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Kirtland Country Club Wedding Photography – Cameron & Wes

Two weeks prior, I sat in the club room with Cameron’s mother and an amazing team of wedding professionals. Over the course of two hours, we reviewed Cameron & Wes’ Kirtland Country Club wedding photography in detail. Every aspect of the day was discussed. Ceremony location, tent position, beer brand, and the steel drum player were covered in detail. I walked away from the meeting feeling buoyant. I could already tell their Bahamian-themed wedding would be truly special.

I stepped into the ladies parlor on the morning of the wedding. Cam was positioned in a pool of light by the window. A hair and make-up team was dutifully preparing Cam and a friend. The room was positively buzzing with friends and family. No one was rushing about. Instead, the energy was composed of anticipation. I was a bit early, so I decided to concentrate on some details. Before long, it was time kick things off. Cam took a moment to read a note from Wes before slipping into her lace sheath dress. Surrounded by friends, Cam and her mother made sure every detail was perfect.

But let’s rewind to the begin before we begin anew. Cam and Wes met while attending the Island School in the Bahamas. From there, the continued dating as their lives took them all over. Their Bahamian-themed wedding was simply a reflection of their life together. Kalik beer floated in steel boats at cocktail hour, while a steel drum player strummed in the background. The bridesmaids wore dresses reminiscent of tropical flowers. Tables we decorated in white and ocean blue.

It’s not an island wedding without a party, which continued long into the night under a full moon. Below are just a few highlights from Cam & Wes’ Kirtland Country Club wedding photography and fun moments from throughout the day.

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How about that moon over the reception? I could not have planned the moonrise better. If you’re curious to see more Cleveland weddings, have a look at the blog. You can also browse the wedding portfolio.

Ceremony & reception venue – Kirtland Country Club

Event design & planning – Kirkbrides Wedding Planning

Floral design – Artisans Floral Design

Cake artist – Luna Bakery & Cafe

Cleveland Engagement Photos – Megan & Ryan

“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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The Club at Hillbrook Wedding Photos – Hannah & Ryan

I was never supposed to be here. For me to capture Hannah & Ryan’s Club at Hillbrook wedding photos, something had to go horribly wrong. The cause that brought about my presence nearly involved life and death. Hannah & Ryan originally hired another photographer for their wedding. The other photographer happened to be my friend. Then, inexplicably, my friend suffered an as-yet unexplained coronary meltdown.

For two hours, my friend was dead. Thankfully, she survived, but she would need months of rehabilitation. Aside from the unexplained coronary event and nearly miraculous survival, other magic was afoot. People from across the region band together to help our friend, which included helping to save her business and ensuring no couple went without a photographer. This is where we circle back to Hannah & Ryan.

I volunteered to cover Hannah & Ryan’s wedding. After chatting with them, they graciously accepted. I say graciously for a reason. Hannah & Ryan are gracious to the core. They immediately understood this bizarre situation and cared most for our injured friend. On their wedding day, Hannah & Ryan poured all of their energy into ensuring family and friends had the best day possible. For example, they took a special moment at the wedding reception to very publicly thank their parents.

While the wedding was supposed to center around Hannah & Ryan, I think it’s plain to see that they felt differently. For Hannah & Ryan, this day was all about being near cherished family and friends. I hope you enjoy the highlight from Hannah & Ryan’s Club at Hillbrook wedding photos below, mostly captured on film.

PS – My friend has made a full recovery that borders on a scientific miracle.

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Ceremony & reception – The Club at Hillbrook, Chargin Falls, Ohio

Event planning – Amy Hissa, At Last Event Planning

Floral design – The Urban Orchid

Bride’s dress – Essence of Australia

Groom’s suit – Combatant Gentlemen

Hair & Make-up – Cleveland Bridal Make-up