A lightning strikes right as the bride and groom kiss during their wedding at the CDA Resort.


Embracing the Unexpected: an Electric Wedding at the CDA Resort - Jonathan & sienna

I’m thrilled to share one of the most electric weddings I’ve had the honor of capturing at the CDA Resort. Picture this: a moody atmosphere hanging over the stunning backdrop of the lake. An unexpected twist that left everyone breathless—a lightning strike right at their first kiss. Talk about a moment to remember!

As a photographer, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing love stories unfold, each with its own unique charm & surprises. But there’s something truly magical about a day like this, where nature itself decides to join in the celebration. It’s a reminder that no matter how meticulously we plan, life always has its own agenda—and sometimes, it’s far more enchanting than anything we could have imagined.

A little bit about their wedding day:

From the moment I arrived at the CDA Resort, I could feel the electricity in the air – literally and metaphorically. I could sense the energy in the air, a mix of excitement and nerves as the clouds rolled in, painting the sky with shades of gray.  But instead of fretting over the weather, Jonathon & Sienna embraced the moment, knowing that magic lies in the unexpected.

As the ceremony began, the atmosphere crackled with anticipation. Jonathon & Sienna exchanged vows against the backdrop of thunder, their words promising forever amidst the chaos of the storm. Just as Jonathon & Sienna shared their first kiss, a bolt of lightning streaked across the sky, illuminating the moment in a flash of brilliance. It’s as if nature itself had decided to join in the celebration, sealing their union with an awe-inspiring display of beauty & power.

But what truly made this CDA Resort wedding unforgettable wasn’t just the dramatic backdrop or the unexpected twist. It was Jonathon & Sienna’s unwavering love and resilience in the face of uncertainty. Instead of letting the storm dampen their spirits, they embraced it wholeheartedly, dancing in the rain and laughing in the face of adversity.

Small piece of advice for your wedding day:

And isn’t that what marriage is all about? It’s about weathering the storms together, finding beauty in the chaos, and cherishing every moment—both the highs and the lows. It’s about trusting in each other’s love, come rain or shine, and knowing that together, you can conquer anything that comes your way.

So here’s to Jonathon & Sienna – who dared to embrace the magic of their CDA Resort wedding, whose love burned brighter than any lightning bolt in the sky. May your journey together be filled with countless moments of magic and may you always remember that true love knows no bounds.

If you’re dreaming of your own magical CDA Resort wedding, I’d love to be a part of your special day. Head over to my website here to learn more about my services and how I can help capture the magic of your love story.

Until next time, keep embracing the beauty of the unexpected, my dear friends!

Xoxo, Hannah Hotchkiss


Photographer: Hannah Hotchkiss  //  Planner: Ashley Graham Events  //  Venue: Hagadone Event Center at the CDA Resort  //  Catering: CDA Resort  //  Dress: Believe Bride  //  Florals: Rose & Blossom  //  Videographer: Ferguson Films

You only get married once! It’s one of the biggest days of your life, and hopefully one of the best. I want you to fully enjoy it, soak it all in, and have amazing photos to enjoy for the rest of your lives together. Everyone has their own love story.
And I love documenting people’s stories.