Ashley and Scott’s Wedding at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

by James ~ September 11th, 2014

One of the best ways to personalize a wedding is to incorporate elements of your history and family traditions into the day, which is exactly what Scott and Ashley did for their wedding.  From the kilts made with Scott’s family tartan (and with no “wardrobe malfunctions” that I’m aware of) to the Church where Ashley was baptized and spent much of childhood, this wedding very accurately reflected their personality and their history.

Ashley’s childhood church,  Mother of Sorrows in Peninsula, is quite possibly the smallest venue that we’ve ever photographed a ceremony in but what it lacked in size, it more than made up for in charm, history and coziness.   The pews were packed wall to wall and I distinctly remember trying to squeeze myself into a corner of the balcony next to the musicians with my knees up to my chin in order to get a clean shot of Scott and Ashley during the ceremony.

After the ceremony, we piled into the Rolls and rolled our way down to Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens where we explored the grounds with the bridal party before heading into the manor for the party.

We had a fantastic time with you guys, Scott and Ashley, and thank you so much for letting us be a part of your day!  Congrats!

We’ll start off with some of Genevieve’s favorite images:

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Lisa and Ryan’s Winter Engagement Session in Cleveland

by James ~ September 8th, 2014

Lisa and Ryan’s wedding is fast approaching (as in this Saturday) so I thought now would be a good time to sneak this blog post under the wire in anticipation for this weekend!  It was a cold, rainy January day when I met up with Lisa and Ryan, which should be in stark contrast to the beautiful weather being called for this weekend.  We started off in one of Cleveland’s empty factories left over from the manufacturing boom which provided some great textures and colors to work with then we headed over to the flats where the west shoreway bridge provided some coverage from the rain.

Looking forward to seeing you guys on Saturday!

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More from the Nisly Travels in France

by Genevieve ~ September 6th, 2014

One of my favorite parts about travelling is experiencing and viewing the local culture, food, nature, architecture and learning about the history. The southwest of France was a great place to enjoy a lot of variety and not feel overrun with other tourists. I’m thankful we had my sister, her husband and kids to share the experiences with and give us suggestions on things to see and do since they are familiar with the area.

We spent some time at Terrasson-Lavilledieu where the kids also enjoyed an Easter egg hunt before exploring the town.

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Lori and Steven’s Wedding at the Beachwood Doubletree

by Genevieve ~ September 5th, 2014

Lori and Steven met in the most serendipitous way while working for the board of elections. While their careers have now taken them in different directions, that connection made on the job has grown over the past 5 years and has led us to their wedding day.

Steven and Lori had a beautiful summer wedding day with the sunshine making a huge contribution to their outdoor ceremony at Hathaway Brown School were Lori and her sister attended all the way through graduation.  After the ceremony, we headed out for bridal party portraits at Squires Castle before heading to the Doubletree in Beachwood for the reception which included flower arrangements made by her family, a fabulous candy display and cake by White Flower.

Congratulations to you both! May you find a reason every day to laugh together.

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Wedding Albums: Kara and Michael’s Roma Book with Envelope Case

by James ~ August 28th, 2014

Michael and Kara’s beautiful new Roma Book with envelope slip case is ready for its new home!  Kara picked a fantastic combination of materials for her cover and we love the fact that it has a nice, comfy envelope slip case to call home.  Can’t wait for you guys to see it!

 

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Wesley and Ashley’s Wedding at The Country Club in Pepper Pike, Ohio

by James ~ August 26th, 2014

It was a long two years that Ashley and Wesley spent in different states after graduating from Yale University, but that phase of their relationship is over and their marriage together has officially begun!

Their wedding day was an absolutely stunning affair; the likes of which had never been seen at The Country Club.  From the raw tented terrace. the bar during cocktail hour, the endless cookie table, the banana foster bar, the cigar and scotch bar, a fireworks display and more, there was barely a moment between thrills for the guests from the ceremony to the end of the night.

But with all the trappings aside, what really made this day special was the warm hearts and loving relationships that were celebrated that day.  Not just between Ashley and Wesley, but their parents, extended family and bridal party as well.  We felt truly welcomed into the fold for the day and were quite honored to be a part of it.

And now for the images.  Starting with Genevieve’s favorites:

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Krystle and Marc’s Wedding at Glenmoor Country Club

by Genevieve ~ August 15th, 2014

It was such a pleasure to witness and photograph Krystle and Marc’s wedding at Glenmoor Country Club with the ceremony at the Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Canton. With their lives revolving around the Canton area, it made sense to keep the wedding close to home, work and play. This also made it more convenient when Krystle, along with help his mom and a friend, put a lot of effort into the day especially by making the flower arrangements herself.

We’ve really enjoyed getting to know Marc and Krystle and seeing them interact through the planning process, engagement session and on the wedding day itself. They compliment each other so well.

This movie quote is a great way to describe their relationship: “Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating” from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. While they might not be the most the verbose people, their actions, behavior and attitude say it all. With just a glance Mark fully spelled out his emotions when she was walking down the aisle and he was quick to help carry bouquet or dress without being asked. Krystle has the gift to help him relax with just a smile or touch.

We are thrilled for you both and wish you a wonderful journey ahead Marc and Krystle! Congratulations!

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Amber and Brett’s Wedding at the Cleveland House of Blues

by James ~ July 31st, 2014

Two more wonderful souls were joined together when Amber and Brett tied the knot at Our Lady of the Peace Church in Cleveland.  The rain threatened for most of the day, and even made good on those threats a few times, but there was no way that was going to keep Brett and Amber from having a thoroughly wonderful time with their friends and family.

After the ceremony, we took the bridal party to a spot that Genevieve has had her eye on for quite some time but haven’t been able to shoot in for one reason or another until that day.  The limo driver, who evidently has been a Clevelander for quite some time, informed us that it was in fact the old Warner Swasey telescope and machine factory that at one point employed over 700 people. It has been empty for quite some time and it looks pretty apocalyptic inside but it really is a beautiful space in its own right.  From the factory, we set off towards the flats until the rain chased us back to the House of Blues for the reception.

If you are going to have your reception at a concert hall, why not have your favorite band provide the entertainment?  That was the idea when they asked Abby Normal and the Detroit Lean, one of Brett and Amber’s favorite local bands, to take the stage.  They really pounded out the energy with an impressive set of covers helped along by the world class sound and lighting setup provided by the House of Blues.  The combined effect was a pretty epic reception.

Let’s start of with some of Genevieve’s favorite images:

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