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…


“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

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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

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.

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



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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!