Ross and Allison’s Wedding at Stan Hywet

Ross and Allison were guests at a past wedding of mine, Marshall & Colleen, so it’s another wedding where I did the referral happy dance!

Oh man, where to start with this wedding????  There was SO much to love about this day!  They got married in my faaaavorite garden at Stan Hywet, the English Garden, the flowers were jaw dropping (PEONIES!  IN SEPTEMBER!), the weather perfection, the bridesmaid dresses were swoon worthy, the vendors were wonderful…. you get the gist right?  Just lots and lots of flowery and beautiful words about this lovely and sweet couple.

They did a first look in the amazing birch tree alle – one of my favorite places at Stan Hywet.  Even better?  THEY HAD THEIR DOGS WITH THEM!  It was so awesome and wonderful that their dogs got to be a part of their wedding day.  LOVE!  After their first look and an hour of portrait time (!) their family and bridal party arrived for more pictures around the estate before the ceremony in the English Garden.

Allison’s Aunt was the florist and she managed to carry the garden inside the Manor Room in the “big house” inside Stan Hywet and I can’t even describe how amazing of a job she did.  The flowers and decorations were just simply amazing.

Wedding Vendors

Bride’s Accessories:  Miranda’s Vintage Bridal
Bridal Gown:  Allure via Catan’s
Cake:  West Side Bakery
Catering:  ACME Catering
Ceremony:  English Garden at Stan Hywet
DJ:  Travis @ Rock the House
Florist:  Bella’s Blooms
Hair:  Staci Leyda
Makeup:  Jason Kelly Face Art
Menswear:  Men’s Wearhouse
Photo Booth:  Shutterbooth
Reception:  Manor House at Stan Hywet
Videography:  RAD Cinematographer
Wedding Planner:  Heidzillas

I started the day with the girls at the Hilton in Akron.  When I arrived Jason Kelly (LOVE that man!) was  just finishing up with Allison just as I arrived. bride looking at makeup by jason kelly

After makeup it was time for hair and I think Allison enjoyed all the pampering!

bride laughing while getting hair done

I had fun playing with Allison’s shoes with her rings.

detail image of wedding rings on glitter shoes

While I captured the classic images of Allison getting dressed, my favorite ended up being this one of her putting her shoes on.

bride putting on gold glitter flats

The light was perfect coming in the window near the chair she was getting her final details on!

bride getting ready for wedding

Ross also got ready at the Hilton but it was just a little less involved but I do love this image of him putting on his watch.

groom getting ready at hilton in akron ohio

Since they were having both their ceremony and reception at Stan Hywet they decided to have a first look so there wasn’t any awkward  pauses for the guests.  Then the icing on the cake?  THEY INCLUDED THEIR DOGS!

groom waiting with dogs for first look of bride

Allison arrived and began to walk down the birch alee to Ross.  Sigh.  SO PRETTY!

wedding first look at stan hywet

This hug is one of my favorite moments of the days.

bride and groom embracing after first look

How cute is this pic of them walking with the dogs?  SO CUTE!

bride and groom walking with dogs

The light was so lovely even though it was mostly overcast it was bright enough that it at lit the alee up.

wedding portrait in birch alee at stan hywet

I’m still so impressed that the dogs posed for this shot!

bride and groom wedding portrait  with pet dogs

One of my favorite places to play at Stan Hywet is in the flower garden.

bride and groom portrait in flower garden

This is my favorite from the day!!!  <3  Take note of the amazing accessories Allison is wearing, they are vintage pieces from Miranda’s Vintage Bridal.  GORGEOUS!

outdoor september wedding at stan hywet

Allison’s Aunt did all of the flowers for the wedding and I was STUNNED when I saw Allison’s beautiful bouquet of PEONIES! IN! SEPTEMBER!!

They smelled so amazing and it was a joy to have a hint of spring just as the leaves begin to fall.

bridal bouquet of pink peonies in september

How amazing is this bridesmaid bouquet!?!?

bridesmaid bouquet of pink lavender and cream flowers

I am in absolute LOVE with the bridesmaid dresses.  I almost swooned when I saw them! SO beautiful!

pastel bridesmaid gowns in multi color

The groomsman also looked good too!

groomsman portrait in the english garden at stan hywet

How great does this bridal party look all together?  I really am digging the grey suits the guys wore.

multi colored bridal party

Yep, another picture of the gowns I am enamored with!

bridesmaid portrait at stan hywet in akron ohio

This year there seems to be a trend on guys wearing themed socks and I absolutely LOVE it.  Ross and his men sported some OSU themed socks.

groomsman wearing ohio state socks

I’ve done this shot a million times and I’ll happily take it a million times more because it’s beautiful.

bride and groom wedding portrait in the english garden at stan hywet

The huge leaves made a perfect nook to cuddle in.

wedding portrait in ohio

The ceremony took place in the English Garden and how beautiful of an entrance is this?

outdoor wedding ceremony

Isn’t this scene just beautiful?

wedding ceremony in the english garden at stan hywet in september

Ross and Allison read their own vows to each other which has been another trend I’ve seen surge this year.  Love!

bride reading vows to groom

The kiss!

first kiss

On our walk towards the cocktail hour the sky was beautiful at the overlook so I talked them into stopping for a quick picture and it’s another favorite from the day!

groom kissing bride on forehead

While the cocktail hour was going on, I made a quick detour to the Manor Room where the reception hall had just received the final touches on the decor. I’m still stunned with how amazing the room looked and what a transformation!

wedding reception at stan hywet manor house

Allison’s Aunt really did an amazing job didn’t she?  Such beautiful tablescapes!

pink and grey wedding reception by bella's blooms

I loved the favors!

bride and groom themed cake ball wedding favors

After their entrances they went straight into their first dance on the dance floor beneath the lanterns.

first dance at wedding reception

So lovely!

bride and groom dance at reception at stan hywet in akron ohio

One of my favorite details was that there were dress forms near the cake table that had each of their mother’s wedding gowns on it!

bride and groom cutting cake by west side bakery in akron

Allison’s sister started the toasting off and it was such a sweet speech!

toast by maid of honor during reception in akron ohio

Ross’s Best Man followed her up and kept it light.

best man speech

Everyone was laughing!

bride and groom at sweetheart table at wedding reception

During dinner I played with the rings with some of the props for the photo booth, how fun!

wedding rings with glow necklaces

The dance floor was PACKED and it was a wild dance party!

dance party during wedding reception

When people break out the breakdancing you know it’s going to be a fun night!

break dancing during wedding reception in northeast ohio

I had SUCH a great day with you both!  Thank you so much for having me along on your day!

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