Mike & Mia – Stan Hywet Wedding – Akron, OH

Mike & Mia’s wedding was so special to me on many levels.  Of course I adored my Buckeye-lovin’ couple because they are both so sweet and caring, always making sure everyone was taken care of properly on their wedding day.  But also because I too was married at Stan Hywet once-upon-a-longer-than-I’d-like-to-admit-ago, so not only is every square inch of the grounds indelibly inked into my memory (that free 1 yr membership wedding they include with your booking is so handy!) but a shared experience of the excitement and joy of the location and the desire to capture in their memories all of those special touches and spots was fueling me all day long.   That and water, sooooo much water because, as predicted during their engagement session last Autumn, it was a scorcher of a day.  But neither Bride nor Groom lost their cool and a huge shout out to the staff of Stan Hywet for keeping everyone, including the guests at the ceremony plied with ice cold water.

After they were declared Dr. & Mrs. Jack we spent some time in the gardens of Stan Hywet and then took the party back to their hometown, Wadsworth, for some additional photos at the lovely gazebo on Broad Street before heading over to the main celebration at The Galaxy Restaurant.   The food was as top-notch as the party and the dance floor, photo booth and bar areas were always jumping with people hugging, laughing, getting their groove on and toasting the newlyweds.  As it should be!

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The Details

Ceremony Venue:  Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens- Akron, OH

Reception Venue: The Galaxy Restaurant – Wadsworth, OH

Hair Salon: Salon Mystique – Canton, OH

Florist: Roses For Weddings – Medina, OH

 

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Thomas & Barbie – The Lakehouse Inn & Winery Wedding – Geneva, OH

Thomas & Barbie had a wedding day as memorable as they are.  A whole lot of wind, nearly equal to the whirlwind personality and laughter of Barbie and lots of warm sunshine reminiscent of Thomas’ ever-present calm and caring personality.  And that’s a beautiful mixture to have.  Their intimate wedding including their families and closest friends was full of joy and lots of stories of their past exploits as well as their dreams for the days to come.  All of Barbie and her various assistants hard work on the rustic details for the reception showed off the reception venue to perfection. And I had never seen bouquets made of reclaimed wood, but I have to say I am completely in love with both the concept and execution of the bouquets and boutonnieres.   Everything came together to make one wonderful celebration of a couple whose warmth and love reverberated through every moment.  061216-9061216-28061216-13061216-3061216-24061216-14061216-27061216-17061216-42061216-51061216-56061216-57061216-60061216-64061216-67061216-37061216-78061216-85061216-87061216-95061216-110061216-131061216-134061216-139061216-153061216-159061216-161061216-166061216-2061216-197061216-199061216-200061216-205061216-210061216-214061216-216061216-186061216-220061216-223061216-224061216-227061216-236061216-243061216-244061216-248061216-266061216-273061216-281061216-276

Ceremony & Reception Venue/Caterer: Lakehouse Inn & Winery – Geneva, OH

Bridal Gown: ModCloth

Bridesmaid’s Gown: Amazon.com

Men’s Suits: American Commodore Tuxedo

Wedding Jewelry: Blue Nile

Florist: EcoFlower.com