June was a month of discovery. In that single month, I happened upon many new locations and people, all of which were wonderful. Katie and Rob were responsible for introducing me to both Ponte Vecchio Restaurant and the Superior Viaduct in Downtown Cleveland. The viaduct is whats left of an old rail bridge across the Cuyahoga river. Only the stone abutment remains. However, buildings have sprung up around the viaduct, creating some of the best light in the city.
Their wedding ceremony was held in the open air, right on top of the viaduct. From that vantage point, the wedding ceremony featured an amazing city skyline backdrop. Following the ceremony, a gorgeous reception commenced inside Ponte Vecchio, which was just a few feet away. Since that time, I have revisited the viaduct many times, using the location for a couple great engagement sessions.
Katie and Rob are also a great example of how a well-planned wedding can be both amazingly gorgeous and sensibly affordable. They brought together great vendors, locations, decorations, friends and family to make a truly memorable event. Everything was beautifully modest and clean, creating a well integrated setting. Heck, I almost felt like setting down the camera, grabbing a drink and joining the obvious fun.
Below are just a few of my favorites from their city skyline wedding. Further below are some additional details about their wonderful wedding -
“Butters” the dog. I didn’t get the rabbits name.
While waiting for her family, Katie stood peacefully in her living room. The above-right shot is my favorite, because it is natural.
Katie and Rob chose to do a First Look before the ceremony. It worked wonderfully and further convinced me a First Look is the way to go.
Downtown Cleveland is one of my favorite places for formal photos. It offers great backgrounds and unique locations all within walking distance.
Above is a scene from the Superior Viaduct. I just love the cool tones of the building in the background, and the wonderful shadow it creates.
The wedding design inside Ponte Vecchio was to my liking perfectly – simple, clean and beautiful.
One thing I really liked about the wedding was a great opportunity to shoot the food during prep, and the service as well.
Towards the end of the night, when the light was just perfect, we headed outside for a few more portraits. I like to do this whenever possible. The light at sun-down just makes for the most amazing photos.
Why YES, that is too men locked arm-in-arm while drinking Appletini’s! Why do you ask?
Clearly from the above, a good location and some great planning can make for a wonderful wedding. Katie and Rob definitely found a great team. Speaking of which, big thanks to Amy Hissa from At Last Event Planning for amazing wedding plan, design and for being a wonderful host. Off Broadway Flowers provide some really gorgeous arrangements and A Cookie & A Cupcake delivered some amazing treats. Last, the team from Something New Entertainment really got the crowd rocking after dinner. Thank you all for such a wonderful time!