When I hung up the phone after speaking with Alexis and Brad for the first time, I was refreshed that I was to be shooting a couple who really really cared about their photography. Brad, an aspiring photographer himself, had all kinds of ideas, and wasn't afraid to spend a little extra time or go off the beaten path in order to be sure these ideas were captured. This proactive excitement combined with my simple love of photography made this relationship one that I will not forget soon.
Alexis and Brad chose a beautiful Catholic Church in Cleveland, St. Patricks, for their wedding. The stunning structure made for a great backdrop in their ceremony photos.
After the ceremony and formal pictures were finished, we moved on to what Brad referred to as "the best part of the day". We traveled to Edgewater park for some pictures with the Cleveland skyline behind us. I suggested we move to another place, and brought them down closer to the water where I had seen Cleveland from this angle for the first time years ago. The city appeared bigger and the waters were reminiscent of tropical lands. I even convinced the newlyweds to travel down some stairs where Jack and I captured some stunning shots with a stone pier shooting out into the water behind them. Here, we left Alexis and Brad alone to dwell in the moment and their love.
My favorite part of the day, by far, was our trip through the mostly abandoned East Bank of the Flats. This is a place where I spent many nights as a highschooler at the Odean Concert Club seeing some of my favorite bands. The entire area used to be full of life, but now was all but gone. In some cases, it was gone. As I felt my emotions flow over the vast differences of the place I used to hang out, I was inspired to take some of my favorite shots of the whole year. Alexis and Brad had scoped out a couple places earlier, and we found a couple as we drove around. My favorite was an old loading dock that had been boarded up. By chance, it had just enough boarded spaces to frame each member of the bridal party in their own box. This, with the towering brick building that surrounded these doors, made for a spectacular shot! We found some cool shots by the bridges, and some more great shots by an old wooden door. I honestly could have photographed this great couple all day long in this atmosphere!
My most memorable part of their day was the friendships I made. I usually get to hang out with the bridal party at weddings, and it's always a blast, but with this group, I feel like we connected like old friends. I wish Alexis and Brad a very blessed life together, and I can't wait to see this album!!