Our dog is so incredibly important to Brooke and I. He’s like a rather large, four-legged child. For Madeline and Scott, the story is much the same. They have two, awesome dogs. So it was natural to have their dogs join in for an engagement session at Cleveland Museum of Art.
To give you and idea of how important the dogs are to Madeline and Scott, let’s go back a little. Madeline had planned a trip to the Hocking Hills for her and Scott. Scott, having already purchased the engagement ring, decided the trip would be the perfect opportunity to propose. While walking the dogs in the woods, Scott stopped, knelt down and proposed to Madeline – and her dog! Clearly the answer was “yes” from both, else we wouldn’t be here today. I just love that dogs can be that important.
And what an amazing session it was. Madeline has such an incredible sense of style. Her blush-colored skirt really pops on film. Both her and Scott were awesome together during the whole session. It was really nice getting to know them better as we walked around Wade Oval and chatted about their lives together, their careers, and wedding planning. Speaking of wedding planning, they have a stunning wedding planned for the Cleveland Courthouse in November. It should be a blast and I’m very much anticipating the big day. For now though, below are just a few highlights to enjoy!
While waiting for Alyson & Kevin, I stood outside Jeni’s Ice Cream in Chagrin Falls, mindlessly rolling some film into my camera. I don’t know why I suggest Jeni’s Ice Cream as a meeting point for engagement sessions in Chagrin Falls. It’s near impossible to resist their delectable treats, but Jeni’s store front is always convenient and easy to find. Before long, Alyson and Kevin came strolling down the sidewalk with their lovely dog. Alyson looked awesome in her lacy top and I secretly wanted to steal Kevin’s seersucker pastel shirt. Of course Lucy, their dog, was all pink tongue and wagging tail.
We headed into the Chagrin river valley to start with a few photos of the new family together, including their favorite furry friend. Lucy was very skeptical of me the entire time, but eventually she gave up and relaxed a bit. I love having dogs along on engagement sessions. They always put everyone at ease. Having a furry friend present at the start can serve as we welcome distraction. One of my favorites below is Kevin holding his old friend. With Lucy’s role complete, she jumped into the car and headed off with Kevin’s parents.
We spent the rest of the sunset session strolling around the park and downtown Chagrin Falls. The light near sunset was gorgeous, casting an even peach glow over the town. Some of my favorite photos were with the historical Chagrin Falls police car. The black and white Chevy captured on film really adds a timeless quality to the photos. I also love the impromptu dance shared between Alyson and Kevin.
Their wedding isn’t far away, and it’s even scheduled for my birthday. I’m sure their wedding will be a gorgeous treat, but for now, enjoy a few highlights below.
For photo-minded readers, all of the above was captured on my Contax 645 with Fuji 400h, with developing and scanning by Richard Photo Lab. Film always rocks it!
Looking only at the surface, Rachel & Eric’s Clifton Club wedding in Lakewood was one of vibrant pinks, lush flowers, sparkling glass and warm candles. There was a gorgeous ceremony in a bright chapel and royal exit laced with rose petals. Rachel even had the most stunning fairy-tale dress. But that is only the surface. What matters most is what ran deeply beneath the entire wedding day.
Rachel and Eric are an amazing couple. During their ceremony at Dover Congregational Church in Westlake, their pastor and personal friend recited the typical vows – good times and bad, thick and thin, forever more. But for Rachel and Eric, those vows have already come alive. They’ve been with each other through good and bad, sticking tightly together all the while. Having done the same for a friend of mine, I love that they asked a close friend to conduct their wedding ceremony. It made the entire event more meaningful and personal.
Also making their wedding unique and personal was Rachel’s aunt, who not only did hair and make-up for the wedding, but also sang during the ceremony. Let’s not call it singing. Let’s call it a performance! After all, Rachel’s aunt is a professional opera singer. Making the entire wedding day perfect were Rachel & Eric’s friends and family. They both have amazing parents that are so warm and kind. Then there were the small things – lovely kids, an amazing design, and a bridal party that was ready to have fun.
We had a tough schedule and dodged rain most of the day, but Rachel and Eric’s Clifton Club wedding still came out amazing. Below are just a few highlights to enjoy.