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Kate & ScottGlidden House Wedding PhotographyCaptured on Film

Kate & Scott’s Glidden House wedding photography ended as it began – with sparkles. The morning was filled with sparkling wine, and the evening with sparkling fireworks. In between was filled with Kate & Scott’s sparkling personalities. In all honesty, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a happier bride or groom.

Kate in particular floated about the entire day, moving from family member to guest. She took time to speak with everyone, and to ensure they were having fun. It was almost if priority for the day was her guests, not herself. Her effervescent personality perfumed the day with an abundance of joy. I believe this approach made the entire wedding such a wonderful experience. However, we did face one risk.

The sun shown brightly during Kate & Scott’s emotional first look on the Case Western Reserve University campus. Following the first look, the bridal party joined us at the Cleveland Museum of Art for some additional wedding photos. However, stormy weather decided to join us as well. Soon, we were surrounded by storm clouds. You could see the October storms moving in the near distance. By some force of luck, the weather remained only at the edges of the wedding. Even the outdoor ceremony was held without issue. Fortunately, the weather did make for some dramatic skies in the photos below.

I’m normally pretty tired by the end of a wedding day, but not for Kate & Scott’s wedding. The end quickly snuck up on me, and I was sad to see my wedding day had come to a close. Below are some highlights from Kate & Scott’s Glidden House wedding photography, mostly captured on film. I certainly hope you enjoy.

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As I noted above, I captured the majority of the wedding photos on film. For the photographers, I used a combination of Kodak Portra 400 film and a Hasselblad H1. Most important was the 100mm f/2.2 lens. That lens might be the best I’ve ever used. Enjoy!

Ceremony & Reception Venue – The Glidden House
Floral Design – Mayfield Floral
Wedding Dress – Catan Fashions
Groom’s Suit – Joseph Abboud, Men’s Wearhouse
Catering – Marigold Catering

Andrea & MattBackyard Wedding ReceptionShaker Heights

It was the middle of July when I found myself standing on a street corner. I was at Case Western Reserve University campus waiting for Andrea to arrive. We had spoken at length on numerous occasions, but we had yet to meet. Most of our conversations centered around the design for her backyard wedding reception. Certainly we talked about all the other details, but we kept coming back to the reception design. Andrea’s uncle was designing the small reception and we both anticipated something amazing.

Following the first look and wedding ceremony at Case Western, we headed over to Andrea’s home in Shaker Heights. What awaited us was beyond my expectations. The small backyard wedding reception for 20 guests was set under a sail cloth tent, just down the hill and across a stream from the main house. The tent sat in a small clearing, surrounded by gardens, trees and the narrow stream.

Underneath, a single long table occupied one side of the tent. Stretched across the table from end-to-end wear flower and candle arrangements. The back of the tented reception was occupied by a bar, with a lounge and dessert table completing the other side. A custom designed menu rested at the center of each place setting. Soon those menus were swept aside, replaced with edible creations by Spice Catering.

I keep coming back to this wedding. While small in guests, it was huge in style. Not to mention the gracious personalities of all involved, especially Andrea & Matt. After this experience, I have to say small, intimate backyard wedding receptions are my new favorite. I think you’ll certainly see why below.

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For those interested, I captured this wedding almost exclusively on film. In fact, all of the images above are Fuji 400H film and most are medium format. I certainly hope you enjoyed.

Megan & RyanCleveland Engagement Photos

“Hey, Hunter,” Megan beckoned across the Cleveland Museum of Art courtyard. They’d spotted me first. I had been nervously pacing, but that now melted away. It was time to start their Cleveland engagement photos.

Megan and I hugged, and then I shook Ryan’s hand. “How are you, sir? Can you believe this weather?”

This day was perfection. The sky was completely clear. The warm air lightly shifted about, creating a barely discernible breeze. We had collectively planned this day for quite some time. There was discussion about me coming to Boston. After some back and forth, we settled on Cleveland instead. We still had to choose final locations, which led to some more back and forth. I’m certain that Megan & Ryan had many other decisions to make as well. I’d say there was lots of wardrobe discussion, but let’s be honest, these two are naturally stylish.

More important than all of the planning was attitude. Megan and Ryan are so perfect together, and even more perfect in photos. They were immediately relaxed (wine helps) and engaged with each other. I think the best word to describe their Cleveland engagement photos would be heartfelt. As we worked, we all had a connection together. The connection created a natural warmth that comes through in the photos. That connection got me a bit excited. I even remarked on it during the shoot.

When their Cleveland engagement photos were done, Megan & Ryan headed out for a dinner at L’Albatross. Meanwhile, I rushed back to the office. Immediately, I shoved the film into an express envelop. I had to get the images completed immediately. I needed, like needing water, to see the photos. When the film was finished, I realized everything I had hoped for came true. I love every inch of the photos below, and then some. More so, working with Megan & Ryan has been a dream.

I certainly hope you enjoy the highlights below as much as I.

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The photo below is a happy accident. My camera bumped my hip and fired – and I love the resulting image. Go figure!

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