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Wedding Date: May 24, 2013
Krista and Chaymen: Talk about a cool couple and a cool wedding! The couple held a small, intimate, beautiful wedding here at the Ohio Village last spring where they exchanged vows in front of the people who mean the most to them. The simplicity was romantic, refreshing and made for incredible memories that I’m sure they will cherish forever.
“I was never the kind of girl who dreamed about her wedding day, but I could not have imagined a more beautiful day,” said Krista after I followed up with her about the special day. “My favorite moment was right after the ceremony. Since we had only immediate family and a few close friends, we were met with a sea of hugs after we were pronounced husband and wife. There was not a dry eye in sight.” For the ceremony, they picked the spot of the village where they were shaded by the weeping willow tree with the vineyard behind them. The setting was gorgeous.
I can’t pick just one favorite moment from this wedding so here are two:
1.) The arrival. All of the wedding party and the guests arrived at the Ohio Village together on a trolley. How cool is that? Because the guest list was so short, they all could truly spend the whole day together.
2.) The reception. The Ohio Village has a small little nook that we call the Beer Garden. With black iron tables and chairs, a bar (called the Elks Head Tavern) and a beautiful arbor, it is romantic and unique. After snapping a few photos around the village, Krista and Chaymen joined their dozen guests in the Beer Garden. Keeping true to their style, they kept things simple. Delicious food, a mimosa bar, laughs, and love.
“I recommend the Ohio Historical Society because it’s unique and understated,” said Krista. “There are plenty of choices when it comes to ceremony sites and the staff is incredibly accommodating. Some of the most fun we had that day was taking photos with our wedding party at the Ohio Village. How can you not have fun with your best women while posing in front of the Female Seminary sign?”
Advice from Krista:
No matter how nontraditional, do exactly what you want to do on your wedding day. Don’t give into pressure.
Thank you Brian Gluys and 222 Photography for the incredible shots!
Wedding Date: September 1, 2013
We tend to have a ton of teachers choose the Ohio Village for their wedding venue. Maybe because their colleagues bring students here for a field trip and say, “Hey (Bride’s name), there’s a cute church here!” Whatever the reason may be, I like it! These ladies are organized…and by organized I mean instructions are color coded, they take notes at meetings, and probably have post-it notes in their purses. They also know exactly what they want and can make it happen.
Stephanie definitely fits this description which helped make their wedding so spectacular. I first met her and Tony about 16 months before their wedding. We can’t book weddings until 12 months before the date, but these two knew that the church was their perfect venue. They were ready and reserved it at exactly midnight, 1 year before their wedding, to make sure it was theirs! They had great ideas and the attention to detail allowed the theme to carry from The Dress, through the ceremony, all the way to the reception. The results were unforgettable and their photographer, Lauren from Barefeet Studio, captured it all.
When I asked Stephanie for her favorite moment of her wedding day, she responded, “Getting ready in the basement of the church with my bridesmaids is a time I won’t ever forget.” Those moments with your closest friends and family before you walk down the aisle are some of the most precious memories of your day.
This First Look is so precious!
“I will never forget walking up the aisle after we were married. I was feeling part relief, part joy…even though my veil fell out when we started walking! My husband and I were able to have a moment to ourselves for the first time all day.” That moment is so special and we try to allow for this at each wedding here in the Ohio Village. After the walk up the aisle as Man and Wife, we tuck the couple in a private room for a few special moments together, away from the crowd of people and the details and the camera.
Stephanie and Tony were an amazing couple to work with. You can see in each picture how much love they have. They worked as a team through each detail and even used a point system to pick their songs. Stephanie explains, “Our first dance was That’s How Strong My Love Is by Otis Redding. Tony and I narrowed it down to five songs together and then used a point system to pick the winner. I was kind of excited when our DJ had to get the song from us because it meant it wasn’t used at 100 weddings last year.” Everything about their wedding was unique and truly what they wanted, from the confetti toss, to the bridesmaids’ dresses, to the recessional to Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing. Stephanie says, “Weddings are built on tradition and familiarity.” Although she wasn’t afraid to do anything unexpected and fun either! Check out a few images from here cool reception:
“The church is such a pretty space. It is unique and the staff is so easy to work with,” Stephanie explains about the Ohio Village venue. “We did things here that a lot of venues wouldn’t have ever let happen. The confetti picture is one of my favorites.” It’s one of my favorites, too, Stephanie! This was SO much fun. You can’t see me, but I’m in the back throwing confetti too. (Be sure to click on this picture to see it in full size!)
Stephanie’s advice to planning brides:
Make it yours. If you have a great idea to make it unique, don’t be afraid to try. You only get to do it once but pick your priorities that are the MOST important to you when selecting where to spend your budget. Also, have a plan for the day of, and share it with the bridal party. Create a time schedule and assign them tasks ahead of time for clean up so you don’t have to stress about it. Lastly, don’t sweat the stuff you can’t control. Most likely, your guests won’t notice if you don’t mention it!
Processional: Canon in D, Pachelbel
Recessional: Don’t Stop Believing, Journey
First Dance: That’s How Strong my Love Is, Otis Redding
Congratulations to the beautiful couple!
Wedding Date: June 22, 2013
Matt proposed to Dayna in Walt Disney World during the fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom…seriously. Fireworks in the Magic Kingdom. Yes please.
After that moment, the pair knew that they wanted a wedding venue as unique and memorable as their engagement. Dayna wanted an outdoor ceremony and I’m so glad that she came here. Thankfully, we can be very flexible at OHS with rain backups. We always reserve a indoor location, just in case of bad weather.
Dayna said, “Erin showed us the whole Ohio Village and talked about the different options there, the most popular being the lovely little church. We also toured the inside of the museum and talked about all of the possibilities it had to offer. When Matt and I left together, we turned to each other and said, almost at the same time, ‘I really like it!’”
As you can see in the map above (isn’t she artistic?), the couple decided to use our space to its fullest: the ceremony was outside in the village and the cocktail hour was on the Plaza Green while the wedding party took great pictures out on the village grounds. Everyone then moved inside to the Plaza Terrace for dinner. After their meal together, the bride and groom led their guests down to the exhibit floor for dancing and cake. “Our guests had the opportunity to experience the whole Ohio History Center and Village, which brought a great element of fun to our wedding,” Dayna explains.
The Guests enjoyed cocktail hour out on the Plaza Green and when we were ready to announce the bride and groom, they took their seats for dinner inside on the Plaza. Dayna introduced me to her caterer, Freedom a La Cart, a few months before her wedding and I’m so happy to have a relationship with them now. Not only was the Ohio-grown food amazing and the staff incredible to work with, the revenue from the catering goes to support women who are recovering from abuse. It is an amazing cause to support. Here is the menu that they created for Dayna and Matt:
Blue cheese and walnut spread with veggies and pita
House made chorizo puffs
Pulled Pork or Gaucho meet with a cilantro cream sauce,
pico de gallo, chimichurri or creamy corn sauce
Spoon Bread; Roasted Asparagus; Green Salad.
Everyone raved about the amazing food. Be sure to check them out here: Freedom a la Cart
Or email them at email@example.com
After dinner, everyone moved to the exhibit floor for cupcakes and dancing. Dayna says, “It was so much fun. We took some time out to capture fun photos on the trolley and by the Mastodon, and enjoy the photo booth. Many of our families and friends who had children told us they loved that they were able to walk around the museum and experience the exhibits (though plenty of people stayed on the dance floor, too)!”
Dayna and Matt (both Ohio natives) decided to go with an awesome Ohio theme for their wedding based on our venue. The guest favors were buckeyes and adorable Ohio shaped cookie cutters. They also kept all of the details close to home by recruiting the help of family and friends. My favorite detail: Dayna’s friend who made eight different kinds of cupcakes based on some of the couple’s favorite places and events in Ohio—including the Studio 35 (a chocolate stout cake with popcorn frosting), the Ohio State Fair (a Krispy Kreme donut cake with a lemon slush glaze and cotton candy frosting), and the OSU (peanut butter and chocolate, of course). Seriously, those cupcakes were amazing!
I absolutely love Dayna’s favorite memory: “I have many great memories of the day, but I think my very favorite was actually our last song—we danced to “Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog. As soon as the music started, there was a collective feeling of joy and nostalgia, and Matt was incredibly sweet as he started singing along as we danced. It was a perfectly happy moment that connected our engagement in Disney World to our wedding here in Ohio.”
I’m not sure what I would pick for my favorite moment of the day. The whole wedding was amazing and personal, but I’m going to choose the ceremony. I love outdoor ceremonies at the Ohio Village and from the décor in the aisle, to the bunting on the fence, to the moment when Dayna walked through the picket-fence to go down the aisle, the ceremony was absolutely beautiful. I’m honored to have helped them plan their special day and to be there to watch them in perfect happiness.
Dayna’s advice to brides:
Find ways to make your wedding your own. If you have talented friends and family members, fold them in. it makes your wedding so much more personal and it’s more fun to plan with people you know.
Also: You’re going to make it! It gets crazy and stressful there for awhile, but take it day by day and you’ll get through it. It’s worth it in the end when everything comes together just right!
Processional: La Rejouissance (The Rejoicing) from Royal Fireworks Music (Handel)
Recessional: Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
First dance: “Best Friend” by Queen
Take a look at the rest of the pictures from their wedding below.
Thank you Katie Ett from Ettible Photography!
A quick edit to the above post: Dayna told me that her friend from One Lonely Apricot made the wedding map featured in this post and I want to give her a shout out. How creative!
Wedding Date: March 30, 2013
In the midst of wedding season, I am so happy to send this post out into the world. The wedding was as beautiful as the couple, and the personal touches are what made it unforgettable and unique.
The beautiful bride, Anna, married her handsome groom at the Ohio Village Church on March 30th of this year. When I met Anna, she told me how many road blocks she had ran into because of her date. Not many churches will hold weddings on Easter weekend.
“Our church was unavailable on our date and we didn’t want to deal with restrictions that other churches may impose on us. We were happy to find the Ohio Historical Society,” Anna said. Because we lack the restrictions of other churches, Anna and Uriel were able to bring in their own pastor, Anna’s childhood classmate Tim.
Even I could notice the impact of having Tim direct the service: it made the whole ceremony personal and the event more special to the bride and groom. At the very beginning of the ceremony Tim asked all of the guests to take out their phones and cameras and take pictures of the bride and groom. He stepped out of the way and when the flashes finally stopped he came back and asked the guests to kindly put their phones away and enjoy the ceremony with the bride and groom. What a great way to keep distractions out of the ceremony!
Anna says that she chose the village church for its historical features. ”I loved the flickering gas lamps, wood floors and pews, and stain-glass windows. We didn’t use any decorations, with the exception of a few potted flowers,” she explained. ”We also didn’t need any microphones because the acoustics were great. Another thing I liked about OHS was the intimacy of the church. It’s not too big but can still hold over 100 people. I was glad that we didn’t have empty rows.”
The ceremony that Anna planned was tailor made to her and Uriel, and I almost guessed what her favorite part would be: ”My favorite part of the ceremony was when my aunt got up to sing The Prayer by Celtic Woman,” Anna said. It is hard to explain the way that song filled up the church. The look on Anna’s face as her aunt sang was gorgeous. These personal touches are so important to every wedding.
While I loved that part of the ceremony, my favorite was El Lazo: The Love Knot ceremony. I had not seen this tradition before, but it was amazing to watch. This is a popular tradition in Hispanic wedding ceremonies and I am so happy that Uriel’s family brought it to the OhioVillage. El Lazo (the lasso) symbolizes unity and is put around the bride and groom after the vows and left on for the rest of the ceremony to symbolize the binding of love and marriage. It was so beautiful.
After the ceremony, the couple and their bridal party walked around the village to take pictures. ”We were able to get some great shots because of the different buildings around the village and the rustic setting,” Anna says. ”I completely recommend this venue to other couples. I am so glad that we had our wedding there. Our coordinator made things so easy, took control of the details and I did not have to worry about where I should be or where other members of the bridal party should be. She took care of it.”
Advice from Anna to other brides:
All of the extra details that we considered eliminating from the wedding turned out to be the things that our guests enjoyed the most. If you want to add special details to your wedding, go for it. You won’t regret it later.
Processional: Canon in D
Recessional: Wedding March
First Dance: Stand By Me by Prince Royce
Thank you to Jon Morton Studios for the amazing pictures and congratulations to the beautiful newlyweds, Anna and Uriel!
Wedding Date: December 1, 2012
Due to popular demand, especially from staff here at the Ohio Historical Society, it is time that I “wow” you readers with the most unique wedding I have had the pleasure of planning. The first time Elizabeth and Chad came in to talk with me, they were already familiar with the reception space that they wanted. They were frequent visitors of the museum and had their hearts set on our exhibit floor and Red Carpet Area for their one-of-a-kind event, telling me that it was exactly what they envisioned. What they didn’t tell me, until about halfway through our meeting, was that they were having a themed wedding: a Star Wars themed wedding, to be exact. Right away, I was excited. Actually, our whole staff was excited.
“When my fiancé and I first began looking at wedding venues back in June, we knew that we wanted something unique and interesting that still worked within our budget. We had already decided that we were going to have a fully costumed, Star Wars-themed wedding in the early winter, and we really wanted the location to be as memorable as the event itself. We definitely found the perfect place in the Ohio History Center!” Elizabeth explained. The Red Carpet Area ended up being a visually striking place for their ceremony and reception.
With intergalactic thoughts and blasters in hand, they looked at other wedding venues and realized that some were not as accommodating when it came to non-traditional weddings. Thankfully, Elizabeth and Chad are fans of Star Wars and history, so they came to us. In Elizabeth’s words: “The museum was a place where people of all ages could be entertained and enlightened all evening. It was more than just ‘a pretty place to eat and drink.’” For receptions in our space, we keep the exhibits open so that guests can enjoy private browsing after hours. The costume-clad guests took full advantage of the exhibit floor and our built-in photo booth.
That first meeting with Elizabeth and Chad was only a short 6 months before their wedding date. The months following were tons of fun. Needless to say, I learned a lot about Star Wars to prepare for the event. Elizabeth says, “We were very preoccupied during the last few months with creating costumes and props. The more practical details of the event were the last things on our minds so we were thankful to have Erin as a coordinator. Based on what we had in mind and Erin’s experience with event planning, she made many great suggestions for the floor plan and ceremony setup.”
Every aspect of this wedding was creative –from the ceremony to the bar menu. For this Star Wars Cantina, we created an a la carte bar menu to accommodate the special requests of the bride and groom. We also had a drink ticket system in place so that the couple could stay on budget. They brought themed drink tickets for their guests and an R2-D2 cooler that we used for soda!
When Elizabeth and I were talking about her wedding, she said that her favorite part was the guest reaction: “All of our guests told us that we had ‘the coolest wedding ever’ and that the experience brought back fond memories of their own childhood field trips to the museum. We were delighted to hear so many kind comments, and to know that our wedding was so much fun for so many different people.”
It truly was an unforgettable event. My favorite part of this wedding was the attitude of the couple during the planning process. Elizabeth and Chad were incredibly excited – to the point of giddiness – about every little Star Wars-themed detail. This made it a joy to work with them for those short 6 months. Elizabeth: our staff at the Ohio Historical Society completely agrees with your wedding guests and we are honored to have shared the day with you! We couldn’t resist stealing a picture with a member of the bridal party.
Elizabeth‘s advice to couples planning now:
It’s your day! Do what will make you both happy, and try to always have fun along the way. Definitely don’t stress yourself out too much about the little things; the evening will fly by in a blur either way, so just try to relax and enjoy the great event that you’ve worked so hard on. Finally, don’t be afraid to take people up on all their offers of assistance! Helpful friends and family are usually happy to remove some of the stress from the bride and groom on the wedding day.
Processional: Star Wars medley by John Williams
Recessional: Star Wars Main Title by John Williams / “Hybrid Moments” by The Misfits
First Dance: “Catch the Wind” by Donovan
Congratulations Elizabeth and Chad! May the Force be with you!
Wedding Date: August 18, 2012
Coordinator: Erin and Jim
I know that I say this every time, but this blog entry is seriously one of my favorites. Not because of it’s amazing beach theme and beautiful decorations. Not because of the amazing food served by Weiland’s Gourmet Market. It’s because this wedding was for one of the family!
Adrianne is one of our very own. She was part of the event coordinator team here at the Ohio Historical Society for over six years and planned plenty of weddings while she worked with us. It was so great to have her come back and use our spaces for her own celebration!
Adrianne and Rodney were married on the beach in Florida on June 17, 2012 surrounded by their closest friends and family. It was an intimate and beautiful ceremony. They wanted to celebrate with the rest of their loved ones, as well, so on August 18, 2012, they did just that. With the tables clothed in a sandy-brown, starfish seat markers, and sandy centerpieces, the party was stunning. Two-hundred and ten people joined Jim and I to shower Adrianne and Rodney with congratulations.
Adrianne chose the Red Carpet Area of the museum for her celebration. This space is right in the center of our museum floor and surrounded by the exhibits. Adrianne explained, “I am very familiar with all of the wedding spaces at OHS, but I chose the Red Carpet Area because it is so unique. When I worked here, weddings in that space were my favorite. The Red Carpet is very dramatic and guests have a unique opportunity to tour the museum with a cocktail in hand. This is perfect for the cocktail hour while they wait for the bride and groom to arrive.” Their guests took full advantage of this amenity as they enjoyed the open-bar, compliments of the groom’s parents.
It is so nice when a bride knows the space so well and knows exactly how she wants it to look. She can basically plan the wedding herself! Rodney, however, was still on the fence about the event space. He couldn’t see how we could bring the feel of their beach wedding into the reception but we told him that he would just have to trust us. Jim says: “For me, the highlight of their reception was when Rodney came to me right before it started and said, ‘I had my doubts, but you pulled it off! It looks perfect!’”
When the cocktail hour was over the guests made their way to the tables and took their seats. Weiland’s Gourmet Market catered the event and prepared an amazing buffet with food grilled fresh at our venue.
Honey Soy Glazed Grilled Boneless Pork Chops
Teriyaki Marinated Chicken & Veggie Kebobs
Herb Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes
Fresh Green Beans Almondine
Cranberry, Mandarin Spinach Salad with Crumbled Goat Cheese Served with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
Assorted Rolls & Homemade Fresh Herbed Foccacia Breads with Butter
Vegetarian Option – Eggplant stuffed with Quinoa
Steve, from Weiland’s, catered many events for Adrianne while she worked here, so it was no surprise to us that she would choose him to cater her own reception. He and his whole team did an incredible job.
As dinner wrapped up, Adrianne and Rodney thanked all of their guests for coming and invited them to view their wedding video. The Red Carpet Area was perfect for this part of the evening, as well. Guests could stay in their seats and see the video, projected onto the museum’s presentation screen. “This was my favorite part of the reception,” says Adrianne. “Having all of our friends and family watch the projection screen and see our beach wedding was wonderful. They were able to see the highlights of our wedding day, witness our sand ceremony and hear us exchange vows.” The background music to the video was the couple’s wedding song: Free by Zac Brown Band.
I have to agree with Adrianne that this was the most special part of the evening. I certainly recommend this to anyone who has a destination wedding. Come back home and share those special memories with the rest of your loved ones who couldn’t make the trip.
When the video ended, the DJ (Fiesta Sounds) invited the couple onto the dance floor where they danced to their song together. After one more song for all of the married couples (the Anniversary Dance), the rest of the guests joined them on the dance floor for an energetic evening. With an open bar adjacent to the dance floor and the museum open for their browsing, this was a great celebration.
Helping Adrianne with her wedding was so exciting and extremely rewarding. The tables had turned and one of our own was celebrating her marriage. We knew we had to make it special, and I think we did just that.
True to her event planning past, Adrianne’s advice to future brides is simple and sweet:
“Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Congratulations Adrianne and Rodney! We are so happy for you both!
Wedding Date: June 16, 2012
Coordinator: Erin and Jim
We really didn’t want to make things confusing with two brides named Kara side by side on our blog’s homepage, but I cannot wait any longer to share these pictures with you. Plus, I have faith that you readers will keep up. So here you go: another beautiful bride named Kara marries her handsome groom, Robert…
This couple was amazing to work with. They were looking for a church that would allow them to marry without attaching a particular denomination to the ceremony. Kara did a lot of research and we are so happy that she finally found the Ohio Village Church. Our space here is interpretive and looks exactly like a traditional, formal place of worship, but there are actually no religious symbols in the building. We welcome any faith and tradition into the church… and you may certainly bring the officiant of your choice! These things make our church perfect for any couple.
Kara’s words about her wedding are beautiful: “Our wedding weekend was the most magical of my life, and it would not have been nearly as special without the help of Jim Riley and his team at the Ohio Village The grounds are beautiful and the church itself is a special place to get married. It is cozy and intimate, and as you can see from the photos, the location is gorgeous! Our photographer was in heaven on the Ohio Village grounds with all of the beautiful colors and settings.” Stephanie Lehnert from Novia Photography did an amazing job. It takes a lot of talent to get a “first look” shot as great as this one. How beautiful is this couple?
When I asked Kara about her favorite part of the day, she answered, “Besides marrying my best friend, I think my favorite part of the day was walking around the village grounds prior to the ceremony and taking photos in front of the gazebo and all of the fun buildings.”
Stephanie also took great shots of Kara dressing in the American House Hotel. It was actually Rob’s idea for Kara and her bridesmaids to use that space for staging and dressing. What a great man! “I would highly recommend this to any bride planning her wedding at the Ohio Village ” Kara said. “It was so nice to have that extra room to spread out, relax, and stay cool before our June nuptials.” It’s also great for pictures!
Not only did the bride use this area for getting ready, the couple also rented the hotel for their rehearsal dinner the night before. Kara explained, “It was so nice to be able to walk from the rehearsal at the church to the dinner steps away. The garden area is a beautiful spot to talk and enjoy a cocktail hour, and the room was intimate and perfect for our 42 guest dinner. Ohio Village handles the alcohol; we worked with one of the Ohio Village preferred caterers and had an amazing meal.”
Their caterer, Kimberly from Made from Scratch, did an amazing job coordinating an appetizer hour followed by a beautiful plated meal. Rob chose a selection of our Ohio wine and domestic beer for guests to enjoy in the gardens of the Ohio Village with their appetizers and in the Victorian Dining Room with their dinner. Jim and I are in complete agreement: this is our favorite memory from this wedding. The family and friends who gathered at this dinner were so energetic and had a great time. It was wonderful to watch them celebrate through laughter, tell great stories, and exchange heartfelt gifts.
Kara’s advice to couples planning now:
“Take a deep breath and relax and do not sweat the small stuff. Picking great venues, such as Ohio Village with staff that help out a lot in advance of your event and the weekend of the event also helps tremendously. I did not use a wedding planner and honestly didn’t feel as if I needed one because the staff at Ohio Village had everything under control. There is a lot of work to be done upfront when you first set your date, and about a month or two before the wedding, but spend the time in between enjoying your fiancé and not worrying about every little thing that could go wrong.”
Processional: Bridal Chorus
Recessional: Wedding March, then “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller
First Dance: “Never My Love” – Pete Yorn
Cheers Kara and Rob! Thank you for sharing your special day with us!
Wedding Date: September 1, 2012
Kara and Brad’s wedding was unforgettable for me. They wanted their day to honor not only their love for each other, but those in their family who loved and supported them along the way. This was a true celebration for all of their loved ones. Take a look at how she hung photos of past generations on the end of the pews. It was such a great touch. I cannot find a better word for their day other than “poetic.”
Education is very important to the couple, which may be how they came across our venues at the Ohio Historical Society. She explained that she was looking for something that fit her vision: “Something out of a Jane Austen novel, perhaps?” Oh, how I love her for this.
Kara says, “The question I got most after our wedding was, ‘How did you find this place?’ Lots of people have heard of OHS, and lots of people have visited, everyone remembers a grade school field trip, but no one I talked with at the time seemed to know that the church was available for rental. When I found a picture of the church on the OHS website and saw that it was available for weddings, I knew I wanted to check it out. And our first visit couldn’t have been better – Erin was so helpful and accommodating, answering all of our questions – that we left knowing that OHS was the place for our wedding.”
Thankfully for their Labor Day weekend wedding date, this couple has a love of history and all things vintage. Every year during that weekend, the Ohio Village hosts the Ohio Cup where vintage baseball teams from around the state come together for a big tournament. When I told Kara that her wedding would take place during this tournament, to my surprise, she was thrilled! She explains, “My favorite part of my time at the Ohio Village was when we walked outside to drive away and we saw all of the baseball players from the Vintage Baseball Festival playing out on the fields. That’s one of the great things about OHS – there are so many unique aspects to holding an event there. Who else can say they got married during a vintage baseball festival?”
We actually had another wedding that weekend too, so at least one other couple… but we won’t tell Kara.
But honestly, I think the vintage baseball players enjoyed her wedding just as much as she enjoyed them. They could barely focus on their games as they stared at her brother’s beautiful ’57 Chevy Bel Air that waited outside of the church. I remember watching the players clap along with the wedding guests as Kara and Brad made their grand exit.
Another of Kara’s favorite moments of the day, she says, was also when she was feeling the biggest butterflies: “My favorite moment of the day was probably also my most nervous moment: when Erin opened the door to the sanctuary and my dad and I walked in. Just moments before, I had been standing on the stairs waiting to go in to the vestibule to meet my dad, and I had experienced my only moment of mild panic. I thought to myself, ‘I’m getting married. I am really getting married!’ And then I met my dad, and Erin opened the door, and we walked through. I saw everyone smiling at us, and Brad waiting for me, and I wasn’t nervous anymore.”
After I talked to Kara about her wedding memories, I had to go back into my files and pull out her program. She and her maid of honor put these together; they are stunning and, quite literally, poetic. When you open the program, the first thing you read is “Song of the Open Road” by Walt Whitman. As you read on you find “Either/Or” by Soren Kierkegaard, followed by a beautifully personal “thank you” to her loved ones.
While I remembered the beauty of the program, what I will never forget is the brilliance of the readings: “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams, “The Third Body” by Robert Bly, and “The Confirmation” by Edwin Muir. (Take a minute to look these up. They are worth the read.) Each one was lyrical and perfect for the couple. While Kara talked about the unique venue, I was thinking about how unique her entire day was. They took every chance they could to make their day personal and special. Their hard work paid off!
And Jane Austen would be proud!
Kara’s Advice to other couples approaching their wedding:
Absolutely, positively, record as much of the event as you can. You don’t realize this because you’re getting ready/taking care of details, but you don’t get to see your guests arrive. You don’t get to see the reaction to your musical choices or to the entry of your attendants. Even if you just set up a camcorder on a tripod in the corner of the church, record your event! You will be so happy you did.
Families Processional: “Someday Some Morning Sometime,” – Wilco
Attendants Processional: “First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes
Bride Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: “Till Kingdom Come” – Coldplay
Take a look at their pictures and tell us what you think!
Wedding Date: September 22, 2012
When I met Shana about a year ago to show her the Ohio Village Church for the first time, she seemed to know exactly what she was looking for. Shana was so relaxed and calm through the whole process, not to mention incredibly organized! I will never forget the color-coded spreadsheet she sent me about a month before her wedding which included her day-of timeline and a list of her vendors with arrival times and contact information… a girl after my own heart!
A few weeks after her wedding, I contacted her again to see how she was doing. When we talked she said, “I fell in love with the site the moment I saw it. It was exactly what I was looking for. We were in need of a place that was both affordable and would allow us to use our own pastor. The Village Church was the only thing we fould. ”
When I brought Shana to the church for the first time, she loved it for it’s natural decor. On her wedding day, she simply hung decore on the pews and placed planted flowers on the altar. “It saved me a lot of money!” she said. The stained glass of the church let in beautiful light on her wedding day which looked amazing in her photographs. She also loved the outdoor vitage motif of the Ohio Village. It offered a lot of variety for her photos.
Shana explains, “The staff at the Ohio Village Church had a lot of advice on different things that people did for the ceremony, photos and decorations. Whenever I hit a roadblock, Erin always had a recommendation based off of her experience with other brides. It was great to use her as a resouce! Also, on the day of the wedding, and even for the rehearsal, it was great having her there to direct everyone and make sure the day went smoothly and on time… one thing that a bride should not have to worry about! It was great knowing she was upstairs running the show just the way I had asked her to.” That’s my Job, Shana! I am there to handle the logistics and worry about the details for each couple so that they can focus on what is most important. I always tell my brides: “The vows matter most.”
When I asked Shana to tell me about her favorite part of her wedding day, I just knew it would be about the pictures. The whole bridal party seemed to have a blast taking these shots. Jeanne Arkfeld Photography did a great job capturing that enery! Shana said, “We had so much fun walking around the village and choosing which places we wanted a quick picture. It was a VERY windy day… so it was great that we found a few nooks in the village to tuck into and take photos without the bridesmaid’s dresses flying up!”
My favorite moment of working with Shana and Steve (besides the color-coded timeline) came right before their ceremony. Shana came into the church and cracked open the door to the vestibule where Steve was waiting. They couldn’t see one another, but they held hands around the door and talked for a few beautiful moments. “I hadn’t talked to him all day and it was so nice to hear his voice,” Shana explained.
Steve and Shana’s advice to couples planning now:
“Take caution when sending save-the-dates. We sent a save-the-date to everyone on our innitial guest list about 7 months before the wedding. It was amazing to find how many people we had completely lost touch with and how many new friends we made in those few months before we were mailing actual invitations. Unfortunately, we had basically locked in our guest list so a lot of our new clost friends weren’t included due to budget restrictions. Only send save-the-dates to family and VERY close friends!”
Processional Song: The First Day of my Life – Bright Eyes
First Dance: Wrapped in your Arms – Fireflight
Steve and Shana played music by Frank Sinatra in the church as guests arrived and again during their recessional.
Take a look at the full gallery of their wedding pictures below and tell us what you think!