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Irongate Equestrian Center wedding of David & Katherine

It was a joy to share in Katherine and David’s wedding day.  Katherine was once one of Kurt’s students and we have also been so kindly loved by her and her family over many years.  Their family is a wellspring of love for people and love for a Heavenly Father that radiates far beyond the walls of their home.  Our day began at the Konstan home where, surrounded by all her sweet bridesmaids, Katherine got ready.  From there we traveled to the stunning and rustic Irongate Equestrian Center.  Formerly used as a horse show auditorium, the space has been converted for weddings.  The fun part is that there are still many horses stabled elsewhere in the building.  One of our favorite moments happened when Katherine’s dad Rob got to see her in her dress for the first time.  So many tears were shed.  Then it was David’s turn.  On a gravel road nestled amongst trees and horses grazing in pasture, Katherine walked up behind David and he turned to see his stunning bride.  She shared a note with him and then he…gave her a book, a notebook in which he had written her a note every single day while he was miles away in Texas.  Katherine broke down.  The love they shared was palpable to all around.

And the day had just begun!  From there they shared their vows before their guests and their Lord underneath the shade of the trees with sun shining from a gorgeous September sky.  After fun photo and video shoots on the grounds we headed into the Equestrian Center for the fun!  The fun included homemade Greek pastries, Greek dancing, great food, and laughter.  Finally, Katherine and David left in a tunnel of sparklers and off they went to their new life together.  Blessings to both of you, Katherine and David!

Katherine & David’s Wedding Film from For Real Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Below are some of the great vendors we had the privilege to work with:

Venue: Irongate Equestrian Center

Photography: Leigh Elizabeth Photography

Glenmoor Country Club Wedding of Tanina & Cory

What a stunning day greeted us for Tanina and Cory’s wedding.  That combined with Tanina’s graciousness and Cory’s humor made for a wonderful day.  We started out at Koi Salon in Canton and had the chance to meet Tanina’s fun and sweet bridesmaids and sisters.  From there we headed to Tanina’s aunt and uncle’s lovely home at the Glenmoor Country Club where the ceremony was in their panoramic backyard which overlooks the rolling hills of the golf course.  We had a ball working with Cory and Tanina getting some stunning shots of them and their bridal party.  Our favorite time was shooting film at an enormous willow tree.  That’s also where we suggested that Cory try dipping Tanina.  Our good friend John Uptmor of Imagine It Photography hilariously and accurately demonstrated the technique by demonstrating with my wife Beth!  And, by golly, Cory got it!  Look for that great dip later in the wedding film.  We ended the day at La Pizzeria where we enjoyed celebrating the newly married couple!  Blessings on both of you, Tanina and Cory!

Tanina & Cory’s Wedding Film from For Real Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Produced by Kurt and Beth at For Real Wedding Films

Photography and the great thumbnail photo above: Our amazing friends at Imagine It Photography
Salon: Koi Salon, Canton, Ohio
Ceremony site: Glenmoor Country Club
Venue: La Pizzeria
Music provided by The Music Bed and Song Freedom

Barrington Golf Club wedding of Camden & Mark

When we met Camden and Mark we knew we would have fun with them on their wedding day.  They are such a fun, sweet couple and their wedding party was the same.  At the lovely Barrington Golf Club in Aurora, Ohio, we met all of Camden’s bridesmaids.  They were a riot!  Fun, beautiful, and full of energy, they made all the getting-ready time a blast.  Our favorite early moment was filming Camden coming out in her wedding dress for her bridesmaids to see for the first time.  The looks on their faces were priceless!  On an interesting note, the lovely bridesmaids’ dresses were picked out by Mark!

Camden, while being a vivacious and fun person, also showed such sweet emotions as she read a note Mark had written for her.  After some fun wedding party shots we were off to a stunning location for the ceremony.  The wooden, white chairs all faced an idyllic setting, a sunlit lake under a blue sky.  The ceremony began with a solo of Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling in Love” accompanied by a violin and cello.  I have a serious Elvis addiction, so this was just incredible.  Later, Mark and Camden held a sand ceremony where they had bottles of earth from the various places they had lived and poured them together into one bottle, all the while, being serenaded by two of their bridesmaids who sang a duet of “Oceans.”

The reception, after dinner, was also outdoors on a wonderful evening.  Our favorite shots of the whole day were at sunset.  We don’t often get the chance to get a couple outside when the light is so perfect, but this time it worked!  The soft light reflected off the lake onto them as we captured some romantic moments of Camden and Mark together away from the excitement for a few minutes.  It was so much fun and they were so much fun to work with.  We wish you great blessings on an incredible marriage, Camden and Mark!

Camden and Mark’s Wedding Film from For Real Wedding Films on Vimeo.


Here are some of the great vendors we got to work with:

Photography and the great thumbnail photo above: Leigh Elizabeth Photography

Venue: Barrington Golf Club

Cake: Tiffany’s Bakery

DJ: Scott Simmons with DJ Express

Elyria Country Club Wedding of Andrea and Josh

Andrea and Josh’s wedding day was gorgeous; the weather, the Elyria Country Club, and most importantly-the couple, all were gorgeous.  Everything from getting ready to the reception all happened in one place so we didn’t need to travel around.  It gave a very relaxed, fun feel to the entire day and left plenty of time to “play” with various camera angles and settings.  We also had the fun of working with some of our favorite folks: Stephanie and John from Imagine It Photography and wedding coordinator Rose Rau from Ring Around Rosie Events.
Our favorite part of the day, though, was their first look.  We all headed out with Josh on golf carts to find a beautiful spot overlooking a pond.  A short while later, Andrea arrived and we had the fun of capturing Josh’s first glimpse of his bride in her splendid dress.
It was really unique to have some of Andrea’s heritage involved in the wedding including a Mexican lasso draped around the bride and groom and a tradition where Josh placed symbolic coins in Andrea’s hands.  It was also fun to have Pastor David Buegler, an old friend and colleague, conduct the ceremony.  He was even able to keep the audience in good spirits after an unexpected falling flower vase crashed in the front row!
The rest of the day included photos, video, and the reception.  One humorous occasion included the guests goading Josh into crawling over to Andrea before getting her garter!  All in all, though, the enjoyment the two had in each other was beautiful and palpable to all those around.  It was an honor to capture and enjoy their day.

Andrea and Josh’s Wedding film! from For Real Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Make-up & Hair-Kate Byrnes from Tomorrows, A Hair Salon & Rocio from Fina Bella Salon
Wedding Coordinator-Always amazing Rose Rau of Ring Around Rosie
Florist-Off Broadway

Wedding at the Zoo!

Melissa and Ryan are such a sweet, fun couple!  Their ceremony at St. Brendan’s was beautiful and meaningful.  From there we went to Lakewood park for photos and video.  We were worried that the weather forecast would doom the day to rain, but instead we got…90+ degree heat!  Wo!  Melissa and Ryan and their bridal party braved the heat and the mayflies with joy.  We especially loved the moments we captured of them looking through a long distance telescope perusing the skyline of Cleveland in the distance.

From there we were off to Stillwater Place at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.  This one-year old venue is stunning!  It sits on the edge of a lake with an outdoor patio and fireplace.  Inside it has large beams and a vaulted ceiling and sported a light-projected image of Ryan and Melissa’s name and their wedding date on the lodge-inspired wall behind their sweetheart table.  A friend made one of the most unique wedding cakes we have seen.  Not only was it a legitimately amazing-tasting cake, but it was decorated with zoo animal silhouettes and topped with two alligators dressed as a bride and groom.  We also loved, loved, loved their live band The Bluewater Kings.  They were great to film, great to meet, and great to dance to!

Our favorite part of the day, though, was filming Melissa and Ryan with their bridal party riding the zoo Circle of Wildlife carousel.  How fun!  After that they entered the reception hall with zoo workers with various live animals to meet and pet. As the night continued on it was a delight to see, just before we headed home, guests in a circle surrounding the couple as they danced.

Blessings on a wonderful life together, Melissa and Ryan!

Melissa & Ryan’s Wedding Film from For Real Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Here are some of the delightful vendors we had the privilege to work with:
Photography: Peak Moments Wedding Photography (including the wonderful thumbnail portrait above)
Venue: Stillwater Place
Wedding Band: Bluewater Kings
Video Music provided by Song Freedom  & The Music Bed
Ceremony: St. Brendan Parish 

Lakeside Wedding

Weather-the joy and challenge of every outdoor wedding. It was May, the weather was starting to look beautiful after a long, Cleveland winter, but then Amy and Matt’s wedding day came. The temperatures dropped and it became a blustery, rainy day. They had a backup plan, but despite the rain and clouds, they stuck to their guns to get married outside. Just a half hour before the ceremony began the rain came again! For ten minutes it came down and then…it stopped. Twenty minutes later, Amy walked down the aisle to Matt. Hallelujah!

Amy and Matt were married at one of our favorite places in the world: Lakeside, Ohio, a Victorian cottage community on Lake Erie with over 100 years of history. Amy got ready in her parents’ cottage and got married at the gazebo near the playground where she grew up playing. The immense waves of the mighty Erie created amazing footage to capture the beauty of the day.

After the wedding we took some sweet, fun photos and video clips with Amy and Matt along the lake and, my personal favorite, chasing them, camera in hand while driving around in a golf cart with a “Just Married” sign hanging!

Finally, we ended the evening at the reception, with a view to the lake. Amy and Matt’s love for games was on display as guests could enjoy corn hole, a parachute, and more. They also added to a unique experience by forgoing a traditional cake in favor of delicious wedding cupcakes!

It was a delight to work alongside their photographers Holly and Matt from 5:5 Photography. They were such a fun, sweet, talented couple. Amazing work and amazing people!

We, of course, enjoy filming all of our brides and grooms, but Amy and Matt’s wedding was special to us as Amy’s parents have been friends of ours for many years and this was their last child to marry. It was certainly bittersweet to watch Sue help Amy get into her dress and for Tom to embrace his daughter with emotion when she came out in white.

God’s blessings on you both, Amy and Matt!

Amy and Matt’s Wedding Film from For Real Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Here are some of the other delightful vendors we had the privilege to work with:
Florist: Beautiful Blooms by Jen
Dress: www.modcloth.com
Venue: The gazebo in Lakeside
DJ: Rock and Roll Express 
Reception venue: St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church
Video Music provided by The Music Bed