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The Art and Story of Rikki + Josh

What do you get when you combine a cheerful, light-hearted couple with a rowdy group of groomsmen, a high-spirited group of bridesmaids, and a stunning venue? You get Rikki + Josh’s super fun wedding! When I tell you there are some gems in this set of images, I am not kidding. Laughter galore, a midday game of Rock Paper Scissors, even a crowd-surfing groom, it’s all here. But don’t be fooled, there were also plenty of tender moments that would make anyone say “awwww” 🥲

Let’s not forget about the beautiful venue they picked for their big day! After their church wedding at Amasa Stone Chapel, Rikki + Josh celebrated with a huge reception at The Old Courthouse in Downtown Cleveland. It’s one of our favorite wedding venues. The amazing architecture, space to hold all your closest friends and family, and proximity to great photo ops downtown, there are so many reasons to love an Old Courthouse wedding. But I digress; let’s get back to Rikki + Josh!

Cleveland Wedding PhotographerIn case you’ve never met Rikki or Josh, here are their faces for your reference 😍

Best Cleveland Wedding PhotographerAnd here is the amazing Amasa Stone Chapel, where they held their wedding ceremony, located on the Case Western Reserve campus.

Downtown Cleveland Wedding PhotographyRemember that rowdy group of groomsmen? We’ll see more of them in a little bit.

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Candid Wedding Photographer ClevelandAh here they come! Wait for it…

Wedding Photographer ClevelandWait for it…

Fun Wedding Photographer ClevelandJosh didn’t stand a chance against the groomsmen. I was told later that several groomsmen “credit card” swiped josh [ whatever that means 🤷‍♂️ ]

Unique Wedding Photographer ClevelandI told you! Rowdy. The groomsman holding Josh’s leg up front and center, his face says it all.

Our experience with Making the Moment was honestly incredible... It was the perfect mix of offering direction without being over bearing

RikkiThe Bride
In Their Own Words.

That’s right. Every word you’ve read on this page so far regarding this wonderful wedding [ catch the alliteration there. Pretty brilliant, right? ] has all been word-smithed and crafted by us [ we’re not only gifted wedding photographers, but also not too shabby in the content writing department ] Humble Brag / Self enthusiasm aside; we mean every word on this page, but it’s important that you hear from our couple too.

We asked a few questions of them about their wedding; and hope you enjoy their answers 😀

What did you love about your wedding?

We both have really close-knit family and friends. So having everyone come together to not just celebrate us but to meet everyone else from different points of our lives/relationship was so so so special.

What would you do Different?

Honestly, I don’t think anything!! The whole weekend definitely went too fast in our opinion, but there would have never been enough time together!!

What was it like to work with us?

Our experience with Making the Moment was honestly incredible. Your vision fit our style/personalities to a T. It was the perfect mix of offering direction without being over bearing; while giving us some stunning pictures amongst a lot of meaningful candids.

Did you have a theme you were trying to hit for your wedding [ vibe / color palette / etc ]?

I think we were trying to go a more timeless color scheme… a lot of neutrals, greenery, and focus on the beautiful architecture of our wedding venues. We wanted our wedding vibes to be warm, intimate, elegant, and romantic.

Cleveland Wedding PhotographyThe ladies showed a bit more restraint, but you can tell they were still having a blast and enjoying the day together 👯‍♀️

Authentic Wedding Photography ClevelandWho said what to get this reaction?!

Cleveland Wedding PhotographerBridal Photography ClevelandRikki was a truly stunning bride. This image really does make a statement, doesn’t it? With her lace train flowing and the elegant building rising up behind her; I ALWAYS take a moment to capture a timeless [ and yet modern ] bridal portrait.  Bonus points that I was able to photograph this right outside the courthouse where their wedding reception would be in a few hours.

Wedding Photo Downtown ClevelandAnd this bridal party; brave enough to step in the middle of lakeside avenue with me for a quick pic!

Artistic Wedding Photography ClevelandIf that doesn’t stop your scroll, I don’t know what will.

Wedding Ceremony Photography ClevelandTime to get married! I used to be nervous at the wedding processional at a church wedding. As a photographer you sense the emotions rising, and when I was less experienced as wedding photographer I was always afraid I’d miss these moments.  Fast forward to 17+ years as wedding photographer in Cleveland and I’ve mastered the art of not only capturing the bride’s processional itself, but also capturing so many little side stories as she comes down the aisle [ groom crying, mom’s crying, drunk uncle mike crying, etc ]

Real Wedding Photography ClevelandI love the looks that dads give as they walk their daughters down the aisle.  I have 3 daughters; I know I’ll give this look a few times myself [ cue the tissues please ]

Wedding Ceremony Photography ClevelandIt’s amazing how a space so grand can feel so intimate during these quiet wedding moments.  The amasa stone chapel is a fantastic location for a wedding ceremony in cleveland.

Fun Wedding Photographer ClevelandBut the quiet sure didn’t last long!

Candid Wedding Photographer ClevelandIt’s time to PARRRRR-TAYYYYYYY 🎉🎉🎉

Creative Wedding Photographer ClevelandCleveland Old Courthouse WeddingI love photographing weddings and wedding receptions at the old courthouse in cleveland. Every time I’m inside the courthouse I work hard as wedding photographer to use it’s unique and classic architecture for wedding portraiture.

Wedding Inspiration PhotoRikki and Josh chose to share private vows before entering their wedding reception at the old courthouse in cleveland.

Old Courthouse Wedding ClevelandRemember how I mentioned that midday game of Rock Paper Scissors? Here is the photographic proof.

Wedding Old Courthouse ClevelandRikki won.

Old Courthouse Cleveland Wedding ReceptionAhhh the Old Courthouse. So majestic. So classic. So beautiful. Probably a little sweaty right now too 😓🕺🏽💃🏽.

Old Courthouse Cleveland WeddingHands up! I sometimes high five guests during reception dancing. I’ve discovered that drunk people REALLY love to high five the wedding photographer.

Wedding Reception Old Courthouse ClevelandOld Courthouse Cleveland Wedding PhotographyThank you, Rikki + Josh, for trusting us to capture your special day! It was an honor to share in your joy with you 🥰  I am SO proud of your wedding photography; and had SO much fun with you two!

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