Bobby and Kreena’s 2011 wedding was one of the first big (like really big!) events that I had the pleasure of photographing.  It was a joy to hear from them again after so many years, for a family portrait session.  Yes! They now have 2 adorable boys.  It was definitely time for updated portraits!

Last minute adjustments brought us all to the popular Fortier Park in Olmsted Falls on a sunny Sunday morning.  We tried to keep the smiles coming with time for the boys to run and let off some of that endless energy that only young kids seem to have.

What a treat to spend some time with this great family!

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As I was packing up my camera lenses and reception lights at the conclusion of our coverage of Nick and Mary’s wedding, I asked myself, “Are you sure this is the end? Because this was a really great day!”  It was an awesome day.  As is often said, it’s good to go out on a high note.

And what a high note it was- gorgeous (almost HOT), sunny day; perfectly sweet couple, fun bridal party, and we got through a list of family group shots without the church lady breathing down my neck.  Nick and Mary are absolute sweethearts and a true joy to work with.

We ping ponged around a bit- starting with brief bridal prep at Embassy Suites before heading off to St. Albert the Great in North Royalton.  There, the priest had everyone giggling through his sermon with a unique ice cream analogy.  As it was a beautiful day, we continued to the fabulous Cleveland Museum of Art, where the lagoon area is always at its prettiest in the late afternoon, for portraits and bridal party photos.  And then back to Embassy Suites, where a gorgeous reception (and delicious bacon wrapped scallops) awaited.  Huge thanks to my assistant Kamron, who I love working with.

But that wasn’t all… this was a group who LOVED to dance!! I had a directive to photograph as many guests as possible, especially those sitting during the reception.  Much to my surprise, 99% of the guests were shaking their moneymakers the entire time.  So much fun!

It was the perfect day to cap off 8 years of photographing full day weddings.  From now on, BLP will offer “Short & Sweet” coverage, for weddings needing up to 6 hours of photography.

How perfect this day was:

 

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Yeah, it can be a pain in the neck.  Organizing busy back to school schedules, figuring out a color palette for clothing so that nobody has to go shopping, getting everyone to the location.  And then, yeah, smile happy!  But extended family portraits are WORTH IT!  These are your lasting mementos.  The photos you’ll talk about, share, and pass down.  This is your legacy.

My extended family “go to” location- the Cleveland Museum of Art, did not disappoint (although a large chunk of the back landscaping, which I loved is now gone).  This family looked great, in their shades of blue (just say no to all white shirts, please).  The weather couldn’t have been more perfect.  Everything came together so well.

When’s the last time you’ve had your whole family photographed?

 

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The threat of rain drops didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit on this wedding day.  The ceremony would go on, outside, pretty much no matter what.  Impressive and gutsy!  Fortunately the mist began post ceremony, and by that time, Bob and Tyler were married, and because they had done a first look, all the bridal party photos were complete.  Sometimes it’s amazing how it all works out.

The Blue Heron in Medina provided a stunning outside ceremony location.  Surrounded by friends and family, under a lovely pergola, with flowering plants and a reflecting pond, Bob and Tyler said their “I do’s.”  And then everyone was ready to get down and have some fun.  Love a packed dance floor, and this wedding did not disappoint! The mood was set during Tyler’s dance with her father, which started in a traditional way, then morphed into a funky dance display, with Bob and Tyler’s mom jumping in on the fun.

Photos took place at a variety of locations on this action packed day- first look at Rustic Hills, bridal party photos at Austin Badger park, and then finishing up at The Blue Heron.  All provided a country rustic feel, with the weeping willows that Tyler just loved during our walk through a few weeks back.

Congratulations to Tyler and Bob!!

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They brought their own cleanup!  Leila was enthusiastic, if not somewhat confused, to be encouraged to clean up after human sister Elise’s cake smash at the BLP Studio.  The cake was delicious, from Corbo’s, and barely touched, as Elise was very dainty in her smashing.  Leila took a few licks, then retreated.  But it was enough to provide a lasting photo memory.

What a cutie Miss Elise is! Love that blonde hair and beautiful blue eyes.  She had her eye on the cake during the entire session, and definitely perked up when it was time to get that good good sugar.

Happy First Birthday!

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