Tangier Wedding in Akron with Kelli and Matthew

I have been wanting to work a wedding at the Tangier in Akron forEVER it feels like.  I’ve had a few weddings that were supposed to be there but they either moved (one ended up in St. Thomas so I’m not even a little mad) or cancelled.  My best friend’s family owns it, which is why I’ve wanted to go!  With Kelli and Matthew I finally got to go and it was so wonderful to finally work in one of the most unique wedding venues in Akron!

You may remember Kelli and Matthew from one of my most favorite winter engagement sessions EVER.  Seriously, that snowfall was straight out of a movie.  What made the session though wasn’t the snow but just how much in love these two are.  They made my job easy!  That love was even more tangible on their wedding day so it was even MORE fun to document and play with them.  What I love most about these two and their love language is their smiles.  They have the most infectious smiles that just light them – and everyone else nearby – up.

Their wedding day was such a great day.  There were TONS of smiles, lots of laughs and quite a few happy tears.  Their wedding was crazy personalized and even though I don’t know them as well as their friends and family do, I left feeling like they were friends I had known for a lifetime.  From Kelli’s Dad and brother singing at their ceremony to Kelli’s recorded song dedicated to Matthew that they danced to at the wedding (which was on the CD that they gave to their guests as a favor along with Matthew’s favorite snack) EVERYTHING was about them and their love.  It was wonderful.

Thank you SO much for trusting me to capture your day!  It was a pleasure to work with you both.  Special thanks to Andrea Hallgren Photography who was my second photographer for part of their day.

Ceremony: Bath United Church of Christ / Photo Location: Hale Farm and Village / Reception: Tangier / Bridal Gown: Oleg Cassini via David’s Bridal / Cake: Reeves Cake Shop / DJ: Midnight Music DJFlorist: Bouquets By BeckyHair: Bridal Hair by K / Makeup: Rachel Lorraine Artistry / Menswear: Jos A Bank / Rentals: Whiskey and Lace EventsVideographer: Work Shed Weddings 

I started my day with Kelli and her ladies documenting them getting ready for the big day.  She had an amazing glam team with Kristin and Rachel on site for hair and makeup.

Bridal Hair by K doing bride's hair in Bath, Ohio

After her hair was beautifully coiffed, Rachel finished up the look with gorgeous makeup.

Rachel Lorraine Artistry doing bridal makeup

I love when brides are THIS happy with how they look!

Bride reacting to seeing her makeup

One of my favorite photos from my own wedding was putting in my earrings so I always try to capture this for my brides as well.

Bride getting ready for wedding in Ohio

Trying to get this many girls on a small bed is always an adventure (that gets lots of giggles)

Bride and Bridesmaids in robes before wedding

Kelli’s Mom is SO lovely!

Bride and Mom before wedding

While I was with the girls Andrea was with the guys while they got ready.

Groom getting ready before wedding in Ohio

The guys definitely knew how to get the party started!

Groom and groomsman toasting before wedding

Once at the Bath Church Kelli completed her transformation into a bride and it got the tears going!

Bride getting emotional after putting on dress

First looks with bridesmaids are always fun and these girls were SO excited to see how beautiful Kelli looked!

Bridesmaid first look at Bath Church

However first looks with Dads will always be my favorite, almost more than bride/groom first looks.  Daddy’s girl forever!

Father daughter first look at Bath ChurchFather daughter first look at Bath Church

It was time to walk down the aisle and Kelli’s parents both had that honor.

Mom and Dad walking bride down the aisle

Needless to say, Matthew was overwhelmed.

Groom tearing up when seeing Bride

 

Wedding ceremony at Bath United Church of Christ

I’ve been to this church before and was excited to revisit it again.  The light is amazing!

Wedding ceremony at Bath United Church of Christ

They had vows they wrote to one another.  They were beautiful!

Wedding ceremony at Bath United Church of Christ

Kelli’s Dad and brother played a song for them during the ceremony on their guitars.  It was perfect.

Wedding ceremony at Bath United Church of Christ

The kiss!

Wedding ceremony at Bath United Church of Christ

They did it!  These smiles are the best!

Bride and groom exiting from wedding

I love the ribbon wands!

Bride and groom exiting with ribbon wands

After the ceremony we headed over to Hale Farm and Village for their photos.  This is one of my absolute FAVORITES of the day.  When you can’t stop smiling even when you kiss, you know it is love.

Bride and Groom wedding photo at Hale Farm

I adored this color palette with the pink and grey bridal party!!

Pink and Grey Bridal Party

While I was taking the wide shots Andrea made sure to zoom in on the details.  I LOVED the look of these white and green bouquets against the pink dresses!

White and Green Bridesmaid Bouquets

As we were walking toward the fence they looked so darn cute I made them stop and kiss.

Farm wedding photo in Ohio

Again, Andrea was awesome at zooming in on the gorgeous details from the day while I captured the whole picture.

Bride and Groom wedding photos at Hale Farm

How sweet are these two?? Their love was such a joy to document.

Bride and Groom wedding photos at Hale Farm

LOVE!

Bride and Groom wedding photos at Hale Farm

I played with the ladies while Andrea captured the gentleman near this gorgeous barn.

Groom and groomsman against red barn in Ohio

How cute is Matthew?

Groom in grey Jos a Bank suits

I am so obsessed with just how beautiful Kelli looked on her wedding day.  This dress was just phenomenal!

Bride in lace Oleg Cassini dress in OhioBride in lace Oleg Cassini dress in Ohio

I need to gush about these girls, not only were they fun to work with but I loved that they all had matching colors but different gowns.  It looked SO great!

Bride with bridesmaids in pink gowns

Swoon.

Bride and Groom wedding photos at Hale Farm

These trees were so pretty!!!  I spent a lot of time documenting them.

Bride and Groom wedding photos at Hale Farm

Forehead kisses are my favorite.

Bride and Groom wedding photos at Hale Farm

But let’s be honest, all kisses are wonderful!

Bride and Groom wedding photos at Hale Farm

I loved that we had SO much time to play and take pictures on their wedding day!  Once we got to the Tangier we had time to really have fun with the unique space.  This is one of my favorites from our time there!

Bride and Groom wedding portrait at Tangier

The pink and gold decor was pretty and perfect for the space especially when combined with the uplighting.

Pink and gold wedding reception at Tangier

Reeves Cake Shop did a great job with their cake!  So pretty!

White wedding cake by Reeves Cake Shop

They started off the dancing with their parents.  First Matthew with his Mom, then Kelli with her Dad.

Mother and son dance at wedding receptionFather and daughter dance at Tangier wedding reception

Then Kelli and Matthew did their first dance and their special dance with Kelli singing together.  They are SO darn sweet together!

First dance during wedding reception at TangierFirst dance during wedding reception at Tangier

Then the dance floor opened and everyone cut a rug!

Wedding reception at Tangier in AkronWedding reception at Tangier in Akron

They tossed the bouquet and garter and there were tons of giggles!

Bouquet toss at wedding reception at TangierGarter removal at wedding reception

Before leaving I got to play with their beautiful rings and my favorite was on the LED uplight.  I can’t resist a good LED ligh!!

Wedding rings with LED uplights

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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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