Desmond and Erika’s Wedding at the Downtown Cleveland Renaissance Hotel

by James ~ December 16th, 2014

There were some stories told during Desmond and Erika’s wedding day about how they met.  Something about Desmond, the surgeon, running into Erika, the attractive nurse, with a gurney carrying a patient while on his way to the surgical unit.  Erika, out of her annoyance, quickly asked “Where did you learn to drive; India?”

I don’t know if any of this is really true, but hey, lets not let the truth get in the way of a good story. And if I can help this story get traction as a family legend that lives on for decades, then all the better.

Whatever actually did happen, it certainly happened for a reason, because it eventually led to this day, where two best friends made a commitment to spend the rest of their lives together.  And we were fortunate enough to be there to document it.

The day started out with the ceremony at The Church of the Gesu, then we headed over to the art museum for some chilly photos with what daylight we had left.  The cold chased us back to the Renaissance hotel  where the reception was held in the beautifully lit ambassador room.

Congrats, Erika and Desmond!  It’s been so great to get to know you!

Some of Genevieve’s favorite images:

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Wedding Albums – Tom and Amanda’s Roma Book

by James ~ December 5th, 2014

I know it’s been a while, and it’s about time to get caught up on blogging these, but we have another album to share!  Today we’re featuring Tom and Amanda’s 9×12 two-tone Roma Book.  Enjoy!


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Jen and Brian’s Wedding at the Old Cleveland Courthouse

by James ~ November 24th, 2014

Brian and Jen’s wedding at St. John Cantius Church and The Old Courthouse was classically traditional and elegant in all the right ways but still one of the most fun and energetic wedding we have shot all year.  Great tastes combined with fun personalities is what really brought this delicate balance together.

While I didn’t get to shoot the engagement session we planned on doing due to a rock climbing accident that left Brian without full use of one of his feet for several weeks, it almost felt like meeting up with old friends as we got to know Jen and Brian on their wedding day.  As it turns out, we actually had met Brian before.  He was a groomsmen in Bill and Debbie’s wedding back in 2008 and we even got a chance to catch up with Bill and Debbie at the wedding!

A big thanks goes out to Cassie Mullins Events for helping to bring Jen and Brian’s vision to life at to John at the DJ Crew for keeping the dance floor full and the evening running smoothly.  Great job, guys!

We’ll start with some of Genevieve’s favorite images:

 

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We’re Hiring! Part Time Office Manager Position

by James ~ November 18th, 2014

The time has come for Chris, our beloved office manager, to move on to bigger and better things.  We’re very sad to see her go, but we’re excited for her as this is a really, really good opportunity.  If you have enjoyed working with her over the last two years, send her a quick note telling her so.  I’m sure she’d love to hear from you!

So that being the case, Genevieve and I are currently on the lookout for a good office manager for our studio. If you are interested in this position, we’d love to hear from you. This is a part time position of roughly 20 to 30 hours a week and you would be working with us in our home office in Green, Ohio, just south of Akron.

It may not be the best paying job ever, but we can make up for that with a chill work environment, very flexible schedule, a dress code of “be comfortable” and very low stress.  It’s the type of job that forms around your life, not the other way around.

We are looking for someone with good communication and organizational skills, is a self starter, doesn’t take themselves too seriously, doesn’t mind James’ taste in music, solid knowledge of computer basics, and is cool with our young kids as we all end up in pretty close proximity on a daily basis.  Design skills with Photoshop and InDesign experience is a major, major plus.

Responsibilities will include scheduling meetings and sessions with clients, keeping track of print and album orders, packaging and shipping, uploading client galleries, basic data entry type bookkeeping in quickbooks, and the occasional hanging out with the kids when both James and Genevieve have appointments at the same time (mostly in the summer).

If you think you would be a good fit, please email your resume by December 1st with a quick description as to why you would perfect for the job to: genevieve at genevievenisly.com  (you know the drill, replace the “at” with @, but if you couldn’t figure that out, please don’t apply)

Thanks!

Claire and Sam’s Wedding at the Hyatt Arcade

by Genevieve ~ November 13th, 2014

I wonder how much gumption it took quiet Sam to ask Claire out after 2 years of working side by side? I guess after that amount of time in close proximity you get a pretty good idea if someone might be compatible with you. Of course Sam was right and that’s why we all gathered and celebrated their beautiful wedding celebration at Grace Lutheran and the historic Hyatt Arcade.

Claire is very much the planner in the relationship and enjoys taking charge. With the help of her mom and Amy from At Last Event Planning, Claire orchestrated a wonderful day filled with elegance and a fabulous party. Quite the party it was! There was laughter, tears, rolling on the floor, dancing of course and shots.

James photographed Sam and Claire for their engagement session a year prior on what happened to be the first snowfall of the year. Wouldn’t you know that the first snowfall of this year also happened when photographing them? I think they have a hidden talent.

Congratulations Claire, Sam and Chase! We are so thrilled you’ve found each other and have made a family together.

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Rachel and Paul’s Wedding at St. John’s Cathedral and the Courthouse

by James ~ November 4th, 2014

Your friends can drive you crazy sometimes.  Like when they borrow your car and end up trading paint with your neighbor’s cars on the way out of the apartment garage, only to let you take the blame for it.  But in this case, it’s not all bad.  Especially when that neighbor turns out to be your future wife and the bumper banging friend ends up being a groomsman in the wedding he helped create.

Yes, that’s how Rachel and Paul met.  Even better, we got to go back to the very same ally on their wedding day and make some photos in front of the garage door where that first confrontation about why there’s paint from Rachel’s car on Paul’s bumper happened.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago, and these two are getting married at Cleveland’s beautiful St. John’s Cathedral followed by a stunning reception at the old Courthouse; one of Cleveland’s most iconic buildings.  We had a fantastic time with these two and we are so happy they found each other.

Congratulations, Paul and Rachel, and thank you so much for making us a part of your day!

Let’s start out with some of Genevieve’s favorite images:

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Beth and Greg’s Wedding at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel

by Genevieve ~ October 29th, 2014

It was moving day at Miami University when Greg, gallant man that he is, helped Beth carry some cumbersome items into her dorm. Talk about the makings of a great love story right there. That sets the tone for Beth and Greg’s relationship and something they’ll gladly be recounting to their grandchildren some day.

After watching their older siblings get engaged, married and start families, it was finally Beth and Greg’s turn! The ceremony took place at Bay Presbyterian where Beth’s three oldest sisters also got married, all in the past four years. After a quick windy stop on Lake Erie, we headed the reception at the historic and stunning Cleveland Renaissance Hotel where the beautifully decorated Gold Room and many friends and family awaited. It was a day their guests are sure to remember!

Congratulations Beth and Greg! Thank you so much for having us capture one amazing in your inspiring love story. Your generous hearts and kindness makes everyone around you feel welcomed and cherished.

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Julie and Bryan’s Wedding at the Botanical Gardens and MOCA

by James ~ October 24th, 2014

We recently had the privilege spending the day with two wonderful people and their families on what turned out to be an absolutely fantastic wedding day.  What started at a birthday party between Julie and Bryan two years ago hit a major milestone when they tied the knot At the Cleveland Botanical Garden followed by stunningly unique and beautiful reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art in University circle.

The white walls of the museum acted as a perfect canvas for the space themed reception.  The theme of space was right on point with Bryan’s involvement in the aerospace industry and Julie’s fascination sci-fi and all things space.  Guests got to dine and dance under beautiful projections of galaxies and other celestial bodies or pose in the photobooth with a Darth Vader mask and a light saber.

A big thanks goes out to Amy and her crew at At Last Events for helping Bryan and Julie realize their vision.

Congrats, guys!

We’ll start with some of Genevieve’s favorite images:

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