Spice Acres - Sarah & Andrew - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Hurricane Florence Couldn’t Stop This Wedding – Sarah & Andrew – Cleveland Saved the Day – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

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!!

Read more about the crisis the week it happened, in the interview given by The Plain Dealer here: https://www.cleveland.com/expo/news/erry-2018/09/89f57c0bf49216/hurricane-florence-causes-loca.html

Spice Acres - Cleveland - Sarah & Andrew - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Spice Acres – Cleveland – Sarah & Andrew – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

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Vendors:

Photographer: Lindsay Dawn Photography

Venue: Spice Acres

Venue Provided By: Spice Kitchen + Bar

Reception: Toast

Bridal Gown: Dame Couture

Bridal Shoes:Badgley Mischka

HMUA: Stella & Shay Beauty Bar

Cake, Desserts, Florals: Summer Genetti, Pastry Chef at Lola Bistro

Mr. & Mrs. Tortora - Meadow Ridge Events - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Mr. & Mrs. Tortora – Meadow Ridge Events – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

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!

Mr. & Mrs. Tortora - Meadow Ridge Events - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Tortora – Meadow Ridge Events – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

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Vendors:

Photographer: Lindsay Dawn Photography

Second Photographer: Drzazga Photo

Venue: Meadow Ridge Events

Flowers: Bouts and Bouquets

Cake: Sweetheart USA

DJ: UrWay DJ & Weddings

Bridal Gown: Catan Fashions

Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - Stacy & David's Engagement Session

Stacy & David’s Fairport Harbor Engagement Session – Tattoos & Laughs – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

 

Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - Stacy & David's Engagement Session
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – Stacy & David’s Engagement Session

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!!

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Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – Stacy & David’s Engagement Session

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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!!!!

Lindsay Dawn Photography

Mr. & Mrs. Burger - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

My Mom Found Love at Her 50th High School Reunion – The Wedding – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

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!

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Mr. & Mrs. Burger – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

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Church: Central Congregational Church

Reception: Quail Hollow Resort

Flowers: Daughter’s Florist

Photographer: Lindsay Dawn Photography

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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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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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