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Outdoor Wedding in Akron, OH

  • Mark Davidson Photography, Cleveland, OH
    Heidi Baumgart, Heidzillas, Cleveland, OH
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Jennifer & Robert in Akron, OH
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Jennifer wore a pair of orange shoes to give her look a pop of color. She accessorized with custom-made pieces, including a pearl and crystal bracelet and a birdcage veil and headband.
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Jennifer’s florist created a calla lily bouquet for her and gave Robert a coordinating boutonniere: a single plum calla lily.
Hosanna Design, Brunswick, OH
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Helene Piller, Hosanna Design, Brunswick, OH
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A very good friend of the bride’s offered to fold 1,000 paper cranes as a wedding gift. According to Japanese folklore, cranes represent a long and happy life. Jennifer incorporated the cranes into her escort card table by adding paper tags, labeled with guests’ names and table numbers.
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The reception table number cards were bordered with a fun orange-and-purple design, created by one of the bride’s friends.
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The four-tiered wedding cake was frosted with ivory buttercream and decorated with orange Asiatic lilies and paper cranes. Scattered at the base, orange petals and tea lights highlighted the dessert.
The Bake Shop in Ghent, Bath, OH

Jennifer & Robert in Akron, OH

Back in 2003, Jennifer and Robert met online. “Internet dating wasn’t nearly as popular back then as it is now, so we like to think of ourselves as real pioneers,” says Jennifer. Five years after their first meeting, the couple were in their California home packing for a kayaking trip they were leaving for the next day. The Bride Jennifer Stripe, 37, higher-education consultant The Groom Robert Portillo, 40, computer consultant The Date May 30 Robert asked Jennifer if she wanted to get out of the house to take a walk on the beach. When they got there, Jennifer was so enamored by the beach that she didn’t even notice Robert disappear from her side to kneel down in the sand. When she looked over and realized what was happening, he proposed. Soon, the two were making plans for a spring wedding in Akron decorated with paper cranes in a pretty orange-and-plum color scheme.
- Anja Winikka
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  • Mark Davidson Photography, Cleveland, OH
  • Heidi Baumgart, Heidzillas, Cleveland, OH
  • Guy's Party Center
  • Nordstrom.com
  • Hosanna Design, Brunswick, OH
  • Helene Piller, Hosanna Design, Brunswick, OH
  • The Bake Shop in Ghent, Bath, OH

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