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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Lyndsey & Jerry – A Wedding of Best Friends in Ashtabula, Ohio categories: weddings

It took us forever to find Lyndsey’s home on the morning of her wedding. First, was the long drive to Ashtabula from Cleveland. Then came the process of locating her house nestled out on a country lane. It was tucked back from the road, among a small group of other homes. Once we arrived, we were in for a real treat.

Just inside was Lyndsey and all of her bridesmaids, each one more beautiful than the next. And then there was Lyndsey – simply gorgeous and completely relaxed. The entire morning moved along smoothly, as Lyndsey got ready for her wedding surrounded by family and friends.

We were then off to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Ashtabula for the wedding ceremony. In an unusual fashion, the priest started his homily with some laughter. He blamed his close relationship with Lyndsey’s family for his constant need to miss Notre Dame Football games. Seemingly, the priest was constantly called upon for marriages, baptisms and other important happenings within Lyndsey family. In hindsight, the priest’s half-joking start to the homily seemed very fitting for the wedding day. After all, this was a wedding truly made up of family and friends.

Beyond the joking priest, wonderful weather, amazing florals and beautiful bridesmaids, there is something about this wedding that I love best. It’s actually Lyndsey and Jerry themselves. Specifically – their love story is amazing. They met when Lyndsey was still in high school. Jerry had already graduated. Obviously, this did not sit too well with Lyndsey’s family. Before long, they were ordered in no uncertain terms to disband the relationship until Lyndsey graduated. As Lyndsey’s father put it during his toast, he thought that was the end.

Instead, Lyndsey and Jerry stuck it out, while also honoring the wishes of Lyndsey’s family. They remained loose friends while Lyndsey finished up high school. Following her graduation, magnetism pulled them back together. By the time of their wedding, they had already been together longer than many married couples. I guess there’s always a path to overcome obstacles.

Below are just a few highlights from their wedding day. I particularly love the portraits captured on film in downtown Ashtabula. And if you are curious, you can even see Lyndsey & Jerry’s engagement session, published late last year. Hope you enjoy!

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