I’ve known Gina and her family for a really long time. Through the years I also go to know Steve pretty well. They’re both the most wonderful people. I was really excited when they asked me to photograph their wedding. I knew it was going to be a fun experience.
I went to Gina’s house in the morning. The scene was so familiar to me, having covered a disproportionate amount of Italian brides in my day. Tons of people in the house, tons of hairspray in the air and tons of food on the table. I love these kinds of weddings. Everyone is buzzing around doing different things in all parts of the house. The living room is temporarily transformed into a salon. The men just hang out in the kitchen and stay out of the way.
Gina looked absolutely stunning, as I knew she would. I joked that I was trying to take a bad photo of her just to challenge myself. If that were true, I would have failed miserably. After the getting ready shots everyone headed over to St. Albert the Great in North Royalton for the ceremony. After that we wnt to Coe Lake in Berea. The bridal party was a lot of fun. Everyone was easing going and willing to try anything. However, I’m sure they were more than happy to get back on the air-conditioned bus while I was finishing up with Gina and Steve.
The reception was at Blue Heron Country Club in Medina. Its a beautiful facility and I always enjoy shooting there.
The hit of the party was the big candy bar. People were scooping up candy and putting in in bags to take home until it was gone. I’ve never seen people so excited about a candy bar before.
The Marino Brothers provided the entertainment. They did a great job, as always. They really know how to energize a crowd and keep people on the dance floor. It was packed with people until the very end of the reception.
I had a wonderful time with Gina and Steve and I wish them all the best.