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!