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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!

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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!

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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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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!

sit.stay.smile.
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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