In the weeks leading up to Christine and Daniel’s big day, I met the couple and their parents at the stunning ThornCreek Winery and Gardens in Aurora, OH, to go over the plans for the day, discuss the schedule and make sure everything was ready to go from my end. While we toured the site and walked through the planned outdoor location for the ceremony, Christine told me what Plan B would be — moving the ceremony to a separate covered location on the property. Sure enough, the skies opened up that morning, the outdoor plans had to be scrapped and Plan B was activated.
Even with all of those things on their minds, Rochelle and Stephen were in a great mood during our time together, and we had a blast hanging out and getting to know one another. Best of luck to this young couple as they get ready to embark on the next chapter in their lives, together!
We marched through tall weeds, climbed over fallen trees, dodged patches of poison ivy and ducked under low-hanging branches…and Hannah and Brody never once flinched. They were too busy smiling, laughing and just enjoying each other’s company during our recent engagement session. They couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather on this fall day, and I couldn’t have asked for a more adventurous couple as we made our way down a half mile stretch of the Ohio and Eric Canal Towpath last weekend. We found several great spots along the way, but most of them required some work to reach. No worries with this adorable young couple!
Thanks for being such willing adventurers, guys. Can’t wait for your big day next summer!
Some brides are made for wedding planning. Jess was one of those. She had the perfect day all mapped out and, aside from a couple minor hiccups that were beyond her control, the day was a smashing success. Justin, you are one lucky dude!
My day started at Jessica’s house, where she was having some lunch and getting ready with her mom and her five lovely bridesmaids. The girls were having a grand time just relaxing and counting down the hours, with everyone determined to follow one major rule: No crying! Well done, ladies. And how ’bout that dress?!
I met up with Justin and his crew at the Wadsworth Methodist Church and, after grabbing a few pictures of the guys, it was time to get the nuptial party started before heading to Old 97 Cafe in Akron for a great reception. But first, we had to grab some shots of Jess and Justin’s big announcement on the marquee for the Strand in Wadsworth!
What a day, what a couple! I just love how Jess couldn’t stop smiling all day long. Check out the look on her face as she finished her final prep in front of the mirror, or the smile she wore walking down the aisle. Pure bliss! Congrats on pulling off an amazing wedding day, and here’s wishing you a blessed and joyous life together.
High school sweethearts…I just love them! At the risk of sounding like a cranky old man, you just don’t see that much these days, so when I have a chance to photograph the wedding of two people who first met in high school (or even before), the day takes on extra special meaning for me.
Such was the case for Kaitlynn and Danny, who took their vows at the lovely Rustic Hills Country Club a couple weeks ago. A September wedding in northeast Ohio can be a real crapshoot but these two young lovebirds were blessed with positively perfect weather and even (to the photographer’s delight) a bit of cloud covering to take the edge off the afternoon sun. Not too hot, not too chilly; Goldilocks would have been thrilled.
I love when the bridal party is relaxed and simply ready to have a good time, and this group didn’t disappoint. Weddings make for a long day behind the camera, but it’s also an ordeal for the bride, groom and bridal party as we move through the events of the day and evening. We had a grand time joking around and hamming it up for the camera (especially the guys) before everyone got to finally cut it loose a bit at the reception. And check out that fabulous cake topper!
As someone blessed enough to be married to my own high school sweetheart, I wish Kaitlynn and Danny a lifetime of love and good fortune as you move into the next chapter of your story together. Thanks for letting me to be a part of such a great day!
There are so many things I love about being a wedding photographer, and at the top of that list would be the opportunity I have to meet some awesome people and share in such a significant and emotional day in their lives. There are moments that make a wedding day truly magical for me, highlighted by those times when I catch a flash of unhindered, genuine emotion from my couples or their parents.
That’s where Chris comes in. I had first met Chris during our engagement shoot last fall and I could tell in that moment that Gwen had found a great guy. Those thoughts were only confirmed when Chris arrived on his wedding day with his emotions on full display. Gwen wanted to make sure I caught the look on her groom’s face as she walked down the aisle toward him, and if you look below, you can see why. Chris could barely hold it together, looking skyward at St. Ambrose Catholic Parish church in Brunswick moments before Gwen entered the room on her dad’s arm, and then when the doors opened, he nearly lost it. Even now, as I type this, I’m smiling while remembering the scene. Chris wasn’t afraid to show his true emotions in front of all of his and Gwen’s friends and family, and it made the moment that much more authentic and memorable. I just love the smile on his face when Gwen finally makes her way down to Chris and he gets to hold her hand for the first time. These two were clearly made for one another.
We had an awesome time throughout the day, capped off with a fun and energetic reception at Michaud’s Towne & Country in Strongsville. The couple met on the soccer fields years ago and they made sure to incorporate the game in their planning, including surprise soccer jerseys for the entire wedding party (with numbers that displayed their wedding day) and even a soccer ball wedding ring for Chris. Thanks, Gwen and Chris, for reminding me yet again why I look forward to these days, and here’s hoping that love you showed everyone during your wedding day only continues to flourish.
I had the privilege of working with Olga and Clinton during two separate engagement sessions — one in downtown Cleveland and another in Olmsted Falls — so when the day of their Port Clinton wedding arrived, we were ready to roll. After battling through the holiday weekend traffic, I arrived at the exquisite Mon Ami Winery and met up with Olga and her bridesmaids getting ready in a nearby cottage.
Her groom arrived shortly thereafter and, upon successfully ransoming Olga from her bridesmaids (a Russian tradition), we all made our way to nearby Marblehead Lighthouse for some bridal party portraits before heading back to Mon Ami for the lovely ceremony.
All in all, it was a gorgeous day for a gorgeous couple. Here are some highlights from this Port Clinton wedding day, and click here to learn more about Windowsill Photography’s wedding collections.
It’s been a wet spring and summer, and the weather report looked a little bleak when I woke up last Saturday morning and began my final prep work for Megan and Ethan’s Akron wedding photography. And yet, as so often seems to be the case, the clouds began to part as the big moment drew closer and, aside from some typical Ohio humidity, it turned out to be a gorgeous day for a gorgeous wedding.
Of course, a big reason for that was the venue Megan and Ethan chose. The Barn at the Meadows, located in Orville, OH, fit Megan and Ethan to a T, with the 105-year-old barn providing a memorable rustic backdrop throughout the day and into the evening, when the party really got started. The stars of the day, though, were the bride and groom, whose vibrant color choices and unique style really made my job easy. Just check out that broach bouquet!
As usual, I was honored to be a part of such a big moment in a couple’s life, and I wish Megan and Ethan all the love, faith and happiness they can handle in life. Want to see more of these amazing kids? Of course you do! Check out their Akron engagement photography session from last summer!
When I first started Windowsill Photography, I looked to a few different people for inspiration. One of those was Bonnie Romano, the magnificently talented owner of Design489 Photography. I loved Bonnie’s work the moment I saw it, particularly how natural the people in her photos looked and how much fun they seemed to be having. Little did I know when I first started just how much work it took to get people to feel that comfortable and relaxed while jamming a camera into their faces during an hour-long photo shoot, but Bonnie has a real knack for it.
So I was flattered when Bonnie contacted me asking if I would be willing to do some photos for her, her three adorable kids and her husband Joe, who is an awesome artist/illustrator (check out his Twitter feed for proof). Even better, she’ll be returning the favor soon for my family and me. Double win!
I was pretty nervous when we arrived at the Hinckley Lake Reservation in the Metroparks — it was the first time I’d ever photographed a fellow photographer — but we got settled in pretty quickly, and soon the three kids were telling knock-knock jokes and informing me that I had spaghetti hair. Whatever it takes to get those genuine smiles!
Here are some of my favorites from the day. If you’d like to see some work from Bonnie — who also happens to be a fellow Brunswick High 1995 graduate — be sure to check out her website! Thanks for a great time, and we are looking forward to our turn in front of the camera!
I looked outside a couple hours before I was set to leave for my latest wedding. It was hailing. Fortunately, Jes and Brad had planned an indoor wedding and reception but, as part of their Akron wedding photography, they also wanted to shoot some group photos at nearby Walsh University, where the couple met. Would the weather cooperate?
There were more than a few drops of rain throughout the day, but the skies began to clear once the ceremony at the Historic Trinity Chapel in downtown Canton had concluded. Boy, what a beautiful building, and the perfect place to eternally commit to the one you love. Jes and Brad put together a touching ceremony, and afterward we piled into the limo and headed to Walsh for a little fun in the sun with some group photos and bridal shots.
Once we made it back to the Canton Club for the reception, the newlyweds and their guests were treated to a double rainbow off the patio. If that’s not a sign of good things to come, I don’t know what is.
The wedding colors were spectacular, the bride was stunning and the groom didn’t look too shabby either, all of which made my job even easier. Jes and Brad, thanks for letting me share in such a special day with you guys, and I hope you enjoy this preview.
Want to see more of these two lovebirds? Of course you do! Don’t miss their snow-covered Wadsworth engagement photography session!