Cleveland Botanical Gardens Wedding with Missy and Frank

Cleveland Botanical Garden Wedding in May

A few years ago I photographed a wedding that was supposed to be at the Japanese Garden but rain moved the ceremony up to the Restorative Garden so I was elated when Missy contacted me about photographing their wedding in the Japanese Garden at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.  Missy and Frank had a beautiful day without a drop of rain so it all went as planned!

It was a pretty hot and humid day for May but it was a beautiful day none the less.  The sun was shining, the birds were chirping and the sweet smell of wisteria was in the air. I loved how Missy and Frank braided their children into the ceremony and made them a part of the ceremony. It was a sweet and personalized ceremony for them and their new family.

After the ceremony they moved up to Woodland Hall for their lunch reception where all the kids had tons of fun munching on some kid-friendly food they had alongside the “adult” offerings (and even the adults tried it because everyone was raving about the mac and cheese and who can pass up mac and cheese?) while they raced in and out of the photo booth.  The adults mingled with friends and family and it was such a perfect day for everyone.  I love casual receptions!

Thank you so much for trusting me to capture your wedding day!

Cake: Wild Flour Bakery / Catering: Bon ApetitCeremony: Japanese Garden at Cleveland Botanical Garden / Florist: Hirts Florist / Officiant: Divine Weddings by DianeReception: Woodland Hall at Cleveland Botanical Garden / Stationery: Keewi DesignsString Quartet: Celestial Strings

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Downtown Chicago Engagement Session with Katie and Bart

Chicago Engagement Session in May

Last May I got to head over to Chicago for a fun engagement session with Katie and Bart.  They had gone back and forth on adding the engagement session or not and luckily our schedules both allowed me to come out to them in Chicago and spend a day photographing them in the city where they met and fell in love.

It had been a LONG time since I’ve been to Chicago so it was fun to revisit the city.  I had all of these grand plans on what to do and see, especially since I had just finished up Devil in the White City and wanted to check out where the World’s Fair was.  Unfortunately for me (but fortunately for Katie and Bart), the weather was rainy and terrible for the entire trip but the few hours I spent with them during their engagement session.  So all of my grand plans were scrapped and I ended up reading in my room at the Loews and enjoying the view from my dry room – and it was actually still a wonderful trip.  Give me a good view, a comfy hotel room and a good book and I’m happy!

We did a ton of walking through the city during Katie and Bart’s engagement session so in the end I did still get to do quite a bit of sight seeing so not all was lost.  While the fog obscured the skyline for most of the session we did get one pop of sun at JUST the right time.  Yay!  They were such a fun couple to get to visit the city with and I loved getting to not only hear their story about how they met and fell in love but visit the spots where it happened as well.  I love when my clients are able to return to important places to take photos!

I photographed these two a few months later in July and it was one of my favorite weddings of the year – hopefully I’ll get that blogged in the next month or so!

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Hyatt Regency Cleveland At The Arcade Wedding with Jackie and Jonathan

Hyatt Regency Arcade Wedding Bridal Party

In May I met up with Jackie and Jonathan for their wedding at the ever amazing Hyatt Regency Arcade in Cleveland.  I was excited to be back at one of Cleveland’s most popular wedding venues with this lovely couple.

I started the day with Jackie getting ready and ended it with all the guests on the dance floor.  Thanks to the Cleveland Music Group’s amazing DJ DC the dance floor was packed all night long with everyone from young to old cutting a rug!

Jackie and Jonathan are so sweet together.  They chose to exchange gifts during their first look which I thought was a lovely idea!  It makes so much more sense to open a gift from your beloved WITH them so you can each talk about the process and thank them properly!  In the craziness of a wedding day sometimes those thoughts get lost when you finally see one another.  I loved this twist on the tradition and hope other couples in the future do the same.  That same thoughtfulness spread through the entire wedding and everything had lovely personal touches.  Even though I just met them that day, I felt like I had known them for years by the time I left.

Thank you both for trusting me with your day.  It was a joy to work with you both!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade / Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal / Cake: Wild Flour Bakery / DJ: DJ DC with Cleveland Music Group / Florist: Brown Pleasance Florists

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