Walt Disney World Wedding with Kristen and Michael

Wedding portrait at Walt Disney World BoardWalk Inn

I AM SO EXCITED TO FINALLY BLOG THIS WALT DISNEY WORLD SWAN WEDDING!!

What’s wild is that I’m sitting here in May 2021 blogging a wedding from October 2019 and this was the last time I traveled.  I travel a fair amount and had a bunch of trips and a destination wedding planned for 2020 but little did we know that in a few short months our worlds would flip upside down.

I met Kristen in 2001 or so on a Joey McIntyre message board like I have many of my other friends that have been featured on here including Kim, Kristen (a different one!) and Gianina!   Unlike the others though I had never met Kristen in person before.  We were going to try on my last trip to Walt Disney World but I believe she ended up being out of town.   So while I was ecstatic to be chosen as their photographer I was mostly excited to finally meet Kristen in person.

Kristen reached out after her and Michael got engaged and originally they really wanted to get married at Walt Disney World proper but Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings is pretty expensive and their preset packages (which you can’t adjust easily) didn’t really fit their needs for their guest list.  I suggested the Swan & Dolphin hotel for their wedding and it was a hit!  So if you are looking for an alternative to get married at Walt Disney World without doing one through Disney I highly recommend doing one at the Swan & Dolphin.  They have a lot of options and their packages may be a better fit for you vs. Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings.

Kristen and Michael said I Do at the Swan Courtyard on a steamy Saturday morning and had a lovely luncheon reception afterwards.  Once the formalities were over with we headed over to the boardwalk along Crescent Lake and did photos in front of the BoardWalk Inn Resort before grabbing an Uber and finishing up photos at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in mid-afternoon.  We all took a break and they changed clothes and we met back up in the evening after the rain had passed and did some final casual portraits around Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.  At the end of the evening they ate their wedding dinner at Be Our Guest and I FINALLY got to see proper fireworks at Disney World!  It really was a magical day!

I cannot thank you both enough for trusting me to have me document your day!!  It was such a joy!

Ceremony & Reception:  Swan Courtyard at  Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin

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The Tanglewood Club wedding with Allyssa and Christopher

October wedding at The Tanglewood Club

Oh how much I loved Allyssa and Christopher’s beautiful The Tanglewood Club wedding in October 2019.  The leaves were fantastic on their wedding day and it may forever be my most favorite autumn wedding ever.

I was referred to this couple by Michael Steinberg who has retired from shooting weddings as a primary shooter since photographing Allyssa’s sister’s wedding a few years ago.  However, he still likes to second shoot so he joined me for their wedding!  It was fun to have someone along who knew the family so well!

I started my day with the girls at the church as they got ready while Michael did the same.  After the ceremony we headed to Chagrin Falls and then ended with photos at The Tanglewood Club with Allyssa and Christopher.

While I know it was a bummer to not have Michael as the primary shooter I’m so glad you trusted me to capture your day!

Ceremony:  Parkside Church / Reception: The Tanglewood Club / Bridal Gown: Lillian West via Doreen Leaf Designs / Bridesmaids Gowns: David’s Bridal / Cake: Cakes by Maria and Joe / DJ: A Finer Tune Disc Jockey / Florist: Burton Floral

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Sapphire Creek Winery Wedding with Jessica and Philipp

Sapphire Creek Winery Wedding in October

In October 2019 Jessica and Philipp started a trend without even knowing it!  They had a small intimate wedding at the beautiful Sapphire Creek Winery in Chagrin Falls in October 2019 with a few close friends and family.  It was a perfect ‘pandemic’ micro wedding before it was a thing.

I started the day off with Jessica and her family getting ready before the ceremony outside at Sapphire Creek.  Their ceremony was PERFECTION but really, when it starts with the officiant saying, “Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us togeder today.”  YOU KNOW it is going to be a wonderful day!

After the ceremony we did some family formals and quick portraits with Jessica and Philipp before heading downstairs to their small dinner reception.  They gathered with their family, had dinner, cut the cake and did the shoe game.  It was a beautiful day and I was so honored to spend it with them.

Thank you both for trusting me to capture your wedding day!

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