St. Paul Hellenic Center Wedding with Brittany and Scott

On a bright sunny day I met back up with Brittany and Scott just outside of Cleveland for their wedding at St. Basil the Great.  I had such a great day with them and every time I look at these photos I smile because I enjoyed my day with them so much!

They had a long time between their ceremony and reception and we spent a lot of time in and around Cleveland taking photos.  It was great to have the time to do spots that are off the grid a bit and also they had time to decompress and just ENJOY each other for a bit before the reception (which I always highly recommend).

Brittany and Scott just have this ease around them, which filtered down through their family and friends.  It’s part of why I just loved getting to know them and enjoyed my day so much.  All day every time Scott caught Brittany’s eye he would burst out into this MASSIVE grin and his entire face just would light up with love.

Thank you both so much for trusting me with your day!

Ceremony: St. Basil the Great / Reception: St. Paul Hellenic Center / Bridal Gown: Martina Liana via The Dress Bridal Boutique / Cake: Michael Angelo’s / DJ: Marino Brothers / Florist: Nikki’s 21 Blooms / Linens:  L’Nique

Isn’t Brittany’s dress gorgeous?The Dress Medina Wedding Dress Hanging in Window

Once the girls got back from the salon they had a quiet moment getting some breakfast before getting dressed and the craziness of the day began.

Bride Getting Ready for Cleveland Wedding

I love when brides have images from family members they want to recreate and this image was one of those and I LOVED how it turned out with Brittany and her Aunt.

Bride Getting Ready for Cleveland Wedding

The wedding ceremony went off without a hitch at St. Basil the Great.

Wedding Ceremony at St Basil the Great

There were lots of smiles and laughs which is always fun to capture during a wedding ceremony.

Wedding Ceremony at St Basil the GreatWedding Ceremony at St Basil the Great

The kiss!!

Wedding Ceremony at St Basil the GreatWedding Ceremony at St Basil the Great

After the ceremony we headed downtown to take photos at the E9th Street Pier and luckily it wasn’t too busy so we didn’t have to wait for long for the popular “Cleveland” sign there!

Bridal Party at Cleveland Sign

Such a great June day in Cleveland!

Wedding Photo at Cleveland Script Sign

I love the shades on these guys!

Groomsman at Cleveland Script Sign

There is a tiny spot on the pier that has a few trees that with the right lens and angle looks a bit wooded and offers the only real shade on the super sunny pier.  Love the photos we got from this spot.

Wedding Photo in Downtown Cleveland in June

It was a bit of a breezy day and the girls hair was EVERYWHERE!  Lots of laughs!

Bride and Bridesmaids in Downtown Cleveland

How cute are these two? Love!

Wedding Photo in Downtown Cleveland in JuneWedding Photo in Downtown Cleveland in June

The bonus of the wind was the way it blew Brittany’s veil around.

Wedding Photo in Downtown Cleveland in JuneWedding Photo in Downtown Cleveland in June

We headed over to the Forest City Yacht Club for a few more photos and one happened to be well timed with a passing plane.

Forest City Yacht Club Wedding Photo

I am a huge Wyland fan (I have two of his paintings) so I was elated when I was able to finally have a couple to photograph with the beautiful Wyland wall on Lake Erie.

Wedding Photo at Wyland Wall in Cleveland

I got to St Paul Hellenic Center before everyone so I was able to photograph the ballroom before anyone arrived.  I loved the pink and black touches!

St Paul Hellenic Center Wedding Reception

How fun is this guestbook??

Etsy Painted Wedding Guestbook

I really loved this classic and elegant cake from Michael Angelo’s.  The polka dots, the octagon layer – it was all perfection.

Michael Angelo Wedding Cake

I am obsessed with peonies (I may always sneak a whiff whenever I carry them for my brides!) and this one from Nikki’s 21 Blooms was just FANTASTIC.

Peony Wedding Bouquet by Nikki's 21 Blooms

We were able to sneak in a few more portraits in the parking lot before they headed into the cocktail hour.  It’s hard to believe this is in a parking lot of all places but the light was right and it was a sweet little spot.

Wedding Portrait at St Paul Hellenic Center

Those smiles!!

Wedding Portrait at St Paul Hellenic CenterWedding Portrait at St Paul Hellenic Center

The reception kicked off with some wonderful toasts.

Wedding Reception at St Paul Hellenic CenterWedding Reception at St Paul Hellenic Center

Brittany and Scott’s first dance was the perfect balance of sweet and silly.

Wedding Reception at St Paul Hellenic Center

Wedding Reception at St Paul Hellenic Center

Scott had a lovely dance with his Mom.

Wedding Reception at St Paul Hellenic Center

Brittany also had a lovely dance with her Aunt.

Wedding Reception at St Paul Hellenic Center

The rest of the reception was a fun balance of dancing, talking and laughing.

Wedding Reception at St Paul Hellenic Center

Before I left I got to play with their gorgeous rings!

Wedding Reception at St Paul Hellenic Center

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The Club at Corazon Wedding with Courtney and Zach

On one of the first “holy crap it’s HOT” days of summer I met up with Courtney and Zach down in Dublin for their wedding at the beautiful The Club at Corazon.  Prior to their wedding we had met up at a delicious spot for lunch to get to know one another and I absolutely adored them and was really excited for their day.  The day of their wedding was even better and I’m so lucky I got to photograph their wedding.

As with many weddings, their timeline kind of went to hell once the day started rolling.  Trust me, it happens to almost EVERYONE.  Luckily these two were willing to roll with whatever ideas I tossed at them to keep things as close to on schedule as we could and keep things moving.  I’m normally very quick with formals but on their wedding day? It was double quick!  Thankfully they were able to keep up and we managed to get back on time by the reception!

I have to say, this is one of the most personalized weddings I’ve ever been to.  There was SO MUCH love poured into this wedding and celebrating them as a couple.  Courtney recorded herself singing to walk down the aisle to (yes, there were LOTS of tears), there were photos everywhere at the reception of them throughout their relationship, TONS of color and personal pops of detail.  It was fantastic!

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

Ceremony & Reception: The Club at Corazon / Bridal Gown: Pronovias via The White of Dublin / Cake: The Ribbon Box Cakery / DJ: All Sounds Unlimited / Florist: The Flowerman

 

Courtney had her hair and makeup done on site at the Spa which was perfect for keeping everything on site.  Their wedding fell on the same weekend as The Memorial Tournament at the nearby Muirfield Village Golf Club which apparently is a HUGE deal in the Columbus area. Traffic was crazy so it was really smart of Courtney and Zach to plan their day with as little travel as possible!

Bride getting ready for wedding at Corazon in Dublin

Courtney got ready in her GORGEOUS dress in one of the locker rooms at The Club at Corazon.  It was not too busy that day so we were lucky enough to have the entire locker room to ourselves.

Bride getting ready for wedding at Corazon in Dublin

All of Courtney’s ladies pitched in so that she could be ready in time for us to squeeze in a first look!

Bride getting ready for wedding at Corazon in Dublin

Since it was SO hot and sunny I was very thankful for this beautiful ivy covered nook near where Courtney got ready.  It was the perfect place for their first look!

First look at Club at Corazon before weddingFirst look at Club at Corazon before weddingFirst look at Club at Corazon before wedding

THEY WERE SO HAPPY!

Wedding Portrait at Club at Corazon in Dublin Ohio

Love this photo SO much!

First look at Club at Corazon before wedding

Then it was off to the ceremony!  How fun is this mirror that they had outside of the area where the ceremony is?

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Club at Corazon

Instead of a unity candle/sand they did an art piece and it was SO cool!

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Club at Corazon

Courtney surprised Zach (and the guests) with a prerecorded message and song (My Heart Will Go On – you know this Titanic loving girl was ALL about it) to walk down the aisle to.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Club at Corazon

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Club at Corazon

It was a beautiful day!

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Club at Corazon

Such a sunny sunny day!

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Club at Corazon

There was so much personality!  They both wrote their own vows and they were so sweet and sentimental.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Club at Corazon

Lots of hugs and happy tears!

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Club at Corazon

The ring exchange went perfectly.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Club at Corazon

Every time I look at this photo I laugh.  Courtney was SERIOUS about this art!  Ha ha ha!

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Club at Corazon

They did it!!!

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Club at Corazon

They danced back down the aisle and I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Club at Corazon

The sun was no joke and people were starting to get a bit woozy from being in the heat so we brought it back to the shade for their photos after the ceremony.  We didn’t have a lot of time so I had to FLY through these pics but thankfully everyone was game for it and was happy to get to air conditioning sooner rather than later.

How great does this bridal party look?  I loved that the guys were able to forgo the coats, especially given the heat that day.  The chucks were SO awesome and the colors coordinated with the bouquets and the flowers on the guys.  So perfect!

June Wedding at Club at Corazon

Seriously, these ladies are so dang cute!

Bridesmaids for Wedding with Rainbow Chucks

So was Courtney!  LOVE all the color!

June Wedding at Club at Corazon

The guys looked great, even the one on the left who can’t obey orders 😉

June Wedding at Club at Corazon

I loved that Zach had some “something blue” on!

June Wedding at Club at Corazon

Seriously they were SO MUCH FUN!

June Wedding at Club at Corazon

I let the bridal party go back to the party and finished up with a few more portraits of Courtney and Zach.  This may be my favorite from the day.

June Wedding at Club at Corazon

Or this one, it’s really hard to pick!  I love how Courtney’s blue tips of her hair were perfectly in the curls pinned on the top of her head.

June Wedding at Club at Corazon

Upstairs I documented some of the fun details before the guests came inside.

Wedding Reception at Club at Corazon

Custom drinks are always so fun!

Wedding Reception at Club at Corazon

The toasts were perfection!

Wedding Reception at Club at CorazonWedding Reception at Club at Corazon

There were a ton of cupcakes and I LOVED it!

Wedding Reception at Club at Corazon

Their cake cutting was flawless!

Wedding Reception at Club at Corazon

It was tine for the first dance and it was so lovely.

Wedding Reception at Club at CorazonWedding Reception at Club at Corazon

Then the parent dances which were all sweet and emotional!

Wedding Reception at Club at CorazonWedding Reception at Club at CorazonWedding Reception at Club at Corazon

The party started and everyone had a great time.  The groomsman even danced which is always a good sign of a great reception!

Wedding Reception at Club at Corazon

Before I left I played with their beautiful rings and some of the colorful flowers.

Wedding Reception at Club at Corazon

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Hyatt Arcade Wedding with Sara and James

At the beginning of June I met up with Sara and James on a Friday for their wedding in Cleveland.  They planned out their wedding SO smartly!  They got ready at their reception location, which was just a few blocks from their ceremony and opted to walk back and forth.  It was a lovely day so it was well planned and was a nice way for people to also see the beauty that is Cleveland.

The only downside to their wedding was that the midges/muffleheads hatched the day before/morning of their wedding.  While these bugs don’t bite and aren’t as big as the mayflies it still was a bit tricky to fish them out from the layers of Sara’s dress and keep them out of photos!  Luckily Sara and James just laughed it off and it didn’t bother them at all.

The whole day can be described in one word: easy.  These two were cool cats and if you didn’t see their fancy dress you’d never know they were getting married.  That’s what happens when you’re marrying “The One” – at least in my experience.  Nothing fazed them, there were no butterflies.  Just easy smiles, easy laughs and an easy going approach to the entire day.  Their ease made my job even easier so it was a win-win all around.

Thank you both so much for trusting me with capturing your wedding day!

Ceremony: Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist / Reception: Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade / Bridal Gown: Bridal Boutique of Naperville / Bridesmaids Gowns: House of Brides / Cake: Wild Flour Bakery / DJ: A Bride’s DJ / Florist: Blush Custom Weddings / Hair & Makeup: Marengo Luxury Spa / Menswear: Men’s Warehouse /

When I arrived the girls were still finishing up downstairs so I took photos of Sara’s details while waiting.

Wedding Dress at the Hyatt Arcade Cleveland

After I got photos of the details I popped over with the guys for a few before they had to leave to go to St. John the Evangelist.

Groom Getting Ready in Cleveland

Once the girls all returned from the Marengo Spa we got a photo of everyone in their robes before getting dressed.

Bride and Bridesmaids in Robes

Sara and James exchanged gifts and he have her a beautiful bracelet which she needed a bit of help putting on.

Bride Getting Gift from Groom Before Wedding

St. John the Evangelist is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Cleveland!

Wedding at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist

The wedding ceremony was perfection.

Wedding at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist

Wedding at Cathedral of St John the EvangelistWedding at Cathedral of St John the EvangelistWedding at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist

Instead of rushing through photos at the altar they opted to do the photos outside on the stairs after the ceremony.  It was SO perfect!  The light was ideal and it was the perfect temperature outside.

Bride and Groom at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist

Silly bridal photos are always fun!

Wedding Bridal Party Silly Photo

These guys looked quite dapper in their Mens Warehouse suits.  Very classy!

Groom and Groomsman at wedding in Cleveland

I loved the classic black gowns on the girls!

Bride and Bridesmaids in Cleveland

There was a shaded little nook on the side of the church that I really loved for some photos with a bit of green in them (which is not easy to find in Cleveland!).

June Wedding in Cleveland

The giggles are always my favorite!

June wedding in downtown Cleveland

I love this photo of Sara and her girls!

Bride and Bridesmaids in Black

It was so nice to be able to walk around Cleveland for photos and not have to worry about busses and parking!

Casual Portrait of Groom and Groomsman

LOVE this photo so so so much!

Groom Holding Bride in Cleveland Ohio

We got back at the Hyatt in time for cocktail hour, which is one of the prettiest spots for a cocktail hour in Cleveland.

Wedding Cocktail Hour at Hyatt Arcade

While everything was finishing up I popped downstairs to get photos of the setup for the reception.

Black and White Wedding at Hyatt Arcade

I love when things are changed up a bit and Sara opted to have the cake downstairs instead of upstairs so it was fun to get a different view of the cake!

Black ribbon wedding cake in Cleveland

Such a GRAND grand entrance, right?

Wedding Reception Entrance at Hyatt Arcade

They started the toasts off before dinner and they were perfection.

Wedding Reception at Hyatt Arcade ClevelandWedding Reception at Hyatt Arcade ClevelandWedding Reception at Hyatt Arcade Cleveland

The bonus to having the cake downstairs was that they got to cut it later in the evening than at the beginning.

Wedding Reception at Hyatt Arcade Cleveland

I know, I know. I rave about the Hyatt in Cleveland more than I should but come on, isn’t this a beautiful spot for a first dance?

Wedding Reception at Hyatt Arcade ClevelandWedding Reception at Hyatt Arcade ClevelandWedding Reception at Hyatt Arcade Cleveland

The parent dances followed the first dance and they were lovely.

Wedding Reception at Hyatt Arcade ClevelandWedding Reception at Hyatt Arcade Cleveland

The dance floor opened up and A Bride’s DJ got the party going and the dance floor was packed all night long.

Wedding Reception at Hyatt Arcade Cleveland

Finally, their rings on Sara’s beautiful bouquet from Blush Custom Weddings.

Wedding Reception at Hyatt Arcade Cleveland

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