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Kendra + Brad | A Lake Erie Building Wedding

This time of year is always the craziest for me. Editing all the fall weddings + sessions, designing last minute wedding albums before Christmas, and getting ready for all of those exciting holiday engagements. This year, it feels a little extra crazy. We’re getting a nursery set up, packing hospital bags, and folding all the baby clothes.

As my season ends every year, I get a little nostalgic. Being pregnant has made this the most nostalgic year yet. I’ve spent quite a bit of time lately thinking about how wonderful it has been to spend another year doing what I love, and meeting people who have changed me. I’m feeling overwhelmingly grateful to get to do what I truly love to do again and again. I knew that the last blog post I wrote before I left for maternity leave had to be a good one, and I don’t think I’ll disappoint.

Kendra + Brad’s wedding was lovely from start to finish. I’ve spent a few weekends this year at the Lake Erie Building and I love seeing it transform each time. This day was all Kendra + Brad. They made custom stickers and cozies for their guests. Kendra is a fashion designer and designed her dress, along with her bridesmaids’. And they had my absolute favorite guest book I’ve ever seen.

So with this wedding, I say farewell to 2019, and a big fat welcome to 2020.

Enjoy.

 

Venue | Lake Erie Building
Catering | Thyme Catering
Bride’s Dress | Designed by Bride – Lovers + Friends LA
Groom’s Tux | Express
Florals | Life In Bloom
Rings | Desert Wholesale Diamonds
Music | The Perfect Choice
Video | Racquel Ray

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Kylie + Paul | A Cuyahoga Valley National Park Engagement Session

Man, this winter’s been brutal. I’m the first one to appreciate a good snow storm, and I really don’t even mind getting bundled up to go outside. I generally really enjoy the winter time. But by the time March rolls around, I just want to be outside again. So on this particular twelve degree day, we did just that.

Kylie + Paul were referred to me by another photographer who wasn’t available to shoot their wedding, but if you ask me, it all feels a little like fate. Their wedding this October is actually on my own wedding anniversary, and if I’m being honest, I turned down a couple weddings for that day because I intended to keep the weekend open to celebrate with my husband. But once I learned all about Kylie + Paul, the wedding they’re having and the kind of people they are, there was no way I could turn them down.

Kylie + Paul live in Wheeling, WV and ventured to the arctic white north for their engagement session. I was so excited to finally meet them, and man they didn’t disappoint. They have no more experience in front of a camera than any other engaged couple, but their chemistry made all the difference. When two people are in love, and they allow themselves to forget about how cold it is, or what’s going on around them for a second, I can get images like these – open mouth laughs, genuine “warm me up” cuddles, and a little taste of what their love looks like in a single still frame. As an added bonus, we got to hang out with my friend Nick. He’s their wedding videographer, and he captured this whole session in motion! I can’t wait to see what kind of magic he worked.

Kylie + Paul,
I had the most incredible time getting to know both of you just a little bit better.
I’m happy to share October 12 with you. <3

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Savana + Nate | A Downtown Cleveland Wedding at Windows on the River

The morning I walked into Savana + Nate’s adorable home to begin photographing their wedding day, I felt like I belonged there. Savana has this wonderful way of making everyone feel welcome. As I’m sure you’ve heard me mention, I always think of a wedding day in terms of how it makes me feel. Throughout Savana + Nate’s wedding day, there were threats of winter weather. It monsooned during family photos. The power went out while we took photos in a brewery. Our schedule was determined by when the storm clouds rolled in and out.

But somehow, my most prominent memories were being warm and cozy in their home while Savana and her girls got ready. I remember when we stepped out on East 4th and the sun shined so brightly it took my eyes a minute to adjust. I remember the hugs and the tears. The way Nate made sure she was safe and warm while we walked down the street. The belly laughs and the warmth of the room as they danced for the first time as husband and wife.

Savana + Nate’s wedding felt like an evening by the fireplace with the people they love most.

& once again, I can’t believe I got to be the one to watch it all happen.

Venues
Ceremony | Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
Reception | Windows on the River

Hair | Shannon Hammond
Makeup | Ramona Dauksa
Bride’s Dress | Radiant Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal
Groom’s Tux | Men’s Warehouse
Florist | Countryside Florist
DJ | DJ Jesse Webb
Catering | Windows on the River
Cake | Wildflour Bakery
Transportation | Platinum Limo
Rings | Thurber’s
Invitations | Alexa Taylor Designs

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Tana + Nick | A Gordon Square and Edgewater Park Engagement Session

“Together, we’ll shine way too bright.
I see you squint those eyes.
Back in school I should’ve tried.
When life is failing, you’re my cheat sheet.”

Yeah, you’re my cheat sheet.

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Ben + Audrey | A Cleveland History Center Wedding

You know that feeling when a song can take you right back to your first slow dance? Or you get a whiff of that distantly familiar perfume your grandma always wore? I’m such a believer in the relation of seemingly minute details to the nostalgia it can later bring. When I photograph your wedding, I want to show it all to you.

I remember on Ben and Audrey’s wedding day, the steady pattern of clouds + sunshine. I remember Ben and his guys watching the office on their phone before the ceremony began. I remember the calm, unspoken love that I felt when I walked into Audrey’s hotel room at Glidden House where she was enjoying a slow morning with her girls. Most of all, I remember the sound of the Cleveland Air Show just before their ceremony began. To me, it wasn’t a nuisance, or unfortunate timing. It was just another one of those details to remember.

Ben + Audrey, Congratulations on your beautiful wedding, and more importantly, your beautiful marriage. I hope that every time you see these photos, it brings you right back to that day.

The sun, the clouds, and the airplanes.