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

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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