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Radio personality wedding!

It’s not often you get to film the wedding of a radio talk show personality!  Kathleen Ferrini is marrying Nathan Zion this Saturday and we are thrilled to be a part of capturing that day.  Kathleen does the morning show, “Brian and Kathleen Mornings” on WCRF.  We had Kathleen and Nate over last week and it was so great to meet them.  It is lovely to meet a couple where love, faith, values, and fun are all mixed together.  That’s a recipe for joy that makes us excited not just to film their wedding day, but also to see how their marriage will be a blessing to others.



First wedding at Ariel International

We’re excited to be filming our first wedding reception at Ariel International.  Ariel is housed in a former Cleveland garment factory building that was repurposed as an office and event space.  The reception room is on the top floor with views overlooking downtown.  We’re completely jazzed about doing a sunset video shoot from the roof with our couple while overlooking Lake Erie.


Here’s a pic of our little ladies taken at Ariel International by our friends and wedding photography partners Stephanie and John Uptmor with Imagine It Photography.  Their new studio is in Ariel as well.



Check back to see the video of this great spot sometime!

Check out the new photo studio of our partners at Imagine It Photography

One delightful couple that has shown us the ropes of this wedding world is Imagine It Photography’s Stephanie and John Uptmor.  Recently they opened up their brand new studio space at Ariel International near downtown Cleveland.  Here’s a cute pic of us at their studio:


Below are the two of us, Rose Rau, wedding planner and studio designer, Stephanie and John, and Jessica Lowman, photographer:


It is such a delight to often have a chance to work alongside these wonderful artists!

For more pics of their studio click here!


Mike & Jaime’s Wedding Highlight

On this September day that hit some very high temperatures, Mike quipped, “This is the kind of day we tried to avoid by getting married in September!” :).  Despite some sweaty shirts, this wedding was simply resplendent.  They took their weddings under the wide, blue skies, (complete with Air Show jets!) and the lush, enchanting surroundings of the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.  During the ceremony they each had dirt from their childhood homes that they joined together in one jar with a fledgling, young tree in it.  After they walked down the flower petaled walkway we were off for photos and video at the gardens as well as East 4th street.  Then it was time to celebrate at the Marriott Key Center where Mike and Jaime were preceded by all the Cleveland Sports mascots!  From the frolicking costumed mascots, to the fun and heartfelt speeches, to the dancing, it was quite a party!

Here is Mike & Jaime’s Wedding Highlight

Mike and Jaime’s Highlight! from For Real Wedding Films on Vimeo.


For Mike & Jaime’s full wedding film click here.

Photography Partners-Imagine It Photography
Dress-Essence of Australia
Invitations-Magnet Street Botanical Bliss
Ceremony Cleveland Botanical Gardens
Bakery-Wild Flour Bakery
Custom Drinks-CitySticks of NYC
DJ-Marino Brothers

iPhone vid of Alexa & Brad’s day

Last Saturday we had the privilege to film Alexa & Brad’s wedding at the Union Club.  What an elegant place!  We also strolled down Euclid Avenue to shoot some video down at Playhouse Square.  Here’s a short little video of the day from our iPhone.  Enjoy!

An elegant day at Alexa & Brad’s wedding today! #eatdrinkandberyan

A video posted by Kurt & Beth (@forrealweddingfilms) on

New film spots

It’s always fun to film in new places.  Here’s a few fun, new places we’ve filmed recently:

East 4th Street.  A street full of trendy restaurants, outdoor cafes, and street performers.  Loved it here!  Photo courtesy of our partners at Imagine It Photography (you’ll see me to the left sneaking a shot behind some flowers!)


This weekend we’re excited to shoot the wedding of Alexa and Brad at the Union Club!  Elegant, antique, and classy!


A couple of weeks ago we were blown away by the beauty of The Club at Hillbrook.  We got some rain, but nothing could take away the grandeur of this location.


Maria & Bobby’s Highlight Film

We cannot tell you how delighted we were to have the honor of capturing Maria and Bobby’s wedding day.  We loved the Greek culture and all the symbolism given to the ceremony at St. Demetrios.  We were in awe of the spirited dancing as The Fabulous Grecian Keys rocked away the night at The Renaissance Hotel.  The most special moment came when Bobby and his groomsmen pulled off a surprise choreographed dance (to over 5 different songs!) while Maria sat in a chair to be serenaded.  All in all, their commitment to God, each other, and their family was deeply moving.  Enjoy this snapshot of their day.

For Maria & Bobby’s full wedding film click here: https://vimeo.com/138668780

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Here are the delightful vendors we had the privilege to work with:
Photography Partners: Imagine It Photography www.imagineitphotography.com
Hair & Make-up-Fringe & Foundation, Westlake http://www.fandfstudio.com
Church-St. Demetrios http://www.saintdemetriosrr.org
Flowers-Mary Huerner. Avon Lake
Bakery/Cake- Wild Flour http://www.wildflourbakery.com
DJ/Band-Grecian Keys http://www.specialproductions.net/act-greciankeys.shtml