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Cleveland Wedding Photography at Westwood Country Club – Jacklyn & Adam

There stood Jacklyn’s wedding dress, lightly hung over a mannequin. Over the shoulders hung a bolero encrusted in silk flowers. Behind was a wall of bridesmaids dresses draped in front of the windows. Sunshine passing through the dresses perfumed the room with pink. This simple, elegant detail was an early sign for the day to come. Jacklyn and Adam’s wedding at Westwood Country Club would quickly become one of the most beautiful in my recent memory. Cleveland wedding photography can be erratic. There are cold winters, wet springs, breezy and stormy summers. This day, however, would run start to finish without a misplaced step.

Below are a couple of my favorite photographs. I love the contrast in the photo of Jacklyn getting ready with the assistance of her best friend. I also love the swirl and motion to her dress as she adjusts after putting on her shoes.

After the beautiful and emotional wedding ceremony at St. John’s Cathedral, we made a couple stops in downtown, and then headed for Westwood Country Club. We were lucky enough to have evening time on the golf course for portraits. All the while, the setting sun cast a peachy tone across the rolling green. What started in a bit of a rush, cooled into a relaxed pace as I worked with just Jacklyn & Adam. The amount of time we had for portraits turned out to be just perfect. We were able to get really strong images, but also easily make it to cocktail hour.

And the real party began with cocktail hour and carried right into the wedding reception. There was a high-energy toast by the Maid of Honor set to Vanilla Ice (srsly!), an emotional toast from Jacklyn’s dad, and even some end-of-night portraits outside. Definitely check out the highlights below. If you haven’t seen Jacklyn & Adam’s Cleveland engagement photos, I highly recommend checking them out as well.

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Chicago Engagement Session – Katie & Brian

When the winter wind whips, Chicago is the last place I want to be. At least, that’s what I tell myself. In truth, I’ll make a trip home to Chicago anytime I have the opportunity. Thanks to Katie & Brian, I had opportunity to return once more to the city I love. A winter Chicago engagement session might seem odd, but it makes perfect sense for Katie and Brian. After all, they’re Cleveland wedding will be in the December, 2016. While it may have been a bit chilly, I thrilled with how the photos turned out.

Initially we met at Chicago’s Rockery building, only to find out that we couldn’t shoot there without prior permission and paying a huge fee. So we headed out into downtown Chicago, stopping initially at the old Union station. We simply worked along the river for the rest of their engagement session. Starting from Union Station, we worked north to River Walk and then south to the Chicago Museum of Art.

By the end of their Chicago engagement session, we were all a little bit cold. After some hugs goodbye, we all hoped in cabs and set off across Chicago. I might have stopped at The Gage for a quick Manhattan (I highly recommend it). Below are some highlights from their wintery Chicago engagement session in downtown, all captured on film. Hope you enjoy.

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For the photographers among us, the above was shot on Fuji 400H using a medium format Contax 645 and developed/scanned by Richard Photo Lab.

Denver Engagement Session – Britta & Nick

It started as just a small idea. After meeting Britta and Nick at a friend’s wedding, we quickly booked their wedding and started to talk about engagement session locations. “What do you think about doing a Denver engagement session,” I asked while talking to Britta and Nick on the phone. Like so many clients, they had not thought about a destination engagement session. We spent the rest of the call talking about how to make it work. By the end of the call, the decision had been made. We would be doing a Denver engagement session.

Initially, we had planned for an autumn session in Vail, high up in the Rocky Mountains. Unfortunately, time and weather conspired against us. The fall color in the mountains had already come and gone by the day of Britta and Nick’s engagement session. Furthermore, the weather in the mountains called for rain. I had already arrived in Denver for the session, and I was staying with some family. Thankfully, family came to my rescue and started to suggest some great locations in the Front Range for the engagement session. After a quick chat with Britta and Nick, a new plan was in place. We would do their engagement session at Roxborough State Park in the Front Range, and then head to Washington Park in downtown Denver. The new plan also came with a bonus – great fall color and very warm temperatures.

I headed out to Roxborough very early. I wanted to take some extra time for scouting and to capture some scenery. Almost by plan, I was met by a funny, fury fellow at the park entrance. You’ll see him below. Not long after, Britta and Nick arrived. We then headed across the park and into a beautiful valley I had found earlier. Honestly, I cannot adequately describe the scenery. It was breathtaking. Of course, Britta and Nick were wonderful to work with as well. We ended the session at Washington Park, working around the lagoon and geese who were diligently mowing the lawn.

Afterwards, we all sat down at a nearby cafe for a glass of wine and a small bite to eat. At this point it began to hit me – Britta & Nick’s engagement photos were going to be amazing. I’ve included some highlights below. For Britta & Nick, I certainly can’t wait for the wedding. It’s going to be even better than Denver! Thank you so much for the adventure.

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