Alison & Josh – A Champagne and Black Wedding at Plum Brook Country Club categories: featured, weddings

A couple weeks prior to the wedding, I stood with Ally on the back patio of Plum Brook Country Club. We were joined by a seriously creative team of professionals who were helping to design Ally & Josh’s wedding. The conversation swirled as we all tossed out our best ideas for solving small logistical issues. At the time, I was pretty familiar with how the wedding would look, or so I thought. Little did I know how smashing the entire day would be.

When Ally & Josh’s wedding day finally arrived, I found myself standing in Ally’s childhood bedroom admiring all the little wedding details. Ally and the bridesmaids weren’t yet back from the salon, so I simply started to photograph her wedding dress, invitation and other little details. “What do you think of the dress?” Ally asked, as she appeared for the first time in the doorway. She was wearing a blue dress shirt, custom embroidered for her wedding day. One cuff said “I do” and the other had the wedding date. “I looks stunning!” I replied, almost holding my breath as I said it.

It wasn’t just the wedding dress that was stunning. The entire day was draped with the most elegant champagne and black colored details. Her wedding invitation suite was a mix of bombshell calligraphy and art deco glam. Each bridesmaid had a matching embroidered shirt to commemorate the occasion. Josh and the groomsmen also looked equally as smart, with each dressed is a classic black tuxedo. The floral design was equally as amazing. From the “A&J” initials on the church doors to the bouquets and centerpieces, each floral arrangement was better than the last. One of my favorite touches was the “guest book.” It was a magnum of champagne, painted gold, and guests were encouraged to sign the bottle.

I’ve always thought the moments within a wedding are most important. Ally & Josh’s wedding may have been filled with gorgeous details, but it was also filled with touching moments. Ally’s mother and father were both overwhelmed by a simple gift presented by Ally in the morning. There was a little comic relief when Ally’s veil slipped from her head during the ceremony. The groomsmen even took a moment to run a football play in the middle of the portraits. More touching than funny was the toast given by Ally’s dad during the reception. And, or course, there was some serious partying late into the night.

Sorting through a mountain of photos looking for just a few highlights was tough, but I made it happen. Below are some of my favorites from the day. I certainly hope you enjoy. And for Ally & Josh (not Dan) – thank you so much for having me as part of your wedding day. It was an absolute thrill!

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Wedding ceremony – St. Mary’s Church, Sandusky, Ohio
Wedding reception – Plum Brook Country Club
Event styling & planning – Amy Hissa, At Last Event Planning
Floral Design – Kirk Miller, KM Floral Design
Wedding cake - Nancy Schaner
Entertainment – DJ Scott Jones, Jerry Bruno Productions
Wedding dress – Jenny Lee, from Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Bridesmaids dresses – Watters
Groom & Groomsmen tuxedos – Vera Wang Black, from Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding invitations – Wedding Paper Divas
Calligraphy – Pretty In Print

Brittany & Tony – A Loving Engagement at the Cleveland Museum of Art categories: engagement, featured

I was standing on the dance floor at Lauren & Ben’s wedding when I heard my named called from behind. There was Brittany & Tony, whom I had just met a couple weeks prior. The timing seemed eerily fantastic, as their engagement session was just a few days away. Bumping into them at a wedding was certainly a welcome treat, and gave me a chance to give them an update.

Flash forward just a couple of days and we were meeting at the Cleveland Museum of Art for their all-film engagement session. But the session would not be limited to just the museum. Instead, we planned to wander around the museum and the Case Western Reserve University campus. I love the CWRU campus as a location because it offers some stunning architecture in varying styles. As we paced the campus, we chatted about how Brittany and Tony met each other and how they were engaged. After initially meeting at University of Dayton, Tony talked Brittany into joining his summer softball team. A decision he both loves and laments.

Tony loves that Brittany joined the softball team because that summer became the first stepping-stone in their relationship. He just might lament the decision a little, too. As we were wandering, a heated debate broke out between the three of us concerning softball. Apparently, at one game that summer, Brittany missed a critical play. As she tells it, another outfielder called for a pop fly, so she let the player have it. As Tony sees it, the other player was no where near the ball. So, the ball fell to the field. Regardless of who should have caught the ball, that summer proved beneficial for both Brittany and Tony.

Below are just a few highlights from their engagement session. I certainly hope you enjoy and we’ll be back soon with more.

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Lauren & Ben – A Gervasi Vineyard Wedding and First Look categories: featured, weddings

A couple weeks prior, I had dropped by Gervasi Vineyard for a scouting trip. I already knew Lauren & Ben’s wedding would be something truly amazing, so I wanted to make sure I was prepared. In our mid-western climate, it’s rare for couples to do an entirely outdoor wedding. Personally, I love them, but I guess there is a risk of rain. For Lauren & Ben’s wedding and Gervasi Vineyard, the entire event would be outside, which plays perfectly with my style.

When the day finally arrived, it could not have been better. The weather was brilliantly sunny and would remain so all day. The ladies looked stunning in their long, coral-colored empire dresses. The flowers also matched perfectly. Each bouquet was filled with roses, peonies and hydrangeas of coral, pink and white. I especially loved the addition of eucalyptus. More so, Lauren looked amazing in her wedding dress. The lace with beading was stunning and I love how effortlessly the train moved behind her.

After the getting ready photos in the morning, we would start the day with a first look on the lawn. The first look turned out to be a moment filled with emotion – from laughing to crying. These emotion-filled moments would carry throughout the day. From the Lauren & Ben’s personalized vows through to the toasts at the reception. Speaking of the wedding reception, it took place under Gervasi’s Pavilion, which is a huge open-air space styled like any old building in Tuscany.

By the end, everything turned out perfect. And the Gervasi team did such an amazing job. They kept the entire wedding running perfectly. Below are just a few highlights from this truly amazing wedding. I hope you enjoy.

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