PUBLISHED – Art Deco + Craft Cocktail Wedding Inspiration on 100 Layer Cake categories: press, weddings

The degree of planning required to complete this Art Deco meets Craft Cocktail wedding inspiration shoot still surprises me even today. The wedding inspiration shoot took months to plan, a full day to capture, and even more months for publication. However, I’m thrilled the outcome was published today on 100 Layer Cake, and that I can finally share the work with everyone.

This wedding inspiration shoot demonstrates what top-talent can do outside the confines of an actual wedding. Creative daydreams are let loose and the outcome can truly be amazing. As an example, the art deco design and styling from Janelle Miller at With Love and Whimsy Events is gorgeous. Featuring rich golds and deep blacks, each element is designed to be an easy DIY project. The florals from Molly Talyor Designs also capture the look perfectly. Renoir Calla Lilies, Mona Lisa Anemones, Gold Combo Roses, hand-painted gold tipped succulents and feathers combine for a rich, opulent palate.

We also wanted to take the inspiration to the next level and feature tasty drink recipes that anyone could use as a featured drink at their wedding reception. While I tend not to give out my personal drink recipes, I thought offering a few for this wedding publication would be worth it. If you’re a bourbon fan, then you’ll definitely want to check out the recipes included on 100 Layer Cake, and repeated below.

Lastly, I’d like to offer some special thanks. Without the help of the entire team, this wedding inspiration shoot would still just be an idea on paper. Thanks to the always awesome team at Cleveland’s Holden Arboretum for letting us use the gorgeous Lantern Court. Karin and Rebecca from Something White Bridal supplied the fashions and they look amazing. Lindsay and Sarah did an awesome job with hair styling and make-up. And the furnishing provided by Ann at Borrowed Vintage + Eclectic were just what we needed.

Hope on over to 100 Layer Cake for all of the inspiration details. Included below are a few extra highlights as well -

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Tango Manhattan cocktail recipe:

2 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1 oz. Red Wine Reduction
4-­6 drops Angostura bitters
Stir vigorously over ice.
Pour into chilled Martini glass.
Garnish with 2 Amarena Fabbri cherries.

Red wine reduction
1 bottle Petite Syrah + 1 cup sugar
Reduce wine by half.
Add sugar, stir to dissolve.
Cool and store in refrigerator until ready to use.

Art Deco styled wedding at Holden Arboretum's Lantern Court.

Pomegranate Bourbon Daisy cocktail recipe:

2 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1⁄2 fresh squeezed lemon
1⁄2 oz. ginger syrup
1⁄2 oz. pomegranate syrup
2 oz. club soda
Stir over ice. Pour into tumbler glass with ice.
Top with 4-­6 drops Angostura bitters.
Garnish with Amarena Fabbri cherry & lemon twist.

Pomegranate Syrup

1 cup pomegranate juice (no sugar added) + 1 cup sugar + 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice + 2-3 drops orange flower water
Bring pomegranate juice to bare simmer. Turn off heat. Add sugar, stir to dissolve. Add lemon juice and orange flower water. Cool and store in refrigerator until ready to mix with alcohol.

Ginger Syrup
1 pound fresh ginger & 1 cup sugar
Peel ginger. Grate over bowl with microplane. Place grated ginger in a clean tea towel. Squeeze grated ginger juice into bowl. Add sugar and place juice in a storage bottle. Shake vigorously to dissolve sugar. Store in refrigerator.

Art Deco styled wedding at Holden Arboretum's Lantern Court.

White-Peach Mint Julep cocktail recipe:

2 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1 oz. white ­peach infusion
1 oz. club soda
Muddle 4­-6 mint leaves in julep cup.
Add ice to cup. Shake bourbon and infusion over ice .
Pour into julep cup. Top with club soda.
Garnish with mint sprig

White-Peach Infusion

2 cups water + 2 cups sugar + 1 ripe white peach
Bring water to simmer, turn off heat and add sugar. Stir to dissolve. Add chopped peach, skin and stone removed. Steep until cool. Remove peach and store in refrigerator until ready to mix with alcohol.

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 Event concept & design – With Love and Whimsy Events
Photography - Hunter Photographic
Location – Lantern Court at Holden Arboretum
Bouquets, boutonnieres, and table flowers - Molly Taylor Designs
Bridal fashions – provided by Something White Bridal Boutique
Vintage furniture - Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals
Hair & make-up styling – Lindsay London & Sarah Wassil

Erika & Scott – An Heirloom Wedding Album for Generations categories: for brides, for photographers

Whenever possible, typically dependent on time, I love to share wedding albums my clients design. Each one is unique and special. Plus, every wedding album turns out amazing. Not too long ago, Erika and Scott’s wedding album arrived in my office. I had just a few minutes to capture the album before I delivered to their waiting hands.

Erika and Scott chose a very classic and contemporary fabric for their wedding album. It’s a gorgeous gray, raw silk that features a very high sheen. The album is encased in a protective presentation box, held shut with a magnetic closure. The ribbon, while only decorative, puts a perfect finishing touch on the whole presentation. Within is an Heirloom album, one of two that I offer. The Heirloom features thick pages, which are stiff as boards. With extra pages Erika and Scott chose to add, the album weighs nearly 10 pounds.

A wedding album should be substantial. They’re supposed to last for generations. I want my client’s grandchildren to hold their album, so I have always been careful about album selection. This is why I insist on the hand-made approach, and why I use Cypress Albums. Dena and her team make it right the first time. Everything is hand-made and everything is custom. I even had the chance to visit Cypress as this very album was being made. Seeing the work in process really helped me to understand how seriously Cypress takes their work. What Cypress does is really amazing.

Below are just a few highlight’s of Erika and Scott’s album. I hope you enjoy!

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I’m really appreciate good presentation. So I made sure to wrap up Erika and Scott’s wedding album and seal it nicely with a bow and tag. As I work on more client albums, I will share what I can. Definitely stop back to see more soon.

Sailing the British Virgin Islands on Film categories: personal

Let’s not kid ourselves – being a wedding photographer and small business owner is hard work. Every working day is a hustle. And my working days are different than most. I work nearly 7 days a week, every week. During the wedding season, it gets especially crazy. For this reason, and many others, I’m thankful for the little family time I can squirrel away. Recently, I had the chance to take a short, family vacation. I’m eternally grateful for time with my family, especially when we vacation together.

Like last year’s trip to Grenada, again we went sailing together. For this vacation we returned once more to the British Virgin Islands. I grew up sailing, thanks to my father, as we had a very small boat on Lake Erie. Most people avoid the lake in bad weather, but we reveled in it. We’d hear a small craft warning on the radio, and rush up to the lake just to catch some time together as a squall passed by. When I was growing up, we also visited BVI a couple times. Once when I was four, and again when I was about 15.

This trip to the islands could not have been better. We departed Cleveland in rather cold weather and arrived in San Juan to meet the rest of my family. After a “roadie” beer, we jumped the next plane to Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Then came customs and immigration, which followed the typical experience in the Caribbean – a general sense of malaise mixed with an unnecessary expectation of formality. Thankfully immigration passed smoothly and quickly.

We spent a couple days on shore at first. We provisioned the boat and swam with dolphins in Road Town. Then we boarded the Whiskey Chaser and set sail. To say the boat was aptly named would be an understatement.

First up was a shore layover at The Baths near Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda. We took a two-day stop at the Bitter End Yacht Club in North Sound. The time spent at the Bitter End was needed for some extra beach time and recuperation. We then set sail, passing The Dogs during a sudden squall, and arrived at Marina Cay safe and sound. Visiting Marina Cay was special for me. I remember the cay clearly from a previous trip. It’s a tiny place, located in a channel between Beef Island, Scrub Island and Monkey Point. The cay features only a bar, but it’s a great place for a Pusser’s Painkiller. However, it is also surrounded by an amazing shallow reef, perfect for snorkeling.

After a couple hours at Marina Cay, we next headed for Cane Garden Bay on the north shore of Tortola. As we arrived, we were greeted with the most amazing sunset. Another beach day came and went, surrounded by beach-going tourists from a visiting Carnival Cruise. We even ran into Bernie from “Weekend at Bernie’s”, or at least we thought so. Our sail between Tortola and St. John was very active, as we tacked every few minutes to stay off the shores. We eventually arrived at Peter Island and quickly located a gorgeous, private beach. We swam with green sea turtles, saw and barracuda and spent time relaxing in the surf. And there ends this year’s adventure.

I’m back now, rested and ready for the crazy new year, and already dreaming of our next journey together. Who needs a cruise or an all-inclusive resort. Go find an adventure!

Travel photography in the British Virgin Islands while sailing

Our flight into Puerto Rico above. Jumping a tiny plane below.

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Rosie the Lesser Blue Heron above, with a tender wing from a recent break.

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Overlooking Cane Garden Bay, which we would visit later in the trip.

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Above and below – the Bomba Shack. It’s only open on the full moon. Apparently, they serve a “special” kind of tea. Not for the faint of heart!

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The two Brooke’s and our appropriately named boat – the Whiskey Chaser. If you know me at all, then you understand my predilection for whiskey.

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The Baths on Virgin Gorda above and below.

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Thank goodness my film camera has a self-timer. Also, thankfully there was a rock nearby.

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I can’t believe this wonderful, beautiful, smart woman married me. So, so lucky!

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The Bitter End Yacht Club above and below. By some miracle, I’ve been visiting the Bitter End since nearly it’s inception.

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Passing The Dogs during a squall above. Marina Cay, which is 90% bar, below.

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Bartender! I will have another Painkiller, please.

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Sunset at Cane Garden bay, Tortola.

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Brooke and I, this time captured by my brother. Below – one last leisurely float before heading home. Yes, that is a safety line tied to the boat.

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There are a million other stories I could tell about this vacation. The one about the purple fist of justice, a dancing Bernie, roadie beers, or the one about hairy men. I think I will save those memories for my family. That’s what makes family time special – the memories we make together.