I am cruising right along with my blogging and I’m so excited to finally bring this glorious Stan Hywet wedding to the blog!!
In August 2019, I was delighted to document Kristen and Shane‘s beautiful wedding day at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens alongside my fantastic second shooter Tom Forrest. I started my day off with the ladies while Tom had a hoot with the men. I’m so glad that we were able to take advantage of the beautiful weather and do a lot of portraits with the bridal party (separately!) before the ceremony and had ample time afterwards as Stan Hywet is SUCH a stunning venue. It always makes me happy when we have plenty of time to utilize all the beauty Stan Hywet has to offer!
One of my favorite things about this wedding (besides how adorable Kristen and Shane are together!) was the sweet kiddos! They always add such an element of fun to a wedding and this gang of kiddos were no exception.
Kristen and Shane’s ceremony took place on Stan Hywet’s West Terrace but instead of using the manor house as their backdrop they opted to flip things around and get married on the opposite side of the pond with the beautiful overlook of Cuyahoga Valley behind them. I really loved this setting and hope to photograph more in the future with this setup. Of course, having one of the most heartfelt ceremonies I’ve ever seen also helped make this a favorite. Shane greeted each groomsman with a hug and had tears streaming down his face as he watched his lovely bride Kristen walk down the aisle.
There’s so many things I want to gush about with this wedding from the amazing team of vendors, to the fun and lovely families, to the hilarious bridal party and SO MUCH MORE but instead I’ll let the photos show just how wonderful this day was. It even came complete with the groom serenading his bride before their first dance! It really was a wonderful day and I’m so thankful they trusted me to photograph their day.
Ceremony & Reception: Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens / Bridal Gown: Stella York via Annabelle Bridal / Bridesmaids: Azazie / Cake: Tiffany’s Bakery / Catering: Taste of Excellence / DJ: DJ Devin with Selective Sound Entertainment / Florist: Roses for Weddings / Stationery: Pink Tomato Creative / Videography: Elite Entertainment (see their video here!) / Wedding Coordinator: Elegant Events by Maria