Kristin and Conan were married at Memorial Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 31. “It’s a beautiful historic building by one of our favorite architects Samuel Hannaford,” Kristin said. “The building has so much character and charm. Once we saw it for the first time, that was it!” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash, while the groom wore a light gray three-piece suit, accessorized with solid tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short blush dresses and carried bouquets of roses. “Overall, our wedding was filled with so much joy and love,” she said.”Really the entire day was magical, but if I had to pick one moment, it would probably be the ceremony.” It took place on the stage of the performance theatre. Guests sat in rows of red velvet padded chairs and listened to the acoustically perfect cello play as Kristin walked down the aisle to a mashup of Wanger’s “Bridal Chorus” and Bob Marley’s “Stir it Up.” “We had a knot tying ritual to reflect how I grew up boating and Conan fishing,” Kristin said. “We also wrote our own vows.” The reception followed in the Parkview Room. “It was all very DIY,” she said. “I really enjoyed how all of our signage . . the flowers, and invitations came out as well.” Tables were decorated with thrifted mercury glass vases, postcard names, and pieces of rosemary at each place setting. The favors? Homemade custom blend spices. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Stay organized and put lots of time and effort into your wedding to really make a reflection of you as a couple,” Kristin said. “Don’t worry about all the small things, as they’re not that important in the grand scheme. Just relax.”
Rachel and Nick were married at Pinnacle Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio on September 21. “We wanted a natural, warm location with a rustic feel,” Rachel said. “The open garden was perfect for our cocktail hour, and the ballroom with the marble dance floor and hanging crystal chandeliers was the absolute best backdrop.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a white vest and tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin dresses and carried bouquets of dahlias, roses, and dusty millers. Not to mention their statement necklaces too! “Planning our wedding while living in Nashville made me really lean on my friends’ suggestions and vendor recommendations,” she said. “Luckily, each and every one completely surpassed our expectations.” The reception followed the traditional church ceremony. Tables were decorated with white linens, tall centerpieces, and 250 votive candles. “Our DJ took our list of songs, but also was able to ‘read the room’ and keep the dance floor packed ALL night long,” Rachel said. Guests didn’t leave hungry either — a dessert display was stuffed with a four-tiered cake and an assortment of cookies.
Lori and Zach were married at Maumee Bay State Park in Toledo, Ohio on December 14. “Having a winter wedding was never quite what this beach blonde girl had expected for herself, but wanting to quickly marry my handsome boy, we decided December was the month for us,” Lori said. “We stepped foot first into the Lodge lobby — complete with wall to wall windows, woodsy warmth, a catching scene of the lake, and (my favorite) cozy fireplace at every turn.” In just 4 short months, these two said, “I do” in an unforgettable blizzard! One of the bride’s favorite moments? “The three nights before [the wedding] of wines, cheeses, belly-laughter, and bouquet and centerpiece making with my sweetest family and friends,” she said. ” She wore a ruched wedding gown, accessorized with a fabric floral sash and faux fur jacket while bridesmaids wore gray and mint colored dresses in different styles. We love their stockings! Following the traditional church ceremony, guests arrived at the reception decorated with candlelit lanterns, willow tree branch centerpieces, and of course, a personalized mixed CD favor at each place setting.
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
It is truly a hidden gem in downtown Cleveland. Not many people know about it and when you walk in, you are truly enamored by the grandeur and history of it. It was beautifully charming and expressed both of our personalities.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
I wore the same train that my mom wore on her wedding day and my sister wore it on her wedding day as well.
Matt and I met sailing and my Dad actually introduced us. My Dad passed away about a year before our wedding and Matt took one of the sails from my Dad’s boat to make the ring bearer’s pillow. He even sewed it himself.
We bought two sailboats (actually, Christmas ornaments) for our wedding cake to represent the way we met. We painted them in our wedding colors and now we can hang them on our Christmas tree every year.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Matt: The first look. The first time I saw Leslie in her wedding dress, I was absolutely blown away by how beautiful she looked.
Leslie: Walking outside of my mom’s house and seeing Matt waiting for me for our first look. He looked so excited and so emotional. I couldn’t wait to see him, kiss him, and marry him! It was the perfect day and I don’t think I ever stopped smiling.
On Tuesday, we shared a red, white, and blue wedding that took place on July 4th weekend last year. Today’s wedding took place on the exact same day – but has a totally different look and feel! While going all-American is fun for a July 4th wedding, this wedding proves you certainly don’t have to (though taking a few patriotic portraits is always a nice touch!)!
Our Q&A with the Bride:
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Our flowers, especially around the ceremony site.
2. The fireworks!
3. Our invitations
And there was so much more: the sno-cones, cotton candy, my dress, the timing and location of the ceremony and reception, the oyster bar, specialty cocktails, having my father’s cufflinks in my bouquet (he passed away 14 years ago), my mom walking me down the aisle, my string quartet playing pop music during cocktail hour…
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Take it in stride. You can’t control it all, and some of the details you weren’t expecting will be your favorites.
Tell us about the one moment from your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about.
Looking into Sam’s eyes and reciting the vows that we wrote for each other.