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Mike + Julie | A Downtown Cleveland Wedding at The Union Club

So many different factors have the opportunity to define a wedding day. Maybe it’s the weather – a freak snowstorm threatening to keep everyone off the roads. It could be a late cake delivery, or the wrong color flowers. But most often it’s the sweeter things – like a dad healthy enough to walk his baby girl down the aisle, or a grandpa dancing the night away with the bride.

The most defining part of Mike + Julie’s wedding was the lovely people surrounding them.

Their bridal party, full of friends and family. The pews, full of elated family members. The dance floor, full of friends from years passed.

Mike + Julie,
I’m so honored you chose me to be a part of your wedding day. It was truly one for the books.

Venues
Ceremony | St. James Catholic Church
Reception | Union Club of Cleveland

Hair | Alex Walters + Alicia Piscura
Makeup | Cleveland Bridal Makeup
Bride’s Dress | La Blanca Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal
Groom’s Tux | Jos A. Bank
Florist | Urban Orchid
DJ | A Bride’s DJ
Catering | The Union Club
Cake | Wildflour Bakery
Transportation | A1 Mr. Limo
Videographer | Emily Schutz
Invitations | Alexa Nelson

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Savana + Nate | A Downtown Cleveland Wedding at Windows on the River

The morning I walked into Savana + Nate’s adorable home to begin photographing their wedding day, I felt like I belonged there. Savana has this wonderful way of making everyone feel welcome. As I’m sure you’ve heard me mention, I always think of a wedding day in terms of how it makes me feel. Throughout Savana + Nate’s wedding day, there were threats of winter weather. It monsooned during family photos. The power went out while we took photos in a brewery. Our schedule was determined by when the storm clouds rolled in and out.

But somehow, my most prominent memories were being warm and cozy in their home while Savana and her girls got ready. I remember when we stepped out on East 4th and the sun shined so brightly it took my eyes a minute to adjust. I remember the hugs and the tears. The way Nate made sure she was safe and warm while we walked down the street. The belly laughs and the warmth of the room as they danced for the first time as husband and wife.

Savana + Nate’s wedding felt like an evening by the fireplace with the people they love most.

& once again, I can’t believe I got to be the one to watch it all happen.

Venues
Ceremony | Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
Reception | Windows on the River

Hair | Shannon Hammond
Makeup | Ramona Dauksa
Bride’s Dress | Radiant Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal
Groom’s Tux | Men’s Warehouse
Florist | Countryside Florist
DJ | DJ Jesse Webb
Catering | Windows on the River
Cake | Wildflour Bakery
Transportation | Platinum Limo
Rings | Thurber’s
Invitations | Alexa Taylor Designs

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Marlee & Grant’s Windows on the River Wedding

I remember as a child when I would visit a friend’s house for the first time, I would always take a second to close my eyes and experience what their house “felt like.” I’d take in all the smells and absorb whatever vibes the room was giving off and from then on, when I’d think about that friend, that feeling would come rushing back to me. When I think about Marlee and Grant’s wedding, the feeling that comes back to me is so comfortable. I remember taking a moment during the reception to take it all in. I looked at their families, and watched their smiling faces, and made a mental note of just how “right” it all felt. It’s like the world had been waiting for this day to happen, like it was all finally coming together exactly the way that it was supposed to. Like Marlee and Grant were created to be with each other. To be married. On this day. From their strikingly similar family backgrounds to their perfectly silly personalities, this was all so right and I knew it from the moment I met them.

Marlee and Grant kicked off my wedding season and they set the bar super high. We started the day at Stylehouse Beauty Bar in the Arcade, and finished at Windows on the River. It was all one big party – from the bridesmaids’ gold sequin Rent the Runway dresses, to their flawless Hamilton duet in the party bus. It was perfect.

Here are a few of my favorite images from that day.

A big thanks to my second shooter, Marina.

Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist: Style House Beauty
Florist: Paradise Flower Market 
Transportation: Platinum Party Bus 
Reception Venue: Windows on the River 
Cake: Wild Flour Bakery 
DJ: DJ Willie Hooper, Drop the Mic Entertainment

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