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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Christmas in July: Krystle and Marc’s Winter Engagement Session at the Canton Club

by James ~ July 25th, 2014

Guess who’s wedding we get to shoot tomorrow?  If you guessed Krystle and Marc’s, you’d be right.  It was just a few days before Christmas when we met up at the history Canton Club in the 13th floor of the Chase building in Canton, Ohio for snowy, twinkle light filled session.

I’m not expecting much snow tomorrow, and it isn’t getting dark at 4:30 in the afternoon, so I’m expecting some very different images for their wedding tomorrow.  See you soon, guys!

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Rachael and David’s Wedding at the State Theater

by Genevieve ~ July 23rd, 2014

What started out as a meeting through J Date turned into Rachael and David finding their Beshert. This in turn led to their amazing wedding day at the State Theater at Playhouse Square. And what a day it was!

A lot of effort went into orchestrating this celebratory day. Since Rachael was busy working on her PhD, she left her brother Ryan in charge along with Valarie at Kirkbrides to pull all the details together. Thankfully Ryan has experience working on weddings since he is one of the geniuses at Rock the House. The finished vision was a stunning and festive reception on stage at the State Theater with dramatic lighting and gorgeous floral arrangements by Grande Designs.

Despite all the people and the hecticness of the day, it was such a pleasure to see how David and Rachael interact. One thing that you can’t help but notice is how both Rachael and David smile bigger, lighten up, are more relaxed and seem like the best version of themselves when the other is around. Finding your Beshert is a true blessing!

Mazel Tov Rachael and David! What an honor it was to be a part of your day. Wishing you many blessings in your journey as husband and wife!

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Our Time Teaching at Professional Photographers of Ohio’s Summer Snap Event

by James ~ July 18th, 2014

Last week Genevieve and I headed out to Napoleon, Ohio  for Ohio Professional Photographer’s Summer Snap event where we had the opportunity to host a “photo safari” where we discussed and demonstrated our approach for posing, lighting, and directing a bride and groom in the high pressure, fast paced context of a wedding day.

This was a very new experience for us and a very interesting challenge to not only execute what we do on a typical wedding day, but somehow at the same time explain our thinking in a way that’s actually comprehensible to thirty or forty other photographers looking on.  It’s a lot harder than it sounds.

A huge thanks to Heather and Jarred from Inlux Photo for being willing to act as our “bride and groom” for the event and for their willingness to “pose a little more lame” so that we could talk through the really common issues we often have to fix when people get in front of the camera for the first time.

Hopefully we can do it again sometime!

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Justin and Dana’s Wedding at the Cleveland Museum of Art

by James ~ July 16th, 2014

When you see a friendship turn into a soulmate, you know you really have something special.  That narrative is essentially what brought us to Dana and Justin’s beautifully elegant wedding at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  What started out as just “work” friends turned into a true friendship that eventually developed into a romance that survived long distances for prolonged periods of time.  Thankfully, the days of spending time in two different cities is now a thing of the past and they now have the rest of their lives to enjoy together.

The ceremony took place on the South Terrace of the museum overlooking Wade Lagoon which provided an amazing backdrop.  Once they made it official, we headed into the Atrium for stunning cocktail hour and reception thanks to Arnie and his team at Blooms by Plantscaping who did an amazing job making that enormous space feel warm and inviting.

Congratulations, Justin and Dana!  It was an honor to spend the day with you and to get to know you and your family a little better.  We can’t wait for you to see full edit and album!

In the meantime, here’s a few of Genevieve’s favorite images:

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Selene and Stephen’s Wedding at Windows on the River

by Genevieve ~ July 10th, 2014

Selene and Stephen’s wedding celebration at Windows on the River brought many friends and family together for an amazing day. With Selene having grown up in New Jersey, meeting Stephen in Maryland and now living in Cleveland, quite a few people traveled into our great city to join in the festivities. Windows seemed like the perfect location for Selene and Stephen’s guests to get a feel and view of Cleveland with it’s river, bridges and great architecture.

One thing I’ve appreciated over the years of doing wedding photography, is the connections we’ve made. We met Stephen’s mom through working weddings together and were so thrilled to hear she remembered us and was hoping we could capture her son’s wedding, pending their approval of course. It was such a pleasure to do so!

Stephen and Selene: many congrats to you both and wishing you many blessings in your journey ahead as husband and wife! Hoping you’re having a great time honeymooning in Antigua.

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