Amanda & Derek had originally planned for a summer 2019 wedding, but a last minute decision had them move the date to December 2018. They had a beautiful, intimate ceremony, at one of my favorite wedding spots, Lake Erie Bluffs. The Bluffs is a part of the Lake MetroParks, sitting along the cliffs of Lake Erie in Perry, Ohio. There is a beautiful building on site, with glass doors making up two of the walls, and a fireplace taking up a third. So perfect for a small intimate wedding like theres!
Amanda planned the cutest holiday themed wedding, with a hot chocolate bar & cozy blanket station even! Did it rain a little? Yes. But, did we let it spoil the day? Absolutely not!! I grabbed my cute umbrella and we headed outside for some formal photos after the ceremony! Check out there beautiful December wedding, and the vendors listed below!
Christy and John Mark’s wedding day was nothing short of a dream wedding. Fall came very late this past year, but with that it made their wedding day a fall dream with it being the peak weekend for the amazing colors!
It was a bit windy and chilly, so we had to get creative with the first look, since Christy had a cathedral length veil. SO worth it!!! Her veil even took flight shortly after, luckily caught by her bridesmaids LOL! What better place to take formal photos than Wade Park, in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art?! It made for such a stunning backdrop!!!
The Old Stone Church, just across from Wade Park, is stunning!! Their ceremony was dreamy!! With all of the groom’s nephews as the ring bearers, it made for quite the introduction for the bride…SO CUTE!! With the help of my amazingly talented second shooter, Dana(see her info below), we were able to capture images from the balcony and from the very front of the church. AMAZING!
Their reception was in the most perfect spot, Nuevo, overlooking downtown Cleveland and even the Lake Erie sunset. Amazing food, gorgeous views, and the DJ kept the dance floor packed all night. Did you see the cigar bar? Check it out!!! And find all the amazing vendors below!
Sam & Dillon may have had some rain on their wedding day, but that did not spoil a thing. It was perfection! They did have two ceremonies, and first for me. The first being a full Catholic mass at a little church in Amish country, Ohio, with just their bridal party and immediate family. The second ceremony was for all of their guests, where they read their personal vows to each other at The Encore Hall.
I cannot say enough good things about The Encore Hall. Designed by a wedding planner, it has everything you need for your perfect day, all in one place. The bride and groom started their day upstairs from the main hall, in private and beautiful suites, designed for brides and grooms. The ceremony space is gorgeous, Sam was escorted down the grand staircase for the ceremony. After the ceremony, the guests indulged on local cheeses, and even a popcorn bar in the atrium, while the staff transformed the ceremony space in to the spectacular reception hall.
Let’s talk about their details! From the custom made board introducing the bridal party, to the cornhole boards, the cookie spread, and even the popcorn bar..It was all so perfect and unique! Did you see the florals and greenery?? SO gorgeous!!
Now stop reading, and start looking at this beautiful wedding day!!
Sarah & Andrew had the most perfect destination wedding planned for Saturday, September 15, 2018, in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Well, on Monday, September 10th, the governor of South Carolina called for the mandatory evacuation of the coast. Panic hit, but by Tuesday, the couple decided to move their wedding to Cleveland. They had nothing but Sarah’s wedding gown & shoes. The groom and his groomsmen’s suits were all in SC, as was the cake, flowers, etc. Some of the bridesmaids were stuck in the hurricane zone, while others could not afford the last minute flights up north. Everyone scrambled.
Tuesday afternoon, I was contacted by the bride’s sister, Christine, to see if I was available to shoot their wedding that coming Sunday. I was so happy to say, that with a little shuffling of my schedule, I could do it. The couple’s good friend, Summer Genetti, then stepped in a preformed nothing short of a miracle. She not only officiated the ceremony, but also made the spectacular wedding cake, along with homemade mini-pies and even homemade ice cream for the reception dinner. The groom is a pastry chef at Spice Kitchen + Bar in Cleveland, and they generously donated their farm, Spice Acres, to hold the wedding ceremony. It is SO beautiful!!! And the reception was scaled down to a dinner party at Toast in Cleveland.
Sarah & Andrew’s destination beach wedding, turned in to a farm wedding, with a lot of “winging it” moments, but it turned out amazing. Instead of over 100 guest, there was less than 30. The date already on the guest book, and even engraved in to their wedding bands, was off by a day. But, think of the stories they have to tell! At the end of the day, they were married. It wasn’t on the beach, not everyone could make it, and they even had to stop for gas on the way to the reception….But, they were married. They pulled it off!!
Mike & Leigh did not let a little rain spoil their wedding day. It turned out AMAZING!! The setting was nothing short of breathtaking. A little shuffling of guests to move the ceremony in to the reception area, but the view behind them as they said I DO was so beautiful as the rain fell!! And talk about romantic, Mike even got down on one knee to place the ring on his bride’s finger. He then topped that by sweeping her off of her feet for the most amazing first kiss I have seen yet.
Surrounded by their closest friends and family, Mike & Leigh became married. From the beautiful blush & navy tones, to the gorgeous cake and flowers, this Northeast Ohio wedding was one of my favorites!
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!!
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!!!!
I remember last summer when my mom had told me about her 50th high school reunion coming up that August, and I remember her telling me at the last minute that she wasn’t going to go. You see, my mom was a window, having lost my dad back in 2007. She didn’t want to go and feel like a 5th wheel. I encouraged her to go, told her she might even meet a nice man. She laughed! Well, thankfully she did go, and it was there that she met Rod. Here we are, not even a year later, and they are married!! I have not seen my mom so happy in years!
My mom didn’t think that at her age she would ever find love, not ever find someone to share the rest of her life with her. Goes to show that you can find love at any age! Look at the smile on her face!!
Brenda(yes, mom has a name LOL) and Rod had a beautiful wedding in May, surrounded by close friends and family. They had a beautiful church service in Madison Village, a small town in Northeast Ohio, and the same church I grew up in. My daughter, and my mom’s sister stood by her side. Rod’s best buddy stood by his. My son and nephew walked my grandma (mother of the bride, and their great-grandma) down the aisle, and my brother gave our mom away(that is when my tears started). I had the honor of capturing it all.
Go to the reunion, or the party, or whatever it is that you are afraid to go to alone. You never know what could happen, you may meet the love of your life!