The 2017 wedding season continues with a beautiful sunny day for Erin and Joseph!  Although Cleveland native Erin now makes Houston her home with Joseph, you can’t take the love for CLE out of the girl.  This wedding was chock full of references to the Greatest Location in the Nation.

After prep photos, the girls  (and guys) rode in style on Lolly the Trolley to St. Angela in Fairview Park.  Post-ceremony, the bridal party all hopped on the trolley to head to that most iconic of Cleveland locations- Voinovich Park.  With its views of the skyline and Lake Erie, this area is very popular for wedding formals… and for festivals, of which there was one happening when we arrived.  The appropriately named Nuevo restaurant boasts some pretty sharp architecture as well, and I was thrilled to use the side of the building for our “guys” group shots.

The reception took place at St. Demetrios in Rocky River, where we feasted on delicious food by Coyne Catering, Wild Flour Bakery, and Luna Cafe. Side by side with incredibly decorated cookies (including your Cleveland Cavaliers… and Golden State… ) were amazing treats prepared by the families of the bride and groom.  My assistant Danielle declared the buckeyes to be the best ever!

DJ Carmen kept the tunes spinning and EVERYONE on their feet (or in the air…)!

A great day for sure.  Big thanks to Jennifer from Heart 2 Heart Occasions for coordinating this big event!

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The bride wore Toms.  I think that’s part of the reason why this was the best wedding to kick off BLP’s 2017 wedding season. Why? Because I’ve noticed a correlation between brides who choose Toms and the overall happy chill vibe of the big day.  There’s something about those shoes…

And it was a perfect wedding day, the entire day from prep to reception taking place at The Oaks in Chippewa Lake.  The rain drops stayed away, and the sun broke through the clouds later in the afternoon, peeking through at time for the ceremony, and then providing us a lovely sunset for a few last photos.  A fun bridal party, guests who like to dance, and delicious food… I’m still drooling over those cake pops…yum!!!

Great day, great couple! Congrats Dan and Cari!

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Sweet Miss Courtney returned to the studio, with a new skill- sitting up! And she can touch her toes, eat her hands, and laugh at my jokes (ok, that last part is stretching it, although she does like to smile… at her Daddy).

What a pleasure to have this pretty in pink session at the studio!

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While scheduling an evening session is typically easier, there are rewards in getting up early for a morning session.  On this particular day, the 8am session time was perfect- the park had just opened and was very quiet, and the sun was doing it’s magical thing- coming up through the trees, and creating beautiful light for us.

Oscar also worked his magic- giving some great poses, and modeling his bow tie.  As the sun rose higher in the sky, we finished up the session on the lagoon bridge, and created a pretty neat composition.  I love how Oscar is looking away in that shot- very GQ.

 

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What a thrill to learn (from Erin’s very excited mom) that Erin and Jeremy are expecting a baby!

During our pre-session consultation at the studio, I learned that the nursery has an ocean theme going on.  And while we don’t have an ocean, per se, we do have Lake Erie, to serve as a backdrop for this maternity mini session.  It turned out to be a lovely evening at Rocky River Park, and we made use of the natural greenery, as well as the beach, to maximize variety in the short session.

Looking forward to their newborn portrait session in just a few short weeks!

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