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What an amazing location for wedding photography! It's even on Abbey Ave. for our bride. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Eric and Abby had a beautiful wedding, and we feel so lucky to have been a part of it with them! We started the day at the Doubletree in Beachwood with everyone getting ready, as well as a touching first look for the bride and groom. From there, it was off to Downtown Cleveland for portraits. Our first stop was a wonderful view of downtown on Abbey Ave. (how appropriate). The second location in Cleveland was East Fourth Street downtown. After some fun photos in the festive atmosphere, and a quick beer at Flannery's for the bridal party, it was time to head back to the Doubletree for the wedding ceremony. We arrived back at the hotel for a gorgeous ceremony in the courtyard. After the ceremony, it was time for the party! The ballroom looked amazing, and everyone had a blast with CLE Music Group keeping the dance floor going. The night even ended with a smores bar! The Thanks to Eric and Abby for having us as their wedding photographers!

sit.stay.smile.
Ryan & Ashley

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Chucks under the wedding dress? Yes please. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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Eric, about to see his bride for the first time. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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Cool guys and the Cleveland skyline. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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A kiss on E. 4th St. in Cleveland. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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Fun photo of the bride's flowers and ring. Nice shot Ash! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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Beautiful colors from the flowers on E. 4th in Cleveland. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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We had to take advantage of these strings of colored lights! | Cleveland Wedding Photographers
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The chuppa was adorned in white roses for the wedding ceremony. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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The chuppa cup and the katuba, signed and ready for the ceremony. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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The wedding guests anxiously awaiting the bride. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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I love it when we can sneak into the ballroom for a photo before the guests enter! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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Great silhouette of the first dance. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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Hava Nagila! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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Eric played football for Mount Union, so it only seemed appropriate. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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Who wants smores? This bride does! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
 
 
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A quick rainstorm made for some really pretty wedding photos by the lake. | Akron Wedding Photographer
We spent the day with Matt and Gia at some classic Akron Wedding locations. Starting off at St. Vincent-St. Mary, Ashley shot some beautiful photos of Gia's wedding dress. The church is gorgeous, and lived up to it's reputation for the wedding ceremony! From the church, we headed to downtown Akron for photos with the bridal party at the newly renovated Cascade Plaza. While we were downtown, we had a special mission to accomplish. Matt and Gia met when they shared a cab, so we thought it was only appropriate that we called a cab for some special wedding photography! Be sure and check out the image below. The bridal party stopped of for a cold one, so we headed to the reception at Spring Lake Party Center. Matt and Gia must have some good luck, because we finished our photos on the lake a few minutes in front of a serious rain storm! The good news is that the storm brought in some clouds that helped make the sunset absolutely amazing. After the sunset, the party really got going. Everyone had a great day, including these two photographers. Huge thank you to Matt and Gia for having us as their wedding photographers!

sit.stay.smile.
Ryan & Ashley

PS. Having an Akron Wedding and looking for a wedding photographer? Reach out to us here, we'd love to hear about your wedding!
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Ashley opened the doors and went outside for this amazing photo of Gia's dress. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Every bride needs a great pair of shoes. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Anticipation. This flower girl cant wait to see the bride! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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As a father of a daughter (even though she's two), I love this image. What a great moment! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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A beautiful church for a beautiful wedding. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Now that's a grand exit! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Beautiful light in the church. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Cool pose of the bridal party. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Really cool the way the sun is shining through the strings of lights in this photo. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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That couple is in love! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Awesome, so happy we were able to make this photo happen! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The sunset was so pretty, we couldn't resist flying the drone for some aerial photos. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The maid of honor rapped her toast to the them from "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air". It.Was.Awesome. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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I'm beginning to think Gia might be a daddy's girl... | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Flash light app on my phone, shining through a glass of champagne? Yeah, that makes some cool light. | Akron Wedding Photographer
 
 
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Williams on the Lake at sunset. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Stan Hywet Hall has to be one of the most beautiful locations for an Akron Wedding ceremony, and Patrick and Stephanie scored a beautiful summer day for their wedding. We started with photos of Stephanie and the ladies getting ready in the carriage house, as well as some portraits of Patrick and the groomsmen just outside on the grounds. Once everyone was dressed and ready, we took the short walk around the house to the West Terrace for the wedding ceremony. The sound of the fountain trickling and the backdrop of the manor house made for a magical wedding. After the ceremony we moved down the steps to the overlook for family portraits, then on to the tea houses and birch alley for photos of the bride and groom with the bridal party. The gardens at Stan Hywet Hall offer amazing opportunities for wedding photography. We could have hung out shooting photos all afternoon, but we had a party to get to! Everyone hopped on the limo bus and it was off the Williams on the lake for the wedding reception. It was a great party in a pretty spot, the perfect way to cap off an awesome wedding day. Thanks to Patrick and Stephanie for being so fun and easy to work with, and for choosing Black Dog Photo Co. as your Akron wedding photographers!

sit.stay.smile.
Ryan & Ashley

PS. Planning an Akron Wedding? Hit us up here, we'd love to hear all about your big day!
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What a perfect moment, the flower girl watching the bride get ready. Nice shot Ash! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Happy tears are good tears! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Beautiful light from the window and leading lines from the stairs make this image one of my favorites. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The bride and her dad, ready to walk down the aisle. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Grabbed a good one as Stephanie and her dad walked by for the wedding ceremony. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The fountain and the manor house made this an amazing location for a wedding. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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I like the different composition of this photo of the kiss. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The overlook at Stan Hywet Hall is a perfect spot for wedding Photos. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Beautiful Bridal portrait. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Cool composition, and that sky is awesome! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Color in the foreground makes this image pop. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Another fountain, and another great location for wedding photography! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The whole bridal party, at the tea houses. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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A kiss in the birch alley. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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A happy bride during her first dance. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Last photo of the evening. | Akron Wedding Photographer
 
 
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The Akron Art Museum is an amazing building, an with Matt being an architect, it was a must do for their wedding photography. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Black Dog Photo Co. headed to Kent yesterday to meet up with Joanna and her bride's maids getting ready for the wedding ceremony. Ashley took advantage of the window light in the room to create some really gorgeous photos of Joanna's wedding dress, be sure to take a look at one of our favorites below. Once everyone was dressed and ready to go, it was time for the ceremony. The church is beautiful, with stained glass casting pretty light on our bride and groom during their wedding vows. After the ceremony, we headed to the Kent State University Hotel for some wedding photography with the bridal party. The hotel is brand new, and has some amazing locations! From the hotel, we made a quick stop at the Akron Art Museum. Matt is an architect, so a few wedding photos at one of the coolest buildings in Akron were important to he and Joanna. We even broke out the drone and the Gopro for a some aerial photos! As soon as we got to the Tangier, it was party time. The Tangier is an Akron Wedding classic, and lived up to it's reputation as a great venue. Thanks so much to Matt and Joanna for having us as your wedding photographers, we had a blast! Congratulations to a cool couple. 

sit.stay.smile.
Ryan & Ashley

PS. Planning an Akron Wedding? Shoot us an email here, we'd love to hear all about your wedding!
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A pair of beautiful Badgley Mischka's, a beautiful dress, and some beautiful light make a beautiful wedding photo. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Calla lilies are a wedding classic. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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There's those Badgley's again! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Loving the anticipation in this photo of the bride about to walk down the aisle with her dad. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Matt and Joanna look so happy in this image of their exchange of rings. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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We dodged a few rain drops, but still managed to shoot some awesome wedding photos outside. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The bridal party looking cool in the lobby of the Kent State University Hotel. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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I think Matt's in love... | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Amazing light at the Kent State University Hotel | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Great composition in this image by Ashley, with the lines of the Art Museum framing in Matt and Joanna. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Up in the air! Cool perspective from the quadcopter and Gopro. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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First dance, a perennial favorite. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Great effort guys! Great timing Ashley! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The Tangier is awesome, we had to sneak the bride and groom out for a night photo with the sign. | Akron Wedding Photographer
 
 
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Cool panorama of the bridal party at Coe Lake in Berea. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Wedding Photography season is kicking into high gear at Black Dog Photo Co., and we're ready for action! We kicked off the summer season with a cool, laid back couple. We started with photos of Katie getting ready at her childhood home. Once all the hair and make-up was perfect, we headed over to St. Anthony in Parma for the wedding ceremony. The church is so pretty, we were able to create some awesome photos during and after the ceremony. From the church, it was off to Coe Lake for portraits of the bride and groom with the bridal party. Coe Lake is a great spot for wedding photography, even with a couple hundred prom dates competing with us for the good spots (true story). The day was just perfect for wedding photography on the water, and we had a blast with the bridal party, especially the super hero photo! The super hero theme continued at the reception. Check out the photo of the wedding cake below. It's awesome! Thanks to a great couple for a great day, and for choosing Black Dog Photo Co. as your wedding photographer. 

sit.stay.smile.
Ryan & Ashley


PS. We had a little adventure on the way to the reception at Holy Spirit. Due to some car trouble, Black Dog Photo Co. doubled as a limo service for our couple! We happened upon the breakdown at the perfect time. Eric and Katie hopped in the car with the camera gear and finished the ride to the reception with us!


PPS. Planning a Cleveland Wedding? We'd love to hear about your big day. Hit up Ryan here and tell us what you are planning!

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Superman cuff links. Cool. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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The grounds at St. Anthony are an amazing location for a bridal portrait. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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You may kiss the bride. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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We don't post a ton of these classic wedding photographs, but I just love the traditional look here. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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We took advantage of the pretty window light and great leading lines for a beautiful wedding portrait of the bride and groom. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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Such cool composition in this image, great shot Ash! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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Spring has sprung fully, look at those colors! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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More awesome leading lines, bringing your eye right to the bride and groom. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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Eric and Katie are high school sweethearts, and the orange lilies in the bouquets were there class flower. What a cool story! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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A perfect beam of sunshine, just for our wedding couple. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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Bridal party, Avengers style. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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This has to be one of my all time favorite wedding cakes. Katie got her half, and Eric got his! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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Think Eric and Katie are having fun during their first dance? I'm going with yes... | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
 
 
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Dramatic lighting and the remnants of a sunset making this photo pop. | Akron Wedding Photographer
We've been nominated as one of the best wedding photographers in Akron by the Akron-Canton Hot List! Akron-Canton Hot List is a way to vote for the best of Akron-Canton 2015. We are kind of excited, and think it would be pretty awesome to make the top of the list. That's where you come in... Please hit the button below and vote for us as your favorite Akron Wedding Photographer! Thank you so much. 

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Ryan and Ashley
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Twinkle lights and a first dance make a dramatic photo. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Having fun with the bridal party! | Akron Wedding Photographer
 
 
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An image like this one of Odie and Elaina would make a beautiful wall display. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Bailey, a.k.a the Black Dog, on his birthday. | Akron Wedding Photographer
You may have seen on Facebook that April 18th was a big day for Black Dog Photo Co.! It was the Black Dog's 15th birthday.

To celebrate, he'd like to give a little gift to our clients. Enjoy 15% off of any wall display if you place your order with Ryan before May 1st. Are you an upcoming bride? No worries, you can reserve this deal and add it to your package now and pick your photographs later! 

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Ryan and Ashley


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Spring happens a little sooner down South. Everything looked like Technicolor after a long Northeast Ohio winter. | Akron Wedding Photographer
What are a couple of Akron Wedding Photographers doing in St. Louis? We hopped a flight to attend an event called Shutterfest. Shutterfest is a conference attended by photographers from around the country, as well as some of the best known speakers in our industry. After spending a few days completely immersed in the wedding photography business, we're home and ready to rock another great year for Black Dog Photo Co.! 

We listened to so many amazing photographers, and heard so many great ideas, that it is hard to narrow it down to just five favorites. After talking about it on the plane on the way home, we came up with the five best ideas we learned while we were at Shutterfest. 
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Trying out some new posing ideas, via a selfie! | Akron Wedding Photographer
1.  Awesome Posing
     We spent time in sessions with some of the best wedding photographers in the country. These are shooters who are killing it in the        biggest markets. Places like Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Listening to their explanations and looking at their incredible photos was enlightening. Even though we work hard to keep our brides and grooms looking natural in their wedding photos, attention to detail is what elevates a photo from good to great. The subtle movement of a hand, the tilt of a head, or the swish of a bride's hips can make all the difference. We were so pumped about the ideas, we practiced on ourselves before dinner (see above)!

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The trade show at Shutterfest was loaded with awesome vendors for wedding photographers | Akron Wedding Photographer
2. Cool New Products
    The Shutterfest trade show hosted some of the best vendors in the industry. We are so excited about the unique products we are going to be able to offer our clients this year! Stay tuned to the blog and the Facebook page for announcements soon. 

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The convention was held in the old St. Louis Union Station. The building is amazing. | Akron Wedding Photographer
3. Workflow Solutions
    We attended several seminars on streamlining our workflow. There's a ton of work that happens behind the scenes of all photography businesses. From proofing, to album design, to accounting, to marketing, there's always a task to complete. We learned to streamline and manage these tasks from some of the best pro's in the business. Bottom line: We'll be able to spend more time photographing and creating awesome photos for our awesome clients. 

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The old courthouse, from our hotel room window. I love the mixed color temperatures between the cool fog and the warm lights. | Akron Wedding Photographer
4. Offline Marketing
    We love our clients. We've made so many friends over the past several years with the brides and grooms we photograph. Ashley listened to some true "out of the box" concepts about how to more efficiently connect with more awesome couples.  
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The St. Louis Arch, with a bridge over the Missouri River as a background. How about that early morning light reflecting on both sides of the Arch!?!?! | Akron Wedding Photographer
5. Customer Service
    What's the most important aspect of an Akron Wedding Photographer's business? Cool cameras? Great lenses? A really big Mac computer? Wrong answers. It's our clients. We're grateful every day for the opportunities photography has provided for us, and it wouldn't be possible without the amazing people who put their faith and trust in us for one the biggest days of their lives. Showing that appreciation has always been important to us. Shutterfest gave us some cool new ideas on how to do it right. 
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Pappy's Smokehouse Ribs. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Bonus #6. St. Louis is Serious About BBQ
    Pappy's Smokehouse lives up to the hype. It's everything we dreamed it would be. Seriously, best.ribs.ever. If you are in St. Louis, please go!
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The Arch from our hotel. We got back late, and couldn't resist pulling out the camera for this one. | Akron Wedding Photographer
What's the bottom line? No matter how well things are going, we feel that you always need to work at being better. Spending time with our peers, and learning from some of the best, helps us do a better job for our clients. We are charged up and ready for wedding season to get rolling!

sit.stay.smile.
Ryan & Ashley
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Sometimes it pays off to get up early. St. Louis Arch and a great sunrise. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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This way to the Arch. | Akron Wedding Photographer
 
 
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The chandelier at Playhouse Square in Cleveland is an awesome spot for wedding photos. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
We had a great day this weekend with Jon and Krystle for their Cleveland wedding. We started the day with Krystle and the ladies at Beauty Bar by David Scott Salon. The girls were sipping mimosas while they got their hair and make-up done, while we got some great photos. From the salon, Ash headed to Krystle's house with the ladies, while I went to the hotel to shoot some photos of the guys getting ready. The "getting ready" photos are always some of my favorites. There are always emotional moments that make great images! Once everyone was ready to go, it was time to head to the church. The Chapel at Baldwin Wallace is a beautiful venue for a wedding ceremony. Be sure to check out the photo of the bride at the altar below! After the wedding ceremony, the bridal party jumped in the A1 Mr. Limo bus and headed to Cleveland for more wedding photography. Playhouse Square and the Cleveland Public Library are perfect locations for really pretty wedding photos, and they didn't disappoint. Once the photos were done (and the bridal party was warmed back up in the limo bus), it was off to the wedding reception at Springvale Golf Course. The party got rocking and everyone had a blast, be sure to take a look at the photo of the whole wedding below. Congratulations and a huge thank you to Jon and Krystle!

sit.stay.smile.
Ryan & Ashley

PS. Planning a Cleveland wedding? Hit me up here, I'd love to hear about your big day!
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Beautiful light and some awesome framing make this a great image. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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Anticipation and some beautiful light make this one a winner. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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It's a simple image, but this photos says a lot. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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Good eye Ashley! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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This ring bearer was just chillin'. Love the Chucks! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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This is a classic pose, it's been done for years for a reason. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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Technology constantly amazes. This dramatic photo is courtesy of the Phantom 2 drone and Gopro. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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Shhh, it's a library. Whatever...this bridal party is ready to have some fun! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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The architectural details at the Cleveland Library offer endless opportunities for cool compositions. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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We took advantage of some perfect golden hour light for a really pretty bridal portrait. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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The first dance is always good for some nice moments. Great uplighting by SoundProof Entertainment too! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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Mom shedding a tear during the father daughter dance. We call that winning. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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The whole wedding! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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I love ring shots! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
 
 
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The colors in the sky and on the water were beautiful. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Joe and Sara got hitched on a pretty fall day. We started the day with the ladies getting ready at Sara's house. Ashley got some great images of the details while the bride and the girls finished up hair and make up. From there, we headed to the Church at Stoney Hill for the wedding ceremony. It was a pretty service, and we created some awesome photographs in the sanctuary. Once we were finished in the church, the bridal party jumped in the limo for a quick ride to the Hinkley Reservation for more wedding photography. The sky was amazing, showing off beautiful colors as the sun set. The party moved on to Tom's country place for the wedding reception. The party really got going, with the bride and groom even sneaking out for some night wedding photos in the snow! Thank you Joe and Sara for such a fun day, and for choosing Black Dog Photo Co. as your wedding photographer. 

PS. Planning an Akron Wedding? Shoot me an email here, I'd love to hear about your wedding!

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Ryan and Ashley
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I love this photo by Ashley of the Bride's necklace. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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This image tells such a story. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Joe looking sharp, especially the Batman cufflinks. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Really pretty bridal portrait taken before the wedding ceremony. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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It was a gorgeous wedding ceremony. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The rim lighting making the Bride and Groom pop in this image. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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I like this different location for a photo at the last pew in the church. I was shooting from the lobby, through the doors! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The bridal party toughed out some chilly temps, but it was so worth it! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Beautiful moment captured here. Nice job Ash! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The ladies and an awesome sky. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Ahh, Joe, you're in my shot. The rarely seen "Groom photobomb". | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Cool cake. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Rocking out some night time snow portraits. | Akron Wedding Photographer
 

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