Every wedding from 2019! From Cleveland, to Maine, to Miami, and even Hocking Hills!

2019 Weddings – Year In Review

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!!

Every wedding from 2019! From Cleveland, to Maine, to Miami, and even Hocking Hills!
Every wedding from 2019! From Cleveland, to Maine, to Miami, and even Hocking Hills!

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!!!!

Mr. & Mrs. King - Gervasi Vineyard Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. King – Gervasi Vineyard Wedding

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/.

Mr. & Mrs. Ambrose - Steele Mansion Inn Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. Ambrose – Steele Mansion Inn Wedding

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!!

Dianne & Geoff - Miami Wedding - Hotel Aria - Coconut Grove
Dianne & Geoff – Miami Wedding – Hotel Aria – Coconut Grove

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.

Mr. & Mrs. Lett - The Estate on Coffee Creak Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. Lett – The Estate on Coffee Creak Wedding

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.

Mr. & Mrs. Bryant - Hocking Hills Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. Bryant – Hocking Hills Wedding

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.

Mr. & Mrs. Svihlik - Tower City
Mr. & Mrs. Svihlik – Tower City

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. Candela - Stonegait Winery Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. Candela – Stonegait Winery Wedding

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!

Mr. & Mrs. Coxson - The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake
Mr. & Mrs. Coxson – The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake

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!

Mr. & Mrs. Wojciechowicz - Meadow Ridge Events Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. Wojciechowicz – Meadow Ridge Events Wedding

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!

Mr. & Mrs. May - The Lodge at Allardale Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. May – The Lodge at Allardale Wedding

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.

Mr. & Mrs. Hegrat - Redhawk Grille Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. Hegrat – Redhawk Grille Wedding

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!

Mr. & Mrs. Beaulieu - Maine Destination Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. Beaulieu – Maine Destination Wedding

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.

Mr. & Mr. McHugh - Pine Ridge Country Club Wedding
Mr. & Mr. McHugh – Pine Ridge Country Club Wedding

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!

Mr. & Mrs. Mills - Perry Community Center Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. Mills – Perry Community Center Wedding

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!

Mr. & Mrs. Heinz - Backyard Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. Heinz – Backyard Wedding

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!

Mr. & Mrs. Crawford - Roses Run Country Club Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. Crawford – Roses Run Country Club 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.

Mr. & Mrs. Baraz - NOAH'S Event Venue Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. Baraz – NOAH’S Event Venue Wedding

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!!!!

Mr. & Mrs. Gruccio - Lake O' Pines Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. Gruccio – Lake O’ Pines Wedding

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.

Mrs. & Mrs. Barrington - Landerhaven Wedding
Mrs. & Mrs. Barrington – Landerhaven 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!

Mr. & Mrs. Speiser - Michaud's Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. Speiser – Michaud’s Wedding

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.

Mr. & Mrs. Veigel - Pick's at PLX
Mr. & Mrs. Veigel – Pick’s at PLX

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!

Mr. & Mrs. Wamsley - Vermilion On The Lake Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. Wamsley – Vermilion On The Lake 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!

Mr. & Mrs. Kilcher - Landerhaven Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. Kilcher – Landerhaven Wedding

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!

Mr. & Mrs. Allen - Hartford Hill Winery Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. Allen – Hartford Hill Winery Wedding

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!

Mr. & Mrs. Patterson
Mr. & Mrs. Patterson

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!

Mr. & Mrs. Thompson - The Grand Barn Wedding at the Mohicans Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. Thompson – The Grand Barn Wedding at the Mohicans Wedding

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!!!

Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski - White Birch Barn
Mr. & Mrs. Sklodowski – White Birch Barn

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.

Mr. & Mrs. Sinyuk - Pine Ridge Country Club
Mr. & Mrs. Sinyuk – Pine Ridge Country Club

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!!

Mr. & Mrs. Daughters - Quail Hollow Country Club Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. Daughters – Quail Hollow Country Club Wedding

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!!

Mr. & Mrs. Lewis - Cleveland Arcade - LaVera Wedding
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis – Cleveland Arcade – LaVera Wedding

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!!!!

xoxo

Lindsay

Lindsay Dawn Photography http://www.lindsaydawnphotography.com/

Jessica & Aaron - Quail Hollow Country Club - Northeast Ohio wedding Photographer

Jessica & Aaron – Quail Hollow Country Club Wedding – My First Online Feature -Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Thanks to an amazing platform, called Two Bright Lights, today I am able to say that I am officially published online for the first time. What a dream!!! Two Bright Lights is an amazing platform for photographers to get their work seen by editors and published online and in print. I met one of the owners of Two Bright Lights, Meghan Stolar Brown, while on an AKP Retreat in Destin, Florida. Meghan was an amazing teacher about how to get published, what the editors want to see, and what to photograph to get published. Since meeting Meghan, and following the tips she gave me, I have received notice that I have another ten publications coming up this year! That is amazing! My goal now, when I walk in to every wedding day, is to get that gorgeous Northeast Ohio or destination wedding published, not just for myself and my business, but for my amazing clients and other vendors from that day.

Yesterday, Aisle Memories, published Jessica & Aaron’s beautiful wedding from last summer. Aisle Memories is, according to it’s founders Liana & Jamie : “…a wedding blog about everything related to weddings and beyond with inspiration, ideas, insight, planning tips and tricks, showcasing gorgeous real weddings, and venue tours, and community forums. Everything comes from the perspective of a recent bride who is also a wedding coordinator and planner.”

Jessica & Aaron are the sweetest of couples. Parents to three little ones, they planned their Northeast Ohio wedding from all the way down in Columbus, Ohio, along with help from Aaron’s brother in-law Matthew. Matthew and I had worked together in the past, and I was so happy when he reached out to me about being their wedding photographer. The couple got ready, separately, at the gorgeous Steele Mansion Inn in Painesville, Ohio. Here I was able to capture beautiful bridal portraits of Jessica, and some of Aaron and their twin boys. Their wedding ceremony & intimate reception dinner were at Quail Hollow Country Club in Concord, Ohio. The ceremony was held right on the golf course, with dinner and cake in the country club following the formal photos.

Check out my first online feature below! You will be able to see how amazing Jessica looked in her Allure Bridals gown!

Click below:

Jessica & Aaron – Quail Hollow Country Club Wedding

 

Aaron & Jessica - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - Quail Hollow Country Club Wedding
Aaron & Jessica – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – Quail Hollow Country Club Wedding

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Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

First look, traditional, or something unique? Ideas for your wedding, from other weddings! – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

In today’s day and age, there is something new brides and grooms have to decide upon for their wedding day..Will they do a first look? For those who have no idea what I am talking about, a first look is somewhat of a new thing, so don’t worry. A first look on a wedding day is a moment, usually set up by your photographer before the ceremony, where the groom sees the bride for the first time (or groom/groom or bride/bride, but you get the picture). It is a private moment (at least it should be) between the couple, with the photographer there to capture the reactions and emotion.

There are many pros of doing a first look, versus going for more of the traditional approach of the groom seeing his bride for the first time coming down the ails, and no cons honestly. From a photographers stand point, a first look is a dream! It makes for a smooth wedding day, with plenty of time for photos even before the ceremony, so we are not as rushed between the ceremony and the reception. Take Chelsea & Ben, for example. This couple planned it out to perfection! They did a first look in the same spot that Ben had proposed, how romantic is that?! We then were able to get some great shots of just the two of them, along the way to the ceremony & reception site. They had their immediate family and bridal party ready for photos before the ceremony even happened. So, after the ceremony, they were able to go right in to the reception and party the night away!

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What is another great thing about a first look? It calms the nerves! For those who have anxiety, or get nervous in front of a lot of people, seeing the love of their life privately before they say I DO can be such a relief on the big day. And, there are many ways to plan out the first look as well. If you don’t mind some people watching, you can do it like Kim & Jerry did, in the lobby of the hotel they got ready at. Afterwards, we were able to get all of their bridal party photos and ones of just the couple. So, after the ceremony, we only had the family portraits to get done before the reception.

Kim&Jerry

Want an alternative solution, where you still have the traditional look of coming down the aisle but still get to be in the presence of your love before the ceremony? You can follow in the footsteps of Carly & Jeffrey! These two had written personal vows to each other, but wanted to read them privately together and save the traditional vows for the ceremony, but also not see each other. So, I scoured the church basement and found a spot that they could be together, but not see each other. What an emotional, and beautiful moment it was. They even brought their photographer to tears.

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You could also be like Natalie & Jeff! These two met in private, even without me, before the ceremony. No first look photos, but just a private moment alone. Jeff then walked his own bride down the aisle at Gervasi Vineyard.

Natalie&Jeff

If you don’t think a first look is for you, and you want the traditional way of you two seeing each other while coming down the aisle, do it! No one way is the right way. It is YOUR wedding day, do it how you want to do it. But, now you know there are plenty of options. Wondering what we did on our wedding day? My husband is more traditional, and he wanted to see me first when I was walking down the aisle. And I would not change a thing! Here are some more traditional weddings below, and the groom seeing his bride for the first time.

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