Grace & Rahul – Autumn Wedding at The Country Club Pepper Pike categories: featured, weddings

Wedding season in Ohio is quite different than, say, Florida or California. You would think our peak season would be June or July, but it isn’t. Instead, photographers patiently wait for October. When autumn finally arrives, the outdoor color absolutely explodes, and so does our work. Seemingly, every day is filled with family photo sessions or weddings. This year, I hotly anticipated October. Partly because of the impending color, but mostly because I would be working with some amazing clients, including Grace & Rahul.

By happenstance, I had actually met Grace & Rahul a year before their wedding at another wedding. We briefly crossed paths at a wedding rehearsal for Grace’s life-long friend, Leah. It was from that brief encounter that I was ultimately engaged to photograph Grace & Rahul’s wedding at the Country Club in Pepper Pike. As accidental encounters go, this was definitely a happy one. When the morning of Grace & Rahul’s wedding finally arrived, I knew it would be a smashing success. We had a great plan, with great people, awesome vendors, and some stunning weather. Autumn can be chilly in Ohio, but this day was rather pleasant.

Better than the weather and scenery were the people. Grace was relaxed and ready for the wedding day to unfold. Her bridesmaids kept the entire day light and fun, especially her two sisters. Rahul and the groomsmen were simply awesome. In particular, Rahul’s Best Man gave a stunning toast, bringing all the guests to cheers (excuse the pun). Beyond the people, the wedding design was amazing as well.

Brandi from All Events Planned and Grace had pulled together a gorgeous design. Flowers were richly composed of deep autumn colors of orange, peach, red and green. I especially like the hosta leaves incorporated into Grace’s bouquet. The floral design also spilled over to the cake, which was also richly decorated with rose and lily. The gentleman wore picture-perfect tuxedos, while the ladies donned dresses just a shade off navy blue. The blue tone then carried over to the wedding stationary and print goods, such as ceremony programs and dinner menus.

By the end of the evening, the wedding had been a smashing success. It was so much fun, and I’m thrilled to have had a small part in Grace & Rahul’s wedding day. Below you can see just a small preview, mostly captured on film. I especially love how the outside portraits turned out. I certainly hope you enjoy!

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Tiffany & Rick – Love and Laughter at the Cleveland Hyatt Arcade categories: featured, weddings

It’s hard to know where to begin with Tiffany & Rick’s wedding at the Cleveland Hyatt Arcade. I could tell you Tiffany was uber-nervous in the morning, but that doesn’t seem like the best place to start. I could tell you how wonderful & gracious they are. I could tell you about the amazing wedding design or Tiffany’s stunning dress. However, nothing feels like the perfect starting point.

If I had to guess, I’d say I’m struggling to find the start because the entire wedding was such a pleasure. About once each hour, Tiffany would check in with me to make sure I was OK. Personally, I was more concerned about her comfort than my own, but my answer was always the same. “This is awesome,” I would say, “I can’t imagine being any place else.” And my sentiment was very true. Their wedding was filled with love, laughs and excitement. It simply could not have been better.

Certainly there are a few moments and details from the day that I loved. In a cute way, Tiffany paced her suite at the Hyatt Arcade in the morning. She never seemed certain what to do next. Her nervous excitement seemed to permeate everything, like dense air breaking as you moved through the room.

I simply loved her dress. The corset top adorned with beautifully detailed lace matched perfectly with the long, flowing bottom. Heck, her wedding dress even had pockets. In contrast, the bridesmaids wore dense black dresses that were a perfect counterpoint.

I love the gifts Tiffany & Rick exchanged in the morning. Tears were shed as each read the letters provided by the other. For Tiffany, it was diamond earrings from Rick. For Rick, it was a restored Harley Davidson motorcycle tucked away at a secret location. The only clue to the location – GPS coordinates attached to the keyring.

More so, I loved sharing time with Tiffany & Rick during their sunset portraits together. We simply wandered downtown Cleveland, stopping here and there to capture some photos on film. In fact, I shot a significant portion of their wedding of film – a real treat for me and them.

Lastly, I love one final gift bestowed to Tiffany. Sadly, her father had passed before the wedding. As a special tribute to him, her family had an heirloom table restored and presented to Tiffany at the wedding. Unbeknownst to her, she was sitting at the table the entire time.

Below are just a few highlights from the day. I certainly hope you enjoy. And for Tiffany & Rick – I owe you an uncertainly measure of thanks. It’s been an experience I won’t ever forget.

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For the photographers out there, what you see is a hybrid wedding photography approach, most of which was shot on my trusty Contax 645 with Fuji 400H and Kodak Portra 800 film. For those that are super curious, you can look at Tiffany & Rick’s engagement session, which was entirely capture on Fuji 4ooH.

Alex & Matt – End of Summer Wedding at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel categories: weddings

I love the unconventional. After all, I still shoot film, which is certainly unconventional at this point. Unconventional weddings and couples are even better. They’re new, different, and unique. They stand apart – special. So is the story with Alex and Matt. They’re certainly unconventional, and so was their wedding in downtown Cleveland.

It helps if I rewind a bit and start with a little about Alex and Matt. First – they met online and then started dating. While a little unconventional, this is becoming much more common. I can’t count the number of couples I’ve worked with who initially met online. What’s more unconventional is Alex & Matt’s proposal story. You see, Alex(andria) proposed to Matt. As she puts it, there was no reason to stand on convention. She was ready for marriage, she thought the same of Matt, so she proposed.

Alex & Matt’s wedding at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel was similarly unconventional as well. Instead of a large bridal party divided into men & women, they chose a different route. Matt had his best man, and Alex had her “bridesman.” A small bridal party for sure, but also so important to Alex & Matt.

The plan for the wedding day was a little unusual as well. It started with the wedding ceremony at Josaphat’s Art Center, which is housed in an old church. Instead of delaying cocktail hour until everyone could reach the Renaissance hotel, they held the cocktail hour immediately following the ceremony in the arts hall. Unconventional – sure. However, holding the cocktail hour back-to-back with the ceremony allowed everyone to celebrate immediately. It was awesome.

Below are just a few highlights from Alex & Matt’s beautiful - yet unconventional – wedding. I certainly hope you enjoy. And for Alex & Matt – thank you so much for having me as a small part of your wedding day. I loved every minute – especially the card box monster!

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