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Cleveland Botanical Garden Wedding with Ellen and Carolyn

On what may be the most picture perfect October day ever, I joined Ellen and Carolyn for their wedding at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.  It was such a beautiful day – from the gorgeous gardens, to the amazing light, to the BAGPIPER (the Scottish girl in me did a happy dance!), to the beautiful love between these two amazing ladies and the love that all of their guests had for them.

I photographed these two ladies earlier in the spring last year and I was super excited to see them again.  While I love all of my weddings (and without a doubt, I leave every one with an idea I wish I’d used for my own wedding!) their wedding was one that if I had to do everything all over again I would replicate it exactly.  They had a smaller guest list which meant that there was a lot of smiles, love and laughs over conversation throughout the day instead of rushed hugs and thanks before moving to the next guest.  Their ceremony was one of my favorites of the year and one of the most personal.  Their reception was very laid back yet formal enough that you knew you were at a wedding.  It just was a picture perfect day.

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

Cake: Wild Flour Bakery / Ceremony & Reception: Cleveland Botanical Garden  / Florist: Flowerville / Music (Ceremony): Opus One / Officiant: Mary Grigolia

Originally Ellen and Carolyn were to be married in the Japanese Gardens, unfortunately due to rain they ended up moving it up to the restorative gardens.  However since when we started their photos it was beautiful out and the rain had passed we decided to start our portraits down in the gardens they had their original hearts set on.

wedding portrait at the cleveland botanical garden

They hired a bagpiper to play during portraits which was a really neat way to get into the spirit of things!

same sex wedding at the cleveland botanical garden in october

I really loved these gates and the way the light was coming in at this time of day in this area, so beautiful!

brides posing near gates inside cleveland botanical garden

When originally talking about their day they both assumed there wouldn’t be anything left blooming by their wedding in the gardens in mid October.  However due to a warm and lovely fall, there were still quite a few blooms left!

wedding portrait inside the cleveland botanical gardens

This spot was by far my favorite of the ones we visited, this arbor is so beautiful and the light was amazing!

classic wedding portrait beneath arbor at cleveland botanical gardens

Not only that but these two are amazing!

black and white lesbian wedding portrait

Every time I look at this photo I smile.

mid october same sex wedding at the cleveland botanical gardens

Carolyn was absolutely stunning!

bride posing beneath rose arbor at the cleveland botanical gardens

Ellen looked divine as well, not even kidding I seriously thought about buying this gorgeous Tahari suit after seeing it on her.

The best part though was her smile when she looked at her lovely wife to be!

bride smiling when looking at her wife during portraits

Smiles are always more genuine when looking at the one who captures your heart.

Brides walking hand and hand in the gardens

This bouquet from Flowerville was nothing short of amazing.  I loved the texture!

gorgeous textured rose bouquet by flowerville in Cleveland

Not a bad back up plan right?? The Restorative Gardens are so beautiful!

october wedding ceremony in the restorative gardens at the cleveland botanical garden

After some family photos we transitioned into the ceremony and it was so perfect.

wedding ceremony at the cleveland botanical gardens

What an entrance, am I right?

wedding ceremony at the cleveland botanical gardens

Their ceremony was one of the most beautiful and personal ones I’ve ever attended.  Mary Grigolia did a fantastic job.

intimate wedding ceremony in the restorative garden

The readings were perfect and I loved the way that Flowerville was able to make the stands blend in with the gardens.

reading during wedding ceremony at cleveland botanical gardensreading during wedding ceremony at cleveland botanical gardens

Finally it was time for the vows and they were, of course, perfect.

same sex wedding ceremony in Cleveland

Laughs during the ceremony though are always my favorite.

brides exchanging rings while laughing in the cleveland botanical gardensbrides holding hands during ceremony with mary grigola

They are married!!!

recessional from wedding ceremony in the restorative gardens

Since they had a smaller group they decided to greet everyone as they exited the ceremony and also pose with each guest which was lovely!  It’s something that definitely can’t always be done with most weddings but I loved the idea and I’m glad the weather held out.

wedding couple posing with guests after ceremony

They had their reception in Woodland Hall which is adjacent to the Restorative Gardens and the decor inside was beautiful.  I loved the silver and purple accents and gorgeous arrangements inside.

purple and silver reception decor at woodland hall

They were all smiles when they entered in!

brides entering reception at woodland hall at the cleveland botanical garden

Their first dance was so beautiful!

first dance during wedding reception at cleveland botanical gardensfirst dance during wedding reception at cleveland botanical gardens

Wild Flour Bakery did their cake and it was not only a feast for the eyes but the belly as well!

purple and silver square wedding cake by wild flour bakerybrides cutting wild flour bakery wedding cake

Their reception was more on the laid back side with not a lot of events but they did take a moment to dance with the men most important to them while music played and guests visited with one another.

brides dancing with parents at wedding reception

While everyone was mingling I went outside to capture the very neat lanterns they had set up around the reflective pool!

purple lanterns lighting up reflective pool

Before leaving I had to play with their amazing rings, aren’t they awesome!?  I love the branches on the bands!!

tear shaped diamond ring o top of tree wedding bands

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Lisa - Wow!!! Both brides and the photographs are absolutely stunning!!! Beautiful work, Corey!

Harpersfield Covered Bridge Engagement Session with Toni and Frank

When I am able to incorporate things I love with my engagement sessions I do a bit of an extra happy dance – and this was the case with Toni and Frank’s engagement session!  I really love covered bridges.  I got back into photography photographing them with a boyfriend after not really doing much with it for many years.  I really don’t know what it is about them really that captures my heart, but I imagine a lot of it is due to their beautiful settings!  A small bit may also be due to my obsession with Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea where one was prominently featured, ha ha!

Anyway, when trying to come up with a good location to meet up with Toni and Frank that was somewhat in the middle for all of us Harpersfield Covered Bridge popped into my mind.  I’ve been here a few times over the years but never for an engagement session!  They were game for the idea and we chose a date.  Luckily the weather was perfect and so were Toni and Frank.  They were such fun to work with and you’ll see them return on the blog soon for their awesome New Years Eve wedding!

PS: These photos make me REALLY miss October!

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Virginia Kendall Ledges Engagement Session with Rebecca and Tim

Due to a crazy hot and humid summer a lot of my clients last year put off their engagement session until it was a bit more cooler and not so sweat inducing.  Rebecca and Tim were one of those couples and the way things ended up we wound up doing their engagement session about a week before the wedding!  It wasn’t the first and it won’t be the last that happens this way… and every time I always love it!  It’s kind of fun to have a quick turnaround from the casual and relaxed engagement session to a more formal event within a short period of time.  October is also my favorite month so more sessions in the pretty leaves makes me a happy camper!

Rebeca and Tim were so much fun to work with!  They are photographers themselves so when I said something crazy I didn’t get the raised eyebrow in wonder.  They just went with whatever I suggested.  I loved that they suggested Virginia Kendall for their engagement photos and that they were willing to go on the less often chosen side of the trail – the overlook is OK but it’s tough to have in the right light to photograph well.  The rocky side has so much more interesting bits (but they both are neat!).  Luckily we nailed our start time well to have light in the forest while still having good light when up above as well, which is a tricky feat!  Above all else though, I just loved working with them because they are such great people.

Stay tuned for their wedding on the blog shortly!

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Can we all pause for a moment and marvel at how gorgeous Rebecca’s hair is??

Oh and the look Tim is giving her = all the heart eyes 🙂

virginia kendall park engagement session in ohio

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The rocky landscape is so neat and fun to play with!

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We were talking by their car about their upcoming honeymoon to Maine (which I LOVE) and I saw the way the light was coming in through the trees.  I begged them to humor me for a few more photos.

virginia kendall park engagement session in ohio

I’m glad I did because these ended up being some of my favorites from the day.  Parking lot pics often are for some reason!

virginia kendall park engagement session in ohio

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