Thursday, December 27, 2007

Greystone Hall

I've had the last 4 weekends off and took the time to spend with my family and friends. I couldn't wait to get back to doing what I love though and had the privilege to work with Melissa and Tony this weekend at Greystone Hall in downtown Akron. There were flowers everywhere and the hall was decorated beautifully. The band Special Blend provided the entertainment for the evening. They were fantastic and it seemed like there wasn't anything they couldn't play.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Pavilion Hall in Cuyahoga Falls

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday! I went to visit my parents in Indiana over the Holiday so I am a little later than usual with this post! Katie and Kurt were married the Saturday before Thanksgiving in the First United Methodist Church in Cuyahoga Falls. It was a cool rainy day so we didn't have many outdoor opportunities for photographs at all. We made the best of it though in the bridal lounge which is a huge room with beautiful stained glass windows. The reception was in the Pavilion Hall on Front Street. We were able to go outside there after dark under the overhang and create some more images in the rain without getting wet.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Hudson Country Club

Saturday was a little chilly but couldn't put a damper on Ron and Gabrielle's day. They were married in the Historic Tallmadge Church right in the middle of Tallmadge circle. We still had some color in the trees and the whole circle area is a beautiful area for photographs. They left the ceremony at dusk in a flaming glow of sparklers and had a beautiful reception at Hudson Country Club.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

La Pizzaria Canton Ohio

Something goes wrong at just about every wedding. This week "someone" was repairing a bridesmaids earring and accidentally super-glued it to their finger! Everything else was perfect though! They were blessed with great weather and some beautiful Fall color. The ceremony was at St. John's in Canton and the reception was at La Pizzaria. The Bill Foley band provided the live entertainment for the evening. Thank you to all the family members who came up to us throughout the day and said so many wonderful things! We loved working with you too!! Enjoy the show.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Emidio's Party Center Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

Even though it drizzled a lot last Saturday, Angela and Justin took advantage of the beautiful Fall color and went down by the Kent waterfalls for some time alone and a few photographs. They got married in the First Christian Church in Kent and held the reception at Emidio's Party Center in Cuyahoga Falls. The ceremony was pretty emotional for Angela and the reception was a lively party! Since Justin had been involved in tackling a fellow officer at a previous wedding, Justin got tackled by several officers at his reception. Congratulations Angela and Justin.....I can't wait to share the albums with you!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Martin Center Akron Ohio

Saturday was a perfect fall day for Stacy and Jason's wedding. We met at the Sheraton in Cuyahoga Falls and went to the Riverfront Park for some fall photographs. They met each other at the McDowell Law Center so they wanted to go there for a few photographs as a remembrance. The ceremony and reception were at the Martin Center by the University of Akron. The ceremony was a moving experience for both of them. They really cut loose with all their family and friends later and danced the night away.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Congress Lake Country Club

I love local weddings! Saturday Rick and Tiffany got married at St. Joseph's Church which is 2 minutes from my house. We started at her parents home where the bridesmaids and family and all their children who were involved in the wedding were getting ready. There were several handsome young men and a lot of adorable little flower girls in the party. The reception was at Congress Lake Country Club and we had great weather to go along with the beautifully manicured golf course. The reception was a blast and everyone had a great time, even the kids who got fueled up at the very laid out candy table!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Paula and Mace

Due to a very busy week and an unexpected power failure I am very late in getting this posted! Paula and Mace got married last Saturday in a beautiful ceremony at Trinity United Church of Christ in Akron. It was a nice sunny day and surprisingly warm for October. The reception was held at Greystone Hall in the old theatre which has been completely restored to its old glory. The Wanda Hunt Band provided music for the reception. All their friends and family were there to help celebrate the good time.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Coe Lake Berea Ohio

Yesterday I took the day off and took my wife biking and hiking and leaf watching. There weren't many colors yet but we just enjoyed a peaceful day together outside. Those days may be coming to an end fast! I couldn't wait to get started today on Christine and Brad's images because we went to several beautiful locations and created some great images! We went to Coe Lake in Berea and then to a covered bridge and waterfall. Since the waterfall area was being used by another bridal party we made good use of what was around us. After a long walk up a beautiful trail we headed to Saint Michael's Woodside for some food, fun and dancing!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Stan Hywet Hall and Tangiers Restaurant

We met Colleen at her house to start the big day and when her parents saw her for the first time the tears started to flow! We continued on to St. Matthews for the ceremony and then to Stan Hywet for some beautiful outdoor photographs. They threw a great party at Tangiers where everyone had a blast. It was a big family affair and there were lots of children there. They rode off in a 1940 Buick and are in Ireland right now on their honeymoon!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Spring Lake Party Center Lakemore Ohio

Saturday at Spring Lake Party Center the wind blowing off the water was cool but the sun felt good and the sky was beautiful! It was a beautiful setting for Kyle and Leah to get married in. Leah looked radiant in a gown handmade by her mother. After the ceremony they definitely got warmed up walking around the gardens while I captured some images of them laughing and walking and kissing in the sunset as a flock of gulls flew over the water.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Chapel in Akron Ohio

During Allison and Adam's ceremony they had the best man and maid-of-honor read letters to their parents that really brought on the tears and laughter. Adam's parents thought his search for the perfect mate was like finding a needle in a haystack. In his letter he stated that he finally found his "redheaded needle in a haystack"! They are perfect for each other and it's obvious to anyone who spends any time with them. They wanted to do all the photographs before the ceremony so they could spend more time with their guests at the reception. Since he helped coach the basketball team at Akron University, the James A. Rhodes Arena was a great place to create some memories.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Silver Lake Country Club in Stow Ohio

Saturday night we just missed the rain at Silver Lake country Club and were able to capture some great images of Leslie and James. The reception hall was well lit by a wall of windows so I was able to photograph the first dances with just available light. I enjoyed seeing the range of emotions from Leslie and her father as they walked down the aisle and on the father daughter dance. I know she will be missed after she moves to Atlanta. Her sisters toast and her sorority sister's dance really got the tears flowing!

Friday, August 24, 2007

St. George Greek Orthodox Church

Saturday I had the pleasure of working in a very beautiful and ornate church, St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Cara and Nick are very involved in their church so the ceremony meant a lot to them and it included some very unique traditions. The church photographs very well and the priest allowed me very close to the altar so I was able to capture everything as it happened. The reception was very lively and had many traditional dances that got everyone involved. It was a great chance for families from all over to come together.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

St. Bernards and Guys Party Center in Akron Ohio

Friday night Megan and Brandon were married in St. Bernard's Cathedral in Akron and I had the pleasure of capturing the whirl of emotions surrounding the day. The church is a pleasure to work in and the families and friends were fun too. After the ceremony we went to Buchtel fountains and then on to Guys Party Center for some food and fun.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Spring Lake Party Center Lakemore Ohio

Spring Lake Party Center was the perfect location for Sarah and Neal's wedding Saturday Evening. The gazebo and lake made a beautiful background for an outdoor wedding. I was capturing images of the ceremony from behind a purple bush to create depth and drama when a butterfly landed right in front of me! It made a great image and a lasting memory for them. Shortly after the ceremony the party started inside and continued into the night. A beautiful sunset finished the night for me!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Guys Party Center Akron Ohio

Friday's wedding with Andrea and Dave went perfectly. We started at Salon Kisha and watched as Andrea became a radiant bride to be!
After picking up the dress at Andrea's parents house we stopped at Rockne's for lunch with all the bridesmaids. The ceremony was beautiful and they had the longest line of guests throwing rose petals I've ever seen. Afterwards we went to Buchtel Fountains for some fun and got some great images of them and their party. The reception hall at Guys Party Center was packed with all their friends and family and they danced the night away!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

St. Matthews Ellet Ohio

Last Saturday was beautiful but really hot and humid....especially if you were in a wedding gown! Rachael and David got married Saturday and fortunately no one passed out or melted from the weather. They had a beautiful ceremony at St. Matthews in Ellet. Rachael's mother made the pew decorations which included hanging lanterns that looked amazing! The decorations she made for the tables at Occasions were so nice, another bride from an upcoming wedding wanted to buy them for her wedding.
I get to spend this weekend with my family again so we'll see you in two weeks!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

St. Bernards and Stan Hywet Gardens!!

I love working at both St. Bernards and Stan Hywet but to be in both places in the same day with some really cool people--that's a rare treat! Sandra and Jared had a fun bridal party with some great ideas and we had a blast walking around Stan Hywet creating memories. The reception was at the Akron University Student center which presented some fantastic opportunities too.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The Club at Hillbrook

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to go to The Club At Hillbrook in Chagrin Falls. What a beautiful place for Brian and Stephanie to get married. The weather looked questionable for a while but it only rained for about 3 minutes. We started at the hair salon and then went to the club for the wedding and reception which were both outside. The place is absolutely gorgeous and has a lot of places to create beautiful images. Above are some of my favorites.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Our Lady of Cedars Hall, Akron Ohio

I took some time off to spend with my family and I am finally catching up with everything! I photographed a wedding on June 30th and I finally had time to do a slideshow for Mark and Christie just this week. They got married at Fairlawn United Methodist Church and had their reception at Our Lady of the Cedars hall. It is a very modern looking church and they had a beautiful ceremony and a beautiful day. The reception hall had a lot of natural light which was great for photography!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

7-7-07 Most popular wedding date of the year!!

This past Saturday was the biggest wedding day of the year but I got to spend the whole weekend with my family! I took my wife biking on the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area. Played some basketball with my was a good weekend. Now I am all rested and ready for another amazing weekend!

I just got an email from someone in New York that I wanted to share with everyone....... see you next week!!

Hi Paul -
Friends of ours sent us your link to look at their sister's wedding. I am in awe of such beautiful work!
I love the personal touches, the video slideshow and the wonderful stories that you prelude those with.
Your heart and soul are truly expressed in all that you see when visiting your web-site.
What a pleasure to be able to share in these photos. I felt like I was at each wedding!
You are truly blessed with an amazing gift from God!
May you continue to bring joy and wonder to every life that you touch!
New York

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Anthe's Restaurant Portage Lakes Ohio

I photographed Kelly last year as a bridesmaid in Katie and Cliff Holcomb's wedding. This year it was finally her turn! It was a beautiful ceremony and just as I suspected, Lennie was a little emotional as Kelly came down the aisle looking radiant! They rode in a Hummer to Portage Lakes then onto Anthe's for some good food and dancing. They only thing that could have made their day any better was to have a bigger dance floor! If you were there you know what I mean!