Ashley & Ian – Rainy Day Weddings Won’t Always Get You Down!

We never met Ashley prior to the wedding.  She just saw our work online (must have studied it/stalked us because she knew how to do our secret poses :)), and booked us over the phone for her wedding photography at the Olmsted Community Church in Olmsted Falls, and Springvale Ballroom.

I knew Ashley was a “trooper” when she walked outside in the rain to line up for the processional with a smile on her face.  The ceremony was very nice and we were able to dodge some of the raindrops during the wedding photo session outside the church, and at the Olmsted Falls Covered Bridge.  As soon as we were done, the skies opened-up!

It’s only a 2 minute drive to Springvale Ballroom, so Paul ended-up drenched as he helped the Bride and Groom get in to the Reception during the downpour (It’s wise to always keep a couple huge golf umbrellas handy).  Springvale never looked nicer!  They did an excellent job with the decor and lighting.

After dinner, we were able to sneak-off for a quick, intimate photo session on the outside deck.  We’ll never forget this particular cake cutting or the Ian’s pre-garter-removal dance.  Pretty hilarious!

What a fun couple and great family to work with.  And boy can that Ohio University Hockey Team do some shots!

 

Stephanie & Kliment – “My Big Fat Macedonian Wedding”

I (Paul) knew I was in for a long day when I showed up to the groom’s parent’s house 15 minutes early to find at least 50 people dancing in the driveway in the blaring sun, drinking liquor directly from the bottle.  The Macedonian traditions were in full swing!

Stephanie, the Bride, called an audible and decided to leave her home to go join the groom’s party – except, she didn’t tell the photographers who were en route to her house.  Luckily, the groom’s house was already being covered.

Thus began what the Groom referred to as, “My Big Fat Macedonian” wedding.  It was a wonderful day full of Macedonian wedding traditions.  The Ceremony was at St. Clement of Ohrid Cathedral in Avon, and the reception at Tom’s Country Place in Avon Lake.  The band from Canada rocked the reception all night long, and our crew experienced events never before seen – such as the “Shaving of the Groom” (never saw someone shaved with a Butcher’s knife before), and the “Pig Dance”.  Wow – cool stuff!

We took WAY too many photos, and spent an extra-long time editing all of them up, but the Stephanie & Kliment were thrilled when they picked-up their images.   Seeing the smiles on their faces is what keeps us motivated!

Raeven & Jason – favorites

Being an avid Browns Fan, I had some hesitation calling back a gal named Raeven, who lives in Pittsburgh (think Ravens & Steelers).  However, my football based prejudices were quickly dismissed as soon as I met with Raeven and her wonderful Mom.  Although the initial meeting had a snag (I stacked too many albums on our glass table and it collapsed), all went well.  We had a great time shooting their Catholic Wedding at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Parma and later took more wedding photos at the City of Cleveland Greenhouse – haven’t been there in a while.  Angry security guard was ready to tackle the bride but all was good once we told them about the “permit”.  We’ll never forget the crying ringbearer or the couple’s final dance of the evening or the gal who injured her toe dancing (finally got to use that first aid kit I keep in the car)!

Carol & Eric Engagement Session

Although the Shoreway was closed due to the Captain America Filming, we all eventually made it to Edgewater Park and Whiskey Island for this City of Cleveland featured engagement session with Carol & Eric.  Katie & Paul had a fun time battling the muckleheads (we now know Katie’s kryptonite) and someone tried to steal Paul’s license plate (probably the folks drinking a bottle of booze in the 4 foot tall weeds).  Anyway, Edgewater looks really nice since the Metroparks recently took control but stay away from the Whiskey Island Coast Guard Lighthouse – too many seedy characters!  Although it was HOT, quickly became overcast (didn’t get that sunset we were looking for) and we were constantly battling a swarm of muckleheads, shooing them from our lenses, all came out pretty darn nice!