When we started planning our wedding it soon became apparent that we would need to prioritize what mattered most to us. I joked initially that wedding planning was the land of 1,001 decisions - and then I stopped making that joke when I realized it would involve far more decisions than that! We wanted our wedding to be lovely and elegant but also relaxed and fun, and we didn't want to drive ourselves crazy along the way.
We chose to get married in my hometown, Upper Arlington, Ohio, at a church near where I went to high school. It was really touching to be able to show off my beloved hometown (I'm a proud Ohioan) to friends from my college (Boston) and post-college (NYC) life. And of course I loved getting ready for our wedding at my parents' house, as I mentioned last week.
We then had the reception at a Scioto County Club, which was meaningful for both of us because I spent a lot of time there growing up and Doug is a devoted golfer. We even considered having the ceremony at Scioto, but Doug joked that his friends would know he had too much influence if we were married literally ON a golf course. As much as we loved the idea of an outdoor ceremony (and I drooled over the possibilities outdoor ceremony photos), we ultimately we decided to get married in the church because we didn't want to worry about things we couldn't control (Exhibit A: the weather). More on that a bit later on...
I worked with Rifle Paper Company for our invitations and wedding day stationery and I truly couldn't have been happier with how they all turned out. I have loved Rifle for years (since before I met Doug!), but it was extra special to have their work be part of our wedding because they're based in Doug's hometown. Rifle's Winter Park, Florida studio is very near where Doug went to high school, and I loved that his home would be represented too. The Rifle team was fantastic to work with and they brought my vision for the invitations to life.
About to take on the world as husband and wife.
One of the things I loved about Scioto was the large terrace overlooking the golf course where we held cocktail hour. We chose to do first look photos so that we could join our guests for cocktails. I was so glad afterwards that we made that choice, because what you wouldn't can't tell from the gorgeous first look photos (or any of our photos) was that it started raining on our way from the church to the reception and then poured buckets for the rest of the night.
Central Ohio in September is usually sunny and pleasant (not too warm, not too cool) but our wedding day was humid and threatening heavy rains all day. We were grateful for every hour that the rains held off and that we had picked ceremony and reception venues that were climate controlled.
The silver lining was that we were still able to enjoy the covered patio, and the golf course looked lovely and serene in the rain. My dad mentioned in his toast that it rained on my parents' wedding day and also for my brother and sister-in-law's wedding, so it's something of a family tradition!
Planning the flowers for our wedding was a complete joy thanks to the lovely ladies at Rose Bredl. They took my inspiration images plus some inspiration from the floral motif on our invitations to come up with arrangements that I just adore. Our planning sessions were held in the delightful Rose Bredl retail shop over prosecco (true story), and I look forward to dropping in whenever I'm in town.
They came up with the idea of the striking wreaths on the red church doors, which you can see in the top photo, and incorporated Queen Anne's Lace into my bouquet because my mom had it in her wedding bouquet (along with pink roses).
The toasting flutes at our place settings were a gift from my high school girlfriends, who have given the same pair to each girl upon her engagement. Each of us have toasted with them at our weddings, and I was touched and honored to carry on the tradition. Special details like that are such a sweet and surprisingly emotional part of wedding planning. They were small touches throughout our wedding day that guests might or might not notice but that have significance for us.
One of the best decisions we made was to hire Emile Duncan Event Planning because Emilie and her team made sure that everything ran smoothly and that all those sentimental details, like the toasting flutes, were just as we imagined them. I was able to be present and enjoy our wedding day (and so were Doug and our parents), because Emilie was on top of the logistics.
Want to know something crazy? We skipped out on wedding cake. Try to contain your shock because we had something even better: a sundae bar from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. Instead of cutting the cake, we fed each other a scrumptious Jeni's sundae. I've loved Jeni's for years and years (just scroll my social media feeds, it'll become readily apparent) and we keep it stocked at home. Friends of ours mentioned that they have never seen a line form as fast as when the Jeni's cart opened for dessert. If you haven't tried Jeni's, it is THAT GOOD.
We did serve a chocolate / chocolate "Groom's Cake" by the slice and we had chocolate Buckeyes (a quintessentially Ohio treat) as our favors. I loved carrying on that tradition since Buckeyes were also the favor at my brother and sister-in-law's wedding three years ago. Our guests were welcome to take them home in little favor bags or to eat them straightaway, because they're very hard to resist!
And then, we danced the night away.
Photographs: Red Gallery Photography
Ceremony Venue: Riverside United Methodist Church
Reception Venue: Scioto Country Club
Flowers: Rose Bredl
Invitations: Rifle Paper Company
Calligraphy: Margaret Colleen Calligraphy
Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Makeup: Tim Maurer at Mukha Spa
Hair: Mindi Umbrell
Groom's Shoes: Bally
Event Coordination: Emily Duncan Event Planning