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Cuyahoga Valley National Park Engagement Session with Jen and Aaron

Every year I swear that I’m going to slim down my schedule for October because every year it’s insanely busy (in 2016 I had 15 sessions in 21 days!).  Then I get through October and see how amazing the images are, how gorgeous Ohio is that time of year and do it all over again.  The long hours of editing are worth it because of sessions like these which really show how amazing it is to live here in autumn (especially October!).

Jen and Aaron’s engagement session was on the Monday after Rebecca and Tim’s wedding and the weather was still amazing.  In October I usually have to reschedule at least one session due to crazy weather (snow, storms… tornados) but this past year I really lucked out.   The leaves were amazing at Virginia Kendall as well which was a bonus.

Jen and Aaron were so much fun to work with.  I’m obsessed with Jen’s second outfit.  Not even kidding a little.  SO gorgeous, so flattering and I LOVED it.  I may have even looked for her top online, ha!  But really, it was such a great way to get to know them and see how they played with the camera.  I’m really looking forward to seeing them next month at Stan Hywet!  Fingers crossed for more good weather!

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Turkeyfoot Island Club Wedding with Rebecca and Tim

Boy, I had no idea what kind of a treat I was in for with Rebecca and Tim’s lovely Turkeyfoot Island Club wedding.  Oh my gosh.  From the moment I arrived until the moment I left, I had a perma grin on.  While I love all of the weddings I photograph, some just speak to your soul and their wedding did.  Mostly I think because their wedding reminded me of my own, just with an Ohio base.

If you recall, Rebecca and Tim did their engagement session shortly before the wedding.  We spent a lot of time just chatting before we left – mostly about Maine which was their destination for their honeymoon and I gave them some tips on where to stay (they took up my recommendation for Berry Manor Inn!) and eat (Moody’s Diner).  See what I mean about how I loved their wedding?

Their wedding day was just a beautiful day.  Not only because of the celebration of love between two wonderful people but the weather was spectacular as well.  You never know what you’re going to wind up with in Ohio in mid October but the sun was abundant and the sunshine was warm.  It really was a picture perfect autumn day – which was great since they had an outdoor ceremony!  Their reception was also just perfect.  The Turkeyfoot Island Club has a bunch of different rooms and everyone spread out and either danced, chatted or did a bit of both.  Some people went outside to enjoy the fresh air and views over the lake.  It was such a chill day and you could tell everyone really loved the vibe of the day.

Be prepared to be a little jealous of their wedding.  When you picture a perfect fall wedding it’s hard to top this.  Outdoor ceremony on the lake, lots of sunshine and tons of love.  It was a great day!

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

Band: The Stone River Band / Ceremony & Reception: Turkeyfoot Island Club  / Favors: Akron Honey & Burton Maplewood Farm / Wine: The Winery at Spring Hill

It was SUCH a gorgeous day and I absolutely adored their venue – Turkeyfoot Island Club was the perfect place for a fall wedding!

Turkeyfoot Island Club in Akron Ohio

Rebecca was getting ready in one room upstairs – they have a few rooms people can stay in overnight!  It was such a cozy place and I adored her gown!

Ivory lace wedding dress hanging in window

This is such a beautiful antique button hook!

Antique Button Hook for Wedding Dress

I am still obsessed with the delicate lace backing of Rebecca’s dress.  I loved how the back buttoned up.

Bride

The finishing touches!

Bride getting ready for wedding in Akron Ohio

Bride

Since they were having a late afternoon ceremony they opted for a first look so they could get everything done and not have to worry about taking too many photos while guests waited.

Here is Tim waiting for Rebecca to come out.

Groom in suit before first look

Like I said, it was a beautiful day!

First look before wedding ceremony at Turkeyfoot Island Club

There were a lot of emotions, even I teared up a bit.

Groom crying when seeing bride for the first time

They shared some laughs and smiles before Tim read his card from Rebecca.

Groom reading card from Bride before wedding ceremony

Hugs are my favorite!

Groom reading card from Bride before wedding ceremony

We then headed down to the road that Turkeyfoot Island Club is off of and where they took their save the date photos the winter before.

They have a photo similar to this in the snow so it was only right we recreated this in the fall.

Bride and Groom walking along forest lined road

They are so darn adorable!

Wedding portrait near Turkeyfoot Island ClubWedding portrait near Turkeyfoot Island Club

Their laughs are my favorite though!

Bride and Groom laughing while taking photosForest wedding portrait in Akron, OhioBlack and white portrait near Turkeyfoot Lake

Favorite!

Black and white portrait near Turkeyfoot Lake

I love how this image shows off just how amazing Rebecca’s dress was!

October wedding at Turkeyfoot Island Club

We headed back to the club and they put the finishing touches on their outdoor ceremony area on the shores of Turkeyfoot Lake.

Wedding ceremony on the shores of Turkeyfoot Lake

They had a handkerchief station and many of their guests took one – it was a good thing because it was one of the most emotional ceremonies I’ve seen!

Handkerchief station at wedding ceremony

They had a simple bridal party and this flower girl stole the show!

Outdoor wedding ceremony on Turkeyfoot Lake in October

Rebecca and her father managed to (barely) hold the tears at bay.

Bride and Father walking down the aisle in akron ohio

Of course as with any wedding on the lake, you’ll have the boaters that pass by and I loved that Tim gave them a thumbs up when they honked.

Outdoor wedding ceremony on Turkeyfoot Lake in October

I told you they came in handy for the tears!

Mother crying during wedding ceremony in Akron Ohio

There were a lot of tears!  Good tears!

Groom crying during wedding ceremony in Akron Ohio

Also lots and lots of laughs.

Outdoor wedding ceremony in Akron Ohio

It was a bit of a longer ceremony than most are but there was SO much packed into it.

Lots and lots of back story and information about how they met, what they love about one another and what they want for their future.

October outdoor wedding ceremony on Turkeyfoot Lake

It was beautiful and perfect!

October outdoor wedding ceremony on Turkeyfoot LakeOctober outdoor wedding ceremony on Turkeyfoot Lake

Yay!

October outdoor wedding ceremony on Turkeyfoot Lake

We took a few photos after the ceremony before heading in for dinner.

Bride in afternoon sunlight on Turkeyfoot LakeGroom in Brown Suit in Akron Ohio

I just have to say they did SUCH an amazing job with the details for their wedding.  I am still in awe!

Every guest had a seating card with their names on it.  Even me!

Photo Seating Cards for Wedding Reception

Their favors were maple syrup from Burton Maplewood Farm and Akron Honey.  Such a perfect choice for an October wedding!

Ohio Maple Syrup Wedding Favors

Ohio Maple Syrup Wedding Favors

They had a beautifully arranged guest sign in table with a wood tree for the guests to sign.  The pumpkin was carved with their seal that they created for their wedding!

October guestbook table at Turkeyfoot Island Club

The tables were full of autumn colors and photos of their families.

Fall themed wedding reception table at Turkeyfoot Island ClubFall themed wedding reception table at Turkeyfoot Island Club

Each place setting had this Ohio cutout with information about their wedding and the reception.

Custom facts on Ohio shaped placement at wedding reception

All around the Turkeyfoot Island Club’s rooms they added a bit of personal touches here and there like this frame of a photo from their engagement session with a pumpkin and candle with their initials.

Wedding reception decor at Turkeyfoot Island Club Wedding

Their cake was so cute and perfect!

White wedding cake with owl toppers

They also had an outdoor seating area with mason jar candles on them for lighting.

Outdoor seating area at Turkeyfoot Island Club

They planned ahead just in case it was cold and had a few blankets for people to share as well.

Blanket basket for outdoor seating at wedding reception

Before dinner they thanked everyone for coming which I always think is a lovely touch.

Bride and groom thanking guests at wedding reception

During their prayer before dinner I caught Rebecca sneaking a look and grinning at Tim.  Such a sweet moment!

Praying during wedding reception at Turkeyfoot island Club

After dinner they kicked off the evening with their parents dancing to their favorite band!

Parent dance during wedding reception at Turkeyfoot Island ClubParent dance during wedding reception at Turkeyfoot Island Club

Then they had a perfect first dance which was full of smiles and giggles.

First dance during wedding reception at Turkeyfoot Island ClubFirst dance during wedding reception at Turkeyfoot Island Club

From then on it was a pretty awesomely chill reception. There are a ton of rooms at the club so people who wanted to dance danced, some people stayed at their tables and enjoyed the music and company, others went into other rooms for more intimate conversations on more comfortable chairs and more still went outside to enjoy the lovely autumn night.

Flower Girl dancing on the dance floor at the wedding reception

Rebecca and Tim have spent many years enjoy the Stone River Band so you knew when their favorite songs came on because everyone would hit the dance floor!

Wedding reception at Turkeyfoot Island Club

They did steal a moment during the dance to sneak off and cut the cake.  They didn’t make a thing of it but still had the small ceremony, which was sweet.

Wedding reception at Turkeyfoot Island Club

Before I left we also played with sparklers!!  It was a full moon and there wasn’t a lot of dark areas but we made it work and had a lot of fun!

Wedding sparkler shot on Portage Lakes

Before I left I played with the rings a lot but my favorite was on the pumpkin with their seal.  The best thing is this is a fake pumpkin so they can keep it forever and light it up every October and remember their wedding day for the rest of their lives 🙂

Wedding rings in custom carved pumpkin

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Historic Onesto Event Center Wedding with Marisa and Jacob

I have to admit, one of the things I was most excited about was working a wedding at the newly reopened Historic Onesto Event Center.  I had kept up with the renovations via Facebook and they’ve done such a wonderful job with the space and I was elated to be able to see it for myself.  It’s SUCH a great addition to Downtown Canton and a beautiful space for a wedding!  Here’s hoping this is the first of many weddings here that I photograph!

I also was SO excited to work with this family again!!  I love, love, love when I’m able to work with familiar faces – even more so when it’s more than once in a year!!  Last May I photographed Marisa’s Aunt’s wedding and I was so happy when I was contacted about photographing Marisa’s wedding.  As with Teresa’s wedding, everyone was so absolutely wonderful to work with!  Everyone is so kind and warm and just an absolutely pleasure to work with.

Marisa and Jacob I briefly met back in May but got to know them better through the day of their wedding and they are just such a FUN couple.  They were so easy to work with and they never stopped smiling (well, after the brief tears during their ceremony).  Their wedding was exactly the perfect blend of love and laughter, with a heavy emphasis on the laughter.  All day everyone kept talking about how perfect they were for one another and even to someone who barely got to know them I could easily see just how true these words are.  They are the epitome of soul mates.

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

Bridal Gown: Mori Lee via The Winner / Cake: Ann’s Cakes / Catering: Lobster Louie’s / Ceremony: Louisville Church of Christ / DJ: Chris Corbi / Florist: The Budding Tree / Reception: Historic Onesto Event Center /

I really have loved the bridesmaid dresses this year, they have been STUNNING!

MoriLlee wedding dress hanging in Louisville Ohio

Before the ceremony we were able to find a secluded area outside of Louisville Church of Christ for some quick photos!  Luckily the weather cooperated with us and we were able to find a spot where no one could accidentally see Marisa before she walked down the aisle.

Bride and Bridemaids outside of Lousiville Church of Christ

Marisa looked beautiful in her dress!!  I loved her veil!

Black and white portrait of bride before wedding in Louisville Ohio

Soon enough it was time to walk down the aisle!  I think Marisa’s huge grin says just how excited she was.

Bride walking down aisle at Louisville Church of Christ

There were a lot of laughs and a few happy tears during their ceremony, especially when they read their own vows to one another.

Wedding ceremony at Louisville Church of Christ

I loved the simple decor they went for and how they incorporated Marisa’s greek roots with the olive branches!

The kiss!

Wedding ceremony at Louisville Church of Christ

Of course my favorite, the hug after the kiss!

Wedding ceremony at Louisville Church of Christ

However, this sweet kiss on the cheek may be the best of them all.

Wedding ceremony at Louisville Church of Christ

We quickly headed over to Onesto Event Center so they could take photos before the guests arrived.

We started off with the bridal party and I really loved the way their attire combined with the Onesto!

Pink and gold wedding party at Onesto Event Center

These guys looked dapper – Jacob’s jacket was AMAZING and such a perfect choice.

Groom and groomsman at the Onesto Lofts in Canton Ohio

The ladies looked amazing as well, I especially loved the flower girl’s ensemble.

Bride and her ladies at the Onesto Event Center in Canton Ohio

My favorite of the day is their photo by this amazing window!

Wedding portrait at the Onesto Event Center in Canton Ohio

However this little spot wasn’t bad either.

Wedding portrait at the Onesto Event Center in Canton Ohio

Ok to be honest, there’s no bad spot at Onesto Event Center!

Wedding portrait at the Onesto Event Center in Canton Ohio

I love this photo of them on the way out to go walk around downtown Canton, her gorgeous Mori Lee dress flowed down the stairs.

Wedding portrait at the Onesto Event Center in Canton Ohio

We ended up walking over to the Canton Brewing Company which is where they first met, I love when we’re able to incorporate important places in their story into the wedding day.

Bride and Groom posing for wedding portrait at Canton Brewing Company

One last photo before going back in and it’s a favorite!

Wedding portrait in Downtown Canton Ohio

I loved their head table with the olive branches and flowers!

Head table at wedding reception at the Onesto Event Center

How fun are these ostrich feather centerpieces?

Gold ostrich feather wedding centerpieces

The evening kicked off with Marisa’s sister starting the toasts.

Maid of Honor toast at wedding reception at the Historic Onesto Event Center

Jacob’s Best Man had a tough act to follow with his toast but he managed just fine!

Best Man toast at wedding reception at the Historic Onesto Event Center

Ann’s Cakes knocked it out of the park with their naked wedding cake!  This cake was lemon and lavender flavored.

Naked Lemon Wedding Cake by Ann

I love the look on Jacob’s face!  Ha!

Cutting a naked wedding cake during wedding reception

Their first dance was absolute perfection – the giggles were my favorite.

First dance during wedding reception in Canton Ohio

The parent dances went off without a hitch.

Father daughter wedding dance at Onesto Event CenterMother and son wedding dance at Onesto Event Center

The rest of the evening was spent with a chock full dance floor and LOTS of greek dancing.  SO MUCH FUN!

Green wedding dance at reception in Canton Ohio

Of course I couldn’t leave without a ring photo!

Wedding rings on pearls in Canton Ohio

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