Whew – I’m finally to the last wedding from 2014 on the blog – just in time for my upcoming first wedding of 2015 this weekend!
Jennifer and Robert got married at the very end of December on the weekend after Christmas. It was the rare December day in Cleveland where it wasn’t TOO bitterly cold (it was in the 50’s!) and we laughed about how their engagement session was actually colder! It was probably the last time I felt those temperatures so I’m very glad that we were able to go outside and actually enjoy them for a bit! Thank you Mother Nature for holding off your anger until after their wedding!! Since then it’s been a cold, snowy mess here in Northeast Ohio.
Jennifer and Robert are just too sweet for words together and the day of their wedding was no different. Jennifer actually was sick on her wedding day and Robert was looking out for her all day. They are just so tender and adorable together that they made my job almost easy. Their friends and family were also on hand to help at any turn and it was such a great sight to see. They also kept trying to feed me all day which was adorable and so kind! I mayyyy have been forced to take a box of cookies home and I may have loved that midnight snack. Man, cookie buffets are the best! It was such a wonderful end to the beautiful year of 2014 for me and I am so grateful I got to spend it with them. Thank you so much for choosing me to be your wedding photographer!
Band: Grand Avenue Band / Bridal Gown: Demetrios / Cake: White Flower Cake Shoppe / Ceremony: University Circle United Methodist Church / Florist: Savior Faire / Hair & Makeup: Ladies & Gentleman / Menswear: Mens Warehouse / Reception: Pine Ridge Country Club / Stationery: Minted / Transportation: A1 Mr Limo / Wedding Planner: Savoir-Faire Event Planning / Wedding Colors: Navy & Silver / Photo Locations: Wade Oval Lagoon in University Circle, East 4th Street in Downtown Cleveland /
I loved their elegant winter themed invitations with the lacy snowflakes!
I had some fun playing while Jennifer was getting her hair and makeup done.
THIS DRESS! *swoon* It had small shimmering sequins scattered throughout the gown and when she moved she glistened like snow. It was perfect!
How fun and unique are her shoes? I love that they are kind of a cross between booties and heels.
They also had custom Converse shoes for later in the night. The light coming through the dress was the perfect spot for an impromptu light box!
Jennifer’s niece was the flower girl and her expressions all night were classic.
I love, love, loved the way that Savoir-Faire decorated Jennifer’s Dad’s walker for the ceremony with reindeer!! BRILLIANT!
The University Circle United Methodist Church is SUCH a beautiful church.
Ahhh the kiss! THE DRESS! Sorry, I’m just in love with that dress!
One of the neatest things about this church is they sprinkle rose petals from above as the couple walks down the aisle after the ceremony. Quite lovely!
They had streamers popped for their exit and it was glorious! The look was awesome and they were a cinch to clean up as they didn’t detach from the handle! LOVE!
After the family portraits we headed across the street down to the Wade Oval Lagoon in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art for some outdoor wedding portraits. I still can’t believe how nice it was that day – well for December that is!
I loved the look of the ladies long gowns with the furs!
Seriously. These two are just so darn sweet.
Jennifer’s bouquet was just so freaking awesome. It was huge and beautiful. I love the hints of color hidden around in the arrangement.
See what I mean about these two? So sweet together!
The ladies looked great, I especially loved the Matron of Honor’s dress which was a sequined gown in the same shade as the bridesmaids gowns.
This flower girl was one of my favorites of the year. SHE IS SO CUTE!
So sue me, I saw this idea on Pinterest a long time ago and when they were in the above pose I asked Jennifer to toss her bouquet over her flower girl and loved it.
The guys were equally as wonderful.
How fun are these festive socks? I love when the groomsman have socks with personality.
We went back to my favorite nook from their engagement session for a few final portraits before heading downtown.
So glad we stopped here. The light, despite it being overcast (we were dodging some rainstorms nearby), was lovely here.
We headed downtown and arrived not long after some rain had moved through. We met up at East 4th and the wind had picked up and the temperatures had dropped so we did a quick run through the best spots so that the time being miserable was kept to a minimum. Of course we had to stop by my favorite nook on East 4th! This ended up being one of my favorites from the day.
The whole bridal party, you can kind of see how the wind had started to pick up here! It was cold but these guys made it work, thank you!
LOVE this one!
I absolutely adored the decor at Pine Ridge Country Club for the wedding reception. There were quite a few variations of silver, red and blue centerpieces and the overall look was perfect for a wedding the weekend after Christmas.
I also LOVED the big Christmas Tree and the ambiance it added to the room. There were trees throughout the reception hall and it was a delight to see in pictures in the backgrounds! There’s just something special and welcoming about Christmas trees!
The evening got underway with a toast from the Best Man.
The first dance was perfection.
This cake was so beautiful and fit perfectly within the the decor of the reception!
After dinner the cookie table was unveiled and it was quite impressive and festive in front of the tree.
I’ve mentioned this MANY times but cookie buffets are one of my favorite things at a reception and not just because I have a weakness for sugar cookies but because it’s always so awesome to hear the stories about why certain cookies are on the table, who made them and their relationship to the couple and family. It’s fun to hang out nearby when I’m taking pictures and listen in on the stories about how when the Bride was a little girl she used to stay up all night helping her Ant make a certain cookie or how as a boy the Groom would steal the cookies after he thought everyone was asleep. Long live the cookie table and the heirloom quality it brings to a wedding!
Of course the rings had to be on some of the shiny ornaments from one of the trees!
Another favor was awaiting the guests on their way out the door – homemade hot cocoa mix in mason jars! One side had the recipe with the other an image from their engagement session. SUCH a great and perfect favor for a winter wedding!
Often the flower girl is the first one on the dance floor but when the dancing begins after dinner they are crashed out in a corner or on the shoulder of a loved one. Not this little lady! She danced all night long!!!
My favorite bouquet toss image ever!
The garter toss was hilarious as well!
It was such a great night and it was an honor to document the day for you!