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Springvale Ballroom Wedding with Kimberly and Joseph

Another wedding, another crazy Ohio weather day!  2016 will be not-so-fondly remembered as the year of crazy heat and crazy storms that seemed to time themselves right when photos would be taken outside.  We got really lucky with Kimberly and Joseph because the rain managed to miss us (barely!) at every location they chose and we literally were dancing around the storms that were popping up all over the area!  Whew!

From the moment I showed up at Kimberly’s parents house, I was in love with this wedding.  Kimberly and Joseph’s family and friends were so kind and fun.  We giggled and laughed all day long!  They made me feel like part of the wedding, not part of the hired help and it makes the whole day so much more enjoyable.  From what I could gather from the guests, this is part of why there was so much love surrounding these two all day – they make everyone feel special and part of their circle.

Kimberly and Joseph are such a sweet couple.  From the moment they were finally able to lock eyes onto one another until the moment I left, they were constantly seeking one another out in the room and smiling if they weren’t right next to one another.  Joseph is so sweet and tender with Kimberly, always holding her hand or sweetly kissing her cheek.

Thank you both so much for allowing me to be a part of your day!

Band: SWAGG / Bridal Gown: Oleg Cassini via David’s BridalCake: Cakes of Elegance / Ceremony: St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church / Florist: Brennan’s Floral Gift Shop / Reception: Springvale Ballroom

How cute is Kimberly?? You can tell this is the “OMG I’m a bride!” moment!
bride getting ready for wedding in Ohio

I adore Kimberly’s parents, they were so stinkin’ sweet!

black and white portrait of bride with parents

What an aisle to make your entrance on!

wedding ceremony at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church  in Cleveland

St. Ignatius is GORGEOUS!

wedding ceremony at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church  in Cleveland

Then it was time for the vows which were perfection!

wedding ceremony at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church  in Cleveland

Of course the kiss was amazing!

wedding ceremony at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church  in Cleveland

This look between them during the exit made me so happy!!

Exit from wedding ceremony at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church  in Cleveland

The Cleveland signs have been super popular spots for wedding photos this year for good reason – it is awesome!

bridal party posing at the Cleveland sign downtown

Perfect right?!

Bride and groom at the cleveland script sign in downtown

Right after we saw the super romantic proposal we took a few photos with Lake Erie as their backdrop before heading back to the bus as the rain started to fall.

Bridal party after wedding in front of Lake Erie in Cleveland

After our photos in downtown Cleveland we headed to Brecksville Metropark for photos where Kimberly and Joseph got engaged!

Bridal party outdoor photos at Brecksville Reservation

I loved the pink and lavender with the bouquets!

Bride and bridesmaids in pink and purple dresses

The guys looked awesome in their charcoal suits!

groom and groomsmen in dark grey suits

The bridal party got back on the bus and we took a walk down the path where they got engaged.

bride and groom at brecksville reservation for wedding photos

Kimberly was a total star, it was a bit muddy but she was willing to go for it for the photos!

bride and groom at brecksville reservation for wedding photos

These two are so adorable!

bride and groom touching noses in black and white photo

Our final photo stop was the covered bridge in Olmsted Falls!

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The decor in the ballroom was so beautiful!  I loved the book and the baby’s breath!  They really made Springvale Ballroom look amazing!

Fairy Tale theme at Springvale Ballroom

Not only is this castle amazing but Kimberly’s Aunt MADE IT!!!!  How freaking awesome is that!?

homemade castle cake topper on wedding cake

Loved everything about their decor choices!

head table at springvale ballroom wedding reception

We had a bit of time before the reception started so I got to play with the rings earlier than normal!

wedding rings on rose in bride

Finally it was time to enter and get the party started and EVERYONE was so excited!

bride and groom entering wedding reception at springvale ballroom

They are so cute!

bride and groom entering wedding reception at springvale ballroom

They cut the cake and it was perfect.

bride and groom cutting cakes of elegance cake

The toasts were perfection.

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After dinner we got the dances underway and they were all straight out of a fairy tale, naturally.

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Then the dance floor opened up and this adorable kiddo was the one to get on the floor first!

baby on dance floor during reception at springvale ballroom

They had the amazing SWAGG who I haven’t seen in a couple years and they were just as fantastic as I remembered.

SWAGG band during wedding reception

The night was full of grins, smiles and love – just as all wedding receptions should be!

Wedding Reception at Springvale Ballroom in September

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Lyman Harbor Wedding with Nicole and Michael

Over the winter prior to their wedding I met up with Nicole and Michael in Youngstown for their engagement session which I absolutely adored.  For their wedding, we went almost to the opposite end of the state for their wedding in Sandusky at the beautiful Lyman Harbor.  It’s situated right on the lake and overlooks Cedar Point so it only made sense that their wedding theme was based on Cedar Point (a place they both adore).  Their colors were a bright cobalt blue and yellow and it was so perfect!  I can’t wait for you to scroll down and see just how beautiful the space looked – their reception was perfection!

What wasn’t so perfect was the rain, which was on and off all day and caused the ceremony to be moved from the lawn overlooking Cedar Point to the interior room with a similar view.  In the end though, I think it was the better choice because it meant that everyone could be seated and they didn’t have to worry about the rain or winds – just saying I do.  Luckily after the ceremony we had a break in the weather and we were able to dash outside with just enough time to get all the family portraits in and some bridal party and couple portraits before the rain moved in again.  We dashed in and out a few more times in the evening and I’m so grateful that Nicole and Michael were so easygoing and willing to work with me.  It paid off with what may be one of my most favorite nighttime photos ever.

These two were such a joy to work with – we had such a great time together and I’m sad I have no more sessions to look forward to with them both.  All day they would go their separate ways but always have an eye on one another and smile with the eyes connected.  It’s fun to watch people’s different love languages during a wedding and theirs is all in the eyes and smiles.  Thank you so much for trusting me with your day!

Ceremony & Reception: Lyman Harbor / DJ: Audio Pro / Florist: Bailey’s Buds ‘n Blooms / Hair: Scarlett O’Hair / Makeup: Katrina Romaine 

It was super windy!  So windy that Nicole’s wedding dress kept blowing to the side but to be honest, I loved it!

wedding dress blowing in the wind

Nicole was SO zen while they were all getting ready.

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One of the things I noticed that was really popular this year was customized bridesmaid wine glasses.  I LOVE THEM!

Nicole had the bridesmaid’s initial on one size and their title and the date on the other in their wedding colors.

bridesmaid holding custom wine glass

Finally it was time to get the bride dressed!  There were a lot of layers to make sure were laying perfectly.

bride getting ready in sandusky ohio

Before the rains came in we found a shady spot on the lawn of the hotel and got a few photos in.

I know I gush about this EVERY time I see it but I always love when the bridesmaids each have a different gown in the same color!

bridesmaids in different grey gowns

Then it was time for the ceremony!!! How cute are these kiddos?

ring bearer and flower girl walking down aisle

Michael was so happy to see Nicole!

groom watching bride walking down aisle

She was beautifully escorted down the aisle by her father and stepfather, which was lovely!

bride walking down aisle by dad and stepdad

Their ceremony was perfection.

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I don’t often include images of the family portraits but the lighting was SO perfect for theirs I had to show off just how beautiful overcast light can be.

family portrait outside after wedding at lyman harbor

They had a large bridal party but everyone was easy to work with!

large bridal party outside of lyman harbor

We finally got a few quick portraits in with the bride and groom before another round of rain.

I have to gush about Nicole’s gown for a moment.  It was so unique and BEAUTIFUL!

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By far one of my favorites from the day!

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How beautiful is this bouquet?!

Sunflower and white and blue bridal bouquet

The guys were a bit more willing to risk the sprinkles coming down from the sky since they don’t have hair/makeup worries so the guys went outside on the pier with me for a few pics.

We started out with the infamous ring shot per Michael’s request.

One of the perks to being on the same site for the reception and ceremony is that they were able to pop into Lyman Harbor for a drink before pics.

Groomsman toasting new groom in Sandusky Ohio

I really love this shot of these tough guys!

Groom and groomsman in front of Lyman Harbor Lighthouse

They were a hoot!

Groom and Groomsman at Lyman Harbor in Ohio

How awesome is this reception space??  Lyman Harbor weddings may be my new favorite!

Lyman Harbor Wedding Reception in Sandusky Ohio

Each table had a ride name with a photo of the ride!

Lyman Harbor Wedding Reception in Sandusky Ohio

Their seating chart was so cool.

Cedar Point Themed Seating Chart

Near the bar there was some high top tables with these beautiful centerpieces.  It was nice because it allowed people to gather there to chat easily with people who weren’t seated with each other!

Blue and Yellow Reception Decor

As a moscow mule lover, it made me happy to see their signature drink was the moscow mule AND they had custom mugs in lieu of the typical flutes!

Bride and Groom Custom Copper Mugs

Instead of cake they had cake pops and it was amazing on all levels!

Cake Pops at wedding reception

The reception kicked off with toasts!

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After dinner dancing began and the lights added extra fun to the beautiful dance!

first dance during wedding reception at Lyman Harbor

The rain wouldn’t let up so we got a few more pics with the ladies in the ballroom and they requested their own ring photo.

bride showing off wedding rings to bridesmaids

Even though it was still sprinkling they were game to go out for this photo with the Cedar Point skyline and it was perfection!

Bride and Groom kissing with Cedar Point skyline

The chandeliers changed colors to the beat of the music and it really made the room look so festive!

Wedding reception at Lyman Harbor in Sandusky Ohio

Finally a photo of their amazing rings, the oval diamond is so unique but what a stunner!

Wedding Rings on gold purse

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St. Henry Ohio Wedding with Stacy and Brad

It’s been months since their wedding and yet whenever I think of Stacy and Brad’s day, it still takes my breath away for a beat.  Not because the bride was gorgeous (and she was) or the decor was breathtaking (and it was) but because it almost wasn’t.

The day before Stacy and Brad’s wedding I received an email from Stacy telling me she had been in a car accident and reading it made chills run down my spine.  She said she was bruised and had some broken bones and her bridesmaid was still in the hospital but they’d decided to still go ahead with the wedding.  It took my breath away yet I didn’t fully grasp just how bad the accident was until I arrived at Stacy’s parents house.  There I found Stacy, who looked perfect, but it was quickly obvious just how much pain she was in.  She had underplayed the accident to me and through the day I found out just how terrible it was and just how lucky they were to walk away alive.  All day all I kept assuring Stacy was that no matter what she was THERE – the rest was details.  She did her best to make it the best – and they really, really did make it the best.  If you didn’t know about the accident, it’d be hard to know what was going on beneath the surface.  I heard they had seriously considered limiting the wedding or calling it off – I’m so damn proud of Stacy for not only deciding to go on with it but to enjoy it.

While it wasn’t the wedding day she may have had in her dreams it still was a wedding that dreams are made of.  Brad was an absolute gem all day – making sure she was OK, making sure she had whatever she needed and making sure to keep a smile on her face and a protective arm around her in case she needed to lean on him.  He went along with whatever she wanted to do to make her wedding HER day – be it sitting on a bar or dancing their first dance with a scooter in tow.  They really are what one dreams of when they envision a perfect partnership and it was such a joy documenting their day.

Catering:  Across Town Catering / Ceremony: St. Henry Church / DJ: Superior Sound Company / Reception: St. Henry American Legion

I adored Stacy’s dress!  It was so beautiful!Wedding dress hanging above doors

The lace and beaded details were swoon worthy!

Eyelash lace detailing on wedding dress

Stacy’s bridesmaids were simply amazing – doing everything they could to make the day go easier for her.

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Luckily we ended up with a bit of time before we were needed to head to the ceremony so it gave Stacy time to write her letter to Brad that she had meant to do before but due to the accident hadn’t had a chance to do.  She looked so beautiful I couldn’t help but take a photo… or ten.

Bride writing letter to Groom

Luckily someone had a chair that was perfect for Stacy to use the day of the wedding so we were able to hide her cast!

Bride seated in chair with red rose bouquet

There was a perfect shaded nook in front of the church that worked well for the photos before the ceremony!

Bride with Bridesmaids in short black dresses

These boys were SO darn cute.  The one on the right was staring at Stacy all day with heart eyes.  It was the most adorable thing!

Bride with ring bearers

Stacy originally wanted them to read their letters on either side of the door (you’ve probably seen the image that inspired the thought on Pinterest!).  However, due to her injuries standing wasn’t a great idea and there really were no good doors to use so we improvised and they read their letters back to back with Stacy seated.  She snuck a peek though and I’m glad I captured the moment!

Bride and Groom reading letters they wrote

Brad was good though and he waited for this moment to see Stacy!

Groom seeing bride coming down the aisle in St. Henry

Originally she was going to try to use her crutches to go down the aisle but crutching with a wedding dress is no easy feat!  Instead they opted for the safer scooter and I am SO glad she did because instead of worrying about the placement of the crutches and balance she was able to keep her eyes on Brad.  As you can see, that made her smile and it was perfect!

Father giving away the bride in St. Henry

The ceremony went as planned and Stacy amazed everyone by still standing and sitting through the Catholic service like she would have pre-accident.

I’m telling you, she’s amazing.

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After the ceremony we went for pictures at a nearby spot we’d picked out weeks before.  It was absolutely beautiful but very, very hot.

These two though didn’t care… they were married!

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We managed to corral their bridal party for a few photos as well!

Wedding Party in St Henry Ohio

St. Henry is a really neat town.  It’s in the middle of nowhere (and I say that with love!) and is on the western side of Ohio.  I had never been there before so there were a few wedding traditions I had to be clued in on.

One of these traditions is that all weddings end up at the local watering hole for a few drinks between the ceremony and reception and most of their guests go as well.  It’s kind of an informal cocktail hour if you will.

One of the traditions for the wedding couple is to have their photos taken on the bar.  I was told by someone that the wedding couple typically stands on it (!) but we were able to improvise with them sitting on it instead.  Whew!

Bride and Groom sitting on bar in St. Henry Ohio

They had a wild bridal party… can you tell?  They were all so fun!

Large bridal party at bar after ceremony in St. Henry Ohio

After the drinks were had it was time to head over to the local American Legion where their reception was.  Their bridal party formed a tunnel for their entrance!

Bride and Groom entering into reception at american legion

They smashed the cake!! AND IT WAS AWESOME!

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Their toasts were beautiful and perfect.  Just enough humor, embarrassing stories and love!

Wedding toasts during reception in St Henry OhioWedding toasts during reception in St Henry Ohio

After dinner the dances commenced – starting with the first dance.  Stacy wasn’t sure if she was going to be able to but with a bit of scooter placement and slow music to sway to she made it work!

First Dance during wedding receptionFirst Dance during wedding reception

Next was the Father/Daughter dance and these two made me so happy.  I saw in her Dad the same protective fierceness my father had for me and it was lovely to be a witness to it.

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How beautiful is Brad’s Mom!?

Mother Son Dance during Wedding Reception

The garter removal was hilarious!

Garter Removal during Wedding Reception in Ohio

After the formalities were over Stacy and Brad mingled, danced and had the best night of their lives. This picture makes me so happy because despite it all, they persevered and had a great day!

Bride and Groom Dancing at American Legion in Ohio

Of course, I have to finish with the rings!

Wedding Rings on Light

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