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Pine View Acres Wedding with Lauren and David

Lauren and David’s wedding day which ended at the beautiful Pine View Acres was a day full of love!  Not only of the love they share but the love of their families as well which was lovely to see.  That love was also what fueled the energy that went into so much of the beautiful handmade details from the wedding!  When I walked into the reception I audibly gasped because it was so beautiful and amazing!  Just wait until you see it!

All day these two just had an ease about them which was lovely to see and to be around.  There were no nerves, just excitement and joy!  Thank you both for trusting me with your wedding day!

Bakery: Buehler’s / Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero via Doreen Leaf Designs / Ceremony:  Chapel of the Cross United Methodist Church / Florist: Com-Patt-Ibles Food Truck: Phillybuster Food Truck / Reception: Pine View Acres / String Quartet: Divertimento String Quartet

While I was waiting for everyone to arrive I wandered around the church and got acquainted with the Reverend.  Rev Bob is perhaps the kindest Reverend I’ve had the pleasure of working with!  I hope that I get to return to his church again soon!
Chapel of the Cross United Methodist Church in North Lawrence

Such a fun church to photograph!

Chapel of the Cross Wedding Ceremony in North Lawrence

It’s been a while since I’ve had a wine box during the ceremony and I was pleased to see they were doing one!

Wine Ceremony Box for Wedding

This was custom made and I LOVED it!

Hand carved ring box from tree

Finally everyone arrived and Lauren got dressed.  Then it was veil time – how gorgeous is this veil!?

bride getting ready for wedding in north lawrence ohio

I absolutely and completely adored Lauren’s Dad.  He really reminded me of my own father and he was SO proud of his little girl.

Also you must check out that amazing bouquet!!

bride and father walk down the aisle in north lawrence

The ceremony was absolute perfection!

Wedding Ceremony at Chapel of the Cross United Methodist Church

David made a slight adjustment to Lauren’s hand before she nailed in her side of the wine box.

Wine Box ceremony during wedding at chapel of the cross

The kiss!

First kiss after wedding ceremony at chapel of the cross

The rain was very quickly moving in so I rushed the guests out so we could get the rose petal toss in before the storm let loose.  We got very lucky and the timing couldn’t have been better because just as they got in the getaway truck, the skies opened!  Whew!

Rose petal toss wedding exit from ceremony in North Lawrence, Ohio

If you look closely you can see the raindrops.

Bride in farm truck getaway vehicle for wedding

Luckily Lauren’s parents have an overhang at their barn and we were able to still get some photos in before heading over to the reception.

Bride and Groom with Thank You burlap bannerBride and Groom with Thank You burlap banner

I loved all the details that Lauren had for their photos!

Bride and Groom with & sign

Don’t worry – we were very very safe with these!

Bride and Groom with guns in holstersBride with gun in garterBride and Groom pose with guns

Then it was time to head over to Pine View Acres for their wedding reception!  How neat is this backdrop for the head table?

Wedding Reception at Pine View Acres

The centerpieces all were quite awesome as well, I loved the way all the lights twinkled.

Wedding reception decor at pine view acres in ohio

The cake and cookies went on forever!

Cake and cookie table with lace and burlap

Another unique card box!

ammo box for cards at wedding reception

I could have made this post JUST of the details!

Hand carved guestbook pen holder at wedding

This cake stand!?? SO amazing!  I loved their initials carved into it!

wedding cake on custom carved wood standBuhler

Finally it was time to get the reception underway and Lauren’s Dad kicked off the evening with a sweet toast.

Father of Bride toast at wedding receptionwedding toasts during reception at pine view acres

After a delicious dinner with the FOOD TRUCK (I now think every wedding needs a food truck) it was time for the cake cutting.  It was perfect!

Cake cutting during reception in massillon ohio

The dances kicked off with Lauren and David’s first dance.

First dance during wedding reception at pine view acres

Next up were the parent dances which were perfection!

father daughter dance during wedding reception at pine view acresmother son dance during wedding reception in massillon

The rest of the evening was spent with everyone chatting and visiting and I was able to get a moment with the rings before our time was up and it’s one of my favorites to date!

Wedding ring detail photo with lace

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Cleveland Yacht Club Wedding with Kristyn and Chris

On what may end up being the hottest day of the year (during the hottest summer I can remember in a long time) Kristyn and Chris were married overlooking Lake Erie at Kristyn’s parents house and their Cleveland Yacht Club wedding reception was just down the road.  I was thankful for both events being near the lake which meant we had a breeze that few others had on the same day.

These two were so happy all day long despite the intense heat (especially once we left the breezes from Lake Erie for photos at the new Cleveland sign in Tremont and the parks!).  Often when it gets that hot, people get cranky – it’s almost impossible not to!  However Kristyn and Chris along with their bridal party were super easy going and understanding that the heat was what it was and we did our best to keep everyone as cool as possible.

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

Cake:  Wild Flour Bakery / Ceremony: Gazebo at Bride’s Parents House / DJ:  A Bride’s DJ /  Florist: Vase to Vase / Reception: Cleveland Yachting Club

When I arrived at the Bride’s parents house I went upstairs expecting the normal chaos that is taking place when ladies are getting ready for a wedding.  Instead, I was greeted by one of the most calm atmospheres I’ve ever seen surrounding a bunch of ladies prepping for a wedding!  Kristyn was so calm and relaxed as was her ladies!

Bride getting ready for wedding on lake erie

Everyone stayed inside as long as possible as the temps soared over 100 with the heat index.  As soon as it was go time everyone sat down and Kristyn shortly followed with her father.

Bride and Father walking down aisle for outdoor wedding ceremony

The setting for their ceremony couldn’t have been any more beautiful!

Wedding Ceremony in Rocky River on Lake Erie

There were a lot of giggles during the ceremony!

Bride and Groom laughing during wedding ceremony

It was a perfect ceremony!

Rocky River Wedding Ceremony on Lake Erie

The kiss!

Gazebo wedding ceremony in Rocky River

We went down onto the beach after the ceremony for a few quick portraits with Lake Erie behind them (and some paddleboarders as well).  It looked so oceanlike on that day!

Bridal Party on beach of Lake Erie in Rocky River

After the beach we headed over to the brand new Cleveland sign in Tremont overlooking the skyline of Cleveland.  I love where the ring bearer went – in the middle of the C!

Wedding Party at Cleveland sign in Tremont

One more!

Bride and Groom pose near Cleveland sign in Tremont

After Tremont we headed over to Rocky River Reservation and to a barn that Kristyn and Chris really liked.

Groom and Groomsman pose near barn

I kind of loved the green doors and since by this point everyone was a bit sweaty I was glad it was in the shade!

Bride and Bridesmaids pose near barn in Rocky River

I really loved the way that the blues popped against the doors!

Bride and Groom in front of barn in Rocky River Reservation

There was a pretty little path into the woods near the barn and Kristyn and Chris were willing to go down it a pace with me for some more images.  Again, on a hot day like this I try to keep everyone shaded when possible!

Rocky River Reservation Wedding PictureGroom kissing bride

We headed to the Cleveland Yacht Club for the wedding reception and I ran around getting pictures of the decor before anything got too messed up.

I loved the theme of the wedding – every table was a different spice!

Spice themed reception decor at Cleveland Yacht Club Wedding

Each place setting had rosemary tucked into the napkin along with some rosemary salt which were favors.

Rosemary tucked into napkin at place setting

The Cleveland themed cake by Wild Flour was absolutely amazing!

Cleveland Themed Wedding Cake by Wild Flour Bakery

I also really loved their guestbook which was a wooden picture with two birds and lots of leaves.  Guests signed the leaves!

Bird in tree guestbook for wedding

As I was finishing up the reception decor pictures, I spied the ring bearer hiding out at his seat at the head table.

child hiding at wedding reception

It wasn’t long before the wedding reception was underway at the Cleveland Yacht Club!  It started with toasts before dinner.

Bride and Groom toasting at wedding reception at the cleveland yacht club

After dinner the DJ started picking up the music and the ring bearer couldn’t help himself and was having a blast!

ring bearer dancing at wedding reception

The sun began to set and the view from the deck of the ballroom is pretty hard to beat!

Sunset at the Cleveland Yacht Club in Rocky River

Once the clouds started picking up the colors of the sunset I caught up with Kristyn and Chris and we took a few sunset pictures which was one thing on their must-do list.

sunset wedding portrait at the Cleveland Yacht Club

It was then time for the special dances, starting off with their first dance which they smiled and giggled the whole way through.

First dance at wedding reception at the cleveland yacht club

Afterwards they had their parent dances which were equally full of glee.

father daughter dance at cleveland yacht club wedding receptionMother son dance at wedding reception in rocky river

Before I left for the night I captured a fun picture of their wedding rings with the rosemary from my place setting and someone’s shiny purse behind.  It’s a bit wacky but I love it!

Wedding Rings with Rosemary

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Brookside Country Club Wedding with Kristen and Ryan

At Kristen and Ryan’s Brookside Country Club wedding we endured every kind of weather you can expect in July it seemed like.  From humidity so thick it was almost soup, to a torrential downpour when their ceremony was supposed to start, to a beautiful evening with a spectacular sunset – Kristen and Ryan’s wedding day had every kind of weather you could throw at it.  The one thing that remained cool about the day was Kristen and Ryan.  Neither one of them were terribly fussed over what happened and it was yet another wedding with crazy weather where I was lucky enough to have clients that were not too concerned about it.  It all worked out in the end though, after a slight delay (and quick action from the country club) the ceremony still took place outside, the reception went off without a hitch and we were lucky enough to be able to go outside for a spectacular sunset!

Kristen and Ryan have SO much chemistry that it almost made me feel like I wasn’t working at all.  Before the wedding they stressed how they were not really into being overly posed and I worried that it may impact their day but I needn’t have worried because these two just are naturally adorable together.  Their chemistry combined with the gorgeous backdrop of Brookside Country Club’s golf course made for some gorgeous portraits as you will see below without having to direct them much at all.  It was perfection!

I also wanted to give a shout out to the friends and family of the couple.  Everyone was so amazingly kind and the family even had me sitting with them for dinner!  It was such a perfect day and I am honored to have been a part of it.

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

Bridal Gown: Sarah Janks via White of Dublin / Bridesmaid Gowns: Adrianna Papell / Cake: All Occasions BakeryCeremony & Reception: Brookside Country Club / DJ: Billy Manos / Florist: The English GardenMenswear: J. Crew / Officiant: A New Way of Hope Weddings / Videographer: HD Blue Skies Video

 I adored Kristen’s gown, it was just the right thing for a hot July day!

wedding dress hanging on custom hanger from light fixture

Her shoes were also amazing!

stunning strappy nude heels with square mirrors

While Kristen’s Mom was buttoning up her gown, her bridesmaids were playing one of her favorite songs and she couldn’t help but shimmy her shoulders to the beat.


I love this image of her Maid of Honor helping her put her shoes on,

maid of honor helping bride with shoes

Meanwhile, upstairs, we heard there was a bit of a crisis with the men… particularly one groomsman.  He put his pants on and they split.

In a stroke of luck though J Crew had accidentally sent him two pairs instead of one and we were able to get the second pair en route to us pronto.

groomsman drinking after his pants get ripped

We delayed the first look a smidge and had to tell Kristen why… and this was her reaction.  I love when my clients just roll with the disasters that sometimes come with weddings.  Luckily this one was easily solved because the rip was pretty bad and would have been tough to sew.

bride laughing while posing with ripped pants

The pants were almost on site so we went ahead and got the first look and bride and groom portraits underway while the pants were being sorted since rain was moving in.  We decided on the ceremony location since it was the easiest location to escape inside in case of rain.  Their first look was perfection!

First look outside at brookside country club in canton ohio

The radar showed that the round of rain nearby was juuuust going to miss us so we headed out onto the course for some quick portraits before the next round of rain came.

I loved this portrait of them walking towards the next stop for pictures!

bride and groom walking on path at brookside country club

Just so you know, even if you don’t like being posed I’m still going to make you do the traditional “look at the camera and smile” pose because trust me, you need at least one – and how cute are they???

wedding portrait in July in Canton Ohio

This was when I breathed a sigh of relief because they did this unprompted and I realized that their “not posing” day was going to be a breeze.

groom kissing bride

I don’t know why but I LOVE this image.

black and white wedding portrait of bride and groom kissing

We brought the bridal party out while we were still rain free and the pants had arrived in time!

How beautiful is this bridal party all together?  I loved that the guys just had suspenders, such a smart decision for a hot summer wedding!

navy and gold wedding bridal party

You can see the skies are pretty angry in most of these pics, while we did still have some rain, we really did get lucky in that most of the storms missed us by just a few miles.

groomsmen in j crew suits for wedding

I must confess, I’m obsessed with these bridesmaid gowns!  I loved how Kristen chose the long version for her maids of honor and the short for the bridesmaids!

bridesmaids in gold sequined gowns

The white bouquets were the perfect touch with the gold gowns!

Bride and bridesmaids laughing

There was a beautiful grassy area down a bit further on the course that was within walking distance and I’m glad we were able to make it down there.

Men standing in a field of grass

See what I mean about the skies?? They were intense!

bride and bridesmaids beneath a stormy sky in ohio

Speaking of intense…

Groom in navy j crew suit on wedding day

However I couldn’t decide between the above and the smiling portrait so you get both sides of Ryan!

Groom wearing J Crew suit on wedding day in Canton OH

Kristen was such a beautiful bride!

bridee wearing sarah janks gown at Brookside Country Club

I loved the simple and elegant look she had on her wedding day.

Bride with white bouquet from enchanted florist

As we were walking back the rain started up but luckily they had an umbrella to keep them dry.

Bride and groom with umbrella on wedding

The first rain (above) let up pretty quickly but just before the wedding ceremony was to start we finally got hit by one of the many storms in the area.  Luckily Brookside Country Club was quick to pull inside anything that could have been damaged by the rain and once the rain stopped they quickly moved in to dry up the seats and laid down some tablecloths for an aisle runner so Kristen’s dress wouldn’t get muddy!  I’m glad that they made the decision to still get married outside and opted to move the ceremony start time back just a smidge!

downpour of rain on a wedding ceremony

I loved their fan programs!

wedding fan programs for outdoor ceremony

This is why I’m glad they held out for the outdoor ceremony!  Unless you were there, you’d never have known it was a downpour 15 minutes  before!

outdoor wedding ceremony at brookside country club

Ryan walking down the aisle…

groom walking down aisle at wedding ceremony

…and waiting for his bride.

Groom watching bride walk down the aisle

I loved that Kristen was escorted down the aisle by her parents!

Also, I just want to say how much I ADORED Kristen’s Mom’s gown.  So pretty!

bride walking down the aisle with both parents

It was seriously a beautiful service!

Outdoor wedding ceremony at brookside country club

The best man pretended he’d lost the rings in a gag that everyone got a laugh out of.

Groom getting ring from Best Man

The ring exchange was perfect!

ring exchange during wedding ceremony

The kiss!

first kiss after wedding ceremony in canton ohio

After the ceremony the videographer needed some time and allowed me to come along.  I’m so glad she did because the light was so golden and the skies had lost their anger and it was a beautiful time for portraits!

bride and groom portrait at brookside country club

Once we returned from our quick jaunt outside for portraits we went back to the ballroom which was beautifully set.

white and gold reception decor at brookside country clubwhite and gold wedding cake

wedding rings in black and white

Their first dance was how they decided to kick off the reception and it was perfection.

first dance at a wedding reception in Canton Ohio

They then moved over to cut their delicious cake from All Occasions Bakery while everyone looked on.

bride and groom eating cake at wedding reception

The toasts were the perfect balance of sentimental and funny and I loved the way that the tables were set up so that Kristen and Ryan could be toasted without any awkward toast-dancing (if you’ve been to a wedding you know what I mean – when the person giving the toast has to choose to either look at the couple and away from the guests or to the guests and not the couple).

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After dinner and before the evening started back up we noticed the sky was alight with beauty and Kristen and Ryan were game for going outside for a few portraits with the sunset.  I’m SO glad they did!

wedding sunset portrait at brookside country clubwedding sunset portrait at brookside country club

Once we went back inside the remainder of the reception at Brookside Country Club was underway – which included some fantastic greek dancing!

greek dancing at wedding reception

I always love when DJs make sure to throw in some slow songs through the night – especially when I can end my night with a portrait like this!

wedding reception at brookside country club

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