Katie & Kirk | Kelleys Island WeddingDecember 2, 2014

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I don’t think it’s possible to have too much joy at a wedding (the more, the better, right?), but Katie and Kirk had the most joy-filled wedding I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. Looking back at these photos from a few months ago takes me right back to that happy, perfect summer day when these two tied the knot. I love how neither of them holds back with their emotions. It makes for some sweet, sweet photos.

Let me tell you about this couple: As a kid, Katie spent her summers on Kelleys Island. She loves the island life and has happy memories from her Kelleys Island summers. After growing up and attending college, she decided to move to Australia (let me repeat that … she MOVED to Australia!) to be with Kirk, a British guy who had also relocated to the sunny country. Together, they are hilarious (HIL-AR-IOUS!) and so kind-hearted and FUN. Katie and Kirk’s friends and family traveled from all across the world–and that is no joke!–to celebrate with them in Kelleys Island … a place that means so much to Katie and her family.

Katie and Kirk, Nathan and I were truly honored to capture your special day on camera. Thanks for keeping us laughing every minute and making us feel right at home. Much love to you guys!

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There is so much love in Katie’s family!

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You are the absolute cutest, Katie! You were a beautiful, laid back, effortless bride!

Also … Katie and Kirk shared the sweetest first look …

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Like I said … lots of laughter. :)

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And now, let me take a minute to tell you about Kirk’s groomsmen. They were the funniest, most inappropriate British guys I’ve ever met. Every last one of them. They basically had me crying from laughter the whole day.

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And then Katie gave her groom a guitar. #bestweddinggiftever

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Katie’s sweet dad decorated their house in flags from every country represented at their wedding. SO cool, right?

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Kirk and his mom did the best mother/son dance ever. Again, I was weeping from laughter. Weeping!

And then we capped off one heck of a wedding with sunset portraits on Lake Erie …

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Ceremony: Kelleys Island Venture Resort
Reception: Kelleys Island Town Hall
Caterer: Mesenburg
Florist: Patti Fresh
DJ: Rock and Roll Express
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Guy’s Suits: Zara
Honeymoon: St. Lucia + Jamaica!

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Katie & Mason | Rockefeller’s Cleveland Heights Wedding on FilmOctober 24, 2014

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Katie and Mason are college sweethearts and really, really cool people. They’re patient, kind to everyone, and appreciate quirky, artsy details. At my very first meeting with Katie and Mason, we talked about film photography and I knew I had to start shooting film before I photographed their wedding. When people understand what inspires you and why, you better believe that they will inspire you. I had so much fun pulling out my Mamiya at this awesome wedding because I knew Katie and Mason would appreciate it.

From Katie about Mason: “I feel safe with him. He pushes me to do things I wouldn’t normally do. He is usually funny (wink!). I like art and he’s good at it.”

From Mason about Katie: “She inspires me to enjoy everything around me in a way that I could never do on my own.”

See? Really cool people. Katie and Mason, I love how thoughtful you two are. I appreciate your sense of style and attention to detail. I like that you’re reserved but aren’t afraid to laugh at yourselves. I’m so grateful you two picked me as your wedding photographer, and I’ll remember your day for a long, long time. The best to you guys and your future!

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Katie wore an altered version of her mom’s wedding dress. Not only was it a sweet personal touch, the dress look stunning on Katie!

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Katie, I want to be you when I grow up. You’re so classy and elegant!

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The Alcazar Hotel in Cleveland Heights was the perfect backdrop for this artsy couple’s ceremony.

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These film portraits make me swoon. Thank you for appreciating the aesthetic of film as much as I do, you guys!

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Then it was off to Rockefeller’s Restaurant in Cleveland Heights for their untraditional reception!

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Katie and Mason opted to have an informal reception full of dancing when you felt like it, talking and laughing with the people they loved most, and the most delicious spread of food ready for the taking. There were no assigned seats and no rules! I loved it!

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And then we headed outside to catch the last light from that beautiful day.

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Ceremony: Alcazar Hotel
Reception: Rockefeller’s Restaurant
Florist: Countryside Florist
Band: Hot Djang
Makeup and Hair: Ladies and Gentlemen Salon
Bride’s Dress: Mother’s dress, updated by Miranda’s Vintage Bridal
Bride’s shoes: Michael Kors
Honeymoon: Paris and Nice, France!

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Lauren & Matt | Windows on the River Cleveland WeddingOctober 7, 2014

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One of my favorite things about Lauren and Matt–aside from the fact that they’re high school sweethearts!–is how genuine they are. These two are class acts and so are their friends and family. I feel like I say this about all my clients … but that’s because I have the best clients! Lauren and Matt  had perma-smiles the whole day and were just such a joy to be around.

Lauren and Matt, thank you for your fantastic attitudes and willingness to have fun and laugh in front of my camera. Your wedding is one of my most memorable of 2014, and I’m so grateful to have been your photographer. Lots of love and happiness to you two.

A special shout out to my friend Carolyn of Carolyn Ann Photography for second shooting with me!

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Lauren, you were such a beautiful bride!

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What a fabulous wedding party!

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Thanks, Carolyn, for this gorgeous photo!

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You guys are so fun. :)

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After photographing portraits downtown and in the Flats, we headed to Windows on the River for the reception. This was my first time shooting there and it didn’t disappoint!

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Ceremony: Saint Albert the Great
Reception: Windows on the River
Florist: Creations by Lynn
Cake: Wild Flour Bakery
DJ: Jerry Bruno (Dan Cormier)
Makeup and Hair: Chatterbox Hair Salon
Bride’s Dress: Coming Attractions, Mori Lee

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Cristy & Denney | Patterson Fruit Farm WeddingSeptember 29, 2014

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I’ll never forget getting that call from Cristy the morning of her wedding. Her son who had been at basic training with the Army was going to be able to get back in time for their wedding after all, and could we move up the timeline a bit to accommodate that? I knew how important family was to both Cristy and Denney, and having met her three fantastic kids it was a no brainer. Of course we would make a last-minute switch to the timeline, even if it meant compromising some photo time.

This is the thing about weddings. We–vendors (read: me), brides and grooms, family members–can get so caught up in making sure every single moment is planned perfectly, but when it comes right down to it, it’s the messy, unpredictable, spontaneous moments that end up being the most memorable and the most cherished. It’s looking past the wedding day and realizing that five years from now is just as, if not more, important than the day you say “I do.” I so appreciated that Cristy and Denney had the sense to throw away the timeline that everyone said they should have so they could fully feel and live the most important parts of their day. Not the details, not the smooth transitions and two+ hours of photos, but the family that surrounded them. I will remember their wedding for as long as I do this job. It was full of all good things.

Cristy and Denney, I learned so much from you during our time together. Just being around your family and friends was a testament to your character, and I really respect the way you put family first every time. Thanks a million times over for inviting to share in your day. I loved every minute!

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Cristy and Denney had a first look in Patterson Fruit Farm’s beautiful meadow. It was like a dream!

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Isn’t Cristy’s bouquet perfectly feminine and whimsical? Heather of Fair Rarity is extraordinarily talented with florals. Do yourself a favor and check her out if you’re looking for a florist!

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The ceremony was so emotional and included Cristy’s daughters, which was a beautiful touch.

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And then Cristy’s son arrived after months of being away …

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This was truly one of the coolest things I’ve ever photographed.

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And THEN all five of the family members shared a dance …

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What a gorgeous evening for a gorgeous couple!

Ceremony & Reception: Patterson Fruit Farm
Florist: Fair Rarity
Caterer: John Roberts
Band: Flat Foot
DJ: Anthony Ciresi
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal

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