Category Archives: Weddings

Amanda & Brandon | Melbourne Florida Wedding

melbourne_wedding_BLOG_000_WEB After such a long harsh winter us vitamin-D-deficient Ohioans were quite eager to feel warm sun again! Many thanks to Amanda and Brandon for inviting us to their wedding in Melbourne FLORIDA! We get a little too excited when someone wants us to travel south for a wedding!

I first met Amanda and Brandon over 10 years ago! We traveled together all over the states with a ministry team. After thousands of miles, life-changing experiences, and several years of travel, it’s safe to say we became more like siblings than teammates.

Time and distance and life changes limited our communication after those years but we’d still check in now and then. Who knew that years later Amanda and Brandon would re-connect, fall in love and tie the knot!?

I was honored to photograph this celebration of commitment and love! Not to sound cliche, but it was clearly meant to be and they are indeed perfect for each other!

We also planned a day-after session with the newlyweds! It was so nice to have…

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Minimalists, Retouching, and Unicorns

HC051Nathan and I love what we do! It truly is rewarding to witness and capture special moments in people’s lives! But every once in a while, I find myself wondering if I should be doing more… I mean, maybe we should use images textures, or create more dramatic lighting, or add artistic post edits that would increase the “wow” factor of our work.

When I think about making a permanent change to a technique, my inner-self revolts; not for a resistance to change so much as a departure from what I love the most. I’ve realized it’s a love for “real” that keeps me there. We are very minimalist in how we process each photo we take. I never want to alter the beauty of what is, but only enhance it…

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Favorite Wedding Pictures of 2013!!!

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Where did the year go!!! It’s hard for us Cleveland wedding photographers to believe that we are already in 2014! We are looking ahead into a fabulous new year, with many wonderful weddings right around the corner! Before we delve into our goals for the coming year, we wanted to pause and reflect on some of our favorite wedding pictures of 2013!

We had such an incredible 2013! A huge THANK YOU to all our amazing couples, and our friends and fellow professionals in the wedding industry that referred us! We are so grateful to be a part of so many gorgeous love stories! We loved celebrating your love with you!

These are some of our very favorite matrimonial images from this past year!

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Album Sale!!!

AlbumSale2013-openingSo you recently got married and life is wonderful! You have this disk/drive filled with the digital memories of that wonderful day, but it’s sitting in a drawer, collecting dust.

Now is your chance to transform those beautiful images into a unique conversation piece! Create a quality, leather-bound album, showcasing your favorite wedding day memories!

See a sample of an album here.

Our year-end Album sale is on, and you can get a custom designed, lay-flat, Fine Art Album for 20% off! This sale…

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Special Promotion | Ashcroft & Oak Jewelers

ring-promoNathan and are I are honored to be apart of a special promotion happening at Ashcroft and Oak Jewelers THIS WEEKEND ONLY! If you are engaged, or know someone who’s about to pop the question soon, you need to check it out! We are one of a select group of local vendors, each offering special incentives for planning your wedding with us!

How can you get in on these deals? Visit the Strongsville, South Park Mall, Ashcroft and Oak store today through Sunday (Nov 29-Dec 1!

I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise, but If you purchase the love-of-your-life that special ring THIS WEEKEND you get something FREE from Nathan & Amanda Photographers…

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Karli & Darren | Akron Ohio Wedding

Karli_Darren001_WEBI remember our first meeting with Karli for two reasons: First, our meeting came at the time when we, as a business, were drawing up plans for our rebrand into Nathan and Amanda Photographers; And second, we held our meeting at Angel Falls Coffee in Akron Ohio, one of our favorite places… because of the coffee of course!!! I knew we would be a good fit from the moment we met! A artist herself, Karli was looking for a photographer for both her and her sister Kara’s weddings.

Karli and Darren, are to date, our longest booked couple! Nathan and I waited over two years to celebrate with them and I am sure we weren’t even a fraction as excited to celebrate with them as they were to finally be tying the knot!

From the ceremony at St Mathew’s to portraits in a park, to an amazing dinner hosted by non other than The Tangier, to an intimate evening of dancing and fun outside the Hamad family home, the their celebration was simply perfect!

The day was warm and bright due only in part to the beautiful weather…

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Megan & Todd | Wyndham Playhouse Square Wedding

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We first photographed Megan and Todd’s engagement session early this spring. They were so adorable together! We have particular fondness for the romantic flowering trees that highlighted their session.

Before we knew it, autumn was here and this lovely couple was tying the knot! Megan and Todd’s wedding day began in Lakewood at St. James Catholic Church. The ornateness of the church was breathtaking! It was the first time Nathan and I had the privilege of shooting there! Such a grand way to launch Megan and Todd’s marriage celebration!

I LOVE Megan’s muted color theme! the sage and peach hues softened and lightened the strong architecture of the church and the gray rainy sky. Each detail Megan chose for her big day was so cohesive and elegant!

Cleveland Octobers have tried to rain out many a wedding, but Megan and Todd selected a stately (and rainproof) venue in the Playhouse Square Wyndham. We stopped for pictures after the ceremony at a nearby park, but it was just too cold and rainy to for portraits…

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Abby & Matt | Cleveland Hilton Wedding

Cleveland_Wedding000_WEBWe’ve looked forward to Abby and Matt’s luxurious wedding for quite some time! Especially after their lovely engagement session in downtown Akron! They were naturals in front of the camera and we could tell how much they genuinely valued each others friendship!

“Friendship is the marriage of the soul” Voltaire, was printed in Abby and Matt’s ceremony program and that is exactly how they are together; best and lasting friends! 5th grade was the start of their friendship, and even though they didn’t become a couple until years later, that history together has been the glue to their growing love and appreciation for each other!

And then… one day… they got married! Truly a lovely ceremony with many tears, a gorgeous reception in downtown Cleveland, and a milestone celebration worthy of a “marriage of their souls.”

Even though the day began warm and sunny, it wasn’t long before Ohio did what she does best… became overcast! But that was actually PERFECT!…

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Courtney & Ken | Westwood Country Club Wedding

Country_Club_Wedding_001_WEBAs Nathan and I drove into Cleveland from Ontario, the weather looked ominous. As we approached the city, it poured. I grimaced. Really? I thought. That’s an Ohio Autumn for you! Nathan and I have been supremely blessed that very rarely do we actually shoot IN the rain. It might rain before and after… but RARELY right when we need to take pictures.

So it was for Courtney and Ken’s lovely day! I kept watching the weather on my phone for Rocky River as we pulled up to Courtney and Ken’s apartment in downtown Cleveland. “It says scattered showers in Rocky River, and it’s currently NOT rainy there now!” I stated, as we hurriedly ran through another downpour to get undercover.

Shortly after our stop at their apartment, we headed to Westwood Country Club. We pulled up to Westwood the downpour slowed to a trickle. Ha! I stared at the sky as I got out of the car… this is going to be grrrreat!!! (Remember me… the perpetual wedding day optimist!) Sure enough, right after a beautiful indoor ceremony, the clouds parted and we were able to shoot outside for most of the portraits! So blessed!…

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Rebecca & David | Niagara Falls Wedding

Niagara_Falls_Wedding001_WEBThis was not our first adventure in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Amanda and I had visited the awe-inspiring Falls about 30 months ago, shortly after our own wedding. It was however, our privilege to shoot a wedding in the Falls for the first time!

When we arrived at the Friesen household, everything was a bustle of activity! Details and preparation photos were first on the agenda. While Amanda started into photos, I ran to Starbucks get our bride her favorite drink!

Rebecca and David chose to have a first-look before their ceremony at Niagara Falls Botanical Gardens. It was the PERFECT spot for portraits! We could have spent many more hours than we had time allotted. Standing in the middle of the Gardens, one could look in any direction and behold a beautifully peaceful scene. The Botanical Gardens boasts manicured stone pathways and numerous unique gardens. We just had to decide were to start!

Rebecca’s stunning gown was custom designed and created specifically for her!…

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