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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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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Jennifer and Justin

Wedding Date: August 18, 2012

Coordinator: Erin

Wedding - professional pictures 484I had so much fun working with Jennifer and Justin.  Jennifer was so relaxed and calm: a vision of class on her wedding day and throughout the planning process.  “Our wedding was exactly what we pictured and we enjoyed every moment of the day.  We put a lot of thought into the type of day we wanted and then we did a lot of research to find the right vendors and places that fit.  We wanted our guests to feel relaxed and we hoped they would be able to feel our love and share in our joy throughout the day,” she explained.

When I first gave Jennifer and Justin a tour through the Ohio Village, they knew that it would help them give that love and joy to their guests.  It provided the intimate setting they wanted without the restrictions they found at other churches.  “We loved having our good friend, Thomas, officiate the ceremony for us.  It was very personal.”  The size of the church was perfect for their guests.  It was intimate and comfortable.  Jennifer was also comforted that I would be there during the ceremony do direct the day and make sure everyone involved was doing their job.  “I didn’t have to worry about anything because I knew Erin would ensure people were where they were supposed to be and doing what they were supposed to be doing,” Jennifer said.

I asked Jennifer what her favorite moment of her day was.  “It was the vows,” she said.  “Up until that point, I was nervous.  I was thinking about being in front of everyone.  When Justin said his vows to me, I was completely in that moment and everything else went out of my mind.  It was like I could feel every single word he said.  It was really incredible and emotional.”

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I will always remember the music that Jennifer and Justin chose for their ceremony and the way their song choices made the church feel.  That is my favorite memory from their wedding.  Jennifer explained her choices: “Justin and I are a bit non-traditional, and I’m a child of the 80’s.  The first time I heard the Vitamin String Quartet’s version of ‘Sweet Child O’ Mind,’ I knew that was the perfect song for walking down the aisle.”  Fiddles and Faces, an amazing violin duo from Central Ohio, worked with Jennifer and Justin to create the unique and upbeat feel for their ceremony.  After the last bridesmaid began walking down the aisle, I closed the doors to the church and waited with Jennifer, her father and her step father .  Together, we heard the music change to “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and we listened as the introduction passed, the perfect moment of the song came and I opened the doors.  Hearing the church filled with that beautiful song, as everyone turned to watch Jennifer walk down the aisle was a very powerful moment.  I will never forget that.

Jennifer’s Advice to other Brides:

“Erin gave me a great piece of advice that I didn’t take!  Just before I walked down the aisle, she told me to take my time, walk slowly and take it all in.  Well, as soon as those church doors opened I basically sprinted down the aisle.  There aren’t even any good pictures of my walk because my dad and step-dad were behind me, tugging at my arms trying to slow me down.  So, I would tell any bride to really, really try to walk slowly!”

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Processional: Sweet Child O’ Mine

Recessional: Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars