Jim & Katie’s Gervasi Wedding at the Villa Grande by Heather and Jarred

by Jarred ~ November 24th, 2015

We’ve worked at Gervasi quite a few times now – arch ceremonies, big tree ceremonies, pavilion ceremonies and receptions, Crush House receptions – and just when we thought we had seen it all, we met Jim and Katie, who were planning a Villa Grande ceremony and reception!  We love situations like this – familiar enough to be totally comfortable, but with a fresh twist to keep it interesting.  We loved the warm and intimate feel that the Villa Grande provided, and would definitely recommend it for weddings of this size.

Fall foliage peaks out at the second or third week of October, and although it was chilly, they decided to brave the temperature to take advantage of the beautiful color everywhere.  It made for great photos, and a beautiful ceremony.  The natural tones worked perfectly with the villas and wedding details to create a cohesive and almost surreal color palette for the day.  It’s rare to have an opportunity to photograph something like this, and we are really happy to have been a part of it.

Thanks for having us J&K, we hope you love the photos!

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John and Jen’s Wedding at St. John’s Cathedral and the Holden Arboretum

by James ~ November 19th, 2015

Weddings are always about families coming together to form a new family, but that has rarely felt as true as it did for John and Jen’s wedding.  As exciting as it was to see John and Jen each gain a spouse, it was equally exciting to see John’s son, Jack, gain a mother, and to see Jen gain a son.

The day started with the ceremony at St. John’s Cathedral in Downtown Cleveland, officiated by John’s close friend and Priest to his home parish.  We then headed over to The Greenhouse Tavern for some photos where John and Jen enjoyed their first date, then right outside the Cleveland Clothing Company where they had their first hug.  We love it when couples are able to work personal elements of their relationship’s history into their wedding day and we were really glad that John and Jen decided to incorporate those into their day.

We then headed off to Holden Arboretum where we were able to head out for some photos in the fall colors before the skies opened up and unleashed all sorts of mayhem.  Arne and his team at Blooms by Plantscaping did an amazing job decorating the tent and the food from Spice Catering was second to none, as always.  I’ll admit to being a bit skeptical about the band, Disco Inferno, when I first saw them come on stage with their costumes, but their air tight performance, pitch perfect harmonies and infectious energy had me sold by the end of the night.

John, Jen, and Jack, thank you so much for making us a part of your day; it was truly our pleasure to capture it for you.  We have a lot of great stuff to show you, but in the meantime, here’s a section of our favorites from the day.


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Cody and Kelsey’s Courthouse Wedding by Heather and Jarred

by Jarred ~ November 17th, 2015

When were finishing up the night with Cody and Kelsey, Kelsey told us she was so happy to have found us.  Honestly, so were we!

Cody and Kelsey are a really nice, down to earth couple, which is enough for us.  But as a bonus, they put together a beautiful day with great styling, cool locations, lots of photo time, and a dog!  We love working with people like this – easy-going, fun, funny, and emotional at all the right times.  People you can feel totally comfortable with.

We had a great time with you C&K, and we hope you love the photos!


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Kevin and Alexa’s Cleveland Museum of Art Wedding by Heather and Jarred

by Jarred ~ November 16th, 2015

We had been looking forward to this wedding for well over a year – a cool couple, with a great family, at a gorgeous venue!  We had a good time at our summer engagement session, and we were sure the Cleveland Museum of Art wedding would be more of the same.

Alexa and Kevin put together a great team including Plantscaping and Vincent Lighting, so we also knew it would be beautiful, and we couldn’t wait to see how it would all come together.

We woke up to rain that persisted all day, but fortunately we had to great indoor locations built in – they were getting ready at the Tudor Arms, and the staff was gracious enough to allow us to use the Tudor Ballroom for photos – and the CMA.  I love what we were able to do, and think that it comes together perfectly into a cohesive final set.  We moved on to Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church for the ceremony, then circled back to the Museum for the (awesome) party.

Thanks for having us K&A, we hope you love the photos!


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Rebecca and Jim’s Cleveland Wedding at the Botanical Gardens

by Genevieve ~ November 9th, 2015

Jim and Rebecca have seen quite a bit of the world from Texas where they met, to DC where they now reside but also Italy, Egypt and Columbia. Having seen all these beautiful places, they picked Cleveland for their wedding and more precisely the Botanical Gardens. It was the perfect setting for Jim and Rebecca’s outdoor wedding! The understated elegance and classic beauty of the gardens was a great match for the couple’s tastes. Stephen Tokar did a fabulous job extending that into the floral arrangements.

Family played a pivotal role in Rebecca and Jim’s wedding, especially his children. From the twin boys playing security detail i.e. ring bearers, to the daughter and all of Jim’s siblings being in the bridal party, family was a central part of their marriage celebration. The connection Rebecca has with those children is amazing.

Congratulations Rebecca and Jim! The love you two have is evident in everything you do but especially in your eyes. The way you look at each other radiates devotion and compassion which I am so glad we were able to capture.


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Jen and Chris’ North Chagrin Reservation Engagement Session by Jarred

by Jarred ~ October 29th, 2015

The North Chagrin Reservation was alive with fall color for Jen and Chris’ engagement session.  We got it all – dry ground with leaves, vibrant yellows, oranges and reds, and great light!  Jen and Chris loved all over each other, and were super easy to work with.  They brought their cool and surprisingly cooperative dog Penny, which, as always, was a treat for me.  I love working with dogs, and since we lost our 16 year-old buddy earlier this year, I’ll take any chance I can get to give some head rubs!

Heather and I are really looking forward to see what Jen, Chris and Elegant Events by Maria have planned for us on New Year’s Eve at the 9, after this shoot I am sure it’s going to be a great time!


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Jamie and Cristie’s Shoreby Club Wedding by Heather and Jarred

by Jarred ~ October 21st, 2015

After not having been there in a few years, I never expected to have back to back Shoreby Club weddings this year.  Thanks to Roxanne at Kirkbrides, we were fortunate to get connected with Jamie and Cristie for our second September wedding there.  We couldn’t wait to see what they and Roxanne had put together for the wedding, and were looking forward to perfect temps and a nice breeze.

Jamie, Cristie and I had a great engagement session over the summer, and it was obvious that they were very much in love.  I knew the wedding day creative portraits would be easy, fun and expressive, and we were looking forward to trying a few spots and angles we hadn’t used the week before.  We started with a first look on the opposite side of the building, and worked our way back over to the docks.  It’s almost too easy working with Cristie, with her great style and permanent smile, and I couldn’t be happier with our results.

Just when everything was going perfectly, the authorities found a bomb on I-90 and shut down the highway.  This pushed a ton of traffic onto the surface streets and transportation on the east side – including a few vendors and the guest shuttles – was frozen!  Knowing that the ceremony was definitely not going to happen on time, and that pushing it back would eliminate the cocktail hour, Roxanne had a great idea – she flipped the ceremony and cocktail hour, and started serving food and drinks while we waited for the guests to arrive.  Luckily traffic started moving again, and by the time cocktail hour was over, everyone had arrived and we were ready to start the ceremony!

Now, flipping these two events had the fringe benefit of putting the ceremony right at sunset.  On the lake.  In September.  It was perfect, truly one of the most spectacular ceremonies I’ve seen.  We did our best to capture the scene and I hope we did it justice!  I really hope this somehow becomes a trend because it was really quite special.  As if that wasn’t enough, Jamie also arranged for singers and musicians to attend the wedding, sit in the audience, and then during the recessional, surprise Cristie with a performance of ‘Love is All You Need’, her favorite song.  It was a great moment and one we won’t forget anytime soon!

At that point, the wedding timeline was back on track and we finished off the evening with a emotional and fun reception complete with a foosball table and proper soft pretzels with spicy cheese, a classic mall combo =)

Thanks for having us J&C, and thanks for thinking of us Roxanne.  We hope you love the photos!


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Karmin and Adam’s Wedding at the Tudor Arms Hotel

by James ~ October 19th, 2015

It’s always quite an honor to hear that someone has personally recommended us to someone they care about for their wedding.  Now imagine if that someone is a veteran of the Cleveland wedding industry who has probably worked with every photographer in the city and she’s recommending us to none other than her own brother for his wedding.  That’s what happened when Gina of Shi-Shi Events recommended that her brother, Adam,  contact us about shooting Adam and Karmin’s wedding.

We met with Adam and Karmin over skype and immediately hit it off.  We could tell that their laid back yet sophisticated personalities would be a blast to photograph and we were quite excited when they asked us to be a part of their wedding.  They put together a beautiful event at the Tudor Arms Hotel that mixed their modern and classic tastes quite seamlessly.  We had half a mind to head outside for photos after the ceremony, but mother nature would have none of it.  Thankfully, Tudor Arms is packed full of interesting nooks, crannies, and corners with beautiful light to shoot in.

The day went off beautifully and it was obvious to us that Adam and Karmin enjoyed every minute.  Much of this is thanks to Gina and her deft ability to be Sister of the Groom and Mother of the Ring Bearer all while at the same time keeping the train on the tracks throughout the day.  I don’t suppose that was an easy thing to do.

Karmin and Adam; we had a fantastic time with you guys and we can’t wait to show you everything we have.  In the meantime, here’s some of our favorites to hold you over.  Enjoy!


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