July 26, 2018

Stan Hywet Wedding-Kalahari Reception| Chris & Helene

Helene and I met almost 3 years ago, when she was recently engaged.  She was such a friendly, happy and sweet lady that I instantly felt connected to her. She was from the country Cameroon and had a beautiful french-like accent.  We talked about her love for Chris and how she loved the wedding planning process.  It seemed like their wedding was a long time away, but she was excited to book us well in advance.  When Helene showed up for their engagement session last summer with a “floral crown” and adorable outfits, I could barely contain my excitement!  Her bridal shower was just as cute and I knew the wedding would be adorable as well.

Helene and Chris had their preparations at the Sheraton By The Falls.  This is a convenient & beautiful location for weddings at Stan Hywett.

The wedding ceremony was very romantic and held at the historic Stan Hywett Mansion and Gardens. One of the  most beautiful locations for a wedding in Northern Ohio. Just walking from one location to another at this mansion makes makes me feel like I’m back in Europe again!  Helene knew that she wanted a very special location that was beautiful and romantic. She also wanted photography that took advantage of it as well! Romantic and beautiful in a vintage garden…is right up my alley!  Val from Perfectly Planned By Val, was her wedding coordinator.  It’s always nice to work with other professionals that want the best for the couple and help make the day run smoothly! I can’t forget about the flowers!  Heather from Fair Raity Flowers did such a beautiful job!  I loved the floral Baby’s Breath crowns and the bouquets were just stunning.

What was even more unique was the reception location!  More than an hour away, but so worth the trip, was Kalahari.  With it’s African theme and decor, it was perfect for Helene and Chris!  Chris said it was the giant lion that won him over….so of course we had to photograph them with the lion.  The reception started with a bang when the bridesmaids and Helene danced a well choreographed routine and then the guys jumped in and tried to out dance them.  Very fun for us and the guest!  I was sorry to see the wedding end.  It has been so fun working with Helene and Chris and we look forward to their future and being part of it!  Congratulations guys!!!

Wedding Planner- Perfectly Planned By Val

Dress-The Dress Boutique in Medina

Dress Designer-Martina Liana

Make-up- Cleveland Bridal Makeup, Temeka Rhodes

Preparation Location-Sheraton Suites By The Falls

Florist-Fair Rarity Flowers

Wedding Venue-Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens


DJ-Rock The House





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