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The porch at Happy Days Lodge Lodge looking dramatic with some back lighting. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Brian and Kristen had a cool and unique wedding at Happy Days Lodge on Halloween night. Happy Days is a great spot for an Akron Wedding with a rustic feel. We had to dodge a few raindrops, but we managed to squeeze in some outdoor wedding photography before the ceremony. We took advantage of the last bit of fall color for some really pretty photos on the grounds of the lodge, then headed inside for the ceremony, which took place on the screened in porch of the lodge. Afterwards it was party time! The hall looked amazing with fantastic details all done by Brian and Kristen. Be sure to check out some of the cool ideas below. A huge thank you and congratulations to the bride and groom!

PS Brian is fly fisherman too, and I think he had just about the coolest boutonnieres ever!

PPS Planning a cool Akron Wedding? Hit us up here, we'd love to hear all about your big day!

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Ryan & Ashley

 
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What better for a halloween wedding than a black wedding dress? | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Pretty shoes are a must. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Best boutonniere's ever (says the fly fisherman) | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Brian and Kristen's first look. They read each other's letters just before seeing each other. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Happy Days Lodge is an awesome venue for a rustic wedding ceremony. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The kiss. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Leading lines make for a nice composition in this image by Ashley. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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A very spooky bridal party. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Wedding photos in a 100 year old cemetery, on halloween? Cool! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Sneaking a peek of the reception hall. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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An absolutely gorgeous room for the wedding reception at Happy Days Lodge. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Dinner was cheeseburgers from a food truck! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The bride and groom and a packed dance floor. | Akron Wedding Photographer
 
 
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We stopped in at Fat Heads Brewery for some photos and a beer. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Dave and Christy got married on the last sequential wedding date of the century. 12/13/14 was a little chilly, but we had a great day. We started with photos at a classic Cleveland Wedding Photography location, the downtown library. From the library, it was a quick walk across the street to another classic spot. The Arcade in downtown Cleveland is absolutely stunning! After a quick stop at Fat Heads Brewery, it was time to head to Michaud's for the ceremony. The party really got going, and we had a blast with a cool couple. Thanks and congratulations to Dave and Christy!
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Sneaking a peek at Christy's wedding dress. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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First look with a christmas tree forground. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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Time for the I do's! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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The Cleveland Arcade, a classic spot for wedding photos. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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The entrance to the Cleveland Public Library. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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Cool composition, first dance. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
 
 
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Firestone Country Club is an Akron Classic. | Akron Wedding Photographer
James and Tyler were married at Firestone Country Club in Akron. Firestone is a classic Akron location. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, all the greats have played the course. They've recently remodeled the clubhouse, and it's really beautiful. The ceremony was in the clubhouse with a great view of the South course out of the windows. After the ceremony, we headed out onto the grounds to take advantage of the pretty late afternoon light for wedding portraits. The wedding party toughed out a cool breeze, but it was worth it for the awesome photos! When the photos were finished we were off the the revamped ballroom for the party. Tyler's grandpa even got out on the dance floor to join the action! Congratulations to a cool bride and groom, thanks for having us as your wedding photographers!

PS. The guys got ready in the same locker room all of the golf pros have gotten ready in over the years. Pretty cool. 

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Ryan & Ashley
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I love the emotion and the story Tyler's hands are telling in this photo. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Beautiful wedding roses. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The pretty light made for a pretty bridal portrait. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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We also photographed a nice portrait of James in the remodeled lobby. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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I love moments like this one. Jame and Tyler's first look. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The wedding ceremony had plenty of personal touches. The backdrop in this photo is song lyrics from one of their favorite songs. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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What a beautiful November afternoon for a wedding! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The bridal party looks cool in their tuxes and red dresses. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Amazing sky! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The contrast of the warm and cool tones are making this photo pop. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Gorgeous detailing on the cake. | AKron Wedding Photographer
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The father, daughter dance. Always a touching moment. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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I couldn't resist taking advantage of the ice sculpture for the ring shot. | Akron Wedding Photographer
 
 
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It may not sound like it, but an old alleyway can make a cool wedding photo location! | Akron Wedding Photographer
Jay and Tracey got married on Jays' grandmother's farm. I was a beautiful fall day, with the sun shining and the colorful leaves hanging on to the trees for one more weekend. The wedding ceremony took place under a perfect bluebird sky, making for some wonderful wedding photos. After the couple was hitched, we took advantage of the fall color for some portraits around the farm. It was beautiful everywhere we turned! For a different look, we all headed to downtown Wadworth for some photos with the wedding party. After checking out Wadsworth (and a quick beer in the local tavern for the wedding party), it was back to the farm for the wedding reception. Jay and the guys worked hard adding fabric swag and lights to the tent for the party, and it really paid off (check out the photo of their first dance below). The party lasted into the night, everyone having a blast dancing. Thanks to a really awesome couple for having us as your wedding photographers!


PS. Best of luck with the exciting move to North Carolina, we'll miss you guys! 


PPS. Be sure to give us a shout out when your in town for cocktails!


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Ryan & Ashley
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Such pretty light in this detail photo of Tracey's dress. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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I love the composition and storytelling in this image. It just draws you to the bride's eyes. Nailed it Ash! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The nice rim light on the bride's shoulder and the anticipation of wondering where her gaze leads are making this image work. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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A beautiful fall wedding portrait of our bride. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Check out this handsome guy (not the groom, BTW)! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Flower petals in the aisle. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The french doors on the entrance to the tent were a nice touch. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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What a perfect fall day! |Akron Wedding Photographer
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The flare from the setting sun gives this image a great feel. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Beautiful. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Leading lines drawing us right to the newlyweds. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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This is why photographers call this time of day the "golden hour". | Akron Wedding Photographer
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See what I mean about the fabric and the lights? Really Pretty. | Akron Wedding Photographer
 
 
Shawn and Melissa's fall wedding kicked off with the ladies getting ready (mimosas in hand) at Melissa's house, and the guys getting dressed at St Eugene. Shawn even put on a set of Ohio State Buckeye cufflinks (maybe it's good luck, just sayin')! After a classic wedding ceremony, we shot some really pretty portraits at the church. From there, it was off the Boettler park for some on location wedding photography. It was a touch chilly, but the wedding party toughed it out and we came away with awesome images! When we arrived a Chenowith Country Club for the wedding reception there was a line of golf carts waiting for us to take on a photo adventure.  Once everyone got inside and thawed out, it was party time! Chenowith looked great, with everyone having a blast at the wedding reception. It was awesome getting to know such a fun couple! Thanks so much and congratulations to Shawn and Melissa. 

PS. Melissa, her mom, and her bridesmaids had a tradition of hanging out with us in our booth at bridal shows. We formally invite you guys to hang with us anytime!

PPS. Planning an awesome Akron Wedding? Shout at us here and tell about your day!

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Ryan & Ashley
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Pretty window light emphasizes the detailing in Melissa's wedding dress. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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OH! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Nice colors for a fall wedding. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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I like the classic look in this image. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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We took advantage of the late afternoon light for a pretty bridal portrait. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Dude's got some ups. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Look at those amazing fall colors! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Happy Bride and Groom. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Northeast Ohio fall and a cool couple making our job easy. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Loving the mason jar wine glasses! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The first dance is always one of my favorite parts of a wedding day, it's such a special moment between the bride and groom. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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I like the way Shawn and Melissa are surrounded by their guests in this photo. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Shawn and Melissa met as interns for the Akron Aeros (now Rubber Ducks), hence the baseballs in the background of the ring shot. | Akron Wedding Photographer
 
 
Tyler and Julie timed their fall wedding perfectly, The fall color in Northeast Ohio was at it's height. We started with photos of both the Bride and Groom getting ready at the church.  Once everyone was ready to go, it was just a short walk down the aisle for the wedding ceremony. After the wedding ceremony, we headed to a beautiful home that belonged to a friend of Tyler and Julie. The ponds, and the changing leaves created a wonderful backdrop for wedding photography. From there, it was just a short ride in the limo bus to Guy's Party Center for the wedding reception. Everyone had a blast at the party, including the photographers! Congratulations to Tyler and Julie, thanks for having us as a part of your big day!

PS. You'd never know it by the photos, but this bridal party was freezing (maybe the Bud Light helped...). 

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Ryan & Ashley
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The strong diagonals and rule of thirds composition are making this image work. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Apparently the bride is not the only one getting ready to walk down the aisle! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The maid of honor putting the finishing touches on getting Julie into her dress. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Tyler was putting the finishing touches on the tux as well. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The wedding vows are being exchanged. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Julie and the guys looking pretty laid back. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The wedding party's good friend was serving in Afghanistan, so they made a flat version of him! Thanks for your service flat Marine. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The colors in this wedding photo are amazing! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Snuggles! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Nice, unique, composition in this image by Ashley. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Pretty flowers and a lounging groom. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The party bus was rocking with this wedding party. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Girlfriends. | Akron Wedding Photography
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A nice moment during Julie and Tyler's first dance. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Pretty lighting on the dance floor at Guy's Party Center. | Akron Wedding Photographer
 
 
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We grabbed a few photos in the reception room before the guests entered, and I love the "Gatsby" feel of this image. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Andrew and Susan got married at First Congregational Church in Akron. It's an old, beautiful church with a ton of history. While we could have spent the entire afternoon creating wedding photographs in such a pretty church, we had places to be! We stopped on the University of Akron campus for some portraits, then it was on to Portage Country Club for the wedding reception. We had a few minutes for some photos before the party really got started, then it was time for the dancing to begin. Thanks Andrew and Susan for a great day and a fun evening. Congratulations!

PS. First Congregational Church served as a government meeting hall during it's early years. I love the history of the cool places we get to visit!

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Ryan & Ashley
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The backlighting is really making the detail pop in this photo of Susan's dress. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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More pretty detail of the bride's wedding dress. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Andrew looking cool in his classic black tux. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Susan's father, finishing their walk to the front of the aisle. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The wedding ceremony at First Congregational Church was beautiful. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The amazing windows provide a perfect backdrop for this photo. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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It might have been a little chilly in Akron, but the fall colors were popping! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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All lines lead to Andrew and Susan. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Fall color in Northeast Ohio. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Pretty centerpieces and the beautiful stone fireplace at Portage Country Club. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Really pretty lilies as a cake topper. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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That is one happy father of the bride! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The lilies make their second appearance in the ring shot. | Akron Wedding Photographer
 
 
We made a short trip to Canton for Adam and Lacy's wedding at one of the coolest venues in Northeast Ohio. Gervassi Vineyard is absolutely gorgeous. The Bride got ready in one of the villas on the lake shore, and it was a great spot for some portraits of she and the ladies. The black and white wedding photo below was taken in the sitting area of her villa! Once everyone was ready to go, we headed up the road to St. Paul in Akron for the wedding ceremony. We raced the rain drops back to Gervasi Vineyard, and just managed to beat them for some awesome photos of the wedding party in the vineyard (see above). Then it was on to the Villa Grande for the wedding reception. We even managed to sneak out after the rain for some pretty dramatic night time wedding photos. Thanks to a fun and laid back couple for a great day. Congratulations  Adam and Lacy!

PS. Gervassi Vineyard isn't just for weddings. It's worth a visit. Check it out!

PPS. Planning an Akron Wedding? Let us know what you have in mind here, we can't wait to hear from you!

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Ryan & Ashley
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Lacy's sister helping her into her wedding dress. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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There's some good storytelling in this image, a real sense of anticipation. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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This is one of my favorite photos of the year. The light, the location, and the subtleness of Lacy's expression are all working together. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The lake right outside the back door of the Villa is a perfect location for a bridal portrait. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Classic. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Adam looks pretty chill for a guy about to get married. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Captured a nice moment between the bride and groom in this image. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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A kiss in the bubbles for their grand exit. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Dodging a few raindrops is worth it for a sky like this one! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Thank you Villa Grande for a nice, rain free spot for our bride and groom (not so much for the photographer...). | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Who else loves newlywed snuggles? | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Nice window light for a pretty cake photo. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Wonderful moment between a bride and her father. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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These rings are sitting on the tiles used as centerpieces, which will become the floor of the kitchen in Adam and Lacy's home. How cool! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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What a great way to wrap up the evening, a beautiful night photo on the lake. | Akron Wedding Photographer
 
 
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The Tallmadge Historic Church was completed in 1825, and you can't help but think about how many couples have been married right here over the last 190 years. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Chris and Barb were married at the Historic Church in Tallmadge. It's a wonderful location for a wedding. After the ceremony, we made the quick trip to downtown Kent for portraits of the Bride and Groom with the bridal party. Kent is a very cool spot for photos, with a more modern feel downtown and plenty of natural locations along the river. The bridal party even grabbed a beer at a Kent classic, Ray's Place. From Kent, it was off to Rose's Run CC for the reception. We jumped into golf carts (always an adventure) for a few quick photos out on the course, then it was party time! We had a great time getting to know a laid back couple. Thanks and congratulations Chris and Barb!

PS. Ash and I both graduated from Kent, and may or may not have had a few beers at Ray's. I have to admit, it made my day when I got to stand behind the bar to take photos of the wedding party!

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Ryan & Ashley
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Sometimes it takes an army. Good thing Barb had a good crew of bridesmaids! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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OMG, totes adorbs! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Every bride needs a pair of fancy shoes! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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We were getting off of the elevator at the Kent University Hotel, and absolutely had to stop for a photo on this bench! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Seriously, how cool is this couple? Barb is a chemist, so they did a science experiment as their unity ceremony! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The Historic Church in Tallmadge. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The wedding party in front of the Pufferbelly in Kent. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Sometimes it's OK to play in traffic... | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Film Noir in the middle of the day? Cool. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Ash battled a jerk bee for this photo. Being a wedding photographer is not without its dangers... | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Detail shots like this one are why having a second photographer is so awesome. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Wonderful soft light. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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First dance, and a bride gazing at her new husband. Gotta love it! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Rose's Run CC is built on the grounds of a former Thoroughbred horse farm, and they still have the starting gate from the race track. | Akron Wedding Photographer
 
 
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Dominic and Aleks in front of the beautiful red barn at Crystal Brook Farm. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Domenic and Aleks kicked off the fall wedding season with a gorgeous Rustic Wedding at Crystal Brook Farm. The Bride got ready in the loft of the reception barn. It's so pretty, built from hand hewn beams and full of natural light from large windows. Once everyone was ready to go, we moved outside into the grove of trees for the Wedding Ceremony. The grounds of Crystal Brook Farms are loaded with excellent locations for Wedding Photography, and we could have kept shooting for the rest of the evening! However, there was a party that needed attending. The rustic barn at Crystal Brook Farm is a wonderful spot for a Wedding Reception, with twinkle lights and natural wood giving a warm and inviting feel. Huge congratulations to Domenic and Aleks, thanks so much for having us as your wedding photographer!

PS. The barn at Crystal Brook Farm was built by the owner's father as a horse stable! He milled all the lumber from trees knocked down in a storm and created this beautiful building. I had to share the story. 

PPS. Planning a rustic fall wedding? Hit me up here and tell me all about what you have in mind. 

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Ryan & Ashley
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Sneaking a peek. Loving the anticipation in this image. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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This is a beautiful detail photo of the bride's dress. Winner Ash! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The loft in the barn at Crystal Brook Farms is a wonderful spot. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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This is a cool shot of the ladies. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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A vest with no jacket is such a cool look for the groom and his groomsmen. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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We grabbed this photo right as the sun peeked out from behind the clouds. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Aleks hanging with her girls just before the wedding ceremony. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Ash captured an awesome image here, the storytelling makes it such a compelling photo. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The way Domenic is leaning into Aleks gives this image a dynamic feel, a sense of motion. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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We took advantage of the pretty light for a nice bridal portrait. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Unique composition. Cool. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The twinkle lights are twinkling, and the Crystal Brook Farm barn is ready for a party. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The first dance. Domenic's expression is great. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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It's always nice to include the reception details into the ring shot. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The lights from the parking area were shining into the trees, and we had to take advantage of the awesome look for a photo! | Akron Wedding Photographer
 

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