We are super thrilled to share some of the photographs from Lauren and Donnie’s wedding ceremony and reception at Acacia Reservation in Beachwood, Ohio. We’ve know Lauren for quite some time now and we were excited to have to opportunity to actually meet Donnie face-to-face. Who was this guy who was able to capture Lauren’s heart? We figured that he had to be someone truly special, probably retired military like herself, and he must be a DIEHARD Cleveland Browns fan just like Lauren. Right? Well, let’s just say that we still like him although he does prefer to wear the ol’ black and gold. lol
We started the morning at Hyatt Place in Legacy Village where both Lauren and Donnie were getting ready. The groom looked handsome in his dress blues and the bride looked as stunning as ever in her Allure ball gown. Soon it was off to Acacia Reservation for their first look. Since the rain had decided that it was going to come down throughout the day we felt that staying inside for our portrait session was our best option and WOW was it a great choice! Perfect atmosphere and lighting for a perfect couple. We’d also like to give a quick shout out to the team with Dino’s Catering who really pulled off a beautiful event despite the rainy weather.
As a special touch, James O’Dell, Lauren’s former company commander in the 1-137 Aviation BN Ohio National Guard, presided over their ceremony. He created the most amazing custom vows for the couple which not only made Lauren cry (which was quite stunning to us considering she’s typically such a hard core, bad A@% – lol) but also had everyone laughing hysterically as he made Donnie promised to love Lauren forever, for better or worse… even during the Browns football season. Love that! This really helped to kick the evening off to an amazing start.
What we really enjoyed the most was how little bits of Lauren and Donnie’s personal style was sprinkled throughout the entire reception. From their navy and orange wedding colors (navy to represent military/police and orange to represent the Browns); to their “A Little Pot from Colorado” wedding favors; to the doughnut flag they had made for their dessert table. Each detail represented who they are and their witty personalities perfectly.
Lauren and Donnie, thank you for trusting us to capture your precious memories. We hope that you enjoy these favorites from your wedding day as much as we do!
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Acacia Reservation
Catering: Dino’s Catering
Floral Design: Jae Roysdon
Cake Artist: Rito’s Bakery
Entertainment: DJ Judi Chevrolet
Bride’s Hair and Makeup Artist: Brittany Vojack
Bridal Gown: Allure
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Azazie