Rhiana & Joe | Brecksville Ohio Fall WeddingMarch 19, 2015

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The morning of her wedding, Rhiana greeted my assistant Caitlin and I at the door of her parent’s house with the biggest smile on her face and a bowl of yogurt and berries in her hand. She was so joyful and relaxed and excited all day that you just knew she and Joe were entering into this true covenant of marriage. They think the world of each other and treat the other with such respect and adoration. It’s really sweet to witness.

Sometimes you can just tell with certain people that family means everything to them. Rhiana and Joe are so good-hearted and speak so highly of their siblings and parents that I knew family was something really special to them. In fact, that’s how they knew that they had found the one they would spend the rest of their life with … Rhiana’s family welcomed Joe with open arms and vice versa.

Rhiana and Joe have started a little family of their own now–they even have a new pup named Indy–and I know their home is filled with so much love and acceptance and affirmation. You two are such great role models of how we all should live our lives. I’m so thankful I got to know you and document the day you became a family. Thanks for being so great, Rhiana and Joe!

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Rhiana was such a beautiful bride. I especially love the headpiece she wore (that was also worn by Joe’s mom when she was married!)

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Rhiana and Joe didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony but they still wanted to say a quick prayer together. This was the solution. :)

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During the ceremony, Rhiana and Joe incorporated a Filipino cord and veil tradition. I love these special touches that make each ceremony unique!

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After taking portraits at Brecksville Reservation, Rhiana and Joe made time to get ice cream at Honey Hut with their wedding party. THE COOLEST THING EVER! They all got their photo on the wall for finishing The Destroyer–a GIANT banana split with, like, nine scoops of ice cream.

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Ceremony: St. Basil the Great Catholic Church
Videographer: Greg Henry
Florist: Creations by Lynn
Cake: Seballos Pastries (Rhiana’s family’s bakery!)
DJ: Beach Boyz
Hair and Makeup: Salon at Creekside
Bride’s Dress: Allure Romance

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Mary & Jimmy | The Club at Key Center WeddingMarch 13, 2015

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He lived downstairs in Mary’s duplex. She just couldn’t imagine going out with someone who lived in the same building, so she said no to every one of his offers to take her out. Jimmy must have had a sixth sense about how special Mary was because he offered to move if it meant he’d finally be able to have that date. Mary reconsidered. How ironic that they’re married now, right? Jimmy knew what he was doing!

Mary and Jimmy have an obvious spark. They’re kind, they’re mature, they laugh easily and have fun always. They complement each other so well and think the world of each other. Get this, their favorite thing about each other is basically one and the same: They love that the other is completely caring, inclusive and puts others before him/herself. (I can attest to that, they both insisted that Nathan and I get in on their champagne toast with their wedding party. Talk about thinking of others!)

Get ready for a crazy amount of photos; I just couldn’t narrow down the images from Mary and Jimmy’s gorgeous and emotional day. Their’s was one of my very favorites from last year and I’m so excited to finally share it!

Mary and Jimmy, I think the world of you two. I hope your marriage is just as fun as ever!

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What a sweet first look. Mary and Jimmy had planned to see each other outside for the first time, but with a consistent rain/snow mix we had to move the first look inside. It didn’t dampen the excitement at all!

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Nathan (my hubby!) and I tag-teamed this wedding, and he got some fantastic shots inside beautiful St. Colman. I have to give him full credit for that photo above. The light and the moment–ahh!

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I’ve got to give a shout out to Mary and Jimmy’s AMAZING bridal party. It was freezing–absolutely freezing–while we were taking these photos. At one point it started to hail and we had to take cover under a bridge. But they all smiled and laughed like it was nothing. I’m so grateful to have clients (and friends of clients!) who are willing to do whatever it takes for a good photo!

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You two are just beautiful, beautiful people.

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Ceremony: St. Colman
Reception: The Club at Key Center
Wedding Coordinator: Kayla Cousineau
Florist: Charles Phillips
Cake: Wild Flour Bakery
Band: Bill Pirie and Nick Costa
Makeup Artist: MAC Cosmetics
Hair Stylist: Louie Leonetti
Bride’s Dress: The Perfect Bride, Wtoo
Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bridemaids Dresses: The Perfect Bride, Alfred Sung
Tuxes: Jos. A. Banks
Lighting: Earthgrooves Productions
Transportation: A-1 Mr. Limo
Honeymoon: Jamaica!

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Annie & Joe | Hudson Ohio Fall WeddingFebruary 19, 2015

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In his toast to his new bride and family and friends, Joe said, “Annie’s magnetic.” And that right there is the kindest and most perceptive thing I’ve ever heard a groom say to his bride. Joe and Annie have this quiet understanding of each other that seems to go beyond everything else. It was fascinating to observe them from behind my lens. Annie is magnetic. Yes. But Joe perfectly complements her magnetism in a way that just makes sense. They fit together and are two of the happiest and most content people I’ve ever met. They’re those people that you just really want to be friends with … and they genuinely want to be friends with you too.

“Annie has an air about her that puts people at ease,” Joe said, “and she immediately lights up every single room that she walks into. Everyone, myself included, can feel the sheer amount of positivity and kindness that radiates from her. She’s full of love, and doesn’t ever hesitate to share that love with the world around her.”

And Annie thinks just as highly of her husband.

“Joe is so calm and kind,” she said. “He holds himself to the highest standards in any situation and treats every person as if they’re family. He is truly my better half.”

Annie and Joe, I so admire your authenticity, constant smiles, and unwavering love for each other and everyone around you. You guys are the real deal, and I wish you so many wonderful adventures together.

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This is pure joy! Annie, you’re so sweet!

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Gorgeous. You two are just gorgeous.

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Ceremony: St. Mary Catholic Church
Reception: The Bertram Inn
Florist: Baumann’s Florist
DJ: Freddie James DJs
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Weddington Way
Honeymoon: Greek Islands!

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Andrea & Henry | Cleveland Botanical Garden WeddingFebruary 4, 2015

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Andrea and Henry planned THE most unique wedding I’ve ever photographed. Ever. The lovely Meredith of Rain Wedding Planning brought it to life and the whole day was just a ball. As for how these two met? They tell it best, and it’s too good for me to paraphrase!

“Once upon a time, both Henry and Andrea moved from California to Seattle. Henry, not knowing anybody in the area, turned to the magic of computers to help him find new friends. He searched the internet high and low, from hobby meetup groups to dating sites, looking for interesting people of all types. In his searches he found many friends, and he also found Andrea. Andrea’s page asked some very peculiar questions about Batman actors and Disney movies.

Henry wrote to her and answered the questions truthfully — Kevin Conroy is clearly the best Batman, even if he only contributed his voice to the animated series — and closed with:

‘You and I should get coffee some time.
I think it’s going to be AWESOME.’

Four months later, there was a cat.

They took trips to Hawaii and Paris. They sampled the best restaurants in Seattle. They baked cookies and watched movies and played board games and bought a house. They stood on top of the Space Needle and ate gelato under shooting stars. And after an endless onslaught of beautiful, spontaneous, romantic moments in which Henry did not propose, he asked Andrea to marry him. On the couch. After an episode of Game of Thrones.

She said yes. And that’s how we know that it’s going to be awesome.”

Andrea and Henry, your whole wedding day was … awesome. Just plain awesome. I’m so honored to have been there and captured each beautiful piece. Cheers to you guys!

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Andrea and Henry are just FUN people. Plain and simple.

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Yes, those are STAR TREK BOUTONNIERES.

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I could have photographed Molly Taylor‘s beautiful florals all day long. Holy cow were they gorgeous! I especially loved the luxe ribbon detailing.

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Andrea and Henry had a few wedding themes that were “hidden in plain sight” as Meredith described it to me. One of those themes was dinosaurs. Can you find the dinosaur hidden in the bouquet above? I absolutely adore how Andrea and Henry integrated their interests and personalities into their wedding details.

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Ceremony & Reception: Cleveland Botanical Garden
Wedding Planner: Rain Wedding Planning (Meredith Masaveg)
Videographer: JFray Productions
Florist: Molly Taylor Designs
Cake: Wild Flour Bakery
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musicians: Sonatina Strings Trio
DJ: Backstreet DJs
Hair and Makeup: Wedding Hair of Ohio
Bride’s Dress: Laineemeg Bridal, Allure Couture
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Laineemeg Bridal, Sorella Vita
Tuxes: Calvin Klein
Honeymoon: Maui!
Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab (Fuji 400h)

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