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Wedding photography

St. Sava & Carrie Cerino’s Wedding: Brittany + Andy

High school sweethearts Brittany and Andy were married on a lovely July afternoon. The nuptials were held at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, the church Brittany's Grandfather helped to build. After the ceremony the couple headed back to where it all began (Normandy High School) for a few quick pictures then it was on to our studio for some fun and formal portraits with the rest of the bridal party. The reception was held at Carrie Cerino's, the location of Brittany & Andy's 6 month anniversary. The ballroom was decorated with purple and silver, along with a monogram that hung above the head table that Brittany's Dad made! Andy was also surprised with a groom's cake that showed their love for Ohio State and the Cleveland Indians. Guests danced the night away to music provided by TKO Entertainment. Congratulations Brittany and Andy! Have a wonderful time in Italy! Brides Dress: Dora's Bridal Flowers: Florist Shop Photography: Christopher Norris Photographers Videographer: Workshed Weddings Limo: All Occasions Limo Ceremony: St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Reception: Carrie Cerrino's Cake: Carrie Cerino's Entertainment: TKO

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 [...]

Wedding day shoes!

Brides want to look perfect from head to toe on their big day so finding the perfect pair of shoes is essential.  Some brides spend as much on their shoes as they do on their dress, it is a reflection of their personal style.  From the classic white pump to a comfy pair Converse to rhinestone encrusted Christian Louboutin's  and everything in between...photographing the bridal shoes has become an important detail we make sure to capture on the wedding day.  Take a peek at some of our most favorite wedding days shoes!  

Minions are here!

We adore these little books and they will be yours with the purchase of your wedding album!  They are just over 2 inches in size, come in square or vertical format and are an exact duplicate of your wedding album.  Think about using them as a thank you gift for your bridal party members or family so they will always have this keepsake of your special day.

Floral Favorites

Spring is ALMOST here.   Seen as a time of growth, renewal, of new life (both plant and animal) being born it also marks the beginning of wedding season!   In celebration of warmer days ahead, flowers soon to be in bloom we have put together a collection of some of our favorite wedding bouquets.

Before hiring your wedding photographer, you may want to . . .

1. Measure their experience not so much by the nice camera they have, but by the number of weddings they have photo¬graphed. We’re at 3,000 and counting. 2. Consider that, while you might think it’s a nice gesture for your photographer to meet you at Starbucks, the real reason for doing so may be because they aren’t exactly proud of their “basement studio.” We’re proud to meet you where we work. 3. Consider that it’s not just the camera that’s important. It’s a keen understanding of lighting, composition, background selection and posing techniques that turn technology into art. These skills can only come from years of experience. We’re at 39 years and counting. 4. Look elsewhere if a photographer shows you a sample album from multiple weddings. You are only being shown what they believe to be their best work. Ask to look at the actual albums that their clients received. We will show you the albums of several of our clients as well as samples from your wedding venue. 5. Make sure your photographer is from the area instead of an 800 number “studio.” If they’re not from here, how could they possibly know where the best spots are in the Cleveland area? We’ve been here long enough to know them all. 6. Consider whether you want someone who is still learning his profession photographing, of all things, your wedding. There are no do-overs, just plenty of regrets. We’re a sure thing. 7. Keep your distance from the “we do it all studios” (i.e. DJ, lighting, video, photobooth; in other words, Jack of all Trades, master of none). You’ll find these same studios searching on Craig’s List for unemployed freelancers to shoot, of all [...]

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!

Flashback 2013 – Tracy & Jonathan

Busy doctors Tracy & Jonathan tied the knot on a warm summer day in July. Preparations for the big day took place at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Cleveland where the couple also chose to have their "first look" along with some fun pictures smooching in the hotel elevator. We then headed to our photography studio in North Royalton for some formal wedding portraits and a few fun shots in our outdoor gardens. Tracy and Jonathan went with classic black & white colors for their wedding and chose stunning all red roses by Mary Huerner for the bouquets and floral decor. They tied the knot at the historic Tallmadge Church on the Circle and chose the luxurious and sophisticated Westwood Country Club for their reception venue. The 4-tiered wedding cake was made by Wild Flour Bakery and entertainment was provided by Cipriano Productions. Flowers: Mary Huerner Ceremony Venue: Tallmadge Church on the Circle Reception Venue: Westwood Country Club Cake: Wild Flour Bakery Entertainment: Cipriano Productions