Monday, August 25, 2008

Stan Hywet

I love working at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens. It is always a pleasure to work in such a beautiful place. Since the wedding party was small we were able to use some places I hadn't been to before. The Japanese gardens are beautiful with low overhanging trees but fairly dark even in the middle of the day. Lauren and Kurt and their families were fun to work with and it was great working with Kurt's family again. We did most of the photography before the ceremony so we could use most of the grounds and be at the reception early without making the guests wait too long. Hats Off Entertainment got the reception rolling and we ended the evening with Lauren and Kurt walking past all the guests as they blew bubbles for the get-a-way.

Our Lady of Cedars

Angie and Ben were married Friday evening at Saint Augustine's in Barberton. It is a beautiful church but is currently undergoing a major repair project to fix the brick exterior. It was a challenge working around all the scaffolding without seeing it in the photographs. After the ceremony we stopped briefly at Lake Anna for a few photographs before rushing off to the reception at Our Lady of the Cedars. We all had a great time at the reception but they had to get up at 4:00 a.m. the next morning to go on their honeymoon! Thanks to everyone in the bridal party that so many nice things about us....we had a great time working with you too!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Occasions Party Center

I knew Nate and Irene were going to be fun and they didn't let me down! They weren't nervous at all before the ceremony and had me laughing all day. When Irene saw her father she lost it and Nate's mom Becki cried briefly when she saw Nate in his Tux. You could see in her eyes how proud she was! They were married at the Greenwood Christian Church in North Canton and the reception was at Occasion's party center.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Occasions Party Center

Friday night weddings are always fun but they go by quickly! Erin and Tom were married at the Louisville Church of Christ. The Church was decorated with rose petals and looked beautiful. After the ceremony we stopped by Tom's church by Lake Anna for a prayer and then a few photographs by the lake. We arrived at Occasions Party Center right before being introduced. The hall looked great as usual and the party got started right away. We were able to slip away briefly for a few moments of fresh air and a couple of photographs by the brick pillars. It was completely dark by then but I used my video light to add a nice touch of warmth to the end of a fantastic day!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Greek Orthodox Hall Akron

Saturday was a beautiful day for Rob and Amanda. They were married in Grace Episcopal Church in Ravenna. Amanda was very emotional as she came down the aisle but was very happy and all smiles afterward! We went to Buchtel Commons after the ceremony for a few photographs as it was only a few blocks from the Greek Orthodox Hall where they held the reception. They had been taking dance lessons for their big day and when they slipped off into a quiet place to practice I was able to capture a few images of them dancing alone in the dark room with some small colored windows that let in just a little of the setting sun.

Friday, August 15, 2008

St. Nicholas Banquet Center

Daniel and Christine were married at the Dewald Chapel on the Mount Union campus where Daniel was "man of the year". Since it was a Friday night wedding and they wanted a lot of photographs around the campus we did all the photography before the ceremony. We spent several hours walking around the area with their closest friends and had a blast!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Sheraton in Independance

I'm back after a short week off to rest and get recharged and Jake and Stephanie were a great couple to come back to! They were married in the Church of the Assumption in Broadview Heights. Her father Ray got a little choked-up as they came down the aisle but that always makes for great emotional, story-telling images! After the ceremony we went to a Gazebo in the center of Brecksville and then to the Brecksville reservation. The reception was at the Sheraton in Independance where lots of natural light flooded the hall and made for some beautiful images. I have never heard a funnier speech than Carl (the best man) gave for a toast! A leopard print booth in the adjacent dining room was a great place for Jake and Stephanie to share a quiet moment and finish up the evening.