03/19/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Sarah + Richard

Sherri Barber Photography

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.

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

Sherri Barber Photography

Sherri Barber Photography

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.

Sherri Barber Photography

Sherri Barber Photography

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.

Sherri Barber Photography

Sherri Barber Photography

Sherri Barber Photography

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.

Sherri Barber Photography

Sherri Barber Photography

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.

Sherri Barber Photography

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 =)

Sherri Barber Photography

Sherri Barber Photography

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.

Sherri Barber Photography

Sherri Barber Photography

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.

Sherri Barber Photography

Sherri Barber Photography

What song did you choose for your first dance?

You are the best thing by Ray LaMontagne

Sherri Barber Photography

Where did you spend your honeymoon?

Maui, Hawaii.

Sherri Barber Photography

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

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03/12/2017  . A Paper Anniversary | Leah + Dan

A Paper Anniversary | Leah + Dan

We are so excited to share Leah + Dan’s story this week on the blog as it is truly a perfect example of romance and friendship coming together. We loved their rustic, flower filled Ann Arbor wedding and were delighted to learn about their anniversary tradition of visiting a National Park each year whose origins are in their engagement. We asked them to share a little about their first year of marriage and all of their adventures since saying “I Do”.

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03/06/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Lauren + Patrick

Leppert Photography

An elegant, glamorous Hall of Mirrors wedding with true urban style! Two Cincinnati transplants fell in love with each other and have made this city their home. Lauren, a beautiful Ben-gal met Patrick, owner of Scene Ultra Lounge one day at the gym and soon after they knew their hearts had been captured. Lauren shared the incredible engagement story and photos with us which you can see here. Wedding photos were taken by Laura Leppert of Leppert Photography.

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02/27/2017  . How Do You Do ‘I Do’? | Robin Wood Flowers

If flowers have a secret language then Robin Wood and her brilliant team speak in blooms and vines. We have featured so many couples on our Wedding Spotlight series whose wedding day’s were completed with the floral designs of Robin Wood Flowers. We asked Robin to give us a little insight into the origins of her passion and what she offers the Cincinnati wedding community.  

Robin McKerrell Photography

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02/15/2017  . How Do You Do ‘I Do’? | Hyde Park Bridal

Amanda, owner of Hyde Park Bridal

Amanda Cacaro, Owner of Hyde Park Bridal

Amanda Cacaro, owner of Hyde Park Bridal, shared her gorgeous destination wedding with us a few years ago to kick off our Wedding Spotlight blog series. We asked her to kick off our “How Do You Do ‘I Do’?” series where we interview wedding vendors who have been a part of our couple’s big day! We have featured many brides on our blog who have found the perfect dress at Hyde Park Bridal so we wanted to ask Amanda what’s new in wedding dress design and to share her love, knowledge and enthusiasm for helping brides find the gown of their dreams. 

Since her store has been open, Amanda and her team have been recognized for numerous local and national honors including “Best of The Knot” and Wedding Wire’s “Couples’ Choice Award” for five consecutive years. They were also recently recognized as one of the “Top 50 Best Bridal Salons” in the country by BRIDES magazine for the second year in a row. Hyde Park Bridal will celebrate its fifth year anniversary this September and we look forward to seeing what’s in store for this beautiful shop!

Hyde Park Bridal | Mandy Leigh Photography

Hyde Park Bridal opened almost five years ago! What changes have you noticed in wedding dress design since then?  

It’s so fun to see how wedding gowns and trends have evolved just in the last five years since Hyde Park Bridal opened! There are still a lot of similarities of course, but each year we always see something a little new! 

Hyde Park Bridal

What I have noticed most about the designs of wedding gowns is the willingness of the designers and brides to take risk and try something out of the box! Each year the designs have gotten a little more unique with their embroidery, lace, color options, sleeve/straps, beading, etc.. We really have no idea what we are going to see when we go to bridal market and that’s the most exciting time for us!

Alvina Valenta | Hyde Park Bridal

Alvina Valenta | Hyde Park Bridal

Is there a certain style wedding dress that has been more popular than others in the past year or two? If so, what do you think it is about the dress that makes it so?

Over the past couple of years colored gowns have become much more popular and pretty standard for a bride to want. A large selection of our gowns are sampled in a blush, champagne and even a purple color. 

Blush by Hayley Paige | Hyde Park Bridal

Blush by Hayley Paige | Hyde Park Bridal

Lace remains a classic but more brides want full long sleeve lace gowns or the option to add sleeves to a gown for the ceremony that can be removed for the reception.

Two-tone gowns where the lining is a different color than the top layer are all the rage right now. The lining really enhances the top lace and/or fabric creating the perfect pop of color. This design looks gorgeous, photographs amazing and our brides are really loving it!

 

The shape of the gowns for our brides is truly all over the place! We sell a variety of gown silhouettes but more and more brides are loving a layered or textured skirt. From fit to flare or ball gowns, our brides love the drama a layered skirt gives their bridal gown!

Calla Blanche | Hyde Park Bridal

Calla Blanche | Hyde Park Bridal

Hayley Paige | Hyde Park Bridal

Hayley Paige | Hyde Park Bridal

 

Is there a style you wish more brides gave a chance? What do you think brides would enjoy about it?

Ball gowns! So many brides come in completely against a ball gown silhouette and it’s hard to get a bride to try one. When brides put on a full gown they feel like a princess and totally get the bridal moment they were hoping for! Ball gowns aren’t for everyone but it’s fun to at least try one and you will be shocked at how much they can surprise you! I mean your wedding day is the one day you can go big….right?

 

 

What are you looking forward to this year at Hyde Park Bridal? 

We recently expanded Hyde Park Bridal into our new second floor space! To say we are excited is an understatement! We have a gorgeous new bridal suite and the cutest pink spiral staircase leading to the new space. We now have room for more gowns and designers!

Hayley Paige | Chandon | Hyde Park Bridal

We have added two new designers: Calla Blanche (the most swoon-worthy Pinterest type gowns) and Jim Hjelm by Hayley Paige (classic and elegant with the signature Hayley Paige flare). Hyde Park Bridal is now the exclusive Hayley Paige retailer for all of her lines in the Cincinnati area and beyond! Upstairs we can also fit more appointments into our weekends and schedule accessory only appointments as well which our brides are loving!

Hyde Park Bridal

Hyde Park Bridal

Thank you so much, Amanda, for taking the time to share your insights and beautiful shop with us! See Amanda + Joe’s gorgeous destination wedding feature

Read more about Amanda and Hyde Park Bridal.

See more gorgeous photos of Hyde Park Bridal and read Megan Noll’s spotlight on Amanda.

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02/06/2017  . A Paper Anniversary | Kelsey + Lexy

Kelsey + Lexy | 11 Eleven Photography

Coral, silver, cotton, pottery, silk and paper. A tradition started in the Victorian Era, each wedding anniversary has it’s own unique material that is meant to embody and reflect the growth and spirit of the couples’ love over time. Paper is for the first year. A Paper Anniversary is a celebration and a look back at some of our couples first year together. We are thrilled to share Kelsey + Lexy’s story first.

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01/01/2017  . Kate + Sam’s Romantic October Wedding | Wedding Spotlight

Kate and Sam's romantic October wedding

Kortnee Kate Photography

Kate + Sam’s romantic October wedding day overflowed with joy and an exuberance that shines right through their photos. A dreamy, subtle softness flows through the day, from the elegant lace details of Kate’s dress to that perfect bright fall light to rich texture of the velvety cream cake. The thick scent of ivory roses nestled with blush blossoms and hints of eucalyptus must have filled the Hyde Park Country Club’s reception hall to the delight of everyone. Kate takes us back through the day that provided a lifetime of treasured memories for her, Sam and all their loved ones. Gorgeous photos by Kortnee Kate Photography.   

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12/26/2016  . Wedding Spotlight | Meaghan + Matt

 October Cincinnati Wedding

The Carrs Photography

The Carrs Photography

The Carrs Photography

Meaghan + Matt’s October wedding was all radiance with a measure of the timeless. Vows were exchanged in St. Francis de Sales Church, one of Cincinnati’s most beautiful and historic buildings. The festivities followed at Cincinnati Country Club where the grounds were set for croquet and corn hole with a personal touch. One of our favorite photos is of the wind catching Meaghan’s veil as the couple embrace under the autumn sky. The day was photographed by The Carrs Photography.

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12/14/2016  . Art Prints

We stock an ever changing, eclectic variety of art prints at Poeme. Stop in, email us {poeme@poeme-online.com} or call the shop {513.321.4999} for more info!

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