They say, when you know, you know. When I first met with Lauren & Brad over skype, we talked about their upcoming wedding at the breathtaking Franklin Park Conservatory and how Brad proposed. When it was my turn to share I rattled off some random facts about myself and ended with, “…and I like dogs.” Two seconds later, their “pupchild”, Ivy appeared in the webcam. And that’s when I knew.  😉

Lauren & Brad currently reside in North Carolina but grew up and spent plenty of time in Ohio. They decided the Franklin Park Conservatory was the perfect spot for them to tie the knot and I couldn’t agree more. The Conservatory is so gorgeous. The wedding ceremony and reception was held in the Palm House. Watching Lauren cascade down the white staircase was such a wonderful moment. When her parents joined her at the bottom of the stairs, all of the guests were crying. Lauren & Brad are loved so deeply by their friends and family and it was so heartwarming to watch.

There were several parts of this wedding day that I loved but I think my favorite was after Lauren, Brad, and I finished the end of night photos. I headed inside while the newlyweds stayed outside to take it all in, their wedding, the beautiful location and their loved ones here to watch it all. Some moments are meant to be kept private and I think this was one of them.

Thank you Lauren & Brad for inviting me to be a part of your big day! I’ve loved getting to know you two! 🙂

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Venue: Franklin Park Conservatory

Cake/Cupcakes: Our Cupcakery

Florist: Steven Cox Flowers

Entertainment: Encore Entertainment

Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero, Elegant Bridal

Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

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Erin & Phil met at work in Vancouver. They both really like maps and cities and Cleveland. Also all things I like so I knew we were a good match. 🙂 Erin & Phil decided to have their wedding in Cleveland and sprinkle in some Cleveland accents in their details (be sure to check out that cake!)

Since Erin & Phil live in Vancouver I didn’t get a chance to meet them until the week of their wedding for their snowy engagement session. The snow carried over a tiny bit into their wedding day but it sure didn’t stop the party.

Erin & Phil wanted to do a first look so we had plenty of time for portraits before the ceremony. We went to a bunch of awesome Cleveland staples like the Public Library and the Flats. After we warmed up from the *lovely* “spring” day it was showtime. I’ve been dying to check photographing a wedding at the Arcade off my bucket list, so I had to pinch myself a few times during the silly and touching ceremony.

My favorite parts of the day revolved around some *NSYNC. Towards the end of dinner the DJ decided it would be a good time to play Tearin’ Up My Heart so the head table naturally burst out into song and dance, while still eating. It was fantastic. Then as my time was ending, I was packing up my gear and Bye Bye Bye started playing. I turned around and saw Phil and some of his groomsmen break it down so I whipped out my camera to capture it. 🙂 See the evidence below.

Thanks so much Erin & Phil for inviting me to capture your big day! I’m glad Cleveland treated you well! 🙂 

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Ceremony/Reception: Hyatt Arcade

Florist: Twig Florals

Cake: Wild Flour Bakery

Entertainment: Hats Off Entertainment

Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal, Oleg Cassini

Hair Stylist: Style House Beauty Bar

Groom’s Suit Designer: Indochino

Groomsmen Socks: Cleveland Clothing Co.

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