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.
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 [...]
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!
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
On a lovely day in June, Jenny and Kyle were married. Jenny's dress was purchased from Catan Fashions and her bold gerbera daisy wedding bouquet was from Countryside Florist in Richfield. The ceremony was held at Saint Albert the Great in North Royalton. After their "I do's" Shima Limousine transported them in style to our studio location for some fun wedding portraits on our grounds. The party continued at Holy Spirit Party Center where Troy Entertainment played tunes while everyone danced the night away. Jenny and Kyle's whimsical wedding cake was provided by Rudy's Strudel.
Radiant Orchid is the Pantone Color of the Year! “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” How will you be incorporating this gorgeous color into your upcoming nuptials? In your wedding bouquet? Uplighting perhaps? Click here for more information about Pantone colors, how they are picked and how they influence everything from weddings to fashion and beauty to home interiors.
Lynnea and Voris were married on a lovely September day in 2013. Their ceremony was held at St. Charles Borromeo in Parma. Lynnea's dress is from Demetrio's and her flowers were provided by Bauer's Professional Touch. After the ceremony, the bridal party traveled to our studio for portraits courtesy of A1 Mr. Limo. Then it was on to the reception at Westwood Country Club. Lynnea and Voris chose the band Rick and the Cutting Edge to entertain guests.
Meet Lauren and Michael, a couple with a love for all things vintage. Lauren's vintage-inspired dress was from Something White and her bouquet was made from ribbon and vintage brooches. If you've spent any time on Pinterest then you've surely seen these! Such a unique idea for a wedding bouquet. The groom and his men sported superhero cufflinks and the bridemaids carried traditional floral bouquets made by Countryside Florist. Lauren and Michael said "I Do" at St. Basil the Great in Brecksville and then headed just a few short miles to our studio in North Royalton for indoor and outdoor wedding portraits. Their reception was held at the Cleveland Airport Marriott with a cake provided by Michael Angelo's Bakery and music by Mobile Jams.
Jennifer and Adam said "I do" at St. Clare in Lyndhurst. They traveled in style by NM Limo to Wade Oval and Severance Hall for portraits before heading to the gorgeous Intercontinental Hotel for their reception. Jennifer's flowers were made by one of our favorite florists, Creations By Lynn and her gorgeous dress was purchased from Catan Fashions. The Intercontinental Hotel provided the bride and groom with their wedding cake and TKO Entertainment DJ'd the event. A special place setting was set for the groom's grandfather who had recently passed away. Such a lovely tribute. Parting gifts for the guests were Krispy Kreme doughnuts! A perfect midnight snack after dancing the night away! Congratulations Jennifer and Adam!
Avid sailors, Carly and Robert chose nautical theme for their wedding and tied the knot at the Cleveland Yachting Club. The bridesmaids wore blue dresses and her flower girl was dressed in nautical stripes. Carly made her grand entrance by boat and then walked down the isle with her dad. After the nuptials, Dad took the happy couple for a spin around the marina in their boat. Once back on dry land everyone danced and partied in the on-site reception tent to the musical stylings of Art Company Orchestra. A good time was had by all!