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

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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Diane & Joe – A Summer Wedding at Chagrin Valley Athletic Club categories: weddings

Before Diane & Joe’s wedding, there was some frantic back-and-forth between Diane and I. We were debating whether more coverage time was needed for their upcoming wedding at Chagrin Valley Athletic Club. On one side, more time could be helpful. On the other side, adding more time was really just “gilding the lily” that would come at a cost. We settled on leaving things as is.

That is, until I arrived at the wedding. In a calculating way, I just decided to arrive a little early. After all, there is always value in having a little “extra”, whatever that extra might be. Doing so gave us all the luxury of time for their beautiful summer wedding. Showing up a little early and staying just a little late cost me nothing, but it would ensure the best opportunity to capture a great wedding.

The extra time made capturing little details all that much easier. Like Diane’s beautiful blue suede wedding shoes embroidered with delicate white lace. The extra time made organizing their emotional first look that much easier. I absolutely love Diane’s look as Joe turned around to meet her eyes.

The extra time just made for a more relaxed day. Capturing Diane & Joe with their wedding party became such a joy. Universally, each person in their wedding party was so nice and absolutely wonderful to be around. The same story is true for the Bride and Groom’s parents, who were so gracious and welcoming.

More so, the extra time gave us the opportunity to slow down and capture everything just right. So much so, that I brought out film for the wedding, which is a rare treat. We even ended the night with some gorgeous sunset photos on film. For Diane & Joe – thank you so much for having me as a small part of your wedding day. It’s been a thrilling experience. I certainly hope you enjoy the highlights below.

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