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Fabulous Multicultural Wedding in Cleveland

Uniting a global guestbook for one fabulous multicultural affair, this Cleveland celebration is sure to be a new favorite. Especially when the uber talented Arielle Doneson Photography is behind the lens. It’s a gorgeous day graced with stunning shades of coral,  La Tavola Linens, and festive traditions.  See it all in the show-stopping gallery, right over here!

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Elegant

From Gina of Shi Shi EventsElif & Emeka’s wedding was some of the most fun we’ve ever had planning! Both the bride and groom come from loving, warm families and that energy was greatly felt throughout the planning process. The couple lives in Turkey, the bride’s native country, so while we planned with them remotely, much of our time was spent with the groom’s parents planning this fantastic Nigerian wedding celebration. The guest list was sizable and from all over the world, so we needed a reception venue that was not only large but also one that could accommodate all of our overnight international guests. The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel was the perfect fit combining the beauty and accommodations of a historic downtown hotel with their voluminous Grand Ballroom as our reception venue.

Elif & Emeka wanted a vibrant yet clean color palette. Coral was super appealing to them so we added white and silver to round it out and ground the ultra bold elements. We enlisted the floral design expertise of Heather Thomas at HeatherLily who created stunning traditionally glamorous centerpieces for the ballroom. Additionally for the ceremony , she adorned the altar of Church of the Gesu with large urns overflowing with roses & stock. White Flower Cake Shoppe created a stunning buttercream cake with cascading sugar flowers in shades of coral and we chose linens from La Tavola Linen. I especially loved La Tavola’s Chain linen cap in silver against the classic buttercream cake and their Rigel linen provided just the right amount of pattern and texture against the silver sponge chargers and floral tablescape. Guests danced the night away under a canopy of twinkling lights. The evening was made even more festive when Elif & Emeka changed into traditional Nigerian wedding attire & the bride was marched in by her new mother-in-law’s women of honor. It was such a celebration of love & the couple’s new life together as husband & wife!

Photography: Arielle Doneson Photography | Floral Design: HeatherLily Event And Floral Design | Stationery: Paper Trails | Church: Church Of The Gesu | Reception: Renaissance Cleveland | Band: Cleveland Music Group | Event Design & Coordination: Shi Shi Events | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Eventsource

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Organic + Elegant Inn Walden Wedding

Said best by the couple’s Dads: “If you have a couple in love, a good band, and good booze, there’s no way the night won’t be one to remember.” So is true with this organic fete from Arielle Doneson. Woven with elegance, rentals from Borrow Rentals and a design by Shi-Shi Events, this duo focused their day around their guests’ enjoyment and from the likes of this gallery, it was surely a memorable one!

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Inn
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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride… Before we started thinking about a wedding style we both knew our ideal wedding would be under a beautiful tent surrounded by nature. Our wedding planner helped us find the perfect venue which allowed us to make our dream a reality. Most of our planning focused on making our guests comfortable; from transporting everyone from our guest hotel, to a late night food truck, to ensuring there were enough staff to handle our crowd, to having enough bars so no one waited for a drink, everything was decided with an eye towards guest enjoyment.

It was very important to me that our wedding did not scream “the bride picked everything.” I really wanted a style that reflected both of our personalities. I’m very classic and have simple taste, my husband enjoys the outdoors and wanted to incorporate “naturalistic” elements; but we both wanted elegance and formality. As my husband said, “It’s my wedding, it’s a special occasion, and everyone looks better in a tux.” This led us to pair elegant linens, gold chiavari chairs, ornate chandeliers, and mirrored flower vases, with wooden farm tables, a leaf lighting pattern for the tent canopy, and little touches like green garland on the backs of our chairs for dinner. Everything came together beautifully and I was blown away by how pretty it was.

We splurged on the things that matter most to us: the venue, the band, the booze, and photography. Our dads decided from the first day of planning, “If you have a couple in love, a good band, and good booze, the there’s no way the night won’t be one to remember.”

For our ceremony, we wanted to elements meaningful to us, and elements meaningful to our families. My grandmother is Jewish, so as a nod to her we had a Chuppah and did the breaking of the glass ceremony. My husband’s family is Catholic and part Irish, so we incorporated an Irish blessing. We incorporated literary readings that we felt encaptured the importance and meaning of marriage. We asked a Federal Judge who is also a family friend to officiate, which was especially special for me as I had just graduated from law school. As a surprise, we didn’t tell anyone what song would play for the processional or recessional. We had a string trio play “Just like Heaven” when I walked down the aisle, but my husband insisted he wanted his own song so they played “Stand by Me” as he and the bridal party walked down the aisle. Then we recessed to “Wouldn’t it Be Nice.” We saw that as a way to kick off the party after a serious, emotional ceremony. Our ceremony was certainly eclectic, but it reflected our backgrounds and our future together.

We also wanted to incorporate as much as possible our hometown, Cleveland. For many of our guests, this was their first visit to Cleveland, and we wanted to make it memorable. We included Malley’s Chocolate bars in arrival bags, we served as a signature drink Great Lakes Dortmunder beer, and our late-night snack was burgers and shakes from an Akron establishment, Swensons served from their food truck.

Photography: Arielle Doneson Photography | Floral Design: Blooms Cleveland | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Luna Bakery And Cafe | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Lighting: Shi-Shi Events | Entertainment: Cleveland Music Group | Ceremony Music: Sonata Strings | Venue: Inn Walden | Drink & Cake Signs: Passion For Parties | Late Night Snack: Swenson's Drive In | Linens: La Tavola | Place Cards & Table Numbers: Elizabeth Grace | Planning & Design: Shi-Shi Events | Reclaimed Farm Table Rentals: Borrow Rentals | Rentals: Event Source | Social Media Sign: Short And Sweetheart | Tent: Aable Rents

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Cincinnati Colorful Outdoor Park Wedding

After spending some quality time with this wedding, I kind of wish I could reach through the computer screen and give this couple big ol’ hug. Because not only have they known each another since Kindergarten, but they happen to be one of the cutest couples to ever grace our pages. These two celebrated the Big Day with a colorful park wedding that’s the definition of sweet, and Jen and Jonah were on hand to capture each bit.

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From Jen and Jonah PhotographersHere is a sweet Cincinnati outdoor summer garden wedding we photographed last year. Having known each other since kindergarten, Mary and Steven’s love was meant to be.

Their wedding day was full of beautiful florals and handmade touches. Being a textile artist from​ Savannah College of Art and Design, Mary hand dyed all the men’s bowties and added rustic touches to the ceremony and reception. An outdoor ceremony at Cincinnati’s Ault Park provided a perfect garden backdrop. Hand-dyed ribbon and fabric hung from a large oak tree at the alter and sweet peonies lined the white chairs. A friend played guitar and the ceremony was sweet and meaningful and elegant. The reception was held under the Pavilion at Ault Park. White tents covered long white rectangle tables lined with jars of lush pink peonies, ranunculus, and sword ferns​. Guests dined and danced under the stars and the bride and groom ended the night with a sparkler leave. It was magical.

From The Bride… Despite living in different locations for school, Cincinnati is the place we met, became sweet friends and fell in love. The city is so dear to our hearts and will always be our home. It was such treasure to show out of town guest where we grew up and have our friends from near and far in one place that we love so much! We looked at few other venues in the area, but finally settled on Ault Park because we love the outdoors and felt it would allow our guest to enjoy a relaxed summer night in our favorite city.

We wanted to keep the décor simple because we felt like we had chosen a beautiful venue that did not need much more. I knew I wanted amber bottles at the centerpieces because I loved the way the light hit them – we ordered almost 200 bottles from a whole sale website for cheap! I picked a few of my favorite flowers (Peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, and sword ferns) and the florist did a wonderful job of filling in the rest. Days before the wedding we planted hundreds of succulents, tied bows and finished them with little thank you flags. All of the table linens and napkins were white along with the white wooden chairs. I arrived early and cried when I saw everything set up, I was overwhelmed by such joy to see everything finally come together. The flowers were the most beautiful I had ever seen in my life. We had two tassel banners that I made from tissue paper and hung from the cake table and the head table.

For my dress and veil, I wanted something simple and natural. I loved drop veils so I spent a lot of time looking online for inexpensive veils and found one that was great quality from Etsy and it shipped days before the wedding. I wore my hair in low pinned curls – I got my hair inspiration from Downton Abbey! A friend came through for the bridal party make up the week of the wedding and I let her do her thing!

​The cake was created by Haven Bakery in Cincinnati. I never actually tasted the cake before the wedding because I was in Savannah, GA, but trusted my mom and maid of honor to make the decision! Our top layer was peanut butter (at request of the groom!) and the rest of the cake was lemon cake with berry fillings. I loved the naked cake trend and sent my mom with photos for the baker. It was delicious! I still wish I would have eaten more, but I guess that’s what the first anniversary is for! One of my friends designed a laser cut cake topper as a lovely addition.

I like to say that our wedding was the best day of my life, but the days after have been better and even sweeter. All weddings are stressful to plan (and especially when planning from afar and graduating college and moving across the country three weeks before the wedding!) but I remember days before the wedding through late nights tying bows and organizing tears of joy would fall from my eyes as I remembered I was marrying my partner in this life, we were free to dream and love together in the same place for the rest of our days and that is the greatest and best gift of all. Also, eat more of your wedding cake!

Photography: Jen And Jonah Photographers | Floral Design: Nature's Nook Florist | Wedding Dress: Jason Alexander/European Bridal | Cake: Haven Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Ault Park | Reception Venue: Ault Park | Shoes: Trotters Penelope | Engagement Ring: Designed By Groom At Fleming's Fine Jewelry | Bridesmaid Dresses: For Her And For Him | Catering: The Village Pantry | Hair: Hairpeace Salon | DJ: Queen City DJs | Favors: Succulents From Home Depot And Nature's Corner Green House | Groom's Attire: Men's Warehouse | Honeymoon: Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado | Invitations/Envelopes: Jordan Stafford Illustration And Paper Source | Veil And Headpiece: Rebecca Walker Designs | Wedding Rings: Kay Jewelers

High School Sweethearts’ Elegant Ohio Wedding

Is there anything sweeter than high school sweethearts? Straight from the the lens of Leo Timoshuk Photography every moment of this elegant affair is sure to bring a sweet smile to your sunny day. From their young love that blossomed into a lifelong adventure, their sweet ceremony is forever immortalized in a gallery that is just waiting for you right here!

From the beautiful Bride… One rainy April evening, our Ukrainian church youth gathered at a local bowling alley after our all-day regional conference. I was 15 and it was the first time I had ever been out. We all congregated together in a billiards room, and I stood by watching a pool game that was in progress. I had never played before, but somehow a friend of mine convinced me to join a game of two on two. My partner promised to show me how to play and did he ever! It was a moment out of a movie script; I was so shy I could not look him in the eyes. If I remember correctly, we won that game! As he shook hands with me to tell me: “Good game. By the way, my name is Victor” I look up and my goodness, he was the cutest guy ever!

I came home that night and told my family of the encounter. It was so poignant and I couldn’t shake the feeling that I had met “the one.” I was so young that I resigned myself to think that it couldn’t be so. Over the next few years, we grew to be very good friends before dating. “High School Sweethearts,” if you will.

Two years of dating and what had been placed on my heart came to fruition. Victor proposed to me by a beautiful spot near my old high school: a little bench where we first talked of dating all those years back. I was so overjoyed when he was delivering his proposal speech that I interrupted him saying “yes, yes, yes!”

Perhaps what I noticed the first day we met, is what I love most about Victor. He has such a beautiful, peaceful aura about him. In many ways we complete each other, but I think what makes him so special is that he feels like home.

Photography: Leo Timoshuk Photography | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: Patisserie 42 | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Venue: Church Of Evangelical Faith | Reception Venue: Stan Hywet Hall And Gardens | Shoes: David's Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Shynok Party Center | Makeup Artist: Chanelle Walker Beauty | Groom's Attire: Murano | Groom's Shoes: Perry Ellis | Jewelry & Rings: Jared's | Veil & Hair Accessories: David's Bridal

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Romantic Violet Hour Bridal Inspiration

There is that special time each day, that magical hour, when day turns to dusk and everything is cast in an ethereal glow; it’s absolutely enchanting. Studio Elle Photography and Anchor Events & Design captured that romance in these photos and with Borrow Rentals perfect pieces and Twig Florals’ beauties, we have one gorgeous gallery to get lost in right here.

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From Studio Elle Photography… The inspiration for our bridal portrait shoot started with a quote about an enchanting time around dusk that read, “It is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affections glow again and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen magically along the edge of the forest and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at any moment we may see the unicorn.” Our muse was a violet hued sunset around cocktail hour that we see so often during the long winters in the Midwest. The airy and industrial feel of the Lake Erie Building provided our Cleveland based team with the perfect setting for our vision.

Our bride wore an ivory, sweetheart gown along with a scallop trimmed Mantilla veil with soft beading detail. Her vintage bracelet and earrings were iridescent and reflected the soft color palette of the evening.

The flowers by Twig Florals were lush, wild, and romantic with shades of violet, periwinkle, pale blue, and ivory. The bouquet and table arrangements were created with the most perfect lavender sweet pea accented by ranunculus and smilax vine. A backdrop for the bride was created using the vine to mimic the flourishes of the hand lettering throughout the stationery and art.

To create a sweetheart table fitting for the romantic violet hour, we selected a white wash wooden table and outfitted the table with chic candelabras with lavender candlesticks, art deco inspired china laid atop gold chargers, lavender and gold napkins, and vintage champagne flutes with modern gold foiled glassware. The white wash octagon dessert table complemented the sweetheart table and showcased the minimalist yet elegant gold scalloped Fondant cake.

The stationery suite was truly a work of art by Rose Gold Studio. The pieces were all hand lettered with ink and watercolors. Lavender tulle was tied around the invitations, and vintage stamps adorned the outer envelopes.

Photography: Studio Elle Photography | Event Design: Anchor Events & Design | Floral Design: Twig Florals | Cake: A Cupcake A Day | Invitations: Rose Gold Studio | Jewelry: Miranda's Vintage Bridal | Hair And Makeup: MKleinmanArtistry | Bridal Boutique: Leonardo's Bridal Boutique | Event Space: Lake Erie Building | Rentals: Borrow Rentals | Ribbon: Froufrou Chic | Veil: The Mantilla Company

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