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Tudor Arms Wedding with Karen and Robert

After Karen and Robert’s amazing engagement session I knew their wedding would be amazing.  However, I had no idea just how spectacular this wedding would be!  I can’t believe just how much of a visual treat this wedding was.  Beyond that though there were just so much love all day that it made the wedding that much more beautiful.

Karen and Robert chose to do a first look which made the most sense for their wedding day.  I love when we’re able to do first looks but I know that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.  However, when your wedding ceremony and reception are at the same location it really makes the most sense.  What I really loved about their wedding day was that they did their first look and bridal party photos at the Tudor Arms and then headed over to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens with just the Best Man and Maid of Honor for some more portraits.

The ceremony feelings weren’t diminished by the first look – contrary to what people think happens!  There were lots of tears, lots of love and so many smiles.  The reception contained much of the same and it was just a lovely night where I never stopped smiling when documenting their beautiful love story.

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

Band: Bluewater Kings Band / Bridal Gown: Custom Jovani Gown designed by Joshua Vietmeier from Henri’s Cloud Nine / Cake: White Flower Cake Shoppe / Ceremony & Reception: Tudor Arms Hotel / Dessert: Luna Bakery & Cake / Florist: Blooms by Plantscaping / Hair: Kreate Hair Studio / Makeup: Dena Vega / Officiant: Bob Javorsky / Rentals: Event Source / Wedding Planning: Allison from Kirkbrides

You need to stop what you are doing for a moment and just gaze at this FANTASTIC wedding dress.  It is a dress that was custom designed for Karen and I’m still drooling over it months later.

Wedding Dress Hanging at Tudor Arms Hotel

Her bridesmaid gowns were equally swoon-worthy.  I mean, WOW.

If you’ve been around these parts you know my love for bridesmaid dresses that don’t match but this wedding took it to the next level.  They aren’t matchy matchy but looked FANTASTIC together.

Custom Jovani wedding dress designed by Joshua Vietmeier from Henri

While the ladies and guys had a quick lunch I ran downstairs to see the ceremony setup (just you wait!) and was able to also capture some images of the stationery.  I can’t believe these are from Minted!  SO gorgeous!

Invitation Suite from Minted for Gatsby Themed Wedding

Karen’s makeup was flawless, of course.

Dena Vega getting bride ready for her wedding

Finally i was time to get her dressed in this amazing gown!  The beaded sleeves took a few moments to arrange perfectly but totally was worth it in the end.

Bride and Bridesmaids getting ready for wedding at Tudor Arms Hotel

They both did some final touch ups before their first look on the staircase!

Bride putting on lipstick before first look

I loved how Robert’s guys were so chill all day.

Groom straightening his tie before wedding

Not going to lie, I try not to play favorites with my images by this is by far and away one of my most favorite first look images EVER.

Bride walking down stairs to first look

While the above image may be a favorite of the day, it comes in close second to the one below because the joy on Robert’s face is just too wonderful for words.

Groom

First looks are always tricky, sometimes they are awkward, sometimes people are peeking and it ruins the moment but when they are perfect… they are so perfect.

First Look on stairwell at the Tudor Arms Hotel

We did our photos with the bridal party first and started with the ladies.  See what I mean about the dresses?  They could not be any more dissimilar from one another but all together it looks SO amazing!

Bride with Bridesmaids in Different Gowns

The guys were coordinated but it was just as great looking.  Maybe someday they’ll have sequined jackets for guys 😉

Groom and Groomsman

We did a few group photos before we let the bridal party head back and relax until the ceremony.

Bridal Party at the Tudor Arms HotelBridal Party on the Stairs at the Tudor Arms Hotel

Karen rocked this dress like nobody’s business.

Bride with Custom Mermaid Gown

Robert looked so dapper in his white coat!  It was a brave move (white can be a disaster at a wedding with guys) but it was worth the risk.

Groom in a White Jacket Tux

One of my most favorite things of the day was that they hired a van to take them and their Best Man/Maid of Honor to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens for some wedding photos before the ceremony.

Cleveland Wedding Portrat at the Cultural Gardens in September

When there’s less people it’s easier to get genuine smiles and love since it’s not as awkward to kiss in front of parents.

Cleveland Wedding Portrat at the Cultural Gardens in September

This has been a popular spot for me this summer and with good reason, this balcony really has fantastic light and is just in a beautiful setting.

It also let me capture the amazing back of this gown!

Cleveland Wedding Portrat at the Cultural Gardens in September

There’s so many neat spots along the cultural gardens it’s hard really to choose a favorite.

Cleveland Wedding at Cultural Gardens in September

The garden that we initially wanted to hit was having a wedding so we made do with this area nearby and it was honestly better than the original choice.

They are just adorable together.

Cleveland Wedding at Cultural Gardens in September

Her AMAZING bouquet is by none other than the fabulous Blooms by Plantscaping.

Orchid and Rose Bridal Bouquet

One last little walk before heading back to the Tudor Arms hotel to get married!

Cleveland Wedding at Cultural Gardens in September

Karen LOVES her car and this was one of her requests if the weather was good – a picture of her and her car.  She decided to ‘clean’ the tire with her skirt and I loved her even more for it.

This is another favorite from the day.  It’s so Karen and SO perfect.

Bride cleaning wheel of racecar with her wedding dress

I still can’t get over the amazing transformation in the room for the wedding ceremony at the Tudor Arms.

Every time I work with Kirkbrides I know it’s going to be a visual treat!

Wedding Ceremony at Tudor Arms Hotel

Yes, that’s a gold sequined aisle runner for the wedding ceremony!

Tudor Arms Wedding Ceremony Setup

The rose and ostrich feather arrangements were so beautiful!

Ostrich Feather and Rose Centerpieces

Even the aisle was a feast for the eys!

Ostrich feather and floral aisle decorations

People always ask me if the moment when the Groom sees the Bride walking down the aisle is diminished by a first look.   As you can see, it isn’t.  I usually find they are actually MORE emotional because you’re not trying to file away what to say later, you’ve said what you need to say about how the person looks so when this moment happens you just take in how it feels.

Groom seeing bride come down the aisle

There may have been a few tears.

Bride and Father walking down the aisle

Juuust a few… and I may have been one of them.

wedding ceremony at tudor arms hotel

A really sweet touch was that they had written their vows in a book they could read from that was also a keepsake.  Such a lovely touch!

Vows during wedding ceremony

Karen’s grandparents came up at the end of the ceremony to tie on a bracelet for the sai sin ceremony.

Sai Sin Bracelet Wedding Ceremony

Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs!

Tudor Arms Hotel Wedding Ceremony

While they enjoyed the cocktail hour, I ran around the wedding reception to get photos of all of the details before the guests were ushered in.

I started with this cake from White Flower Cake Shoppe which was outstanding.  I love how she incorporated the style of Karen’s dress into a layer (reminded me of Sarah’s wedding cake which was also designed to look like her gown!).

White Flower Cake Shoppe Wedding Cake

Sweetheart tables are my favorites – they never fail to be a visual highlight of the wedding reception!

Sweetheart Table at Wedding Reception at the Tudor Arms

I loved the touches of the art deco theme throughout – even down to the tiniest detail like the place cards.

Seat Card at Tudor Arms Wedding

Not only did they have cake but they also had desserts from Luna Bakery set up outside of the ballroom.

Wedding Dessert Display by Luna Bakery in Cleveland

The pink and gold decor at the wedding reception really highlights the beauty that is the Tudor Arms.

Pink and Gold Wedding Reception at Tudor Arms

Tudor Arms weddings always make me so excited because I know that it’s going to be a beautiful event!

Pink and Gold Wedding Reception at Tudor Arms

This is the view of the entire room from the area where the cake was.

Pink and Gold Wedding Reception at Tudor Arms

One fun thing about a Tudor Arms wedding is that we usually get a chance to do a reveal of the room for the Bride and Groom from the balcony above and their reactions always make me smile.

Bride and Groom Seeing Wedding Reception Space

Finally it was time for the entrances and their first dance.

Bride and Groom First Dance at Tudor Arms

Bluewater Kings Band kicked things off and Karen and Robert enjoyed their first dance.

Bride and Groom First Dance at Tudor Arms

To be honest, my favorite part of the cake cutting was getting more images of the sides of the dress showing off the amazing beaded sleeves!

Cutting the Cake at Tudor Arms Wedding

The toasts were sweet and perfect!

Toasts during Wedding Reception at Tudor ArmsToasts during Wedding Reception at Tudor Arms

After dinner Karen got things rolling again by dancing with her Dad.

Father and Daughter Dance at Wedding Reception at Tudor Arms

He was a bit shy at first but by the end he was enjoying it and they shared a lot of smiles.

Father and Daughter Dance at Wedding Reception at Tudor Arms

After Karen and Robert’s wedding which had a lot of fascinators I wanted to write into my contract that every wedding should have at least one fascinator.  I mean, look at how fantastic Robert’s Mom looks in one?  They are so fabulous!

Mother and Son Dance During Wedding Reception at Tudor Arms Hotel

The band got into their groove as did their guests.  Everyone was dancing, smiling and having a great time.

Wedding Reception at Double Tree Tudor Arms Hotel

I fell in love with Karen even more when she started twirling in her dress.  I mean, come on, if you are going to have this fantastic of a dress it’s almost criminal to not spin in it with abandon!  However my favorite part of this photo may be Robert’s smile watching Karen.  They were just so delightful!

Wedding Reception at Double Tree Tudor Arms Hotel

A Tudor Arms wedding is not complete without the bouquet being tossed from the balcony!

Bouquet Toss at Wedding Reception

Before I left I got to play with yet another fantastic set of rings!  It was a bit tricky getting things to balance JUST right but luckily I got it to work.

Wedding Rings on Pearls

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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!

wedding portrait at covered bridge in olmsted fallsBride posing at covered bridge in olmsted falls

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.

toasts during september wedding reception at springvale ballroomtoasts during september wedding reception at springvale ballroom

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

first dance during wedding reception at springvale ballromfather daughter dance during wedding receptionmother son dance during wedding reception

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.

bride getting makeup done before wedding in sanduskybride getting makeup done before wedding in sandusky

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!

bride and groom wedding portrait at lyman harborbride and groom wedding portrait at lyman harbor

By far one of my favorites from the day!

bride and groom wedding portrait at lyman harborbride and groom holding one another in sandusky

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!

toasts during wedding reception at Lyman Harbortoasts during wedding reception at Lyman Harbortoasts during wedding reception at Lyman Harbor

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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