The 2016 wedding season kicked off with a wonderful couple, Liz & Chris.
They love winter…like love-love-LOVE winter. We did their engagement session in the snow in 2015 which resulted in some adorable shots pictured below.
See? Totally adorable.
Liz made sure that snow was incorporated into every last detail. Need some proof? Check out those fancy nails painted oh-so-spectacularly in their own winter attire.
Like I said…snowflake awesomeness everywhere! And doesn’t Liz make such a pretty bride? I just love her smile.
We stopped at her parent’s home so they could do the blessing before the ceremony. It always makes me smile when family is so heavily involved with the getting-married process. And their family? Just as sweet as the bride and groom!
Afterwords, we went to St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church for the wedding ceremony. I can never get enough of Ukrainian Byzantine churches and ceremonies. There’s so much involvement with the bride and groom that they are a treat to photograph.
Liz truly had her heart set on snow. Chris was looking forward to a snowball fight with the bridal party. Unfortunately Mother Nature didn’t come through with the fluffy flakes until the following week. They took my advice on a park that might have snow and, low and behold, we found a spot where the shade kept it from melting.
Because Liz was so bummed with the lack of snow, I took to my Photoshopping skills and surprised her with a winter wonderland she had been hoping for a year before her wedding.
I edited a few of my faves and, needless to say, she was super excited!
More snow! Liz and Chris are such an adorable couple. They are so cute together.
The reception was at the Cleveland Marriott East on the boarder of Beachwood and Warrensville Heights. Rock the House provided the uplighting and music for the evening while L’nique took care of the linens and settings. The winter wonderland theme carried over into the evening’s festivities. Honestly, it couldn’t have been executed more perfectly.
The picture of the wine is extremely important. Apparently, Liz’s grandmother made wine. What is being poured out of the decanter is the last of the wine that she made before she passed away. Both sides of the family had their own crystal glass to share in the celebration of Liz and Chris’ wedding while honoring their late grandmother. (Yes, I actually cried when I heard the story…all the feels!)
Aaaaand guess what? There’s even snowflakes on the cake! ON THE CAKE! I love it!
Then Rock the House did this super cool thing for these two…they made it snow…indoors…FOR THE FIRST DANCE. There are no words to explain how awesome this wedding was.
No. Freaking. Words.
Chris *really* wanted a picture with his groomsmen and their tobacco pipes. I wanted to make it memorable for him and his friends, so I waited until before we left to take the picture. I love playing with off camera flash, so I took the opportunity to get a dramatic, fun shot. He was excited with the result!
Although Mother Nature didn’t cooperate, Liz and Chris definitely succeeded in a spectacular winter wonderland wedding! I couldn’t be happier for these two and word on the street is great things are coming their way within the next few weeks. And you know what? They deserve every once of it! Congrats guys and enjoy the snow before it melts!