Built in 1903, a large, white hotel with a wrap-around porch is perched atop a small hill overlooking Conneaut Lake. Stepping in from the porch through the doors of a gorgeously restored ballroom, hints of petal pink adorn the tables, along with tall glass pillars of floating candles and branches winding around vibrant green hydrangeas. This setting is absolutely magical, and I am one of the privileged that gets to take in the beauty of Chris and Lisa’s reception splendor long before feet shuffle through the historic doors of Hotel Conneaut.
So begins the story of Chris and Lisa’s wedding day, one that was whimsical, jubilant and dappled with beach-themed fun.Lookin’ good, Chris!These next few images were taken in the garden patio of Hotel Conneaut, which is absolutely stunning. Between the bright flowers, fountain pond and lapping waves from the lake, I was in sensory overload (and loved it!)Absolutely. Ravishing. Can’t pick my favorite.This fence lined the hotel parking lot, and looking at the image, you would never guess that cars were on either side of Lisa. I knew I could slip her in between an empty spot and make it seem like she was in a barn field! Especially perfect because Lisa loves horses!Lisa had a special surprise for her ceremony… and it had to do with a boat. Keep scrolling down to see what it was!Lisa was entering the ceremony on a boat! But after a few minutes of riding in the back seat on the way to the ceremony, she decided that she wanted to drive the boat instead. Love this girl!
Yes, Lavender Leigh Photography will do anything for their couples, even if it means bringing highly expensive camera equipment on a motor boat! Anything to capture the moment!
Side note: these images demonstrate the benefit of having two photographers on your wedding day. Barry went on the boat with Lisa while I was at the ceremony spot to capture guests entering and Chris walking down the aisle.
Lisa and Chris didn’t have a bridal party, but had a lot of cousins that they wanted to take pictures with! Here are the ladies and the gents.Conneaut’s amusement park was a skip away from the reception location. How do I get to photograph the most fun couples? So lucky.