Katie and Jim’s Gervasi Engagement Session by Jarred

by Jarred ~ June 25th, 2015

Katie and Jim are getting married this October at the Villa Grande at Gervasi.  We are excited to be working in a new section of the vineyards, and to have a chance to be there during the peak of the fall color.  When they said they wanted to do an engagement session, I was equally excited to have access to the grounds for the shoot!

We hit several of my favorite spots on the front end of the grounds and I love the results.  I had fun with you guys, Heather and I are looking forward to the wedding!katie-jim-009-gervasi-canton-wedding-photographer-genevieve-nisly-photography See more of this post »

Mary and Adam’s Wedding at Church of the Saviour and the Westin Hotel

by James ~ June 24th, 2015

High School sweethearts Mary and Adam know how to make people feel loved and appreciated.  This was made evident by the best man’s toast where he had the wedding guests raise their hands if either Mary or Adam had done one of a list of kind, generous or thoughtful thing for them in the past.  I’m pretty sure just about everyone in that room raised their hand at one point.  It’s pretty awesome when selfless people find themselves surrounded by their loved ones and true appreciation can be shown in return.  That’s exactly what this wedding felt like.

The day started out with the ceremony at the classically beautiful Church of the Saviour.  The stained glass windows, ornate woodwork, and exterior stonework are a thing to behold.  Like something you would expect to find in Europe, not Cleveland, Ohio.  After the ceremony and family photos, we headed to Ohio City for some fun photos of the bridal party and the couple.  We got to try some new things in a familiar space which is always a great bonus for us as photographers and the bridal party was simply a pleasure to be around.

The day ended with an amazing party at The Westin in Downtown Cleveland.  Amy Hissa of Always Eventful did a fantastic job of keeping everything running smoothly, Blooms by Plantscaping provided expert floral decoration and lighting And Herby “DJ Smoove” kept the party rocking all through the evening.

Mary and Adam – it was so great getting to know you guys through the engagement session and planning process.  We feel like we really got a sense of your relationship by observing and documenting you and your families on your wedding day and we can’t wait to show you the results of our effort.  In the meantime, here’s a taste to hold you over.

We’ll start with Genevieve’s favorites:

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Diana and Mike’s Cleveland Reception by Heather and Jarred

by Jarred ~ June 18th, 2015

Diana and Mike were high school sweethearts.  They met at Padua in Parma 11 years ago, so their marriage has been a long time coming and they wanted to do it right!  Which is why the pristine, secluded and romantic feel of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands was the perfect choice for their ceremony.  However they didn’t want to exclude their extended family and friends from the celebration, so they also chose to have an Ohio reception, which we were excited to be a part of!

Diana really loves photography.  We’ve talked for hours about her vision for her Ohio photos, and all we needed was the time and opportunity to bring it to life.  Because there was no Ohio ceremony, we were able to spend all day traveling around Cleveland, hitting all of their favorite photo locations.  We did East 4th, the Hyatt Arcade, the Courthouse, the Library, Wade Oval, Squire’s Castle and Coulby Park.  We were able to produce a huge collection of photos, so many that we couldn’t possibly show them all here!

We finished the day at their reception at the Pine Ridge Country Club in Wickliffe.  The reception included a beautiful video presentation of the ceremony that transported us all to the islands, tons of deserts and a glow stick dance party.

Thanks for having us Diana and Mike, we hope you love the photos!diana-mike-006-hyatt-arcade-courthouse-wade-oval-pine-ridge-cleveland-wedding-photographer-genevieve-nisly-photography See more of this post »

Tiffany and Anthony’s Wedding at Amasa Stone Chapel

by Genevieve ~ June 15th, 2015

Working toward a goal and achieving said goal can be so rewarding! Some results of those efforts come sooner or later than one would like. In the case of a wedding, one plans a beautiful, elegant and timeless event surrounded by family and friends. The day itself becomes the celebration and result of those long days of planning and the beginning of marriage and daily life together. Some of this definitely applies to Tiffany and Anthony (especially the classic and romantic wedding part) but sadly the living life daily side by side will have to wait. Both Anthony and Tiffany are working hard in the medical field which sadly is keeping them in two separate states for the time being. We admire them for having such a strong relationship despite the physical distance.

Anthony and Tiffany’s elegant Cleveland wedding  started with the ceremony took place at Amasa Stone Chapel (where we’d been hoping to photograph for years) and ceremony following at Acacia Country Club. While the weather greatly limited our outdoor portrait opportunities, we made the most of photographing all around the church and then near the Cleveland Museum of Art for a few minutes.

One of the first things Tiffany mentioned to us when she contacted us is how much she values photography. Now having photographed her and Anthony’s wedding, it’s clear she’s not the only one that feels that way. It seems both their vietnamese families and even members of the bridal party were eagerly and incessantly taking photos throughout the day. One groomsmen, who shall remain nameless, learned a couple things watching and imitating us and might have caught the photo bug :)

Congratulations Tiffany and Anthony! You two make a striking, sweet and kind couple. We are so thankful we got to spend the day capturing you both and your loved ones. Many blessings to you both!

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Megan and Collin’s Historic Onesto Wedding by Heather and Jarred

by Jarred ~ June 10th, 2015

Back in 2013, when Megan and Collin got in touch with us to photograph their wedding, we were surprised to find out they were planning a wedding at the old Hotel Onesto.  We didn’t know much about it – of course we had seen the building during our downtown Canton shoots – but we had always assumed that it was abandoned with no hope of rehabilitation.  We had no idea how beautiful it had once been, or that it was in the process of having that beauty restored.

As it turns out, work had been ongoing for several years by the time they were planning their wedding, and was completed in time for a fall 2014 opening.  The old hotel has been transformed into high end lofts – complete with a ballroom, dramatic lobby and bridal suite – a perfect space for weddings.  Weddings that are being handled by the same team that coordinates weddings at the Canton Club, one of our favorite local venues, where we’ve always had great experiences.

Needless to say, we’ve been excited about photographing a wedding at the Historic Onesto Lofts for some time now, and Megan and Collin’s day didn’t disappoint!  We started with a first look in the lobby, followed by creative portraits in and around the same space.  The architecture, adornments and window light were perfect for photography.  Megan and Collin both have strong connections to their families which made for some great emotional moments during the ceremony and reception, which both took place in freshly renovated ballroom.

Thanks for having us guys, we hope you love the photos!

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Shaina and Greg’s Wedding at the Blair Center

by James ~ June 8th, 2015

Greg grew up with a dream to be a pilot.  I’m sure he got plenty of advise about that not really being realistic and what he really should study in school, but thankfully, he ignored all that a followed through on that vision.  Because if not for that, Shaina would have never climbed into Greg’s helicopter for a tour over the Grand Canyon and these two amazing people would have never met.

It was in Shaina’s home town in Westfield Center, Ohio where Greg and Shaina chose to be wed.  The gold course where the ceremony took place nearly touches the back yard of the house she grew up in making it a perfect “homecoming” type setting for her wedding.

But Shaina wasn’t the only one that got to bring a big element of their personality and history into the wedding day.  After the ceremony, Greg, Shaina and I took off for the Wadsworth Airport where a helicopter was ready and waiting for us to fly back over to the Blair Center for one epic reception intro.

I was so glad that Greg got to give Shaina that experience on her wedding day and that I was able to be a part of it.  It was SUPER tight inside the cockpit but I think I was able to grab some really good moments between the two of them as they shared the experience together.

Congratulations, guys, and thank you so much for the ride!

We’ll start off with my favorites:

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The Moores are Expecting Baby Sloan

by Genevieve ~ June 5th, 2015

Neighbors can be like family. You don’t get to choose them but live close by whether you like them or not. Thankfully we’ve been blessed with some wonderful neighbors with the Moores (and many other neighbors as well).

We’ve spent countless evenings with Sam and Alexis around a fire discussing trivial and not so trivial matters. It was during such an evening that they announced they were expecting baby number 2, this time a girl. Rowen might not know what he is in for but I’m sure he’ll be a wonderful and watchful big brother.

For their maternity session, I chose the location and was able to make one of my wishes come true to photograph in a blooming orchard. Thanks Sam, Alexis and Rowen for being such great neighbors. A big congrats on baby Sloan!

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Ashley and Joe’s Green Wedding by Heather and Jarred

by Jarred ~ June 1st, 2015

Heather and I first met Ashley and Joe about a year ago, after they had seen and loved the wedding we photographed for some of their best friends. They were both nice young professionals, and were planning a fun spring wedding, so of course we were very excited to be working with them.

We started the day at the Greensburg United Methodist, a rustic church with an A-framed, wood-ceilinged sanctuary. We then headed to Occasions Party Centre and started our creative portraits. We were lucky to get perfect weather and light, and to have the lake, barn and garden on Occasions’ grounds to use for photos. Heather and I were really excited by all of the options and are super happy with the results. Finally we headed in for the reception, where Sinatra himself entertained the crowd before the neon glow wands came out to finish off the night.

Thanks for having us Ashley and Joe, we had a great time and we hope you love the photos!

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