Jstyle Weddings 2014

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By the Numbers: What Jewish brides and grooms said about their weddings

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Couples Spotlight: Shaina & David Leb


The Party Before the Party: Appealing rehearsal dinner locations

Bachelorette Bonding: Creative party ideas that focus on fun and friends

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Runway looks define 2014 wedding gowns



Bridesmaid dresses feature bold colors, lace and pastels


Shoes and accessories tell stories and punctuate looks


Couples Spotlight: Jennifer Sherman & Kevin Rivchun


Coffee Lovers: An elaborate proposal becomes a YouTube hit



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Beauty tips to help brides turn heads on the big day Eat well for weddingworthy skin, hair and nails



Couples Spotlight: Lindsey Ross Sinclair & Jared Sinclair

Linsey Ross Sinclair at her June 29, 2013 wedding at Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Photo by Genevieve Nisly Photography.

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Cakes take center stage with dramatic designs

Signature drinks that will leave a lasting impression

Hors d’oeuvres to keep guests reaching for more Couples Spotlight: Amanda & Josh Goldberg Familiar Places: Turn recognizable spaces into unique wedding venues

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Radiant Orchid, Coral and Vibrant Yellow are 2014’s hot hues

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Mixing neutrals with blush tones is big for bouquets

Typography can make or break your invites Rings splashed with color

Creative lighting design helps establish ambience Couples Spotlight: Katie & Evan Schaffer Moving Pictures: Video can capture memories in ways photos can’t


Honeymoon Helpers: Couple shares items they took on African safari


Closing Kiss: Sharing a memory from the big day

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Jstyle Weddings asked Cleveland-area brides and grooms to tell us about their wedding. Here’s what they had to say.

What Jewish traditions were incorporated into your wedding?



Breaking of the glass Havdalah service: 22.7% Hora: 68.2% Signing of the ketubah: 95.5% Other (bedeken, mikvah immersion, circling, mezinka, yichud, etc.): 40.9%

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What part of your wedding was most memorable? “Our first dance. My husband switched to a different (and wonderful) song without telling me.” “Being with family and friends was the most memorable of all.” “We had a 20-minute hora, which was fantastic! We were incredibly sweaty and couldn’t have felt more elated about it! I remember looking out and not a single person was sitting in their seat.” “Seeing my fiancé for the first time after not seeing him for a full week before the wedding. It was such a special, magical moment.” “The wedding toast my sister tried to give. She was crying the entire time.”

How many gifts did you return?

“My decorator did an amazing job designing a chupah with me and it took my breath away.”

What theme was your wedding? Modern (contemporary style, sleek design, use of technology): 9.1% Retro (vintage-inspired dress, era-specific décor): 4.5% Rustic (outdoor/rural setting, natural elements): 0%




(sophisticated, timeless elegance)

Other: 13.6%

If you paid for your wedding, how long did it take to pay it off?

63.6 36.4 Six or fewer Seven or more %


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1 to 3 months: 22.7% 4 to 6 months: 0% 7 to 12 months: 4.5%

More than a year: 0% Others paid: 72.7%


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What was your “Bridezilla” moment? “I met with my makeup artist four to five times before my wedding, but the day of, she showed up on drugs, sluggish, sleepy and was almost two hours late. Tensions may have been flaring during this but I do have to say I really kept my cool!” “None! At 50 years of age, I’m too old to be worrying about the small stuff.”

“I was a very laid back bride, but not when it came to the flowers. I had a vision of what I wanted my centerpieces and bouquet to look like, and I kept pushing the florist until they got them right.” “I had wanted to take outdoor photos at Squires Castle but it was raining that morning. We ended up taking very beautiful photos in the hotel lobby, but my mom and sister had to bring me back to reality first.”

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What do you wish you’d spent more on? Food: 4.5% Hair and/or makeup: 13.6% Honeymoon: 18.2% Music: 4.5% Photography: 4.5% Venue: 4.5% Nothing: 45.5% Items that didn’t receive a response: Cake, decorations, flowers, gown and/or tuxedo, invitations

4.5Drinks %


Adventure: 0% City: 22.7% Cruise: 9% Europe: 0% Israel: 0% Other: 13.6%

54.5% Beach

Who married you?

How large was your wedding party? %

What type of honeymoon did you go on?




Cantor: 4.5% Rabbi and cantor: 22.7% Justice of the peace: 0% Other: 4.5%

What do you wish you’d paid more attention to? “My husband.” “The venue was a bit cramped and it was difficult to get to some tables.” “I didn’t know then about many Jewish traditions, especially yichud and a beautiful ketubah. I should have learned more.”

“The flow of pictures and what specific pictures I wanted. Because my makeup artist was two hours late, we lost a lot of time for pictures and it was sort of a mad dash to get the important ones. In hindsight, I wish I had made a priority list.”

“We got married more than 11 years ago and I am still unhappy with how my makeup looked. I never had a makeup trial and that was a big mistake. I wish I would have known exactly how I was going to look on my wedding day.”

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Couples 12 Shaina & David Leb 38 Jennifer Sherman & Kevin Rivchun 52 Lindsey Ross Sinclair & Jared Sinclair 62 Amanda & Josh Goldberg 80 Katie & Evan Schaffer 10 Jstyle Weddings 2014

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Spotlight Shaina & David Leb Cleveland, OHio September 1, 2013 Ages: Both 26 City: Chicago Synagogue membership: Anshe Emet in Chicago for High Holy Day services Engagement date: Dec. 29, 2012 Wedding colors: Navy and ivory


he ketubah signing was so intimate, and we had all of our immediate family members there. It was the first time my family officially welcomed (David) into the family, and his parents officially welcomed me into the family. We hugged and kissed and cried. It was really beautiful.� – Shaina

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Invitation list • Ceremony/Reception site: The Tudor Arms • Photographer: Brightside Photography • Videographer: Tim Frankish with Infocus Studios • Consultant: Kim Singerman at Noteworthy Events • Officiant: Rabbi Joshua Hoffer Skoff • Dress: Casablanca Couture Style B047 from Doris Bridal Boutique in Highwood, Ill. • Hair: Tina Ibrahim • Makeup: Shawn Guyuron at Studio MZ • Veil: Shaina wore her mother’s wedding veil • Wedding rings: Shaina’s ring designed by Gottlieb & Sons. David’s ring is tungsten • Jewelry: Earrings from Details Accessory Gallery • Groom’s formalwear: Ralph Lauren from American Commodore Tuxedo • Groomsmen: Ralph Lauren from American Commodore Tuxedo • Invitations: Notoriety • Other stationery: Programs designed by Shaina’s aunt, Terri Brodkey • Bouquet/Flowers: Prestige Floral • Catering: Davis Catering • Music: Acoustic guitar by Rick Lacoboni, during ceremony • Accommodations: The Tudor Arms • Registries: Crate and Barrel; Macy’s; Pennello Gallery

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• Honeymoon: Shaina and David went to Toronto for a “mini-honeymoon” and hope to travel to Thailand for a “big honeymoon” in the next few years

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Bachelorette bonding


ar-hopping bachelorette parties in Cleveland’s popular entertainment districts are regular occurrences, but more creative and unique options exist for area brides-to-be, and they’re increasingly centered on bonding with friends By Michael C. Butz

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Bachelorettes who wish to celebrate their approaching wedding day with an indulgent spa experience among friends need look no further than Spa Walden in Aurora. “Within the past year-and-a-half, we’ve seen a huge push towards brides wanting to do more connecting-style bachelorette parties rather than go to a bar,” says spa director Jenessee Taylor. “We’re seeing people connecting more and bringing it to the spa and doing a weekend getaway.” Spa Walden, which puts a premium on privacy, time and customizing each guest’s experience, offers nine private single-use spa suites and three private group spa suites. Whatever the arrangement, bachelorettes are afforded the opportunity to socialize and celebrate together. “They can do Champagne or chocolate-covered strawberries, so it becomes a more lively spa-party atmosphere instead of a be-quiet-while-you’re-in-the-hallway environment,” Taylor says. One of Spa Walden’s most decadent offerings is called the Bride’s Day Leading Up To The Big Day, a six-hour package that includes two 90-minute services and two 60-minute services (plus two 30-minute prep times at the beginning and end) as well as lunch for the bride. Some bachelorette parties make a night of it by booking accommodations at the connected 23-room Inn Walden while others arrange for limo or party bus services to take them from the spa to their evening’s next location. Other Walden amenities include yoga and even horseback riding. Whatever the bachelorette’s preference, Taylor recommends booking at least a month in advance for weekend reservations. More info at yourwalden.com/spa-walden

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Away from the hustle and bustle of urban and suburban life lies Ohio wine country, which offers bachelorette parties a fun and relaxing escape. Donniella Winchell, Ohio Wine Producers Association executive director, says the Winery at Spring Hill in Geneva, the Old Firehouse Winery and The Lakehouse Inn & Winery, both in Geneva-on-the-Lake, often play host to bachelorette parties. The latter two also offer amazing views. “Watching that sunset with a glass of wine in hand and talking to good friends is always an amazing evening,” Winchell says. “I think a lot of folks are looking for more than just food and alcohol, and this is an experiential opportunity.” In addition to tastings and pairings scheduled throughout the summer, wineries offer the most authentic and distinctive way to experience wine, Winchell says. “Bachelorette parties look for a fun experience, which certainly exists, but it’s also an opportunity to show off to their guests – many of whom may be from out of town – one of the most appealing attributes of northern Ohio,” she says. Wineries don’t generally take reservations, Winchell says, but a bachelorette party can usually call ahead and let a winery know it’s coming so staff can be prepared to accommodate during busy summer weekends. Winchell strongly suggests drinking responsibly – and arranging transportation services well in advance. Limo and party bus services in wine country quickly book up in the summer. Also, from lodges to cottages and bed and breakfasts, many overnight options exist. More info at ohiowines.org

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t Maxi’s in Little Italy Maxi’s in Little Italy is a two-story restaurant with two rooms available for rehearsal dinners accommodating up to 50 people. Its atmosphere is casual, its cuisine modern Italian. While one room is primarily used for rehearsal dinners or other special events, the main part of the restaurant can also be reserved for such dinners. The ambience is casual and familystyle, and menus can be customized to the patron’s likings. The main rehearsal dinner room, in Maxi’s Bistro on the second floor, is cozy and comfortable and comes with a service bar. There have been times Maxi’s has been booked for rehearsal dinners a year in advance. There have been times it’s been booked three months in advance. Best to call and see what dates are available. PHOTO / Maxi’s in Little Italy

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t Chez Francois At Chez Francois, a high-style restaurant on the Vermilion River some 40 miles west of Cleveland, ambience, cuisine and service rule. Hot spots for rehearsal dinners at the Vermilion landmark are the Parisian Room, which offers complete privacy and accommodates up to 40. The main dining room suits 50 to 75 but is semiprivate. The average rehearsal dinner at Chez Francois accommodates 20 to 30 people. The rehearsal dinner menu is derived from the restaurant’s menu. To book a wedding rehearsal dinner, sooner rather than later is sage advice. Chef John D’Amico and Matthew Mars have owned Chez Francois since 1987. Both are hands-on: D’Amico cooks every night and Mars is the maître d’ and sommelier. Both grew up on the West Side of Cleveland. PHOTO / Chez Francois

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The Greenhouse Tavern, Chef Jonathon Sawyer’s signature location, offers a variety of spaces for rehearsal dinners and uses local produce, protein and grain in its “Rust Belt” menu offerings. Think PHOTO / The Greenhouse Tavern organic. Think relaxed and sophisticated. There’s the restaurant, its atmosphere rustic and accommodations suitable for up to 15, and there’s the rooftop, which seats up to 100 and offers views of the Terminal Tower and the bustling cityscape of East Fourth Street in downtown Cleveland. The Greenhouse Tavern’s front and rear mezzanine areas can each host about 30. For true insiders –groups no larger than 20, please – there’s the Chef’s Table, inside The Greenhouse Tavern’s kitchen.

Nighttown offers three separate areas for rehearsal dinners: Stephens Green, the original patio, for up to 100; the Secret Garden for up to 70; and the Music Room, where Nighttown stages its jazz concerts, for up to 150. The average rehearsal dinner size is closer to 60. Nighttown hosted 30 such dinners in 2013, already has many booked for 2014 and even some for 2015 – so reserve a table early. Nighttown PHOTO / Nighttown has dedicated one of its two kitchens to wedding parties and rehearsal dinners, so quality and timeliness are not issues. The ambience varies by the space – think cozy, modern ski lodge for one of the two weatherproofed, heated patios, think a dash of vaudeville for the Music Room – and owner Brendan Ring drives his 1978 London taxi “limo” to pick up the happy couple from the synagogue. jsw

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Fashion 24 Cap sleeves, art deco beading and peplum are among 2014’s runway looks for wedding dresses

32 Pastels, lace, and bright and bold colors are defining bridesmaids dresses

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Art Deco Beading This look was made popular through Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 film adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.” Beading with vertical lining will not only look opulent but will elongate your body. To make the look modern, pair the gown with little or no jewelry and a simple veil.

CLOCKWISE Column sequin dress by Rosa Clara Illusion cap sleeve embellished gown by Lela Rose from Something White Slip gown with beading by Rosa Clara Art deco gown by Kenneth Pool Dress by Lucio Vanni Couture Photo/ Petrica Porfireanu, hair by ‘Do Blow Dry Bar, and makeup by Raw Glam Squad

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CLOCKWISE Gown by Amy Kuschel from Something White Gown by Angel Sanchez Lace gown by Jenny Yoo Empire waist gown by Christo’s Mermaid gown with cap sleeve by Legends by Romona Keveza

Cap Sleeve Cap sleeves are perfect for brides opposed to strapless silhouettes but still want to show off their arms. Popular cap sleeves include those embellished with beads and those that look like an accessory to your dress. Cap sleeves also are great for framing your figure.


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CLOCKWISE Peplum gown by Christo’s Silk taffeta peplum gown by Amsale Peplum gown by The Steven Birnbaum Collection from Something White Gown with floral peplum and cap sleeve by Angel Sanchez Gown with cap sleeves and peplum by Lela Rose from Something White


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Short Short dresses are great for outdoor ceremonies or for those who put a premium on comfort during the reception. They also allow you to more easily dance the night away. Another plus: You’re more likely to wear it more than once.

FROM LEFT One shoulder taffeta dress by Amsale Three-quarter length embroidered dress by Jenny Yoo Lace dress by Amsale Cap sleeve lace dress by Jenny Yoo

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bridesmaid dresses CLOCKWISE Spice color dress by Amsale

Raspberry sweetheart gown by Monique Lhullier from Bella Bridesmaids

Teal and azalea dresses by Amsale

Bold and Bright Bold and bright colors are for the modern bride who wants her bridal party to stand out in a crowd. Like pastels, bold colors work well year-round. Pair the gowns with a neutral bouquet so your bridesmaids stand out in pictures.

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FROM LEFT Cap sleeve dress by Dessy Group from Something White Blush gown by Lela Rose from Bella Bridesmaids Navy lace gown by Amsale Short blush lace dress by Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids One-shoulder lilac dress by Monique Llhullier from Bella Bridesmaids


The lace trend has made its way from bridal to bridesmaid gowns for 2014. Most colors – from bold to pastel – look chic in lace. Choose long lace for a formal, black-tie soirée or extra-feminine short lace dresses for a summer garden wedding.

FROM LEFT One-shoulder dress by Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids Light yellow, periwinkle and light blue gowns by Amsale


Soft, romantic colors are elegant and can be worn year-round. For a unique spin, mix and match pastel shades. To keep the look uniform, have one of each pastel shade present in your bridesmaids’ bouquets.


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A beautiful and stylish pair of shoes really brings together a bride’s wedding day attire. From glamorous to colorful, these brides found just the right pair for their big day.

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Erin Vinocur White & Andrew White City: Columbus Wedding Date: May 26, 2013 Venue: The Silver Grille in Cleveland Officiant: Rabbi Joshua Hoffer Skoff of Park Synagogue

Rachel & Joseph Damanti City: New York City Wedding Date: June 15, 2013 Venue: Beechmont Country Club in Orange Officiant: Rabbi Susan Stone Shoes: Miu Miu

Julia & Doug Radefeld City: Peninsula Wedding Date: Sept. 1, 2013 Venue: Akron Art Museum Officiant: Rabbi Robert Feinberg of Temple Israel in Akron Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Brittany Roth & Josh Neidus City: Beachwood Wedding Date: Sept. 2, 2012 Venue: The Country Club in Pepper Pike Officiant: Rabbi Joshua Hoffer Skoff of Park Synagogue Shoes: rsvp

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hether a bride’s style is simple or extravagant, adding accessories is the best way to personalize an ensemble. Accessories adorned with faux floral petals created by pearls and crystals add a luxurious flare to a simple wedding gown without looking juvenile or overly bohemian. This trend is perfect for brides planning a spring or summer wedding.

FLOWER POWER (Clockwise) Untamed Petals headpiece from Something White Floral Frock belt by Heidi Elnora from Something White PHOTO / Lauren Gabrielle Photography Tiffany diamond corsage rings and bangle by Tiffany & Co.

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• Event coordinator: Melanie O’Donnell from The Club at Hillbrook • Photographer: New Image Photography • Officiant: Rabbi Hal RudinLuria from B’nai Jeshurun Congregation • Gown: Birnbaum & Bullock from Brides by the Falls in Chagrin Falls • Hair: Jason from Jason’s on the River in Chagrin Falls • Makeup: Noellie at Saks Fifth Avenue • Veil: Brides by the Falls • Shoes: Badgley Mischka • Wedding rings: Rivchun Jewelers • Jewelry: Pearl earrings (handed down to Jennifer from her mom, Aliza) and engagement ring (custom-designed by Rivchun Jewelers) • Groom’s formalwear: Customdesigned suit by Coppley from Ticknors Men’s Clothier • Invitations/Other stationery: Personally inspired and handcrafted by a few very talented, close friends • Bouquet/Flowers: Arne Klein from Plantscaping and Blooms • Rentals: L’Nique • Catering: The Club at Hillbrook; kosher meals by Bonnie Davis Catering • Music: Debbie Beck, harpist (ceremony, cocktail hour); Mary Beth Ions, amethyst strings (reception) • Cake: Bonnie Davis Catering


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Lovers Elaborate public proposals – including one from a Cleveland Heights couple – are hits on YouTube By Carlo Wolff

Watch Aaron surprise Alli with his proposal at jstylemagazine.com PHOTO / Alli Ruff

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hat giant cup on an end table in the living room of the Cleveland Heights house Aaron and Alli Ruff rent is far more than a novelty. That cup holds giant memories.At one critical point in the couple’s brief life together, that cup held two gallons of coffee, a special French press blend concocted by Antoine Franklin, the Phoenix Coffee Company barista who effectively acted as best man. PHOTO / Michael C. Butz

Not best man at Aaron and Alli’s wedding. Best man at Aaron’s proposal. It took place just after the morning rush at the old Phoenix location on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights. That cup carried a special message: Aaron wants to spend his life with Alli. “Marry me?” said the cup. In liquid script. Was Alli shocked by the form of Aaron’s proposal? “I think I was,” she says. “Aaron’s not really a biggesture kind of guy. He’s kind of low-key. We’re not really, like, we want to be the center of attention.” They certainly were that Saturday. And they enjoyed it – as the YouTube video that captured the moment suggests. Once she got over her shock, Alli also loved how Aaron proposed. Aaron smiles a lot. Alli hugs a lot. There were lots of witnesses. They’re smiling, too. “Random people – total strangers – were taking our pictures,” Alli says. “I get really nervous. So I was super-nervous. I mean, I was excited. It was a mix of superexcited and super-nervous. You can see in the video that I’m super-nervous.” In a recent interview at the Phoenix (it’s still on Coventry, now a few blocks farther north), Aaron and Alli – who took winding roads to get to the Phoenix table at which they effectively launched their life together – seemed to speak as one as they told their whirlwind love story.


Aaron is from Milwaukee. Alli is from Boca Raton, Fla. They met through JDate in 2011, when both were new to Cleveland. Aaron works in internal audit and accounting for Eaton Corp. Alli is a resident in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. Both moved here at the end of May 2011, in the same week, Alli thinks. In late 2011, they had their first date, at the Fairmount Martini & Wine Bar in Cleveland Heights. Alli was rushed and tired

The cup that launched the marriage of Aaron and Alli Ruff benefited from an expert pour from Nathan Lilly, led to a marital outing for the happy couple on East Fourth Street and to casual reminiscences at a newer Phoenix long after the joyous fact.

PHOTO / Alli Ruff

that evening due to work, but Aaron was persistent, so they met – OK, an hour later than originally planned – and hit it off well enough to schedule a follow-up date just two days later. That’s when they rendezvoused at a very busy Great Lakes Brewing Company in Ohio City, the day the annual Great Lakes Christmas Ale was first tapped. At the time, Aaron was renting an apartment on West Sixth Street in Cleveland,

Alli a place on Coventry near Euclid Heights Boulevard. Aaron soon joined in with Alli’s habit of frequenting the Phoenix for a morning cup of Joe, then adjourning to the nearby Inn on Coventry for pancakes. As for the giant cup used during the proposal, Aaron credits his mother. She told him she’d seen an outsized cup in Milwaukee, so Aaron, intrigued, approached the Phoenix, eventually connecting with Antoine, a

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barista whose latte artwork has starred in national coffee contests. Antoine says he had some difficulty preparing the custom brew, especially with the crema, the frothy topping bearing the indelible words, “Marry me?” But he

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The cup size is normal here, but Antoine, the barista whose crema spelled out Aaron’s momentous and singular proposal, proves he hasn’t lost his touch several months after the happy couple danced the wedding night away. PHOTO / Michael C. Butz

persevered, and the crema held. “This is easy for him,” Aaron says, suggesting Antoine protests too much. “This is the most important day of someone’s life,” Antoine counters. Both sets of parents were hiding in the Phoenix kitchen, adding pressure to the situation, Alli says jokingly. Alli actually thought Aaron might propose the night before. At a party at work, a pocket call from her mother in which she heard Aaron’s voice blindsided her. Her mother had inadvertently dialed Alli’s cell phone, prompting Alli to listen to a conversation between her mother and Aaron that she wasn’t supposed to hear. She shared, too. “I quickly hung up and everybody at the Clinic listened to (the voicemail) and that’s when they said, ‘You need to go home right now,’” she recalls. Alli still has

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her mom’s voicemail on her phone. She went right home, but the proposal was not to pass that jumpy Friday night, so a disappointed Alli and a wound-up Aaron spent the evening watching “A Christmas Story.” The following morning, Alli was tired and cranky, resisting Aaron when he said they had to go to the Phoenix. “We gotta, we gotta go,” he told her. It was a sign, though she couldn’t put all of it together quite yet. At 9 the morning of Dec. 15, 2012, with Alli still a “little suspicious,” Aaron popped the question. Rather, the request was delivered in a steaming, oversized cup. And just before, there were other signs: Aaron dumped a bunch of change into a parking meter even though the first 30 minutes are free. And he barely touched the sprinkled doughnut he ordered. “As soon as I saw the

PHOTO / Imagine It Photography

cup coming out,” Alli says, “she was in shock,” Aaron concludes. Aaron, however, had control of the situation. As soon as the giant cup of coffee was delivered, he dropped to one knee, telling Alli a hug wasn’t enough; she also had to stand up. “He said, ‘you’re supposed to stand up,’” she recalls, smiling.

Allison LaBoon and Aaron Ruff got married on Aug. 11, 2013 at The Club at Key Center in Cleveland’s Public Square. Rabbi Joseph Caruso of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood, which they attend, officiated. The Ruffs are looking for a house to buy on Cleveland’s East Side. Probably near a Phoenix. jsw






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A Thing of

A bride is gazed at for the entirety of her wedding day – and she should leave a lasting impression By Gina Lloyd

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Lipstick: Rouge lips are classic and elegant, and will make teeth look extra white in photographs. Berry tones are especially popular for 2014. Eyeliner: With soft and precise tips, precision marker eyeliners are designed to create a thin or thick dramatic line. Bronzer Duo: For a dewy glow, use a multipurpose crème-to-powder duo featuring a bronzer paired with a blush or highlighter. The bronze shade provides a natural glow, subtly defining and contouring the face. Mink Eyelashes: Brides not born with long eyelashes can try mink eyelashes, which come in a variety of lengths and styles and are a more affordable alternative to eyelash extensions.

Powder: Use a powderhighlighter to illuminate your complexion throughout the evening. Perfume: Finish off that elegant look with a spritz of Passerelle by Tommi Sooni. The scent is a warm, honey floral from Australia. The bottle itself is a glamorous keepsake. Embellished Hair Comb: Once the wedding veil is off, add an embellished comb for a touch of glamour at the reception. jsw



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Inner Beauty A bride can look and feel her best by paying attention to what she puts into her body – and onto her skin – in the days and weeks leading up to her wedding By Kristen Mott

Issue: Body Weight

All brides want to maintain a healthy appearance and body weight for their wedding. Registered dietitian and nutritionist Jane Korsberg in Beachwood recommends a wellbalanced diet filled with fruits, vegetable and whole grains. “To have outer beauty you need to start from within and treat it well enough from within through healthy choices and good nutrition,” Korsberg says. “When you fill your body up with junk, your body seems to reflect that also in your outer appearance.” She suggests brides stay away from highly processed foods, sugar-laden beverages or overly caffeinated drinks, and to drink plenty of water. It’s also important for brides to remember to eat amid all the excitement during the days leading up to the wedding. “A lot of brides get so nervous they just forget to eat,” Korsberg says. “Even at rehearsal dinners they’re too excited to eat. But it’s important to continue to maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet.”

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Issue: Acne

A flare-up of acne is one of the last things a bride wants to experience on her wedding day. To prevent breakouts, Dr. Faith Durden cautions against consuming excessive amounts of dairy products. “There’s a good amount of data that shows there may be an increased risk of fair to moderate flare-ups of acne when consuming large amounts of dairy,” says Durden, a dermatologist at Western Reserve Dermatology in Beachwood. Dr. Lisa Meek, an aesthetic/medical skin care and laser specialist at the Parker Skin and Aesthetic Clinic in Beachwood, advises brides to stay away from bad carbohydrates, including sugars, refined grains and high fructose corn syrup, which can wreak havoc on skin. Instead, opt for antioxidant-rich foods such as almonds or blueberries. Brides also should drink plenty of water to flush their overall body system of toxins.

Issue: Thin Hair

Korsberg says hair issues, such as dry or thin hair, are often genetically related, but can sometimes be nutrition-related. Brides with thin hair may be deficient in certain proteins or vitamins B and D. Brides who go on strict fat-free diets also can end up with very dry or brittle hair. “Stay away from any kind of extreme dieting that could affect your hair,” Korsberg recommends. Meek says brides with thin hair can try increasing their intake of omega-3 fatty acids, found in flaxseed oil or fish oil, which can improve the appearance of hair.

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Issue: Sunburn

Brides planning a summer wedding must take extra caution to protect their skin against sun damage and sunburn. For brides who apply sunscreen but still end up with red skin before the big day, Durden suggests using milk. “Milk baths or milk compresses can be helpful in soothing the skin and can be used multiple times a day as needed,” Durden says. She recommends using a bland moisturizer, like Cetaphil or Aquaphor, after each treatment.

Issue: Brittle Nails

Nails that easily chip or break are often subjected to harsh environments. Korsberg notes that extreme temperatures and washing hands too often can result in weak nails. She recommends keeping hands moisturized and to moisturize from within by drinking adequate amounts of water. Meek adds that taking biotin supplements can be incredibly helpful for improving the quality of nails.

Issue: Oily Skin

Although oily skin is often linked to elevated androgen levels, which can be caused by stress, Durden says cornstarch can help act as an oil absorber. Several skin care products available at drugstores use cornstarch as an ingredient to combat oily skin. Durden recommends Cetaphil’s oil control foam wash and moisturizer to keep skin shine-free.

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Issue: Low Energy

For brides who want to boost their energy levels without drinking coffee or energy drinks, Meek recommends green and white teas. “I’m a big believer in green teas,” she says. “They’re filled with amazing antioxidants and can also help the skin.” She advises brides to stay away from pure fruit juices, which can pack on a lot of calories and sugar, and lean more toward vegetables and vegetable juices. jsw



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Spotlight Lindsey Ross Sinclair & Jared Sinclair Cleveland, OHio June 29, 2013 Ages: Both 29 City: New York City Synagogue membership: Temple Shirat Shalom in Allentown, Pa. Engagement date: Jan. 28, 2012 Wedding colors: White and silver with touches of purple


very moment was something I’m always going to remember, but the most memorable was standing under the chupah with my husband and our family and friends surrounding us.” – Lindsey 52 Jstyle Weddings 2014


Invitation List • Ceremony site: The Ambassador Room at Renaissance Cleveland Hotel • Reception site: The Grand Ball Room at Renaissance Cleveland Hotel • Photographer: Genevieve Nisly Photography • Videographer: 2nd Mile Productions • Consultant: Michael Lau and Elisa Burnett at Renaissance Cleveland Hotel • Officiant: Cantor Ellen Sussman from Temple Shirat Shalom • Gown: Martina Liana Wedding Gown and veil from Bridal Reflections in New York City • Hair: Diana Gibbons from Oscar Giovanni Salon PHOTOS / Genevieve Nisly Photography

• Makeup: Looks by Lorna • Shoes: Jimmy Choo • Jewelry: Cara Couture • Groom’s formal wear: Kilgore Trout • Groomsmen: Each groomsman wore his own black tux. Purple bow ties and socks were a gift from the groom. • Invitations: Invitations and calligraphy by Sally Bram; Invitations chosen were from C’est Papier • Handheld programs, welcome bags, seating cards, menu cards and other stationery: Party411 • Bouquet/Flowers: Pieter Bouterse Studio • Rentals: Be Seated for lounge seating; Lasting Impressions for chair and table rentals • Catering: Renaissance Cleveland Hotel; Challahs by Attias Family Baking Company • Music: Pre-ceremony guitar by Daniel Bankhurst; Appassionata strings for ceremony by Jerry Bruno Productions; Cityscape (band) with orchestra via Three Rivers Entertainment & Production Band for reception; after-hours party by Rock the House Entertainment • Cake: Corbo’s Bakery • Accommodations: Renaissance Cleveland Hotel • Registries: Robert & Gabriel Jewelers, Bloomingdale’s • Honeymoon: French Polynesia (Tahiti, Mo’orea, Bora Bora)


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Landerhaven bride planning a summer wedding can imagine herself drifting out onto one of Landerhaven’s private patios to gaze at the beautiful gardens, filled with bright flowers and a bubbling waterfall. Brides who are instead dreaming of a winter wedding can envision themselves gliding down a floating staircase into the Grand Ballroom to discover a shimmering winter wonderland. At Executive Caterers at Landerhaven, any season is the perfect time to get married. Landerhaven’s skilled team works with each couple to create the ideal wedding ceremony and reception. Seasonal packages offered throughout the year allow brides to select the appropriate food, linens, lighting and flowers with unique choices any time of the year. A professional landscaping crew ensures that the exquisite Gardens at Landerhaven also reflect the changing seasons and complimentary valet service assures each guest a memorable convenient experience. “The Gardens at Landerhaven are choreographed seasonally to punctuate the beauty of the season. That’s an

absolute and that’s deliberate because every season is the best time to get married at Landerhaven,” says Christine Krause, the Director of Marketing/ Advertising and Digital Development. Décor, cuisine and entertainment are often the most important aspects of a wedding, and Landerhaven makes wedding planning effortless by offering a one-stop shop for all services. Landerhaven houses an extensive Design and Décor Department complete with thousands of linens, dramatic lighting options and custom floral services, knowledgeable wedding consultants, a gracious staff and outstanding culinary sources, including an in-house bakery and a comprehensive kosher and ethnic catering services. “Landerhaven was built for The Landerhaven Bride. It has all the amenities to assist in the perfect day,” says founder Harlan Diamond. Six unique rooms, many of which feature floor to ceiling windows that overlook the lavish gardens, offer a variety of styles and sizes for any couple. The rooms were designed strategically with neutral colors so a bride can create her own identity for her wedding and reception. “Landerhaven is the setting and the bride is the

jewel,” says Executive Chef John Taylor. Each couple is assigned a Landerhaven wedding consultant that works alongside Michael Ferrara, the head of the Floral and Design department, to bring their vision to life. Personal touches are added to every element of the wedding and reception. Just as the décor changes based on the season, so too does the food at Landerhaven. Hors d’oeuvres and entrees evolve as the harvests change. Chef Taylor chooses local produce to reflect the season, using berries and fruits during the spring and earthy items, such as mushrooms and thyme, during the winter. No two weddings at Landerhaven are alike. With an array of design and menu options as well as a team of experts to attend to every detail, Landerhaven truly is a place where a bride’s dream wedding comes to life.

Food 56 From Mad Men-inspired designs to dramatic black-and-white looks, cakes take center stage

58 Leave an impression on guests by crafting a

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Cake by White Flower Cake Shoppe PHOTO / LCD Photography and Videography


60 Interesting and approachable offerings will

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Captivating Cakes By Madeleine Winer Elegant Vintage Mad Men-inspired colors and designs characterize these flashback-to-thepast wedding cakes. Dark pinks, rustic gold, jewel tones and pastels are mixed with intricate piping to channel the elegance of this era. Marianne Carroll, owner of White Flower Cake Shoppe in Beachwood, says sophisticated design elements like bows and ruffled textures define this type of wedding cake.

In addition to the dress, flowers and décor, the wedding cake takes center stage on the big day. Northeast Ohio cake designers abound with creativity to personalize brides’ wedding cakes. See how their artistry – mixed with a couple’s inspiration and instructions – turned these wedding cakes into showstoppers.

Cakes with rich colors and intricate piping are perched upon a gold, chandelier-like podium to harken back to an era of class, elegance and luxury.

Funky Patterns

added textures and stenciling make a cake’s design powerful and classy. Many brides add an accent color for emphasis. A black-and-white wedding cake allows more traditional brides to personalize their cakes with different designs.

Executive Caterers at Landerhaven created this blackand-white beauty and added black-on-white stenciling and quilting. A blue accent color was added for a modern spin on this classic combination.

Rustic Natural, simplistic beauty captures a wedding’s surroundings on that special day. Landerhaven’s Taylor says couples have pulled in more earthy elements like leaves, branches and budding flowers that bakers create or use naturally. Earth tones can add a serene and majestic feel to a smooth geometric design.

From chevron to Asian-inspired, patterns help to make any wedding cake pop with a 3-D element. Anna Weisend, owner of The Grand Finale in Brunswick, says the brides she serves have strayed Executive Caterers at away from traditional white and opted Landerhaven added branches for bold colors and intricate patterns and flowers to this cake for a that incorporate other elements of their no-frills, rustic feel. Take this idea wedding, from invitations to decorations. further by adding nature’s other plants,

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This cake from Grand Finale was inspired by a bride’s invitations in which she used quilling, the art of using rolled strips of paper to make decorative designs. Mosaic and stained glass details add color and texture to personalize any wedding cake. Weisend says she created this cake for an upscale garden wedding, modeling the top of the cake after a flowerpot.

Black and White

PHOTO / The Grande Finale

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For a more dramatic look, nix the color and stick to classic black and white. John Taylor, executive chef at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights, says black-and-white cakes with

textures and patterns.

Flower Power Real or fake, flowers take the cake. Stick your favorite flowers on the top or sides of the cake for a fresh and elegant look. White Flower Cake Shoppe’s Carroll says garnishing wedding cakes with fresh flowers is a great way to add a girly and personal touch for any bride. Bakeries and brides work with florists to match the colors and sizes of flowers to the design of the cake. jsw

Flowers add dimensionality to simple cakes with piping while incorporating other wedding elements.


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PHOTO / The Grande Finale

PHOTO / Genevieve Nisly Photography

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ersatility and “mixability” are critical when it comes to making drinks for weddings. That’s why veteran bartender Tommy Mullady says Champagne and ginger beer fill most every wedding drink bill.

Champagne, to underline the obvious, is the Champagne of wedding drinks. It’s not only the traditional toast (especially in the summer) and the icing on the cake, it’s the not-so-secret sauce behind all manner of drinks designed to make a joyous occasion even more joyous, suggests Mullady, a bartender at the BottleHouse Brewery, a small-batch brewery in Cleveland Heights that also sports a select, sophisticated bar. Used to be wedding planners would order by volume, their purpose to offer as many choices as guests might make. Buy a few brands of vodka, some different bottles of whiskey, some gin, some scotch. Based on the premise that the après-wedding party should offer something for everyone, that made for expensive drink purchases. Nowadays, says Mullady, the scope is narrower, the aim more direct. The design of the drink is more important than the range available. So be sure to have a lot of Champagne on hand. Ginger beer, too (we’ll get to that later). And gin. Not

to mention vodka, still the hottest seller in the spirits world. Champagne and gin, Mullady suggests, work very well together. Take the French 75, a concoction born during the Jazz Age of the 1920s at Harry’s Bar, the Parisian boite known for Ernest Hemingway hanging out at the railing. Named after a gun the French military used in World War I, the French 75 calls for two ounces of gin, a teaspoon of superfine sugar, a halfounce of lemon juice and five ounces of dry Champagne. It goes down easy. And as the years wore on, it became demilitarized and morphed into the French 95 (same drink, only with bourbon) and the French 125 (the drink with brandy). With gin “and a couple extra little things, there you go,” says Mullady, who always has his leather valise nearby. The satchel contains books of drink recipes he’s collected over the years, including a 1949 book on how to be a perfect host, published by Esquire magazine. “The other big craze and something that’s also really

versatile is ginger beer,” Mullady says, adding he’s put together his own “sweet and spicy” version over the years. A nonalcoholic, brewed soda, ginger beer’s mixability comes through loud and clear in the Moscow Mule, a cocktail that first saw the light of day in wartime Los Angeles. Like gin, ginger beer can go with bourbon (for a Whiskey Buck) or any whiskey but scotch, says Mullady, who has been a bartender for some 30 years. “Women seem to gravitate toward drinks with ginger beer,” he notes. Another appealing wedding drink is Pimm’s Cup Cocktail, a blend of the venerable British herbal cordial Pimm’s No. 1 and ginger beer, garnished with a cucumber circle or long wedge. “That would definitely be for a summer wedding,” Mullady says. “I try to offer them some versatility from single products so that they can spend – but not spend so much – and get a lot of quality for what they spend,” Mullady says about helping people choose drinks to serve at their wedding. jsw

Signature drinks Well-crafted cocktails provide more interesting choices than standard reception bars Story by Carlo Wolff | Photography by Michael C. Butz

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Tommy Mullady, a BottleHouse bartender of singularly steady hand, builds a French 75.



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Traditional Delight reception guests with interesting (and appetizing) hors d’oeuvres By Kristen Mott


ith so many guests attending a wedding reception, it can be a challenge to select hors d’oeuvres that appeal to everyone’s tastes. John Taylor, the executive chef at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights, says the key to satisfying guests while still keeping appetizers interesting is to add creative, subtle twists to traditional items. “Taking familiar items that are approachable but adding a twist will make them exciting and attractive to guests,” Taylor says. Taylor says guests gravitate toward hors d’oeuvres that are seasonal, green and local. Guests also prefer items that are colorful and recognizable. For fall weddings, Taylor suggests doing a twist on bruschetta, a popular Italian appetizer. Instead of topping the pieces of grilled bread

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with garlic and tomato, Taylor recommends using diced butternut squash and goat cheese. “It’ll capture their attention and they’ll try something new because it’s approachable,” he says. Taylor also puts a creative spin on crudité, an hors d’oeuvre that typically consists of raw or slightly blanched vegetables served alongside a dipping sauce. Rather than displaying the vegetables on a serving tray next to a bowl of dip, Taylor hollows out individual baguettes, fills them with dip and tops them with carrots or red peppers, which makes the item more personal for guests. Hors d’oeuvres are usually served on tables or on large platters carried by

servers, but Taylor suggests thinking outside the box when it comes to displaying appetizers. For a twist on grilled cheese and tomato soup, Taylor will place the soup in a shot glass and place the grilled cheese, which he cuts into small triangles, on top of the glass. Taylor says this way guests can eat the bite of grilled cheese, then wash it down with the tomato soup. While some appetizers seem extravagant, couples on a budget can still take advantage of creative appetizers. Taylor recommends serving vegetable items or pastas, which are more affordable than meat or seafood. One of his affordable appetizer ideas includes placing Asian noodles in small oriental

Interesting approaches and unique serving styles will freshen up the hors d’oeuvre offerings at any wedding reception. PHOTOS / Amanda Lu

boxes and serving them inside decorative bamboo boats. “You don’t have to serve things that are short ribs or meat items or seafood, which tend to be more expensive,” Taylor says. “You can do the recognizable and the approachable and the lowercosting items, but add a twist so it catches the person’s eye and makes them want to have that hors d’oeuvre.” jsw


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Spotlight AMANDA & JOSHUA GOLDBERG CLEVELAND, OHIO SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 Ages: 27 and 26 City: Toledo Synagogue membership: Amanda grew up going to Congregation Bethaynu in Pepper Pike; Josh belonged to B’nai Israel in Toledo Engagement date: Aug. 16, 2012 Wedding colors: Poppy red, pinks and oranges


osh and I met at camp, so being outdoors and in nature, we really wanted to bring that into the space. With the chupah and centerpieces, the idea was to bring a lot of natural elements indoors.” – Amanda

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INVITATION LIST • Ceremony/Reception site: The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland • Photographer: Making the Moment Photography • Consultant: Emily Ebersbacher from The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland • Officiant: Cantor Kathy Sebo from The Temple-Tifereth Israel • Gown: Brides by Demetrios • Bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew Bridal • Hair: Kellee St. John from 10 West Salon in Chagrin Falls and Haley Lloyd • Makeup: Haley Lloyd • Veil: Nina at Nordstrom • Shoes: Badgley Mischka • Wedding rings: Rosenblum Jewelers • Jewelry: Amanda wore jewelry given to her by her mother and mother-in-law • Groom’s/Groomsmen’s formalwear: Suit by Indochino. com; ties by Ticknors Men’s Clothier • Invitations: Carlson Craft • Other stationery: Menu and place cards made by Amanda • Bouquet/Flowers: Pieter Bouterse Studio • Catering: The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland • Music: The Avenue (band) via Jerry Bruno Productions • Cake: Cakes by Wanda; custom cake toppers by Gianni Toso • Accommodations: The RitzCarlton, Cleveland; Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center; Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown • Registries: Williams-Sonoma; Crate & Barrel; Bed, Bath & Beyond; Sur La Table; The Paula Brown Shop

PHOTOS / Making the Moment Photography


• Honeymoon: The couple did a “spa-cation” after the wedding at Spa Walden in Aurora and plans to do a honeymoon in August 2014

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akewood residents Mike and Jen Shafarenko knew they wanted their ceremony and reception to showcase Cleveland when they began planning their Aug. 31, 2013 wedding.

“We wanted to have it in a space that really told the history of Cleveland but also projected its future,” Mike says. “That’s sort of representative of a wedding. You have somewhat of a history together, but are really getting married to have a future together.” After visiting different spots in downtown Cleveland, the couple chose the 5th Street Arcades for both their ceremony and reception. Mike and Jen wanted to highlight the architecture of the arcade – a Cleveland landmark more than 100 years old – while adding unique décor elements to reflect their personalities. Transforming a highly recognizable venue into a unique reception space is no easy task, so the couple recruited the help of Danielle DeBoe Harper, owner of DeBoe Studio, a décor and planning company in Cleveland that specializes in weddings and events. After scouring the Internet and the Cleveland Public Library

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for historical photos as well as creating a scrapbook of inspirations on Pinterest, Mike and Jen went to Harper with a design concept in mind. Harper says she helped the couple evolve their concept by adding “a little more punch of color and a little more whimsy.” “We walked through the venue to find ways to not impinge on the architectural significance of the venue, because there was so much virtue in it already. Instead, we wanted to bring it alive and give it a more festive sort of feel,” Harper says. Jen and Mike, 34 and 30 years old, respectively, took a novel approach to refreshing the venue, decorating the space with large-scale balloons and streamers in bright blues, yellows and pinks. Colorful parasols were hung upside down from the ceiling to surprise guests entering the reception space. Vintage props and furniture completed the design. “One of the most important aspects for them was the

One couple took a recognizable space and transformed it into a unique wedding venue – and you can do the same By Kristen Mott

guest experience,” Harper says. “They wanted their guests to have a fun time. They wanted this wedding to be something that was memorable, not just for them, but for their guests.” To reflect Mike’s roots, and add to the festive feel of the reception, Mike and his guests performed the Hora, a group dance that’s common at Jewish weddings. “While the majority of our wedding did not subscribe to many traditional elements, the Hora was one we wanted to incorporate because it’s so much fun, inclusive and joyous,” Mike says. “It brought all the attendees of the wedding together on the dance floor to celebrate ‘us’ and, from my standpoint, felt like a fast-moving group hug.” Mike says the key to successfully transforming a space like the 5th Street Arcades is to keep the design authentic. “If you really want to make it authentic, and authentic to you as well, then you have to do the research across the board,” he says. “Think about what currently inspires you, like fashion trends or styles, but also be mindful of the aesthetic of what the venue

was like in the past as well.” Harper says she often tells couples to begin the planning process by narrowing down design possibilities. “We always say work big to small. Nailing down the venue first is essential. Then find out whatever décor restrictions exist at the venue, because every venue has some,” she says. Mike says choosing a Cleveland landmark was a natural fit since he and Jen are invested in the city. By adding personal touches, they transformed the space to reflect their styles. “We love it here and we just wanted to really show all of our guests that we are a part of Cleveland and Cleveland is a part of us,” he says. jsw



PHOTOS / Making the Moment Photography


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Details 68 Radiant Orchid, Coral and Vibrant Yellow

are three of 2014’s hottest hues

72 Mixing neutrals with blush tones and using

textures are among the top bouquet trends

74 Typography and font choice can make or break invitations and save-the-dates

76 Bright colors and twists on the conventional

are defining ring trends

Bouquet by Pieter Bouterse Studio PHOTO / Genevieve Nisly Photography


78 Establish ambience with compelling and creative lighting displays

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Color Me Choosing a color palette can be one of the most exciting – yet challenging – parts of wedding planning. Greater Cleveland is home to plenty of designers ready to help brides-to-be through the process of picking the most eye-catching combination of hues for the big day.

pretty Clockwise, from left: Gown by Amsale; cake courtesy of Imagen Photography; invitation by Wedding Paper Divas; bouquet by HeatherLily Inc. (image by Studio 7); necklace by Penny Preville from Alson Jewelers; centerpiece by Plantscaping, Inc.

Radiant Orchid “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.” That’s how Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, describes the Pantone Color of 2014. Pieter Bouterse, owner of Pieter Bouterse Studio in Warrensville Heights, recommends using radiant orchid as an accent. “Colors (trends) change from year to year. Emulate a classic style, and come up with an accent color to fit your wedding design.” Bouterse recommends turning to nature for complementary colors. Inside a Phalaenopsis orchid, he says, complementary shades of yellow and green can be found. Bouterse’s coordinating colors: • Deep green emeralds • Peach, champagne and white

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Coral is a universally flattering shade of pink with orange and red undertones. Even though the color is more popular during the warmer months, darker shades of coral work well for winter and fall weddings. With a shade like coral, Arne Klein, a designer with Plantscaping in Cleveland, suggests using contrasting colors in the design scheme and to steer clear from adding white. Instead, use soft grays, which make the look more elegant and relaxed. Klein’s coordinating colors: • Any shade of coral with peach • Gray • Vibrant yellow • Lime green

Clockwise, from top: Invitation from Wedding Paper Divas; centerpiece by Molly Taylor Designs, linens by L’inique, styling by With Love and Whimsy Events (image by Arielle Doneson Photography); menu by The A.L. Wain Company; dress by BCBG Max Azria from Saks Fifth Avenue, Beachwood; bouquet by Plantscaping, Inc.; save-the-date from A Charming Fete


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Vibrant Yellow Vibrant Yellow is a cheerful color capable of bringing sunshine on the gloomiest day. A bride planning a wedding with a bold color like Vibrant Yellow wants her reception and ceremony design to stand out. When choosing complementary colors, Heather Thomas, owner of HeatherLily in Cleveland, says, “It depends on the season, the style of the event and the emotion you’d like to evoke when choosing a color palette.” Thomas’ coordinating colors: • Coral, mango and papaya • Shades of purple • Neutral palettes like champagne or cream

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Heather Thomas, owner of HeatherLily Inc. in Cleveland, highlights 2014 trends:

Layers, Textures and Movement Mixing a variety of botanicals and textures is one of the biggest trends of 2014. To capture this Dutchinspired trend, mix wild and romantic flowers. This look can also be accomplished using kale, succulents, and berries with peonies, garden roses and dahlias. Left: Bouquets by HeatherLily Inc. Right: Bouquet by Molly Taylor Designs

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Radiant Orchid

For a modern look, mix the Pantone Color of the Year 2014, Radiant Orchid, with a vibrant color palette created from shades of peach, persimmon and coral with accents of soft chartreuse green. Left: Bouquet by Molly Taylor Designs Right: Arrangement by HeatherLily Inc.

Neutrals and Blush Tones

PHOTO / Arielle Doneson Photography

Create a romantic look by mixing neutral colors like cream and champagne with soft blush and peach palettes. Right: Bouquet by Molly Taylor Designs PHOTO / Limelight Photography

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edding invitations and save-the-dates aren’t what they used to be, according to two women in the know. Trendy is replacing traditional, clarity has supplanted fussiness, and typography and font choice are critical to the look and the vibe. So pay attention to detail, don’t clutter your joyous message and be bold and modern. That’s the bottom line, according to Julie Hill, a floor manager at Paper Trails, a specialty paper boutique in Rocky River, and Kellie Brubaker, owner and designer at Two Pooch Paperie in Lakewood. Here’s what Hill had to say about wedding stationery: “Wedding invitations are far different from the traditional, ivory-with-blackengraving styles that hail from decades ago,” she says. “The conventions of double envelopes and verbiage that is dictated by sometimes antiquated etiquette rules have been replaced by creative and colorful designs that are suited to the bride’s and groom’s unique styles. We see ‘trendy’ and ‘chic’ supplanting ‘classic’ and ‘traditional.’ This idea applies to typography and font as well, Hill says. “In the past, couples did not really have options in regard to ‘lettering.’ Now, with the advent of technology and graphic design, it’s easy (and fun) to select from hundreds of typestyles,” she says. “The font itself boldly conveys the tone and style of an entire event. Even the names of the fonts speak to the tone that the lettering

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conveys. A fashion-forward or progressive-minded bride is more likely to choose fonts like ‘Amelie,’ ‘Gweet’ or ‘Market Deco’ than traditional fonts like ‘Majestic’ or ‘Elegance.’ The visual product or look of a wedding invitation is just as important as the event details conveyed therein.” Brubaker, who operates Two Pooch Paperie from her home, says typography “can definitely make or break a design. Choosing the right font makes a difference and paying attention to how it works with the layout help your design tell a story. The biggest mistake I see made is trying to use too many competing fonts on one design. I’m all about simplicity and try to use no more than two fonts per design, maybe three if needed. And I can spend hours trying to find the perfect fonts to work together!” Wedding invitations can really set the tone for the big day, Brubaker says. “A beautiful script font can give the feeling of an elegant or very romantic setting whereas a classic serif font can imply a more formal event,” she says. “And then there are invites that get more creative and use more modern and/or fun fonts, which definitely start to show the personality of the

bride and groom.” Brubaker cites Two Pooch Paperie’s Cleveland Skyline Invite: “The design is simple – the beautiful Cleveland skyline – but when you start changing the fonts and colors it can go from an elegant design to a very casual, fun design and reflect the mood the bride and groom want to set for their wedding day.” jsw

Wedding invitations and save-the-dates are more flexible and fanciful than they used to be. Today’s forward-looking couples have plenty of images, typeface and font choice to choose from.

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Beyond Conventional Wedding Bands Wedding bands don’t have to stick to the traditional. Fashion-forward rings – from those with colorful gems to those with intricate details – can be unique and still perfect for everyday wear. jsw

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omance is naturally in the air on a bride’s wedding day, and from the flowers to the décor, there are several elements along the way to help heighten the mood. Perhaps an overlooked – yet important – aspect to establishing the desired ambience is lighting. Compelling lighting doesn’t only impress guests and show off a bride’s flair for the creative, it’s also functional. “Along with the décor, it’s one of the top priorities if you want to establish a theme or accent and draw focus to specific points of the reception,” says Beth Reyes,

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Spotlight Katie & Evan Schaffer Cleveland, OHio May 26, 2013 Ages: Both 30 City: New York City Engagement date: May 26, 2012 Wedding colors: Soft pinks and grays


he ketubah signing was a beautiful ceremony. It was done by Rabbi Rosie, who I’ve known my whole life, and Cantor Kathy, who’s a close friend of the Schaffer family. I felt like it was very intimate, and I loved that it was a smaller setting and performed by people who knew us really well – throughout our whole lives.” – Katie

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Spotlight Katie & Evan Schaffer Cleveland, OHio May 26, 2013 Ages: Both 30 City: New York City Engagement date: May 26, 2012 Wedding colors: Soft pinks and grays


he ketubah signing was a beautiful way to begin our wedding. It was led by Rabbi Rosie, who I’ve known my whole life, and Cantor Kathy, who’s a close friend of the Schaffer family. It was very intimate and a special moment as our parents blessed us both.

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Invitation List • Ceremony/Reception site: Cleveland Museum of Art PHOTOS / Genevieve Nisly Photography

• Photographer: Genevieve Nisly Photography • Videographer: Sebo Video Graphics • Consultant: Heidzillas • Officiant: Rabbi Rosette Barron Haim and Cantor Kathryn Wolfe Sebo of The Temple-Tifereth Israel • Gown: Cherish by Monique Lhuillier • Bridesmaid dresses: Amsale • Hair: Karrie Kuhnle • Makeup: Audra Snelson • Veil: Katie’s mother’s veil • Shoes: Jimmy Choo • Wedding rings: IMG Jewelers, Cartier and Michael C. Fina • Groom’s formalwear: Suit Supply • Groomsmen: Each wore his own tuxedo • Invitations: Bella Figura from Patra Designs • Bouquet/Flowers: Flowerville • Catering: Bon Appétit Catering • Music: Three Rivers Entertainment • Cake: Luna Bakery • Accommodations: Glidden House and Courtyard Cleveland University Circle • Registries: Bed, Bath and Beyond; Juliska • Honeymoon: Africa (Cape Town, Botswana, Victoria Falls, Johannesburg)


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Wedding day video can capture moments and emotions in ways still pictures can’t By Michael C. Butz


aila Stein and Oliver Sax first got to know each other as high school students at Fuchs Mizrachi School, and romance started to blossom after they spent a summer working together as counselors at Camp Stone in Sugar Grove, Pa.

The couple got engaged in December 2012, and though they now live in New York City, they returned to Northeast Ohio on Aug. 25, 2013, to be married at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Their wedding day was filled with love, laughter and even tears of joy. But as in any wedding, once the last dance is over and the lights go down on the reception, all of those emotions fade into cherished memories. To preserve those memories, wedding

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photographers are a given, but some brides – including Stein – choose to add video to their big day. “I saw a lot of these trailers from my friends’ weddings,” says the 24-yearold Stein. “They posted them on social media and I just loved them, and I thought it would be such a great way to remember the day.” So, Stein arranged to have a wedding day trailer of her own filmed. “People kept telling me, ‘You’re going to want the

audio,’ ‘You’re not going to want just the pictures,’ ‘You’re going to want to get the speeches and the ceremony,’” she says. “My mom didn’t want the video, but I insisted.” Stein’s wedding trailer was filmed by Doug Kereszturi of Cleveland-based Cuff & Veil Wedding Films, who says two wedding day video trends are starting to emerge. The first is the first-look video. Staging an exclusive, pre-ceremony meeting between the bride and groom in a scenic location to capture their first glimpse of each other on their big day is already popular among wedding photographers, but Kereszturi says capturing that

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moment with video adds another element. “It’s nice to capture on film because there’s a lot of emotion in movement,” he says, adding that he typically puts a microphone on the groom to capture any words exchanged between the couple. Though Kereszturi acknowledges many brides still prefer the traditional approach of seeing their grooms for the first time


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everyone involved in the day to revisit the day’s special moment, says Kereszturi, explaining that otherwise a video might only be viewed by the bride and groom and perhaps close family. It also allows the happy couple to slow down and take a break from the hustle and bustle of their big day to revisit those special moments, Kereszturi adds. jsw

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