Stan Hywet Wedding with Brooke and Chase

Summer Wedding at Stan Hywet in Akron

Holy cow, I accidentally skipped a wedding when trying to get this blog back up to (somewhat) date!  I don’t know how I skipped the gorgeous wedding of Brooke and Chase but I did.  They are skipped no longer!!

Brooke and Chase got married at the lovely Tea Houses at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.  If you don’t already know, this spot includes one of my favorite aisles in the world (well, that I’ve photographed anyway) with the Birch Tree Allée.  It’s one of their most popular spots for a reason and I always do a happy dance when I’ve booked a wedding here.  This is a gorgeous venue no matter what the weather (and I’ve shot here in almost all of it!) but Brooke and Chase lucked out and got a gorgeous day with not a drop of rain.

Brooke has the best smile ever.  It lights up the room whenever she walks in and the amps are just turned up whenever she sees Chase.  They were such a fun couple to work with because their hearts are always on their sleeves – which I already knew from their fun engagement session that previous February.  Even when there was a bit of a disaster on their wedding day with the transportation’s bus breaking down, Brooke just shrugged it off, got some alternative transportation and headed to Stan Hywet without a tear.

Thank you both so much for trusting me to photograph your day!  It was a joy working with you both.

Bridal & Bridesmaid Gowns: Abbott’s Bridal / Ceremony: The Tea Houses and the Birch Tree Allée at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens / Florist: Carmola’s Flowers / Reception: La Pizzaria / String Quartet: Suite Elegance

I started the day with Brooke at her Mom’s house where her and all the girls were getting ready.

Bride getting ready for wedding at Stan Hywet

Brooke smartly saved getting into her dress until she was at Stan Hywet and did some finishing touches in the Carriage House.

Bride getting ready for wedding at Stan Hywet

I’m obsessed with the gown that Brooke had from Abbot’s Bridal!  It’s STUNNING!

Bride's Abbot's Bridal Dress at Stan Hywet

See what I mean about her smile?  It’s the best!

Bride getting ready at Stan Hywet

The new trend is the illusion netting and I am HERE for it!

Bride getting ready at Stan Hywet

I am obsessed with these shoes!!! How pretty are they?

Bride getting ready at Stan Hywet

Brooke did a first look with her Dad and his grin is so worth it!

Father Daughter First Look at Stan Hywet

Sigh.  Love this so much!

Father Daughter First Look at Stan Hywet

Brooke and Chase wanted to do one of those moments on either side of the door but there weren’t really any doors so we made do with a small wall.  They read letters from one another and it was such a lovely moment.

Bride and Groom Reading Letters Before Wedding

Chase got a bit teared up and it was a beautiful moment.

Bride and Groom Reading Letters Before Wedding

A quick moment to hold hands and take in the moment before heading to the ceremony where they could finally look at each other!

Bride and Groom Reading Letters Before Wedding

Before heading to the ceremony though I was able to do some quick portraits with each side.  First up was the ladies!

Bride before Stan Hywet Wedding

We got lucky and were able to get into the English Garden for some photos with the gorgeous reflection pool.

Bride and Bridesmaids Stan Hywet Wedding

Bride and Bridesmaids Stan Hywet Wedding

I love the pink bridesmaid dresses looked with all the greenery.

Bride and Bridesmaids Stan Hywet Wedding

The girls left and the guys came in!

Groom Before Wedding at Stan Hywet

I always love when there’s some fun shots with the groomsman.

Groom and Groomsman Wedding at Stan Hywet

I really love the light grey suits especially for the summer!

Groom and Groomsman Wedding at Stan Hywet

These little guys were such fun little ones!

Groom and Groomsman Wedding at Stan Hywet

HOW AMAZING IS THIS ARCH!?!?

Tea Houses Ceremony at Stan Hywet

THESE KIDS!!!  They cracked me up all day long.

Wedding Ceremony at Stan Hywet

Chase was gobsmacked when Brooke started her way down the birch tree allee.

Wedding Ceremony at Stan Hywet

How proud does Brooke’s Dad look!?

Wedding Ceremony at Stan Hywet

I am obsessed with this aisle.  Just saying.

Wedding Ceremony at Stan Hywet

This ceremony spot is so darn magical.

Wedding Ceremony at Stan Hywet

These two are just so sweet together.

Wedding Ceremony at Stan Hywet

Even during the serious moments Chase is still smiling.

Wedding Ceremony at Stan Hywet

The Kiss!!

Wedding Ceremony at Stan Hywet

Another reason why I adore Stan Hywet and weddings at the Tea Houses is because this exit area is so awesome!

I mean THIS DIP!?  You couldn’t do this in most places!

Wedding Ceremony Exit at Stan HywetWedding Ceremony Exit at Stan Hywet

Finally!! Couple portraits!!

Wedding at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

Without even seeing their faces you can tell they are so in love.

Man do I love this spot.  But I love this couple more!

Wedding at Stan Hywet Hall and GardensWedding at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

How cute are they together?  So darn sweet!

Wedding at Stan Hywet Hall and GardensWedding at Stan Hywet Hall and GardensWedding at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

All the heart eye emojis. ????

Wedding at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

One last photo in front of the manor house before heading to their reception at La Pizzaria!

Wedding at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

Brooke and Chase opted to do a receiving line into the reception/cocktail hour and I thought it was such a smart idea!  This meant that they could get right to dancing and enjoy their dinner!

Wedding Reception at La Pizzaria

How fun and glam is their pink cake?!

Pink and White Wedding Cake

These smiles!

Wedding Reception at La Pizzaria

Chase kicked off the parent dances with his Mom and it was sweet and lovely.

Wedding Reception at La Pizzaria

THEN BROOKE AND HER DAD OMG.
They had a coordinated dance and it was so freaking amazing.

Coordinated Father/Daughter Wedding Dance

Yep, they even made it rain.

Coordinated Father/Daughter Wedding Dance

After THAT amazingness Brooke and her ladies came out and did a dance for Chase and it was freaking amazing.

Coordinated Bride and Bridesmaid Dance at Wedding Reception

1 – Can you tell Brooke is a cheerleading coach?
2 – Do you see her Dad doing the same moves in the background?! SO DARN CUTE!

Coordinated Bride and Bridesmaid Dance at Wedding Reception

One last formal dance with Brooke and her Mom.  Then her sweet sister joined and it was even better!

Wedding Reception at La Pizzaria

Bouquet time!!

Wedding Reception at La Pizzaria

They did a faux sparkler exit and it was perfect!
Sometimes I’m gone before the very end of the night and I’m not there to capture the exit so I always urge my clients to do a faux exit before I leave.  The bonus is that not only are more people still there but they are also sober.

Sparkler Wedding Reception Exit at La Pizzaria

And finally the amazing rings!

Wedding Rings at Wedding Reception at La Pizzaria

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