I knew from the moment I met Kristen & David at their engagement session that they were going to have an awesome wedding, and boy did they! Totally in love with their color scheme, so unique and beautiful. They had their wedding at the gorgeous White Birch Barn in Medina. It was my first time at this venue, and I already can’t wait to go back next month for another wedding! It has everything, including a bridal suite for the girls to get ready in, a cabin for the guys, a cozy fire pit and outdoor bar, beautiful outdoor ceremony site surrounded by amazing photos spots, and the warm and cozy barn for the reception.
It was a little chilly for the ceremony, being November, but the venue provided some heaters for the guests and the couple provided some cozy blankets as well. What is a wedding without some dogs, right? David walked their two pups down the aisle, so they could see mommy coming down to marry daddy. So cute!!! After the ceremony, there were so many picturesque spots on the property to take formal photos. Was it cold? Yes, lol, but the ladies luckily had some adorable scarves to keep warm under that matched the color scheme perfectly.
What is a reception without the bridal party entering in costumes?! Yup, they did that! Finished up with the groom in a giant shark suit even! And then there was the manatees on top of the cake..Loved it!!! Kristen and David had the cutest “Dog treat bar” for their guests to treat their own fur babies, and instead of guest favors, they opted to donate the funds to a local animal shelter. LOVE!! Now, go check out their gorgeous wedding!!
Amanda and Sean had the most perfect wedding day this past fall! It was my second trip back to the beautiful Landerhaven Events center, and I was so happy to be back. They were married under a heated tent, which was attached to the grand ballroom that their reception was held in. I absolutely loved all of the emerald green and navy touches, as well as the subtle gold.
Amanda and Sean have the most amazing chemistry, and are just naturals in front of the camera. Candids are my favorite, and they nailed those along with the formal poses. Their family and bridal party were such a blast too!! We did a first look with Amanda’s grandma, and their smiles brought me to tears! Her and Sean wrote letters to each other, and watching her read his letter was also a tearjerking moment.
Amanda is a school teacher, and her family even surprised her with having her whole class and their parents at the ceremony. They were the first thing she saw when she entered the ceremony tent, and it was nothing but smiles and tears down the aisle. Sean and Amanda had a sand ceremony, which brought a lot of laughs, and some beautiful art to keep forever.
The reception was insane! I haven’t seen a dance floor that packed all night in years! The crowd was non stop dancing, and their was even a Spanish coffee bar! Did I mention the ice cream canoe? Yup! Landerhaven staff impressed everyone with a giant canoe filled with ice cream and all the toppings for guests to build their own sundaes. Such a hit!
Check out all the fun and pretties below!! Also check out the list of all of the awesome vendors from this day at the bottom of the page!
I first met Jenna & Mike in downtown Cleveland, for their engagement session last winter. I knew soon enough about their love for our Cleveland Indians, as we started their session in front of Progressive Field! They even wore their Tribe gear!
Moving ahead to their September wedding day, they had a beautiful ceremony along Lake Erie, at Lakewood Park. After the ceremony, it was off to Georgetown, a quaint little restaurant in Lakewood, Ohio. Not you typical reception, it was more of a brunch with immediate friends and family. It was a beautiful outdoor setting, with a breakfast buffet, mimosa & bloody mary bar, and even a donut bar! Can you guess what their guests favors were? Snack bags for the Tribe game after breakfast!! Yup, peanuts and Cracker Jacks for everyone!
What next for the bride & groom, and their bridal party? Change in to their custom made Tribe gear for the Indians game! The couple, their bridal party, and immediate friends and family all had tickets to watch the Cleveland Indians take on the Detroit Tigers. Well, crush the Tigers that is!
This was not your typical wedding day, but that is what I loved about it. They did it their way, they made their wedding day about what they love, and it was amazing and so beautiful!! Couples, take note!
Jenna & Stephen could not have asked for a more perfect wedding day at Brookside Farms. The weather man was calling for possible rain, but we ended up with picture perfect weather…literally. Even though the venue is a bit of a drive for me, I can’t wait to photograph another wedding there! Why? Here are a few reasons:
Everything a bridal party and guests need is all on the farm. Everything! There is a cottage for the guys to get ready in, and a decked out basement room for the girls to get ready in(vanities, fridge, places for HMUA to work, etc).
The gorgeous chapel for the ceremony is about 25 feet from the reception barn. Yup, after the ceremony the guests can just walk on over for cocktail hour!
SO many amazing places to take the formal photos! There is a covered bridge, an historic inn, and acres and acres of beautiful farmland.
The receptions bard is huge. A great beautiful area for all of the guests tables, separate huge area for the dance floor. And another great space for a photo booth over by the massive bar.
I loved everything about Jenna & Stephen’s wedding. The color scheme of wine & navy is a favorite of mine, and photographs so beautifully. One of the bridesmaids used to be a florist, and mans she did not disappoint with the flowers. They were so gorgeous!! A talented cousin of the bride even made the amazing wedding cake! Now let’s talk about Jenna’s gorgeous gown…Obsessed!! The couple’s families and friends made me feel like one of them for the day, and I could not be more grateful. Now, stop listening to me and check out all the pretties!
This blog post is dedicated to the memory of my Dad, James Wirtanen, who passed away eleven years ago today. He fueled my wanderlust soul, always did, and always will. He had a desire and passion to see the world, and he wanted the same for his daughter. I miss him every day: my sunshine, my mountain man, my daddy.
About a year ago, my best friend Marc started planning a trip to Canada. He reached out and asked me if I wanted to go on another adventure with him, as our last one was four years prior to Seattle & Mount Rainer, Washington. Of course I said yes! I reminded him that September was not only my birthday month, but my 40th birthday, so he planned this adventure around my birthday. And it was the best birthday ever!!
I flew out from Cleveland, Ohio to Vancouver on September 5th, and Marc flew out from Norfolk, Virginia. We met at the baggage claim, grabbed the rental car, and off we went. After checking in to the Holiday Inn and Suites North Vancouver, which I highly recommend, we hopped back in the rental and found the nearest park to explore. Sadly, I don’t even think I go the name of that place, but it was a beautiful spot for birding in North Vancouver, with paths through the woods surrounded by a gorgeous lake.
Thursday was set to be the best day ever, as it was my 40th birthday! What better way to ring in 40 than zip lining at the top of the mountains?! We started by taking in some views at Cleveland Park (ironic since Cleveland is where I am from). We then headed up the gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain, where we zip lined for two hours. Talk about a view!! The last two zip lines were absolutely breathtaking, with views of snow capped mountains and downtown Vancouver!! Did I mention this adventure included a round trip ride on the ski lift, where we made a new friend from Australia? Happy 40th to me!!! #thisis40
Talk about an amazing Friday. We grabbed some Tim Hortons, which we did every day while in Canada, because Timmy’s is AMAZING. We headed to Capilano for our next adventure, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. This place was worth every penny of the entrance fee!!! As most thing I experienced in Canada, the photos do not do it justice. It wasn’t just the suspension bridge, but also the cliff walk, and walking in the tree tops on the mini bridges. My best friend may have had a little too much fun trying to bounce the bridge around the other tourist, but all in good fun.
We ventured up to Cypress Provincial Park, for some more amazing views, some birding, and a cool view of one of the sites from the 2010 Winter Olympics. I found so much peace on this day, after a couple of days of thrilling activity. It is busy season right now for a Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer, so it was so nice to just breath in all of the beauty and take photographs just for myself. Taking nature photos is where it all started for me, so it was nice to get back to where it all began. Another favorite stop this day was to Horseshoe Bay, home to British Columbia’s ferry boats. I had some poutine (look it up, it’s amazing), some delicious fish-n-chips, all while watching the clouds roll in and out of the bay over the mountains.
We tried so hard to get up to Whistler, a small mountain town and home to the 2010 Winter Olympics, but a huge bicycle race got in our way. It all worked out though, we found an amazing waterfall along our detour, and accidentally snuck in to the actual mountain site of the Olympics. It was like the apocalypse up there! You could not hear a sound. Broken down parking lots, crumbled cement walls, and nothing but breathtaking views. So peaceful. I wish I could remember the name of the town we had lunch in on the way back, it had the best lunch view I have ever had overlooking the mountains in Squamish.
Our last full day in Canada was pretty epic. Rain tried to ruin our plans, but by winging it, we found the most fun. We visited the gorgeous Shannon Falls, and while winging it again with a hike through the woods, we ended up in the parking lot of the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish. We thought, why not? It had been raining off and on, which for us was perfect, it meant less tourist. We took a ride up the mountain, with views of glacier lakes and mountain tops, all the way in to the clouds above. And I am being serious, we were in the clouds! When we got off the gondola ride, we really had no idea of the beauty around us, as the clouds had rolled in so thick, and then we saw the suspension bridge. Talk about something so amazing!! After crossing our second suspension bridge of our trip, we walked around a corner and the clouds opened up to views of snow capped mountains in front of us. I swear, we found heaven at the top of that mountain, or as close as we could get to it.
Adventure is out there. Life is short. Take the trips. See the world. Plan a destination wedding or elopement, and take me with you!! I am proud to say that I am an adventurous photographer, and I find peace in the mountains, and I will zip line with you and walk over crazy high bridges in the clouds! My soul needed this trip. I only get to see my best friend a few times a year, but we always make an adventure out of it. And this one was epic!! Time to plan the next one!!
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Two families, one from Alabama and the other from Ohio, came together here in Northeast Ohio to celebrate the love story of Alex & Nathan and watch them become wed. It was so beautiful!!!
Watching the guys get ready was entertaining, as it usually is with them LOL. They even had fun showing me their funky socks. The ladies got ready in style with shirts the bride had made specifically for each of her girls. Mom had a hankie embroidered with a quote from a book she used to ready to Alex…tears!!! And talk about a first look! Alex had one with her Dad, followed by one with her groom, bring on the tears again!!
Now I know you want to see more of this gorgeous Northeast Ohio wedding! Check out the highlights below!
I love all of my weddings, I really do. But, I REALLY love my small and intimate weddings, like Liz & Kirks! I always bond with my couples throughout their wedding day, but when it just a small gathering of just family, I end the day feeling like a part of their whole family.
Liz & Kirk had an intimate wedding in front of the Gazebo at The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake, right in front of Lake Erie. It was a very sunny, and very hot day, but you wouldn’t know it by their smiles! The only guests were immediate family, and after all of the formal photos were taken, they had an intimate dinner in one of the small party rooms at the lodge. There was one surprise though! In the lounge, outside of their party room, a jazz singer was playing and invited the couple to come out and have a first dance. Not planned, but so perfect!!