probably the shortest ceremony I have ever seen, about 7 minutes total!! What a beautiful place for the ceremony and the formal photos after. The scenery is spectacular, the different shades of pink bridesmaids dresses were dreamy, and my couple was on fire!

The reception was at a brand new beautiful winery in Madison, Stonegait Winery. Such an immaculate building inside, I can’t wait to go back! It is set up so perfectly for a wedding reception, with two bars, high beautiful ceilings, and the decor is perfect for the setting. As always, there was an awesome team of vendors, and you can see that list below!

Wildwood Cultural Center - Mentor, Ohio - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wildwood Cultural Center – Mentor, Ohio – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wildwood Cultural Center - Mentor, Ohio - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wildwood Cultural Center – Mentor, Ohio – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wildwood Cultural Center - Mentor, Ohio - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wildwood Cultural Center – Mentor, Ohio – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wildwood Cultural Center - Mentor, Ohio - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wildwood Cultural Center – Mentor, Ohio – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wildwood Cultural Center - Mentor, Ohio - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wildwood Cultural Center – Mentor, Ohio – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wildwood Cultural Center - Mentor, Ohio - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wildwood Cultural Center – Mentor, Ohio – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wildwood Cultural Center - Mentor, Ohio - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wildwood Cultural Center – Mentor, Ohio – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wildwood Cultural Center - Mentor, Ohio - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wildwood Cultural Center – Mentor, Ohio – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wildwood Cultural Center - Mentor, Ohio - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wildwood Cultural Center – Mentor, Ohio – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wildwood Cultural Center - Mentor, Ohio - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Wildwood Cultural Center – Mentor, Ohio – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Stonegait Winery - Madison, Ohio - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Stonegait Winery – Madison, Ohio – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Stonegait Winery - Madison, Ohio - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Stonegait Winery – Madison, Ohio – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Stonegait Winery - Madison, Ohio - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Stonegait Winery – Madison, Ohio – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Stonegait Winery - Madison, Ohio - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Stonegait Winery – Madison, Ohio – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Stonegait Winery - Madison, Ohio - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Stonegait Winery – Madison, Ohio – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Stonegait Winery - Madison, Ohio - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Stonegait Winery – Madison, Ohio – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Vendors:

Liz & Matt’s Woodsy Wedding at The Grand Barn of the Mohicans – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

I have known Liz and Matt for years, all having met each other while working together at the Redhawk Grille in Concord. I love that I got to watch their love story unfold! When Matt finally popped the question (in a sunflower field no less!) and they asked me to be their wedding photographer, I was over the moon excited. The planning began immediately, Liz knowing the exact theme she wanted: woody and jewel toned. She nailed it!!

The Grand Barn of the Mohicans was the perfect venue for their wedding theme. Set in the heart of Mohican State Park, surrounded by tree houses, with rooms for the bride and groom to get ready in, and all the feels of an elegant woodsy wedding.

Not only did they choose the perfect venue, but they also had the dream team of vendors(see full list below). Wondering if you should hire a wedding planner? DO IT!!! This was my first wedding working along side a wedding planner, and Meredith from Rain Wedding and Event Planning was AMAZING! She anticipated everything before it even happened, and the day could not have run more smoothly. Burning River Entertainment was just about the most awesome DJ I have ever worked with, dancing along side the guests and keeping the party going strong. Did you see the flowers and greenery? Four Seasons Florist did a spectacular job!! SO beautiful!!!

OK, enough with my rambling…Check out this gorgeous wedding!!!!

Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - The Grand Barn at The Mohicans - Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – The Grand Barn at The Mohicans – Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - The Grand Barn at The Mohicans - Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – The Grand Barn at The Mohicans – Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - The Grand Barn at The Mohicans - Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – The Grand Barn at The Mohicans – Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - The Grand Barn at The Mohicans - Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – The Grand Barn at The Mohicans – Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - The Grand Barn at The Mohicans - Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – The Grand Barn at The Mohicans – Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - The Grand Barn at The Mohicans - Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – The Grand Barn at The Mohicans – Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - The Grand Barn at The Mohicans - Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – The Grand Barn at The Mohicans – Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - The Grand Barn at The Mohicans - Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – The Grand Barn at The Mohicans – Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - The Grand Barn at The Mohicans - Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – The Grand Barn at The Mohicans – Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - The Grand Barn at The Mohicans - Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – The Grand Barn at The Mohicans – Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - The Grand Barn at The Mohicans - Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – The Grand Barn at The Mohicans – Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - The Grand Barn at The Mohicans - Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – The Grand Barn at The Mohicans – Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - The Grand Barn at The Mohicans - Liz & Matt
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – The Grand Barn at The Mohicans – Liz & Matt

Vendors:

Photographer: http://www.lindsaydawnphotography.com/

Florist: https://www.fourseasons-flowers.com/

DJ: http://bestdjincleveland.com/

Catering: https://www.buehlers.com/catering/

Wedding Planner: https://www.rainweddingplanning.com/

Bridal Gown:https://www.henris.com/

Bride’s Shoes: https://www.davidsbridal.com/

Rings: https://www.zales.com

Hair: Ali Butler https://www.outofthewoodssalon.com/

Makeup: https://www.emilyhwangbeauty.com/

Katie & Greg - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - Lakewood Wedding

Mr. & Mrs. Bee – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – Lakewood Wedding

I met Katie & Greg through another bride and groom of mine, whom they are close friends with. With that being said, I now have four new friends!! I just love them all!! Sometime, I just work the wedding and never get a close bond with the couple, it is human nature. But then sometimes, you just instantly click with people, and it makes your job a blast! This is what happened with Katie & Greg, all because it happened with their friends Emily & Tony.

Mr. & Mrs. Bee had a beautiful Catholic ceremony in Lakewood, Ohio. We hit up some Cleveland hot spots for some amazing photos, and ended back in Lakewood for a garden party cocktail hour and one heck of a party after. Check out their amazing day in Northeast Ohio!!!

Katie & Greg - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - Lakewood Wedding
Katie & Greg – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – Lakewood Wedding

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Photographer: Lindsay Dawn Photogaphy

Hair: Details Salon Couture

Makeup: Stephanie Walkiewicz Makeup Artistry

Cupcakes: Campbell’s Sweets Factory

DJ: Rock the House Entertainment

Invitations/Place-cards/Programs: Paper Trails of Rocky River

Dresses: David’s Bridal

Ceremony: St. Clement Catholic Parish

Reception: Georgetown