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Kiva + CJ – An Intimate Lake Erie Wedding

This year’s seen quite a few pivots – cancelled + delayed sports seasons, virtual church services, and so much home cooking. The wedding industry is certainly no exception.

Although the perfect location for Kiva + CJ’s wedding never changed, their guest list did. So on the fourth of July, in her parents’ backyard, Kiva married her love with only the closest of family members as witnesses. Somehow my name was lucky enough to end up on that list.

CJ’s son took photos right alongside me (the only competition I’ll always accept), their neighbors watched from a distance, and confetti fell as Kiva + CJ finally became husband + wife.

Those after ceremony, blissful newlywed moments are one of those times life just stands still. These are the moments they’ll think back on for the rest of their lives. With only the gentle waves crashing as our soundtrack, we took these photos.

I’ll never forget this day.

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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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Greg + Deana | A Hines Hill Wedding in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

It was the first day that the temperatures had dropped just enough to remind us that fall was coming. Greg + Deana have built their life together. They have two precious kids (you’ll see quite a bit of them soon) who they spent all their most special wedding moments with. If you watch my instagram stories, you may have seen a couple of these photos already. One of my favorite moments of the day was when Greg surprised Deana with a painting of one of her favorite engagement photos. Her face was everything.

I often speak with my clients about the importance of not just the look of their wedding, but the feeling it leaves them with.

Greg + Deana’s wedding had all the elements to make a wedding day feel good. They spent the whole day on this gorgeous property, allowing plenty of time to spend with the ones they love most. I hope that when they look back at these images years from now, it brings them right back to the perfectly “just cool enough” day that they vowed to spend their lives together.

Venue | Hines Hill
Catering | Old Carolina Barbeque
Bride’s Dress | Galleria Gowns
Groom’s Tux | Men’s Wearhouse
Florals | The Petal Place
Desserts | Cake + Donuts
Calligraphy | The Bride
Painting | Melanie Domzalski
DJ | Cleveland Music Group

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Madison + Jason | A Cleveland Wedding at Tenk West Bank

I’ve been looking forward to Madison + Jason’s wedding since December 20, 2017 – the day Madison first inquired. It quickly became clear that we were a match made in wedding heaven, and their engagement session the following summer definitely confirmed that.

I was honestly so excited to wake up this beautiful June day and watch Madison + Jason finally have the wedding they’ve been waiting for. Their love for each other is evident in every laugh, hand hold, and sweet word they say to each other. Their first look felt like a movie you’ve been waiting years to see, and her walk down the aisle was the culmination of all the days + years before them.

Sometimes when I shoot a wedding, I feel like a vendor they’ve hired for the day – maybe because I am.

But my favorite weddings are the ones where I feel like an old friend. This was one of those.

Madison + Jason,

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to see your newlywed life unfold together. You’re going to be so dang great at this marriage thing, and at everything else life throws your way.