September 20, 2022

Severance Hall Wedding | Bella & Jackson

Bella and Jackson’s wedding weekend began with a “welcome” party for their guest at Jackson’s family home Harcourt Manor.  Harcourt is a meticulously renovated 12,000-square-foot, four story Elizabethan Revival on Harcourt Drive in Cleveland Heights. The grand home, with seven bedrooms and 12 baths, was built by Kermode Gill, whose family’s company-built Terminal Tower and Central Union Station. It was designed by architect Frank Meade. Construction stretched over four years, from 1911 to 1915. It was an absolutely dreamy location for such a fabulous wedding celebration!

This blog is of the wedding day, which began for us arriving at the couple’s preparation location, Harcourt Manor.  The home was filled with beautiful florals and people scurrying about as the excitement of the day began to build. Hair was done in the garden room while makeup and hair was also in the kitchen.  Bella and Jackson had their siblings as the wedding party, but Bella also had her good friends there as well.  See the picture below of all the beautiful girls in pink robes.

Once all the preparations were finished for the couple, we decided to have their “first look” next to the waterfall in the manor’s private gardens.  I love Bella’s entrance as she made her way done the steps to the lower gardens.  But Jackson’s expression when he first saw her, was the highlight of the moment!  We continued to photograph in the gardens.  Of course, it was stunning, and Bella & Jackson made it all so perfect.  I would have been happy photographing there all day!  Just before finishing at the manor, we photographed the families and wedding party in the garden area and in the front of the home.  Then we were off to Severance Hall. Cleveland’s premier concert hall for the Cleveland Orchestra.

The hall was stunning with white florals adorning the staircase and greenery along the aisle.  Plantscaping and Blooms transformed the marble room into a softer, yet formal, romantic wedding location. As guest entered, they were greeted with champagne. Once the guest were seated, Bella made her entrance into the ceremony by first walking down the double staircase and then taking the arms of her parents to walk the aisle.  The ceremony was then held at the top of the next staircase.  What a grand location!

Following the wedding ceremony, Severance offers an outdoor raised patio for the cocktail hour.  Guest were serenaded with a recording of Romeo & Juliet as they walked through the concert hall to the cocktail hour. Meanwhile the ceremony location was transformed into a dance floor and the perfect location for the wedding cake.

Once the reception began, Jackson and Bella made a grand entrance into the hall and down to the wedding cake for cutting while their guest all had a bird’s eye-view from the above balconies. Fabulous food, fantastic speeches and so much love and laughter began the reception which led into all night dancing with the Bottom Line Band.

Such a special wedding, from the adorable (and madly in love) couple, the gorgeous manor and Jackson’s wonderful family who lived there, to the amazing vendors and Severance Hall really was perfect and captured Bella and Jackson’s personalities!  Thank you and congratulations to Bella and Jackson and Ayna Rudd,  for such a pleasure working with you for your son’s wedding!

Wedding preparation location-Harcourt Manor

Hair-Sarah Delaine Brides

Makeup-M Kleinman Artistry

Wedding Coordination-Kirkbrides-Bri McKeown

Bride’s Attire-Jenny Yoo

Bridal Shoppe-Lovely Bride Seattle

Groom’s attire-Vera Wang

Florals-Plantscaping & Blooms

Rentals-Event Source through Marigold


Cake-Luna Bakery

Wedding/Reception Venue-Severance Hall

Ceremony Music-Opus216

Band-Bottom Line Band



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