Chris & Keith : 6.26.15

Words cannot express my joy and excitement as I witnessed my friends, Chris & Keith, finally be granted the right to marry. When Shawn and I married, these two were there for us for anything we needed, they made our celebration go smoothly and we are forever grateful to them. It was like celebrating all over again today when I was able to witness this historic moment both for this couple and the nation.

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Chris & Keith were the VERY FIRST same sex couple married in Cuyahoga County today. The excitement was clearly felt throughout the entire room. Everyone from the court room officials to the media were all very excited to be there and genuinely happy for my friends. A reporter and I were talking and she commented on how happy this was for her because she is so used to stories that bring her down…she began to tear up and just repeat over and over how happy she was. My children were fortunate enough to attend and as I looked over at them, it sunk in that they will never live in a world where love is not accepted and I could not be prouder to live in a time like this.

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As we waited for the judge to enter the courtroom, Chris & Keith were bombarded by media, but they didn’t seem to mind!

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The ceremony was short and sweet. After 18 years of commitment, Chris & Keith were finally given what they deserved.

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I could not have been happier to do this for them.

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Chris & Keith, we are so happy for you! Cannot wait to celebrate Thanksgiving as MARRIED COUPLES this year. Love you both!

If you or someone you know is getting married, please tell them about me! Send them this blog and my email address mandawakeman@yahoo.com

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Katie & Dave : 6.13.15

Katie was referred to me by a friend’s husband and I couldn’t have been happier to work with her! Katie is sweet and spunky and a fellow dog lover, I really enjoyed getting to know her! Katie was kind enough to work with me on her wedding date because I was initially booked when she first contacted me. I am so glad I was there to capture her day with the help of Alicia of course!

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I love watching the bridesmaids see the bride in her dress! Such a special moment that can be easily overlooked.

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While the girls were getting ready, Alicia was with the guys while they had brunch at Urban Farmer and then while they prepared for the big day. I really love these shots she captured.

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The ceremony took place at St. John’s in the heart of Downtown Cleveland. I have shot at this church several times and it never gets old. Just an absolutely STUNNING cathedral with an incredibly accommodating clergy/staff that are very easy to work with. Always a pleasure to work there.

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^ Photo by Alicia ^

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We had LOTS of sun which can make for difficult photographs, but there are still SO many good images, I had a difficult time choosing what to put on here. So here are a few of my favorites.

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The reception was back at The Westin and what a fun time it was! I really liked the couple’s take on a wedding cake…brewnuts! Such a fun idea.

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This reception was full of HILARIOUS dancing. So many fun ones to choose from. Here are some of my favorite shots of guests gettin’ down!

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Thanks Dave & Katie for asking me to capture your special day. Have a great time in Hawaii!

Special thanks to my shooting partner, Alicia as well as Heidi & the team of NorthPeek Video for working along side us so nicely!

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Katelyn & Justin : 6.7.2015

Beautiful night for an engagement session! The next best thing to the golden hour : cloud cover…and we had plenty of it! It was my first time meeting this couple and I really enjoyed getting to know them last night! We started off at Wade Oval (ironically, I was there the day before for a wedding)

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Isn’t she beautiful?!

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I love walking around the oval, there is a lot of diversity in the landscape and it allows for a versatile set of photos.

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Then we headed to Voinovich Park/E. 9th St. Pier and got some shots. I especially love these

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The couple had an idea to take a few shots where Justin proposed, I really love incorporating meaningful places/objects into photoshoots. This was no exception and the views were awesome!

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I want to thank this couple for spending their evening with me! AND also, for being so patient and kind. While I was driving from Wade Oval to E. 9th, I found a dog darting in and out of traffic. I stopped to rescue him and he jumped in my car. He spent the rest of the shoot quietly resting in my car (with the windows down of course). He spent the night at my friend’s house and we are working on a home for him now. This is not the first time this has happened to me, I seem to find stray animals constantly. Last year at a wedding, I rescued a kitten! The list goes on and on.

Here is a photo (sorry about the bad lighting!)

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Brianna & Chris : 6.6.2015

Beautiful day for a wedding! I really enjoyed working with Brianna over the past year, she has great taste and has a fun personality! We started the day off on the east side at a salon and quickly moved over to the hotel to get ready for the big day!

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Meanwhile, my shooting partner Alicia was with the guys. I really love these shots she captured.

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After a lovely ceremony, we headed to Wade Oval for photos

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groomsmen photo by Alicia

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Then we headed to Cleveland City Hall for the reception! We managed to get this shot in front of the new Cleveland Convention Center.

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Alicia took this beautiful shot of the couple on the steps of City Hall

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City Hall is one of my favorite places for a reception. It is absolutely stunning!

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I really loved the couple’s first dance. Look how happy the bride looks here!

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The bride and her Dad were especially close, this is also one of my favorites!

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Thank you Brianna and Chris for including me on your wedding day

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Kate & Mike : 6.2.15

This engagement session was a fun one! I met Kate about a year ago when she booked me for her January 2016 wedding. I liked her immediately and we became fast friends! Her friend Erin also booked me and we also became friends. This is why I truly love what I do, it is so nice to meet so many fun and interesting people!

Mike and Kate met at Greenhouse Tavern downtown after an Indians game, so it was only fitting that we started the shoot there.

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I absolutely loved the rooftop lounge area. I had never been there before and now I want to go back!

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Then we ventured to a couple spots on E. 4th street. It was a little busy but I managed to sneak in a few pictures!

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Then we were off to the flats where we had some great views of the Cleveland skyline. We even took some photos with their adorable puppy, Lucy. I’ll be saving those for the couple 🙂 Here are some of my favorites from that area.

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Mike is a firefighter for Berea and Kate is a nurse! I love this shot and I love to incorporate personal touches like this one.

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I can’t wait to photograph this couple’s wedding in January.

If you’re interested in booking me for a shoot or your wedding, please contact me at mandawakeman@yahoo.com