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St. Albert the Great & Pazzo’s Wedding – Rachael + Brian

Adorable couple Rachael and Brian who recently did an fun country/equine style engagement session were married this past weekend. Rachael and the girls chose to get dressed and do preparation pictures at our studio where the country theme continued with cowboy boots for all the girls. After a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Albert the Great the full bridal party returned to the studio for some fun wedding portraits then they headed downtown to the West Bank of The Flats for a few fun pictures under one of the many old railroad bridges. The bride & groom's country style carried through to the reception at Pazzo's Grand Ballroom where tables were decorated with mason jar glasses and sunflowers that Rachael's Grandmother grew. After dinner, Rachael & Brian danced to "God Gave Me You" by Blake Shelton for their first dance. Guests took fun group shots complete with big hats and sunglasses and Si Robertson even made a guest appearance! ;) Great party! Congratulations Rachael & Brian! Dress: David's Bridal Ceremony: St. Albert the Great Reception: Pazzo's Grand Ballroom Photography: Christopher Norris Photographers Cake: MichaelAngelo's Transportation: Mr. A-1 Limo Entertainment: Marino Brothers

St. Paul Croatian Church & American-Croatian Lodge Wedding: Kristina + Michael

Native Clevelanders Kristina and Michael currently reside in Tampa Florida but came back home to tie the knot. Kristina's got ready for the big day at a relatives home, where she donned a beautiful lace dress and rhinestone encrusted heels that she did herself! St. Paul Croatian Church in Cleveland was filled with family and friends as the couple said their "I Do's." Afterwards the bridal party traveled back to our photography studio for some fun wedding day portraits, complete with an ode to our newest Cleveland Browns player Johnny (Football) Manziel! Everyone then continued celebrating the happy occasion at the American-Croatian Lodge with a few teary-eyed toasts, lots of great food and fabulous music. Congratulations Kristina and Michael! Many thanks to the amazing creative team who made this wedding possible: St. Paul Croatian Church American-Croatian Lodge Video Memory Aqua Limo Fun In The Oven Vesna Derezic Jon's Bridal - Tampa Florida

Allison & Jonathan – May 31, 2014

Allison and Jonathan who met through a mutual friend, were married on a lovely spring day. Allison and her bridesmaids spent a relaxing morning on our deck drinking mimosas and eating a light breakfast before it was time for hair, makeup and pre-bridal portraits. A1 Limousine provided the transportation for the big day and ushered the ladies off to the Old Oak Bible Church for a late afternoon candlelit ceremony. The happy couple chose to do a "Sand Ceremony" to signify their unity. Once the "I Do's" were said, the bridal party and family members returned to our studio for some formal wedding day portraits. The Aspen Room at the Holiday Inn in Strongsville was aglow with a bright blue uplighting to coordinate with the bride and grooms wedding day colors. Everyone partied and danced the night away. Congratulations Allison & Jonathan!

A quick history lesson on wedding cake!

Did you know......the wedding cake is a tradition that dates back to the Roman Empire?   A loaf of bread that the groom broke over the bride’s head as a symbol of his dominance in the marriage.  The color of the cake was typically white to symbolize purity. The joint task of the bride and groom cutting the cake was meant to symbolize their first joint task in married life. The gesture of feeding cake to one another was a symbol of the commitment the bride and groom are making. In medieval England, the bride and groom would pile sweet rolls between themselves and would attempt to kiss over said pile without knocking them all down.  It is said that this was witnessed by a French pastry chef who returned to his country and created what is today’s classic French wedding cake—the magnificent croquembouche. During the mid-17th century to the beginning of the 19th century, the “bride's pie” was served at most weddings. Guests were expected to have a piece out of politeness, it was considered very rude and bad luck not to eat the bride’s pie. One of the traditions of bride’s pie was to place a glass ring in the middle of the dessert and the maiden who found it would be the next to marry, similar to todays tradition of catching the bouquet. Over the centuries the wedding cake has evolved into a multi-tiered extravaganza which is often centered on the dance floor as a focal point at the reception.  The multi-tiered wedding cake was originally reserved for English royalty.  Today's wedding cakes are often covered with rolled fondant.  However, it has only become popular over the last decade with exposure from cake challenges on the television networks. The [...]

St. Michael’s Woodside Bridal Open House

Yesterday evening we had the honor of participating in the St. Michael's Woodside Bridal Open House. Brides and their friends and family were invited for a food tasting and tour of the lovely facility. Catering by Verba’s has served St. Michael's Woodside for over 20 years. Guests enjoyed Mango BBQ Meatballs, Bourbon Pecan Chicken Tenders, Kielbasi & Kraut Sliders and a Potato "Martini" Bar. Pete from Troy Entertainment was on hand to provide music and a photobooth. Guests even got to sample a wedding cake made by Susan's Sugar & Spice. Special thanks to Mary Jane Lucak for inviting us!