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Cleveland Courthouse Wedding – Sami & John

There is a certain comfort you develop with clients. The comfort can come slowly, creeping in from the edges, or quickly like lightning. I developed a deep comfort with Sami & John. More so with them than with most clients. For me, that comfort clearly contributed to their Cleveland Courthouse wedding photography.

I first met Sami at her cousin’s wedding. Shortly after our first introduction, Sami & John were sitting in my office to discuss their upcoming Cleveland Courthouse wedding. In that moment, I immediately felt at home with with them. Strangely, I could almost see the future. I could see that we could create something amazing together.

At their engagement session, the comfort working together was immediately apparent. They opened their life together to me. Offered me trust in their relationship and allowed me to capture how they are together. We captured easy moments, but also honest ones. The results of the engagement session simply made me anticipate their wedding even more.

Sami & John’s wedding quickly became my most anticipated of the year. Finally, the day arrived and it was honestly perfect. The whole wedding day flowed effortlessly. It was filled with loving friends, affectionate family, and gorgeous weather. And the honesty remained. Sami, John and I moved through their wedding day with a certain ease that comes out in the photos below.

By the time we reached their Cleveland Courthouse wedding reception, we were all primed for a party. Toasts were given, with some tears, and the dances begun. Before long, it was time to wrap up one amazing day. To close, we snuck up to the second floor of the Cleveland Courthouse to capture emotional end-of-night photos.

We shared a hug and I wished them safe travels for their honeymoon. The story won’t end there, though. I know the comfort, trust and friendship will continue for a long time to come.

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Huntington Beach Engagement Session – Sami & John

I can imagine how they met. Sitting next to each other in business class, noticing one another over time. An unnoticed glance from her. A hidden glance back from him. Bumping into one another at the home of a shared friend. A relationship that starts cool, but builds quickly. At least that’s how I imagine it in my head after talking to Sami and John during their Huntington Beach engagement session.

Like my wife and I, Sami and John started dating on Valentine’s Day. After a few years, they were engaged. As Sami tells it, she thought something was odd that Christmas Eve in the park. It was unusually warm for winter. Nonetheless, John gripped is jacket tight, sweating the whole time. They hiked for some time, eventually reaching a hidden bridge. He shed his unnecessarily thick jacket, producing a ring and a heart-felt proposal.

Now it’s nearly time to cross another bridge. In just a few short months, Sami and John will be sharing vows during their Cleveland wedding. Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time I’ve photographed Sami. She was also in her cousin’s wedding, which I captured earlier this year. Below, you can find some highlights from their Huntington Beach engagement session. We also had the opportunity to visit many other spots around downtown Cleveland. Hope you enjoy!

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Kirtland Country Club Wedding – Anna & Bryan

“Stop it, you’re going to make me cry” seemed to be a common refrain at Anna & Bryan’s Kirtland Country Club wedding. I had arrived early and took some time to look around the country club. Clouds loomed overhead as I walked around. Soon, I joined the ladies in a small room upstairs. Anna was in the make-up chair. Her bridesmaids sat around a small table telling stories while eating lunch. I would hear “stop it, you’re going to make me cry” from time to time as I photographed details.

The sense of exuberant joy welling up continued through out the day. I could have sworn I saw Anna shed a small tear during their first look on the country club lawn. Later, bridesmaids were beaming with joy, while at the same time just barely holding back. For the portraits, we had wandered deep into Kirtland Country Club’s golf course. I think we were by the tenth tee. We started to head back for the wedding ceremony. While walking back, I kept checking over my shoulder.

We arrived on the back lawn where the outdoor ceremony would be held. I organized the family and started taking portraits. Keeping and eye on the horizon, I sped up the pace. I could see in the distance, that dams were about to break. The first dam to break would be the sky. The storms had finally arrived. We just finished the family photos and everyone rushed inside. Meanwhile, the outdoor ceremony setup was quickly moved indoors. The second dam to break internal.

Tears finally arrived during the upbeat and heartfelt ceremony. Tears continued during the toasts at dinner as family shared fond memories. At one point I almost cried. Anna’s father ended his toast with “to Bryan and Anna, and all the connections.” I guess you had to be there, and you can be. See the video below by Leigh Zeidner Pictures to get a real sense of how power his toast was.

I hope you enjoy all the highlights below. And to Anna & Bryan – simply thank you.

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Make sure you check out the video featurette from Anna and Bryan’s wedding as well –

Ceremony & Reception Venue – Kirtland Country Club
Wedding Design & Planning – Kirkbrides
Videography – Leigh Zeidner Pictures
Hair & Make-up Styling – Lindsay London Bridal Beauty
Floral Design – Urban Orchid
Cake – Luna Bakery
Dress Boutique – Something White Bridal Boutique
Entertainment – Scott Jones, Cleveland Music Group