I have been excited about photographing Elissa and Michael’s spring wedding at Tudor Arms Hotel ever since their winter engagement shoot in Tremont. We had so much fun that day, that I knew this would be a great couple with whom to kick off my 2013 wedding season.
I arrived while Elissa and her bridesmaids were still getting ready. She was fine while put her dress on, and fine while her mom zipped it up. She was totally fine–until she caught sight of herself in the full length mirror…and then I think it hit her. She was getting married. Her face crumpled. She laughed and cried in the same moment, fanning her face with splayed fingers. I quietly took pictures.
They saw each other for the first time that day in a stairwell at the back of the room where they would be married. The sense of relief and happiness when she was finally with Michael, was palpable.
It was cold and rainy outside, so we slipped into the Cleveland Museum of Art for some photos in their beautiful new atrium. If you haven’t had a chance to get to the Cleveland Museum of Art since the renovation and expansion, go check it out. Architect Rafael Vinoly designed a light and airy atrium as the centerpiece of the $350 million expansion, and it’s absolutely breathtaking.
From there, we went back to the Tudor Arms Hotel for their ceremony and reception. It was a beautiful day…