Wedding | Matt and Amanda | Springvale Ballroom

•  You may remember these guys from their amazing fall engagement session last year.  It’s still one of my all time favorites.

• You know it’s going to be a good day when it starts off with the bride’s sister getting everyone to smile for a posed picture by saying “think of Corey naked!”  I about fell over but they quickly told me about the inside joke and I started laughing.  I guess a few years ago in order to get the family to smile, a past professional photographer said to think of her naked to get laughs.  LOL!

• While thankfully this was the first wedding in a long time that it wasn’t a scorcher or even humid, there was sprinkles here and there but Amanda came prepared with umbrellas.  *happy dance*

• These two were so fun to play with, seriously.  Such great sports with easy going personalities.  Made my job a breeze!

• It’s hard for me to pick favorites among all of the many beautiful wedding gowns I see but I have to say, Amanda’s definitely ranks as one of my all-time favorite dresses ever.  SO amazing!

• Special thanks to Nicole for coming along!

******  I am out of town for a wedding from 9/22 – 9/27 ******

Wedding Vendors

Cake:  Wild Flour Bakery
Ceremony:  La Porte Methodist Church
DJ, Lighting & Videographer:  Rock the House
Florist:  Tina B Florals
Reception:  Springvale Ballroom and Golfcourse

Photo Locations

Oberlin College
Springvale Ballroom and Golfcourse

bride getting ready at the radisson in cleveland ohio

Amanda spent the morning getting ready at her hotel suite at the Radisson in Olmsted.


bride getting makeup done

I always love when I am able to capture the makeup getting done!


groom getting ready at the radisson in olmsted ohio

While I was photographing Amanda’s final prep, Nicole went down and hung out with Matt and his groomsmen.


bride getting dress zippered

While they were zipping up Amanda’s dress I captured this image of her waiting patiently.  So beautiful!


bride with veil over her face

They had to pin the veil in once they had it placed just right and I loved the look of it over her face.


bride revealing the final look to her bridesmaids

I’ve done this once in the past and I have to say I absolutely LOVE having a bridesmaid first look.  As with Carrie, Amanda got ready with her Mom and sister and then came out once everything was perfect for the rest of her bridesmaids to see.  As you can tell, they were overwhelmed with emotion.  This is a great idea if you want that “gasp!” moment but don’t want to do a first look with your groom.  I’ve also seen this done with parents as well.


bride and father about to walk down the aisle in elyria ohio

Can you see the bride and her Dad?


bride and father walking down aisle toward groom

Nicole captured this image of Amanda walking toward Matt.  Can you find me?


bride and groom during ceremony at la porte methodist church


bride and groom first kiss at la porte methodist church



groom hugs father of the bride

A long standing joke/thing with this family was that in the 8 years that these two had been together, Matt and Amanda’s Dad had never hugged.  One of the things I was on a mission for that day was to capture the moment they finally hugged.  Mission accomplished!


bride and groom kiss during bubble exit from ceremony

It’s interesting to see what gets a lot of comments on Facebook vs what you THINK will get a lot of comments.  This image is one of those that I personally was like, yay, like but just your average shot.  Everyone else though seems to disagree!  I do love the bubbles in this image though!


bride and groom in front of blue door

Amanda had already scoped out Oberlin and one thing that caught her eye were these doors, aren’t they amazing?


bride and groom posing for wedding images at oberlin college

Seriously.  Aren’t they cute?  I could have shot them in front of this door


bride and groom posing for wedding images at oberlin college

One of my favorite shots of the day.


bridal party at oberlin college

This little arch thing I saw and thought it would make for some neat bridal party images.  I was right!


bridesmaids in grey dresses with red bouquets

All day everyone kept commenting on how awesome these bridesmaid dresses were, I have to agree!


groomsman at oberlin college

Nicole played with the guys while I was with the bridesmaids.  I loved this shot so much.


bridal party at oberlin college

I loved it so much I brought the girls over to pose with the guys to create one of my favorite bridal party pics I’ve taken!


bride and groom with umbrella in Ohio


bride and groom with thank you sign

I always love when my couples have thank you signs, this one is adorable!


bride and groom at oberlin college in ohio

Another favorite!


bridal party at springvale golf course

I finally was able to get out on the golf course for some images at Springvale!  We started with a group shot of the bridal party on the bridge.


bride and groom at springvale golf course

I then let the bridal party go and just played with Matt and Amanda in the yummy light with the gorgeous goldenrod meadows.  SO pretty!


bride and groom at springvale golf course

Seriously I love these guys!


bride and groom in golf carts

They are so.darn.cute!


artist favor

Nicole was inside while I was outside with the bride and groom and she was capturing images of everyone enjoying their favors – a caricature artist!


bride and groom kissing when glasses tapped

The guests kept tapping their glasses and Amanda was laughing at her dad and telling him they just kissed!


bride and groom first dance at springvale ballroom

First dance.


father daughter dance at springvale ballroom

Father/daughter dance.


mother/son dance at springvale ballroom

I loved this image from the mother/son dance!


dollar dash

In lieu of a dollar dance Matt and Amanda opted to do a Dollar Dash where each of them ran around for the duration of a song and tried to collect the most money.  It was SO fun and hilarious.  In the end Amanda won and they ended up with well over $500!!!  I hope more couples do this in the future, it was far more entertaining – and profitable! – than any dollar dance I’ve ever seen!


Thank you both again for hiring me.  I had such an awesome day and you and your families were wonderful to work with!

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