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Kelsie & CodyNazareth Hall Wedding PhotographyDelta, Ohio

When you first arrive, Nazareth Hall looks like an Italian garden estate. The main building is set atop a hill, overlooking rolling fields that descend to a stream on the backside. Beside the stream lies a small grotto built from coral limestone. It’s within this grotto where Kelsie & Cody held their intimate wedding ceremony. Practically speaking, Nazareth Hall is in the middle of nowhere, which makes it’s presence so amazing. After touring the grounds and nearby Delta, Ohio, I was ready to start Kelsie & Cody’s Nazareth Hall wedding photography.

Like so many modern weddings, Kelsie & Cody smartly chose to start with a first look. On Kelsie’s suggestion, I had scouted out a nearby park beside the Maumee River for the first look and bridal party portraits. The park could not have been more perfect. Plus, it happened to be where Kelsie & Cody were originally engaged. We even chose to include the bench where they sat just moments before Cody proposed.

I was happiest for Kelsie during her outdoor wedding ceremony in the grotto. You see, I’ve known Kelsie for years. We met a number of years ago when I was just starting with photography. She was also just starting her modeling career. Flash-forward a few years and we were now at her own wedding. She beamed with excitement during the wedding ceremony, which could not have been more perfect.

What followed was the perfect wedding day. Cocktail hour at sunset on the patio, followed by a beautiful reception inside Nazareth Hall. We even had a chance to sneak outside for some sunset photos to close the day. After the wedding was all over, both Kelsie and I got a big surprise. The Knot decided to publish her wedding! Have a look at The Knot feature, if you please. Below are some of my favorite highlights from Kelsie & Cody’s Nazareth Hall wedding photography. I hope you enjoy!

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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

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