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Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square Wedding | Alia + Daniel

Wyndham Cleveland Playhouse Square Wedding | Alia + Daniel

We had such a lovely time getting to know Alia & Daniel and their plans for their Wyndham Cleveland wedding day.  We love our bride-to-bes that walk into our studio with an iPad in hand – organized and ready to plan!  Couples come to us for our photography services, but there are those who absolutely LOVE what we do and choose us not only for our style but for our expertise and put all their trust in us.  Capturing their wedding day for a lifetime of memories was truly an honor that we cherish.  They planned a beautiful day from getting ready to the first sight and a fun time with the bridal party walking around downtown Cleveland.  Cleveland’s Wyndham Hotel was a great location to capture the day as it unfolded and the reception party was second to none.  Great time had by all!

 

A few of our favorites from their wedding day……

Mom helps Alia with her Jewelry - Wyndham Cleveland Wedding

Touching moment between mother and bride.

Creative bridal portrait.

Bridal portrait - Cleveland Wedding Photographers

Cleveland Bridal Portrait

Bride and her sisters

Portrait of Groom

Groom

First sight on the balcony of the Cleveland Wyndham

Bridesmaids in Downtown Cleveland

Public Square Bridal Party

Bride & Groom near Public Square

Cleveland wedding photography

Father & Bride walking down isle

Wyndham Hotel Wedding Ceremony

First kiss

Recetional - Wyndham Hotel

Wild Flour Wedding Cake

First Dance

Celebration at the Wyndham

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Cleveland Wedding | Old Stone Church | Renaissance Hotel

Cleveland Wedding | Old Stone Church | Renaissance Hotel

Wedding Photography at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

Eunice & Ke planned and executed a perfect  Cleveland wedding.  Gisella started off her day by meeting Ke and his groomsmen at the hotel while Thomas met Eunice as she was getting ready in the bridal suite.  The morning was planned perfectly, with enough time to create beautiful images of both the bride and groom.  Once we had the “getting ready” pictures and portraits captured, we set off to Wade Oval in University Circle.  Perfect day for creating images outdoors, 75 and sunny!  Before we started with the creative session though, we needed to set up a “first sight” for the bride and groom.  The bride and groom chose to see each other prior to the ceremony and we love setting up a “first sight” and capturing it on film.  Once they had a few romantic moments together, we started off by doing a walk-about around Wade Lagoon.  We enjoy spending time with the couple walking around a city block, or in this case a beautiful park while creating beautiful portraits, perfect for their wedding album.  After the creative session, we headed off to the Old Stone Church in Downtown Cleveland, Ohio where we documented their ceremony and then back outdoors for a short creative session with the bridal party around Public Square.  The bridal party was awesome, we absolutely loved working with them!  Then off to the Renaissance Hotel for cocktail hour and the reception.  Awesome wedding professionals and an amazing wedding party helped make this a beautiful wedding to remember.

Wedding Professionals included:

 

A few of our favorites from the day… 

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

Beautiful bridal portrait by Cleveland wedding photographers.

Bridal Details

Beautiful bridal portrait by Casmir Photography.  Cleveland wedding photographers.

Cleveland wedding photography by CASMIR.

Bridal portrait at Renaissance Hotel

Groom getting ready for his Cleveland wedding.

Groomsmen and the groom at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

Groom portrait by Cleveland wedding photographers at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

Bridal portrait by Cleveland wedding photographers at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

 The “first sight” was spectacular.  Ke came up from behind to surprise Eunice.

Bride and Grooms first sight at Wade Lagoon

First sight between bride and groom at Wade Oval .

Wade Oval wedding photography.

Flowers by Pieter Bouterse Studio

Wade Oval wedding photography by Casmir Photography

Mothers lighting the unity candles.

Groom and groomsmen at the Old Stone Church.

Bride walking down the isle at Old Stone Church.

Old Stone Church Wedding in Cleveland, Ohio - Casmir Photography.

First kiss at the Old Stone Church Cleveland Wedding photographed by Casmir Photography

Bride at Groom at the Old Stone Church Cleveland Wedding

Old Stone Church wedding portrait by Casmir Photography

Bridal Party pictures in Downtown Cleveland

Bridal Party pictures in Cleveland, by Northeast, Ohio wedding photographers.

Groomsmen wedding photo in Downtown Cleveland

Groomsmen in Downtown Cleveland by Casmir Photography

Bridal Party in Public Square Cleveland, OH

Cleveland public library wedding photography

Ambassador Room at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel - Wedding Reception

First Dance - Ambassador Room - Renaissance Hotel Wedding

Michael Angelo's Bakery Wedding Cake at the Renaissance Hotel Cleveland

Renaissance Hotel wedding photography in Cleveland, Ohio

Renaissance Hotel wedding photography in Cleveland, Ohio

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Wedding Photography Budget | Budget For Your Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography Budget | Budget For Wedding Photography

I’ve thought about writing this post for some time now, but whenever I do sit down to write this, I always end up reconsidering because I feel a potential client may think this article is self serving and biased.  In a way, I guess it kinda is.  I am a photographer who owns their own business after all……..but in reality,  I’m genuinely interested in educating couples and hopefully enlightening them with the information they will need to make wise decisions when planning their wedding and choosing a wedding photographer.

Gorgeous engagement photography by Casmir Photography Cleveland, Ohio

Wedding Photography Budget

If you’re just starting to plan your wedding or you’re already meeting with photographers, you’re going to hear this often……..“After all the food is eaten,  the cake has been cut, the flowers wilted and the music has stopped playing…….the only thing you have left, are your photographs”…………you’ll hear this, or a version of this over and over again from photographers, wedding planners and maybe even some friends that have recently been married. Why do you hear this so often?…….because it’s true!  I will say this though, when it’s coming out of a photographers mouth,  it often sounds like a spiel………..but, all we’re really trying to do is educate our prospective clients to at the very least, get them thinking about their priorities.

Wedding photographs are the only thing you have left to remember your wedding day by and your wedding album will be the first heirloom for your new family – hopefully passed down and cherished for generations.  Yet,  after thousands are spent on an engagement ring, the venue, catering, a dress, flower arrangements,  the entertainment and couples often have no issues spending 5000+ on their honeymoon – when it comes to their photography…..they often often say they are on a “tight” budget of $2000 or less.  It is extraordinary, I’ve personally attended weddings which showcased beautiful venues, delicious food and live entertainment…..all being documented by a “budget” photographer.  I’m not saying this is wrong….maybe it’s their priorities, but really?…….they opted to spend $3500 on the entertainment and under $2000 for their photography?  Another wedding I recently attended featured a lavishly decorated reception hall adorned with fresh flowers, gorgeous center pieces with beautifully rich table settings……I’d guess they spent over 10k on the decorations,  yet, they hired a “budget” photographer for just about $1500.  Is this disturbing……or is it just me?   I will tell you this though…..both couples presented a beautiful wedding to their guests, unfortunately, they barley have anything better than snap shots to share.  The photographs poorly document their investment let alone creatively showcase the beautiful event in any way at all.  I don’t think either couple will be showing off their photographs to anyone…let alone preserving them as “heirlooms.”  Both of the couples I just mentioned could have easily hired a professional quality photographer by budgeting a little more wisely.  Instead of spending 10k on the decorations and 1.5k on the photography, the couple could have beautifully decorated their reception for 5k while investing 6.5k on their photography……I’m pretty sure that they would have had an heirloom quality album to proudly display for a lifetime.  Photographers see this over and over again.  Why is that?  I don’t think there’s one clear cut answer…..it could just be a couple just doesn’t quite understand why wedding photography costs what it does, or it could be that a couple doesn’t quite understand or see the value in professional photography and their priorities lie elsewhere.  Possibly it’s a combination of both.

Before we start though, I would like to say I certainly understand not everyone has an “unlimited” budget for their wedding or their wedding photography.  Some may have a budget of 8000+ for their photography and others have that for their entire wedding.  I don’t judge someone because they don’t have an extreme budget to work with and not everyone can afford professional photography.  But we can all make educated decisions based on our knowledge of the subject.  Also, I can definitely understand needing to work within a budget…….I do run a business of course and have a household that is run on a budget…..it’s NOT always the budget I would like…..but we prioritize what is important to our business or household and do the best we can within our budget.

Wedding Photography Budget - Cleveland Wedding Photography

Why So Much?

That’s a good question and one that just about everybody asks when they start searching for a wedding photographer.  Before Gisella and I started our business, we also planned a wedding……..and I have to say……when it came to photography, sticker shock was an understatement.  I mean, photography was something I enjoyed and dabbled in for a long time and at least had some what of an understanding of what good photography was, yet I had no clue how much quality photography really cost.  So I can definitely relate to many of the couples out there planning their wedding.  The cost of photography is often overlooked when you first start planning a wedding…….I mean really……you’re hiring someone for 8 hours or so to take pictures…..how hard can that be? Why on earth do wedding photographers charge $4000 to take pictures for 8 hours!!!  Yep….been there…..said that.  Once you have a bit of insight….it’ll start making sense.

I personally feel photographers are most often looked at as an individual you’re hiring rather than a business you’re contracting to photograph your wedding.  Most photographers present themselves that way and why  not?  We’re helping you with your wedding timeline, planning your photography locations and we’re the only wedding professional spending the entire day with you…..I definitely want you to feel comfortable around me.  We build relationships with clients and often become friends…..so, it’s natural that you look at us as individuals rather than corporations.  Couples often hire us because they love our personalities and our individuality………but at the same time…..that “individual” is working for or is operating a small business.  Running a business costs money and running a photography studio is more expensive than some would realize.  When we first started our business and confided in a friend about our plans…..they were shocked at the initial investment needed to start a legitimate photography studio/business…..to them, starting photography business wasn’t much more than buying a camera and some business cards.  In fact, it’s much more than that, expenses include but aren’t limited to:  studio lease, furnishing the studio, insurance, advertising, employees, computers, software and continuous education are just some of the costs and I haven’t even touched on the camera and lighting equipment.  Just a modest list of  equipment we believe every professional should carry with them to a wedding is 10-12k and I would say most modern professionals are carrying upwards or 20k or more at any given wedding.  Equipment needs to be maintained, updated from time to time along with the computers and software needed for editing and making those images look amazing.  This all comes into play when photographers set their pricing, or at least it should…….If a photographer isn’t taking this into account, they most likely do not have a legitimate business and who knows how long they’ll be around.  Another factor that comes into play is the amount of time spent on each wedding.  From their first correspondence with you to the time they deliver the final product, they’ve spent a great deal of time on your wedding.  Every photographer is going to be different depending on their service…….but it’s not unheard of when 10 hours of wedding day coverage turning into more than 40 or 50 hours of  service.  Also….the products offered vary a great deal from photographer to photographer.  Some may offer economical press printed books that may cost the studio a couple of hundred dollars or less while other studios offering high quality hand made books considered heirloom quality cost the studio thousands to produce.  Framing and prints also come in different flavors of quality as does service.  Another factor in the cost of photography is experience,…..not to be taken lightly.  Also the availability of a photographer.   If there’s a popular wedding photographer in your region…….they’ll fill up their calendar quickly which also affords them the opportunity to charge a premium.  Each of the factors I mentioned are part of the cost.  We can go into much more detail….but that’s not what this post is about……at the very least though,  I want to enlighten couples that may be wondering why photography seems so expensive.

Budget for your wedding photography

 

 Budgeting For Wedding Photography

If you’re searching for a photographer and you’re having a hard time justifying the expense and feel Uncle “Bob” or a friend can do an adequate job, please read our “Why Hire a Professional Wedding Photographer”  blog post before you go any further.  If you’re  just about to start meeting with wedding vendors, you may want to start prioritizing your wedding vendors.   What’s most important to you?   Is it the photography?  After all, the photographs are the only thing left after your wedding day…..so many do feel the photography is the most important.  Others may feel the wedding dress is the most important……they’ll splurge on the dress they’ve been dreaming about since they were a little girl……some may dream of a rocking party with cool lighting and live music….to them everything else is secondary……while some would rather choose a fabulous venue and provide exceptional quality food and drinks for their friends and families.  I’m not here to tell you how you should budget your wedding, I just really want couples to give some thought to their priorities.  Before you go out and book your dream venue and buy that designer couture wedding gown from Elie Saab that leaves you with a minimal budget for your entertainment and photography…….write down what is most important to you and start doing some research before you just dive in.

Thank you for taking the time to ready this and please do not hesitate to contact our studio with any questions you may have about this article.

 

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Downtown Cleveland Engagement Session | Alison + Chris

 

Cleveland Engagement Session – Alison & Chris

Cleveland Engagement Photographer - Casmir Photography

Planning Chris & Alison’s downtown engagement shoot was pretty easy…these two just love the City of Cleveland, so it was easy to do a walk about right in the heart of downtown Cleveland.  We started off on East 4th street, then headed over to Public Square and worked our way to the stadium and the new convention center,  we were easily inspired to create these lovely images of them and we had a great time getting to know them too!

 Here are just a few of our favorites… 

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Cleveland Photographer - Casmir Photography

Cleveland Engagement Photographer

Engagement Photographer

Cleveland Engagement Photographer

Cleveland Engagement Photographer - Casmir Photography

Cleveland Engagement Photographer

 

We can’t wait for your wedding day! 

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University Circle Engagement | Wade Oval | Paul + Sara

 

University Circle Engagement | Wade Oval | Paul + Sara

University Circle Photographer

 

Such a lovely couple…Paul & Sara were unsure where to take their engagement photos.  As soon as Paul mention Sara likes the arts and greenery, University Circle had to be the perfect place for them.  With  the Art Museum, Wade Lagoon & Severance Hall as accents, their engagement shoot suited them perfectly.

 Here are some of our favorites from their session…

University Circle Photographer

University Circle Engagement Photographer

University Circle Engagement Photographers

Cleveland Engagement Photographer

University Circle engagement photographer

 

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