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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Anna and Uriel

Wedding Date: March 30, 2013

Coordinator: Erin 

In the midst of wedding season, I am so happy to send this post out into the world.  The wedding was as beautiful as the couple, and the personal touches are what made it unforgettable and unique.

The beautiful bride, Anna, married her handsome groom at the Ohio Village Church on March 30th of this year.  When I met Anna, she told me how many road blocks she had ran into because of her date.  Not many churches will hold weddings on Easter weekend.

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“Our church was unavailable on our date and we didn’t want to deal with restrictions that other churches may impose on us.  We were happy to find the Ohio Historical Society,” Anna said.  Because we lack the restrictions of other churches, Anna and Uriel were able to bring in their own pastor, Anna’s childhood classmate Tim.

Even I could notice the impact of having Tim direct the service: it made the whole ceremony personal and the event more special to the bride and groom.  At the very beginning of the ceremony Tim asked all of the guests to take out their phones and cameras and take pictures of the bride and groom.  He stepped out of the way and when the flashes finally stopped he came back and asked the guests to kindly put their phones away and enjoy the ceremony with the bride and groom.  What a great way to keep distractions out of the ceremony!

Anna says that she chose the village church for its historical features.  “I loved the flickering gas lamps, wood floors and pews, and stain-glass windows.  We didn’t use any decorations, with the exception of a few potted flowers,” she explained.  “We also didn’t need any microphones because the acoustics were great.  Another thing I liked about OHS was the intimacy of the church.  It’s not too big but can still hold over 100 people.  I was glad that we didn’t have empty rows.”

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The ceremony that Anna planned was tailor made to her and Uriel, and I almost guessed what her favorite part would be:  “My favorite part of the ceremony was when my aunt got up to sing The Prayer by Celtic Woman,” Anna said.  It is hard to explain the way that song filled up the church.  The look on Anna’s face as her aunt sang was gorgeous.  These personal touches are so important to every wedding.

While I loved that part of the ceremony, my favorite was El Lazo: The Love Knot ceremony.  I had not seen this tradition before, but it was amazing to watch.  This is a popular tradition in Hispanic wedding ceremonies and I am so happy that Uriel’s family brought it to the OhioVillage.  El Lazo (the lasso) symbolizes unity and is put around the bride and groom after the vows and left on for the rest of the ceremony to symbolize the binding of love and marriage.  It was so beautiful.

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After the ceremony, the couple and their bridal party walked around the village to take pictures.  “We were able to get some great shots because of the different buildings around the village and the rustic setting,” Anna says.  “I completely recommend this venue to other couples.  I am so glad that we had our wedding there.  Our coordinator made things so easy, took control of the details and I did not have to worry about where I should be or where other members of the bridal party should be.  She took care of it.”

Advice from Anna to other brides:

All of the extra details that we considered eliminating from the wedding turned out to be the things that our guests enjoyed the most.  If you want to add special details to your wedding, go for it.  You won’t regret it later.

Processional: Canon in D

Recessional: Wedding March

First Dance: Stand By Me by Prince Royce

Thank you to Jon Morton Studios for the amazing pictures and congratulations to the beautiful newlyweds, Anna and Uriel!Ohio Village A&U