Happy Days Lodge Wedding with Nikki and Robert

Happy Days Lodge Wedding

Last July I met back up with Nikki and Robert not far from where we shot their engagement session in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  Unlike their engagement session though it definitely wasn’t a cool day for sure but the heat didn’t matter because these two lovebirds were getting married!

When looking back on their day all I can do is smile over and over again because they were just SO darn smiley all day.  From the moment they first saw one another during their first look until the last time I saw them dancing on the the dance floor before I left they had HUGE grins on their faces.  They were so elated to marry one another and that joy spread through the room and everyone was delighted to celebrate with them.

Thank you both so much for trusting me to capture your day!  It was a joy to work with you!

Ceremony & Reception: Happy Days Lodge / Bridal Gown: Patty’s Apparel & Bridal ShoppeCake: Karen’s Sweet Creations Catering: Old Carolina Barbecue Company / DJ: Raise the Roof Entertainment /  Florist: Nikki’s Perfect Petal Designs / Makeup: M Kleinman Artistry /  Videography: P47 Productions  (see their video here!)

I started my day out with the girls who were at the hotel getting ready.

Getting Ready for Wedding in Ohio

How cute are their robes??

Bride and Bridesmaid Gowns in Ohio

I loved the sweet hug that Nikki and her Mom shared after she helped her get dressed.

Getting Ready for Wedding in Ohio

A few final touches before we left!

Getting Ready for Wedding in Ohio

The guys were finishing up their own details when we arrived at Happy Days Lodge.

Getting Ready for Wedding in Ohio

Then it was time for the first look!  We got everyone into position and it was perfect!

First Look at Happy Days Lodge

See what I mean about the smiles?  They were there all day long.

First Look at Happy Days Lodge

Smiles.for.days!

First Look at Happy Days Lodge

I love when wedding gowns have interesting backs and Nikki’s gown had the most beautiful lace back.

First Look at Happy Days Lodge

Are they not adorable together?

Wedding Portrait at Happy Days Lodge

Nikki’s Perfect Petal Designs always hits it out of the park with her gorgeous bouquets but man, these were beyond amazing.  I loved the addition of the succulents!

Wedding Portrait at Happy Days Lodge

Nikki was such a gorgeous bride!

Wedding Portrait at Happy Days Lodge

Rob was pretty dapper himself!

Wedding Portrait at Happy Days Lodge

We finally let the bridal party out of the room where they were watching to come out and enjoy the fun.

While bridal parties make the best fun for the day of the wedding I always advise my couples to do their first looks without an audience next to them when possible.  It makes the moment more special and less performative.

Now onto these pretty ladies!  I loved their long pink gowns and how the bouquets really popped against them.

Bridesmaids in Pink GownsBride and Bridesmaid at Happy Days LodgePink Orange and Green Succulent Bouquet

I loveeed the pink and grey together.  Such a perfect palette for a summer wedding!  Especially one in the woods with all the green.

Pink and Grey Bridal Party

Pink and Grey Bridal PartyPink and Grey Bridal Party

The guys looked cool in their grey suits with coordinating ties to the ladies.

Groom and Groomsman at Happy Days LodgeGroom and Groomsman at Happy Days Lodge

Ceremony time!  Remember what I said about smiles, I don’t think you can get a bigger smile than this!

Wedding Ceremony at Happy Days Lodge

Nikki’s Dad was so proud to escort her down the aisle.

Wedding Ceremony at Happy Days Lodge

The covered porch at Happy Days Lodge is such a beautiful spot to say “I Do!”

Wedding Ceremony at Happy Days Lodge

The kiss!

Wedding Ceremony at Happy Days Lodge

Bubble exits are always my favorites.  Look how pretty!

Wedding Ceremony at Happy Days LodgeWedding Ceremony at Happy Days Lodge

After some family portraits we went back outside to capture a few portraits after the ceremony.

I loved the sign they had!

Wedding Portrait at Happy Days Lodge

Wedding Portrait at Happy Days LodgeWedding Portrait at Happy Days Lodge

We did a quick spin through the nearby path to that connects to the other nearby parks in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Wedding Portrait at Happy Days Lodge

I may have been almost as in love with this bouquet as Nikki’s dress.  Don’t tell them though, I don’t want either to be as jealous.

Wedding Portrait at Happy Days Lodge

Their first dance had a lot of kissing… and smiling.

Wedding Reception at Happy Days LodgeWedding Reception at Happy Days LodgeWedding Reception at Happy Days Lodge

Once the festivities were over everyone filled up the dance floor and busted a move.  Raise the Roof Entertainment kept everyone hoppin’ all night long.

Wedding Reception at Happy Days Lodge

These two were never far from another and I made sure to keep my eyes peeled for moments like this.

Wedding Reception at Happy Days Lodge

Have to finish with a ring shot!  SO pretty!

With that comes to the end of my first (but not the last!) Happy Days Lodge wedding!

Happy Days Lodge Wedding