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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Lauren & John – A Cleveland Botanical Gardens Wedding categories: featured, weddings

Certain aspects of my job still amaze me. Specifically, the circle of friends I develop each year while working with my amazing clients. Last year, I photographed Meredith & Hunter’s wedding, which lead me to photographing Lauren & John’s wedding at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens just a couple weeks ago. Once Lauren and I got to know each other, her friend Bailey reached out to me for her wedding, which I captured just last week. And this circle keeps expanding, mostly built around friends from Hathaway Brown school. To say this kind of connection to my clients is welcome would be an understatement.

The notion of friends is also a good theme for Lauren & John’s wedding. It was hugely important to both Lauren & John that their friends and family play important roles in their wedding. For example, close friends gave readings during the wedding ceremony. Lauren & John also made sure that the family photos weren’t just about family, but also about friends. We made sure to capture photos of them together with friends from different phases in their lives – Hathaway Brown, Middlebury and more. This sense of friendship at their wedding was certainly a welcome sight.

Beyond the deep integration of friends and family in Lauren & John’s wedding, I was blown away by the amazing wedding design. Lauren & John brought a beautiful sense of style to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. The floral design was simply spectacular, with bright highlights of red, pink and white. The rich colors also carried over to the wedding fashion with dresses of deep navy and bright pink shoes. This was then echoed in the reception itself, as you can see below. Of course the design was set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, which is always beautiful in summer.

Below are just a few highlights to enjoy. For Lauren & John – thank you so much for briefly inviting me into your circle of friends. It’s been so wonderful!

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Lisa & Dan – Cityscape Wedding in Downtown Cleveland categories: weddings

Comfort can be an amazing feeling. It gives you peace and makes everything that much easier. Especially on a wedding day, where stress can run high. For Lisa & Dan’s wedding, comfort seemed to abound. Like when Dan’s mother greeted me at her door. She immediately set me at ease and knew the plan.

This story was very much the same for the rest of Lisa & Dan’s wedding at St. Bernadette’s Church in Westlake and Windows on the River in downtown Cleveland. All of their family and friends were relaxed and comfortable, ready for the excitement of the day to begin. By the time I reached Lisa’s family home that morning, all the bridesmaids were dressed and ready to go. Lisa was running a bit late at the salon, but no one was worried, especially me.

At the ceremony itself, the priest set a relaxed tone, encouraging laughter & happiness throughout the ceremony. Then the big moments came. Rings were exchanged, solemn vows given and an emotional kiss exchanged. If there was any stress, it evaporated in that moment.

What followed were breathtaking moments spent with friends and family. From portraits in the city to an amazing wedding reception set right in downtown Cleveland. The toasts were filled with laughter and love. Even a few tears were shed. And if I understand correctly, their amazing party went late into the night.

Speaking of night – Lisa, Dan, and I took a few minutes at the end of the night to capture a few photos set against the Cleveland skyline. I love these “end of night” photos, especially when we can catch the setting sun. Below are just a few highlights from Lisa & Dan’s beautiful wedding. I certainly hope you enjoy. For Lisa & Dan – I can’t thank you enough for having me as a small part of your wedding day. It’s been a thrill!

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