"Ahh, young love." That's what comes to mind when I think about Emily and Collin's big day. They may be young, but they love each other fiercely. For Emily and Collin, their faith is the most important aspect of their lives, and they wanted their wedding day to reflect this. Despite it being a very rainy day at Nolan Barn in Wakeman, Ohio, friends and family from all over the United States huddled together inside to watch the bride and groom exchange vows, surrounded by the couple's prayerful family members and bridal party. After dinner, endearing toasts by the maid of honor (involving a blanket as an invitation to Collin for future sleepovers) and tearful father of the groom (not a dry eye in the house, people!) and of course, a dance party, the rain let up enough to allow for a sparkler exit for the bride and groom, sending them off into their next big adventure.
Off-the-Beaten-Path Northeast Ohio Engagement Session Location Ideas: Daffodil Hill and the Garfield Memorial at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, OH
Ok. I know what you're thinking. "Engagement session in a cemetery???" But this is one of Cleveland, Ohio's hidden gems, right next to Little Italy and University Circle. This is a season-specific idea, though. If you want a spring engagement session with lots of beautiful blooms, you've got to check Lake View Cemetery out.
PSA for Groomsmen: What is the most important thing to remember when you are standing up there beside the groom? DON'T, I repeat, DON'T lock your knees. Ryan's little brother learned that the hard way unfortunately, right in the middle of his big brother's wedding ceremony, and hit the deck (and by deck, I mean the church's stone floor). But after taking a seat for a bit, drinking some water, and undoubtedly feeling the sting to his dignity, he popped right back up there with a face that said, "Dang it, I'm a little brother, and I will NEVER live this down." This was one of the many laughs during Shelby and Ryan's wedding day in Oberlin, OH. The couple had their ceremony in a beautiful stone chapel right off the campus of Oberlin College before taking some pictures at Schoepfle Garden in Birmgingham, OH and then heading to the Lodge of New Russia Township in Oberlin, OH for their relaxed reception.
Marissa and Patrick are such a fun-loving couple, and they held their wedding celebration at Weymouth Country Club in Medina, OH. Their day was full of laughter and the most precious stolen glances between the two (and between the two and their dog, of course haha). Preceded by their bridal party donning neon shades, inflatable instruments, and "making it rain" monopoly money, the bride and groom had the most exciting entrance to a reception we saw all summer. The bride rode in on the groom's shoulders before he flipped her, spun her around, and placed her back on her feet. She then returned the favor before the cake cutting. Their humorous cake topper was a bride holding the groom in her arms, and Marissa insisted on emulating this and swept Patrick off his feet quite literally (see below). These two know how to party, and I suspect their marriage will be just as full of goofiness and laughs as their wedding day.
My name's Ashley, and I'm the photographer behind Ashley Deanna Photography. I am a fun and quirky wedding and engagement photographer serving Cleveland, OH, Akron, OH, and the Northeast Ohio region. Thanks for checking out the blog!