In the winter time, the Erie Bayfront can be brutal. But on a warm July day, it is one of the best spots around! Catherine & Jeff got married lakeside on the Sunset Terrace of the Bayfront Convention Center complete with sun, smiles, and wind! After the ceremony guests were lead indoors for cocktail hour and then into the Grand Ballroom for the reception.
The flow of the day ran so smoothly! Catherine & Jeff had agreed upon doing a first look. And the skywalk between the Convention Center and the hotel was the perfect place for privacy and natural light. During the setting up of the first look was also the time that I had figured out that walkie-talkies would be a good idea for my second shooter Shannon and I! Using something so simple verses running back and forth setting up the bride & groom seemed obvious!
From there we rolled into the ceremony to which the wind had other ideas for Catherine’s veil! She took it well when that wind just whipped it right off her head! And her poor dad didn’t know what to do!! But that’s what makes a wedding memorable little-unplanned events sprinkled in 😉 And let us not forget Sonny made an appearance also! Catherine & Jeff had rescued Sonny a few years prior, and he is genuinely their fur baby! He is still pretty shy around crowds, so a quick walk down the aisle to say Hi was perfect!
After the ceremony, we loaded onto the party bus and headed out to Frontier Park for photos. I love traveling like this for wedding parties because this is the time that everyone can relax and start having fun! Plus it saves on time keeping everyone together.
We were back on time to kick off the reception with introductions, dancing, speeches, and dinner! Josh from Lake Erie Events kept the dance floor full all night long. With a fun night behind us, it was time to close out the night with a glow stick tunnel! Think sprinkler exit but safer! (thank goodness!)
Getting Ready: Erie Courtyard by Marriott
Ceremony & Reception Location: Bayfront Convention Center
Hair & Makeup: Charisma Salon
Cake: McGreevy Cake Co
DJ: Lake Erie Events