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Waters Edge Wedding with Melissa and Zach

WHEW – what a wild ride 2016 was for me.  I photographed more weddings than in any other year in my career (thus far) and December was one of the busiest with 4 weddings and a week off in St. Thomas for Christmas.  I came back to finish the last two weddings of the year on the last two days of the year and got hit with a virus that knocked me out for a solid week.  I’m finally vertical, mostly better (still really sniffly) and ready to finish up blogging my amazing second half of 2016!

At the very end of August I headed out to Louisville to the beautiful Waters Edge venue to celebrate the day with Melissa and Zach.  It was an interesting day because the weather was absolutely chaotic and that’s being kind!  Ohio was completely Ohio on their wedding day but these two couldn’t have been any more relaxed about it.  Their ceremony was moved inside and while many clients of mine have fretted about it, it ended up being absolutely beautiful!  We were able to sneak outside for the formal portraits and as the storms moved through we finished up the bride and groom portraits by running in and out between the rainclouds.  Their patience paid off by the end of the day with a gorgeous double rainbow!!!!  The rain abated by the end of the evening and they were able to still have their glow send off they wanted so all in all, despite the crazy rain and storms, it really was a perfect day!

Part of why it was perfect was these two were just SO happy to be married to one another that the rest of the details were just that – details.  Sure, we all want our wedding days to be perfect but stuff happens and the best part of your wedding day is saying I do!  The rest… well it’s just icing on the cake!  These two embodied this spirit and no matter what happened, they just smiled and rolled with it.  All night they were beaming and holding hands and it was a joy to work with them.  Many congratulations to you both and thank you for trusting me with your day!!

Cake:  Nom Nom Cupcake Factory / Catering:  Old Carolina Barbecue / Ceremony & Reception: Waters Edge / DJ:  Drop the Mic EntertainmentFlorist: Nikki’s Perfect Petal Design

When I arrived the ladies were getting ready and they looked fantastic!

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Just before getting the dress on Melissa read her letter from Zach.

bride reading letter from groom before wedding

For the ceremony they had these adorable heart shaped fans.

Heart fan program for wedding ceremony

Their ring box was also lovely!  I loved the heart on their date!

Ring Box with Wedding Date

When Zach saw his bride coming down the aisle he was all smiles!

groom seeing bride for first time

She was also all smiles as soon as she locked eyes with him.

bride walking up aisle during ceremony

The ceremony was beautiful and perfect!

Wedding Ceremony at Waters Edge Vineyard

Waters Edge weddings are beautiful – even if they end up having to use their rain back up plan and have the ceremony inside!

Wedding Ceremony at Waters Edge VineyardWedding Ceremony at Waters Edge Vineyard

We were able to squeeze in family portraits and a few bridal party shots before the rain came in.

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The rain let up during the cocktail hour just long enough for us to go back outside into the vineyard for a few more portraits.

Vineyard at Waters Edge in LouisvilleBride and Groom in Vineyard at Waters Edge

Love!

Bride and Groom in Vineyard at Waters EdgeBride and Groom in Vineyard at Waters Edge

When the rain started I was so glad they had an umbrella handy – they make for great photos!

Bride and Groom under umbrella in the rain

The bold red and black decor really looked amazing in the space!

Black and Red Wedding Reception at Waters Edge Vineyard

Nikki’s Perfect Petal Designs did the florals and they knocked it out of the park!

Red Rose Floral Centerpiece by Nikki

Nom Nom Cupcake Company was in charge of the cupcakes and they looked fantastic!

Cupcake Tower by Nom Nom Cupcakes

The toasts were sweet, funny and perfection!

Toasts at Wedding Reception at Waters Edge VineyardToasts at Wedding Reception at Waters Edge Vineyard

It may have been the most perfect cake cutting ever!

Cake cutting at wedding reception at Waters Edge

Followed by of course the most perfect first dance and parent dances!

First dance at wedding reception First dance at wedding reception Parent Dance at wedding reception at Waters EdgeParent Dance at wedding reception at Waters Edge

I went outside to get a picture of the barn and while it was still raining I realized there was an amazing rainbow and luckily they were game to go out in the rain for this!

Wedding portrait with rainbow in Ohio

The shoe game was played once we got back inside and it was funny.  Grooms – note that awesome socks are a bonus for the shoe game.

Shoe Game at Wedding Reception

The rest of the night was full of dancing and singing on the dance floor.

Groom dancing on dance floor

I also got some time to play with the rings!

Wedding rings on red rose

At the end of the night Melissa and Zach exited the reception while their friends waved red glowing necklaces!

Bride and Groom Exiting with Red Glow Necklaces from Wedding Reception

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Todaro’s Party Center Wedding with Gina and Michael

It’s funny to sit down and write this blog up while it’s snowing outside (yeah, I have a massive backlog of blogs… sorry!).  The day of the wedding I think we all would have paid a pretty penny for a little bit of snow!  It was one of the hottest and most humid weddings I remember in a long time (and given this past summer that’s saying a lot).  These guys were troopers though and we powered through their session at Indigo Lake before heading to the reception!

Gina and Michael were surrounded by SO much love and were really lovely to work with.  Their families were also so lovely.  It was just a great day surrounded by people who were wonderful.

Michael’s Mom made ALL the cookies for the reception and there were THOUSANDS.  It was such a HUGE table full of amazing cookies.  She urged us to take some home and they made for a great breakfast the next day.

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

Also thank you to Nicole for being my second photographer again for this wedding!  Always love working with this lady!

Cake:  West Side Bakery / Ceremony: St. Vincent de Paul in Akron / DJ:  Scott Jones with Cleveland Music GroupFlorist: House of PlantsReception: Todaro’s Party Center

makeup brushes in black and white

How fun are her boots?!!?

cowboy boots and wedding veil

Nicole and I LOVED Gina’s dogs.  This one said “I love you” and it is the cutest thing EVER.

Bride kissing her dog before wedding ceremony in akron ohio

Gina had fun with faces while getting her makeup done!

bride sucking in cheeks while getting makeup done

I had to sneak in a classic elegant shot though, so stunning!

bride getting makeup done by makeup artist in akron ohio

We left the girls and popped in with the guys while they were getting ready, they were such a hoot!

groom and groomsman getting ready for ceremony

Gina smartly decided to get dressed at the church!  With as hot as it was that day the less time in a hot dress was the best!

bride getting ready at st vincent de paul in akron

Soon enough it was time for the wedding ceremony and Nicole got this amazing photo of Gina being escorted up the aisle by her brothers.

brides brothers walking her down the aisle at st vincent in akron

While Nicole was photographing the above I was capturing Michael trying to hold the tears in.

groom seeing bride coming down the aisle at wedding ceremony

The wedding ceremony at St. Vincent de Paul got underway and it was perfection.

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After the ceremony they exited to all of their guests clapping in excitement for the new Mr. and Mrs!

kissing while guests clap when exiting the church

Once the family formals were complete we headed to Indigo Lake for some outdoor portraits.

bridal party at indigo lake in akron ohio

 

bride and groom wedding portrait at indigo lake

After a few photos in the sun we headed to the shade to keep everyone as cool as possible, this path was perfect!

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This couple was pretty perfect as well though!

bride and groom wedding portrait at indigo lake

How gorgeous does Gina look?! LOVED her veil SO much!

bridal portrait at indigo lake in cuyahoga valley national park

House of Plants did an amazing job with the florals for her wedding!  This bouquet was stunning!

bridal portrait at indigo lake in cuyahoga valley national park

Needless to say, these ladies were also stunning.  Loved these bridesmaid gowns!

black and white portrait of bride and bridesmaids

How adorable is this photo of Gina kissing her nephew?

bride kissing ring bearer

Michael looked quite dapper in his suit!

black and white portrait of groom

These guys were a total hoot to work with!

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The train station at Indigo Lake is perfect for a bit of shade wit more pizzaz than trees.

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We quickly reconvened at the pergola at Todaro’s before heading inside.

bridal party beneath the pergola at todaro

Once we got inside we ran around capturing images of the reception setup – which was so gorgeous!

pink and gold reception decor at todaro

Here’s the cookie table I can’t stop raving about!!  HOLY COOKIES BATMAN!!!

italian cookie table at wedding in akron ohio

Mini tiramisu??  It was delicious!!

mini tiramisu wedding desserts

The always popular pizzelle.

italian pizzelles cookies

Of course there was cake!  Delicious West Side Bakery cake at that.

Pink and Gold wedding cake by west side bakery

I loved their entrance into the reception hall!

bride and groom entrance into reception at todaro

They went right into cutting the cake and they played nice 🙂

bride and groom cutting wedding cake during reception

How sweet was their first dance?  Love!

first dance at wedding reception at Todaro

Michael and his Mom danced first.

Mother Son Dance at Wedding reception in Akron Ohio

Then each of Gina’s brothers took a turn dancing with her in lieu of their father.  Needless to say there wasn’t a dry eye in the room, including mine.

Bride dancing with brother in honor of deceased fatherBride dancing with brother in honor of deceased father

These two groomsman had a great bromance that was fun to photograph (and was a welcome laugh after the teary brother dance!).

Groomsman dancing together at wedding reception in akron ohio

As always, when Scott Jones from Cleveland Music Group is rockin’ – the dance floor is PACKED!!!

wedding reception dance floor with The DJ Crew

I don’t know what is with this year and lifts with guys on the dance floor but it always livens up the dance floor!

wedding reception dance floor with cleveland music group scott jones

Of course it slowed down enough for some sweet moments between the newlyweds as well!

Wedding Reception in Akron Ohio

Of course I had to play with the rings!!!

Wedding Rings in detail

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Weymouth Country Club Wedding with Brooke and Ryan

The one word I can think of when I look back on the Weymouth Country Club Wedding day with Brooke and Ryan is magical.  From the beginning to the end of the day I swear there was magic pixie dust because everything went smoothly and perfectly.  It was a charmed day!

I originally met Brooke through an event that I photograph every year for Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospitals called Sips & Dips.  When she became engaged she contacted me and I was so honored to be able to work with her on her wedding day!   Not only was she wonderful to work with but she was so organized due to her work that it made my job that much easier (and I imagine everyone’s all day since everything was so well planned).

Now onto Brooke and Ryan.  These two had a sweet tenderness together with a dash of playful that was fun to capture.  It was such a lovely day from start to finish but the best thing about my job is preserving loves like theirs forever.  Thank you for trusting me with your wedding day!!

Bridal Gown: Mori Lee via Abbott’s Bridal / Bridesmaids: After Six / Cake: Michael Angelo’s Bakery / Ceremony: St. John Cantius Roman Catholic Church in Tremont / DJ: TKO Entertainment / Florist: Pink Petals Florist / Hair: Skilled Hands Hair Studio / Makeup: Makeup by Whitney Phillips / Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse / Reception: Weymouth Country Club

I just adored Brooke’s gorgeous Mori Lee gown! Wedding Dress hanging in windowWhat I loved more than the wedding gown was the SHOES!  OMG!  These glittery gold heels were just amazing!
Gold Glitter Heels with Rhinestone Detail on back

I still can’t get over how amazing Brooke looked!

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Bride smiling after getting veil placed in her hair

The first time the groom sees the bride is always one of my favorites during a wedding day.

Groom seeing bride for the first time at wedding ceremony

Brooke’s Dad was a bit teary during their walk down the long beautiful aisle at St. Cantius.

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The first few looks when they are together are also my favorites during a wedding day as well.

Wedding Ceremony at  St John Cantius Catholic Church in Tremont OhioWedding Ceremony at St John Cantius in Tremont Ohio

Husband and wife!

First Kiss after wedding ceremony at St John Cantius Roman Catholic Church in Tremont

After the ceremony we headed to Wade Oval Lagoon/Cleveland Museum of Art for their photos.  I loved the colors of this wedding party!

Raspberry and grey wedding bridal party in Cleveland ohio

The bridesmaids all looked amazing!!!

Bride and bridesmaids with long pink gowns Bride and Bridesmaids wedding portrait at Wade Oval Lagoon

The groomsman also looked quite dapper!

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The bridal party went back to the air conditioned bus and we finished up with the bride and groom before heading towards the reception.

Bride and Groom wedding portrait at Cleveland Museum of ArtBride and Groom wedding portrait at Cleveland Museum of Art

I adored playing with her beautiful cathedral length veil!

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These two were just too adorable together!

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I loved all of the pretty details that made up Brooke’s ensemble – from the gorgeous belt on her gown, to the amazing bracelets, to her gorgeous bouquet – it was flawless.

Mori Lee wedding dress with rhinestone belt

We got lucky to have a slower day at the museum!

Bride and Groom dip in front of Cleveland Museum of Art

This bench is always one of my favorite spots and this is why – the light is amazing here!

Bride and Groom beneath Wisteria at Cleveland Museum of ArtWedding Portrait in Cleveland Ohio

The wind was picking up as we finished up and it took her veil with it when they were walking!

Bride

It was a funny moment!!

Bride laughing after veil blows away

This picture makes me smile every time I see it!

Wedding at Cleveland Museum of Art

Once we got to Weymouth Country Club we took some portraits outside near the patio area before the reception began.  HOW CUTE are Ryan’s niece and nephew who were the flower girl and ring bearer?

Bride and Groom with Ring Bearer and Flower Girl at Weymouth Country Club

This relaxed portrait of the bridesmaids also makes me smile.

Bride and Bridesmaids at Weymouth Country Club

This was a fun group of guys to work with!

Groom and Groomsman at Weymouth Country Club in Medina, Ohio

The ballroom looked so amazing with all of the gold details!

Pink and Gold Wedding Reception Decor at Weymouth Country Club

The flowers were so amazing and lush!

Tall floral centerpiece by Pink Petals Florist at Weymouth Country Club

I especially loved their champagne flutes!

Mr and Mrs Champagne Flutes

You all know how much I love a good cake – Michael Angelo’s never fails to disappoint!

White and Pink Wedding Cake from Michael Angelo

The toasts all went off spectacularly!

Maid of Honor Toast during Wedding Reception

After dinner the festivities kicked off beginning with the first dance.

First Dance at Weymouth Country Club wedding receptionFirst Dance at Weymouth Country Club wedding reception

Then the dancing kicked off but the romance did not abate.

Wedding reception at Weymouth Country Club in Medina Ohio

It may be one of the most fun dance floors of the year!  Everyone from young to old was out there at some point and having a blast.

Wedding reception at Weymouth Country Club in Medina Ohio

Finally I got to play with the rings and I LOVED this pink sequined tablecloth and couldn’t resist playing with it.

Wedding Rings

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