Ballroom at Park Lane Wedding
Katie and Matt’s Ballroom at Park Lane wedding was a definite highlight of the year!
Please enjoy, Scott Shaw Photo | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
We started at the venue for getting ready photos before their first look there and then off to the ceremony
at St. Peter Catholic Church-my second time there this year. I even got to see past bride Nadia who had her
ceremony there earlier this year!
After that we went to Wade Lagoon for portraits. The Art Museum was so busy with wedding parties we didn’t get
too close to that. Just a block away and we were at the Ballroom at Park Lane for the rest of the night. What a
lovely place for a reception as you will see.
Katie gave me so many great words about the day so I’ll be sharing plenty of quotes from her.
“The Ballroom at Park Lane was the first venue we saw online that we wanted to see. We really loved all the
details and we are fans of the 1920’s architecture and particularly love the grandness of the bar and the entire
speakeasy area! Because we are both diligent and thorough people, we did want to visit more venues just to make
sure it was exactly what we were looking for. After seeing more it made the most sense for us. It was easy to
completely elevate the entire space with minimal décor because of all the beautiful details already there. We liked
having the two separate areas where older guests could remain in the ballroom if they wanted and still have a quiet
place to talk with other loved ones.
“Matt and I both thought the first look was the most emotional part of the day. I think seeing each other
and sharing our personal vows really took the pressure off the rest of the day and really allowed us to relax and
be in the moment. I loved the setting of the courtyard since it really felt private and special to have that moment
just for us.
The dance floor was packed all night at Gene with Burning River Entertainment did a great job. “We were a
little surprised by this honestly! We had such a blast though and lots of people who said they normally don’t dance
were out there with us having fun. I think we had three really stand out dancers with Matt’s cousin Michael Bachmann,
Matt’s uncle Eric Kapusinski, and my old boss Jack Hay. I really think the speakeasy area of the venue was the perfect
size for dancing and made it feel intimate. I have to give lots of credit to Gene for setting up all the dance lights
and reading the room really well for playing songs everyone was enjoying.”
I noticed on the program that Katie tried on 36 dresses so I asked her about that. “The bulk of the dresses
I had tried on were when I was visiting my mom Kathy back in Chicago! We had tried on anything and everything to
really get a sense of what I liked and didn’t like. I initially went in thinking I wanted a plain skirt and a simple
beaded bodice, but after trying lots on I realized I was drawn to lots of detail and A-line dresses. Knowing that this
was the style I liked, I had searched online for designers that I felt had a lot of options that met that criteria which
is how I found Morilee and went to a local bridal salon that carried them. The dress I picked was one I had initially
seen online that I had wanted to try. The sample dress was in a champagne color though, which made it more yellow and
I was hesitant at first. I went to one more salon but every dress I tried on there I kept comparing it to the one I
eventually picked so I went back and bought it in Ivory!
“Matt has always loved watching football and cheering on the Browns and the Buckeyes. He was also the high
school quarterback for Wadsworth. Matt’s dad, Paul, actually had some football photos taken at his wedding and that
served as the inspiration for Matt wanting to take some of his own. We had custom football made for our wedding and
we had the entire bridal party sign them and we gave them to both of our dads as a gift at the end of the night.
“My dad Ken had actually surprised me with our father-daughter dance song. Growing up he had been a solely
classic rock guy so we had originally picked out “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin because to me that had felt like it was
true to him. My mom didn’t really like that selection so she had tried to find another one. They together had picked
“I loved her first” by heartland after they both heard it and it made my dad emotional. They worked with both Matt and
Gene to change the song selection without me knowing. It was an emotional surprise for sure when the song started!”
You’ll see some of these just mentioned and more below!
The first look!
Katie’s parents Kathy and Ken walked her down the aisle.
Father Robert Jackson led the ceremony.
After the ceremony the couple wanted to do a group photo before the exit.
Matt’s recreation of his father Paul’s wedding photo.
Katie’s cousin Sarah and Kayleigh signed notes for the wine bottles.
The couple wanted some private time in the reception room during the cocktail hour.
The videographers had Maid of Honor Ashley’s toast covered!
Katie’s dance with her father Ken.
Matt’s cousin Katie and his Aunt Paula had some fun with Katie’s friend Bob looking on.
Katie and Matt’s engagement here:
Officiant: Fr. Robert Jackson
Ceremony: St. Peter Catholic Church
Reception: Ballroom at Park Lane
Catering: Food for Thought
DJ: Gene at Burning River Entertainment Group
Desserts: Food for Thought
(Cheese)Cake: Slices Fabulous Pastries
Dress: Morilee from Cle Bride
Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Bride’s shoes: David’s Bridal
Groom’s shoes: Men’s Wearhouse
Engagement Rings: Chas. S. Rivchun & Sons, Jewelers
Wedding bands: Chas. S. Rivchun & Sons, Jewelers
Hair: The I Do Updo (Ally Besaw)
Makeup: SandieMac Artistry (Sandra McFarland)
Limo: Northwest Limousine Service
Wedding coordinator at Park Lane: Nicole Zielinski
Signage-invites and seating: Zazzle
Linens etc.: provided by Ballroom at Park Lane
Assistant: Harrison Shaw
Video: GH Videos
Thank you for viewing this Ballroom at Park Lane wedding,
– Scott Shaw Photo | Cleveland Wedding Photographer