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 was so memorable and fun that I just had to talk about it on the blog! My favorite part of the rehearsal was the playful pranks the bridal party played on the bride and groom. The groomsmen bought big red noses that they put on after they walked down the aisle, thinking they would surprise the bride when she made her grand entrance. Little did they know the bride and her dad had a little surprise in store themselves! Emily said:

“When your dad hands you an eye patch, you just go with it!”

So the Big Red Nosed groomsmen awaited the eye-patched bride and her father for one of the most fun rehearsals I’ve ever been a part of! That being said, the wedding itself was a perfect expression of Emily and Andy’s love.  Lynn from Made from Scratch was part of the planning team and along with her expertise we pulled off a magical outdoor reception in the Town Square & Market House Green.

Emily said her favorite part of the day was when she walked down the aisle, ” I was so excited to see Andy and to finally be married that my Dad had to slow me down!  He made sure that I had the chance to savor the moment- to see Andy waiting at the altar, to look at our guests, to see how beautiful the church was, and to be totally present in that blip of time.  That is the moment from the wedding that still makes me tear up whenever I think about it.  The drama of the church doors opening was pretty awesome, too!”

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I love our bride’s grand entrances! After the bridal party has walked down the aisle, we close the double doors, reopening them at the perfect moment to give all the focus on our brides. It’s easily one of the most memorable parts of each wedding.

Emily also loved how the reception turned out, ” After the excitement of the day leading up to the ceremony, and then rushing around to take pictures, I was so excited to just sit down for a second!  Andy and I had a sweetheart table, so we were able to have a few moments alone during dinner to sit back, be together, and gush about how amazing everything was!”

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Their photos turned out so wonderful! I love that Emily and Andy really incorporated the entire Ohio Village into their day.  Some of my own personal favorite spots in the village are the willow tree and our red barn! A special thanks to Marissa Bowers artful design + photography for all her work!

Emily had this to say about our spaces, “I would recommend the Ohio History Connection for about a million reasons!  First, the staff there is FANTASTIC!  They really want your day to go well, and make sure that it does!  From the beginning, we were able to communicate with our coordinator about what we wanted, and they did everything they could to help us plan everything from the order of events to our signature cocktails.  Also, the venue is so beautiful and unique.  I love that it is rustic and vintage, and that we had the entire Ohio Village to use for photos and for our guests to enjoy.”

Lastly, she had this to pass on to any future brides, “Prioritize your budget based on what is important for you and your vision, and choose your vendors from there.  For example, we knew that we wanted to have fantastic photographs because they will last beyond the day, and that we also wanted a great DJ because they help set the mood for the party.  Because of this, we put more money toward those priorities.”

Many happy wishes to Emily and Andy in all their future endeavors!

Processional: “Something” by The Beatles

Recessional: “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates

First Dance: “Eyes on the Prize” by M. Ward

 

 

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

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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

Retro Wedding Fun at the Ohio History Center

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Event Captains: Katie and Bailey Happy New Year! We here at OHS are looking forward to what is sure to be a fun year, but first I wanted to introduce you to a couple new things here at OHS. First … Continue reading

Jenna and Patrick

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Wedding Date: June 27, 2013 Coordinator: Erin It feels as if I’ve been waiting a thousand years (you’ll get it later) to show you this wedding! Jenna and Patrick and little Bentley were amazing from the first moment that I … Continue reading

Krista and Chaymen

Wedding Date: May 24, 2013

Coordinator: Erin

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.

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“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.

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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.

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“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?”

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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!

Stephanie and Tony

Wedding Date:  September 1, 2013

Coordinator:  Erin

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.

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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.

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This First Look is so precious!

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“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.Celebrate

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:

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“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!)

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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!

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