I love when wedding days are a bit of a change up from the normal. While every wedding day is unique there’s a pattern to them (ceremony then reception) and the beats are mostly the same. I love it all but I do like when I get a curveball!
Jordan and Matthew opted to do a first look (yay!) and THEN do a super simple rehearsal right before the guests arrived. I thought it was brilliant. No one seems to remember what they rehearsed the night before (and no one notices but those that were there, promise!) so why NOT do it that way?
The best part was that they walked each other up and back down the aisle. I loved it so much!
Oh and it’s always fun to run into random friends at weddings you never knew if you’d see them again. Matthew’s Uncle and I went to school together and it was such a treat to be able to say hi to him. Ironically he’s the one that introduced me to the world of the internet wayyy back in 1993 when we were Freshman. I remember being amazed by it and begging him to tell me more. Who knew that 20 years later his nephew would find and book me on that very same platform? It’s wild to me how it all ended up.
The most important thing about this day was these two though and the deep love they had for one another. It was such a special thing to document and I was so glad to have been a part of their beautiful wedding day. Thank you for trusting me to capture it!
I started my day off with Jordan and the girls and I ADORED Jordan’s dress. It was a simple but sweet lace gown with a beautiful beaded belt that brought just enough bling to the occasion!
Everyone was dressed and ready with a bit of time to spare so we were able to pop outside and do some photos with the girls before we left to head over to the Blue Heron Event Center in Medina.
I LOVED these gowns and how they were all different from one another. I also loved the shade of purple they all had! It looked great on everyone and isn’t a color I see often.
A couple more photos of Jordan before we left. You know I can’t resist a sweet photo with a beloved pet!
We did their first look on the porch where they’d later get married and Matthew’s laugh and giddiness over seeing Jordan was such a delight!
They were SO happy to finally see each other and get the day rolling!
It has been a LONG time since I’ve been to a Blue Heron Event Center Wedding. Back then it was a golf course and they were under different management. I love how the place has changed and how the park has evolved from the golf course that used to be here.
We spent a lot of time on this beautiful bridge that had beautiful light and views!
Aren’t they so cute together?
Love love love these two!
This is a shot I tend to do on bridges for some reason?
The purple bridesmaid dresses with the grey suits really looked great!
These guys were fun!
A bit of dappled light and lots of love!
Recessing after their rehearsal!
Time for the big day! I looooved this flower girl, she took her job seriously!
I loved this spin on walking up the aisle! Such a fun way to enter a ceremony!
There’s a couple options for where you can get married outside at the Blue Heron and I really loved this one!
I’m a radar watcher and boy was I watching the radar for this ceremony. The skies were ominous and you could feel the rain coming.
The ceremony continued on and it was perfect though. They didn’t seem to notice a thing about the wind.
They may have had something about Harry Potter in their vows and I LOVED it.
These candid moments always make me smile!
I loved that they had their guests blow bubbles as they left!
After the ceremony I scooted family out pretty quickly and while everyone was trying to regroup I did a quick photo of the bridal party.
We tried to get all the family portraits done outside but the weather had other plans. Right after the photo above the winds took out the flowers on the ledges. Then the winds went wild and the family portraits resulting made me laugh enough to keep them for the memories but realize we’d better move things inside!
Still – what lucky timing they had! It stormed the rest of the night and I am SO glad we did all their photos beforehand. My drive home was WILD as I watched lighting strike all around me and my car shake with every burst of thunder.
Inside the reception was calmer and so beautiful. How fun is their lego topper on their Nothing Bundt Cake wedding cake? That was a HUGE hit for the guests! They had the larger one for their cutting and smaller mini ones for people to take.
The cutting of the cake went well!
Not too long after it was time for their first dance!
Then it was time for the Father/Daughter dance and it was SO sweet!
Matthew and his Mom shared an equally as sweet Mother/Son dance that had everyone smiling.
The dance floor then opened up and man did everyone get their dancing shoes ON! The dance floor was packed and everyone from the young to the young at heart had a BLAST!
I love when grandmothers get on the dance floor!
You know I can’t resist a cute photo of the ring bearer and flower girl dancing too!