Monthly Archives: January 2012

Jeff and Natalie’s Union Club Wedding

An extremely frigid day in December dawned for Jeff and Natalie who, thankfully, were another awesome couple willing to roll with the punches.  Natalie’s parents had a house tailor made for photos of the bride getting ready – check out the amazing reflection shot of Natalie in the window.  Her dress was amazing with the lace overlay on her skirt, rhinestone studded flowers at her waist and a soft sash - the camera is intuitively drawn to such details.  There’s no missing Natalie’s beautiful brown eyes either.

It was easy to see the genuine affection between family – the warmth of Jeff’s smile, a knowingly look from Dad before heading down the aisle.  We especially love to catch whispered conversations during the ceremony…those stolen moments create a special memory of that exact moment in time.

Despite the cold temperatures, this group was phenomenal in cooperating with us to get some great images at Wade Lagoon in University Circle.  This spot is beautiful year round with its intricately carved lamp posts, and the whispy willow branches provide beautiful interest even in winter when most everything else is bare.  With the bridal party all in black, note the subtle pop of color from the green branches in complement to the green stems in the girls’ bouquets.   The Union Club, with its traditionally appointed elegance, is one of the most amazing venues in Cleveland.  It truly needs no decorating and we love, love, love the twinkle lights in the dance floor.  Things definitely warmed up inside with good food, great friends and fun for all!

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Mike and Amanda’s Wyndham Cleveland Wedding

The weather was an amazing 60 degrees last New Year’s Eve and Mike and Amanda made great use of it for their wedding day photography!  The Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square is a great venue because it is so modern and elegant on the inside and they have a great facility for ceremonies and receptions.

Mike and Amanda have great chemistry and it shows in front of the camera so we were thrilled they chose to do a First Glance before the ceremony.  This is especially nice for afternoon winter weddings if you’ve scheduled your reception immediately following the ceremony.  It allows you to take advantage of quickly fading daylight you may have otherwise missed. Not only was Amanda’s dress beautifully detailed, she had one of the prettiest bouquets ever.  The petals of the gorgeous purple orchids mimicked the ruffles on the bottom of her dress perfectly while the fur stole and feather gracing her hair added some additional texture.  All those details came together beautifully in their images.

Downtown was still decked out in Christmas decorations which made quick work of our outdoor session, allowing us to transition smoothly into the reception.   The reception decor was a photographer’s dream – lots of candles and beautiful uplighting.  Uplighting is a great option if it’s available to you.  It really sets the mood for the evening and adds a dramatic flair to your photographs.  Notice the vibrant yellow even during the ceremony.  New Year’s Eve weddings are always a blast because they’re more than just a wedding reception, they‘re a full blown party!  Mike and Amanda, we hope you had a great 2011 and an awesome first anniversary!

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Matt & Lauren’s Winter Wedding in Defiance, OH

This was probably the coldest day we have ever photographed outside and Matt and Lauren were the most willing couple ever.  It was so cold we had to take several warm up breaks and this couple never once complained – instead they thanked us for being there.   Gotta say, we loved Matt’s long curly hair – he totally owns this look!   We took the outdoor shots at a farm belonging to Lauren’s family and it was a beautiful setting for photos outside and inside!  The shot of the bride and groom touching heads with the barn slats making blue lines behind them is one of our favorite shots ever.

Matt’s mother Michelle was in charge of the reception decor and she did a phenomenal job! This reception was a perfect example of how you can transform a hall with drapery and Christmas lights.  It gave the room a dramatic flair, perfect for romance.  There were so many gorgeous details to capture that it made our end of the night shot too easy.  It was just a matter of deciding which great spot to put our couple in.

As cold as it was outside, it was smokin’ on the dance floor!  This reception showcased some of the most extreme dance moves we’ve ever seen – at one point in the evening we saw Matt and Lauren on their backs on the dance floor!  It was an amazing party and even the kids had a blast.

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Mike & Kelly’s John Carroll Engagement

John Carroll is a beautiful campus with great grounds and traditional architecture perfect for not only engagement photos but weddings as well.  The Saint Francis Chapel is available to current students and alumni and a hall is also available for your wedding reception.  Ted went to school with Kelly and was happy to catch up with her and meet the 2 most important men in her life: Mike and their amazing dog Remus.

Mike has been serving in the military and he and Kelly spent most of their engagement apart, but Kelly remarked to me that Mike was well worth the wait.  You can tell how much they treasure each other by their expressions when they are together.  You’re always welcome to include your pets in your engagements session as they really do add that personal touch.  We do recommend you recruit a friend or family member to drive separately with your pet so that they’re able to take them home once their part of the portrait session is complete.  This allows us (and you) to focus on you for the remaining time.

Sessions with snow on the ground are lots of fun because not only is it pretty but it serves as a giant reflector.  Here it sets off Kelly’s lovely blue coat which complements her gorgeous hair color.  The effect is quite flattering!  And you can’t beat a frosty kiss with snow flakes swirling all around – definitely my favorite from this session.  A close second – the matching shoes.

Mike and Kelly said their I do’s this past New Year’s weekend so we wish the happy couple an amazing new year together.


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George & Ashley’s Christmas Wedding at Weymouth

In honor of our Christmas snow, about a week too late, we’ll reminisce with one of our holiday couples from 2010.  George and Ashley had been dating for years, but you could never tell by the looks they gave each other.  This whole day was filled with love, tears of joy, and lots of laughter.  There was no shortage of emotions being shown the entire day from the time Ashley embraced her grandmother before going to the church to the craziness of the packed dance floor that night.

We spent all of their creative time outdoors in Medina Square which is such a great place for photos any time of the year but the Christmas lights add a bit of magic to the old fashioned street fronts, park benches and gazebo.  We love shooting with Christmas lights!  The camera sees them so differently than our eyes do and it just adds great visual interest to the background.

Ashley made some beautiful choices with colors in brown and fuschia that worked wonderfully against a winter wonderland and shows that you don’t have to go red and green when planning a wedding during the holiday season.  Furs for her and the girls also added some visual interest as well as a cozy feel to the photographs.

We can’t emphasis enough how glamorous a winter themed wedding can be, especially when it comes to your photos.  There’s nothing like a night time shot with a little snow and twinkling lights to really make for a unique image that you’ll treasure for years to come.  Also consider that your church and reception hall will likely be decked out for the holidays so you can take advantage of the bonus decorations without breaking your floral budget.   And most importantly, no one ever looks cold in their pictures so let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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