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!