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Brookside Farms Wedding with Madison and Michael

I was so much looking forward to photographing a wedding at Brookside Farms last December and was elated when Madison and Michael booked me for theirs.  The grounds there are amazing and I had a ton of ideas flowing as far as photos.  Turns out, Old Man Winter had his own ideas about the day and turned the ENTIRE venue into an ice rink!!  Luckily Madison and Michael were some really chill clients and didn’t let inches thick ice deter them from enjoying their wedding day!  They even bravely slid out into the snow for a few outdoor photos between the ceremony and reception!

If you couldn’t guess, this couple was so lovely to work with and didn’t let a few shakeups in their day ruin their happiness!  All day they just kept looking at each other and smiling – which I found so sweet.

Thank you both so much for having me along on your day!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Brookside Farms / Cake: Acme Fresh Market / Catering: Old Carolina Barbecue /  DJ: Flash and Sound Events / Florist: Cathy Cowgill Flowers

I loved Madison’s custom robe!Bride getting ready for wedding at Brookside Farms

Brookside Farms has a lovely suite for brides to get ready in and it had plenty of space for all of the ladies to get ready.

Getting ready for wedding at Brookside Farms

The final lady to get dressed was Madison and what a stunning bride she was!

Bride getting dressed for December wedding

How amazing is the back of her gown!?

Rhinestone back of wedding dress

There were a lot of hugs and love all day long.

Bride hugging Mom after getting dressed

Madison did a first look with her father and there were lots of happy tears.

Father Daughter First Look in Ohio

Soon it was time to head over to the ceremony and Michael was all smiles when he saw Madison coming down the aisle.

Groom seeing bride at wedding ceremony

While all the eyes were on Madison her eyes were on Michael.

Bride and Father walking down aisle for wedding

The ceremony was perfection.

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I adored the red dresses on these ladies!

Bride and Bridesmaids in long red gownsBridesmaids at Brookside Farms wedding

The groomsman looked pretty dapper in their suits as well.

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I loved this old car that Madison’s parents had brought out for photos!

Brookside Farms Wedding in December

While Madison came prepared for snow and blustery cold there is not a lot of clothing that can overcome ice (but man that cloak is amazing!)  Luckily there was an iceless patch between the ceremony and reception buildings where we could do a few photos outside.

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While they visited with their guests during the cocktail hour I captured a few details from the room.

Wedding reception at Brookside Farms

A hot chocolate and cookie bar is the perfect thing for a winter wedding!

Hot Cocoa Bar at Wedding Reception

Isn’t the cake table so perfectly Christmas-sy?

Cupcakes at wedding reception at Brookside Farms

They entered onto the dance floor and did their first dance immediately while everyone looked on and smiled.

First dance at wedding reception at Brookside FarmsFirst dance at wedding reception at Brookside Farms

Next up before dinner was the toasts which were all sentimental and perfect!

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After dinner the dancing continued with their parents.  I adored Madison’s father’s hat!  Ha!

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From when the dance floor opened until when it closed thanks to the talent of Flash and Sound Events!

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How fun are their rings?

Wedding reception at Brookside Farms in Ohio

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Alan - These are so beautiful.

Winter Covered Bridge Engagement Session with Kelli and Matthew

Last December on one of the very few snowy days that we got here in Ohio I met up with Kelli and Matthew at the Everett Road Covered Bridge in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  Since they were coming in from out of state for their engagement session we decided to go for it anyways despite the snow.  I’m SO GLAD they did because this was by far one of my favorite sessions of the year.  The snow was falling just perfectly and it was so beautiful!  I have a feeling more couples are going to want to brave the cold for sessions like this after seeing their photos.

They just got married this past June so hopefully I get caught up before long and you’ll see their stunning photos from their beautiful day!

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Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade December Wedding with Clodagh and Matt

Every time I work a Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade wedding, I know I’m in for a feast for the eyes.  Even if a wedding had NO decorations, it’s still SUCH a gorgeous venue that no one would even notice… and at Christmas? This venue even gets better with the additional lights and decoration!  Of course no wedding has ever gone without details so every wedding is a dream to photograph and working with Clodagh and Matt was extra dreamy.

The whole day I was all grins because the day was just perfection.  Clodagh and Matt were perfect clients – super chill and just so much fun to be around.  They brought their ADORABLE dog for the wedding, which is aces in my books.  Their families were SUPER kind and the dancing was amazing.  It was just a perfect wedding day.

Even though it was December it wasn’t a crazy weather day so luckily we were able to poke out for a couple photos even.

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

Another huge thanks to the ever amazing Tom Forrest for being my wonderful second photographer!

Ceremony & Reception: Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade /  Bridal Gown: Augusta Jones / Bridesmaid Gowns: J. Crew / Cake: Wild Flour Bakery / DJ: TKO Entertainment / Florist: Charles Phillips Beautiful Flowers / Hair & Makeup: Marengo Luxury Spa / String Quartet: Mayfield Strings

 

Tom started out with the guys (and their adorable dog!) while I was with the ladies.

I adored the photos he was able to capture of Matt and Luz!

Groom giving treat to ring bearer dog

I also love this photo of the groomsman before the wedding!

Groom and Groomsman Getting Ready for Wedding at Hyatt ClevelandWhile Tom was with the guys, I was with the ladies who were in the final stages of getting ready down at the Marengo Spa.  While they were finishing up I took Clodagh’s GORGEOUS lace Augusta Jones Bridal dress for a spin for some photos.

Augusta Jones Bridal Gown at Hyatt Cleveland

Clodagh and her ladies had the bridal suite at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade and it is SUCH a perfect spot to get ready before a wedding!  LOTS of mirrors and lights!

Finally everyone was ready and it was time to put that stunning lace gown on Clodagh!

Bride putting on Augusta Jones Bridal Gown in Cleveland

Clodagh was my second bride in a row that was an Irish Step Dancer (WHICH I LOVE) and she came prepared with ribbon to tie her red heels on so that she could dance the night away without worrying about her heels slipping.  One of the most clever high heel hacks I’ve seen at a wedding!

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Clodagh and Matt opted to do a first look which made the most sense based on their wedding day timeline.  We were able to take advantage of the way the whole Arcade lights up with daylight during the day before their evening ceremony.

Tom went up a floor and was able to capture this gorgeous overlook of their first look location as Matt was waiting for Clodagh.

First Look at the Hyatt Regency in Cleveland

I stayed below just out of sight of Tom so I could capture the emotions of their first look.  I loved how HUGE their smiles were!

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Did you know that the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade is a pet friendly venue and hotel? It is!

Bride and Groom with Dog at Wedding in Cleveland

During the holidays the Hyatt in Cleveland is DECKED OUT with even more lights and decor than is found year round.  We had to take photos with the tree being a December wedding and all.

Bride and Groom with Dog at Wedding in Cleveland

We also had to give lots of love and hugs to Luz!

Bride and Groom with Dog at Wedding in Cleveland

I don’t care how many times I’ve taken a wedding photo in this spot at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade.  I will take a million more because every time this shot is my favorite from the day.

Wedding photo at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade

This is why you have your wedding here.  IT IS SO PRETTY.

Also, so are they.

Wedding photo at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade

I haven’t raved yet on Clodagh’s hair yet but man I loved this style – the hair piece, the curls — it was perfection!

Wedding photo at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade

I love this bridge and one of the perks to having a second photographer (who is awesome like Tom!) is to get alternate angles like this when I’m shooting more on center.

Wedding photo at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade

Tom also was able to capture this sweet in between moment while we were changing up poses.

Wedding photo at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade

I cannot rave enough about how much I not only loved this bridal party but how much I loved their look.  The grey suits, the blue dresses and ties and the colorful bouquets by Charles Phillips were just exquisite!

Red and Royal Blue Bridal Party

If you’ve read here enough, you know how much I love it when my brides let their bridesmaids choose gowns they are most comfortable in!  The blues all matched but they were all in gowns they chose!

Bridesmaids on stairs at Hyatt Regency Cleveland

See what I mean about the gorgeous colors popping against the dresses?  Normally one wouldn’t think about royal blue and red together for a wedding but man did it work, and work beautifully!

Red and Blue Floral Bouquets in Cleveland

I loved every single thing about Clodagh’s gorgeous ensemble.  The lit stairs at The Arcade in Cleveland just made it stand out even more.

Bride in Augusta Jones Bridal Gown in Cleveland

Time for the guys to show off how dapper they looked!

Groom and Groomsman at Hyatt Regency Cleveland in December

Perfection, right??

Groom in grey suit with blue tie in Cleveland

This picture is the poster child of why a December wedding in Cleveland at the Hyatt is the best thing ever.

I have another one booked for this year, needless to say, I am excited.  I want ALL the December weddings here!  *heart eye emoji*

Wedding Bridal Party at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland

Since it wasn’t super slushy or bitterly cold, I was able to get Clodagh and Matt outside for a few photos with The Arcade sign, yay!

Wedding photo outside The Arcade in Cleveland

Back inside for the ceremony!  How perfect is this setup for their ceremony spot inside The Arcade?

Wedding ceremony location on the stairs at the Hyatt in Cleveland

I can’t help it, I love strands of lights!

Hyatt Regency Cleveland December Wedding

How perfect is Luz as the ring bearer?

Hyatt Regency Cleveland December Wedding

Tom captured this amazing photo of Clodagh entering the ceremony from the far end of The Arcade.

Bride entering wedding ceremony at the Hyatt Cleveland

I was on the other end capturing Matt’s grin as he laid eyes on her.

Groom seeing bride walk down the aisle in Cleveland

Clodagh’s laugh as she walked up the aisle may be my favorite thing from the ceremony.

Bride laughing when walking down the aisle

Wedding ceremonies at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade are always perfection.  Theirs was no different.

Wedding Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland

Clodagh is Irish so they included a hand binding ceremony.  At the end when they pull their hands out the fabric ties a knot.

Wedding Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland

I always tell my clients to hold hands if possible during a wedding ceremony because not only does it look better in photos but it also brings you closer.  I loved the way they held hands during a reading so much I had to zoom in on just their hands.

Wedding Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland

The kiss!

Wedding Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland

I know I’ve written many love sonnets to the perfection that is a Wild Flour Bakery cake but I will many more times because they are not only amazing to taste (when I get the chance to, it’s been a while… sniff) but they are always STUNNING.  Even the simple cakes are beautiful in their simplicity.

Seriously, if you’re looking for a cake for a wedding or event (or just because you have a yen for cake) I cannot recommend Wild Flour enough.

Onto THIS wedding cake… well as you can see it’s a beautiful white cake with dots and fine gold ribbon.  It was the perfect fit for their wedding and a sight to behold!

White and Gold Wild Flour Bakery Wedding Cake

While the cocktail hour was underway I was running around documenting the gorgeous reception decor!  I really loved the floating gold candles with red berries floating inside.  It was the perfect way to incorporate the existing beauty at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade with wedding decor!

Wedding Reception Decor at the Hyatt in Cleveland

I loved their head table as well!

Head Table at Hyatt Cleveland Wedding Reception

It was time for their entrance and what an entrance at the Hyatt!

Wedding reception entrance at Hyatt Regency Cleveland

They immediately went into their first dance and it was, of course, beautiful.

Wedding Reception First Dance at Hyatt Cleveland

Not only does this photo show off how amazing a wedding reception at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade looks but it shows off the beauty of Clodagh’s gown as well!

Hyatt Regency Cleveland Arcade Wedding Reception

You two were just so much fun to photograph!

Hyatt Regency Cleveland Arcade Wedding Reception

After dinner they opted to combine their parent dances into one song rather than having separate songs for each parent.  This is a new trend I’ve noticed lately and I must admit, not only does it make sense but it also helps people who get the jitters dancing in front of so many people.

I love how Clodagh’s Dad is biting his lip during their dance, I’m not sure if it was from the jitters or to keep from crying but I teared up when editing this one!

Hyatt Regency Cleveland Arcade Wedding Reception

Over on Matt’s side of the dance floor it was all grins as he danced with his lovely Mother.

Mother Son Dance at Cleveland Wedding Reception in December

Finally TKO Entertainment opened up the dance floor and it was PACKED all night long.

However I think the person who enjoyed the dance floor the most that night was one of their adorable flower girls.  I don’t think she left it for a moment!

Flower Girl Dancing at Wedding Reception at Cleveland Arcade

Her gown was also adorable too, I loved how the lace echoed the one in Clodagh’s gown.

Wedding Reception at Hyatt Regency Cleveland

Partway through the evening TKO Entertainment played some Dropkick Murphys and Clodagh did a bit of stepdancing.  The flower girl was SO excited and tried her hand at it as well.

Wedding Reception at Hyatt Regency Cleveland

I loved how Clodagh’s ring echoed the knot tied during their handfasting!

Wedding Rings in Cleveland

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