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Ss. Robert and William Catholic Church & Normandy Wedding – Rachel + Bill

Rachel and Bill were married on a lovely Saturday in June. The day started out at Deanne's Hair & Spa where the girls got their hair and makeup done. Then it was off to Ss. Robert and William Catholic Church in Euclid for the "I Do's." The bridal party then made their way to our studio courtesy of A1 Mr. Limo for some wedding day portraits. The bridal party made an eye-catching entrance to reception at Normandy Party Center with bottle sparklers. Later in the even the bride's father sang a special song that left many in tears. Congratulations Rachel and Bill! Photography: Christopher Norris Photographers Dress: Demetrios Ceremony Venue: Ss. Robert and William Catholic Church Reception Venue: Normandy Party Center Flowers: Plant Magic Transportation: A1 Mr. Limo Cake: Cakes by Maria & Joe Videography: Direct Entertainment Entertainment: Nyte Flyte

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist & Renaissance Cleveland Hotel Wedding – Amanda + Kevin

Amanda and Kevin were married on September 27, 2014. The day started at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel where everyone got ready. Amanda shared an emotional moment with her father as he saw her in her wedding dress for the first time. Then it was off to Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist to say their "I Do's!" After the ceremony, the bridal party traveled to Severance Hall for formal portraits with a quick stop for some pictures under the “GE Chandelier,” the world’s largest, permanent outdoor chandelier at Playhouse Square. Once pictures were done, it was back to the gorgeous Grand Ballroom at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel to party! Congratulations Amanda & Kevin! Photography: Christopher Norris Photographers Dress: Catan Fashions Wedding Planner: Brenda Kucinski Florist: Stephen Tokar Venues: Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist & Renaissance Cleveland Hotel Transportation: A1 Limo Cake: Michael Angelo's Bakery Entertainment: Jerry Bruno Production's

Weymouth Country Club Wedding – Nicole + Aaron

Chicago natives Nicole and Aaron were married at the beautiful Weymouth Country Club. The ceremony was held outside on the country club grounds where family and friends watched the happy couple exchange vows and symbolized their unity with a sand ceremony. After some formal wedding portraits, guests went indoors to a beautiful ballroom aglow with purple uplighting. The bride and groom danced to "You're All I Need To Get By" and guests boogied the night away! Congratulations Nicole and Aaron! Venue: Weymouth Country Club Photography: Christopher Norris Photographers Dress: Jenny Yoo Florist: Forest Woods Cake: Michael Angelo's Bakery Entertainment: TKO Entertainment

Tom’s Country Place Wedding – Lisa + John

A match made online - Lisa & John were married on August 16, 2014. Lisa chose to do a pre-bridal session at our studio prior to the wedding day to test out her hair and makeup. The ceremony & reception were held at Tom's Country Place in Avon. Lisa's crafty mom made all of the wedding decor including the bouquets. Lisa's even lit up! The happy couple wanted a simple wedding celebrating with family and friends. Lisa was especially excited that her 94 year old Grandparents were able to attend! At the reception, Lisa and John had danced to Bryan Adams' Heaven and later in the evening Lisa and her bridemaids danced in their cowboy boots to Shania Twain's "Any Man of Mine. John planned their honeymoon to a surprise location, we hope you went somewhere fabulous! Congratulations!!! Dress: David's Bridal Photography: Christopher Norris Photographers Venue: Tom's Country Place Cake: Cakes by Nadine Entertainment: A Bride's DJ Transportation: American Limousine Service

Friend’s Church & Brennan’s Wedding – Jennifer + Michael

It was a lovely July afternoon for Jennifer & Michael's wedding. Friends and family gathered at North Olmsted Evangelical Friends Church where the couple said their "I Do's!" After the nuptials everyone in attendance celebrated with a group shot outside of the church. The bridal party traveled back to our studio for some formal studio portraits and fun outdoor wedding portraits that showed off the bold wedding colors and colorful daisy bouquets. The fun continued at Brennan's Banquet Center where guests dined and danced the night away. Congratulations Jennifer and Michael! Dress: David's Bridal Church: North Olmsted Evangelical Friends Church Reception: Brennan's Banquet Center Florist: Brown & Pleasance Photography: Christopher Norris Photographers Entertainment: Audio Extreme

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

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 [...]