Hyatt Arcade Wedding with Sara and James

At the beginning of June I met up with Sara and James on a Friday for their wedding in Cleveland.  They planned out their wedding SO smartly!  They got ready at their reception location, which was just a few blocks from their ceremony and opted to walk back and forth.  It was a lovely day so it was well planned and was a nice way for people to also see the beauty that is Cleveland.

The only downside to their wedding was that the midges/muffleheads hatched the day before/morning of their wedding.  While these bugs don’t bite and aren’t as big as the mayflies it still was a bit tricky to fish them out from the layers of Sara’s dress and keep them out of photos!  Luckily Sara and James just laughed it off and it didn’t bother them at all.

The whole day can be described in one word: easy.  These two were cool cats and if you didn’t see their fancy dress you’d never know they were getting married.  That’s what happens when you’re marrying “The One” – at least in my experience.  Nothing fazed them, there were no butterflies.  Just easy smiles, easy laughs and an easy going approach to the entire day.  Their ease made my job even easier so it was a win-win all around.

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

Ceremony: Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist / Reception: Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade / Bridal Gown: Bridal Boutique of Naperville / Bridesmaids Gowns: House of Brides / Cake: Wild Flour Bakery / DJ: A Bride’s DJ / Florist: Blush Custom Weddings / Hair & Makeup: Marengo Luxury Spa / Menswear: Men’s Warehouse /

When I arrived the girls were still finishing up downstairs so I took photos of Sara’s details while waiting.

Wedding Dress at the Hyatt Arcade Cleveland

After I got photos of the details I popped over with the guys for a few before they had to leave to go to St. John the Evangelist.

Groom Getting Ready in Cleveland

Once the girls all returned from the Marengo Spa we got a photo of everyone in their robes before getting dressed.

Bride and Bridesmaids in Robes

Sara and James exchanged gifts and he have her a beautiful bracelet which she needed a bit of help putting on.

Bride Getting Gift from Groom Before Wedding

St. John the Evangelist is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Cleveland!

Wedding at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist

The wedding ceremony was perfection.

Wedding at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist

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Instead of rushing through photos at the altar they opted to do the photos outside on the stairs after the ceremony.  It was SO perfect!  The light was ideal and it was the perfect temperature outside.

Bride and Groom at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist

Silly bridal photos are always fun!

Wedding Bridal Party Silly Photo

These guys looked quite dapper in their Mens Warehouse suits.  Very classy!

Groom and Groomsman at wedding in Cleveland

I loved the classic black gowns on the girls!

Bride and Bridesmaids in Cleveland

There was a shaded little nook on the side of the church that I really loved for some photos with a bit of green in them (which is not easy to find in Cleveland!).

June Wedding in Cleveland

The giggles are always my favorite!

June wedding in downtown Cleveland

I love this photo of Sara and her girls!

Bride and Bridesmaids in Black

It was so nice to be able to walk around Cleveland for photos and not have to worry about busses and parking!

Casual Portrait of Groom and Groomsman

LOVE this photo so so so much!

Groom Holding Bride in Cleveland Ohio

We got back at the Hyatt in time for cocktail hour, which is one of the prettiest spots for a cocktail hour in Cleveland.

Wedding Cocktail Hour at Hyatt Arcade

While everything was finishing up I popped downstairs to get photos of the setup for the reception.

Black and White Wedding at Hyatt Arcade

I love when things are changed up a bit and Sara opted to have the cake downstairs instead of upstairs so it was fun to get a different view of the cake!

Black ribbon wedding cake in Cleveland

Such a GRAND grand entrance, right?

Wedding Reception Entrance at Hyatt Arcade

They started the toasts off before dinner and they were perfection.

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The bonus to having the cake downstairs was that they got to cut it later in the evening than at the beginning.

Wedding Reception at Hyatt Arcade Cleveland

I know, I know. I rave about the Hyatt in Cleveland more than I should but come on, isn’t this a beautiful spot for a first dance?

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The parent dances followed the first dance and they were lovely.

Wedding Reception at Hyatt Arcade ClevelandWedding Reception at Hyatt Arcade Cleveland

The dance floor opened up and A Bride’s DJ got the party going and the dance floor was packed all night long.

Wedding Reception at Hyatt Arcade Cleveland

Finally, their rings on Sara’s beautiful bouquet from Blush Custom Weddings.

Wedding Reception at Hyatt Arcade Cleveland

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Cleveland Botanical Gardens Engagement Session with Laurel and Kurt

On a gorgeous spring day I met up with Laurel and Kurt at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens (with an end of the session jaunt across the road to the beautiful Cleveland Museum of Art) for their engagement session.  What a beautiful day it was!  The sun was shining (remember that ball of light we see in the warmer months sometimes?) and the flowers were all bursting in bloom all over.  It was the PERFECT day for an engagement session and Laurel and Kurt were lovely to work with.  Many congratulations to you both on your engagement!

Cleveland Botanical Gardens Engagement

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Gervasi Vineyard Family Session

I live just down the street from Gervasi Vineyard which is great for when last minute sessions pop up!  This sweet family session is one of them.  They were coming together for a special anniversary and wanted some photos of everyone as part of the gift.  They were such a fun family and it was a great day to be outside!  We did some posed and relaxed portraits around the vineyard and before I left I did some more documentary style shooting to capture their love for one another.  There were so many laughs, a lot of smiles and SO much love!  Thank you for trusting me with your day!

I loved how they all coordinated without being too matchy!

This couple had just got engaged right before their trip home and I had to post this picture because… he proposed to her on top of a lighthouse and designed her ring to resemble a lighthouse lens!

I LOVE lighthouses so this made me so happy.  Congrats to them!

The anniversary couple!

While posed portraits like the one above show that you were alive, I always tend to gravitate to the images like the one below to show how the family loved.  This photo of the cousins makes me smile every time because it’s just full of life and love and is exactly what family is.

Ending it on the sweetest photo of the lovebirds that they were gathered to honor on their Golden Anniversary.

 

 

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  • Sedinte FotoJanuary 20, 2018 - 10:39 AM

    Wow! Amazing pictures! I really like your shots. Good contrast and sharpness. Keep up the good work!ReplyCancel