Bailey & Walt – Hyatt Arcade Wedding in Downtown Cleveland categories: featured, weddings

“Would you ship this overnight express,” I asked Maria as I gave her a handful of film. “It needs to get to California immediately,” I followed up. Protected safely within each roll of 120 film were memories. They were memories of Bailey & Walt’s wedding at the Hyatt Arcade in downtown Cleveland. But they were also my memories. Memories of an amazing two weeks spent with new friends.

The memories told the story of an amazing wedding day. Like Bailey laughing and crying with her sisters as she got ready. Bailey’s sisters were practicing their processional walk, as Bailey and I gave each other a knowing eye of comedic intent. Further on in the story was the first look shared between Bailey and Walt at the Cleveland central library in downtown.

They saw each other for the first time again, nestled among the stacks of books (and strangely audio tapes). We chose the library because the joy of reading is particularly important to both Bailey and Walt. And this story continued outside as we captured additional portraits around the library with family and friends looking on.

It was only when I started to edit the photos that I could see full meaning of the memories captured on that rather hot day in downtown. It’s a story of a bride and groom, obviously obsessed with each other, who wanted simply to share their joy and thanks with family and friends. Both Bailey and Walt didn’t miss an opportunity to express their gratitude. For example, they took a really special moment during the ceremony to specifically thank their parents. Or even the special “after party” they threw for friends at a bowling alley around the corner.

The day was filled with grace and gratitude. I simply hope I captured their wedding with the same seemingly effortless beauty that Bailey and Walt so clearly invested into their wedding. And for Bailey and Walt – thank you so much for treating me as a friend. It was so nice to capture your wedding, but also to hangout together afterward. And for everyone, I hope you enjoy a few highlights below.

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Lauren & John – A Cleveland Botanical Gardens Wedding categories: featured, weddings

Certain aspects of my job still amaze me. Specifically, the circle of friends I develop each year while working with my amazing clients. Last year, I photographed Meredith & Hunter’s wedding, which lead me to photographing Lauren & John’s wedding at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens just a couple weeks ago. Once Lauren and I got to know each other, her friend Bailey reached out to me for her wedding, which I captured just last week. And this circle keeps expanding, mostly built around friends from Hathaway Brown school. To say this kind of connection to my clients is welcome would be an understatement.

The notion of friends is also a good theme for Lauren & John’s wedding. It was hugely important to both Lauren & John that their friends and family play important roles in their wedding. For example, close friends gave readings during the wedding ceremony. Lauren & John also made sure that the family photos weren’t just about family, but also about friends. We made sure to capture photos of them together with friends from different phases in their lives – Hathaway Brown, Middlebury and more. This sense of friendship at their wedding was certainly a welcome sight.

Beyond the deep integration of friends and family in Lauren & John’s wedding, I was blown away by the amazing wedding design. Lauren & John brought a beautiful sense of style to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. The floral design was simply spectacular, with bright highlights of red, pink and white. The rich colors also carried over to the wedding fashion with dresses of deep navy and bright pink shoes. This was then echoed in the reception itself, as you can see below. Of course the design was set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, which is always beautiful in summer.

Below are just a few highlights to enjoy. For Lauren & John – thank you so much for briefly inviting me into your circle of friends. It’s been so wonderful!

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Ali & Dan – Sunset Engagement at the Cleveland Museum of Art categories: engagement

“I’m not very photogenic,” Ali said as we stood in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art for their sunset engagement session. I hear this refrain all the time. “No worries, that’s why you hire a professional,” I said, smiling wide. In all honestly, most of my clients start their engagement session with some nerves. By the end, universally everyone feels comfortable in front of the camera, having had a great time.

So was the case with Ali & Dan. As we walked around the art museum campus, they quickly loosened up. Before I knew it, they were both so natural in front of the camera. When I shoot film, I really slow down and “watch” through the viewfinder like it’s a movie camera. As I watched, I could see Ali & Dan just as they are with each other when alone. Watch…wait…click.

I’m so thrilled with the way the photos turned out from this session. I certainly can’t wait for Ali & Dan’s wedding…next year! For now, I certainly hope you enjoy the highlights below.

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