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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

Sarah & John – A Westwood Country Club Wedding in Rocky River

Familiarity seems to be the antidote to nervousness. Still to this day, I get nervous before each wedding. Not because I feel unprepared, but because I always want to do my best. Somehow, nervousness never manifested itself before Sarah and John’s wedding at St. Christopher’s Church and Westwood Country Club. At first, it seemed like nothing in particular was different. There was no reason for the change.

Then it hit me, and quite a while after their wedding. I had become more familiar with Sarah and John than usual. I get to know all of my clients, but I had gotten to know Sarah and John a bit better. Despite the long distance between us, I felt I knew them all the more well. Maybe it was because we got along splendidly at their engagement session. Or because I had already met Sarah’s family well in advance. I think the real reason is all because of Sarah and John. They are the warmest people you could know. They are the type to make fast friends with anyone. To be near them is to feel welcomed.

That feeling carried through their entire wedding. Sarah and John’s friends and family are much the same – very warm and extremely welcoming. It certainly made for a wonderful day. Added to the wonderful people were some amazing locations. St. Christopher’s is a great place for a wedding. For Sarah, it was made all the more special by her uncle. Her uncle happens to be a priest and he happily completed their wedding. The reception, held at Westwood Country Club in Rocky River, was astonishing for many reasons.

It turned out to be the perfect place for the creative portraits. The golf course and club house make for some stunning scenery. Furthermore, Sarah’s design for the reception was spectacular. Flowers literally decked the tables, chairs and ceiling. Working with HeatherLily, Sarah’s floral design was filled with bright purples, soft pinks and pale whites. Flower arrangements were even hanging from the chandeliers. It was a sight to be seen.

To cap off the amazing day, we stepped outside after sunset for a few nighttime shots. The front portico made the perfect backdrop for a final portrait, despite the cars shuffling in the background. Admittedly, I had a really tough time choosing a few photos to highlight. Below is just a very small handful of my favorites, and way more than normal. Enjoy!

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Ceremony venue: St. Christopher’s Church, Rocky River
Reception venue: Westwood Country Club, Rocky River
Floral design: HeatherLily
Cake artist: Wild Flour Bakery
Bride’s gown: Elegance by Roya
Men’s tuxedos: Vera Wang
Entertainment: The Orchestra, Jerry Bruno
Hair & make-up: Rainbow Room