I've known Marianna for a few years. We've worked together, gotten to know each other, and have gone through so many personal and professional changes. Nick and Marianna were the first people to buy one of my large canvas art prints.
When they got engaged, they asked me to shoot their wedding and I was so excited. They both have large families, and the wedding planning began right away. They had so many wonderful ideas, including doing a butterfly release as a way to pay a simple tribute family members who have passed away.
But no one expected snow in April.
The ceremony at La Malfa was beautiful. The bride was glowing and her uncle walked her down the aisle. There was much laughter and tears, the happy kind.
After the ceremony everyone gathered outside with the little boxes containing butterflies. But it was so cold and they didn't want to come out of their little boxes. I looked around to try and figure out a better spot, but it was just too cold. I worried that the tribute to lost loved ones would end in a mass of dead butterflies.
Suddenly the manager of the venue came running out and told us to come inside and bring the butterflies in! Everyone came inside and the butterflies started to emerge from their little boxes. They flew around the party center and the manager just laughed and mentioned how it added an element of "nature" to the place.
Due to the last minute snowy weather, we had to find a place to shoot indoors. A friend suggested the Cleveland Public Library. I had no idea how beautiful it was inside! So many amazing spots to shoot!
And a snowy downtown day makes for a lovely backdrop!
The reception was amazing! So many friends and family. And the mother of the groom made sure I sat down and eat dinner. I love working with big families! So much fun getting to know everyone.
It was a long day, over 12 hours. I got 10,000 steps on my FitBit and the reception wasn't even over!
I bet Nick and Marianna got way more steps in on their big day. They were still on the dance floor as I was packing up my gear!
See all their pics HERE