I love family weddings. I am so excited about Gina and Matt’s Cleveland wedding next July(and I am excited to attend as a guest!) Gina is my lovely niece so I will attend her special day on the other side of the camera. I knew Gina and Matt were moving soon so I wanted to create engagement photos for them that were ‘very Cleveland’.
Half the fun of being a wedding photographer is doing the engagement photo session. It is a good time for me to get to know the couple and and for the couple to get used to being in front of a camera. When Scott and Samantha invited me to come out to Scott’s family property in Garrettsville, I was treated to acres and acres of beautiful land to hike through and to take a few photos where they got engaged. Plus the bonus of meeting Chloe the dog!
Into late autumn, Stan Hywet Hall in Akron, Ohio is still a picturesque location for engagement photos. Stevanna and Eric are excited about planning their ceremony and reception at Stan Hywet and wanted their engagement session in the gardens in the fall- a nice contrast from their summer wedding. With the 70+ acres of gardens and grounds, it is hard not to find beautiful compositions in Stan Hywet’s landscape. I can not wait to return to photograph the wedding this summer in such a gorgeous place with so much Akron history.
I am looking forward to photographing Anna and Tim’s spring wedding in April, but it was also a lot fun to get some early fall photos outside in the Cleveland sunshine. I was excited that they selected the Cleveland Cultural Gardens for their engagement photo session. It is one of Cleveland’s true gems.
With vintage style in mind, the historical downtown of Olmsted Falls was the perfect location for Brittany and Bill’s wedding. The Grand Pacific Chapel, built in 1851 as Methodist Episcopal Church, now serves as a non-denominational ceremony site for Cleveland weddings.
Mike asked to Erica to marry him on the 9th Street Pier in downtown Cleveland. The months of wedding planning went quickly and the big day arrived. Almost 400 guests, from as far as Italy, were to attend the ceremony at St. Francis of Assisi in Gates Mills on a beautiful day in June. A lovely wedding filled with family and faith.
Ceremony: St. Francis of Assisi, Gates Mills, Ohio
Reception: Hilton Double Tree, Beachwood, Ohio
Florist: Miklus Florist, Mayfield Hts, Ohio
DJ: Nick D’Bella, Cleveland, Ohio
Second Camera: Ryan Durdella
After the wedding ceremony, we took a drive to Cleveland Cultural Gardens and Cleveland Museum of Art’s Wade Oval for some creative photos before kicking off the reception.
Rain didn’t dampen the joy on Kristen and Tad’s autumn wedding day. After the ceremony at Grace Church in Middleburg Heights, we headed to Wallace Lake in Berea, where Kristen and Tad had their first date and Tad had proposed. I think that the drizzle stopped just for Kristen.