Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Wedding with Jennifer and Aaron

Last May I met back up with Jennifer and Aaron at the beautiful Stan Hwyet Hall and Gardens for their wedding in Akron.  It was a beautiful day – perfect for an outdoor ceremony at the Tea Houses.

Jennifer and Aaron were such a dream to work with – super easy going and just full of smiles and love after their ceremony!  The day could not have been any more perfect and we were able to bop around Stan Hywet after the ceremony for lots of photos before heading out to Guy’s Party Center for their celebration.  Their family and friends were so excited to celebrate their wedding and the dance floor was packed thanks to One T!  It was a great night!  Thank you both for trusting me to capture your day.

Special shout out to their wonderful families who were so lovely to work with!

Ceremony: Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens / Reception: Guy’s Party Center / DJ: One T Entertainment

I started with the ladies who got ready at the carriage house at Stan Hywet.

Jennifer’s dress was GORGEOUS and I’m still obsessed with the straps which criss-crossed across the back.

Bride getting ready for wedding at Stan Hywet

Jennifer’s Mom helped her with the finishing touches, the veil was so perfect!

Bride's Mother Pinning in Veil

Isn’t she stunning?

Bride looking at bouquet at Stan Hywet

This was one of Jennifer’s must-have photos and it was perfect!

Bride and Mom before wedding at Stan Hywet

Before we knew it it was time to walk down the aisle!  Aaron was anxiously awaiting his bride.

Groom watching Bride walking down aisle at Stan Hywet

Jennifer and her Dad made their way down the beautiful birch tree walkway and it was perfection.

May wedding ceremony at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

The wedding took place between the tea houses and it was a beautiful service.

May wedding ceremony at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

It’s sealed with a kiss!

May wedding ceremony at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

If you’ve ever been to Stan Hywet in May you may know just how busy it is.  There were multiple weddings, proms and regular visitors everywhere but these two were super easy going about trying to get photos where we could while making it seem it wasn’t so busy.

Wedding Portrait in May at Stan Hywet

Still SO obsessed with how gorgeous their look was together!  That dress!  The grey suit!  AHH!  So pretty!

Wedding Portrait in May at Stan Hywet

Walking back down the birch tree allee.

Wedding Portrait in May at Stan Hywet

They are so darn adorable.

Wedding Portrait in May at Stan Hywet

Every time I see this photo I smile.

Wedding Portrait in May at Stan Hywet

Wedding Portrait in May at Stan Hywet

Their wedding party was so much fun to work with and I am OBSESSED with the bridesmaids dresses.

Wedding Party in Navy and Pink at Stan Hywet

How pretty are these ladies???

Bride and Bridesmaids at Stan Hywet

The navy and pink combo may be one of my favorites!

Bride and Bridesmaids at Stan Hywet

The guys looked pretty great too – I really love the combo of bow ties and suspenders!

Groom and Groomsman in Stan Hywet

We took a few more photos of just the Bride and Groom before we left for the reception.

Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait in Stan HywetBride and Groom Wedding Portrait in Stan Hywet

How amazing is this cake??  I loved all of the floral details from the wedding and Jennifer’s AMAZING Mom did it all!  Isn’t she so talented?!

Floral Cascade Wedding Cake at Guy's Party Center

The wine theme at the reception was perfect and so beautiful.

Wine Theme Wedding Reception at Guy's Party Center

At the head table they had two wine barrels for the bridesmaids bouquets and I really loved the look vs. the usual vase for the bouquets.  SO pretty!

Wine Theme Wedding Reception at Guy's Party Center

The guys were a hoot, every time I looked over they were up to no good.  LOL

Wedding Reception at Guy's Party Center

Eventually it was time for toasts and they started out with a lot of giggles.

Wedding Reception at Guy's Party Center

Wedding Reception at Guy's Party Center

Then there was a few smiles and misty eyes…

Wedding Reception at Guy's Party Center

…and the toasts ended with a lot more laughs.

Wedding Reception at Guy's Party Center

After dinner the dancing started and their first dance was perfection!

Wedding Reception at Guy's Party Center

The parent dances shortly followed and they were super sweet.

Wedding Reception at Guy's Party CenterWedding Reception at Guy's Party Center

There were lots of giggles during the garter removal.

Wedding Reception at Guy's Party Center

Everyone has their own method of madness for what happens after the garter and bouquet have been caught.  One T Entertainment had a new twist on things by switching out a groomsman for the lady who caught the bouquet and it was HILARIOUS.

Wedding Reception at Guy's Party Center

Once the formalities were over with the dance floor opened and it was PACKED!!

When the bride and groom get on the floor for “Shout” you know it’s a good party (and a great couple)!

Wedding Reception at Guy's Party Center

Of course I had to play with the grapes and the rings before leaving!

Wedding Rings on Grapes

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Mapleside Farms Wedding with Shelly and Drew

In May I met up with Shelly and Drew for their wedding at Mapleside Farms.  Unfortunately Ohio weather was not on our side so their ceremony had to be moved indoors.  The rain just would NOT quit!  However these two didn’t let the rain faze them a bit.  The great thing is that Mapleside Farms is beautiful both inside and out so we were able to still get lovely photos despite not being able to go out on the grounds.

They did a first look which made the most sense with their set up of having the ceremony and reception at the same place.  It made for a seamless transition from the ceremony to the reception for everyone.  It also meant they got to enjoy their cocktail hour with their guests which is when I feel that the wedding couple are able to get the best quality conversations with the loved ones that have come from afar.

Shelly and Drew were so wonderful to work with!  Their love was a joy to document and their family and friends were so darn fun and kind!  It really was a pleasure working with everyone.  Thank you for trusting me to capture your day!

Ceremony & Reception: Mapleside Farms / Bridal Gown: Essence of Australia via The Dress Bridal Boutique Catering: A Taste of Excellence / Cupcakes: Sweet Little Things Cle / DJ: Soundproof Entertainment / Florist: Nikki’s 21 Blooms

I started the day out with the guys as they got ready before the ladies arrived.

Groom getting ready for wedding at Mapleside Farms

Shelly had the most exquisite wedding gown!  I loved the illusion netting at the top which was a trend this year.

Bride's Wedding Dress on Custom Hanger

Once the ladies arrived and dressed they toasted the couple before Shelly got into her gown.

Shelly looked amazing in her Essence of Australia gown!

Bride getting ready for wedding at Mapleside Farms

Since it was raining their outdoor ceremony had to be moved inside and we opted to do their first look where their ceremony would later take place.  Drew anxiously awaited as Shelly exited the bridal suite and met him on the stairs.

Groom waiting for first look at Mapleside Farms

While it may not been the location they initially planned, this indoor backup location was beautiful and perfect!

Bride and Groom first look before wedding at Mapleside Farms

After a few minutes of admiring each other and lots of hugs, I took a few portraits of them before we wrangled the bridal party and families for their turns in front of the camera.

Wedding portrait at Mapleside Farms Wedding portrait at Mapleside Farms

Navy and Pink was another trend that started with Shelly and Drew’s wedding last year and I must say, it’s one of my favorite color choices.  Looks great on everyone and in photos!

Navy and Pink Bridal PartyBridal Party at Mapleside Farms for May Wedding

The ladies were all so lovely to work with and quite willing to do anything to make Shelly’s day as smooth as possible!

Bride and Bridesmaids at Mapleside Farms Wedding

The guys were willing to help lift, shift and do anything to make sure a smile was on Drew and Shelly’s face and that everything was set up.

Groom and Groomsman in Navy Blue Suits

Once we were through with the bridal party we used the spare time we had before they needed to be hidden away before guests arrived by taking more portraits.

Bride and Groom wedding portrait at Mapleside Farms

Mapleside Farms is a beautiful wedding venue and it’s the perfect blend of rustic charm and elegance.

Bride and Groom wedding portrait at Mapleside FarmsBride and Groom wedding portrait at Mapleside Farms

The rain slowed down enough so that we could go outside to the covered porch for some photos without getting wet.  The light was beautiful despite the rain!

Bride and Groom wedding portrait at Mapleside Farms

How cute are they???

Bride and Groom wedding portrait at Mapleside Farms

I love when my couples sneak kisses whenever given the chance – they look much more natural in photos!

Bride and Groom wedding portrait at Mapleside Farms

Shelly and Drew came prepared with a Thank You banner in burlap that matched their rustic decor for their wedding.

Thank You sign held by Bride and Groom

Seriously, aren’t they so sweet??

Bride and Groom wedding portrait at Mapleside Farms

Finally it was time for the ceremony to begin!

Indoor wedding ceremony at Mapleside Farms

Shelly and her father entered from the rear of the barn at Mapleside Farms and slowly made their way up the long aisle.

Indoor wedding ceremony at Mapleside Farms

Shelly’s Dad had the biggest grin on his face all day long!

Indoor wedding ceremony at Mapleside Farms

What a gorgeous backup location indeed!!

Indoor wedding ceremony at Mapleside Farms

Their ceremony was full of laughs and quite a few sentimental tears as well.

Indoor wedding ceremony at Mapleside FarmsIndoor wedding ceremony at Mapleside Farms

It’s official!

Indoor wedding ceremony at Mapleside Farms

This may be the most amazing candy buffet I’ve ever seen.  It was beautifully themed to match their rustic decor and had lovely hints of pink.

Wedding candy buffet at Mapleside Farms

How amazing are these gumball necklaces?!?! They were a huge hit!

Gumball necklace wedding favor

On the other side of the ballroom they had a cupcake table set up which was equally as beautiful.

Sweet Little Things CLE Cupcakes at Mapleside Farms

Their cake cutting was quite amusing!

Cake cutting at wedding reception at Mapleside Farms

The toasts were beautiful, sentimental, and full of love!

Wedding reception at Mapleside FarmsWedding reception at Mapleside FarmsWedding reception at Mapleside Farms

The dancing kicked off with the first dance and it was absolute perfection.

First dance at wedding reception at Mapleside Farms

This photo may be my favorite from the day!

First dance at wedding reception at Mapleside Farms

Next up was the parent dances, I love how happy Shelly’s Dad looks!

Parent dance at wedding reception at Mapleside Farms

Drew and his Mom made sure there wasn’t a dry eye left in the building.

Parent dance at wedding reception at Mapleside Farms

As the evening progressed Soundproof Entertainment made sure that the dance floor was packed all night long and everyone had grins from ear to ear!

Wedding reception at Mapleside Farms

Before leaving I played with their rings and I LOVED the candy buffet setup so of course I had to play with the rings there.

Wedding rings at Mapleside Farms

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Cleveland Museum of Art Spring Engagement Session with Sarah and Eric

Last Spring I met up with Sarah and Eric at the Cleveland Museum of Art for their engagement session.  Timing the spring sessions for the blooms at Wade Oval Lagoon can be tricky but we hit the sweet spot where there was some leaves, some flowers and all the sunshine!  April really makes Cleveland shine!

Sarah and Eric were a dream to work with – super easy going and adorable together.  This weekend I’ll be photographing their wedding and I can’t wait to meet up with them again!

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