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Allie. Anthony. These two; when I first met with them on FaceTime [ they’re planning their wedding from out of town ] I knew these two were going to have fun. What I wasn’t prepared for [ yet pleasantly surprised by ] was how emotional and sweet their family and friends would be throughout the day.

Mapleside farms weddingAllie is a lovely bride. I swear she looks like Natalie Portman. Am I right? Legit. Not Star Wars episode one Nat, more like “No Strings Attached” or “Thor” Nat.

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Mapleside farms Lodge WeddingI love the simple elegance of this wedding picture at Mapleside. We were on the veranda outside of the lodge prior to their wedding ceremony.

Mapleside Farms wedding receptionThis wedding photograph is proof that taking ten minutes out from your wedding reception is totally worth it. We snuck away from the reception at Mapleside Farms to get a quick evening photography session in. In under ten minutes we made some beautiful artwork happen.

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Mapleside farms Lodge Reception ClevelandCleveland Wedding PhotographyMy degree is in photojournalism [ shout out to Kent state ] ; one of my favorite tools in my wedding photography is to tell stories through candids. Most wedding photographers ignore the power of the candid image.

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candid wedding photographer cleveland… and Allie loves this lady too; this is Allie’s mother. It’ evident that they are super close [ not only due to this picture, but thanks to the incredible gesture Allie made later at the wedding reception ]

Cleveland Wedding PhotographyThe men?  Cigars.  No make-up, no dressing; just smoking cigars.

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Best Wedding Photographers ClevelandI love the juxtaposition; the men are smoking cigars and watching soccer.  Meanwhile; Allie and her mother are holding back tears as she puts on her wedding gown.

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Mapleside farms weddingHe also gave her a second gift; largely revolving around their forthcoming fur-baby [ puppy ].

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I LOVE seeing how a groom responds to his bride walking down the aisle.

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Mapleside farms wedding reception… and then the drinking began.

wedding reception mapleside farms… and then the reception pastries showed up [ and quickly devoured ]

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