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!”


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.


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!


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!


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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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.

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“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.

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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.

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“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?”

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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.

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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!


“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:


“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!)


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!


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:

Blue cheese and walnut spread with veggies and pita
House made chorizo puffs
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 
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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!

Kara and Brad

Wedding Date: September 1, 2012

Coordinator: Erin

Kara and Brad’s wedding was unforgettable for me.  They wanted their day to honor not only their love for each other, but those in their family who loved and supported them along the way.  This was a true celebration for all of their loved ones.  Take a look at how she hung photos of past generations on the end of the pews.  It was such a great touch.  I cannot find a better word for their day other than “poetic.”

Flowers made from book pages and pictures of loved ones lined the aisle of the Ohio Village Church

Education is very important to the couple, which may be how they came across our venues at the Ohio Historical Society.  She explained that she was looking for something that fit her vision: “Something out of a Jane Austen novel, perhaps?”  Oh, how I love her for this.

Kara says, “The question I got most after our wedding was, ‘How did you find this place?’ Lots of people have heard of OHS, and lots of people have visited, everyone remembers a grade school field trip, but no one I talked with at the time seemed to know that the church was available for rental.  When I found a picture of the church on the OHS website and saw that it was available for weddings, I knew I wanted to check it out. And our first visit couldn’t have been better – Erin was so helpful and accommodating, answering all of our questions – that we left knowing that OHS was the place for our wedding.”

Thankfully for their Labor Day weekend wedding date, this couple has a love of history and all things vintage.  Every year during that weekend, the Ohio Village hosts the Ohio Cup where vintage baseball teams from around the state come Chevy Get Away Cartogether for a big tournament.  When I told Kara that her wedding would take place during this tournament, to my surprise, she was thrilled!  She explains, “My favorite part of my time at the Ohio Village was when we walked outside to drive away and we saw all of the baseball players from the Vintage Baseball Festival playing out on the fields. That’s one of the great things about OHS – there are so many unique aspects to holding an event there. Who else can say they got married during a vintage baseball festival?”

We actually had another wedding that weekend too, so at least one other couple… but we won’t tell Kara.

But honestly, I think the vintage baseball players enjoyed her wedding just as much as she enjoyed them.  They could barely focus on their games as they stared at her brother’s beautiful ’57 Chevy Bel Air that waited outside of the church.  I remember watching the players clap along with the wedding guests as Kara and Brad made their grand exit.

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Another of Kara’s favorite moments of the day, she says, was also when she was feeling the biggest butterflies:  “My favorite moment of the day was probably also my most nervous moment: when Erin opened the door to the sanctuary and my dad and I walked in. Just moments before, I had been standing on the stairs waiting to go in to the vestibule to meet my dad, and I had experienced my only moment of mild panic. I thought to myself, ‘I’m getting married. I am really getting married!’ And then I met my dad, and Erin opened the door, and we walked through.  I saw everyone smiling at us, and Brad waiting for me, and I wasn’t nervous anymore.”

After I talked to Kara about her wedding memories, I had to go back into my files and pull out her program.  She and her maid of honor put these together; they are stunning and, quite literally, poetic.  When you open the program, the first thing you read is “Song of the Open Road” by Walt Whitman.  As you read on you find “Either/Or” by Soren Kierkegaard, followed by a beautifully personal “thank you” to her loved ones.

While I remembered the beauty of the program, what I will never forget is the brilliance of the readings:   “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams,  “The Third Body” by Robert Bly, and  “The Confirmation” by Edwin Muir.  (Take a minute to look these up. They are worth the read.)  Each one was lyrical and perfect for the couple.  While Kara talked about the unique venue, I was thinking about how unique her entire day was.  They took every chance they could to make their day personal and special.  Their hard work paid off!

And Jane Austen would be proud!

The beautiful Wedding Program

Kara’s Advice to other couples approaching their wedding:

Absolutely, positively, record as much of the event as you can. You don’t realize this because you’re getting ready/taking care of details, but you don’t get to see your guests arrive. You don’t get to see the reaction to your musical choices or to the entry of your attendants. Even if you just set up a camcorder on a tripod in the corner of the church, record your event! You will be so happy you did.

Families Processional: “Someday Some Morning Sometime,” – Wilco

Attendants Processional: “First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes

Bride Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D

Recessional: “Till Kingdom Come” – Coldplay

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

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Shana and Steve

Wedding Date: September 22, 2012

Coordinator: Erin

straka399When I met Shana about a year ago to show her the Ohio Village Church for the first time, she seemed to know exactly what she was looking for.  Shana was so relaxed and calm through the whole process, not to mention incredibly organized!  I will never forget the color-coded spreadsheet she sent me about a month before her wedding which included her day-of timeline and a list of her vendors with arrival times and contact information… a girl after my own heart!

A few weeks after her wedding, I contacted her again to see how she was doing.  When we talked she said, “I fell in love with the site the moment I saw it.  It was exactly what I was looking for.  We were in need of a place that was both affordable and would allow us to use our own pastor.  The Village Church was the only thing we fould. ”

When I brought Shana to the church for the first time, she loved it for it’s natural decor.  On her wedding day, she simply hung decore on the pews and placed planted flowers on the altar.  “It saved me a lot of money!” she said.  The stained glass of the church let in beautiful light on her wedding day which looked amazing in her photographs.  She also loved the outdoor vitage motif of the Ohio Village.  It offered a lot of variety for her photos.


Shana explains, “The staff at the Ohio Village Church had a lot of advice on different things that people did for the ceremony, photos and decorations.  Whenever I hit a roadblock, Erin always had a recommendation based off of her experience with other brides.  It was great to use her as a resouce!  Also, on the day of the wedding, and even for the rehearsal, it was great having her there to direct everyone and make sure the day went smoothly and on time… one thing that a bride should not have to worry about!  It was great knowing she was upstairs running the show just the way I had asked her to.”  That’s my Job, Shana!  I am there to handle the logistics and worry about the details for each couple so that they can focus on what is most important.  I always tell my brides: “The vows matter most.”


When I asked Shana to tell me about her favorite part of her wedding day, I just knew it would be about the pictures.  The whole bridal party seemed to have a blast taking these shots.  Jeanne Arkfeld Photography did a great job capturing that enery!  Shana said, “We had so much fun walking around the village and choosing which places we wanted a quick picture.  It was a VERY windy day… so it was great that we found a few nooks in the village to tuck into and take photos without the bridesmaid’s dresses flying up!”

DoorMy favorite moment of working with Shana and Steve (besides the color-coded timeline) came right before their ceremony.  Shana came into the church and cracked open the door to the vestibule where Steve was waiting.  They couldn’t see one another, but they held hands around the door and talked for a few beautiful moments.  “I hadn’t talked to him all day and it was so nice to hear his voice,” Shana explained.

Steve and Shana’s advice to couples planning now:

“Take caution when sending save-the-dates.  We sent a save-the-date to everyone on our innitial guest list about 7 months before the wedding.  It was amazing to find how many people we had completely lost touch with and how many new friends we made in those few months before we were mailing actual invitations.  Unfortunately, we had basically locked in our guest list so a lot of our new clost friends weren’t included due to budget restrictions.  Only send save-the-dates to family and VERY close friends!”

Processional Song: The First Day of my Life – Bright Eyes

First Dance: Wrapped in your Arms – Fireflight

Steve and Shana played music by Frank Sinatra in the church as guests arrived and again during their recessional.

Take a look at the full gallery of their wedding pictures below and tell us what you think!