We have a saying here in Northeast Ohio, “if you don’t like the weather, wait an hour”. I always tell my clients that they should not look at the weather until about three days before the big day. Leading up to Juli and Attila’s wedding, I have to admit, I was getting a bit worried. The forecasters here were calling for rain, rain, and more rain. When I arrived to start photographing on the morning of their wedding day, I was pleasantly surprised to see that no one was freaking out about the rain. And it was raining, a lot.
For the first part of their day, a fun Hungarian tradition where the groom asks the bride’s family for permission to marry her, and is presented with “brides” who are obviously not his bride, we were lucky to have the cover of a gazebo in the hotel’s courtyard. Throughout it all, Juli and Attila were as calm as any couple could be on their wedding day. There was not one mention of the rain.
As we were heading into the ceremony, the skies really opened up. But, as the saying goes, just wait an hour. By the time their wedding ceremony was over, the skies had cleared and we had dry conditions for the rest of the day. Following the ceremony at St. Emeric Church we made the short trip over to the Market Square Park across from Cleveland’s historic West Side Market for a few photos and then we were off to the Hungarian Garden in Cleveland’s Cultural Gardens for more group photos and some fun portraits.
Once the photos were done, we headed to the Hungarian Reformed Church for a lively reception that included some beautiful and emotional toasts, fun dances, and a plate smashing like I’ve never seen before. Also under the category of things I’ve never seen at a reception before: the bride and groom sweeping up the broken plate!
All-in-all it was a fun-filled day and I am honored to have been a part of it. Congratulations Juli and Attila, here are a few of my favorite images from your wedding day.