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Category: Weddings

Breanna and Kevin's Wedding
A Parking Lot and Polish Pottery

Wedding at St. Raphael, Bay Village and The Shipyards, Lorain Our story begins literally in a parking lot at Cleveland State University, where Breanna asked Kevin for directions, and the strangers went their separate ways. With some encouragement later, Kevin left a note with his name and number on Breanna’s car. Nine years later they were married, and what a magnificent wedding it was! Kevin and his family are the owners of Polish Pottery in...

Alyssa and Jimmy's Wedding
A Wedding Among the Wildflowers
Event Date 08/26/2023
Categories Weddings

1885 Farms Wedding in Navarre, Ohio Concealed on 50 sprawling acres of wildflowers in Navarre, Ohio, is the charming 1885 Farms. The octagon-shaped barn is immersed with history and surrounded by a sea of assorted wildflowers. It really is a fairytale setting for a wedding, while a 75-degree day made it even more memorable for Alyssa and Jimmy. Alyssa and Jimmy were glowing all day, and for good reason…their wedding had it all! Just a few of...

Kat and Jason's Wedding
October Skies Are Going to Clear Up

Wedding at Vell’s Event Center, Medina, Ohio At their engagement session (seen here), I really bonded with Kat and Jason. So much, I started calling them my cousins. So when their wedding day, October 28, 2023, started out cold and overcast with misty rain, I felt so bad for them. But, shortly after their first-look reveal at Carol Ludwig Mugrage Park in Medina, the clouds parted, the sun illuminated the fall colors, and it warmed up 15-20...

Abbey and Logan's Wedding
An Unforgettable Stop at Gilmour Academy

Wedding at St. Paschal Baylon and La Vera Party Center October 1, 2022 was one extraordinary day. Abbey and Logan’s venues were classic in St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church for their ceremony, and La Vera Party Center for their reception, but having the grounds of Gilmour Academy to ourselves in between was extra special. The Old English backdrop allows for spectacular textures, but it was our couple and bridal party that truly shined. Enjoying...

Chakira and Joshea's Wedding
Grace Abounds at Gervasi
Event Date 09/24/2022
Location Gervasi Vineyard
Categories Weddings

Gervasi Vineyard Wedding Gervasi Vineyard is an enchanted location, and very much has a destination-wedding ambience. Chakira and Joshea’s big day took place at the Villa Grande, a venue that has charm, grace and warmth, just as Chakira and Joshea. Portrait locations are in abundance from the vineyards and grand entrance, to the lake and willow trees, but one of our favorite moments was simply taking a break halfway, so Chakira and Joshea could...

Erika and Greg's Wedding
Kingwood Majesty

Wedding at Kingwood Center Gardens, Mansfield, Ohio Upon meeting Erika and Greg for the first time, Erika recounted that she grew up in Mansfield and always dreamed of having her wedding at Kingwood Center Gardens. Kingwood Hall was built in 1926, the home of Charles Kelley King. Following his death in 1952, the 47-acre estate opened to the public, featuring several gardens with extraordinary and diverse floral displays. It is a destination unlike...

Kristianna and Nathan's Wedding
Overcast Skies, Overjoyed Day

White Birch Barn Wedding, Medina Friday, October 7 was a chilly, overcast day, but there was no way it would curtail the love, joy and excitement this wedding day was predestined to be. Kristianna and Nathan are a couple of great faith, and even though it started raining for few minutes right when they kissed during the outdoor ceremony, everyone focused on the good luck the rain symbolized. It cleared out shortly after for some glorious rustic...

Nicole and Vinny's Wedding
A Spectacular Setting
Event Date 09/18/2021
Categories Weddings

Stan Hywet Hall Wedding Oh, how I love Stan Hywet Hall in Akron, Ohio. The picturesque grounds offer backdrops that can not be found elsewhere, including the English Garden and reflection pond, a long trellis, and my favorite, birch tree alley. Nicole and Vinny had a smaller, intimate wedding, surrounded by loved ones and a two-member bridal party. The affection commenced with two first-look reveals between Nicole and her dad, and then Vinny. We...

Melisa and Kyle's Wedding
Happy Days…Lodge.

Peninsula, Ohio Wedding May 7, 2022 started a little chilly, but quickly turned into a warm, picture perfect day. The leaves were just starting to bud, creating a fairytale setting for Melisa and Kyle. The backdrop was the woods of the Happy Days Lodge in Peninsula, Ohio, part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. A spirited bridal party, loving families, and the most delightful and charming bride and groom made for an impeccable day…happy...