Lyndsey & Jerry – A Wedding of Best Friends in Ashtabula, Ohio categories: weddings

It took us forever to find Lyndsey’s home on the morning of her wedding. First, was the long drive to Ashtabula from Cleveland. Then came the process of locating her house nestled out on a country lane. It was tucked back from the road, among a small group of other homes. Once we arrived, we were in for a real treat.

Just inside was Lyndsey and all of her bridesmaids, each one more beautiful than the next. And then there was Lyndsey – simply gorgeous and completely relaxed. The entire morning moved along smoothly, as Lyndsey got ready for her wedding surrounded by family and friends.

We were then off to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Ashtabula for the wedding ceremony. In an unusual fashion, the priest started his homily with some laughter. He blamed his close relationship with Lyndsey’s family for his constant need to miss Notre Dame Football games. Seemingly, the priest was constantly called upon for marriages, baptisms and other important happenings within Lyndsey family. In hindsight, the priest’s half-joking start to the homily seemed very fitting for the wedding day. After all, this was a wedding truly made up of family and friends.

Beyond the joking priest, wonderful weather, amazing florals and beautiful bridesmaids, there is something about this wedding that I love best. It’s actually Lyndsey and Jerry themselves. Specifically – their love story is amazing. They met when Lyndsey was still in high school. Jerry had already graduated. Obviously, this did not sit too well with Lyndsey’s family. Before long, they were ordered in no uncertain terms to disband the relationship until Lyndsey graduated. As Lyndsey’s father put it during his toast, he thought that was the end.

Instead, Lyndsey and Jerry stuck it out, while also honoring the wishes of Lyndsey’s family. They remained loose friends while Lyndsey finished up high school. Following her graduation, magnetism pulled them back together. By the time of their wedding, they had already been together longer than many married couples. I guess there’s always a path to overcome obstacles.

Below are just a few highlights from their wedding day. I particularly love the portraits captured on film in downtown Ashtabula. And if you are curious, you can even see Lyndsey & Jerry’s engagement session, published late last year. Hope you enjoy!

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Lavender & Sage Styled Shoot Published by Showerbelle categories: press

I still get excited every time this happens, although I am not sure why. Maybe it’s akin to a child waiting for Christmas, knowing the excite that is just around the corner. I love sharing the wedding work I capture around Cleveland, so press features are always a welcome treat.

Last year, I worked with an amazing team of wedding professionals to capture a Lavender & Sage themed wedding elopement. Set amongst a real lavender farm near Cleveland, the session features some amazing scenery and design concepts. At the time, the team was thrilled to see it featured by another amazing blog.

Seeing that the style shoot also looked like an amazing bridal shower, Showerbelle just published the Lavender & Sage shoot as a new feature. I’m thrilled that Showerbelle included our work amongst some stunning work from other wedding professionals. You definitely have to stop by and check out the feature, as well as some of the other work Showerbelle has to show.

Just below you can enjoy a couple highlights from this shoot. Much more can be seen over at Showerbelle. Enjoy!

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Event concept & design - Baci Designer
Photography - Hunter Photographic
Location – DayBreak Lavender Farm
Invitations & stationery - Baci Designer
Bouquets, boutonnieres, bride’s crown and table flowers - Molly Taylor Designs
Wedding cake and desserts - Hummingbird Bake Shop
Vintage furniture - Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals
Bride and Bridesmaid fashions – provided by Something White Bridal Boutique
Wedding dress - Abingdon Square Gown by Lela Rose
Bride’s sash - Country Side Sash by Ivy & Aster
Bridesmaid dress – Penny Dress by Ivy & Aster
Bride & Bridesmaid Jewelry - Honey Rose & K Oh Deer Collection
Make-up design – Maggie Klienman of MKleinman Artistry
Hair design – Hayley Kane of Studio H

Bailey & Walt – Hyatt Arcade Wedding in Downtown Cleveland categories: featured, weddings

“Would you ship this overnight express,” I asked Maria as I gave her a handful of film. “It needs to get to California immediately,” I followed up. Protected safely within each roll of 120 film were memories. They were memories of Bailey & Walt’s wedding at the Hyatt Arcade in downtown Cleveland. But they were also my memories. Memories of an amazing two weeks spent with new friends.

The memories told the story of an amazing wedding day. Like Bailey laughing and crying with her sisters as she got ready. Bailey’s sisters were practicing their processional walk, as Bailey and I gave each other a knowing eye of comedic intent. Further on in the story was the first look shared between Bailey and Walt at the Cleveland central library in downtown.

They saw each other for the first time again, nestled among the stacks of books (and strangely audio tapes). We chose the library because the joy of reading is particularly important to both Bailey and Walt. And this story continued outside as we captured additional portraits around the library with family and friends looking on.

It was only when I started to edit the photos that I could see full meaning of the memories captured on that rather hot day in downtown. It’s a story of a bride and groom, obviously obsessed with each other, who wanted simply to share their joy and thanks with family and friends. Both Bailey and Walt didn’t miss an opportunity to express their gratitude. For example, they took a really special moment during the ceremony to specifically thank their parents. Or even the special “after party” they threw for friends at a bowling alley around the corner.

The day was filled with grace and gratitude. I simply hope I captured their wedding with the same seemingly effortless beauty that Bailey and Walt so clearly invested into their wedding. And for Bailey and Walt – thank you so much for treating me as a friend. It was so nice to capture your wedding, but also to hangout together afterward. And for everyone, I hope you enjoy a few highlights below.

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