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Emily & EvanThorncreek Winery Wedding Photos

It was a hot, verdant day. Thorncreek Winery was filled with the lush greens of summer. It was kind of day where you could feel steam rising from the grass. I don’t think Evan noticed the surroundings, much less me standing next to him. He seemed caught in anticipation’s embrace. In just a moment, Emily would appear, but not to him. She would remain hidden behind his back. They would occupy the same place and time, but not completely together. Without seeing each other, a private set of vows known only to them would be exchanged. To prevent interruption, I stood as still as could be capturing their Thorncreek Winery wedding photos.

The rest of their bohemian-styled wedding unfolded with the equal peace and grace of their vows. The bubbly bridal party shared each moment with their closest friends. Guests, arriving slowly at first, filled the outdoor ceremony with laughter and joy. And under a vine-laced arbor, Emily & Evan were wed.

The sweltering sun began to fade, dipping low in the sky and revealing the purple-orange edges of clouds. As we stepped out from their wedding reception tent, you could hear the low, dragging rumble of thunder. The storm was too far away to threaten this evening. As we wandered across the grass, we slowly captured some extra sunset wedding photos. Mostly, I just let Emily & Evan be themselves. They have a natural fit that I didn’t need nor want to disturb.

Below you’ll find highlights from Emily & Evan’s Thorncreek Winery wedding photos, including a few from their private vows. I sincerely hope you enjoy.

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One additional note worth mentioning. Emily chose to use Molly Taylor & Co. for her floral design. She was equally as impressed with Molly’s team as I have always been. Also worth noting is that I captured the majority of Emily & Evan’s Thorncreek Winery wedding photos on film, which is always my preference.

Kyra & Nick – A Session on Film for a Growing Family

Sometimes you have to take a risk. The risk can be big or small – but it’s still a risk. Kyra & Nick’s family session at their home in Granville was just around the corner, but the weather was looking bad. Huge storms were gathering on the horizon that could wreck their family session. Because I was driving from Cleveland to Granville (near Columbus) for their session, we had to make a decision about the weather rather early. After some back and forth over the phone, Nick made the call to continue with the session as planned. We were going to risk it!

The sky poured during the two hour drive to their home. The rain was so relentless that I had to slow down at points. As I pulled into the Columbus area, the weather began to clear. And then the sun came out as I reached Granville. The temperature shot up and it was actually nice outside. Turns out, the risk was worth it.

I think the risk was certainly worth it for Kyra and Nick as well. They initially met at a bar while in college, which can be risky in itself. They started talking and realized they shared interests. Nick took a risk and asked Kyra on a date. One date turned into the next, and then a next, and before long it was time to propose.

Being a Gentleman (capital G), Nick discussed marriage with Kyra’s family first. With permission enthusiastically granted, a family ring was to Nick to use for the engagement. Shortly thereafter, Nick and Kyra were in Philadelphia for a cousin’s wedding. Just before the wedding, Nick took another risk. While walking through downtown, they stopped in a small city park. Nick took a knee and proposed. Of course we wouldn’t be here today unless Kyra said yes. Sooo many risks in life are so worth taking.

Now, the wedding is just around the corner and they have a lovely growing family. Holden, the newest addition, is growing so fast. Below are just a few highlights from their blended engagement and family session, joined in by their two awesome dogs. I certainly hope you enjoy these little highlights.

A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home.

PS – The weather did not hold out for the entire session. We did have to retreat inside momentarily, but I love the inside photos just as much as the outdoor ones.

The Club at Hillbrook Wedding Photography – Katie & Joe

Long before Katie & Joe’s The Club at Hillbrook wedding photography, I had been watching the weather with skepticism. The forecast was a moving target – changing constantly from rain to sunshine. I had reason for concern. The entire wedding would be at The Club at Hillbrook, with the wedding ceremony planned for the back lawn. When Katie & Joe’s wedding day finally arrived, the forecast was no more certain.

When I arrived at the club in Chagrin Falls, the sun shown bright. The humidity was high and there were some passing clouds. The question wasn’t whether it would rain, but when and how much. I hurried inside and found Katie gathered with her friends and family in the living room. Katie’s sister calmly presented Katie with a gift – a family heirloom just for her wedding, bringing about tears of joy. In this moment I could see the real story of the day. Weather be damned! This day would be amazing.

Before long, Joe and the groomsmen arrived at the club. “Are you ready?” I asked Joe as we headed outside for the first look. I think Joe was born ready for this moment. As we stood on the back patio, Joe was first greeted by Katie’s sister, who came bearing the best wedding present I’ve ever seen. She presented Joe with a custom-engraved pistol. Not a gun, but a proper pistol. Soon after, Katie followed behind in her stunning wedding dress, which I’m sure Joe would say was the best gift ever.

These first few moments of the day set the mold for the rest of the wedding. The entire wedding was a detail-rich affair styled by Katie and the lovely team from A Charming Fete. The reception was filled with vintage farm tables from Borrow Rentals. Upon each table sat vintage place settings, gorgeous flowers, fruits, custom place cards, and long strings or garland. Each table was further accented by silverware tied neatly in a bow. A stunning dessert table was provided by the always amazing Hummingbird Bake Shop. It was filled with macaroons, cake pops, and cream puffs. At the center sat a simply elegant wedding cake. I could go on and on about the stunning wedding details, but there was so much more to this day.

Like the beginning of the wedding, the rest was filled with wonderful moments shared between family and friends. One of my favorite moments was when Katie’s father saw Katie for the first time in her wedding dress. The first look shared between Katie & Joe was also so touching. Moreover, the toasts offered by family and friends were both emotional and hysterical.

From all the beauty and joy of the day, it was nearly impossible to pick just a few highlights. Below is a rather long series of photos, mostly captured on film. I certainly hope you enjoy. For Katie & Joe – thank you so much for allowing me to share your wedding day. It was simply amazing!

PS – The rain held off until right after the ceremony ended. Perfect, as the rest!

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Wedding ceremony & reception – The Club at Hillbrook
Event styling & planning – A Charming Fête
Floral Design – Sue Bernhard, Lowe’s Greenhouse
Vintage farm table & furniture – Borrow Vintage & Eclectic Rentals
Wedding cake & Desserts – Kim Coryea, Hummingbird Bake Shop
Entertainment – Grand Avenue Band
Wedding dress – by Allure, from Galleria Gowns
Bridesmaids dresses – by Jim Hjelm
Make-up artist – Ramona Dauksa
Groom & Groomsmen tuxedos – Vera Wang, from Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding invitations – Paper Trails