Wedding Date: June 22, 2013
Matt proposed to Dayna in Walt Disney World during the fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom…seriously. Fireworks in the Magic Kingdom. Yes please.
After that moment, the pair knew that they wanted a wedding venue as unique and memorable as their engagement. Dayna wanted an outdoor ceremony and I’m so glad that she came here. Thankfully, we can be very flexible at OHS with rain backups. We always reserve a indoor location, just in case of bad weather.
Dayna said, “Erin showed us the whole Ohio Village and talked about the different options there, the most popular being the lovely little church. We also toured the inside of the museum and talked about all of the possibilities it had to offer. When Matt and I left together, we turned to each other and said, almost at the same time, ‘I really like it!’”
As you can see in the map above (isn’t she artistic?), the couple decided to use our space to its fullest: the ceremony was outside in the village and the cocktail hour was on the Plaza Green while the wedding party took great pictures out on the village grounds. Everyone then moved inside to the Plaza Terrace for dinner. After their meal together, the bride and groom led their guests down to the exhibit floor for dancing and cake. “Our guests had the opportunity to experience the whole Ohio History Center and Village, which brought a great element of fun to our wedding,” Dayna explains.
The Guests enjoyed cocktail hour out on the Plaza Green and when we were ready to announce the bride and groom, they took their seats for dinner inside on the Plaza. Dayna introduced me to her caterer, Freedom a La Cart, a few months before her wedding and I’m so happy to have a relationship with them now. Not only was the Ohio-grown food amazing and the staff incredible to work with, the revenue from the catering goes to support women who are recovering from abuse. It is an amazing cause to support. Here is the menu that they created for Dayna and Matt:
Blue cheese and walnut spread with veggies and pita
House made chorizo puffs
Pulled Pork or Gaucho meet with a cilantro cream sauce,
pico de gallo, chimichurri or creamy corn sauce
Spoon Bread; Roasted Asparagus; Green Salad.
Everyone raved about the amazing food. Be sure to check them out here: Freedom a la Cart
Or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
After dinner, everyone moved to the exhibit floor for cupcakes and dancing. Dayna says, “It was so much fun. We took some time out to capture fun photos on the trolley and by the Mastodon, and enjoy the photo booth. Many of our families and friends who had children told us they loved that they were able to walk around the museum and experience the exhibits (though plenty of people stayed on the dance floor, too)!”
Dayna and Matt (both Ohio natives) decided to go with an awesome Ohio theme for their wedding based on our venue. The guest favors were buckeyes and adorable Ohio shaped cookie cutters. They also kept all of the details close to home by recruiting the help of family and friends. My favorite detail: Dayna’s friend who made eight different kinds of cupcakes based on some of the couple’s favorite places and events in Ohio—including the Studio 35 (a chocolate stout cake with popcorn frosting), the Ohio State Fair (a Krispy Kreme donut cake with a lemon slush glaze and cotton candy frosting), and the OSU (peanut butter and chocolate, of course). Seriously, those cupcakes were amazing!
I absolutely love Dayna’s favorite memory: “I have many great memories of the day, but I think my very favorite was actually our last song—we danced to “Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog. As soon as the music started, there was a collective feeling of joy and nostalgia, and Matt was incredibly sweet as he started singing along as we danced. It was a perfectly happy moment that connected our engagement in Disney World to our wedding here in Ohio.”
I’m not sure what I would pick for my favorite moment of the day. The whole wedding was amazing and personal, but I’m going to choose the ceremony. I love outdoor ceremonies at the Ohio Village and from the décor in the aisle, to the bunting on the fence, to the moment when Dayna walked through the picket-fence to go down the aisle, the ceremony was absolutely beautiful. I’m honored to have helped them plan their special day and to be there to watch them in perfect happiness.
Dayna’s advice to brides:
Find ways to make your wedding your own. If you have talented friends and family members, fold them in. it makes your wedding so much more personal and it’s more fun to plan with people you know.
Also: You’re going to make it! It gets crazy and stressful there for awhile, but take it day by day and you’ll get through it. It’s worth it in the end when everything comes together just right!
Processional: La Rejouissance (The Rejoicing) from Royal Fireworks Music (Handel)
Recessional: Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
First dance: “Best Friend” by Queen
Take a look at the rest of the pictures from their wedding below.
Thank you Katie Ett from Ettible Photography!
A quick edit to the above post: Dayna told me that her friend from One Lonely Apricot made the wedding map featured in this post and I want to give her a shout out. How creative!