Should I Do a First Look?

First looks are one of the best parts of the wedding! In a first look, you get to experience the emotions of the wedding day in an intimate moment. You are looking spectacular and you get to see each other without a couple hundred people looking at you. I don’t know about you, I tend to put on my game face when I am in front of a crowd. Having a first look allows you and your best friend fully feel the joy and excitement as a couple.

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Lauren + Daniel's Engagement Session at Cuyahoga Valley National Park at Sagamore Hills, Ohio | Cleveland Wedding Photographer

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.

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Amy + Mike's Engagement Session at Orchard Hills in Chesterland, Ohio | Cleveland Wedding Photography

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.

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Bethany + Chris's Engagement Session in the Gorge in Cuyahoga Falls | Akron Wedding Photographers

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.

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Dustin + Danielle's New Year's Eve Proposal in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio at the Sheraton

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!

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Cara + Jared's Christmas Wedding at the Ballroom at Parklane | Cleveland Wedding Photography

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.

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