Anna & Clede | Ukrainian Cleveland Union Club WeddingJune 23, 2014

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Anna and Clede might be the most perfect match (Anna says Clede is her “true life partner”). It always fascinates me how people meet, but in New York City, surrounded by tons and tons of people, Anna and Clede found each other. That is amazing for sure, and so worthy of the unique wedding day celebration they had a few weeks ago.

Anna’s family is Ukrainian and the whole day was a reflection of culture and love. So many of their friends and family traveled from all over the world to be in Cleveland celebrating these two. After witnessing an impromptu round of toasts on the party bus, I can say FOR SURE that Anna and Clede are surrounded by really fantastic people.

These two and their family and friends are fun-loving, energetic and contagious. Anna and Clede are world travelers, go-getters and extremely confident in what they want out of life. Clede said that he knew Anna could be the one the very first day he met her. The very first day! How’s that for knowing what you want?

“Anna is caring and compassionate about me,” he said. “She is beautiful, thoughtful and has a great sense of humor. She reciprocates my love for her with great tenderness. She has a strong will and vision to lead our love and life in the right direction.”

Anna and Clede, thank you so very much for asking me to share in your special day. I learned a lot from observing you two for just one day, and I can only imagine what fun you’re going to have in the years ahead. Keep making each other laugh. :) 

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Ceremony: St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral
Reception: Union Club
Event Planning: Jennifer Alexa
Videographer: Anthony Codispoti, Blue Tie Cinema
Florist: Forest Woods
DJ: Brian McDonald
Makeup Artist: Shannon Michael Salon
Hair Stylist: Crystal Bonura
Bride’s Dress: James Clifford, Pat Catan’s
Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung
Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss
Transportation: A-1 Mr. Limo
Honeymoon: Hawaii!

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Ali & Ian | Pinecroft Estate Cincinnati WeddingJune 5, 2014

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They met over a beer and a football game. Ian had agreed to be the wingman for a friend who was interested in Ali. He took his job seriously and stayed on the outskirts of the conversation.

“We were at an Irish Pub in Hyde Park when she walked in,” Ian remembered. “I actually remember her entering the premise. This is more of a compliment, but I could tell this girl went to a) Miami University or b) Miami University.” [Hahaha, you know I'm laughing at that.] “Needless to say, I thought she was very attractive.”

After quite a bit of football talk, Ian’s friend realized that he should really be the wingman to Ian, and decided to step aside. (What an awesome friend, right?!) A few months later and Ian and Ali were falling.

“My overall favorite thing about Ian is his ability to bring the best out of people with his friendly, positive personality,” Ali said. “People just natural gravitate towards him because of his amazing character.”

I couldn’t agree more! Ian was friends with my roommates when I lived in Cincinnati, and he was always, always kind and friendly and inclusive. Ali compliments him so perfectly. Together they are a fun-loving, genuine couple that cares so deeply for their family and friends. And they are so loved right back. Just one step into their reception and you could feel the love and energy floating around.

Ian and Ali, thank you for the most wonderful photography experience. You two are gems, and I wish you a hundred years of happiness together.

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Just a liiiittle rain on the wedding morning. Enough for some good luck!

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How AWESOME is Ali’s striped wedding dress? So Miami. ;)

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You’re going to see a lot of Ali and Ian’s dogs in this blog post. They were a HUGE part of the wedding day.

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Pinecroft Estate is a gorgeous backdrop for a wedding!

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Gorgeous ladies!

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I LOVE this photo of the ladies that my assistant, Jeni, captured. I think Ali and Ian can attest to how great Jeni is. :)

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Ali and Ian opted for a first look, which was sooo sweet!

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Favorite up there on the right! You guys are so happy!

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Not just any bride would let her best furry friend lick her wedding day face!

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Zeke the ring bearer! :D

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And then Ali tossed her bouquet off the balcony and I felt like I was in the Father of the Bride movie (remember that scene?) …

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Ceremony and Reception: Pinecroft Estate
Caterer: Funky’s
Florist: English Rose Designs
Cake: A Spoon Fulla Sugar
Band: The Chuck Taylors
Makeup Artist: BRIDEface (Nancy)
Hair Stylist: Matt Bradley (Carrie)
Bride’s Dress: Hayley Paige, Amanda’s Hyde Park Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Tory Burch
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amanda’s Hyde Park Bridal
Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
Honeymoon: St. Lucia!

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Kaedra & Alex | Stan Hywet WeddingMay 22, 2014

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They met at Ohio State University over a few games of H-O-R-S-E. As sophomores on campus, Kaedra and Alex chatted for more than an hour on the court that day. And then they parted ways and left the rest up to chance. It wasn’t until nearly three years later that they went out for the first time.

“Alex is always encouraging me to try new things, like CrossFit, and treats every situation like we are a team,” Kaedra said. “He pushes me to do things I never thought I could, and just when I’m about to fall, he knows the exact moment to step in and help.”

During their engagement session, Kaedra and Alex gushed about their newfound love of CrossFit, and one of the things I remember most about that conversation was how complimentary the two were of each other. Kaedra made sure it was known that Alex was one of the best in their gym, although he would never have admitted it. Alex bragged about how dedicated Kaedra was to the early-morning workouts. This is Kaedra and Alex. They share this awe of each other that is really fantastic to observe.

Thank you so much for asking me to be a part of your wedding day, you two. Sometimes I feel like this job makes me a better person, and interacting with you guys has added to that. You’re a highlight of my season! Enjoy your honeymoon!

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One of the bridesmaids gifted all the girls with these adorable monogrammed shirts. So thoughtful!

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You know I love cats. It was pretty hilarious–and fitting, really–to see Kaedra’s childhood cat checking in on the getting ready process.

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We skirted rain all day, which was fabulous since the wedding took place outdoors at Stan Hywet. The grounds at this estate are unbelievably gorgeous!

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I shot some Fuji 400H at the wedding. :) Kaedra makes it look extra great!

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Love this photo that my assistant Caitlin captured!

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I have to give a shout out to both Kaedra and Alex’s families. Everyone was so welcoming and fun!

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Ceremony: Stan Hywet
Reception: Prime 93
Florist: Reilley’s Originals
Cake: Little Bake Shop
DJ: On the Mic Entertainment
Makeup Artist: MC Hair Consultants
Hair Stylist: Studio H
Bride’s Dress: Abbott’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: TOMS
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
Transportation: Thomas Limousine
Honeymoon: Lugano, Switzerland and Venice and Rome!

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Julie & Micah | Outdoor Cincinnati WeddingApril 17, 2014

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Julie says that her favorite thing about Micah is that he shows her he loves her every single day. And THAT was my favorite thing about their wedding. I love observing couples, and watching Micah watch Julie was just so sweet. She is one lucky lady because he thinks the world of her.

These two got married on a beautiful, breezy day in a suburb of Cincinnati. Julie is the daughter of my former co-worker (Hi, Lisa!) and I’ve been so excited about this wedding since she booked last spring. Add to the fun Julie’s daughter, Jaylen, and you have one rockin’ wedding! :)

Julie and Micah, thank you for sharing your happiness with me. I loved documenting your big day, and I’m so excited to keep up with your newly joined family. :)

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Julie and Micah chose to do a first look before the ceremony …

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I love that all the guys, including the ring bearer, plus Julie wore Converse sneakers. What a comfy choice!

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So, funny story: At the exact moment of the first kiss, Jaylen yelled, “Ewwwww!” which obviously cracked everyone up. Looking at these photos though, I think a bug flew into her mouth, which was probably what she was really “ewwwing” about. Can we verify this, Julie? Lisa? :)

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Julie’s sister, Mallory, SANG the father/daughter song. Oh my goodness. Such a sweet moment.

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Julie and Jaylen had their very own dance too.

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Ceremony: Harbin Park
Reception: Receptions Fairfield
Florist: Two Little Buds
DJ: Everlasting Sounds
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridemaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
Honeymoon: Punta Cana!

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