Sammie + Clay

Wedding Date: 6.4.2016

Event Captain: Elizabeth

Sammie and Clay were a sweet, loving couple full of joy and happiness that really shone all during their wedding day.

We asked Sammie what she enjoyed most about her time with us in the Village and she had this to say, “I rented an extra space for myself and my bridesmaids to get ready in. We had so much fun talking and getting ready together.” Sammie rented the Victorian Room in our American House Hotel. It features gas lamps, glass chandeliers, and gilded mirrors to create a vintage vibe to add to your day. It’s also within walking distance of the church, providing an intimate setting for the bride and those close to her, but also being a bit of quiet in the midst of a busy day.

Asked about the best moment of the day, Sammie reflected on the ceremony, “My favorite part was the moment the double church doors opened before I walked down the aisle. The moment is forever etched in my mind seeing my wonderful friends and family while looking on towards my almost husband!”

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Personally, we loved their First Look moment in our garden. A bit of a “hidden treasure” in that Sammie’s photographer, Sara Long DeVere of Sara Long Photography suggested its use for this special moment. A small area, with wrought iron tables and chairs for seating, surrounded by trellis’ covered in greenery and trumpet vines, it was the perfect backdrop for their photos.

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We also asked Sammie if she had any advice for future brides planning their wedding, “take your time, have fun, enjoy the process. Break with tradition and do what will make you and your fiance happy! It will be such a fun day!” We couldn’t agree more! Thank you Sammie and Clay for letting us play a big role in your day!

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Processional: Somewhere Only We Know by Vitamin String Quartet

Recessional: You Make My Dreams True by Hall and Oats

Photographer: Sara Long Photography

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Andrew and Marie

Wedding Date: 9.24.16

Event Coordinator: Elizabeth

Drew and Marie are a wonderful couple whose love for each other clearly shone all day. From her grand entrance carried through to the ceremony and their exit, this couple was all smiles for one another. It makes sense when you find out this day was three years in the making for Marie and Drew!

We asked Marie to describe her favorite moment for us,”as I walked into the church, with my arms locked to my Dad, Elizabeth said to me, “They’re all waiting for you!” and the doors of the church opened. While I couldn’t take my eyes off Drew, I could feel the love from all our friends and family staring back at me.”cemomentphotography-ceremony047.

We adored all the little details that Marie brought in to make her day more special,”The beautiful hardwood floors and the stained-glass windows of the church fit perfectly with what we wanted. With pale ivory candles decorating the altar to fresh, white rose petals lining the aisle of the church, our vision was brought to life inside the four walls of this church.”  Their photographer, Savannah, of Ce Moment Photography, is a true artist. She did a wonderful job capturing these moments as well as the many spaces our village offers!

Marie recommends the church to any potential brides out there, “If you are looking for a place full of charm and elegance for your wedding, look no further than the Ohio Village church. You won’t find a more beautiful venue for an affordable price with coordinators like the ones you’ll find here. You will not only have peace of mind on your big day, but you will have a beautiful venue that your guests will rave about for months after your wedding.”

Congrats Marie and Drew, thank you for choosing us as part of your dream wedding!

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Danielle and Jordan

Wedding Date: 5.14.16 Event Coordinators: Laura and Elizabeth Event Captain: Katie Danielle and Jordan were a delight to work with this past year. Creative with an infectious laughter (which really shone on the dance floor!), laid-back, and flexible which came … Continue reading

Katie and Phillip

Wedding Date: 4.2.16

Event Captains: Laura Sisinger & Elizabeth Charles

A lot of our blog entries are describing the weddings and couple’s experiences through our eyes, however on this special circumstance we had a bride who was a writer and we asked that she write her own blog entry! Because of the extremely intimate setting, the couple decided not to go with a professional photographer, so the blog post is mainly text and the picture provided is from an iPhone.

Without further ado, here is Katie’s take on her wedding day…

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“A need that lies in all of us is the need to be loved or to love. If a person is very lucky, they find people to love and ones who will love them back. Some are even luckier to find a person that awakens an even stronger love inside of them. If those people can find the courage, some will decide to spend the rest of their lives ensuring that that one person feels loved the rest of their days.

My husband and I were both lucky and courageous enough to enter into this lifetime commitment with each other. We were also fortunate enough to share a lot of the same passions and interests, such as history and romance.

The two of us are travelers and visit Civil War battlefields, museums and National Parks. We thrive on learning more about American history, National wonders and lands and what people endured before us. We find strength, great lessons and appreciation in the history of our nation and it’s people.

My husband and I had both visited the Ohio History Center in Columbus, independently, in the past and remembered it being beautiful and expertly maintained. I had never visited the museum before but had spent my time digging through the archives in the library. The Library in the Ohio History Center is one of those spaces that is hard to forget. The countless books, lovingly placed on rows and rows of dark, hard wood shelves, accented by natural light and that unique “library” smell, “Ahhhh.” There’s nothing like opening a book, sticking your nose in the binding and inhaling deeply.

I couldn’t imagine a better setting for the most important day in our lives. From the beginning of working with Laura, the event coordinator for the center, I knew that we had found the place we were meant to be married. Laura was energetic and genuinely excited for us. She was more than accommodating, professional and most importantly, full of ideas. As much as I love romance, it was hard for me to envision exactly how or where in the library our union would take place. Fortunately, Laura and her team did have a vision. She suggested where the ceremony should take place, my entrance into the library and places to take pictures. We only met once and for a very short time. Thankfully, that was all that was necessary. Laura was organized, laid-back and suggestive, which made me a carefree and very excited bride!

She wasn’t done yet though! My husband and I come from fellow history lovers. Laura, not knowing this, suggested we tour the museum while we waited for the Center to close. What a great and memorable experience. We aren’t able to spend as much time with our family as we would like, so the opportunity to wander about the museum together was remarkable. The exhibits were fascinating and beautiful. Our families truly enjoyed exploring the two floors of National and Ohio history, learning together and loving conversation with each other. When it was time for the museum to close, we were all escorted upstairs to await the ceremony to begin.

The ladies arranged a room to be available for me to get dressed in, which was adjacent to the library. When the guests were all seated, the coordinators started the music for us and when it was time, cued me to walk down the aisle. The stunning library and the acoustics of the vaulted ceiling all played a part in the overwhelming feeling of romance and importance of the ceremony we were taking part in. I could literally feel the support and company of all the great loves recorded in the books that surrounded us.

After the final, binding words were spoken, the room barely felt big enough for the joy and love that were present in all of us.

The ladies were very patient as we took pictures and collected our things. They walked us out and seemed excited and happy for us. I really felt like they were a part of our celebration and was very grateful for all that they had put together for us and our families. There are a bunch of spaces available for weddings at the Ohio History Connection including a chapel and garden. Apparently, the library has been overlooked by all of the past wedding parties, as Laura told me that we were the first ones to utilize the space. I strongly recommend to anyone who has a love for books or history to consider the Archives Library at the Ohio History Center as the location for their special day. I am grateful to think back of my many memories of this day and am overjoyed that the Ohio History Center was a part of it. Thank you to all the people who made this magical day a reality for us. Our families and we had an awesome time visiting the museum and library, and I assure you that, We Will Be Back! ”

Thanks so much Katie and Phillip! You were a joy to work with and we wish you the very best.

 

Emily and Andy

Wedding Date: 09.06.14 Event Coordinator: Laura Event Captain: Elizabeth Charles Not often do we talk about the rehearsal on blogs (because it is something that typically pales in comparison to the actual wedding day), however with this couple, every moment … Continue reading

Whitney and Rich

Wedding Date: 06.14.14
Event Coordinator: Laura

A small intimate, rustic wedding in June is what every bride dreams of and Whitney and Rich’s wedding was every bit of that dream. When I met Whitney she explained to us how she and Rich decided upon the Ohio Village for their wedding and reception:
“One evening while visiting OHS, we stood together at the Altar, and Rich expressed to me how much he loved and cared for me, that he never wanted to leave my side, and that he wanted me to be his wife. From that moment forward, it became “our spot” and “our church”… the moment he made our engagement official, I knew the only place in the world that we should be on our wedding day was in “our church.”

It was very important to Whitney and Rich to do a special reveal before the ceremony, as Whitney describes,”We are very connected, he is my rock and it was the hardest thing waiting to see him.”

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They fully utilized the rustic charm of the Ohio Village with her décor and details as she describes below:
“Our vision was to have a small, quaint, rustic wedding, and so that is exactly what we had. Fewer than 100 guests piled into the small church, decorated with burlap, baby’s breath, and candles.

Our reception was small, and quiet. The yards in the village provided the small children with a place to run and play, and the garden served as a gathering place for our family and friends to share in our joy. We served petite desserts, lemonade and sweet tea; it was absolutely the most perfect evening to share in the twilight! We played soft music in the background, and shared in laugher and fun with our guests.”

We’re so glad the Ohio Village Church provided the perfect setting for Whitney and Rich’s small, picturesque wedding. Best wishes to the happy couple!!

Susan and Mike

Kruman/Gorman Wedding

5.3.14
Event Coordinator: Laura Sisinger
Captain: Katie Sullivan

Hello! Before I share this lovely couple’s Ohio Village wedding, I wanted to introduce myself as the new Event Coordinator for the Ohio History Connection! I have been in the hospitality industry for a little over 8 years, in hotels and catering, and just recently came to my new home at OHC. I’m ecstatic to be a part of such a wonderful organization and have the opportunity to coordinate some fantastic events and delightful weddings.

One of my first weddings in the Ohio Village was the Kruman/Gorman wedding. Susan and Mike are two of the kindest people you’ll ever meet and they are just perfect for each other. I could tell from the moment I met them, only a few weeks before their wedding, it was going to be a special day in the Ohio Village Church. My favorite part about this wedding is the simplicity of the décor. Delicate tulle bows lined the aisle way and two white flower arrangements adorned the altar area. The attention was definitely on the Bride and Groom and I just loved it.
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Susan had this to say about why they chose the church for their wedding:
“We knew that OHS hosted weddings because I had a friend who married there several years ago. When Mike and I were looking for places for our wedding, I suggested OHS. Once we toured the place, it was pretty much settled that we would get married there. It had the right combination of tradition and character that we wanted for our wedding.
The staff at OHS was helpful from the time we initially toured the village until the ceremony was finished. They were responsive, helpful, excited for us and clearly had experience with planning and hosting weddings. In fact, Laura was our source for the traditional way of doing things as well as other options other couples have chosen. Her expertise really helped when it came to ironing out the finer details of the ceremony during our rehearsal.”

Susan and Mike’s day couldn’t have been any more perfect, and when asked about her favorite parts of the day, she seemed to agree:
“Our wedding at OHS was a memorable, perfect day. The family and friends, excitement of marrying my best friend, the setting of and staff at OHS and the weather came together to make it a dream come true.”
As you can tell, the photos from the wedding turned out great! Susan and Mike had some great ideas, and I love all the different ways they included the village as a backdrop in their photos.
“After our ceremony, the Village was our playground as we took all kinds of fun pictures. We posed on the bridge and trolley at one of the Village, I “played” tug of war with the groomsmen in the middle of the village, we checked out the baseball scores from the recent Muffin’s game and we took some pictures in the traditional setting of the church. The Village is a fantastic place for wedding pictures!”

Susan had this fantastic advice to give to pass along to her fellow brides about planning their wedding:
“We would highly recommend the Village to couples planning their wedding! I would also recommend that brides plan their wedding day to suit their personality, budget, etc and not be too worried about what other people want or think. The best complement we received about our wedding is that it really reflected our personalities (as a wedding should).”

Thanks Susan and Mike for letting us be a part of your special day! We offer you best wishes for the future!

Wedding Processional: Trumpet Voluntary
Wedding Recessional:Hornpipe from Water Music

Photographer: CandidKama

 

 

Sarah and Dan

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Wedding Date: 02.14.14 Event Coordinator: Jim Event Captain Bailey and Katie It is always a special treat to have a wedding on Valentine’s Day but this one seemed even more special especially with a fresh covering of snow to add … Continue reading

Retro Wedding Fun Finale

Retro Wedding Fun Finale

Event Captain: Katie Hello and welcome to the third and final installment in our Retro Wedding series on the blog. If you’re unfamiliar, we have a new 1950’s exhibit featuring our own Lustron House and we wanted to showcase that … Continue reading

Retro Wedding Fun Part 2!

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Event Captain: Katie Hello! I’m super pumped to share with you the images from our second photo shoot with Mike Stempler of Shutterhead Studios. If this is your first visit to our retro wedding photo shoot series; OHS has a … Continue reading