From Alexis: Corinne (long dress) and I (short dress) were married at Franklin Circle Church in Ohio City, Ohio. Both of our bridal parties got ready on opposite sides of a conjoined suite in the Ritz-Carton Cleveland. We purposely booked a suite with French doors dividing the two spaces, giving us both privacy and a dramatic photo for a first look!
After our first look we took photos at the Cleveland Public Library right in downtown Cleveland. The beautiful marble accents and murals reflected our personalities and served as a great backdrop for our wedding portraits.
Corinne and I wrote our own ceremony and included our entire bridal party, each member saying a small quote about love. We were blessed to have 150 of our family and friends witness our special day. Before the start of the ceremony we asked each person to sign our homemade Quaker wedding certificate. Because we live in Ohio, we would not be able to have a marriage license. It was important to us to have something to signify our day and the tradition of the Quaker was license was perfect.
After the ceremony we took a limo to Tower City where we finished our wedding portraits under the archways of the historic terminal. Our reception was held in the English Oak Room, the old terminal restaurant renovated to match it’s appearance from the 1930′s. Corinne and her mother completed all of the table decorations, thrifting for silver and china making each table it’s own unique version of a stylized French tea service. During our cake cutting, we wanted to symbolize everyone around us becoming one family. Each table had a different flavor cheesecake and on a count of three we all cut our cakes and shared them.
Another tradition we revamped was the father-daughter dance. We decided to share the dance as a family. During John Mayer’s “Daughters”, Corinne danced with her father while I danced with mine. About a minute into the song, we switched dads to dance with our new father-in-laws. A minute after that, we invited our mothers to the floor and as a family we six danced the remainder of the song.
All in all, it was an incredible day and we could not have pulled it off without our wonderful family, bridal party, and the great vendors who helped us out. Our photographers, Kelsey and Meghann of IN Lace were incredible. They were attentive to all of our requests and were there for us literally every step of the way. Cristina Lowenfeld at Executive Caterers was just as gracious and continually went out of her way to guarantee a successful and amazing night. I especially wanted to mention the incredible talent of these ladies because I want to personally recommend them to anyone in the Cleveland/Akron/Toledo area.