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CONTENTS Fall/Winter 2017

Too Much Awesomeness


16 Rachel Nachman & Seth Weinstein

Genevieve Nisly Photography


44 Elissa Goffman & Bradley Stern

10 Editor’s note



Michael C. Butz introduces a second edition of Jstyle Weddings for 2017

22 Forest fairy tale

38 Lovely locks

Woodland surroundings can provide a picturesque backdrop

Learn what looks are trending from stylists

12 Planning priorities Local wedding planners share wisdom to help brides-to-be enjoy their big day

26 Mod museum Sleek, modern environs can make your big day a masterpiece

42 Getting dolled up Looking natural is naturally what’s in right now

30 Rustic romance A rural setting can add countryside charm to your wedding


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74 Erin Rocchio & Becky Schur



50 Piece of cake

66 Lovely locations

Satisfy guests’ collective sweet tooth with a scrumptious cake

Find the right venue to host your big day

56 Nuptial nosh Comfort food and locally sourced fare are catering trends

58 Fine wines A wider variety of kosher wines is increasingly accessible


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68 Picture perfect Capture the moments you want to last for a lifetime

70 Love in bloom Flowers that can infuse weddings with romance

Don’t let a migraine ruin your wedding By: Valerie Clark


igraines are much worse than usual headaches. The symptoms can last for several hours, even days. They predominantly affect women and tend to run in families. A variety of causes can trigger a headache or migraine, and stress is one of them. Weddings can be stressful for the bride, the mothers, and the entire family. Preparing for a wedding is stressful. Stress can lead to health problems over time and migraines can pop up without warning as a result. Migraines may cause loss of time from work, but it should not wreck the wedding. The American Migraine Center can help to ensure that the wedding day is migraine free. Ideally, one should seek help for migraines

3 to 6 months before the wedding (or any special event), because it may take time to select the optimal treatment plan for each patient. There are many treatment choices, and the expert team at the American Migraine Center individualizes the treatment to achieve the best outcome while minimizing potential side effects. There is no cure for migraines with medication, but a trained neurologist can design a treatment plan to significantly reduce or eliminate the risk. When prescription drugs do not work or if a patient cannot take migraine medication, other treatment options can be explored. Botox injections provide fast, temporary relief and work well for many patients (with the side

benefit of reducing fine lines and wrinkles). A highly effective but more invasive option with permanent results is nerve decompression, also known as migraine surgery. Migraine surgery has the same goal as a nerve block – to shut down the signaling pathway that leads to pain, in a more lasting way. Migraine surgery was developed by local plastic surgeon and international expert, Dr. Bahman Guyuron. He found that some facial rejuvenation procedures such as a forehead lift or brow lift produced an unexpected benefit for some patients - their migraines stopped. But how? A forehead lift involves removing a muscle used for frowning, which softens deep lines and wrinkles on the surface. Under the surface, removal of the forehead muscle relieves pressure and irritation on the nerves that trigger migraines in some patients. Since that discovery 17 years ago, he has identified all the trigger sites and designed a surgical procedure to de-activate them. Dr. Guyuron has published more than 40 studies to better understand migraine

headaches and how to treat them. His research has even investigated a genetic factor associated with migraines. He found that migraine sufferers have a deficient myelin sheath, resulting from a difference in the DNA. The myelin sheath protects nerves from irritation and damage. Evidence of a gene-based mechanism for migraines explains why they run in families. Additionally, he is focused on simplifying the procedure so that a large number of patients can have surgery under local anesthesia and resume normal activities the same day or the next day. If you or a family member are concerned about having a migraine ruin your wedding day, contact the American Migraine Center. The American Migraine Center uses a teambased approach to care. Dr. Guyuron and Dr. Roda along with nurse practitioner, Karen Steffey, have helped thousands of patients experience lasting relief from migraines. Whether you have months or just days before your wedding, call when you can to connect with an expert at the American Migraine Center.

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espite the fact couples may spend hours carefully curating their wedding registries, it seems almost unavoidable that they’ll receive two – or more – of something. In some instances, the results can be comical. Perhaps one set of heart-shaped measuring spoons would do, or maybe one boombox-shaped butter keeper would suffice, but who could possibly need two? (By the way, those items exist and are suggested as wedding gifts on various websites. Mazel tov, Internet.) In other instances, practicality could be appreciated – but to what end? Sure, if the happy couple eventually has kids, maybe those extra toasters will come in handy during the sleepovers their sons and daughters will inevitably want, but where will they be stored

until then? (I know, I know – right next to the extra mixers used to make fun cocktails on days when the kids have been, shall we say, difficult.) But there’s at least one thing you can receive two of that’s sure to be welcomed and won’t leave you feeling inconvenienced about having to exchange it: A second issue of Jstyle Weddings, which we’re introducing with this issue. Jstyle Weddings has long been one of our most popular magazines. Until now, it’s been an annual publication, typically delivered in February, and all of the expert insight we pack into just one issue – as well as

the spotlights on local Jewish weddings that showcase a few of the many beautiful ceremonies that take place in Northeast Ohio – have always been well received by readers. So, when we discussed expanding Jstyle Weddings to two issues last year, our staff voiced a collective “I do” to the idea, and now, readers can enjoy more wedding spotlights, more tips, more trends, more fashion and more food features. We hope you enjoy this new second issue of Jstyle Weddings. Consider it an early wedding gift from Jstyle to those brides-to-be who are planning their wedding – a gift that won’t need to be returned.


With two issues of Jstyle Weddings each year, we’re now featuring more local Jewish weddings than ever. If you’d like your wedding to be considered for a spotlight or for the “hora” page that concludes each magazine, or if you’re a friend or family member of someone whose wedding you think would be a good fit for Jstyle, let us know! Visit and provide us with information about the wedding, and we’ll keep your submission on file for future issues of Jstyle Weddings.

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Planning priorities Local wedding planners share wisdom to help brides-to-be enjoy their big day By Alyssa Schmitt


etting married is just one part of a lifelong adventure. But with all adventures, it’s easy to wander off from the path, so it’s helpful to bring a guide – or rather a wedding planner – to whom you can turn for assistance.

“I think what’s difficult for any bride planning in this age is that there is so much inspiration at your fingertips,” says Gina Jokilehto-Schigel, owner and creative


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director of Shi Shi Events Boutique Wedding Planning and Design in Cleveland. Jokilehto-Schigel, along with Kim Singerman, owner of Noteworthy Events in Solon, share their ideas on how to stay focused and sort through all the information that comes with wedding planning.

Define budget, guest list The overabundance of décor can lure any couple in, but without a set budget and guest list, the wedding can come crashing down in an instant. “What they have to do is take into consideration each person – each person equates to a meal, a seat, an invitation,” Singerman says. “That guest list controls

everything they do as far as their budget.” Not realizing the limitations of a budget means the couple will have to change their vision and settle on features they might not want. “If you go into looking for venues or looking at photographers or any of that kind of stuff before you know what you’re actually working with, you’re setting yourself up for a lot of disappointment,” Jokilehto-Schigel says.

Visit the venue It’s feasible to plan an entire wedding remotely but Jokilehto-Schigel recommends being there in person as much as possible.






PLANNING It’s so important to stay true to your own style. That is the most important thing because we can all look at these things now and say it’s so beautiful … but we all know that 10 years from now we’re going to be like, ‘Can you believe that in 2017 we thought this was so amazing?’ – Gina Jokilehto-Schigel, owner and creative director, Shi Shi Events Boutique Wedding Planning and Design

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“I think a lot of time, people want to do a lot of things remotely – that’s just sort of the nature of our society now,” she says. “But whenever possible, I think it’s really important to be able to physically visit the venue.” Jokilehto-Schigel adds that couples should pay attention on the drive to the venue to learn what guests would experience. She also recommends noting whether there are nearby hotels for out-oftown guests and places to eat should they choose to stay multiple days.

Make it your own Trends come and go, so both Singerman and Jokilehto-Schigel recommend against couples using something they saw at another wedding in their own wedding.

“I think it’s important not to get stuck in past trends,” Singerman says. “You can make your wedding what you want it to be. You don’t have to make it cookie cutter, you don’t have to do what other people do – you can make it your own.” Staying on trend can also lead to regret later when the couple looks back on their wedding day. “It’s so important to stay true to your own style,” Jokilehto-Schigel says. “That is the most important thing because we can all look at these things now and say it’s so beautiful … but we all know that 10 years from now we’re going to be like, ‘Can you believe that in 2017 we thought this was so amazing?’” But getting off trend doesn’t mean forgetting tradition. “I think it’s always a wonderful thing to bring in traditions, whether they’re religious traditions or family tradition,” Singerman says. “Sometimes I’ll have a bride use a piece of lace and incorporate it into something she’s wearing, or perhaps her bouquet, and it’s to have maybe that person who’s missing with them.”

Don’t sweat small things As the big day closes in, not everything is going to perfectly fall into place. But Singerman says couples shouldn’t worry about anything the day of the wedding other than enjoying the wedding. “If something goes wrong and it’s not earth-shattering, let it go,” she says. “Don’t fixate on one little thing that maybe wasn’t how you wanted it because in the whole realm of life, that one little thing probably isn’t that important.” If the couple didn’t hire a wedding planner from Day One, Singerman recommends hiring one for the day of the wedding so the couple can stay relaxed. “If there’s an issue or something that needs to be dealt with (on the) day of the wedding, I think about that,” she says. “Enjoy the moment and let me handle the day.” jsw Publisher’s note: Kim Singerman is the wife of Paul Singerman, president of the CJN Foundation board of directors.

If something goes wrong and it’s not earth-shattering, let it go,” she says. “Don’t fixate on one little thing that maybe wasn’t how you wanted it because in the whole realm of life, that one little thing probably isn’t that important. – Kim Singerman, owner, Noteworthy Events

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FASHION 22 Forest fairy tale Woodland surroundings can provide a picturesque backdrop

26 Mod museum Sleek, modern environs can make your big day a masterpiece 30 Rustic romance A rural setting can add countryside charm to your wedding

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Forest fairy tale Whether you’re walking down the aisle or simply celebrating under the stars, towering evergreens can serve as a dramatic backdrop on your special day. Choose a gown with lace or satin sleeves for a classic look fitting for the forest or don a fashion-forward faux fur cape for some added warmth. Dress your maids in flowy, floor-length frocks colored in cranberry or mulled wine and accessorize with some subtle shimmer. Set the scene with twinkle lights, candles, and natural elements reflective of the season. With greenery as this year’s biggest trend, you can’t go wrong sending your nuptials back to nature. By Julia Brown

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Forge your future together surrounded by masterpieces and marble at a modern museum. Select a gown with a sleek silhouette with subtle to no embellishments for a timeless bridal look. Dress your maids in cranberry or navy for a dramatic contrast and accessorize with silver and occasional pops of color. To set the scene, choose sparkling chandeliers, floral centerpieces, and atmospheric lighting for an overall memorable mood. Don’t forget to request some photos amid the gilded frames to truly make your nuptials a work of art. By Julia Brown

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Elissa Goffman & Bradley Stern September 4, 2016 Intercontinental Hotel | Cleveland Ages: 30 and 35 Residence: New York City (Manhattan) Synagogue: Park Synagogue (former)


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Besides having all of our friends and family from all over the world coming to celebrate with us, for us, the best part of our wedding was being able to put our own personal touch on every part of the day. It was important to us to incorporate traditional and modern practices from both Cleveland and South African Jewish culture. From the more traditional pre-ceremony rituals such as the tisch and the bedeken to the more modern and lively hora, we wanted the day to truly reflect who we are as a couple. The mixing of traditional and modern was really cool, and we believe it spoke to all of our guests in a different and personal way, which made it extra special for us. The ruach throughout the entire evening was absolutely incredible. – Elissa

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Elissa & BRaDlEY

Planning • Engagement: Sept. 26, 2015 • Wedding colors: White, creams, golds • Reception site: Intercontinental Hotel • Photographer: Genevieve Nisly Photography • Videographer: Saturn Entertainment • Consultant: Always Eventful/Tricia Devers • Officiant: Rabbi Joshua Skoff, Park Synagogue • Dress: Lihi Hod Bridal from Gabriella New York Bridal Salon • Hair: Studio MZ/Missy Giuffrida, Amy James, Andrea Baxter • Makeup: Tim Susi, Shawn Guyuron, Monica A. Cambareri • Wedding rings: Norman Landsberg • Jewelry: Earrings from Alson Jewelers, bracelets were family heirlooms • Veil: Sara Gabriel • Shoes: Badgley Mischka • Bridesmaids dresses: All wore their own black gowns • Groom’s formalwear: Hugo Boss • Groomsmen: All wore their own black tuxedo • Bouquet/Flowers: Pieter Bouterse Studio • Cake: Wild Flour Bakery • Catering: Intercontinental Hotel • Invitations: Hope Fromson Invitations • Music/entertainment: Arlen Music Productions/Indigo; Mary Beth Ions, violinist • Accommodations: Intercontinental Hotel • Registries: Bloomingdale’s, Crate and Barrel, Peter Danford Inc. • Honeymoon: Amalfi Coast, Rome, Tuscany and Florence, all in Italy, and Paris, France

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FOOD 50 Piece of cake Satisfy guests’ collective sweet tooth with a scrumptious cake 56 Nuptial nosh Comfort food and locally sourced fare are catering trends 58 Fine wines A wider variety of kosher wines is increasingly accessible

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Piece of cake Marc & Tony Photography / Becker’s Donuts and Bakery

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Just like bride and grooms, wedding cakes are all uniquely different – and newlyweds are increasingly choosing their cakes in a way that better expresses who they are as partners. From buttercream patterns that match the bride’s gown to glitzy monogram toppers or untraditional cake choices, the options are many – and the experts at Becker’s Donuts and Bakery in Fairview Park, Culinary Occasions in South Euclid and White Flower Cake Shoppe in Beachwood are willing to indulge couples’ creativity. By Sydney Friedman


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Don’t be afraid to be unique and different with your cake. Have fun and experiment with color and flavor and trust the professional. Be open to the cake designer’s suggestions. – Marianne Carroll, co-owner and chef, White Flower Cake Shoppe

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(Shabby-style) cakes are not quite as perfect and sculptural, (and) piping is a little more funky to make a rough ruffled look. If you love it, go with it. – Bob Sferra, owner and chef, Culinary Occasions

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CAKE The rustic look is still going very strong. Decorations of burlap and chalkboard around the reception lend themselves to pair with wedding cakes that feature simple “lined” textures or a swirly, stucco texture. Also “naked” cakes are extremely popular. These cakes are torted and filled but then only given a very thin swipe of frosting so that you can see the actual layers of cake, unlike a traditionally frosted cake. Fresh flowers are a beautiful luxury item that enhances these simple rustic-style cakes. – Sue Becker, co-owner and chef, Becker’s Donuts and Bakery Culinary Occasions

Marc & Tony Photography / Becker’s Donuts and Bakery

Marc & Tony Photography / Becker’s Donuts and Bakery


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Nuptial nosh After the bride and groom have said “I do” and the bridal party has been introduced, it’s time for one of the most important parts of a wedding reception: the food. In Northeast Ohio, couples have catering options beyond just grilled chicken and steamed veggies. Catering experts from Bonnie Davis Catering in Warrensville Heights, Granite City Food and Brewery in Lyndhurst and Driftwood Catering in Solon share what they’re noticing at weddings around the region.

Jay Kossman Photography / Driftwood Catering Certified angus beef meatball Making the Moment Photography / Driftwood Catering

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There’s always that trend for local, that’s always been a really big thing … that everybody is looking to bring everything closer, make everything local. So that’s always exciting, depending on the season, when we can partner with local farms, whatever the case may be. But local has always been a big thing … and that trend is continuing. – Alison Parks, president, Driftwood Catering Sweet corn and poblano empanada

In the last few years, I have done more and more things on sticks and skewers. I do more things on skewers, like little salads on skewers … foods they can eat while standing and socializing. – Bonnie Davis, owner, Bonnie Davis Catering

Granite City Food and Brewery

I have noticed that people are more on a casual-comfort level right now, presentation has fallen to the wayside, people are more casual. … Since I’ve been here, the common preference is for buffet, so we kind of steer (couples) to foods that hold up well on the buffet. – Tanya Sims, event manager, Granite City Food and Brewery

Smoked beef short rib (truffle porcini demi-glazed applewood smoked beef short rib served atop a classic ratatouille of eggplant, squash, zucchini and peppers)


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In recent years, kosher wines have grown in popularity – and availability in Northeast Ohio. With more variety from which to choose, brides and grooms are sure to find something to their liking for their wedding, and guests interested in giving the gift of wine have plenty of options. Purveyors of kosher wine at Unger’s Kosher Market in Cleveland Heights and Giant Eagle Market District Solon – as well as local kosher wine connoisseur Andrew Zashin – share their favorites and recommendations. By Roman Macharoni


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There’s been a change where a lot of premium Israeli wines – such as Barkan or ones from the Golan Heights Winery – are becoming mevushal (pasteurized), which is easier for them to be served at kosher weddings with kosher catering companies. Now there’s a choice for people who want to be kosher and have a quality Israeli wine. – Andrew Zashin, attorney and wine collector Michael C. Butz / Unger’s Kosher Market

Michael C. Butz / Unger’s Kosher Market

When a customer asks me what I recommend for a wine, there are a few wines that satisfy a lot of palates. That’s what my goal is – to have one wine for the table. White Zinfandel is one I recommend. It’s dry yet very mild, very mellow. It satisfies even sweet wine drinkers. I call it the Goldilocks of wine, it’s not too sweet and not too dry. – Pinky Rosenberg, owner, Unger’s Kosher Market

Giant Eagle Market District Solon

It tends to be the sweet stuff – that’s what tends to dominate. ... Back in the day, the only game in town was Mogen David and Manischewitz, but within the last two or three years, there is starting to become a proliferation of well-made kosher wines that are not on the sweet side, and it took a while to make its way out there. – Zach Gladden, wine steward, Giant Eagle Market District Solon

Michael C. Butz / Unger’s Kosher Market


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Robyn Silver & Aaron Feldman September 4, 2016 Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple | Beachwood Ages: 26 and 27 Residence: Atlanta Synagogue: Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple (former) 62

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The best moment of our wedding was our ketubah signing ceremony. I loved this moment because in an instant we went from preparing and planning, and then in the next second it was all happening! The day we had been dreaming of and waiting for was here. This was it! We immediately felt an overwhelming wave of joy and love from our family and friends who participated in the ketubah ceremony. That wonderful feeling continued to grow and grow throughout the entire evening. – Robyn



Planning • Engagement: Nov. 14, 2015 • Wedding colors: Navy, silver • Reception site: Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple • Photographer: BCR Studios/ Brad Ronevich • Videographer: Peter Barlow • Consultant: GS Special Events/Ginny Sukenik • Officiant: Rabbi Robert A. Nosanchuk • Dress: Victoria Nicole from Brides by the Falls • Hair: Studio MZ/Ashleigh Henning • Makeup: Lauren Morton • Wedding rings: D. Geller & Sons Jewelers • Jewelry: Diamond earrings from bride’s grandmother • Veil: Jennifer Leigh from Brides by the Falls • Shoes: Badgley Mischka • Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal • Groom’s formalwear: Ticknors Men’s Clothier • Groomsmen: Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse • Bouquet/Flowers: Plantscaping by Blooms • Cake: Contempo Cuisine • Catering: L’echaim Kosher Caterers, a subdivision of Executive Caterers • Invitations & thank-you notes: Hope Fromson Invitations • Music/entertainment: Shout! Show Band; Marshall Griffith (music during ceremony) • Rentals: Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple • Accommodations: Hyatt Place Cleveland/Lyndhurst/ Legacy Village, Homewood Suites By Hilton Cleveland – Beachwood • Registries: Bloomingdale’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon • Honeymoon: Positano, Italy


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DETAILS 66 Lovely locations Find the right venue to host your big day

68 Picture perfect Capture the moments you want to last for a lifetime 70 Love in bloom Flowers that can infuse weddings with romance

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Genevieve Nisly Photography / The Cleveland Museum of Art and Bon Appetit Management Company

Lovely locations By Ed Carroll Finding the perfect person to marry is the hard part of planning a wedding. The easy part of planning a wedding? Finding the perfect venue to host your special day. Event planning experts at The Kimpton Schofield Hotel in Cleveland, LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility in Westlake, The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland and the Cleveland Museum of Art share what they’re seeing when couples have their wedding receptions.

(Couples) want a space that they can make their own, and I think our space is almost a blank slate: a lot of neutral colors in it, a lot of natural light, you get an outdoor feel but it’s completely enclosed and you don’t have to be concerned with how the weather is. … It’s all temperature-controlled, it’s all enclosed and you have a large space to work with. – Elizabeth Atchley Coughlin, social catering sales manager, Bon Appetit Management Company, exclusive caterer for The Cleveland Museum of Art


The No. 1 request that we get right now, which seems to be a trend, is people want a white dance floor. It looks different, it’s pretty. I wonder if it’s due to the increase in dance shows or the couples practicing a coordinated dance or the father-daughter coordinated dance. – Sarah Zoker, general manager, LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility 66

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The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland

We have more of a niche market for banquets and weddings; upscale, a lot of attentiveness … a smaller attendee count, more of an intimate setting. As opposed to larger venues, (where) a smaller group can sometimes get lost in the shuffle with another event with 500 people next door to them, in our case, (the smaller group) is the main group for the night. – Jeff Andrews, director of sales and marketing, The Kimpton Schofield Hotel The Kimpton Schofield Hotel

(Couples who come to us) definitely want a good party. They want everything the hotel has to offer in terms of exquisite food preparations and presentations, they want to incorporate wonderful sound – I think it’s more about a total experience than a trend. … Trends come and go, but the memory and experience the hotel is going to put forth will always be there. – David Rabinsky, director of social catering, The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland

The Kimpton Schofield Hotel

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Picture perfect By Alyssa Schmitt After the cake is cut, the flowers are wilted and the reception is over, only the photos of a couple’s wedding day remain. Finding the right photographer to capture those fleeting moments is important, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Local photographers at Bustafeltz Design in Shaker Heights, Kim Ponsky Photography in Woodmere and NeVer-Not-Working in Broadview Heights offer advice on how couples can get photos that will last a lifetime.

Kim Ponsky Photography

Kim Ponsky Photography

Kim Ponsky Photography


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I think the biggest (mistake) I see is people just hiring who someone else hired without doing their own research, their own due diligence. Same reason you wouldn’t necessarily buy the same dress that your friend wore – just simply going on who your friend used doesn’t mean that it’s the right fit for you. – Kim Ponsky, owner, Kim Ponsky Photography

When you’re picking a photographer, one of the first things you should know is that you get what you pay for. A lot of people try to save money on photography – they try to get their friend who has a nice camera or they look for the bargain person online, like in a Craigslist ad – and they end up with pictures they’re not happy with because they paid $50 or $100 for seven hours of coverage. You don’t get someone who really knows what they’re doing. – Audrey Busta-Peck, owner, Bustafeltz Design

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(Allow) your photographer to have some creative freedom because you want to hire someone who has kind of a vision as well – because if they don’t, then you’re going to have to micromanage your entire situation with your photographer. – Howard Washington, owner, NeVer-Not-Working NeVer-Not-Working NeVer-Not-Working


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Love in bloom By Becky Raspe It’s hard to imagine a wedding without flowers. From the bouquet to centerpieces and other luxurious accents, they infuse a room with romance and serve to symbolize the blossoming love between newlyweds. Floral experts at Lynch Design in Beachwood, Pieter Bouterse Studio in Warrensville Heights and Tokar Event Design in Cleveland share what trends they’re seeing. Lynch Design

Lauren Gabrielle Photography / Lynch Design

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Instead of having couples spend a lot and going crazy on a cocktail table or dinner table, we’re suggesting brides to do something at the entrance like a statement piece. We’re also seeing a lot of candle light that creates a cool ambiance. – William Lynch, Lynch Design

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Steven Mastrioanni Photography / Pieter Bouterse Studio The Image is Found / Tokar Event Design

For the color palette, brides like to live within the romantic realm in the shades of white that follow the edge of the flame – like ambers, soft pinks and tans. At the same time, some brides want to have minor hues and shades of lavenders and blues. – Pieter Bouterse, owner, Pieter Bouterse Studio Scott Shaw Photography / Pieter Bouterse Studio

We use a lot of romantic flowers, like gardenia. We also like to use stephanotis. Brides are getting more into looser and cascading bouquets. These collections are gardenias, tulips and peonies. – Stephen Tokar, owner, Tokar Event Design New Image Photography / Tokar Event Design


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The hora was incredible. It went for 45 minutes and we had a unicycle! We had schtick at the end of the hora where our friends brought in props. One friend brought his unicycle, and his friends brought caution tape and safety vests. They made an aisle with the caution tape right in front of us, and he rode his unicycle right up and down the aisle. It was so much fun! – Becky & Erin

Erin Rocchio & Becky Schur

Erin and Becky were married July 2, 2017, at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood, where Cantor Sarah Sager, of Fairmount Temple, and Rabbi Shulamit Izen officiated. Their reception was held at Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center, where they celebrated their big day with friends and family. Today, Erin, 33, and Becky, 29, live in Lyndhurst and are affiliated with both Beth El-The Heights Synagogue in Cleveland Heights and Agudath B’nai Israel in Lorain.


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Jstyle Weddings Fall/Winter 2017  

Cleveland area weddings magazine

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Cleveland area weddings magazine