I’ll say right now, I know, I’ve posted way too many photos in the preview! :o) But, I had a really hard time narrowing them down to this.
There are times when we photograph a couple where their connection is so strong it actually can be felt by strangers looking at their photographs… This is true of Mariana & Mark.
Al & I spent 13 wonderful hours with Mariana & Mark on their lovely wedding day. Mariana and her girls got ready at her parent’s house and Mark and the guys were at the Hyatt Place in Independence. Once everyone was finished, Mark and his groomsmen headed to Mariana’s parents house for some traditional Ukrainian wedding games.
Mark had to barter with his future father-in-law for his bride. Being the gentleman that he is, Mark offer a hefty sum of cash, but that must not have been enough, as he was presented with one of Mariana’s male cousins draped in a lace table cloth! LOL! So, needless to say, Mark began to offer more money and then even said he would provide a band to play for them the entire day! Well, that must have satisfied Mr. Pelts, as then he went inside and came back out with the most beautiful Mariana to be Mark’s bride…
Family and friends then joined Mariana & Mark for a pre-wedding celebration at Mariana’s parents house. Everyone enjoyed the celebration as the band played on! ;o)
Next Mariana & Mark, along with their bridal party, went to the Hungarian Cultural Garden of Cleveland for lovely photos of the couple and their friends.
Their beautiful ceremony was held at St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, in Parma. After the ceremony the band led Mariana & Mark, along with their guests, on a procession to their reception party behind the church at the Astrodome Event Center.
This was definitely a wedding to remember, filled with great food, great music and wonderful Ukrainian traditions and dance!
Wishing Mariana & Mark many wonderful and happy years together!
Karen & Allen
Allen&Karen Wedding Photography
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