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Boettler Park Family Session with the Herstich Family

At the end of June I met up again with the ever-adorable Hersitch family who chose to break up their portrait session into to 30 minute sessions so they were able to take advantage of their newest addition’s birth in February and also some time outside when it was warm in the summer.  After a couple dates had to be rescheduled due to weather we finally lucked on a day that was pretty much perfect.

Sadly, our session started at the schoolhouse at Boettler Park which is now gone.  It was burned down this week by arsonists.  I’m so sad because I really enjoyed photographing there and it was such a beautifully restored building.  I hope that there is enough left to restore this beautiful building again but it looked pretty bad off in the news.  🙁

The remainder of our session took place on a nearby trail to the park which I’ve visited before.  I absolutely adore the bridge there and the light at the time of day we were there was perfect!  The session finished on the path nearby with some quick individual pics of the older kiddos and it was so much fun.  I loved the poses the kids came up with.

It was great seeing you all again!!

boettler park in green family portrait session

There’s always got to be one silly photo!

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Crowne Plaza Independence Wedding with Donald and Darrell

I always love finding out backstories (when there is one) when there are sentimental ties to the wedding locations and this wedding may have one of the most meaningful ones.  On a beautiful day in June 2015 Darrell and Donald were engaged on the steps of their church on the day that marriage became legal for everyone in the United States.  That same weekend a year later, they were married at the same place in one of the most beautiful wedding ceremonies I’ve ever been a part of.

All day these two gentlemen were just so darn excited to finally be able to celebrate their love with their loved ones.  EVERYONE was so excited for these two and tears of joy were everywhere during the ceremony and huge grins and smiles were abound at the reception.  It was such a great day full of love!  That feeling will stick with me for a long time (hopefully forever).

Many congratulations to you both!  Thank you for trusting me with your day and documenting your love.

Ceremony: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral / Reception: Crowne Plaza Cleveland South /  Cake:  Wild Flour Bakery / Florist: Urban Orchid / Photo Location: Cleveland Cultural Gardens

I started out with the guys at the Crowne Plaza as they got ready together – which I love when my couples do!

Grooms getting ready before wedding in Cleveland

We headed over to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens before the ceremony for portraits.  I loved that their attendants came with us as well!

Bridal Party at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens in June

This may be my favorite portrait of them from the day on the stairs at the Italian Cultural Gardens.

Gay grooms at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens in Ohio

We headed over to the neighboring gardens since we had a lucky day where there was no one else around and it was magical!

Gay wedding portrait in Cleveland Ohio

We made a final stop at the Hungarian gardens and found a small spot of shade to hide in.

Hungarian Cultural Garden Wedding Picture in Cleveland

Before the ceremony Donald and Darrell signed the book at the church.

Grooms signing book for wedding ceremony

Then the ceremony was underway and within moments everyone was teared up, including myself.

Gay Wedding Ceremony in Cleveland at Trinity Episcopal Church

It was SUCH a beautiful ceremony.

Gay Wedding Ceremony in Cleveland at Trinity Episcopal Church

After the ceremony there was a bit of a break in the schedule which allowed the guys to take a breather (which I always encourage my clients to schedule in!) and allowed myself to capture images of the ballroom before any guests arrived.

I really loved the classic black and white decor they had.  It was simple, elegant and beautiful.

Black and White Wedding Reception at the Crowne Plaza Independence

Their cake was a beautiful and classic from Wild Flour Bakery.

Black and white wedding cake by Wild Flour Bakery

I’m still in love with the topper – the dog IS SO CUTE!

Black silhouette cake topper with a dog

The guys had converse to change into at the reception and I am OBSESSED with them.  I tried to find a pair to buy for myself and sadly they are sold out.

Rainbow converse reception shoes for gay wedding

Once they entered the reception they cut the cake.

Cutting the Wild Flour Wedding Cake at Reception at the Crowne Plaza

They then went into their first dance which was a beautiful version of “I’ll Cover You” from RENT.

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After dinner they danced with Mom/Grandma and I loved it!  The smiles were infectious!

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Once the dance floor opened up everyone was having an absolute blast.  The music was mostly throwback which EVERYONE loved.

Wedding reception at the crowne plaza cleveland south

I had a lot of fun playing with their rings with their centerpieces!

Wedding Rings

Before I left one of their attendants suggested this pose with their soles of their amazing shoes showing and it definitely turned out to be one of my favorites of the night!  LOVE!

Wedding shoes showing off rainbow soles on table

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Darrell Lausche - We are so happy you captured our day with your camera. We loved working with you and are recommending you to everyone that asks.

Aimee Callahan Banas - You did an amazing job of capturing this happy occasion!

Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center Wedding with Molly and Jacob

Almost a year before their wedding I met up Molly and Jacob before their wedding over at Wade Oval lagoon for their engagement session.  I knew that Molly was a kindred spirit when her hair elastic broke (mine do ALL the time) and she accepted my extra without hesitation (because of said breakage I always use two). Their engagement was full of giggles and smiles and I had a wonderful time with them.

The day of their wedding was much like their engagement session.  If it wasn’t for the fancy dress you wouldn’t know it was their wedding day.  There was no bridezilla-ing, no anxious groom… everyone was just so elated to get the day underway but there was no stresses.  That also was partially due to the amazing team at Kirkbrides!  It was such a great, easy day!

It was another warm day in northeast Ohio but luckily for us we had a steady breeze that made the heat bearable.  We started out with pictures at Molly’s parents house and then ended with a few pictures on East 4th before finishing up around the Marriott downtown.

The reception kicked off after everyone was able to take a break and it was such a fun night.  Lots of smiles, laughs and we even got a chance to sneak outside and take a few pictures with the fountain before my time ended for the evening.

Special thanks to Andrew Jordan for being his usual amazing self as a second photographer with me for their wedding day!

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

Ceremony: Holy Trinity Avon / Reception: Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center / Cake: Wild Flour Bakery / DJ: Bill Bowen with Cleveland Music GroupFlorist: The Budding Tree / Linens: Event SourceWedding Planning: Allison with Kirkbrides Wedding Planning & Design

I started my day out meeting the bride and bridesmaids at Molly’s parents house.  Their house is right on a golf course and their backyard was perfect for photos!  I’m glad we were able to get an image out there with the ladies before they all got dressed!  I loved their personalized robes, it’s apparently the year of the robe (and I love it!).

Bride and Bridesmaids in Custom Robes

Jacob wrote Molly a lovely letter which she read alone before opening his wedding present to her – a gorgeous pair of earrings.

Bride Opening Wedding Gift from Groom

Molly then made her way downstairs and surprised her bridesmaids with a first look.  They were properly shocked and swooned over her gorgeous look.

Bridesmaids First Look of Bride

Once arriving at the church Molly also had a first look with her father and it was perfection!

Father Daughter First Look before Wedding

Jacob wore a black suit with a black tie and it was a great look.

Groom Getting Ready at Holy Trinity

His smile when he saw Molly for the first time though was the best look of the day!

Groom smiling when seeing bride coming down aisle

How adorable is Molly and her father??

Bride walking down aisle at Holy Trinity in Avon

Their wedding ceremony at Holy Trinity in Avon was perfection.

Wedding Ceremony at Holy Trinity in Avon, Ohio

The first kiss!!

First Kiss During Wedding Ceremony at Holy Trinity in Avon

After the ceremony we headed back to Molly’s parents house again and did some portraits in their backyard before everyone took a break for lunch.

Grey Black and White Bridal Party Outside in June

How great do these guys look with their suits and ties?

Groomsman in black suits for wedding attire

I loved the long grey gowns on the girls!  The lace top was so perfect!

Bride and Bridesmaids with Grey Dresses and White Bouquets

We finished up portraits with Jacob and Molly.

Wedding Portrait Outside in June in Avon, Ohio

How cute are these two??  I adored Molly’s rhinestone headband.

Bride and Groom pose outside for a wedding portrait in June

Love these two!

Relaxed Couples Portrait during Wedding in Ohio

Molly donned a beautiful heirloom veil that has been in her family for generations for some portraits and it is beautiful!

Bride and Groom Kiss Surrounded by Veil

I love this image that Andrew captured of Molly with the veil!

Bride with Heirloom Wedding Veil

We made a quick stop at East 4th Street and I couldn’t resist the chance to take a portrait with them and the All in 216 sign that was painted in the street in preparation for the final game of the NBA finals.

Wedding Picture Near All In CLE sign on East 4th Street

It’s crazy that only a couple days after this image was taken this whole plaza would be filled with people watching the parade and speeches afterwards.

Wedding Party Fun Picture Outside the Marriott in Cleveland

How beautiful is this bouquet from The Budding Tree?  LOVE!

Wedding Bouquet by the Budding Tree

The decor inside the ballroom at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center was perfection!  I loved the high and low centerpieces.

Gold and Pink Reception Decor at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key CenterSoft color reception decor centerpieces by The Budding Tree at the Cleveland Marriott

These gold rimmed goblets on the head table were a perfect accent to the cream and gold throughout the ballroom.

Gold Rimmed Goblet at wedding reception in Cleveland

A dip to end the first dance!

First dance dip at the wedding reception in downtown cleveland

As always, a beautiful and delicious cake from Wild Flour!

Kissing after cutting the cake at the cleveland marriot wedding reception

The toasts were hilarious, sweet and the right amount of cringe!

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After dinner Molly danced with her father before Jacob danced with his Mother.

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The final song in the remaining formalities of the evening was one I hadn’t had yet and I loved this idea!  After Jacob and his Mom finished dancing they had the other parents come out and Jacob and Molly danced with them (Jacob with his Mother in Law, Molly with her Father in Law) and then her Dad and his Mom came out on the dance floor with their children as well.  I loved this way of including ALL the parents because they are all important!

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I was able to sneak away with the rings not too long after and I LOVED this tablecloth from Event Rentals and I’m so glad I got to play with it!

Wedding Rings on gold glitter tablecloth from event source rentals in Cleveland Ohio

Before our night was complete we went outside for some night portraits with Molly and Jacob and Andrew got this wonderful shot with terminal tower lit up for the Cavs behind them.  The next night they would go on to win the series!

Night wedding photograph with cleveland cavaliers colors on terminal tower

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