The first time I met Sara and Tanner, we spent a late afternoon exploring Whipp’s Ledges in the Cleveland Metroparks. We had such a blast getting to know each other, climbing all the rock formations and enjoying the golden, summer evening. (See their engagement photos here!)

I know I say this constantly, but I’m going to say it again; my couples = my people. Sara and Tanner are so genuine, down-to-earth, and just are FUN to be around. It 100% felt like hanging out with friends, chatting about anything, and everything, just having a good time together.

So of course, their wedding day was just as bomb dot com as we celebrated at the Happy Days Lodge in CVNP! The day started

off windy and snowy, but that didn’t stop all the happy to be found at the lodge. The ceremony was soooo magical with twinkly lights and the cutest ring bearer and flower girl!

My favorite part of the day, was seeing how over-the-moon excited they were while we took their bride and groom portraits. If it’s even possible, they were even more excited and loving with one another (and it clearly shows!).

Thanks again, Sara and Tanner for including us in your special day! :)

A special thanks to all the wedding professionals who made Sara and Tanner's big day amazing!

Venue: Happy Days Lodge

Cake: Tiffany’s Bakery

Caterer: Waterloo Restaurant

DJ: Bam Productions

Hair/Makeup: Lavigna’s Spa and Salon

Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse

#2019 #HappyDaysLodge #CuyahogaValleyNationalPark #peninsulaohio #Clevelandohio #Winterwedding

Everything about this next wedding was #OMG!

First of all, Mary and Mike are both the sweetest people you will ever meet. The first time I talked to Mary on the phone, I knew we were already besties! From chatting about frenchies and OU (go bobcats!) to gushing about all the wedding deets, I knew they were 100% my kind of couple.

The weekend was already off to an interesting start as we had a massive snow storm blow through the day of their wedding! No worries though! We started off at The Hilton Cleveland and had a great time snapping candids of all the getting ready details and looking out over the snowy city. The view from the Rockefeller suite is AMAZING and such a beautiful backdrop for our morning. My favorite part was finding cool ways to photograph Mary’s stunning dress and jewelry (not to mention her sparkly shoes!).

After everyone was ready, we made it over to the Cleveland Museum of Art for their intimate ceremony in the museum’s atrium. I loved that the ceremony site is surrounded by lush greenery; there’s even a bamboo walkway! Surrounded by their closest family and friends, they said I do in a lovely, brief ceremony followed by bridal party photos and drinks before dinner.

The centerpieces and reception decor were and absolute vision, as was the cake made by Pat Hoose! Pat is a famous cake decorator in the Cleveland area (see her work here) and her perfect, granite and gold leaf cake for Mary and Mike was an absolute masterpiece. After some heartfelt toasts and yummy desserts, the night kept going with dancing as the band played on.

Thanks again for having us, Mary and Mike!

Thank you to these amazing wedding professionals who helped make Mary and Mike’s day happen!

Venue: The Cleveland Museum of Art

Hotel: The Hilton Cleveland

Band/Lighting: Steven Cipriano

Cake: Baking by Pat Hoose

Catering: Bon Appetit

Second Photographer: Jason Paul Photography

Dress: Oleg Cassini

Shoes: Gianni Bini

Hairpiece: ASOS

Hair stylist: Meggie Gallagher

Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse

Cleveland Wedding Photographer | Wedding Photographer Cleveland

#clevelandmuseumofart #2019 #winterwedding #downtowncleveland #eastsidecleveland #universitycircle

A couple weeks ago we met up with Abbey and Ray at the Canton Garden Center for some parents-to-be photos! I had never been to this gorgeous, little park, but it was the perfect setting for our session. Not only did we debut a few of the baby’s future outfits (how cute are those OSU booties?!), we also found this little gazebo that said “Tree House” on it to match their Winnie The Pooh theme. It was fate! At the end of the session, Abbey did a quick wardrobe change into a stunning, deep red maternity dress. Matched with a fur head wrap, I had an absolute ball photographing her beauty (inside and out!).

Thanks again Abbey and Ray! Can’t wait to meet your newest addition soon!

Cleveland Wedding Photographer | Wedding Photographer Cleveland

#maternity #parentstobe #pregnancy #winter2019 #February


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Allison Hopkins is a Cleveland, Columbus, and Pittsburgh wedding photographer 

focused on unscripted, artfully crafted, and real moments.


allison hopkins photography is a cleveland and akron, ohio-based wedding and lifestyle photography company focused on unscripted, artistic, and real moments. 

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