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Winter LaCentre Wedding with Marie and Robert

A few years ago I photographed a magical New Years Eve wedding with Marie’s sister Catherine and I fell in LOVE with their family.  I was so excited when her sister contacted me to photograph her wedding!  Originally it was scheduled for last year near Thanksgiving but life happens and they ended up moving it to the end of the following year on the day before her sister’s anniversary.  I was SO excited to photograph another winter wedding with this family and Ohio brought the weather!

I need to pause in the midst of the weather jabber to gush about Marie’s dress.  When she opened up the garment bag I let out a gasp, it was SO stunning and SO perfect for a snowy day.  The light grey was just so stunning on Marie that even months later I still am in awe at how amazing it was.  Ladies, don’t be afraid of going away from white!

Back to the weather – these two were absolute rockstars and were brave enough to go outside in the snow (which was falling beautifully!) and cold for a few photos en route to their reception.  They had their love to keep them warm though!  These two were all smiles and stars in their eyes all night long, especially when they were near each other.

Many congratulations to you both – thank you so much for allowing me to capture your magical day!

Ceremony: St. Ladislas Parish / Reception: LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility / Band: Grand Avenue Band / Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal / Cake: Wild Flour Bakery / Florist: HeatherLily / Hair: Bella Capelli Sanctuario / Makeup: Jason Kelly Face Art /

Seriously, how amazing is this gown? SO gorgeous!

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Catherine and Andy now have an adorable son and he was the ring bearer!  His Dad had to join him since he was a bit scared.

St Ladislas wedding ceremony in Westlake Ohio

Marie’s proud father escorted her down the aisle.

St Ladislas wedding ceremony in Westlake Ohio

Robert was so excited to see Marie!

St Ladislas wedding ceremony in Westlake Ohio

It was a perfect and beautiful ceremony.

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The kiss!

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These two braved the cold and snow for a few photos outside on their way to LaCentre.

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I adored the jacket Marie wore – it fit perfectly with her gown.

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Seriously loved these two, they were so lovely and natural together.

Outdoor winter wedding photos in Ohio

I love how the snow perfectly laid in Marie’s gorgeous hair.

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How amazing is Marie’s bouquet?  HeatherLily did a fantastic job!

Winter bouquet by HeatherLily Groom outside in winter for wedding portrait

Robert’s boutonniere was also perfection.

Boutonniere by HeatherLily for winter wedding

Lake Erie was very angry that day but made for a great backdrop!

Winter wedding portrait by Lake Erie

Their reception decor for their wedding was amazing!  It was very woodsy and perfectly encapsulated winter.

Wedding seating arrangement with birch tree

How lovely is their card box?

Winter wedding card box

LaCentre puts on a beautiful spread for their cocktail hour for weddings.

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The ballroom looked amazing!

Sweetheart table at LaCentre Wedding

Wild Flour Bakery knocked it out of the park!

Winter wedding cake on tree stump

HeatherLily did a phenomenal job as well.

Winter wedding reception at LaCentre

Winter wedding reception at LaCentre

The reception kicked off with emotional and perfect toasts.

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After dinner Marie and Robert cut the cake and they do so beautifully.

Winter wedding reception at LaCentre

Their first dance was sweet and perfect.

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While Marie’s dance with her Father was emotional with tears at bay for its entirety…

Winter wedding reception at LaCentre

…Robert’s dance with his Mother was full of glee and giggles!

Winter wedding reception at LaCentre

While the Grand Avenue Band played the night away I captured photos of their rings!

Wedding rings at LaCentre Wedding

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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!

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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.

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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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