Young couples are fun to work with, their openness to experimentation is complimented by my creativity. The wedding consisted of a reveal moment on a swing, multiple locations around downtown area, a Parma, OH location and some great night photography (yeah, we zealously went after the results). Cleveland offers many opportunities to those who seek, my experience with this city will surely take you to the funnest spots on your wedding day. You will find just some of the pages from their wedding album here:
Michael and Ilona CLE Wedding
Sitting in the meadows of West Creek Reserve in Parma, OH. This is my go-to location when I'm shooting in Parma.
Ukrainian beauty Ilona. Look at all the different accessories that compliment her personality
Girls that care. Bride will be the happiest when all of her girlfriends care about the wedding. Though not every bridal party cares, Ilona is lucky to have this bunch.
Though we did a reveal and went to the Towpath Trail on Rockside Rd. later, I rearranged the chronology a little to make more logical story.
My favorite shots are the ones that feel right. This family photo from grooms morning sure gives me that feeling.
Casually walking down the Towpath right by Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway these groomsmen are looking sharp. Once again a little chronological rearranging does the trick.
Ilona knew she wanted the reveal to be around the swing area but she didn't know I'd make Michael sit on the actual swing and await her arrival. As you see the moment looks really fun.
I am a firm believer that simple traditional portraits are actually something that will never age. My style gives you both, timeless, and trendy.
Everything comes together when we arrive at Lock 39 of Towpath Trail. This location is my favorite in Valley View, OH
Would you trust him enough to hold you like this? Beneath this bridge is Cuyahoga River.
I love that look that Ilona gives Michael. You can experience affection couples have for each other by just taking a step back from them.
These shots with the whole bridal party taking walk together with arms linked get special direction from me. Afterall, it has to look natural and action-packed.
He carries his princess away from the crowd. All of these beautiful spots are Rockside station of Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway in Valley View OH.
Shots like these look best when they are told as part of a story. Next image compliments this one to make left and right side of the wedding album page.
There, what a beautiful moment, this kind of shot could even make an amazing wall print on it's own, but it's even stronger when you have the shot that precedes it.
Father walks his daughter down the aisle of a church to be wed. This wedding blog post will only feature 3 shots from ceremony and reception, but Michael and Ilona got EVERY shot digitally from me. Sometimes couples opt for more images of the two of them in their album as they'll get all other shots via download.
Newlyweds at the head table of reception. This is at the Ukrainian Church of Evangelic Faith on Broadview Rd. in Parma, OH. This Ukrainian church has a hall on the lower level.
Yet another image from reception. I felt this was a fun one to include. Ilona kind of gently smashes the cake at the end of what seemed like a relatively calm cutting of the wedding cake.
Another classic, but notice how everyone looks connected and not a bystander. It's important to have bridal parties come close together. The Cleveland Downtown backdrop compliments the bridesmaids dresses and groomsmen tuxes. Notice how nice Rock and Roll Hall of Fame looks from here.
So at one point the area in front of Cleveland Science Museum had these giant orange snails in it. We seized the moment and created this gorgeous exchange between bride and groom. I will tell couples all kinds of silly things to get them to react like this.
Bier Markt has a speakeasy and that place is terrific for these types of shots. It's worth mentioning that no one in this photo drinks :). That reflection is not photoshopped, just took a little effort to find it.
This is at that same Speakeasy of Bier Markt in front of a chandelier. these close-up photos of our couple really add romance to this wedding production
That ship is actually a museum called Steamship William G. Mather Museum. I love the mood as Michael picks up his bride.
It's these types of shots at Playhouse Square that I'm really proud of. It looks real, it looks amazing, and chandelier looks big. Notice how the Chandelier repeats the body of the bride, do you think they thought of it when designing it?