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Laura & Sam

Laura & Sam

Catholic- Industrial Wedding,  Brunswick + Lakewood, Ohio 

Laura McGreer and Sam Gillispie were married on September 2nd, 2023 at St. Ambrose Catholic Parish in Brunswick, OH. Laura’s mom, Mrs. McGreer, visited my studio during Christmas In The Valley, an annual event in charming downtown Valley City where holiday festivities, shopping, crafters, and more gather for a day of fun. Shortly afterward, Laura booked a consultation with me and fell in love with my photography style from the samples I shared. Our personalities meshed flawlessly and the rest was history! The two of them knew from day one that photography and videography were equally important for their big day. Luckily, the TKC Team offers both services! My team and I captured their full wedding day starting with the bride and bridesmaids getting ready, the Catholic ceremony, wedding party portraits, and lastly, the reception.

A Catholic Ceremony

Laura and Sam opted for a traditional Catholic ceremony led by Father Bob Stec. Each of the six groomsmen escorted a bridesmaid down the aisle who carried stunning floral bouquets of pink and yellow by Hannah Caraballo Designs. Mr. Gillispie, Larua’s dad, walked her down the long aisle lined with many family and friends. Standing at the altar, Sam was trying his best to contain his emotions. As he saw his bride for the first time he was filled with tears of joy! Following the ceremony was a bubble exit and family portraits.

The  Portrait Garden

The new Mr. & Mrs. Gillispie and their wedding party enjoyed some downtime on a BVIP Limousine Service party bus as it drove them to several beautiful portrait locations. But first, we all grabbed a Chick-fil-A sandwich that was waiting for us on the bus for lunch! So thoughtful of the two of them! The first location was Gardenview Horticultural Park in Strongsville, OH. The gardens are secluded, romantic, and oh so stunning that it was perfect for bridal portraits. Our next stop was the Cleveland Museum of Art where the bride and groom took individual photos with their bridesmaids and groomsmen along with group shots. The guys even had a little bit of fun shoving the groom around! The last photo stop was their venue, The Lake Erie Building in Lakewood, Ohio.

Industrial Vibes Reception

The Lake Erie Building, aka Screw Factory, holds importance to Laura and Sam, it’s where they first met! It was the perfect location for engagement photos and their wedding reception!  While my team and I took the bride and groom portraits and videos, their guests were enjoying cocktail hour in a separate room. The newlyweds hired Amy Hudson of Amy’s Rustic Event Space and her crew for an array of coordination services including, complete bar service, appetizers for cocktail hour, and their beautiful gold and sea foam green place settings. As Mr. & Mrs. Gillispie were introduced to their 150+ guests they immediately shared their first dance to Forever and Ever Amen by Randy Travis followed by a father-daughter dance to Landslide by Fleetwood Mac. Several speeches were then given by some very important loved ones and a prayer by Mr. McGreer. A buffet dinner was served by City BBQ, the new couple cut their cake baked by Rito’s in Brunswick then everyone danced the night away with DJ services from Adam Elliot, aka DJ Flair. As The Karleigh Collective was getting ready to depart for the evening, we were able to capture the bouquet toss! What a great day we had! Congratulations Laura and Sam Gillispie!!!

Cleveland- Akron, Ohio Wedding  Photo and Video

The Karleigh Collective is a luxury, woman-owned, wedding photography and videography company that takes a limited number of wedding couples each year. Led by Karleigh Potemry, who believes she is more than just a photographer – she’s a storyteller who will make you feel at ease, even if you feel awkward in front of a camera, and bring out the best in you, on your special day. With her fun, easy-going personality and years of hands-on experience, Karleigh will turn your wedding into a timeless masterpiece. Get ready to have a one-of-a-kind experience with the best in the business! Learn more and become a TKC couple at www.thekarleighcollective.com!

This day came together with the help of their loving family, friends, and the following vendors:

Photo & Video: Karleigh, Amanda, & Julie of The Karleigh Collective  

Coordination Services: Amy Hudson of Amy’s Rustic Event Space

Hair Stylist: Amber Vales at Studio M Salon  

Makeup Artist: Waleska Colabianchi of Makeup by Waleska

Florist: Hannah Caraballo of Hannah Caraballo Designs  

Transportation: BVIP Limousine Service 

DJ Services: DJ Flair 

Ceremony Venue & Officiant:St. Ambrose Catholic Parish led by Father Bob Stec 

Reception Venue: Lake Erie Building

Cake: Rito’s Italian Bakery

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