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Sami & JohnHuntington Beach Engagement Session

I can imagine how they met. Sitting next to each other in business class, noticing one another over time. An unnoticed glance from her. A hidden glance back from him. Bumping into one another at the home of a shared friend. A relationship that starts cool, but builds quickly. At least that’s how I imagine it in my head after talking to Sami and John during their Huntington Beach engagement session.

Like my wife and I, Sami and John started dating on Valentine’s Day. After a few years, they were engaged. As Sami tells it, she thought something was odd that Christmas Eve in the park. It was unusually warm for winter. Nonetheless, John gripped is jacket tight, sweating the whole time. They hiked for some time, eventually reaching a hidden bridge. He shed his unnecessarily thick jacket, producing a ring and a heart-felt proposal.

Now it’s nearly time to cross another bridge. In just a few short months, Sami and John will be sharing vows during their Cleveland wedding. Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time I’ve photographed Sami. She was also in her cousin’s wedding, which I captured earlier this year. Below, you can find some highlights from their Huntington Beach engagement session. We also had the opportunity to visit many other spots around downtown Cleveland. Hope you enjoy!

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Cleveland Wedding Photography at Westwood Country Club – Jacklyn & Adam

There stood Jacklyn’s wedding dress, lightly hung over a mannequin. Over the shoulders hung a bolero encrusted in silk flowers. Behind was a wall of bridesmaids dresses draped in front of the windows. Sunshine passing through the dresses perfumed the room with pink. This simple, elegant detail was an early sign for the day to come. Jacklyn and Adam’s wedding at Westwood Country Club would quickly become one of the most beautiful in my recent memory. Cleveland wedding photography can be erratic. There are cold winters, wet springs, breezy and stormy summers. This day, however, would run start to finish without a misplaced step.

Below are a couple of my favorite photographs. I love the contrast in the photo of Jacklyn getting ready with the assistance of her best friend. I also love the swirl and motion to her dress as she adjusts after putting on her shoes.

After the beautiful and emotional wedding ceremony at St. John’s Cathedral, we made a couple stops in downtown, and then headed for Westwood Country Club. We were lucky enough to have evening time on the golf course for portraits. All the while, the setting sun cast a peachy tone across the rolling green. What started in a bit of a rush, cooled into a relaxed pace as I worked with just Jacklyn & Adam. The amount of time we had for portraits turned out to be just perfect. We were able to get really strong images, but also easily make it to cocktail hour.

And the real party began with cocktail hour and carried right into the wedding reception. There was a high-energy toast by the Maid of Honor set to Vanilla Ice (srsly!), an emotional toast from Jacklyn’s dad, and even some end-of-night portraits outside. Definitely check out the highlights below. If you haven’t seen Jacklyn & Adam’s Cleveland engagement photos, I highly recommend checking them out as well.

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Tiffany & Rick – A Downtown Cleveland Engagement Session at Westside Market

I took one last stride out of the street, over the curb, and started to cross into the alley next to the market. I could feel the afternoon heat pulling perspiration to the surface when I heard Tiffany call. “Hunter!” she beckoned from behind and to the right. I stopped quick and spun around. There was Tiffany, standing just outside the Westside Market in the brilliant sun, holding Rick’s hand. I smiled, and exclaimed “Tiffany!” as I walked over and shook Rick’s hand.

We met in that spot for a reason. Tiffany and Rick commonly come to the market for shopping, or to spend lazy Sundays together. So it only made sense to start their engagement session at the Westside Market. We started to stroll down the alley adjacent the market and chat about the session. “I love coming the market,” Tiffany said with a smile, “I like slapping the watermelons.” Just as she said this, she beat out a short rhythm on stack of nearby melons. We spent the next hour walking around the market, while Tiffany and Rick simply did their shopping, making sure to visit their favorite vendors.

It might seem like a strange way to start an engagement session, but it makes sense when you think about it. It’s a comfortable activity that creates an easy feeling. The market is also part of Tiffany & Rick’s life together, so it fits well with their story. But with the shopping done, we headed out for other highlights from around the downtown area.

After a short drive, we found some privacy in the Flats neighborhood to continue their Cleveland city engagement session. Not to mention, we found a nice little spot with a stellar city view. It was clear by this point that Tiffany and Rick had shaken off the nerves. More relaxed, the session picked up a natural rhythm of it’s own, like melons drummed in the market. We’d take a few pictures, laugh a lot, walk around a bit, and take a few more photos. Eventually it was time for a chance in outfit and scenery. We hoped into the cars and quickly sped across town, just missing rush hour.

Both Tiffany and Rick looked so dashing together in their formal outfits. By now we had reached the Cleveland Museum of Art to finish their engagement session. The formal look of the museum was the perfect way to end their session together. And we had the entire grounds to ourselves. There was hardly a soul around. From start to finish, the entire engagement session was such an awesome experience. Since then, I’ve been patiently waiting to get the film back from the lab. When it finally arrived today, I immediately dove into the results. I absolutely love how everything turned out and hope you enjoy the highlights below.

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