Melissa & Jamal – Akron Italian Center Wedding -September 9, 2018

Melissa is a kindred spirit.  The same kooky, kinda crazy in a good way blood flows in both our veins.  And her husband-to-be could be a copy of my own stoic-except-when-he-is-with-me-then-he’s-a-teddy-bear husband.   I loved hearing of all the silly and sweet details as she and Jamal planned their wedding day.  And all those plans, except the one where the weather cooperated, came off without a hitch.  The rain drove us inside Rockwell Hall at Kent State University , but our spirits were not dampened.  To get Jamal’s smile ready Melissa had arranged for her nephew, Malik, to don a silly mask and pretend to be Melissa sneaking up on him to reveal herself and her wedding gown.   While he laughed at that, his smile only truly became luminous when he saw his Bride descending the stairs towards him.   And from that moment, through to their ceremony and reception at The Italian Center  the two were aglow with love.  I am so blessed to have been there for that special celebration, and blessed to continue to call these two my friends.




Neha & Troy – May 26, 2018 Wedding at Gervasi Vineyard

Neha and Troy are so similar yet different; each with a different cultural background and traditions.  And yet, as love always does, the differences become new experiences and the similarities of being raised in a close, loving family and faith make them a perfect fit.  And their wedding day celebrated all of the facets of their faith, family, heritage and traditions into a brilliant gem of beauty, emotion and fun!

With both a Hindu and a Christian wedding ceremony their day was packed with special moments and quick clothing changes.  A little rain (and sometimes a lot) tried to slow us down, but that was a non-option and we simply tossed up our umbrellas and kept on keeping on.  These doubly united newlyweds are a true force of nature and I wish them all the best as they move to a new state together and begin their lives as husband and wife!

Venue & American cocktail hour & dinner catering: Gervasi Vineyard, Canton OH

Indian Cocktail Hour catering: Kebab & Curry, Canton OH

Cake & Cupcakes: Bill Parker & Renee Whittenberger (family of Groom)

Florist: Cindi Carter, Mother of the Groom

DJ & Videography: The DJ Crew, Akron OH

Henna Artist : Sneha of Gorgeous Henna, Strongsville OH

Hair & Makeup: Carol Martin Salon & Spa, Tallmadge OH