Sarah + Richard had a beautiful enchanted garden style wedding despite the rain at Greenacres Art Center. What started as an outdoor ceremony turned into an intimate indoor celebration with dearest family and friends gathered happily to celebrate these two fabulous people. A little rain only increased the enchanted mood of the evening! Photographs by Sarah Sterling of Sherri Barber Photography.
What’s your style?
My style is outdoorsy chic. I wanted it to be a bit bohemian and have the feel of being outside. That is why we incorporated 52 ferns hanging in the tent and succulents and air plants everywhere.
Casual vs. Formal – Casual
Vintage vs. Modern – A little bit of both but more bohemian chic
Chocolate vs. Vanilla – Vanilla
Wood vs. Brick – Wood
Roses vs. Peonies – neither – I like succulents and greenery.
Beach House vs. Cabin in the Woods – Cabin in the woods
Diamonds vs. Pearls – Diamonds
Pie vs. Cake – Cheesecake, ALWAYS, cheesecake
Feather vs. Fern – Fern
Fall vs. Summer – Fall
Lipstick vs. Lip Gloss – Gloss
Tell us a little about you and Richard.
I was born and raised in Cincinnati. Went to Summit Country Day. Graduated from UC. I love live music, dogs and being with my friends and family. I don’t really have any talents, seriously I don’t. I think I’m way funnier than Richard and I love the band Phish. Richard was born and raised in Cincinnati. He went to St. X for high school, University of Dayton for college and University of Cincinnati for law school. He played soccer in college (he reminds everyone he is a division 1 athlete). He is the funniest guy I know and one of the most patient people in the universe.
How did you and Richard meet? What was your first impression of him? What was his first impression of you?
My husband and I met through my best friend Bryan. They used to work at a law firm together and he actually wanted us to meet a year before. We never did but then decided to all hang out together. We went to Oakley Pub and Grill and my husband played Ellie Goulding “Love me Like you Do” on the jukebox on his Touch tunes app so that it would be playing right when he walked in. He wanted to make a grand entrance which backfired a bit because I never heard the song and I don’t listen to that type of music. He said he thought every woman loved that song. Wrong. Richard was very much into me right away. It took me a little longer to come around but I’m always a skeptic and he is an optimist.
Tell us about the proposal.
I had three dogs at the time, which are a major part of my life Anyone who knows me, knows that my dogs are my babies and I love them a ridiculous amount. I always begged Richard to help me walk them because I couldn’t walk three big dogs by myself. He never wanted to. On Friday, September 25th, I came home from work and Richard wanted to walk the dogs. We went on a walk and at the end of the walk he got down on one knee (threw the poop bag that was in one hand) and then asked me to marry him. I don’t even remember saying yes but I put the ring on and then eventually said yes. He wanted to make sure the dogs were there since they are such a big part of my life. After that he had arranged for my best friends and our families to be at my parents house for drinks and celebration. It was pretty much amazing.
What was your initial vision for your wedding?
I wanted there to be trees everywhere and lights everywhere and for it to look like an enchanted garden.
Describe your wedding day. Is there a particular moment that remains in your memory most vividly?
My wedding day was the greatest day of my entire life. I wish I could redo it every single year. I was hell bent on getting married outside and it literally poured rain harder than I have ever seen it pour. I tried to hold off the ceremony so we opened the bar. The rain wasn’t letting up so we got married inside at green acres in the main room. Afterwards everyone told me it was so intimate and they all enjoyed drinking during the ceremony. People were drunk early =)
Tell us about finding your dress.
My dress was the second one I tried on. I loved it but my mom didn’t. I tried on probably ten more and hated all of them and then came back to that one. It was Reem Acra backless and again, I wish I could wear it every single day.
What was your favorite detail?
The back was my favorite detail of the dress. My favorite detail of the wedding was the head table. My brother in law made the fixture hanging above the head table and we hung lights and ivy from it.
What song did you choose for your first dance?
You are the best thing by Ray LaMontagne
Where did you spend your honeymoon?
Thank you so much Sarah + Richard for sharing your story and beautiful wedding day! We wish you many years of happiness!
Sarah’s Dress: Reem Acra, Bridal and Formal | Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Borrowed was my garter which was also blue. It was my grandmothers. | Sarah’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaid Dresses: Reem Acra | Flowers: Del Apgar | Richard’s and Groomsmen Attire: Ralph Lauren | Wedding Planner: Fran Bitzer | Catering: La Petite Pierre | Cake: Jerry’s Cheesecake | Sweets: Rick Ross, owner of Galerie Candies made candies and a box with our emblem S&R | Music: Soul Pocket | Venue: Greenacres | Hair: My friend Rachel Bayer and Samantha Maloney – Tanya’s Salon in Hyde Park | Makeup: Kelly Bretcher at Blend Artistry | Video: Little Brown Dog Productions | Photography: Sherri Barber – Sarah Sterling