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Springvale Ballroom Wedding with Brittany and Ben

On yet another crazy hot day in Ohio this summer  I met up with Brittany and Ben in Wellington for their ceremony.  Rain was threatening all day but thankfully we were able to dodge the raindrops and their wedding went off perfectly!  Even their church – which doesn’t have air conditioning – managed to stay pretty cool considering the heat.  Everyone was so full of smiles and love and it was such a great day.

I have to write a bit about their flower girl and just how much she charmed me.  Oh my gosh!  She was the cutest thing ever but beyond that she was just completely and utterly adorable.  She was so eager to be the best flower girl and was doing everything she could do all day to be helpful.

Finally… Brittany and Ben.  My goodness!  They were so easy to work with and just the kind of people you immediately feel comfortable with.  While many clients rightfully worry over the weather on the day of a wedding, I never heard any concerns from them about their day.  They were just happy and excited to get married and the rest was just details.

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

Ceremony:  First United Methodist Church / Reception: Springvale Ballroom / Cake: Cakes of Elegance / DJ: Mike Ramsdell / Florist: Off Broadway Floral

The day started with meeting Brittany and her ladies in the basement of the church.  Normally basements are dark and have horrible lighting but I was delightfully surprised to find the basement at First United Methodist Church was light and beautiful!

mother of bride helping bride get ready for wedding

Her flower girl was so eager to help and did a great job with helping Brittany put her shoes on.

Flower Girl Helping Bride Get Ready

Ceremony time!

Bride Walks Down Aisle at First United Methodist Church in Wellington

It was a beautiful ceremony!

Wellington First United Methodist Church Wedding Ceremony

They did it!!!

Wellington First United Methodist Church Wedding Ceremony

After a few pictures at the church and the surrounding areas we headed over to Springvale to take portraits on the golf course.

Unfortunately it was one of their busiest days of the year so we had to get pretty creative with the locations we used but we made it work!

I loved the look of the bridemaid’s royal blue gowns with the colorful floral bouquets!

Bridesmaids with short blue dresses

The butterflies in the bouquets were the perfect touch!

Bride and bridesmaids with multi colored bouquets

The guys looked quite dapper and I loved the royal blue ties!

Groom and Groomsman with Royal Blue Ties

This is my favorite picture of them from the day, such happy smiles!

Wedding Portrait at Springvale Ballroom

They were so lovely to work with!

Springvale Golf Course and Ballroom Wedding

It was such a hot and humid day but you would never know it by looking at their photos, they were just so happy to be married!

North Olmsted Wedding Picture in Ohio

When we were walking to the next spot on the golf course during a break between people playing I captured this photo of the bridal party and I quite liked it!

Bridal Party Walking to Ballroom

After a few portraits with the bridal party they went inside to get freshened up and we went back to the tree area from above where we were safe from the golfers and the light was beautiful.

Groom kissing bride on cheek Bride and groom nose to nose in black and white

When we initially arrived at the ballroom the bridal party needed some time to use the bathroom and get sorted before heading out onto the golf course so I was able to take some pictures of the setup before any guests arrived.

Blue Wedding at Springvale Ballroom in North Olmsted

I really loved the blue and the butterfly decor for their wedding reception at Springvale Ballroom.  Such a unique choice that was spectacular!

Wedding Reception at Historic Springvale Ballroom

How fun are these butterfly escort cards??

Butterfly Escort Cards for Wedding Reception

The cake from Cakes of Elegance was spectacular.  The white had a slight shimmer to it and the base of each round had rhinestones.  Then Off Broadway Floral added their beautiful flowers and it became one of my favorite cakes to date!

Wedding Cake with Butterflies and lots of color

Cake cutting pics are always fun since no one quite knows what they are doing!

Bride and groom cutting cakes of elegance cake

Brittany’s father started off the wedding reception with a welcome toast.

Father of Bride Welcome Toast at Wedding Reception

I love when Dad’s toast because it often brings the best smiles of the day!

Wedding Reception Toasts at Springvale Ballroom

He was followed by Brittany’s Maid of Honor who gave a lovely toast to the newlyweds.

Matron of Honor Toast at Wedding Reception in North Olmsted

The last toast was by Ben’s Best Man and was perfectly balanced between humor and sentiment.

Best Man Toast at Wedding Reception at Springvale

After dinner Brittany and Ben started off the wedding reception with their first dance.

First Dance at Wedding Reception at Springvale Ballroom

I don’t know why but I absolutely adore this image!

Wedding Dance at Historic Springvale Ballroom in Ohio

For the parent dances Brittany and Ben did something a little different which I absolutely loved.  They each started the first minute or so with their parents before the DJ invited all father/daughters or mother/sons out onto the dance floor to join them.  SUCH a great idea!

Father Daughter Dance During Wedding ReceptionMother Son Dance during Wedding Reception in Ohio

After the dancing was underway there was a great mix of people sitting and chatting with one another and people tearing up the dance floor.  The lovely thing about Springvale weddings is that the ballroom is big enough to allow for both without being separated into rooms.

Wedding Reception at Historic Springvale Golf Course and BallroomWedding Reception at Historic Springvale Golf Course and Ballroom

Of course I have to end with their wedding rings, isn’t Brittany’s engagement ring stunning?  I loved the unique shape of the halo!

Wedding Rings on Table with Reflection

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Port Clinton Family Session

Every summer I go with a group of friends up to Port Clinton for a few days following the 4th of July.  It always tends to fall right when summer is swinging into action and it’s nice to have a few days where I know that I will be doing nothing other than enjoying a morning mimosa and sitting by a pool.  I always bring my camera (because not only is it my job but something I really enjoy) and it’s been fun capturing the Gunar family kiddos growing up over the years.

Last year we tried to do a formal family portrait than the usual drag-the-kids-out-of-the-pool style shot we typically do but the weather gods had other ideas and after all of us getting completely drenched on the way home from Middle Bass Island, we opted to do it at a later time.  Summer gets busy and life happens so it ended up taking place this year.

We were going to try to find a great spot to go but I always photograph by the motto of make your location work.  It was the beginning of the insanely hot days we had in July and we all decided to just make the area around the hotel work to our advantage.  It worked out!

Hopefully next year we can repeat this session and we can continue to watch these kiddos grow!


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Catawba Island Family Session in July

A few years ago I photographed Lisa and Matt’s beautiful wedding at the Catawba Island Club and it was such a great day (that ended with fireworks!).  I was super excited when Lisa contacted me last winter to tell me they were expecting their first child together and wanted to set up a multi generation portrait session with Matt’s family over the 4th of July weekend with their newest addition.  We were able to find a date that worked for everyone in my schedule and thankfully the weather held.

It was so fun getting to see everyone again and while we started their session off at Sunset Park at the Catawba Island Cliffs, we ended it where we ended their wedding a few years ago at the Catawba Island Club.

Thanks again for trusting me with your portraits!  It was wonderful to see everyone again!


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