Lauren and Daniel flew in from San Francisco for a winter engagement session. It is always wonderful to get to know our couples and their personalities through an engagement session. When we show up for their wedding, it is like meeting up with friends! We started the shoot at Sagamore Hills. There had been a light dusting of snow the night before, which set the perfect winter scenery for photography. We then progressed to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, shooting around Brandywine Falls.
There was a light snow on the ground as we shot Amy and Mike’s engagement session at Patterson’s Fruit Farm and Orchard Hills Park. Typically, we photograph couples at Patterson’s Fruit Farm on their wedding day, so it was delightful to be able to hike back into the woods behind Patterson’s. The ponds and the forests were quite lovely, especially on a winter afternoon.
Bethany and Chris had a lovely engagement session in the Gorge in Cuyahoga Falls. This couple has a quiet chemistry that is absolutely delightful to watch! It was a winter afternoon, and while the weather was cold, it was not unpleasant. We got to hike around, watching the river down below, and chatting about work and wedding plans. Bethan and Chris can’t wait to get married at the end of the summer at the Unity Chapel of Light in Tallmadge, with their reception at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls.
Congratulations Dustin and Danielle! I had the amazing privilege of photographing Dustin dropping down on one knee in the rain last night on New Year’s Eve. A few days before Dustin and I did some location scouting at the Sheraton and decided to use a private balcony over looking the falls and gorge of the Cuyahoga River. Their friends setup special lighting and photos help set the mood and memories. It was pouring the whole night as I waited outside for them (maybe like 10 minutes, but I was in my favorite Outdoor Research jacket). It was simply amazing! Hope to see you two soon!
Cara and Jared had a sparkling winter wedding at the Ballroom at Park Lane in University Circle in Cleveland.
This couple met online and have delighted in getting to know each other. They were very excited to get married and spend forever together. Both Cara and Jared have huge hearts and are meant for each other. Jared used to work with Cleveland homeless. Now he works with people students working to complete their GEDs and getting them into the workforce. Cara works with fundraising for a private school in Cleveland.
Hanna and Greg had a lovely engagement session at Patterson’s Fruit Farm in Chesterland, Ohio. They flew in from where they are living in Texas to see family and take care of some of the wedding details. This couple was happy to experience fall, even if it was a bit chilly.
We walked the Patterson’s grounds, enjoying the maple trees collecting maple syrup, the apple trees, ready to be picked, and the fantastic pumpkin patch. Hanna and Greg were very cute together as we talked about life, weddings, and marriage.
We had a wonderful engagement shoot with Jennifer and Jimmy at the University of Akron. During the shoot, we got to learn all about Jimmy’s current research project as well as hearing what Jennifer was up to at the bank.
It was really fun watching Jennifer and Jimmy talk about their university days, as they met at the University of Akron. They would talk about different buildings they had stayed in or had classes in.
Tarah and Nick were absolutely delightful for the engagement shoot at Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and at the Cuyahoga River in Peninsula! It was wonderful to hang out with a couple completely comfortable being themselves.
We started our journey at Brandywine Falls, enjoying the fall color that finally was starting to shine. As we walked around the falls and into the woods, we got to know each other. Tarah and Nick are a fun-loving couple, always ready for an adventure.
Kyna and Vincent got married on a beautiful October day at Landoll’s Mohican Castle in Mohican Ohio. The ceremony and reception was sweet and meaningful to the couple.
Kyna and Vince first laid eyes on each other in the summer of 2011. Their best friends were in a relationship and made the introduction. There was a connection, but Kyna lived in Columbus and Vince lived in Sandusky. As the summer progressed, they talked and saw each other sparingly.
Dave and Jess had a beautiful ceremony at St. Bridget of Kildare Church in Parma, Ohio, followed by a lovely reception at St. Demetrio's Cultural Hall in Rocky River.
Dave and Jess met on St. Patrick’s Day at the University of Dayton. Jess was in town visiting a friend while Dave was attending the university. They discovered that they both lived in Cleveland and so thought that they would see each other over the summer.
Kaitlin and John had a terrific wedding at the Hynes Hill Convention Center in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Both Kaitlin and John love the outdoors and were pleased to celebrate their union together in the beautiful park.
Kaitlin and John met through a social activity and have spent their time since enjoying the outdoors and their Rhodesian Ridgeback dog, Arrow.
Kaitlin and Eric had a spectacular wedding at The Antrim 1844, a historic mansion in Taneytown, Maryland. On this twenty-four-acre estate, they celebrated their love and commitment to each other in the presence of friends and family.
Mindi and Andrew had an adventurous wedding in the rain and Landoll’s Mohican Castle! This couple met on a ride home from school in a friend’s car. They became close. A lot of life happened and now they are tremendously happy to be committing their lives to each other!
Maria and Jake had a delightful wedding at St. Albert the Great’s Church in North Royalton, Ohio followed by a great reception at the Columbia Ballroom in Columbia Station Ohio.
This couple met through a mutual friend, Julie. Julie and Jake grew up together and she introduced Maria and Jake at a tailgating party for a Brown’s Game. Both Maria and Jake are huge Brown’s fans and it is their favorite time of year. After only three months of dating, Maria’s dad became very sick and Jake stepped up, helping around the house. Maria says that Jake is such a blessing in both her life and her family’s. He took on a huge role after knowing her for only a couple of months. The two fell in love and are now married!
Chelsea and Ryan are getting married next June and it was exciting to shoot their engagement photos in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We started by hiking down to Blue Hen Falls, enjoying the warm weather and the waterfall. After a bit, we headed down to Buttermilk Falls, taking full advantage of the river along the way. The couple was happy to splash in the water for a romantic September evening hike. We are excited to celebrate their wedding with them in a couple of months.
We had a great hike for Katie and John’s engagement shoot. This couple from Michigan loves the outdoors, so a hike at The Ledges in Cuyahoga Valley National Park seemed perfectly suited for them. We got to know Katie and John as we walked and can’t wait to celebrate their wedding with them in a couple of weeks!
Jen and Matt are an adventurous couple and had a terrific wedding at Landoll’s Mohican Castle. They smiled through the rain and celebrated with friends and family!
Matt and Jen met at REI and started dating by going on bike rides. They had their first kiss in a hammock at Jen’s backyard in German Village. Jen and Matt continued to spend their time together traveling and enjoying the outdoors. They love to do pretty much anything outsie. From biking to rock climbing, kayaking to hiking, they are happy to live out the adventurous life. Of course, their dog Nigel joins them for most of their adventures!
Breanna and Doran pledged their love for each other at the up and coming Barn at Wolf Creek in Akron, Ohio. The day could not have been more beautiful, only matched in beauty by Breanna as she married her best friend.
Hayley's beautiful smile was radiant throughout Brandon and Hayley's entire wedding! She was getting married to her best friend and it was easy for friends and family alike to see how incredibly happy this made her.
Madison and Dave had an extraordinary wedding at Patterson's Fruit Farm. From the wreath of flowers on Madison's head to the dancing that lasted well into the night, this couple had a remarkable day that spoke of their adventurous personalities and their love for each other.
Mindi and Andrew were ready for an adventure on their delightful June engagement shoot near Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Falls National Park. It was fantastic having the opportunity to hike a creek while getting to know a great couple.
Brian and I had the pleasure to get to know Milana and Brandon during their photoshoot in Cuyahoga Falls National Park. We enjoyed talking about life, work, and the upcoming wedding. It was exciting to watch this couple interact with each other as we were hiking about.
Angela and Matthew spent their wedding day surrounded by friends and close family, making it an extremely special event. They had a Lake Erie wedding, getting married at Lyman Harbor, with all the roller coasters of Cedar Point in the distance.
Jen and Phil had a fantastic wedding Holy Rosary in Little Italy and a high energy reception at Patterson’s Fruit Farm! It was wonderful to see this couple commit their lives to each other in an intimate and beautiful way.
Dana and Danny committed their lives together on a beautiful Saturday in May. This couple loves the more outdoors and adventurous side of life, so getting married at Happy Days Lodge in Cuyahoga Valley National Park was perfect for their personalities.