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Michelle & RobertWestwood Country Club Wedding

Two minutes after leaving my studio, I arrived at Michelle’s home. Her parents are essentially my neighbors and live just around the corner. As I arrived, their renaissance-inspired brick home looked perfectly manicured. Inside, Michelle was patiently waiting with her mom. They were eager to get started. We chatted for a few minutes as I photographed Michelle’s beautiful sheath dress, shoes, and rings. I made sure to include as much blue-and-white porcelain as possible to match her wedding design. Before long, it was time to get prepared for her Westwood Country Club wedding.

Michelle slipped into her wedding dress with the help of her mother. On went the jewelry and soon it was time for the first look. Family hid away inside while I prepared Michelle. Robert had just arrived and I positioned him in the side garden. He nervously rocked his weight from foot to foot while I went back to signal Michelle.

Nervous anxiety seems to take over on the morning of a wedding. This only clears after the first look, whenever that happens to be. Michelle & Robert chose to share their first look in the garden. Immediately following, you could feel anxiety give way to excitement. Worry give way to love. It also became apparent why Michelle loves Robert so much. He uses a subtle, dry humor to keep her constantly laughing, as you will see below.

With the first look and wedding ceremony at St. Christopher’s Church over, we headed to the country club for some portraits and a beautiful summer reception. Below are just a few highlights from Michelle & Robert’s Westwood Country Club wedding photos. I hope you enjoy.

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Ceremony – St. Christopher’s Church, Rocky River
Reception – Westwood Country Club
Floral design – The Urban Orchid
Wedding dress design – Romona Keveza
Wedding dress boutique – Something White Bridal Boutique
Invitation design – Paper Trails

Sami & JohnCleveland Courthouse Wedding

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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Hyatt Arcade Cleveland Wedding – Tiffany & Rick

It’s hard to know where to begin with Tiffany & Rick’s Hyatt Arcade Cleveland wedding. I could tell you Tiffany was uber-nervous in the morning, but that doesn’t seem like the best place to start. I could tell you how wonderful & gracious they are. I could tell you about the amazing wedding design or Tiffany’s stunning dress. However, nothing feels like the perfect starting point.

If I had to guess, I’d say I’m struggling to find the start because the entire wedding was such a pleasure. About once each hour, Tiffany would check in with me to make sure I was OK. Personally, I was more concerned about her comfort than my own, but my answer was always the same. “This is awesome,” I would say, “I can’t imagine being any place else.” And my sentiment was very true. Their wedding was filled with love, laughs and excitement. It simply could not have been better.

Certainly there are a few moments and details from the day that I loved. In a cute way, Tiffany paced her suite at the Hyatt Arcade in the morning. She never seemed certain what to do next. Her nervous excitement seemed to permeate everything, like dense air breaking as you moved through the room.

I simply loved her dress. The corset top adorned with beautifully detailed lace matched perfectly with the long, flowing bottom. Heck, her wedding dress even had pockets. In contrast, the bridesmaids wore dense black dresses that were a perfect counterpoint.

I love the gifts Tiffany & Rick exchanged in the morning. Tears were shed as each read the letters provided by the other. For Tiffany, it was diamond earrings from Rick. For Rick, it was a restored Harley Davidson motorcycle tucked away at a secret location. The only clue to the location – GPS coordinates attached to the keyring.

More so, I loved sharing time with Tiffany & Rick during their sunset portraits together. We simply wandered downtown Cleveland, stopping here and there to capture some photos on film. In fact, I shot a significant portion of their wedding on film – a real treat for me and them.

Lastly, I love one final gift bestowed to Tiffany. Sadly, her father had passed before the wedding. As a special tribute to him, her family had an heirloom table restored and presented to Tiffany at the wedding. Unbeknownst to her, she was sitting at the table the entire time.

Below are just a few highlights from their Hyatt Arcade Cleveland wedding. I certainly hope you enjoy. And for Tiffany & Rick – I owe you an uncertainly measure of thanks. It’s been an experience I won’t ever forget.

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For the photographers out there, what you see is a hybrid wedding photography approach, most of which was shot on my trusty Contax 645 with Fuji 400H and Kodak Portra 800 film. Richard Photo Lab did a fantastic job processing the film, as always. For those that are super curious, you can look at Tiffany & Rick’s engagement session, which was entirely capture on Fuji 4ooH.