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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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

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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Andrew and Marie

Wedding Date: 9.24.16

Event Coordinator: Elizabeth

Drew and Marie are a wonderful couple whose love for each other clearly shone all day. From her grand entrance carried through to the ceremony and their exit, this couple was all smiles for one another. It makes sense when you find out this day was three years in the making for Marie and Drew!

We asked Marie to describe her favorite moment for us,”as I walked into the church, with my arms locked to my Dad, Elizabeth said to me, “They’re all waiting for you!” and the doors of the church opened. While I couldn’t take my eyes off Drew, I could feel the love from all our friends and family staring back at me.”cemomentphotography-ceremony047.

We adored all the little details that Marie brought in to make her day more special,”The beautiful hardwood floors and the stained-glass windows of the church fit perfectly with what we wanted. With pale ivory candles decorating the altar to fresh, white rose petals lining the aisle of the church, our vision was brought to life inside the four walls of this church.”  Their photographer, Savannah, of Ce Moment Photography, is a true artist. She did a wonderful job capturing these moments as well as the many spaces our village offers!

Marie recommends the church to any potential brides out there, “If you are looking for a place full of charm and elegance for your wedding, look no further than the Ohio Village church. You won’t find a more beautiful venue for an affordable price with coordinators like the ones you’ll find here. You will not only have peace of mind on your big day, but you will have a beautiful venue that your guests will rave about for months after your wedding.”

Congrats Marie and Drew, thank you for choosing us as part of your dream wedding!

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Danielle and Jordan

Wedding Date: 5.14.16 Event Coordinators: Laura and Elizabeth Event Captain: Katie Danielle and Jordan were a delight to work with this past year. Creative with an infectious laughter (which really shone on the dance floor!), laid-back, and flexible which came … 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!!

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!

Elizabeth and Chad

Wedding Date: December 1, 2012

Coordinator: Erin 

Due to popular demand, especially from staff here at the Ohio Historical Society, it is time that I “wow” you readers with the most unique wedding I have had the pleasure of planning.  The first time Elizabeth and Chad came in to talk with me, they were already familiar with the reception space that they wanted.  They were frequent visitors of the museum and had their hearts set on our exhibit floor and Red Carpet Area for their one-of-a-kind event, telling me that it was exactly what they envisioned.  What they didn’t tell me, until about halfway through our meeting, was that they were having a themed wedding: a Star Wars themed wedding, to be exact.  Right away, I was excited.  Actually, our whole staff was excited.

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“When my fiancé and I first began looking at wedding venues back in June, we knew that we wanted something unique and interesting that still worked within our budget. We had already decided that we were going to have a fully costumed, Star Wars-themed wedding in the early winter, and we really wanted the location to be as memorable as the event itself. We definitely found the perfect place in the Ohio History Center!” Elizabeth explained.  The Red Carpet Area ended up being a visually striking place for their ceremony and reception.

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With intergalactic thoughts and blasters in hand, they looked at other wedding venues and realized that some were not as accommodating when it came to non-traditional weddings.  Thankfully, Elizabeth and Chad are fans of Star Wars and history, so they came to us.   In Elizabeth’s words: “The museum was a place where people of all ages could be entertained and enlightened all evening.  It was more than just ‘a pretty place to eat and drink.’”  For receptions in our space, we keep the exhibits open so that guests can enjoy private browsing after hours.  The costume-clad guests took full advantage of the exhibit floor and our built-in photo booth.

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That first meeting with Elizabeth and Chad was only a short 6 months before their wedding date.  The months following were tons of fun.  Needless to say, I learned a lot about Star Wars to prepare for the event.  Elizabeth says, “We were very preoccupied during the last few months with creating costumes and props.  The more practical details of the event were the last things on our minds so we were thankful to have Erin as a coordinator. Based on what we had in mind and Erin’s experience with event planning, she made many great suggestions for the floor plan and ceremony setup.”

Every aspect of this wedding was creative –from the ceremony to the bar menu.  For this Star Wars Cantina, we created an a la carte bar menu to accommodate the special requests of the bride and groom.  We also had a drink ticket system in place so that the couple could stay on budget.  They brought themed drink tickets for their guests and an R2-D2 cooler that we used for soda!

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When Elizabeth and I were talking about her wedding, she said that her favorite part was the guest reaction: “All of our guests told us that we had ‘the coolest wedding ever’ and that the experience brought back fond memories of their own childhood field trips to the museum. We were delighted to hear so many kind comments, and to know that our wedding was so much fun for so many different people.”

It truly was an unforgettable event.  My favorite part of this wedding was the attitude of the couple during the planning process.  Elizabeth and Chad were incredibly excited – to the point of giddiness – about every little Star Wars-themed detail.  This made it a joy to work with them for those short 6 months.  Elizabeth: our staff at the Ohio Historical Society completely agrees with your wedding guests and we are honored to have shared the day with you!  We couldn’t resist stealing a picture with a member of the bridal party.

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Elizabeth‘s advice to couples planning now:

It’s your day! Do what will make you both happy, and try to always have fun along the way. Definitely don’t stress yourself out too much about the little things; the evening will fly by in a blur either way, so just try to relax and enjoy the great event that you’ve worked so hard on. Finally, don’t be afraid to take people up on all their offers of assistance! Helpful friends and family are usually happy to remove some of the stress from the bride and groom on the wedding day.

Processional: Star Wars medley by John Williams

Recessional: Star Wars Main Title by John Williams / “Hybrid Moments” by The Misfits

First Dance: “Catch the Wind” by Donovan

Congratulations Elizabeth and Chad!  May the Force be with you!

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