This past weekend, Tony and I traveled to North East Ohio to photograph one of the most beautiful couples (inside and out), Sierra and Taylor. Not only were they the best, their families were the best. I have no doubt that Sierra and Taylor will live a lifetime of happiness together with such a strong support group. Let me tell you about how our day went with them. Tony and I split up in the morning so that I could photograph Sierra and the girls getting ready and Tony could photograph Taylor and the boys getting ready. Sierra's beautiful dress was from Abbott's Bridal. Here are some detail shots of Sierra's shoes, dress and jewelry:
After Sierra was ready, she read a note that Taylor had written for her.
While Sierra was doing that, the boys were doing this:
I was pleased to find out that Sierra wanted to have a first look with her Dad, Alex. She came down the stairs to him and they shared a moment. You can clearly see that they have a special relationship.
After the tears were wiped away and makeup refreshed, it was off to the limo to head to St. Charles Borromeo Church in Parma.
At the church, Taylor read his letter from Sierra.
Here are some other highlights from the church:
After the ceremony we headed to Chagrin Falls to get some bridal party shots. Never in all of the times we've shot at Chagrin has a bride agreed to go down to the fall area to take photos. In order to get these shots, it involved doing some rock climbing in a white dress and high heels. Boy, this girl knows how to party. Tony and I were so glad she was up for the adventure because we captured some awesome shots. Here's an example:
When the adrenaline wore off, we got some bridal party shots. This group was so awesome- they had so much fun and so did we.
After Chagrin, we headed to The Bertram Inn in Aurora for the reception. The venue was decorated with pink and silver class.
The cake was made by Acme and it was gorgeous (also delicious).
The cake cutting was hilarious. I didn't think they would smash it, but they did!
After the cake smashing, Taylor surprised Sierra with an ice cream bar from Z's ice cream and bean. I don't think I've ever had ice cream this delicious.
The first dances were emotional. So emotional that I'm happy I got some pictures in focus with my teary eyes. Taylor held Sierra so close during the dance- it was very special.
THEN, more tears with the father-daughter dance. They danced to a very special Bruce Springsteen song that had everyone in tears.
Taylor and his mother shared a unique dance. Just when you thought it was going to be a typical son-mother dance, the music changed to an epic compilation of songs and they boogied down!
To end the night, we captured some wedding ring shots, here is one of the many we took:
I was an amazing day and we got to work with some pretty amazing people and vendors. The videographer was Jessica from JFray Productions. She was an absolute gem to work with! The DJ was Brent Schmidt from Cleveland Music Group and he was also fantastic. Brent got the dance floor packed with people- it was probably one of the most crowded dance floors I've ever seen. At one point, during a conga line, Taylor grabbed Brent and me to join in with them. I can say that this was a first for me!