Gervasi Vineyard and Happy Days Lodge Wedding near Akron with Kathy & Gordie

If you have an intimate wedding I will be all about it. (It will also be my choice for my imaginary wedding.) So when Kathy first met with me about her wedding and said she wanted to keep the guest list to 30 people I was in. Plot twist: she also wanted to have a bigger reception the following weekend with her and Gordie’s families. I was also in for that, of course. I always love seeing family members again even if it’s just the following weekend. A rapport is already built and they are happy to see you! (As I am them!)

Kathy & Gordie had their ceremony at St. Hilary in Fairlawn. We then headed to Gervasi Vineyard for their portraits and the intimate reception at the Bistro. I loved the vibe at the Bistro. They were tucked in a cozy room and ate at (mostly) one long table. After we took some sunset photos I headed to Swenson’s for my favorite Akron/Canton meal 🙂

The following weekend I met Kathy & Gordie at Happy Days Lodge in Peninsula for their larger reception with the rest of their family and friends. It was a big party filled with delicious food from Old Carolina BBQ and Handel’s Ice Cream. We took some portraits with the furniture from Borrow and I called it a night!

K&G- So happy to have spent two weekends with you guys. Thanks for being so kind, it was a pleasure to work with you two! 

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Ceremony: St. Hilary’s Catholic Church

Intimate Reception: Gervasi Vineyard

Reception: Happy Days Lodge

Florist: Reilly Creations

Cake Artist: West Side Bakery

Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist: Sam Wanna Salon & Spa / White Pond Paradise Salon & Spa

Bride’s Dress: The Dress Medina, Martina Liana / Dress the Population

Groom’s Attire: American Commodore

Rentals: Borrow

Linens: Sitting Pretty Linens

Bar: Sweet Water Caravan

Catering: Old Carolina BBQ

Honeymoon: Kauai!

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A Spring Wedding at the Crowne Plaza at Playhouse Square in Downtown Cleveland with Carrie & Steve

I kicked off my first wedding of the year with a huge party thrown by Carrie & Steven! We started at Carrie’s parents house for a joyful morning, headed to the church for a beautiful and funny ceremony, and then it was off to their reception under the gorgeous chandelier at the Crowne Plaza at Playhouse Square. It was a bit chilly but Carrie & Steven’s bridal party were troopers when we took portraits at The Cleveland Museum of Art and my new favorite location, Voinovich Park.

My favorite parts of the day were Carrie’s huge smile after she got into her dress, When Steven picked up Carrie so she didn’t have to walk up a bunch of steep steps for some portraits (see photo below), and last but not least, their first dance.

Carrie & Steven, I’m so glad we got to spend so much time getting to know one another before your wedding. You two were so fun to work with! Thanks for everything!wedding-dresswedding-shoeswedding-detailswedding-bride-getting-readywedding-bride-getting-readywedding-bride-getting-readywedding-bride-getting-readywedding-bride-getting-readywedding-bride-getting-readywedding-bride-getting-readywedding-bride-getting-readywedding-bride-getting-readywedding-bride-getting-readywedding-bride-getting-readyfirst-tease-weddingfirst-tease-weddingwedding-ceremonywedding-ceremonywedding-ceremonywedding-ceremonywedding-ceremonywedding-ceremonywedding-ceremonywedding-ceremonywedding-ceremonywedding-ceremonywedding-partywedding-partywedding-partywedding-partywedding-partywedding-partywedding-partywedding-partywedding-partybride-groom-portraits-weddingbride-groom-portraits-weddingbride-groom-portraits-weddingbride-groom-portraits-weddingbride-groom-portraits-weddingbride-groom-portraits-weddingbride-groom-portraits-weddingwedding-partywedding-partywedding-partybride-groom-portraits-weddingbride-groom-portraits-weddingbride-groom-portraits-weddingbride-groom-portraits-weddingbride-groom-portraits-weddingbride-groom-portraits-weddingwedding-receptionwedding-receptionwedding-receptionwedding-receptionwedding-receptionwedding-receptionwedding-receptionwedding-receptionwedding-reception-first-dancewedding-reception-father-daughter-dancewedding-reception-mother-son-dancewedding-receptionwedding-receptionwedding-receptionwedding-receptionwedding-receptionwedding-receptionbride-groom-portraits-weddingCeremony: Saint Basil the Great Catholic Church

Portraits: Cleveland Museum of Art & Voinovich Park

Reception: Crowne Plaza at Playhouse Square

Florist: Linda Kijek 

Cake Artist: Nothing Bundt Cakes, (Carrie’s mom!)

Entertainment: Flashjam Entertainment

Hair Stylist: Bridal Hair by K, Kristin Demko

Makeup Artist: Cleveland Bridal Makeup, Bonnie Thomas

Bride’s Dress: A Bride’s Design

Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein, Men’s Wearhouse

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Weddington Way

Groomsmen’s Suits: Jos A. Bank

Linens: L’Nique

Transportation: A1 Mr. Limo

Honeymoon: Turks & Caicos!

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