When I met Mary at the Fish Bridal show, she and Shannon had already planned a wedding in the Outer Banks. They already had a photographer for the ceremony. They were planning a local Cleveland reception and after seeing some of our pictures decided to turn it into a photo day as well. It was a relaxed, fun day of being creative. This was the first time I have been hired to do a wedding without the ceremony being part of it. There were also some other elements that were unique. One of my favorites parts of the day was beginning at Shannon's Grandma's retirement home. She is about to turn 100! These images were very meaningful to me as well, because I could see how special the relationship is that Shannon has with his Grandma. My grandma left this earthly life a couple years ago and she was very special to me and helped raise me. She taught me so much. I really appreciated this moment. Here are a few pics from that wonderful time. I hope they are cherished memories for a long time.
With this image I wanted to create something that symbolized the heritage that is passed on from one generation to the next. I love how it turned out.
Cute kids are always magnetic to my camera. These two were so sweet.
We then headed up to East 4th for some pictures on a very busy day downtown. I love this area to shoot...and to eat. So many photo sessions are done here that I always try to challenge to use the environment in a way it may have not been used previously. So in a symbolic gesture I've saved my favorite images from this part of the day as the 4th:)
Shannon and Mary chose the courthouse for their reception. It looked brilliant. We did a few pics there before taking a quick limo ride to the lake.
There a few delightful suprises awaiting Shannon at the reception. One was the personalized elephant cake. The other was a favorite gourmet dish. Now as you can see, the food at the courthouse is top-notch, but Shannon has the same weakness as Mat and myself. We are Chipotle addicts. Shannon so much so that it was his wedding reception meal. That type of clever thoughtfulness from Mary is the type of stuff that is going to keep their marriage fun for a long time.
Thank you Shannon and Mary for having me be a part of such a special day. It was great meeting your families and witnessing your love. May your marriage always be blessed. I rejoice with you that you found each other.