Stan Hywet Wedding with Kristen and Shane

Wedding couple at Stan Hywet in Akron

I am cruising right along with my blogging and I’m so excited to finally bring this glorious Stan Hywet wedding to the blog!!

In August 2019, I was delighted to document Kristen and Shane‘s beautiful wedding day at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens alongside my fantastic second shooter Tom Forrest.  I started my day off with the ladies while Tom had a hoot with the men.  I’m so glad that we were able to take advantage of the beautiful weather and do a lot of portraits with the bridal party (separately!) before the ceremony and had ample time afterwards as Stan Hywet is SUCH a stunning venue.  It always makes me happy when we have plenty of time to utilize all the beauty Stan Hywet has to offer!

One of my favorite things about this wedding (besides how adorable Kristen and Shane are together!) was the sweet kiddos!  They always add such an element of fun to a wedding and this gang of kiddos were no exception.

Kristen and Shane’s ceremony took place on Stan Hywet’s West Terrace but instead of using the manor house as their backdrop they opted to flip things around and get married on the opposite side of the pond with the beautiful overlook of Cuyahoga Valley behind them.  I really loved this setting and hope to photograph more in the future with this setup.  Of course, having one of the most heartfelt ceremonies I’ve ever seen also helped make this a favorite.  Shane greeted each groomsman with a hug and had tears streaming down his face as he watched his lovely bride Kristen walk down the aisle.

There’s so many things I want to gush about with this wedding from the amazing team of vendors, to the fun and lovely families, to the hilarious bridal party and SO MUCH MORE but instead I’ll let the photos show just how wonderful this day was.  It even came complete with the groom serenading his bride before their first dance!  It really was a wonderful day and I’m so thankful they trusted me to photograph their day.

Ceremony & Reception: Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens / Bridal Gown: Stella York via Annabelle Bridal / Bridesmaids: Azazie / Cake: Tiffany’s Bakery / Catering: Taste of Excellence / DJ: DJ Devin with Selective Sound Entertainment / Florist: Roses for Weddings / Stationery: Pink Tomato Creative / Videography: Elite Entertainment (see their video here!) / Wedding Coordinator: Elegant Events by Maria

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Gervasi Vineyard Wedding with Sofia and Michael

Gervasi Vineyard Wedding in Conservatory

I love when I have a Gervasi Vineyard wedding, especially in their conservatory.  This space has SUCH beautiful light!  Better yet, smaller weddings are always my jam since I had one myself.  I had no idea in 2019 that this would be a trend in 2020 though!

Sofia and Michael were married on a beautiful August morning and had a small luncheon reception afterwards at the The Bistro.  Their guests were delighted with the wedding and I kept overhearing everyone talk about how they wished there were more small weddings like this with good food and a chill atmosphere.  Uh, be careful what you wish for?  Ha!  They were right though, this wedding was completely ideal and was one of my favorites from 2019.

I loved being able to work with one of my most favorite wedding officiants again, Catherine The Ohio Wedding Lady!  She is a joy to work with and her ceremonies are always so full of love and perfectly tailored to the couple.  If you’re looking for an officiant in NE Ohio, definitely look her up!

Enjoy just how sweet these two were with each other and what a beautiful wedding day they had.  I loved that they chose to pop back into the conservatory before heading to the reception for a private first dance with each other since they were both not keen on being stared at when dancing but still wanted to have that moment with one another.

SO many congratulations to these two!  Thank you so much for trusting me with your day!

Ceremony & Reception: Gervasi Vineyard / Officiant: Ohio Wedding Lady

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Lago Custom Events at Aloft Cleveland Wedding with Melissa and Tomo

Lago Custom Events in Cleveland Wedding

Oh man, what a fun wedding day it was with Melissa and Tomo!  I loved every moment of this wedding at Lago Custom Events – such a fun couple, lovely family and great bridal party!

I started off my day with Melissa and her ladies at Aloft Cleveland Downtown while my amazing second shooter Lindsey got to party with Tomo and his family as they celebrated the upcoming wedding.  Their ceremony at St. John Cantius was absolutely lovely!!!  We followed the ceremony with photos at the Croation Gardens in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens where we ALL got hecka sweaty, even those used to the Texan heat.

Once we arrived back at Aloft we went to the gorgeous overlook of Lake Erie in the Ernst & Young Building for some more photos before the cocktail hour took place in the courtyard.  Melissa and Tomo greeted each guest with a hug and a shot!  Boy, to think that was only a year ago!!

By the time their wedding reception in the lobby of Ernst & Young kicked off everyone was having a great time!  I loved the ring bearers entering in full Star Wars regalia.  Once all of the formalities were done the best was when everyone just let loose and had a great time.  The bridesmaids (and bride and groom!) danced on top of the security desk which was a first for me!

I didn’t want to leave when it was over the party was just that much fun!

Ceremony: St. John Cantius Church / Reception: Lago Custom Events at Aloft Cleveland / Bridal Gown: Mikaella Bridal via The Dress Bridal Boutique / Cake: Wild Flour Bakery / Catering: Lago Custom Events / DJ: DJ Flaco Flash / Florist: The Budding Tree / Hair & Makeup: Tomorrows Salon /

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