Melanie and Alex's Veteran's Day Wedding at The Historic Onesto in Canton

Melanie and Alex met in the United States Air Force. They have traveled all over the world and seen amazing sites, and are currently stationed in Utah. I am thrilled that they chose Canton, Ohio on this beautiful Veteran’s Day weekend, to begin their adventure as Husband and Wife. Their friends and family came from all over to celebrate with them!

Melanie and her Bridesmaids got ready at the Sorrento Villa at Gervasi Vineyard

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Alex and his Groomsmen met at The Historic Onesto for a few getting ready photos before heading to the stunning Basilica of St. John the Baptist, to prepare for the ceremony.

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It was VERY cold and windy, but everyone had an amazing attitude and braved the elements for the sake of their photos! Photos were very important to this couple and because we had a plan in place prior to the wedding, we were able to quickly move through all of the Bridal Party and Bride and Groom photos and I am in love with the results! We started at Monument Park in Canton.

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Second on the list was Downtown Canton for these amazing city shots.

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Finally, the reception at the beautiful Historic Onesto. Friends and Family (many of them in the military), from all over the country gathered for this amazing party. Party Shirts, Giant Dinosaurs and non-stop dancing were led by Bob Hickman from Mobile Jams.

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The Barn on Enchanted Acres Wedding | Ashley and Bruce

I have heard sooo much about this venue…how amazing and beautiful it is and finally I got to see it for myself! So gorgeous! Sitting among rolling Ohio hills with tall grass and wildflowers, The Barn on Enchanted Acres truly lives up to its name. I especially love the outdoor ceremony site which is nestled among tall grass and lush greenery. The flowers were also done by the owner of the venue! Bruce was the most sweet and emotional groom, from the First Look and throughout the entire day. He couldn’t take his eyes off of Ashley and teared up several times! Here are just a few of my favorites!

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Canton Ohio Wedding | Downtown Canton | Canton Art District and Monument Park

He proposed to her with a dozen of her favorite yellow roses and that bright sunny color was seen in many details of their wedding.  Anyone who spends time with Kris and Beth can see their love for each other.  It's adorable the way her face lights up when she sees him and the way he thoughtfully cares for her.  Their wedding ceremony took place at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Canton, Ohio and we followed the ceremony with photos at Monument Park and the Art District in downtown Canton.  Rain stayed away (barely) and we had a perfect evening followed by the reception at La Pizzaria in Canton.  Here are a few of my favorite moments!

Ceremony:  St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church | Reception:  La Pizzaria | Bridesmaids Dresses:  Nordstrom (Show me your MuMu) Bride's Gown:  BHLDN (Jenny Yoo) | Bride's Shoes:  Badley Mischka | Men's Attire:  Ralph Lauren and Perry Ellis | Florals:  Nikki's Perfect Petal Design

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The Barn and Gazebo in Salem Boho Summer Wedding | Jesse and Sarah

Sarah and Jesse came from worlds apart.  Sarah was in a military family and didn't stay in one place too long.  Jesse grew up in a small town with generations of his family close by.  Spend a few minutes with them, however, and you know they are a match made in Heaven.  They envisioned a beautiful boho-inspired wedding at the rustic Barn and Gazebo in Salem, Ohio.  Everything came together beautifully!  Check out some of my favorite images from their gorgeous day!

Vendors Who Made This Day Amazing:

Venue:  The Barn and Gazebo | Florist: Nikki's Perfect Petal Designs | Cake:  Gearhart Custom Cakes | DJ: Brooks Music | Video:  Swept Away Video | Bridesmaids Dresses:  Revelry | Bride's Gown:  Radiant Bride | Groom and Groomsmen Attire:  American Commodore Tuxedo 

 

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Dia and John October | Stambaugh Auditorium | Mill Creek Park | Youngstown Wedding | Photographer

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.  ~Anne of Green Gables

October in Ohio (especially the first half), is the most beautiful time of year in my opinion.   It's true, the sun starts to set a bit earlier and there is a chill in the air, but the light and vivid colors are truly magical.  Dia and John's wedding was a dream to photograph and be a part of.  Not only are they an absolutely gorgeous couple, they are down to earth and kind people.  They were also up for anything and had no problem going to more than one location for photos!  This was my first time at Stambaugh Auditorium which was such a cool venue!  I have to say, I really loved Youngstown!  There were SO many beautiful places to take pictures.  We started at the Rose Garden (with that overlook gah!) and then headed to Mill Creek Park, finally finishing with a few last minute photos at their reception venue, The Avalon, before the sun set.  Every detail and every moment was truly gorgeous!  

Abby and Craig | September Peacock Ridge Wedding | Photographer | Akron Ohio

Ohhhhh this wedding!  One word comes to mind...STUNNING.  Abby and Craig wanted a barn wedding that had touches of formality and glamour and just a touch of rustic.  They were totally able to achieve their dream at Peacock Ridge and with the help of Pink Petal Florist.  What I love about this venue is that although it is a barn, it has an elegance and serenity that is unusual at most most other barn venues.  Sunsets at Peacock Ridge are second to none, and it was a necessity to take advantage of Golden Hour to get the bulk of our formal shots.  

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Abby and Craig | September Peacock Ridge Wedding | Photographer | Akron Ohio

Ohhhhh this wedding!  One word comes to mind...STUNNING.  Abby and Craig wanted a barn wedding that had touches of formality and glamour and just a touch of rustic.  They were totally able to achieve their dream at Peacock Ridge and with the help of Pink Petal Florist.  What I love about this venue is that although it is a barn, it has an elegance and serenity that is unusual at most most other barn venues.  Sunsets at Peacock Ridge are second to none, and it was a necessity to take advantage of Golden Hour to get the bulk of our formal shots.  

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Heidi and Daniel ~ An Acacia Reservation Wedding | Beachwood Ohio

A blind date. These are not typically successful but this one was different.  They both knew when they walked out of Starbucks that night that it wasn't going to end there.  What I find so amazing about Daniel and Heidi's love story is the way their lives were parallel for so many years yet it took that date to finally put them face to face.  They went to the same high school and after they graduated, ended up living in the same neighborhood, neither having a clue the other existed.  As Heidi puts it, "We must have passed each other a hundred times in the hallways of CVCA, or heard each others names in a study hall or during lunch". After high school they both moved away, to different states, but in the summer of 2014 both returned.  Daniel purchased a cute little house in Cuyahoga Falls and Heidi moved in with her parents to finish her classes at KSU which just happened to be a few blocks away!  The funny part is even though they lived so close it took a blind date, arranged by a friend from TEXAS to finally put them in front of each other...and it was magic.  From that point on they were inseparable.  

Heidi and Daniel, it was a pleasure to capture your wedding day.  Everything was magical, just like your story.  I wish you the best as you begin your 'Happily Ever After'.  

  1. DRESS STORE:  David's Bridal
  2. GROOM'S ATTIRE:  Men's Warehouse
  3. CEREMONY VENUE:  Christ Community Chapel, Hudson Ohio
  4. RECEPTION VENUE:  Acacia Reservation
  5. FLORIST:  Bauman's Florist
  6. DJ:  MC DJ Company
  7. CATERING:  Dino's Catering
  8. CAKE:  Giant Eagle Bakery

 

 

 

  

Emily and Broc's Sunflower Themed Wedding at Peacock Ridge

I love when I have the opportunity to photograph weddings of people I know.  I have known Emily since she was in high school (I did her prom pictures!) and when she called me last year to ask me to shoot her wedding I was thrilled.  I was even more excited when I found out her wedding venue was Peacock Ridge.  Peacock Ridge has the most amazing backdrop for sunsets and we were able to get some "golden hour" photos that I adore!  

They really worked hard to make their wedding special and unique to them.  I loved that their fathers preformed the music for their First Dance.  Emily's father played the keyboard and Broc's father sang and played the guitar.  Beautiful!  

One hilarious part of the evening was when the Bride and Groom dressed up as Freddy Krueger and "Jason" for the cutting of the cake.  I'm sure guests won't soon forget seeing Freddy and Jason cut the cake with a machete and a super-sized claw! 

Emily and Broc have such a great family and group of friends who made the day full of laughter and wonderful memories.  It was my privilege to be a part of their wedding day!   

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Andrea and Billy's Classic Wedding at Water's Edge in Louisville and Memorial Park in Canton

There were so many beautiful aspects of this wedding that it was difficult to pick photos for a blog post.  Andrea got ready at her childhood home with her closest friends and family around her.  The beautiful ceremony took place at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Canton.  We had plenty of time between the wedding and reception so we took a quick trip to Memorial Park in Canton and got some fun pictures by the monument before heading over to Water's Edge in Louisville for the cocktail hour and reception. 

This was the first time for me at Water's Edge and it was lovely.  Beautiful grounds, buildings and a pretty vinyard in the back.   Guests enjoyed a Pigroast at the cocktail reception before moving on to the full reception which was absolutely gorgeous.  It was the perfect backdrop for this elegant wedding.  

Venue:  Waters Edge Vinyards | Flowers:  Forever Flowers | Cake:  Westside Bakery  Dress:  Wendy's Bridal  Groom's Attire:  Men's Warehouse

Ashley and Aaron's Navy Blue and White Wedding at Firestone Country Club

What I love most about Aaron and Ashley is the way they look at each other.  The connection they have is undeniable. They truly made the focus on them as a couple and did not have a bridal party which I thought was really sweet since it's obvious that their best friends are each other! We had a great day, despite the strong chances of rain.  We were able to take some time and get some beautiful shots outside at the Firestone Country Club.  Gorgeous florals created by Bouquet Studio! 

S'More's and Hot Cocoa Styled Wedding Shoot

When Damara with Reinspired Bride approached me about doing a styled wedding shoot in October (the busiest time for those of us in the wedding industry), I immediately said yes even though I knew it was going to be a challenge!  All of us had weddings that Saturday, so we decided to do it on Sunday.  We really wanted to take advantage of the gorgeous Ohio fall colors!  Damara's vision was basically a rustic yet beautiful country elopement.  This wedding is for the couple who wants something simple and easy to put together yet still keep it gorgeous and filled with little details to make the day memorable.  I'm really thrilled with how it turned out, especially for our first one and was even more excited to have our shoot featured here.

We had a dream team who made this vision a reality!  I highly recommend ALL of these vendors to couples!

  1. Wedding Planner (All decor and design, signage):  ReInspired Bride
  2. Florist:  Nikki's Perfect Petal Design
  3. Cake:  A Cupcake A Day
  4. Dress:  The Dress Medina
  5. Invitations:  Paper Twigs
  6. Makeup Artist:  Purrfect Face
  7. Furniture:  Cushman Trade Co

 

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Chelsea and Evan's Beautiful Fall Wedding in Dover, Ohio and the Krassas Event Center in Canton, Ohio

I met Chelsea and Evan last winter in the middle of a snowstorm, a stark contrast to the warm and colorful day they had for their wedding.  There is a reason why October is such a popular month for weddings and this particular one really shows why! After a lovely ceremony at St. John's United Church of Christ in Dover, we headed over to the Warther's Museum for pictures!   This was my last wedding of 2015 and it was truly a pleasure! 

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