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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Farm to Table Dinner Experience by Spice Of Life Catering

by Genevieve ~ July 9th, 2014

If you know me, follow me on social media, especially on instagram, you already know I have a passion for food from making it, to eating it and now trying to grow it. So when Spice of Life Catering contacted us about photographing one of their plated landscape dinners, I was eager to say yes. We both liked their food from tasting it at a wedding several years back. But then learning that they focus on regional, seasonal and sustainable ingredients made us appreciate them even more.

This event was a Plated Landscape Experience which is a farm-to-table concept that uses local ingredients and especially ingredients from the farm where the dinner is taking place. This specific 5 course meal took place at Yellow House Cheese in Seville. I highly recommend you make time in your schedule to attend one of these relaxing, succulent and memorable evenings!


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Kate and Brian’s Wedding at The Chagrin Valley Hunt Club in Gates Mills

by James ~ July 1st, 2014

Kate and Brian’s beautiful summer wedding took place The Chagrin Valley Hunt Club in historic Gates Mills, Ohio.  We’ve had the opportunity to shoot several engagement sessions and portrait sessions in the area but we’ve been hoping for a chance to shoot a wedding here for quite a while.  It really is the perfect setting if you are looking for a natural almost garden like feel for your ceremony and reception and having Tricia Dever as your wedding planning is one of the very best ways to make sure everything goes off without a hitch.

Upon arrival, we found out that Kate had completely lost her voice and was left with nothing above a whisper.  She carried around a little notebook with some pre-written phrases on it and a pen in case she need to communicate any more than that.  The irony of the “in sickness and in health” portion of the vows was certainly not lost on the guests.

Despite Kate being a lady of relatively few words, she certainly didn’t let that get in the way of thoroughly enjoying the day and the time spent with loved ones.

Congratulations, Kate and Brian!  We’re so glad to have been a part of your day.

Genevieve’s favorites:

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Published – Modern Luxury Brides: Chicago

by James ~ June 27th, 2014

We’re excited to see Heather and Patrick’s beautiful wedding at the Museum of Contemporary Art published in this month’s issue of Chicago’s Modern Luxury Magazine!

You can view the full issue here and you can find Heather and Patrick’s feature on page 204.

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