Lake Erie Bluffs - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Lake Erie Bluffs Wedding – Mr. & Mrs. Hruska – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Amanda & Derek had originally planned for a summer 2019 wedding, but a last minute decision had them move the date to December 2018. They had a beautiful, intimate ceremony, at one of my favorite wedding spots, Lake Erie Bluffs. The Bluffs is a part of the Lake MetroParks, sitting along the cliffs of Lake Erie in Perry, Ohio. There is a beautiful building on site, with glass doors making up two of the walls, and a fireplace taking up a third. So perfect for a small intimate wedding like theres!

Amanda planned the cutest holiday themed wedding, with a hot chocolate bar & cozy blanket station even! Did it rain a little? Yes. But, did we let it spoil the day? Absolutely not!! I grabbed my cute umbrella and we headed outside for some formal photos after the ceremony! Check out there beautiful December wedding, and the vendors listed below!

Lake Erie Bluffs - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Lake Erie Bluffs – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Lake Erie Bluffs - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Lake Erie Bluffs – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Lake Erie Bluffs - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Lake Erie Bluffs – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Lake Erie Bluffs - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Lake Erie Bluffs – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Lake Erie Bluffs - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Lake Erie Bluffs – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Lake Erie Bluffs - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Lake Erie Bluffs – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Lake Erie Bluffs - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Lake Erie Bluffs – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Lake Erie Bluffs - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Lake Erie Bluffs – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Lake Erie Bluffs - Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Lake Erie Bluffs – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Vendors:

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

Venue: Lake Erie Bluffs http://www.lakemetroparks.com/register-reserve/reserve-a-shelter/shelters/lake-erie-bluffs-lane-road-shelter

Catering: Rideout’s IGA https://www.rideoutsiga.com/

Officiant: Wayne Lett of UrWay DJ & Weddings http://www.urwaydj.com/

Cake & Cupcakes: Dee Bakes https://www.facebook.com/deebakes4u/

Bridal Gown: Formality Resale https://formalityresale.com/

Oh look, it’s snowing, AGAIN! Let’s make the best of it..My favorite Northeast Ohio portraits in the snow!

It is April 17, 2018. It is a Tuesday. It is tax day. It is someone’s birthday, heck it is someone’s wedding day somewhere! It is also snowing…again!! OVER IT!!! OK, I know that this is Northeast Ohio, and it can snow at any time. BUT, it has been snowing since October, and we are SO OVER IT!! I mean seriously, it has been six whole months of this stuff. The daffodils are coming up, and they want to bloom damn it! We want sunshine, vitamin D! But instead, I am watching this snow accumulate on my Kia. Freaking winter wonderland outside my kitchen window! OK, end rant. Enjoy some of my most favorite Northeast Ohio photo sessions in the snow. Yup, we embraced it at the time. But come on people, it is mid-April, it is time for SPRING! Well, let’s make the best of it, enjoy the portraits in the snow!

We had some weddings…..

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Northeast Ohio Snow Portraits
Northeast Ohio Snow Portraits

And some engagements….

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This engagement was from the first snowfall in Northeast Ohio!

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We even had some maternity sessions in the snow!

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And last, but not least, even a senior session!

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Here in Northeast Ohio, we have no choice but to embrace the snow. Do we hate it, especially by mid-April? Absolutely! Do we have every right to complain about it? YES!! But, let’s choose to see the silver lining…We can and do make beautiful portraits in it!! So, in conclusion, let us all agree that snow accumulating in April does suck. But, think of it this way…It can’t last through June right? Come on Mother Nature, it is almost wedding season! Get it together!!

Lindsay Dawn Photography

Places I went….

Squire’s Castle

Gervasi Vineyard

The Lake House Inn

Lakeshore Reservation Park

Downtown Willoughby

Sugar Pines Farm

Hidden Valley Park

Punderson State Park

The Matchworks Building

Mr. & Mrs. Campbell – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – LaMalfa Party Center – Mentor, Ohio

Carly & Tyler had been planning their wedding for a long time, and it turned out magical. Surrounded by family & friends, they said I Do at their beautiful church, St. Justin Martyr Parish in Eastlake, Ohio. A gorgeous church, with beautiful light and stained glass windows. Luckily for Carly, the church is just blocks from where she got ready, her Grandmother’s house. Also the same house that her own mother got ready on her wedding day! Carly’s mom even showed me photos of herself getting ready there, and we reenacted some of those shots for Carly. How many people can say that they have had that opportunity?!

Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer
Mr. & Mrs. Campbell – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

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After the ceremony, we headed to Mentor, Ohio for formal photos in an historical Northeast Ohio building called The Matchworks Building, with original bricks built in the late 1800s. So much unique character in this building, and it was a warm alternative to the snow outside.

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The reception was held at the gorgeous LaMalfa Party Center, in Mentor, Ohio. A venue filled with unique areas for photo opportunities, delicious food, and amazing staff. You should have seen the appetizer buffet alone! I could have easily filled up on those appetizers alone, my favorite being the chilled salmon.

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Yes, Carly & Tyler had a little too much fun with the cake cutting. But, it was a blast. Did I mention that the mother of the groom made the favors or homemade soaps? Amazing!

Then it was time to get the party started! The DJs from Sound Styles Unlimited did not disappoint. This was not my first wedding with these guys, it was actually my third including my own wedding! Yup, they were my own wedding DJs. Kept the dance floor packed all night! Carly & Tyler had some surprise guests show up, the amazing The Irish American Club Pipe Band -East Side. Yes, bagpipes and all!! It was SO cool!! They were playing an event in the ballroom next store, and when they heard there was a wedding they just had to say hi. Everyone loved it!!!

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I want to wish Carly & Tyler the most blessed life together as husband and wife. They are the sweetest couple, with the most amazing family and friends. It was an honor to capture such a special day.

Beautiful Greek Wedding – Cleveland, Ohio – Kim & Jerry -Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

I have known the bride, Kim, for a lot of years. Kim & I play pool on the same Northeast Ohio pool league, so I was so honored when she asked me to be her wedding photographer. I was hired almost two years before their wedding day, and had fun watching her plan her “Winter Wonderland” themed wedding over the years. Even more fun was spending the day with such an amazing wedding party, their family, and guests. Even knew a bunch of the guests and some bridal party members! How fun is that?

The day started early, with getting ready at Embassy Suites in Independence, Ohio. It is funny watching the differences of the girls getting ready, versus the guys. For the guys, it starts about 20 minutes before they have to be where they are supposed to be. For the girls, it is hours of hair & makeup, finding accessories, and making sure everything is in place. The team from Makeup by Madison & Co. did an amazing job with all of the ladies! And lets talk about the flowers! The bride and her friends created all of the bridesmaids bouquets themselves, and they turned out amazing. The bridal bouquet was created by one of my most favorite florists to work with on weddings, Bouts & Bouquets, they always do an amazing job. While the girls get ready, I love capturing the details, and Kim’s were so unique and beautiful. Did you see her shoes?! Jerry even snuck in and wrote a message for his bride on the bottom of one! She even carried with her a hankie that her Mother in Law carried with her on her own wedding day. Those are the details that I love!

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Kim & Jerry decided to do a first look, and for a photographer, this made me so happy!! By doing a first look, we were then able to get all of the bridal party portraits done before the ceremony. So, after the ceremony and family photos, it was party time at the reception! Kim was a smart planner, and got a permit for us to take photos in a gorgeous historic theater in downtown Cleveland, called Connor Palace in Playhouse Square, and it did not disappoint. I even got the bride and groom on stage! After the theater, we snapped a few in front of the Cleveland Chandelier, always wanted to do that. From there, we made our way to the Cleveland sign behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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The wedding ceremony was held at St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church, and what a beautiful church it is. This was my first time being in a Greek Orthodox Church, and at a Greek wedding, and it was an amazing experience. The ceremony was so full of beautiful Greek traditions, that involved not only their bridal party but close family as well.

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Kim&Jerry

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The reception was quite the party! It was held in an attached building, called St. Paul Hellenic Center, and catered by Brennan’s Catering. The food was amazing, I was lucky to have the delicious salmon dinner. Now, check out those cakes!! Rudy’s Strudel & Bakery did an amazing job on those cakes! I love how the groom’s cake is mudding on the formal cake! If you are from NE Ohio, you know what mudding is. Being a Greek wedding, they danced the traditional Greek Wedding Dance, my first time seeing such an awesome tradition. And the rest of the evening was an amazing party, everybody danced all night to DJ Christopher, who even created the awesome dancing in the clouds smoke effect for the bride and grooms first dance.

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I hope you all enjoy the images from Kim & Jerry’s wedding! It can give great inspiration for those planning their own wedding in Northeast Ohio, or even a destination wedding.

Lindsay Dawn Photography