Cleveland Botanical Gardens Wedding with Missy and Frank

Cleveland Botanical Garden Wedding in May

A few years ago I photographed a wedding that was supposed to be at the Japanese Garden but rain moved the ceremony up to the Restorative Garden so I was elated when Missy contacted me about photographing their wedding in the Japanese Garden at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.  Missy and Frank had a beautiful day without a drop of rain so it all went as planned!

It was a pretty hot and humid day for May but it was a beautiful day none the less.  The sun was shining, the birds were chirping and the sweet smell of wisteria was in the air. I loved how Missy and Frank braided their children into the ceremony and made them a part of the ceremony. It was a sweet and personalized ceremony for them and their new family.

After the ceremony they moved up to Woodland Hall for their lunch reception where all the kids had tons of fun munching on some kid-friendly food they had alongside the “adult” offerings (and even the adults tried it because everyone was raving about the mac and cheese and who can pass up mac and cheese?) while they raced in and out of the photo booth.  The adults mingled with friends and family and it was such a perfect day for everyone.  I love casual receptions!

Thank you so much for trusting me to capture your wedding day!

Cake: Wild Flour Bakery / Catering: Bon ApetitCeremony: Japanese Garden at Cleveland Botanical Garden / Florist: Hirts Florist / Officiant: Divine Weddings by DianeReception: Woodland Hall at Cleveland Botanical Garden / Stationery: Keewi DesignsString Quartet: Celestial Strings

How gorgeous is their invitation? I love the watercolor feel to it!

Wedding Invitation Suite by Keewi Designs

Hirts Florist did an amazing job with Missy’s bridal bouquet!  It was stunning!

Bright Floral Wedding Bouquet by Hirts Florist

The wisteria is so beautiful in the Japanese Garden!

Wisteria at Japanese Gardens at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

Missy entered the ceremony from the stairs where she was escorted by her Dad and Stepdad, which I loved.

Wedding Ceremony at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

At the base of the stairs she was met by her sons and handed off to them for the rest of her walk to the ceremony.

Wedding Ceremony at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

How sweet is Frank?

Wedding Ceremony at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

What a stunning setting for an outdoor wedding ceremony in May!

Wedding Ceremony at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

Missy’s son who was in charge of the bouquet was an absolute hoot through the whole ceremony.

Wedding Ceremony at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

The ceremony with Divine Weddings by Diane was equal parts sweet and sentimental.

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Then they each gave vows to each others children and it was so lovely.

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Then they finished up the ceremony with a wine box.

Wedding Ceremony at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

Frank joking where Missy can put the key LOL.

Wedding Ceremony at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

They do!  First kiss!

Wedding Ceremony at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

As always, the moment after the kiss is often my favorite.

Wedding Ceremony at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

Just after the ceremony they paused after walking down the aisle for a quick photo with all of their guests.

Wedding Ceremony at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

How amazing are the azaleas behind them?!

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While everyone made their way towards the reception at Woodland Hall we meandered the gardens and took some photos.

Wedding at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

How adorable are these two?!

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Near the kids treehouse we discovered this amazing bridge!  I loooved it.

Wedding at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

I love how the back of Missy’s gown had this flower and small train.

Wedding at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

This cake! Oh this CAKE!  Wild Flour Bakery hit it out of the park with this gorgeous spring floral cake.

Spring Floral Wedding Cake

The afternoon started off with some toasts to the newlyweds.

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Then everyone mingled, ate, took photos in the photo booth and had fun… as you can see below.

Wedding Reception at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

Once everyone was fed and happy we went outside to do some family portraits near the Restorative Garden.  While we were waiting for everyone to gather I captured this beautiful photo of Missy.

Wedding Reception at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

She was so pretty I had to ask her to smile for a posed version.

Wedding Reception at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

Frank got his moment as well.

Wedding Reception at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

The new family!

Wedding Reception at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

They cut the cake and it was perfection, of course!

Wedding Reception at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

After the reception wrapped up we headed out into the gardens for a few final photos before I left for the day.

Wedding Reception at Cleveland Botanical Gardens