The Wedding

This is what happens when a Yankee loves a Limey!

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Getting Ready

Salon Services: Bella Capelli, Westlake

















The Details

The garter was the garter my grandmother wore on her wedding day. 

Tucked into the little pocket was a wheat penny from 1947.



Detail from the bridesmaids' bouquets.


Detail from my bouquet.

Flowers by Cone and Tassel Flowers, Avon


The church program


Wedding rings on the hand-knit ring pillow


The Ceremony

We were the fourth generation of my family to be married in this church:

my grandparents and their parents were married here as well.



Groomsmen wore their own suit and matching ties from Men's Wearhouse.

Bridesmaids wore a knee-length dress of their choice.




The bridesmaids and ring bearer processed in to Charpentier's Prelude to Te Deum.


Notice my father and I were holding the doors open.  After everyone had gone down the aisle, we were left alone!

We walked down the aisle to Holst's Thaxted ("O God, Beyond All Praising" or "I Vow to Thee, my Country").


After the ceremony, we ran around the outside of the church, through a courtyard.  We came back to a side entrance of the church and were alone for a moment while the organist continued to play Toccata from Symphony No. 5, by Widor.


We greeted guests on the steps while they blew bubbles.  The Just Married sign was on the side of the limo.



Wedding Party Photos

Photos taken on the Superior Viaduct near downtown Cleveland





The Reception

Cocktail Hour & Dinner

The reception was held at Josaphat Arts Hall near downtown Cleveland. 

The hall was once a Catholic church and has since been renovated and transformed into an art gallery.


While we greeted guests ...


... our wedding party had a little fun in the vestibule.




We used a copy of Farms and Foods of Ohio as our guest book.  It tied in closely to our focus on "local" and "family."


Since the gallery had the perfect presentation, we used 20 photos of ourselves, our parents, and our friends to ring the entire reception.




The favors were placed at each place setting: homemade peach jam, made by my father.

The menu focused on local foods, organic when possible, and recipes that were meaningful to us.




Catering by La Campagna, Westlake


Cake and Dancing

Our dinner was served in five courses.  After the third course (pumpkin pierogi), we took a break to dance our first dance.  The father/daughter and mother/son dance followed, and immediately after that, we played the Blue Skirt Waltz.  I danced with my grandfather and the entire floor filled with family and friends, dancing and singing to the song so many of them learned as children.  A rowdy polka followed, and then we all sat down to enjoy our entrees.

After our entrees, came toasts; then we cut our cake.  We knew there would be cake.  Other than that, it was a complete surprise.  Nearly everyone came up and watched while they sang and swayed along to Dean Martin's "That's Amore."





 At that point, the dance floor was officially opened.


The anniversary dance was a hit - my grandmother and her sister (and their respective husbands) were the final couples; you can see my great-aunt and uncle motioning that they only fell a few years short of 'winning.'



Evidently, even in a wedding dress, it's hard to resist rocking out to "Livin' on a Prayer."