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A Solon Wedding with Surprise Wedding Crashers

Elegance.  Personal. Perfection.

Those are the three words I would use to describe Grace and Ryan’s wedding.  Both of them are the two most selfless people I have met.  Every aspect of their wedding day was centered around everyone else and it showed throughout the day.

Grace, Ryan and close family and friends made all of the reception centerpieces, seating cards, cookies, reception favors….the list is endless.  The Signature of Solon truly shone with all of the personal touches decorating the room.

Grace and Ryan made sure their Pup was included in the pictures, dressed as dapper an any beagle should be on such an important day.  Grace even went out of her way to surprise Ryan with a special guest appearance by some pretty awesome Cleveland mascots – Chomp, Slider and Sir CC!!  Sir CC was fresh off the Cav’s championship win and was proudly showing of his new National Championship ring.

The day was a blast!  Congratulations Grace and Ryan!  You both deserve a lifetime of happiness together!




Hair: Roni Klein of Studio BC & Beauty Call

Makeup: Jackie Fill of Studio BC & Beauty Call

Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal NYC by  designer Paloma Blanca

Linen Rental: Party Decor

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Mooreland Mansion Summer Wedding

The way I met Aly & Josh is a bit of a journey.  Back in 2013 I photographed Amanda & Kyle’s wedding and both Aly and  Josh – their best friends – were in their bridal party.  About 2 years after their wedding, Aly contacted me to meet.  After two years, she remembered me and told me she had to have me for her wedding photographer.  I was beyond flattered!

Mooreland Mansion made the perfect backdrop for their day.  The outdoor ceremony in the rose garden was whimsical.  The grounds to take pictures was magical.  The mansion and staff during the reception was spectacular.  I couldn’t stop taking pictures!  There were too many things that made me ooo and ahh!

 

Cake: Baby Cakes

DJ: Jesse Webb Entertainment

Hair & Makeup: Jennifer & Co. Salon and Spa

Dress: David’s Bridal

 

 

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Beautiful Boettler Park Engagement Session

Nothing like some fresh air and sunshine to make for a lovely engagement session!

The couple above – in may FAVORITE picture from their session – are such a great pair!  Megan met me when she was a bridesmaid in Molly and Rodger’s wedding at Cleveland’s Western Reserve Historical Society.  Molly’s wedding was such a blast to photograph that I knew I had to be a part of Megan and Nick’s day.

Since Boettler Park is a bit of a drive from my home, I got there a little early to explore the park and see what it had to offer.  This place is beautiful and has amazing trails through woods and around a few ponds.  It was a perfect spot with a to-die-for weeping willow that curtained one of the ponds.

So much pretty going on with that tree.  It doesn’t even look like we’re in Ohio anymore! Maybe down south in Georgia or Mississippi? I should have brought some faux Spanish moss to hang on the branches….

Megan and Nick were all smiles while we took pictures.  My favorite thing about these two is their witty sense of humor.  They tease each other constantly like two kids in school but nothing that they say has any indication of being cruel or hurtful.  I couldn’t stop laughing at the sarcasm being thrown around and had to add to the foray myself.

These two crack me up!

Megan and Nick’s most important request for their pictures was a playground.  They had to have one, which is why we settled on Boettler Park in the first place.  Not only is the park, itself, breathtaking but they have the *coolest* play area for tykes.  Their personalities really came out while we explored the playground.

As our session was drawing to a close, we found a grove of trees to offer us some shade.  The way the light broke through the trees and the fresh green growth of Spring, I just had to utilize the scenery.  These are, by far, my most favorite pictures from their session.  Simply stunning.

Megan and Nick are such a sweet couple that definitely don’t take life too seriously.  They love to laugh, play and are kids at heart.  I had such great time spending the evening with these two and I cannot wait for their wedding day!

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Columbus Spring Engagement Session

It’s been a while since my last blog post and I’m definitely overdue for an update.  What better way to celebrate Spring then with a trip down to Columbus for engagement pictures??

Kelly and Chris have been planning their fall wedding in Chagrin Falls all the way from Columbus.  Even though we never met in person, Kelly and I instantly clicked on the phone.  She booked me for their day and we agreed to do their session in Columbus.

The engagement session was the first time I met both Kelly and Chris.  I met them at their home so we could take one car around the city to help with any parking hiccups we might have run across.  I instantly knew they were kind and caring the moment I walked into their home.  They wanted to do few pictures of their four-legged fur baby before we headed into town.  I must say they have quite the photogenic pup!

My goal was to incorporate the spring flowers with the attributes that make Columbus so unique.  We found some trees in full bloom and took advantage of the falling petals.

As much as I love Northeastern Ohio and the different backdrops to take pictures at, I must admit that it was so refreshing to shoot somewhere different.  Not only was it a breath of fresh air getting to shoot in a new setting, it was awesome seeing how picturesque the city of Columbus is.  They have so many different areas to just enjoy the scenery that the city.  The Scioto Mile along the riverfront was so tranquil for being in the center of the city!

The Supreme Court Building is all white marble and a lot of beautiful all mixed into one.  It made a perfect backdrop for photos!

Even though we all were melting in the heat of the day, Kelly and Chris were amazing and had no complaints when I asked them to be all close and lovey with each other.  Despite the heat, we were all laughing and just enjoying being outside in the sun.

After a quick outfit change, we found some shade at the beautifully landscaped Ohio Statehouse.  I never travel down to Columbus but this city seriously amazes me with it’s beauty and charm.

Don’t these two make the cutest couple?  A perfect paring with a perfect backdrop if I do say so myself!

I am so happy for these two and cannot wait to see them again in the fall!

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Cleveland Winter Wonderland Wedding

The 2016 wedding season kicked off with a wonderful couple, Liz & Chris.

They love winter…like love-love-LOVE winter.  We did their engagement session in the snow in 2015 which resulted in some adorable shots pictured below.

See?  Totally adorable.

Liz made sure that snow was incorporated into every last detail.  Need some proof?  Check out those fancy nails painted oh-so-spectacularly in their own winter attire.

Like I said…snowflake awesomeness everywhere!  And doesn’t Liz make such a pretty bride?  I just love her smile.

We stopped at her parent’s home so they could do the blessing before the ceremony. It always makes me smile when family is so heavily involved with the getting-married process.  And their family?  Just as sweet as the bride and groom!

Afterwords, we went to St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church for the wedding ceremony.  I can never get enough of Ukrainian Byzantine churches and ceremonies.  There’s so much involvement with the bride and groom that they are a treat to photograph.

Liz truly had her heart set on snow.  Chris was looking forward to a snowball fight with the bridal party.  Unfortunately Mother Nature didn’t come through with the fluffy flakes until the following week.  They took my advice on a park that might have snow and, low and behold, we found a spot where the shade kept it from melting.

Score!

Because Liz was so bummed with the lack of snow, I took to my Photoshopping skills and surprised her with a winter wonderland she had been hoping for a year before her wedding.

I edited a few of my faves and, needless to say, she was super excited!

More snow!  Liz and Chris are such an adorable couple.  They are so cute together.

The reception was at the Cleveland Marriott East on the boarder of Beachwood and Warrensville Heights.  Rock the House provided the uplighting and music for the evening while L’nique took care of the linens and settings.  The winter wonderland theme carried over into the evening’s festivities.  Honestly, it couldn’t have been executed more perfectly.

The picture of the wine is extremely important.  Apparently, Liz’s grandmother made wine.  What is being poured out of the decanter is the last of the wine that she made before she passed away.  Both sides of the family had their own crystal glass to share in the celebration of Liz and Chris’ wedding while honoring their late grandmother.  (Yes, I actually cried when I heard the story…all the feels!)

Aaaaand guess what?  There’s even snowflakes on the cake!  ON THE CAKE!  I love it!

Then Rock the House did this super cool thing for these two…they made it snow…indoorsFOR THE FIRST DANCE.  There are no words to explain how awesome this wedding was.

No. Freaking. Words.

Chris *really* wanted a picture with his groomsmen and their tobacco pipes.  I wanted to make it memorable for him and his friends, so I waited until before we left to take the picture.  I love playing with off camera flash, so I took the opportunity to get a dramatic, fun shot.  He was excited with the result!

Although Mother Nature didn’t cooperate, Liz and Chris definitely succeeded in a spectacular winter wonderland wedding!  I couldn’t be happier for these two and word on the street is great things are coming their way within the next few weeks.  And you know what?  They deserve every once of it!  Congrats guys and enjoy the snow before it melts!

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