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Kelsie & CodyNazareth Hall Wedding PhotographyDelta, Ohio

When you first arrive, Nazareth Hall looks like an Italian garden estate. The main building is set atop a hill, overlooking rolling fields that descend to a stream on the backside. Beside the stream lies a small grotto built from coral limestone. It’s within this grotto where Kelsie & Cody held their intimate wedding ceremony. Practically speaking, Nazareth Hall is in the middle of nowhere, which makes it’s presence so amazing. After touring the grounds and nearby Delta, Ohio, I was ready to start Kelsie & Cody’s Nazareth Hall wedding photography.

Like so many modern weddings, Kelsie & Cody smartly chose to start with a first look. On Kelsie’s suggestion, I had scouted out a nearby park beside the Maumee River for the first look and bridal party portraits. The park could not have been more perfect. Plus, it happened to be where Kelsie & Cody were originally engaged. We even chose to include the bench where they sat just moments before Cody proposed.

I was happiest for Kelsie during her outdoor wedding ceremony in the grotto. You see, I’ve known Kelsie for years. We met a number of years ago when I was just starting with photography. She was also just starting her modeling career. Flash-forward a few years and we were now at her own wedding. She beamed with excitement during the wedding ceremony, which could not have been more perfect.

What followed was the perfect wedding day. Cocktail hour at sunset on the patio, followed by a beautiful reception inside Nazareth Hall. We even had a chance to sneak outside for some sunset photos to close the day. After the wedding was all over, both Kelsie and I got a big surprise. The Knot decided to publish her wedding! Have a look at The Knot feature, if you please. Below are some of my favorite highlights from Kelsie & Cody’s Nazareth Hall wedding photography. I hope you enjoy!

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Andrea & MattBackyard Wedding ReceptionShaker Heights

It was the middle of July when I found myself standing on a street corner. I was at Case Western Reserve University campus waiting for Andrea to arrive. We had spoken at length on numerous occasions, but we had yet to meet. Most of our conversations centered around the design for her backyard wedding reception. Certainly we talked about all the other details, but we kept coming back to the reception design. Andrea’s uncle was designing the small reception and we both anticipated something amazing.

Following the first look and wedding ceremony at Case Western, we headed over to Andrea’s home in Shaker Heights. What awaited us was beyond my expectations. The small backyard wedding reception for 20 guests was set under a sail cloth tent, just down the hill and across a stream from the main house. The tent sat in a small clearing, surrounded by gardens, trees and the narrow stream.

Underneath, a single long table occupied one side of the tent. Stretched across the table from end-to-end wear flower and candle arrangements. The back of the tented reception was occupied by a bar, with a lounge and dessert table completing the other side. A custom designed menu rested at the center of each place setting. Soon those menus were swept aside, replaced with edible creations by Spice Catering.

I keep coming back to this wedding. While small in guests, it was huge in style. Not to mention the gracious personalities of all involved, especially Andrea & Matt. After this experience, I have to say small, intimate backyard wedding receptions are my new favorite. I think you’ll certainly see why below.

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For those interested, I captured this wedding almost exclusively on film. In fact, all of the images above are Fuji 400H film and most are medium format. I certainly hope you enjoyed.

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