Kyle and Palmer’s Wedding at the Holden Arboretum

by James ~ September 30th, 2015

Palmer and Kyle’s choice of ceremony and reception location a the Holden Arboretum holds a very special and unique significance.  The Arboretum was founded by Palmer’s Great-Great-Grandfather and the ceremony was held under a big oak tree dedicated to his memory.  Palmer is the first in the family to be married at this exact location, but I could easily see this turn into a long running family tradition, much like the gold goblet tradition that has ran in the family for so many years before.

The day itself could hardly have gone better.  We had beautiful weather, and some of the best vendors in the area to work with.  Tricia at Always Eventful expertly kept the train on the tracks all day, Stephen Tokar blew everyone away with his center piece trees, and The Element kept the dance floor busy all night.

But more importantly than all of that is that Palmer, Kyle, and their families were so wonderful to work with and be around.  We felt instantly welcomed and appreciated and it was quite clear just how much they care for each other as well.

Palmer and Kyle, thank you so much for making us a part of your wedding and we can’t wait to share what we got with you!  In the meantime, here is a little taste of some of our favorites to hold you over.


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Kristen and Mike’s Wedding at Lake Forest Country Club

by Genevieve ~ September 23rd, 2015

Even before meeting Kristen, regarding her wedding to Mike at Lake Forest Country Club, I knew I was going to like her. Reading over her initial email to us, I was struck by her honesty, some of the challenges she’s faced, her faith, their musical abilities and Mike’s steadfastness. It also so happens that Mike and Kristen had their first date at Severance Hall, as did James and I. Meeting both of them in person only confirmed my suspicions, they are just as wonderful in real life as in email.

Mike and Kristen wed at Hudson Christ Community Chapel after some time of prayer together without seeing each other (well she might have snuck a glance). The reception then took place at Lake Forest Country Club. This was our first time there but I’m hoping it won’t be our last. It’s a striking venue with lots of Tudor architecture elements including a dramatic stair case, lead casing windows, arches and stone work.

We were honored to be your wedding photographers Kristen and Mike! It was such a pleasure to witness and capture your strong relationship. I’m convinced God has amazing things in store for you both in the future. Congratulations!


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Courtney and Kyle’s Brookside Country Club Wedding by Heather and Jarred

by Jarred ~ September 22nd, 2015

Courtney and Kyle are the best kind of people – smart and successful, as well genuinely nice and easy-going.  I had fun both times I photographed them and their bulldog Bentley leading up to the wedding, and was really looking forward to a fun and relaxed day, with a furry faced cameo.

We started with the girls, getting ready at Courtney’s parents’ beautiful home.  We then moved on to The Church of the Lakes and enjoyed its gorgeous window light throughout the ceremony, and finally headed to the Brookside Country Club.

BCC is probably my favorite wedding venue – beautiful grounds, great ballroom with cool floors and perfect lighting, an excellent staff, and awesome food.  Plus it’s home field advantage for us, as it’s just a few minutes from our home in Canton.  It didn’t disappoint of their day – everything was perfect, thanks to Jennifer Hartman of Heart 2 Heart Occasions and Neil Leeson Decor Floral.

Thanks for having us C&K, we hope you love the photos!
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Nicole and Matt’s Peninsula Engagement Session by Jarred

by Jarred ~ September 21st, 2015

When I first met Nicole, she told me that she had been following Heather and myself for years, and was super excited to work with us for her wedding.  We love working with people who love our work, so I’ve been looking forward to this shoot for a while!

Nicole, a photography lover, had a lot of ideas – she wanted to do a covered bridge, a field, railroad tracks, water, sunset and whatever bonus items we could find along the way.  We finally settled on the Boston Mills/Peninsula/CVNP area and I think we nailed all of her wants and then some!  We started at the Boston Store, which has a great stream, interesting herringbone barn and cool vintage gas station.  We hit the I-80 underpass with its repetitive arches on the way to the Everett Rd Covered Bridge.  It was the perfect spot for them, with the bridge and one of my all time favorite fields right around the corner.  We finished up at Indigo Lake for a few railroad track photos (no trains run at that time) and some epic sunset photos.

Thanks for the great ideas N&M, I hope I did your vision justice!  See you in May!


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Katie and Andy’s Ohio City Engagement Session by Jarred

by Jarred ~ September 16th, 2015

Katie and Andy have a great wedding planned with lots of natural beauty at both Stan Hywet and Gervasi.  To contrast this and build a varied and interesting final set of images, and to give a nod to their current home of Chicago, we decided to do something more urban for the engagements.  Katie suggesting Great Lakes Brewery and Shooter’s Bridge, two Ohio City locations that I love.

We started around the brewery and used some of the cool facades in the neighborhood.  Next, the bridge provided us with an epic industrial view and that really great ivy.  We finished up back at the brewery, where they love to hang out when they are in town, for a Nosferatu and a couple cool photos.  Mostly for the Nosferatu.  Thanks to the GLB staff for being cool about us stopping in!

Great to finally meet you in person K&A, hope you love the photos!katie-andy-great-lakes-brewery-shooters-bridge-engagement-session-cleveland-wedding-photographer-genevieve-nisly-photography-0000

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Sam and Margaret’s Chagrin Valley Hunt Club Wedding

by Genevieve ~ September 14th, 2015

Family, that’s what Margaret and Sam’s Hunt Club wedding revolved around. Family played a huge part in how the two met; Sam’s sister was Margaret’s roomate in DC. Family, especially Margaret’s mom also named Margaret, helped plan the wedding. All siblings were a part of the bridal party and invited guests were made to feel like family. Pretty good foundation for a marriage if you ask me!

The Chagrin Valley Hunt Club and the surrounding Gates Mills area was the perfect setting for Sam and Margaret’s romantic outdoor tented wedding.  It’s nice that there are many options within walking distance and that we had perfect weather. It also doesn’t hurt that we had wonderful people to work with including Tricia at Always Eventful, flowers by Pieter Bouterse Studio, music by TCB from the Cleveland Music Group and Vincent Lighting.

Margaret and Sam: your energy, love and devotion to family was so apparent throughout your wedding day! I’m so glad we got to play a small part in it and were able to capture so many great memories that you will cherish for years to come. Congratulations!


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Paula and Jeremy’s Wedding at the Intercontinental Cleveland

by James ~ September 3rd, 2015

What do you get when you cross a rabbi and a physicist?  It sounds like the setup to a bad joke, but in this case, the coming together of Paula, the rabbinical student, and Jeremy, the physics teacher, gives you something very special.  Paula’s passion for life and Jeremy’s cool, rational collectedness provide a perfect balance to each other.  Genevieve and I have enjoyed a similar type of balance, and after 13 years of personal experience, I think I can say you have a really good thing going.

To celebrate this coming together, Paula and Jeremy’s families planned an intimate and elegant wedding at Cleveland’s Intercontinental Hotel with the help of Yitti from Elegance on Loan, Blooms by Plantscaping, and the staff at the hotel.  Jordan Gorfinkel and band kept the dance floor swinging with both traditional Jewish song and dance as well as top 40 hits.

Jeremy and Paula, it was so wonderful getting to know you and your families and it was a pleasure working with you all.  We have a lot of great material for your wedding and we’re excited to give you a little taste of some of our favorites below.  Enjoy!


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Jackie and Bryan’s Cleveland Museum of Art Wedding

by Genevieve ~ August 28th, 2015

High school can be quite the stage for romance. Unless you are a little more reserved and not likely to approach a girl and start flirting. This might have been the case for Bryan. Thankfully for some friends Jackie and Bryan met in high school and nearly a year later started dating. It was yet another seven years before they officially wed.


Jackie and Bryan are such a sweet, laid back couple that don’t take themselves too seriously. We weren’t surprised to find out they wanted a wedding that was family focused and to make sure everyone to had a great time!

The Cleveland Museum of Art was a perfect backdrop for their summer wedding. We started with the first look by Wade Lagoon and outdoor ceremony overlooking the lagoon. The reception was then held inside the atrium with stunning arrangements by Blooms and coordinating by Kim at Noteworthy Events.

Congratulations Jackie and Bryan! Thank you so much for including us in your wedding day and being such a pleasure to work with. Here are a few teasers to hold you over until the whole set is ready.


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