Adorable, this is the first word that comes to mind when I think of Donny and Brooke. Everything about them is just adorable. They call themselves lucky, in that they have found the perfect person and have such an amazing relationship. How did all this begin? Well as Brooke tells the story “We met in February of 2014. It was one of those freezing, snowy nights in Cleveland. I had no intention of going out that night. Looking back, I am SO GLAD I did. Donny and I met at a bar, Townhall to be exact. Nothing fancy about it. After a few drinks we quickly discovered we had a lot in common. As we were exchanging numbers, I saw the background on Donny’s phone had the Detroit Red Wings logo on it. He was SO excited when he found out I am a huge fan. We went on a date the very next night (in another snow storm) and we’ve been together even since. Donny proposed on April 1, 2017 (April Fools Day). Luckily, it was not a joke! He designed my ring himself. Since 2014, we have supported each other through 6 job changes, graduate school, moving 3 times, and buying our first house.” What is the likelyhood of finding another Red Wing fan, haha? This love of hockey came into the reception a bit as well. With a square-off between the bride and groom with a custom puck with their picture on it!
The wedding day began at the always awesome Cleveland Hilton Lakeside. This is a special location for getting ready. The suite is huge and has some of the best views of the lake and city. Cleveland Bridal Makeup and Perfect Hair & Makeup were there making sure all the girls looked amazing! But lets talk about THE DRESS! Isn’t it just stunning?! Brooke made a statement when she selected this dress. It so fit her personality and I just love that!!
The wedding was held at Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church. The ceremony was light-hearted with lots of laughs and love, just the way this couple would have it. From the church we went off for formals around Cleveland. We ended the formal session with a stop at Punch Bowl Social! Nothing like a little relaxing before the start of the big reception at Windows on the River!
The reception kicked off with cake cutting and toast. Brooke’s father grabbed a seat for the two of them and began a sweet and funny toast to the couple. All kinds of great laughs (and pictures I might add) came out of this! But, I try not to make the blog too long so those pictures will have to be shared by the couple! To say this reception was fun, is an understatement. From a hockey competition, dancing on the floor and blow-up instruments, there was plenty to capture for us! Thank you Brooke and Donny for the fun day and for selecting us to take part in it! Congratulations!
Cleveland Bridal Makeup-Bonnie Thomas
Perfect Hair & Makeup on Hair-Agne Moraru
Preparation Location for bride-Hilton Lakeside
Dress Shoppe-La Blanca Bridal,Olmsted Falls
Reception Venue-Windows on the River