Getting to know Kristina and Mike through our first meeting in person and then with their engagement session really helped us form a friendship right away! As high school sweethearts, Mike is full of funny stories to tell! And of course, Kristina smiles and laughs and agrees that that really did happen! I knew through our conversations that they really wanted a traditional wedding. But sometimes going against who you are as a couple can really be a bit of a burden. All the formalities and decision making within the family was starting to drive Kristina and Mike crazy. So one day Kristina said this isn’t what I want. She contacted me right away wondering if I had a date 3 months before the date of the original wedding open. I did, barely! So they scrapped the big wedding and went small, simple, fun and all the people that were their closest friends and family surrounded them on their wedding day! You could see the weight had been lifted off and Kristina and Mike completely enjoyed their day! Pizza and all!
Kristina and Mike reserved The School House in Fairview, Pa to hold both ceremony and reception which in my opinion was the perfect location! It is a historic School House that has been renovated to hold small events. It has so much character that you really don’t need much in the way of decore. We had a gorgeous August evening to hold the ceremony outdoors. Then everyone was able to grab cocktails afterward at the bar located downstairs of the School House. Now Mike is a bit of a picky eater. So, therefore pizza and salad were served for dinner! And let’s just say this was a HUGE hit with the kids! I mean pizza & cupcakes?! Best party ever!!
One of the things Kristina asked is if we could head to the beach for photos. I am so glad she was up for this! Lake Erie’s Walnut Creek Park was just down the road so it made it easy to load up and grab some “Just Married” sunset portraits! But see beach photos aren’t as dreamy to execute as you may think! First, goose poop. And lots of it! Then you have sand. Enough said. And then you have people standing behind your wedding party taking photos of you taking photos (good time saver there!) But even through all that it was worth every second! Their sunset portraits after just saying “I do” turned out to be absolutely dreamy!
I have to say I was pretty partial to the sunset portraits, but the kids that were part of the wedding day were a big highlight! They were up for anything I asked and did it with full personality! Catching expressions and just kids being kids was a lot of fun!