Tudor Arms Wedding + Cleveland Cultural Gardens
Amy and Joe’s Tudor Arms wedding was such a delight!
Please enjoy, Scott Shaw Photo | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
I’d been looking forward to Amy and Joe’s wedding since their fun engagement session!
Amy really did her research and came back several times for consults and I felt honored when
she chose me to document their wedding day.
They are such a fun couple and have the cutest dog named Coconut who has quite the Instagram
following. I’m just a bit jealous although I know I can’t compete!
Amy and Joe chose to have a Tudor Arms wedding and I’ve photographed there several times.
It’s easily in my top five venues for sure. I love the spaces there and the elegant architecture.
Amy: “Tudor Arms was ironically the first place my mom Annie suggested. But what did my mom
know about Cleveland, let alone the wedding scene here from her internet research in rural PA?
I should have listened to her! After exploring a few options and doing lots of research, Tudor
Arms started to stand out. It was in a central location in Cleveland, they were very organized and
people spoke very highly of them. After seeing how beautifully elegant the Crystal Ballroom was in
person, we knew this had to be the place.”
We started at Tudor Arms for the getting ready photos and the backdrops always yield far
more preparation photos than most venues.
Both wrote each other letters that were very lengthy and detailed and they clearly have a deep bond.
Joe: “When I received Amy’s gift to me, I first opened the card and read it. It was nice
but I was surprised because it seemed short compared to the long cards Amy usually writes to me.
It was then that I noticed a notebook underneath labeled “Reasons I Want to Marry You” and I was
completely blown away. Amy completely filled up the notebook with detailed reasons of why she wanted
to marry me. As I started reading through the book, I became so overwhelmed that I started to tear up.”
When everyone was ready the couple saw each for a First Look in the Tudor Arms stairwell.
Amy: “We went back and forth about whether or not we wanted to do a first look up until just weeks
before the wedding . It was such a special moment together before the day got really busy. The feelings
we had were an indescribable mixture of excitement, comfort and bliss and we are so happy that we decided to do it.”
From there we headed to the beautiful St. Stephen Church on the west side of Cleveland. “The wedding
ceremony was such emotional time for us and we both struggled to hold back our tears,” Amy said.
Then we were off for portraits in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and outside the Cleveland Museum
of Art getting back in time for the reception and their Tudor Arms wedding
“The wedding reception was amazing! To see all the months of planning come together without a
hitch and be surrounded by our loving family and closest friends in the most beautiful venue – it
was truly the best day of our lives and we could not have imagined it being any more perfect, Amy said.
“A lot of people told us the day would fly by and we wouldn’t remember much but we think we both
really lived in the moment and remember most details from the day.”
If you’re still reading it’s time for some of my favorite photos this year so please enjoy!
Amy’s mother Annie helped her with her dress.
Maid of honor Rachael helped too.
Flower girls Kinley, right, and Elynna delighted everyone with their cuteness.
Ring bearer Caleb, Joe’s nephew, got some positive affirmation as he slowly made it down the aisle.
Amy’s parents Daniel and Annie walked her down the aisle.
Coconut visited for some bridal portraits.
Joe’s brother, Michael, gave a toast.
Bridesmaid Kathleen looked for something at the cookie table. “Cookie tables
are a big thing in Youngstown, OH (Joe’s hometown) and it allows family and friends
to be able to contribute and be a part of the wedding. At our wedding,
Joe’s mom designed and managed the cookie table and personally made at least 50
dozen cookies herself. We had about 100 dozen cookies in total,” Amy said.
When this happened toward the end of the night I was totally surprised. I asked Amy to explain: “It was
originally played as a tribute to Joe’s grandfather, Conzy Lucci, because it reminded his family of him. When
Joe’s family gets together at weddings, they would play “My Way” by Frank Sinatra towards the end of the night
and everyone joins arms in a circle and sing it. Somewhere along the line, someone threw their shoe in the middle
of the circle and this caught on with others and escalated to jackets and other accessories. Since then, it has
become a tradition at Lucci weddings.”
Florist- Bouquet Studio
Cake – White Flower Cake Shoppe
Dress – Pronovias
Veil – Pronovias
Suit – The Black Tux
Shoes – Jimmy Choo
DJ – CLE Music Group (Matt Gazdak)
Rings – from Alson Jewelers
Officiants – Father Michael Swierz and Pastor Che Kim
Church- St. Stephen Church
Hair – Lather A Salon (Haley Delzani)
Makeup – Cleveland Makeup Artistry (Karin Dodge)
Limo bus – Platinum Party Bus
Videography – JFray Productions (Jessica Novosel)
Ceremony music – Mayfield Strings
To see their engagement photos in Cleveland, please click here:
Thank you for viewing this wedding,
– Scott Shaw Photo | Cleveland Wedding Photographer