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!
I met Katie & Greg through another bride and groom of mine, whom they are close friends with. With that being said, I now have four new friends!! I just love them all!! Sometime, I just work the wedding and never get a close bond with the couple, it is human nature. But then sometimes, you just instantly click with people, and it makes your job a blast! This is what happened with Katie & Greg, all because it happened with their friends Emily & Tony.
Mr. & Mrs. Bee had a beautiful Catholic ceremony in Lakewood, Ohio. We hit up some Cleveland hot spots for some amazing photos, and ended back in Lakewood for a garden party cocktail hour and one heck of a party after. Check out their amazing day in Northeast Ohio!!!
From the moment that I met Nicole and Lawrence for their engagement session, I knew they would be one of my most favorite couples to work with. They have the most beautiful chemistry together. They are laid back, relaxed, sweet, funny, and not much posing needed as they just work so well together. We did their engagement session at two small Northeast Ohio parks, one called Arcola Creek Estuary, and the other Hogback Ridge, both located in my hometown of Madison, Ohio. Exploring those parks together, it did not take long for me to realize what a dream they would be to work with on their wedding day!
Nicole and Lawrence tied the knot at Happy Days Lodge, which is located inside the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a gorgeous and rustic venue in Northeast Ohio. It was so nice to be able to have their ceremony inside the same building as their reception, but you almost felt like you were outside with the openness of the room. But, before all of the festivities began, Nicole and Lawrence did the cutest first look I have ever seen! Why do I love a first look? We were able to get all of their family and bridal party photos done, so as soon as their ceremony was over, they went right in to cocktail hour and the reception. Easy peasy! The reception room was gorgeous!! Strung lights for just the right ambiance, and the decor that the brides mother made was perfect for the setting. Did I mention that the brides mom also made all of the bouquets AND the cutest cake topper ever?! To go along with the rustic charm, Old Carolina BBQ Co catered the food, and it AMAZING! Once the party got started, the dance floor was packed all night thanks to Brooks Music, who even got on stage and taught the crowd how to “Dougy!” It was truly an amazing wedding day in Northeast Ohio!!
It was fate that I even got to meet Bri & Dwight. Their original photographer did not show up to their engagement session, even though the couple had driven four hours to have them taken in their hometown. This is when they reached out to me, and I am so glad they did!!
These two grew up in Northeast Ohio, and that is exactly where they wanted to have their engagement session. One of their favorite spots is an awesome coffee shop in Ashtabula Harbor, called Harbor Perk . They even had a coffee waiting for me when I arrived! Ashtabula Harbor is such an adorable area, we had to stroll down the street a little to capture it’s charm.
Just in time for sunset hour, we made it to Grand River Cellars in South Madison. This winery is so beautiful! Not only did we use their beautiful vineyard, but we even found fields of wildflowers. There was this little incident with a bug flying in to Dwight’s mouth, but don’t worry, I captured that hilarious moment too!
Dania and Jason planned the most perfect intimate wedding, which included Dania’s daughters as the bridal party, and under 20 guests of just immediate family. To them, that was perfect, and I could not agree more!
The Sebring Mansion Inn & Spa is about an hour and forty minutes south of me, from Madison, Ohio. A bit of a drive, but I don’t mind, give me all of the destination weddings!! When I pulled up and saw how grand this mansion was, I was in awe. It is almost finished with all of its restorations. The outside is complete, and only the back half of the inside is still being worked on. It is glorious, from the stained glass windows to the glass door knobs. My couple could not have picked a better location for their wedding!!
The ceremony was in the foyer, surrounded by intricate chandeliers and gorgeous windows. Following the ceremony, the family gathered for appetizers and drinks while we started on the formal photos. I could have photographed this couple all day in that mansion, so many possibilities!! We wrapped up their photos just in time for dinner on the third floor, in a beautiful dining room & bar. Take a look at how gorgeous it all was!!! Give me all of your mansion & destination weddings!!
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!!!!
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!