The weather was an amazing 60 degrees last New Year’s Eve and Mike and Amanda made great use of it for their wedding day photography! The Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square is a great venue because it is so modern and elegant on the inside and they have a great facility for ceremonies and receptions.
Mike and Amanda have great chemistry and it shows in front of the camera so we were thrilled they chose to do a First Glance before the ceremony. This is especially nice for afternoon winter weddings if you’ve scheduled your reception immediately following the ceremony. It allows you to take advantage of quickly fading daylight you may have otherwise missed. Not only was Amanda’s dress beautifully detailed, she had one of the prettiest bouquets ever. The petals of the gorgeous purple orchids mimicked the ruffles on the bottom of her dress perfectly while the fur stole and feather gracing her hair added some additional texture. All those details came together beautifully in their images.
Downtown was still decked out in Christmas decorations which made quick work of our outdoor session, allowing us to transition smoothly into the reception. The reception decor was a photographer’s dream – lots of candles and beautiful uplighting. Uplighting is a great option if it’s available to you. It really sets the mood for the evening and adds a dramatic flair to your photographs. Notice the vibrant yellow even during the ceremony. New Year’s Eve weddings are always a blast because they’re more than just a wedding reception, they‘re a full blown party! Mike and Amanda, we hope you had a great 2011 and an awesome first anniversary!