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!”

SmithWarnerWedding198

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.

SmithWarnerWedding072

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!

SmithWarnerWedding241

Processional: Somewhere Only We Know by Vitamin String Quartet

Recessional: You Make My Dreams True by Hall and Oats

Photographer: Sara Long Photography

Sara Long Photography on Facebook

Sara Long Photography on Instagram

SmithWarnerWedding173

Advertisements

Emily and Andy

Wedding Date: 09.06.14 Event Coordinator: Laura Event Captain: Elizabeth Charles Not often do we talk about the rehearsal on blogs (because it is something that typically pales in comparison to the actual wedding day), however with this couple, every moment … 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.”

Reveal Sabo
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

This gallery contains 19 photos.

Wedding Date: 02.14.14 Event Coordinator: Jim Event Captain Bailey and Katie It is always a special treat to have a wedding on Valentine’s Day but this one seemed even more special especially with a fresh covering of snow to add … Continue reading

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.

chaymen Krista

“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.

1 2 6 9 11 13 16 17 18 19 20 21

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.

22 24 23 25krista3 26 27 Leaving 28

“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?”

3 1514 12

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!

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.

inviteProgramsHappy Tears Program2Here comes the bride streamersOrgan Pew Mom1

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.

Stephanie FlowerGirls Ring Bearers Anticipation anticipation2 Herecomesthebride Tony

This First Look is so precious!

Ceremony3Vows

“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:

ReceptionDetailsG

“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!)

Confetti

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!

StephTonyCongrats

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.

Anna and Uriel

“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.”

Anna and Uriel Ceremony

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.

El Lazo El LazoEl Lazo

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