“Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote / The droghte of March hath perced to the roote, / And bathed every veyne in swich licour / Of which vertu engendred is the flour; / Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth / Inspired hath in every holt and heeth / The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne / Hath in the Ram his halve cours yronne, / And smale fowles maken melodye, / That slepen al the nyght with open ye / (So priketh hem nature in hir corages), / Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages.”
When Geoffrey Chaucer wrote these lines as the Prologue to his Canterbury Tales, he described spring’s renewal and rebirth. When I had to memorize this passage in 11th grade, I never expected to reference it again… This past weekend, Brooke and Brandon created their own tale at Canterbury Country Club in Beachwood, Ohio; only this version is not about nature’s renewal, but the start of their new life together.
I watched from afar as the bride grew up friends with my cousin, and was thrilled to be a part of the day. Capturing the romance of the wedding was not hard, as it flowed from every aspect of the wedding — Brooke’s dress, the candlelight, and most of all the interactions of the bride and groom.
While Chaucer’s story has lasted throughout the ages… Brooke and Brandon’s has only just begun. Here’s a glimpse of their wedding day…
You know when you have those days when all the stars seem to align, and when everything goes the way you’d hoped it would? Well, we had one of those days this past Saturday when photographing Ashley & Jon’s wedding. The fun began when we met with the couple’s pre-screener — Maid of Honor, Brittany. A photographer herself, she was given the task of sifting through the options and choosing the photographers she thought would best suit her friends. Once we made it through with her approval, we met the bride, Ashley. Beautiful and charming, we instantly clicked– and when she told me that she wanted to do some photos that were “risque” and “out of the ordinary,” I’m pretty sure I fell in love with her! Then, a few days before the wedding, when I had the chance to meet with her again, this time with Jon, that love was confirmed– and spread to her oh-so-cute soldier :-)
Then came the wedding day. We met at their hotel, right in between Akron and Canton. About 10 minutes after her dress was on, Ashley willingly laid down on the sidewalk in front of the hotel, legs in the air, and happily mooned 77-South. We left the bridal party and families behind, and disappeared with just the bride and groom to the Akron Art Museum before reuniting with everyone back at the Ohio Prestwick Country Club. The day was filled with fun, laughter, and two willing models who really wanted the best from their wedding photos.
It was so much fun, and so satisfying to be able to try every pose, and create everything we thought of. At one point during dinner, my husband and I were discussing a fun idea we wanted to try involving putting Ashley on the bar. After nixing the idea and deciding it wouldn’t fly with the couple because they wouldn’t want to pose in front of all their guests at the reception, we were approached by Ashley with a request to take a photo on top of the bar!! Are you kidding me? She was a dream bride– beautiful, fun, funny, and willing to do whatever it took for great photos… and here are some of the shots we got.
Late last month, our team spent the day with blushing brides-to-be at the “Ever After Bridal Extravaganza”. The venue, Executive Caterers of Landerhaven was filled with beautiful gowns, dashing floral arrangements, and of course delicious wedding eats. All of Greater Cleveland’s finest wedding vendors were there, showcasing their specialties, and hoping to catch the eyes of the brides.
The Kim Ponsky Photography Team had the same intentions. We wanted to WOW every guest that stopped by our booth. During the weeks leading up to Ever After we prepared, gathered, printed, ordered, organized, and purchased any and everything that would make our presence strong and our experience tangible. We took the concept of a “booth” and turned it into a first class wedding photography lounge.
Our 10’x10’ space overflowed with bridal decadence. An overstuffed white linen sofa with silken turquoise pillows greeted our guests and enticed them to sit and peruse our wedding albums. Freshly brewed chocolaty mochas and comforting chai teas were served to help our decision-laden couples unwind. Classic white hydrangeas and gleefully green roses garnished our tables and filled the air with irresistible aromas. Oversized, dramatically positioned custom photographs surrounded the space, creating a visual masterpiece. It was the perfect calm within the tulle storm.
In addition to indulging the senses, we offered our savvy couples show-stopping promotions. The event was a huge success and the crowd was simply fabulous. Since the event we have had several inquiries. Unfortunately, many of the weddings are on the same days, and we operate on a first-come, first-served basis. To save your date, give us a call and get penciled in.
Presentation is so important in making the art we create even more appealing. For prints, we use only the top quality products and manufacturers in the industry. Every image that makes it into a client’s hands is retouched and finished to make it really stand out. And, with our new proofing method, your enjoyment can begin even earlier!
Here’s an example of our new and improved wedding album proof!
So if you just so happen to be getting married, and someone asks you, “what are you doing this weekend?”, you’ll obviously be telling them that you’ll be at the Ever After bridal event at Landerhaven, right??? Well, if you haven’t heard of the event taking place this Sunday from 11-4, Ever After is Cleveland Magazine’s elegant wedding bridal event featuring preferred participants with Demetrios Elian of Brides by Demetrios as the guest of honor along with hosts from WKYC’s Good Company. Register online at clevelandmagazine.com/everafter or purchase your ticket at the door and visit us at this unique show! We will be showcasing our wedding photography and will be glad to talk with you about your special day and answer any questions you might have. We will also have some great giveaways and show specials but you have to come see us!