Tangier Wedding in Akron with Kelli and Matthew

I have been wanting to work a wedding at the Tangier in Akron forEVER it feels like.  I’ve had a few weddings that were supposed to be there but they either moved (one ended up in St. Thomas so I’m not even a little mad) or cancelled.  My best friend’s family owns it, which is why I’ve wanted to go!  With Kelli and Matthew I finally got to go and it was so wonderful to finally work in one of the most unique wedding venues in Akron!

You may remember Kelli and Matthew from one of my most favorite winter engagement sessions EVER.  Seriously, that snowfall was straight out of a movie.  What made the session though wasn’t the snow but just how much in love these two are.  They made my job easy!  That love was even more tangible on their wedding day so it was even MORE fun to document and play with them.  What I love most about these two and their love language is their smiles.  They have the most infectious smiles that just light them – and everyone else nearby – up.

Their wedding day was such a great day.  There were TONS of smiles, lots of laughs and quite a few happy tears.  Their wedding was crazy personalized and even though I don’t know them as well as their friends and family do, I left feeling like they were friends I had known for a lifetime.  From Kelli’s Dad and brother singing at their ceremony to Kelli’s recorded song dedicated to Matthew that they danced to at the wedding (which was on the CD that they gave to their guests as a favor along with Matthew’s favorite snack) EVERYTHING was about them and their love.  It was wonderful.

Thank you SO much for trusting me to capture your day!  It was a pleasure to work with you both.  Special thanks to Andrea Hallgren Photography who was my second photographer for part of their day.

Ceremony: Bath United Church of Christ / Photo Location: Hale Farm and Village / Reception: Tangier / Bridal Gown: Oleg Cassini via David’s Bridal / Cake: Reeves Cake Shop / DJ: Midnight Music DJFlorist: Bouquets By BeckyHair: Bridal Hair by K / Makeup: Rachel Lorraine Artistry / Menswear: Jos A Bank / Rentals: Whiskey and Lace EventsVideographer: Work Shed Weddings 

I started my day with Kelli and her ladies documenting them getting ready for the big day.  She had an amazing glam team with Kristin and Rachel on site for hair and makeup.

Bridal Hair by K doing bride

After her hair was beautifully coiffed, Rachel finished up the look with gorgeous makeup.

Rachel Lorraine Artistry doing bridal makeup

I love when brides are THIS happy with how they look!

Bride reacting to seeing her makeup

One of my favorite photos from my own wedding was putting in my earrings so I always try to capture this for my brides as well.

Bride getting ready for wedding in Ohio

Trying to get this many girls on a small bed is always an adventure (that gets lots of giggles)

Bride and Bridesmaids in robes before wedding

Kelli’s Mom is SO lovely!

Bride and Mom before wedding

While I was with the girls Andrea was with the guys while they got ready.

Groom getting ready before wedding in Ohio

The guys definitely knew how to get the party started!

Groom and groomsman toasting before wedding

Once at the Bath Church Kelli completed her transformation into a bride and it got the tears going!

Bride getting emotional after putting on dress

First looks with bridesmaids are always fun and these girls were SO excited to see how beautiful Kelli looked!

Bridesmaid first look at Bath Church

However first looks with Dads will always be my favorite, almost more than bride/groom first looks.  Daddy’s girl forever!

Father daughter first look at Bath ChurchFather daughter first look at Bath Church

It was time to walk down the aisle and Kelli’s parents both had that honor.

Mom and Dad walking bride down the aisle

Needless to say, Matthew was overwhelmed.

Groom tearing up when seeing Bride


Wedding ceremony at Bath United Church of Christ

I’ve been to this church before and was excited to revisit it again.  The light is amazing!

Wedding ceremony at Bath United Church of Christ

They had vows they wrote to one another.  They were beautiful!

Wedding ceremony at Bath United Church of Christ

Kelli’s Dad and brother played a song for them during the ceremony on their guitars.  It was perfect.

Wedding ceremony at Bath United Church of Christ

The kiss!

Wedding ceremony at Bath United Church of Christ

They did it!  These smiles are the best!

Bride and groom exiting from wedding

I love the ribbon wands!

Bride and groom exiting with ribbon wands

After the ceremony we headed over to Hale Farm and Village for their photos.  This is one of my absolute FAVORITES of the day.  When you can’t stop smiling even when you kiss, you know it is love.

Bride and Groom wedding photo at Hale Farm

I adored this color palette with the pink and grey bridal party!!

Pink and Grey Bridal Party

While I was taking the wide shots Andrea made sure to zoom in on the details.  I LOVED the look of these white and green bouquets against the pink dresses!

White and Green Bridesmaid Bouquets

As we were walking toward the fence they looked so darn cute I made them stop and kiss.

Farm wedding photo in Ohio

Again, Andrea was awesome at zooming in on the gorgeous details from the day while I captured the whole picture.

Bride and Groom wedding photos at Hale Farm

How sweet are these two?? Their love was such a joy to document.

Bride and Groom wedding photos at Hale Farm


Bride and Groom wedding photos at Hale Farm

I played with the ladies while Andrea captured the gentleman near this gorgeous barn.

Groom and groomsman against red barn in Ohio

How cute is Matthew?

Groom in grey Jos a Bank suits

I am so obsessed with just how beautiful Kelli looked on her wedding day.  This dress was just phenomenal!

Bride in lace Oleg Cassini dress in OhioBride in lace Oleg Cassini dress in Ohio

I need to gush about these girls, not only were they fun to work with but I loved that they all had matching colors but different gowns.  It looked SO great!

Bride with bridesmaids in pink gowns


Bride and Groom wedding photos at Hale Farm

These trees were so pretty!!!  I spent a lot of time documenting them.

Bride and Groom wedding photos at Hale Farm

Forehead kisses are my favorite.

Bride and Groom wedding photos at Hale Farm

But let’s be honest, all kisses are wonderful!

Bride and Groom wedding photos at Hale Farm

I loved that we had SO much time to play and take pictures on their wedding day!  Once we got to the Tangier we had time to really have fun with the unique space.  This is one of my favorites from our time there!

Bride and Groom wedding portrait at Tangier

The pink and gold decor was pretty and perfect for the space especially when combined with the uplighting.

Pink and gold wedding reception at Tangier

Reeves Cake Shop did a great job with their cake!  So pretty!

White wedding cake by Reeves Cake Shop

They started off the dancing with their parents.  First Matthew with his Mom, then Kelli with her Dad.

Mother and son dance at wedding receptionFather and daughter dance at Tangier wedding reception

Then Kelli and Matthew did their first dance and their special dance with Kelli singing together.  They are SO darn sweet together!

First dance during wedding reception at TangierFirst dance during wedding reception at Tangier

Then the dance floor opened and everyone cut a rug!

Wedding reception at Tangier in AkronWedding reception at Tangier in Akron

They tossed the bouquet and garter and there were tons of giggles!

Bouquet toss at wedding reception at TangierGarter removal at wedding reception

Before leaving I got to play with their beautiful rings and my favorite was on the LED uplight.  I can’t resist a good LED ligh!!

Wedding rings with LED uplights

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