“Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.” – said Truvy in Steel Magnolias and that really sums up the emotion of Stefanie and Kip’s wedding day. I won’t lie, I hear but don’t usually listen to what is said during a wedding ceremony beyond alerting to the verbal cues that tell me what part we’re on so I can focus on where to be and when to click my shutter. When couples write their own vows my ears do perk up enough to catch much of what they have to say to each other, but Saturday I had to remind myself to focus on shooting and not to get lost in the deeply emotional words the Bride and Groom were directing at each other. It was just wonderful and a huge part of what I love about my job. I am not there to shoot just a wedding, I am there to help you tell your love story in pictures. And that was the story I heard; there were tears and it was hard and it took a lot of communication and caring and sharing and supporting, but Stefanie saw the worthiness of Kip and Kip saw the same in Stefanie and they built each other up, loved and laughed and they are a team, unified and complete in each other. And it was beautiful to witness all day long.
The Rockefeller Park Greenhouse has been on my bucket list for a while now. I love the idea of a green place where it can always be warm, will always be brimming with life and by golly I don’t have to wonder if it rains will it be icky looking inside or not! And it was all I had hoped for and more, though we were enjoying the lovely weather outside and it was warm enough that the greenhouse’s humidity was less than appreciated. We also took time to enjoy the blend of architecture and natural beauty of the Cultural Gardens and I had a blast running the Bridal Party up and down staircases and I wanna say they had a pretty fun time doing it all for me with laughter on their lips as well.
Kip and Stefanie’s reception was at the Middleburg Hts. Community Center which has a very lovely ballroom and the food was spectacular and the decor with all its touches of green (my favorite color too!) were truly elegant. The DJ, Scott Sulecki of 1 Smooth DJ made sure everyone’s requests were played and that the dance floor was kept hopping all night long. The only detail left hanging is whether I will get to call to tuck myself into a suitcase so I can steal away with the new Mr. & Mrs. on the honeymoon in Greece. It could happen, no?
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Ceremony Venue: The Rockefeller Park Greenhouse – Cleveland, OH
Reception Venue: The Middleburg Hts. Community Center – Middleburg Hts, OH
DJ: Scott Sulecki – 1 Smooth DJ
Cake/Desserts: Michael Angelo’s Bakery
Bridemaids Dresses: AliExpress.com
Men’s suits: American Commodore Tuxedo