Lori + Joey

10.1.2016 Event Coordinator: Elizabeth Lori and Joey are a sweet, playful couple that were married in the Ohio Village this past fall after two years of dating. They met at the gym they both worked at, while training for a … Continue reading

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!!

Sarah and Dan

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Jenna and Patrick

Wedding Date: June 27, 2013 Coordinator: Erin It feels as if I’ve been waiting a thousand years (you’ll get it later) to show you this wedding! Jenna and Patrick and little Bentley were amazing from the first moment that I … Continue reading

Stephanie and Tony

Wedding Date:  September 1, 2013

Coordinator:  Erin

We tend to have a ton of teachers choose the Ohio Village for their wedding venue. Maybe because their colleagues bring students here for a field trip and say, “Hey (Bride’s name), there’s a cute church here!” Whatever the reason may be, I like it! These ladies are organized…and by organized I mean instructions are color coded, they take notes at meetings, and probably have post-it notes in their purses. They also know exactly what they want and can make it happen.

Stephanie definitely fits this description which helped make their wedding so spectacular. I first met her and Tony about 16 months before their wedding. We can’t book weddings until 12 months before the date, but these two knew that the church was their perfect venue. They were ready and reserved it at exactly midnight, 1 year before their wedding, to make sure it was theirs! They had great ideas and the attention to detail allowed the theme to carry from The Dress, through the ceremony, all the way to the reception. The results were unforgettable and their photographer, Lauren from Barefeet Studio, captured it all.

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When I asked Stephanie for her favorite moment of her wedding day, she responded, “Getting ready in the basement of the church with my bridesmaids is a time I won’t ever forget.” Those moments with your closest friends and family before you walk down the aisle are some of the most precious memories of your day.

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This First Look is so precious!

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“I will never forget walking up the aisle after we were married. I was feeling part relief, part joy…even though my veil fell out when we started walking! My husband and I were able to have a moment to ourselves for the first time all day.” That moment is so special and we try to allow for this at each wedding here in the Ohio Village. After the walk up the aisle as Man and Wife, we tuck the couple in a private room for a few special moments together, away from the crowd of people and the details and the camera.Celebrate

Stephanie and Tony were an amazing couple to work with. You can see in each picture how much love they have. They worked as a team through each detail and even used a point system to pick their songs. Stephanie explains, “Our first dance was That’s How Strong My Love Is by Otis Redding. Tony and I narrowed it down to five songs together and then used a point system to pick the winner. I was kind of excited when our DJ had to get the song from us because it meant it wasn’t used at 100 weddings last year.” Everything about their wedding was unique and truly what they wanted, from the confetti toss, to the bridesmaids’ dresses, to the recessional to Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing. Stephanie says, “Weddings are built on tradition and familiarity.” Although she wasn’t afraid to do anything unexpected and fun either! Check out a few images from here cool reception:

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“The church is such a pretty space. It is unique and the staff is so easy to work with,” Stephanie explains about the Ohio Village venue. “We did things here that a lot of venues wouldn’t have ever let happen. The confetti picture is one of my favorites.” It’s one of my favorites, too, Stephanie! This was SO much fun. You can’t see me, but I’m in the back throwing confetti too. (Be sure to click on this picture to see it in full size!)

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Stephanie’s advice to planning brides:

Make it yours.  If you have a great idea to make it unique, don’t be afraid to try.  You only get to do it once but pick your priorities that are the MOST important to you when selecting where to spend your budget. Also, have a plan for the day of, and share it with the bridal party.  Create a time schedule and assign them tasks ahead of time for clean up so you don’t have to stress about it. Lastly, don’t sweat the stuff you can’t control.  Most likely, your guests won’t notice if you don’t mention it!

Processional: Canon in D, Pachelbel

Recessional: Don’t Stop Believing, Journey

First Dance: That’s How Strong my Love Is, Otis Redding

Congratulations to the beautiful couple!

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Matt and Dayna

Wedding Date: June 22, 2013

Coordinator: Erin

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!’”

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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.

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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:

Appetizers:
Blue cheese and walnut spread with veggies and pita
House made chorizo puffs
Dinner:
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 tabitha@domaconnection.org

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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!

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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.”

M and D archI’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!

Sarah and Rick

Wedding Date: June 18, 2011

Coordinator: Jim

I have to admit sometimes on the initial meetings with a bridal couple you have a sense this is going to be a fun wedding. This is how I felt when I first met Sarah and Rick.

At first, some couples can become overwhelmed by the planning.  It was so great to have Sarah and Rick with wonderful ideas from the beginning. I usually say that our job is to pull all of those ideas together and then make it work on that special day.  “I didn’t have to worry about anything.” Sarah said.  “The last thing brides should be worried about is all of the details on the day of the wedding; everyone should just relax and have fun! Jim made sure that everything was taken care of and the day could be enjoyed.”

Sarah and Rick were married on June 18, 2011 in the beautiful Ohio Village Church.  They took full advantage of the unique settings within the Village to truly make their wedding celebration their own and create a classic and romantic feel for their whole day.   Take a look at their great shots by Benajamin James Photography.

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When their guests arrived they found special signs throughout the village that the couple had placed out to guide them to the Church.  Each arrow was inscribed with a quote from their engagement that was very special to the couple.  As a planner it is always fun to see those special touches appreciated by the guest. I can still remember the reactions as guests read each of the signs and looked forward to the next one they came across.

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Sarah even thought about making her experience of getting ready for the ceremony special. When she first saw the Victorian room of the American House hotel she immediately wanted to use this for her changing space.  Less than 100 yards from the Ohio Village Church, this space is decorated beautifully in the Victorian style of the late 1800’s.  It provides additional privacy for the bride as the groom gets ready inside the church.  When we asked Sarah about it she just gushed that “it was so much fun.  We watched as all of the guests arrived.  We got ready together.  It was such a great space so we didn’t feel cramped and the décor made for some great getting-ready pictures!”

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Sarah said, “My favorite moment of our wedding day was right before I walked down the aisle.  All of the bridesmaids had gone, my flower girls had just left, and the big church doors closed in preparation for my dad and me.  My dad asked if I wanted to hold hands or link arms; I wanted to hold hands.  We stood there OhioVillageChurchfor a moment and my dad said, ‘Enjoy this.  It only happens once.’  I closed my eyes, the music changed and the doors opened.  I locked eyes with Rick and I could not look anywhere else.  I remember thinking, ‘Remember this, remember this,’ as my dad slowly walked me down the aisle.”  Sarah explained how surreal that moment was; there were 200 eyes on her, but all she cared about was her groom.

I have to say, one of my favorite moments of the wedding was seeing the faces of the guests while Sarah and Rick walked, with big smiles, out of the church to “Ain’t that a kick in the head”.  As the guests heard Dean Martin sing, you could see the wave of realization hit them as big smiles lit up each face.  They made a traditional recessional into their own unique moment; that is always special for me to witness.

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Sarah and Rick’s advice to couples planning now:

“This whole thing, the whole planning process, the whole day, is about you two.  It isn’t about what your mother thinks is best, what tradition says is important or what the etiquette books state. Make your decisions and be done with them.  Enjoy this time with your fiancé, because you are only engaged for a short time.  Then, enjoy the wedding day with your groom.  It goes by so fast that you can’t worry about all of the small things.”

Processional Song: Cider House Rules Main Title (The Notebook’s trailer song)

Recessional Song:  “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head,” Dean Martin

First Dance:  Sarah and Rick had an eighteen piece swing band play “MoonRiver” by Andy Williams.

Take a look at their pictures and tell us what you think!