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
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade

Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center – Lindsay Dawn Photography – Cleveland Wedding Photographer

Michelle and Josh were married inside La Vera Party Center in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. I love that they chose to do a first look and all of their bridal party photos before the evening ceremony, especially since it was a winter wedding with a 5pm sunset. What else did I LOVE? I loved the whole holiday theme!! From the girls cute red flannels while getting ready, to the red and green pops in the bouquets, to the centerpieces and ornament guests favors, and even the card house that the groom made himself!

We started the day at their hotel, grabbing the final touches of the girls getting ready and a first look with her dad. Then it was time to have a first look with the groom! Michelle was so excited she practically ran through the lobby LOL! Then it was off to downtown Cleveland, for formals at The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade. I am so glad that Michelle reached out to them and secured a permit for us to take photos inside for an hour, since mid December weather can be very unpredictable here in NE Ohio. The Arcade is stunning, especially at Christmastime!

Then we headed to the ceremony and reception site, La Vera Party Center. They had a beautiful traditional ceremony, the the ceremony spot was transformed to the dance floor, which was packed all night long. You have to check out the twirl of Michelle’s dress! What a wedding to end my 2019 season!! Be sure to check out all the vendors below!

Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Christmas Themed Wedding - The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade - La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Christmas Themed Wedding – The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade – La Vera Party Center- Lindsay Dawn Photography

Vendors:

Photographer: Lindsay Dawn Photographyhttp://www.lindsaydawnphotography.com/

Formal Photo Venue: The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/ohio/hyatt-regency-cleveland-at-the-arcade/clerc

Ceremony & Reception Venue: La Vera Party Center http://www.la-vera.com/

Florist: Bouquets by Becky https://www.facebook.com/bouquetsbybeckyohio/

DJ: Jesse Webb Entertainment http://jessewebbentertainment.com/

Bridal Dress: Galleria Gowns https://www.galleriagowns.net/

Michelle & Matt -Northeast Ohio & Western Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

Back in March, I had the honor of capturing Matt and Michelle’s gorgeous wedding ceremony inside the beautiful First Presbyterian Church in Sharon, PA. Both of their beautiful children were in the wedding party, their son even helping his little sister with her flower girl duties. The cutest!! And check out the fun bubble exit from the church! After the ceremony, and after family and bridal party photos, the couple and I moved on to the gorgeous Buhl Park.  This park has it all, from a gorgeous mansion to even a small lake. Perfect spot for Western PA wedding photos! The reception was just over the border in to Northeast Ohio, at Tiffany’s Banquet Center . Michelle and Matt had a delicious buffet for their guest, and even the most amazing cookie spread. I mean it, check out all of the choices of homemade cookies and treats for their friends and family..and me! DJ Mark Lawrence kept the party going all night, including some amazing dance moves from the couple’s own children and bridal party! And how amazing did Michelle look in her gorgeous gown from Bling Bridal Boutique?!

The newlyweds received their wedding gallery this week, and now I get to share their day with you! I am a Northeast Ohio wedding photographer, but as you can see I am also a destination wedding photographer. So if you are planning a wedding in Western Pennsylvania, Yosemite, Fiji, or anywhere in the world, I would love to chat! I have my passport ready!

Northeast Ohio & Western Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer
Northeast Ohio & Western Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

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