Alexis + Tommy

11.5.2016

Coordinator: Elizabeth

Alexis and Tommy met in nursing school; Tommy was the class clown while Alexis was shy around people she did not quite know. Fate put in them in the same clinical group junior year and they finally got to know each other! Tommy proposed on Alexis’ 24th birthday in NYC as they walked on the Brooklyn Promenade. They came to us as part of their journey and we couldn’t have been happier to work with them!Thompson16

Alexis and Tommy came to the Ohio Village Church because it crossed off their “must haves” in a ceremony venue. They wanted a church with a center aisle, that featured old architecture, charm, character, and lastly size. Alexis explained why those were important to her, “I’ve always had a fascination with older buildings-especially churches. Size was a factor for us because we knew we wanted a smaller, traditional ceremony. We are very family-oriented and wanted a homey feel. The church provided the perfect space for an intimate ceremony of 120 guests (although it could easily accommodate more-up to 225!). It was stunning to look at, yet warm and inviting.” Alexis built upon that with lush greenery, lit candles, and the stunning archways that they actually did themselves! Thompson6

Alexis was able to achieve her vision with the help of her family, “My mom and grandma were in charge of all the decor for the wedding. When we were talking about theme for the wedding, I envisioned enchanted forest. I wanted it to feel dreamy and romantic. I told my mom and grandma my vision and they brought it to life. None of this would have been possible without their direction and the help of so many other family and friends. Tommy and I are blessed with a really great support system. ” It can be a lot of work pulling off a wedding, but Alexis and Tommy were able to pull it off with such a great support system! While they did most of the decorations in our church, Madison House Designs provided centerpieces for the reception, bouquets and boutonnieres.

Asked about her favorite moment of the day, Alexis replied, “Walking down the aisle and seeing Tommy mouth ‘I Love You’ as the pastor was giving the welcome. I also liked the boys ringing the bell as we were announced husband and wife!” The Ohio Village Church is modeled after an 1800’s church and bells were traditionally used to announce new marriages to local villages. We love incorporating a bit of history into ceremonies and it’s often a fun duty for little cousins (Alexis’ filled this role).

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As for her time in Ohio Village, Alexis said, “It may sound cliche but I loved every bit of being in the village. Our guests loved it too! Before and after the ceremony people were able to walk around and explore. They took photos and selfies all around the grounds! Everyone had a good time and that was a big deal for us!” Our 1890’s village provides the perfect opportunity for guests to roam before and after the ceremony, exploring the many buildings and scenery of a different time.Thompson12

Lastly, Alexis shared some advice for future brides, “For brides planning a wedding, figure out what is most important to you in terms of the feel for your wedding day, assign tasks to people you trust and just accept that things will not go 100% according to plan. There was a miscommunication about the song that played during our candle ceremony. Things happen, and it’s okay. The ceremony was still beautiful, we still said ‘I do’ and the day was still magical.” Wise words, Alexis. Thank you for sharing your day with us and we wish you and Tommy the best on your new journey as a married couple!Thompson17

Bridal Party Song: “A Thousand Years, Party 2” by Christina Perri & Steve Kazee

Processional: “Canon in D”

Unity Candle Lighting: “Turning Page” by Sleeping at Last, sang by her cousin

Recessional: “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head?” by Dean Martin

Photos by Ashley Leslie Photography

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Sammie + Clay

Wedding Date: 6.4.2016

Event Captain: Elizabeth

Sammie and Clay were a sweet, loving couple full of joy and happiness that really shone all during their wedding day.

We asked Sammie what she enjoyed most about her time with us in the Village and she had this to say, “I rented an extra space for myself and my bridesmaids to get ready in. We had so much fun talking and getting ready together.” Sammie rented the Victorian Room in our American House Hotel. It features gas lamps, glass chandeliers, and gilded mirrors to create a vintage vibe to add to your day. It’s also within walking distance of the church, providing an intimate setting for the bride and those close to her, but also being a bit of quiet in the midst of a busy day.

Asked about the best moment of the day, Sammie reflected on the ceremony, “My favorite part was the moment the double church doors opened before I walked down the aisle. The moment is forever etched in my mind seeing my wonderful friends and family while looking on towards my almost husband!”

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Personally, we loved their First Look moment in our garden. A bit of a “hidden treasure” in that Sammie’s photographer, Sara Long DeVere of Sara Long Photography suggested its use for this special moment. A small area, with wrought iron tables and chairs for seating, surrounded by trellis’ covered in greenery and trumpet vines, it was the perfect backdrop for their photos.

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We also asked Sammie if she had any advice for future brides planning their wedding, “take your time, have fun, enjoy the process. Break with tradition and do what will make you and your fiance happy! It will be such a fun day!” We couldn’t agree more! Thank you Sammie and Clay for letting us play a big role in your day!

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Processional: Somewhere Only We Know by Vitamin String Quartet

Recessional: You Make My Dreams True by Hall and Oats

Photographer: Sara Long Photography

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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

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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Jenna and Patrick

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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!