Monday, June 16, 2014

Katie & Marc's Wedding at the Manakiki Ballroom

PHOTOGRAPHY: Mindy Sue Photography
RENTALS: Event Source
CAKE: Sue Hrvatin
STATIONERY: Hoopla Design Studio

Derby Day was just here and it brought me back to Katie and Marc’s amazing wedding which was also on Derby Day! I will never forget how fortunate we were to have such amazing weather. The whole day was truly a fairytale and it was certainly much deserved.

I will never forget my first call with Katie. You could hear her enthusiasm and positivity through the phone. I had never encountered anything like it and I just knew that I was going to be the lucky one to know these amazing families.

Katie and her mom started a fabulous collection of vessels, furniture and accessories to transform Manakiki in to a home away from home for their guests. In fact, Katie and Marc’s head table is now their kitchen table! A southern menu was carefully crafted for guests to enjoy which was a nod to their West Virginia vacation home and of course a blue grass band serenaded guests during their outdoor cocktail hour.

Manakiki was truly the perfect southern mansion they were looking for, complete with floor to ceiling windows, hardwood floors and chandeliers. The light and airy color palette was executed perfectly by The Budding Tree and no one else could capture such amazing images other than Mindy Sue Photography!

Just as I had predicted from our first call, Katie and Marc continue to be very dear friends. I love re-living their special day with them!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Caroline & Todd's Wedding at Hyatt Regency at the Arcade


caroline & todd | a cleveland ohio wedding from robert drago on Vimeo.

This was my first wedding back to work after having my 2nd baby girl just 2.5 weeks earlier, and I couldn't have had a nicer family to work with!  What a joy it was to work so closely with Caroline, Todd and Caroline's mom Marian on the plans for a year leading up to the big day.  We were the first wedding to use all rectangular tables in the space at the Hyatt (as we were told) and I think it really worked well!  Our delicate use of the chevron pattern as coordinated with Caroline and Todd's love of classic style and pale purple/lavender color was perfect.  The entire day was a wonderful celebration, including a surprise vintage getaway car for the bride and groom, a last dance song serenade to Caroline of "Sweet Caroline" and an afterhours bowling party at Corner Alley, right across the street. And how picture perfect do the bride and groom look?!  This family misses NO detail, and you can see that in the handmade handkerchief pictured below that Caroline had made for Marian.  I loved working on this wedding and also loved how it turned out!  Also props to Kirkbrides team member Janine for designing the dessert station sign - so perfect!  Congratulations Caroline and Todd!!!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Hunter Photographic
FLORAL DÉCOR: Grande Designs
LINENS: L'Nique and Ultrapom
CHAIRS: Party Décor
SHUTTLES: Thomas Limo
MAKEUP: Ramona Dauksa
HAIR: Barb Banko
DJ & PHOTOBOOTH: Ryan Konikoff from Rock the House