Today’s real wedding, brought to us by David Corey Photography (Cleveland, OH) is a rustic vineyard wedding with romantic details and a dessert table so pretty that the bride cried tears of joy when she saw it! Here’s Mary Beth, the lovely bride, to tell us more:
Russell and I dated for two years before eventually getting engaged. The dating years were a blast. The best way I can describe it is one continuous adventure. Too many stories to tell. We both love traveling and the outdoors, so our courtship was filled with many fun trips all over the country and even abroad. We also spent an incredible amount of time with our families and friends. While we had no mutual connections prior to meeting, a mutual network quickly built around our relationship. Russell proposed to me on a beautiful July day at Gervasi Vineyard.
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I had a really tough time picking out my wedding dress, because I liked several different styles. Since we were having a springtime vineyard wedding, I wanted my dress to mimic something that would be worn outdoors in a garden-like setting. I also aimed for a dress that was a little understated. My dress was strapless, sweetheart cut with a delicate weaving of the bodice, coming down to the bedazzled sash, and the rest of the dress was wispy and flowy. The back of the dress had beautiful pearls and rhinestone buttons going all the way down through the train. It was simple, yet very elegant.
The style and elements of our wedding can best be described as rustic, organic, and a natural feel that was also very intimate. We chose to get married at the outdoor Pavilion at Gervasi Vineyard, since it held a strong sentiment in both of our hearts as the place where we got engaged. It also happens to have exquisitely beautiful grounds, fantastic food and wine, and in our opinion, the perfect setting and ambiance for the wedding of our dreams.
The most important detail that Russell and I created was our ceremony. We wanted it to be personal, intimate, and to reflect our personalities. We asked my brother, Brian, if he would get ordained and marry us. We worked with him to craft the entire ceremony. We selected specific readings, and Brian did a fantastic job of adding his own flair to the ceremony, making it very unique. The most memorable part for us was the reading aloud of mine and Russell’s letters to one another. Neither one of us had seen or read the letters, but had sent them to Brian a week or so before the wedding.
During the ceremony, Brian read our letters out loud, and it was very emotional and heartfelt. In a way, they represented our personal vows to one another. I am so happy we chose to do that.My favorite wedding purchase was our cake and dessert. When I walked through the venue right before our guests started to arrive, I actually cried when I saw our dessert table and how gorgeous everything looked. The attention to detail was obvious, and it literally looked like something out of a magazine.
We didn’t realize going into wedding planning how many smaller details that really go into it, and how much time everything takes to figure out!Looking back at my wedding day, my favorite memory was seeing all of the smiles on people’s faces. It was the look I saw on Russell’s face over and over throughout the day, looking back at me. It was the look on our parents’ faces, full of love, pride, and joy for us – two young kids just beginning our journey. My main memory of our wedding day was how flawless the entire day was, from start to finish. It was effortless fun – and I soaked up every last second of it. I wish I could repeat that day every year!
Congratulations Mary Beth & Russell and thank you David for sharing! For more information about David Corey Photography, please visit his WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile.
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Photographer: David Corey Photography
DJ: Beach Boyz Entertainment
Design and Decor: Beth Draeger
Officiant: Brian Sammon
Jewelry: Carioti Jewelers
Bakery: Checkerboard Cheesecake
Makeup Artist: Edge Hair Solon
Reception Venue: Gervasi Vineyard
Location: Gervasi Vineyard
Ceremony Location: Gervasi Vineyard
Event Planner: Gervasi Vineyard
Floral Designer: Jeff Ream
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Jo’s A Bank
Hair Stylist: Studio M
Dress Store: Wendy’s Bridal