Aria & Jeff – A Summery Pink Wedding at the Ritz Carlton Cleveland categories: weddings

Some days just run too smoothly. I end up glancing over my shoulder, looking nervously out of the corner of my eye for some surprise that will never come. It’s a feeling of uneasy anticipation. For Aria and Jeff’s wedding at the St. Noel in Willoughby and the Ritz Carlton in downtown Cleveland, I had this very feeling all day long. The day was simply progressing too perfectly and I was constantly anticipating an emergency.

In the morning, the sun was shining bright as I pulled up to Aria’s home. The weather outside was equally as beautiful as Aria and her bridesmaids inside the house. Once inside, I met everyone quickly and set to work photographing all the little details. Upstairs hung Aria’s gorgeous wedding dress and long, pink bridesmaids gowns. Downstairs the ladies hurried about, getting ready for Aria’s big wedding. Before long, we were all out the door again. The sun still shown, but clouds began to gather on the horizon.

We safely reached St. Noel Church and we all ran inside. Within minutes, the clouds grew dark and the sky let loose a deluge. Throughout the beautiful ceremony, I could hear the thick rain falling over the roof, down the gutters and out onto the street. The rain softened towards the end of the ceremony. By the time we were ready to exit, the rain had long gone. Even the sidewalks were beginning to dry.

Thunderstorms were still in the area, so we had to take a little risk for the outside portraits. We could have used the “emergency rain plan”, but we decide to take a risk and head for the Cleveland Museum of Art. Once there, it became clear that everything would be fine. The clouds were clearing and the sun shined again. By this point, the scheduled had so much extra time that we could all relax and have fun during the portraits. It was at this point that I constantly began checking over my shoulder for some emergency, which would never come.

For Aria and Jeff, the day could not have been more perfect either. The wedding was scheduled just a couple weeks prior to their 10-year anniversary. Nearly one year prior, Jeff had proposed to Aria on their nine-year anniversary. They had just spent the day together at Cedar Point. Back at home after Cedar Point and a little exhausted, Jeff took a knee and proposed to Aria. What an absolutely perfect way to spend an anniversary and to propose.

Below are just a few highlights from this faultless wedding day, mostly captured on film. I certainly hope you enjoy. For Aria & Jeff – thank you so much for having me as part of your wedding day. Working with you has been truly perfect.

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Published by Elizabeth Anne Designs – Kristin & Max’s Chicago History Museum Wedding categories: featured, press, weddings

Today I am thrilled to be reliving Kristin & Max’s wedding at the Chicago History Museum. Elizabeth Anne Designs is one of my favorite wedding blogs and they just featured Kristin & Max’s gorgeous wedding from last summer. Captured mostly on film in downtown Chicago, it’s one of my favorite weddings ever. Partially because the wedding was in my old city, but also because of all the wonderful people involved. In fact, I could almost count Kristin as family. Take a few minutes to check out the feature on Elizabeth Anne Designs here.

Below are just a few highlights from the wedding. If you want the full details, you can see a complete set from Kristin & Max’s Chicago wedding. Also, we did a destination engagement session together which is worth a look as well. Enjoy!

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Katie & Joe – A Detail-Rich Wedding at the Hillbrook Club categories: featured, weddings

Long before Katie & Joe’s wedding at the Hillbrook Club, I had been watching the weather with skepticism. The forecast was a moving target - changing constantly from rain to sunshine. I had reason for concern. The entire wedding would be at the Hillbrook Club, with the wedding ceremony planned for the back lawn. When Katie & Joe’s wedding day finally arrived, the forecast was no more certain.

When I arrived at the club in Chagrin Falls, the sun shown bright. The humidity was high and there were some passing clouds. The question wasn’t whether it would rain, but when and how much. I hurried inside and found Katie gathered with her friends and family in the living room. Katie’s sister calmly presented Katie with a gift – a family heirloom just for her wedding, bringing about tears of joy. In this moment I could see the real story of the day. Weather be damned! This day would be amazing.

Before long, Joe and the groomsmen arrived at the club. “Are you ready?” I asked Joe as we headed outside for the first look. I think Joe was born ready for this moment. As we stood on the back patio, Joe was first greeted by Katie’s sister, who came bearing the best wedding present I’ve ever seen. She presented Joe with a custom-engraved pistol. Not a gun, but a proper pistol. Soon after, Katie followed behind in her stunning wedding dress, which I’m sure Joe would say was the best gift ever.

These first few moments of the day set the mold for the rest of the wedding. The entire wedding was a detail-rich affair styled by Katie and the lovely team from A Charming Fete. The reception was filled with vintage farm tables from Borrow Rentals. Upon each table sat vintage place settings, gorgeous flowers, fruits, custom place cards, and long strings or garland. Each table was further accented by silverware tied neatly in a bow. A stunning dessert table was provided by the always amazing Hummingbird Bake Shop. It was filled with macaroons, cake pops, and cream puffs. At the center sat a simply elegant wedding cake. I could go on and on about the stunning wedding details, but there was so much more to this day.

Like the beginning of the wedding, the rest was filled with wonderful moments shared between family and friends. One of my favorite moments was when Katie’s father saw Katie for the first time in her wedding dress. The first look shared between Katie & Joe was also so touching. Moreover, the toasts offered by family and friends were both emotional and hysterical.

From all the beauty and joy of the day, it was nearly impossible to pick just a few highlights. Below is a rather long series of photos, mostly captured on film. I certainly hope you enjoy. For Katie & Joe – thank you so much for allowing me to share your wedding day. It was simply amazing!

PS – The rain held off until right after the ceremony ended. Perfect, as the rest!

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Wedding ceremony & reception – The Club at Hillbrook
Event styling & planning – A Charming Fête
Floral Design – Sue Bernhard, Lowe’s Greenhouse
Vintage farm table & furniture – Borrow Vintage & Eclectic Rentals
Wedding cake & Desserts - Kim Coryea, Hummingbird Bake Shop
Entertainment – Grand Avenue Band
Wedding dress – by Allure, from Galleria Gowns
Bridesmaids dresses – by Jim Hjelm
Make-up artist – Ramona Dauksa
Groom & Groomsmen tuxedos – Vera Wang, from Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding invitations – Paper Trails