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11/12/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Molly + Ted

Ben Elsass Photography

We have been following this week’s bride and blogger extraordinaire, Molly Moran via See Molly Blog for some time and were thrilled when she chose Poeme to create her dream wedding stationery and paper details. Molly takes a candid and open approach to whatever she does and radiates absolute happiness on her wedding day. She tells us why Pinecroft at Crosley Estate was the perfect venue choice and what she thought the first time she saw her future husband, “If love at first sight exists, I think that’s what I had with Ted”.

Ben Elsass Photography

Ben Elsass Photography

Ben Elsass Photography

Ben Elsass Photography

Tell us a little about you and your husband, Ted.

Ted is a lot of things I’m not; financially savvy is a good example, but at the same time he and I are very similar; he’s witty, funny, caring, fiercely loyal, and Ted and I keep a lot of the same values. He’s definitely a great balance for my worrisome, extroverted, and theatrical self!

Ben Elsass Photography

Ben Elsass Photography

Ben Elsass Photography

Ben Elsass Photography

Ben Elsass Photography

Tell us how See Molly Blog came to be and what you love about it.

See Molly Blog was born out of fear and necessity; I was afraid to blog because I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and I compare myself a lot to others. I was worried that whatever blog I created wouldn’t be professional looking, and I would hardly have any readers. However, I needed a creative outlet, and I’ve always loved fashion, beauty, writing, connecting with other like-minded people, and photography, and a blog combined all of those things. So, I stared my self-inflicted fear in the face, and told it that See Molly Blog had to happen. I love that it’s my own little corner of the internet where I can share things that truly excite me, and make my happy. If other people follow along, it’s icing on the cake!

Ben Elsass Photography

Ben Elsass Photography

Ben Elsass Photography

Did you gather inspiration and ideas from wedding blogs and or social media? If so which ones stand out and why?

I did my best to temper the amount of places from which I drew inspiration. Of course I looked on Pinterest (but I had a cut-off date when I couldn’t look anymore so I wouldn’t be tempted to second guess my decisions!), Knot magazines, and a lot of photography blogs. The blogs of local vendors were most helpful, because I could see things that other brides had done at and with my venue, Pinecroft, and knew that these ideas were attainable. Sometimes Pinterest can be a bit over the top!

Ben Elsass Photography

Ben Elsass Photography

Ben Elsass Photography

Ben Elsass Photography

Ben Elsass Photography

How was your personal style reflected in your wedding day?

I tried my best to make sure that when people attended my wedding, they immediately said to themselves, “Yeah. Molly totally planned this!” Everything from the colors, blush pink and gold, to the floral centerpieces, first dance choice (Beauty and the Beast because I’m a Disney FANATIC) and quirky escort cards (we had gold animals attached to each) screamed Molly!

Ben Elsass Photography

Ben Elsass Photography

How did you and Ted meet? What was your first impression of him? What was his first impression of you?

Ted and I met at my sister’s house, and my first impression was more of a feeling of wanting to be around him. If love at first sight exists, I think that’s what I had with Ted. I’m pretty sure Ted’s first impression of me was that I was pretty, and I’m not mad about it haha

Ben Elsass Photography

Tell us about the proposal.

Ted proposed on our 2 year anniversary, and disguised the whole thing as a blog shoot. We were down by the river with the city in the background, and just when I thought we were getting some super cute couples’ anniversary pics for my blog, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I’m an ugly crier, so not all of the pictures made my blog!

Ben Elsass Photography

Ben Elsass Photography

Ben Elsass Photography

How did you decide on your venue? Why was it the perfect choice?

My interest in Pinecroft was sparked when I attended my friend’s reception there. I loved that it was a little bit of everything-It’s indoors and outdoors, it’s old but new, and the tent is the perfect canvas to make your own. It was perfect because it gave me a little bit everything-and the staff and food are beyond amazing!

Ben Elsass Photography

Ben Elsass Photography

What was your favorite detail?

It’s hard to pick a favorite detail, but the flowers were beyond any of my expectations! They really brought everything together.

Ben Elsass Photography

Ben Elsass Photography

Ben Elsass Photography

Describe your wedding day. Is there a particular moment that remains in your memory most vividly?

My wedding day was honestly the best, most happy day of my life. I didn’t feel like time went too quickly, I spent time with people that meant the most to me and had time to talk to every single one of them, and I vowed my love to an amazing man that I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with. It doesn’t get any better. The moment that sticks out is definitely our first look. Never in my life has anything felt so right and natural as when Ted turned around and saw me in my wedding dress. Something settled inside me, and I knew he was it. He was the one, and we were going to get to be together forever.

Ben Elsass Photography

Tell us about finding your dress.

Finding my dress was so much fun! I loved everything about wedding planning, but of course the dress was one of the best parts! I swore I didn’t want anything strapless or poofy, because I thought it would seem too predictable. I ended up with a sweetheart neckline, strapless Hayley Paige ballgown. I realized it wasn’t predictable, it was ME! The ladies at Hyde Park Bridal were FABULOUS, and talk about a DREAM job…wonder if they have any openings?

Ben Elsass Photography

Ben Elsass Photography

Which best describes you?

Casual or Formal – Formal
Vintage or Modern – Modern
Chocolate or Vanilla – Chocolate..double chocolate
Roses or Peonies – Peonies
Pie or Cake – Cake
Lipstick or Gloss – Lipstick
Diamonds or Pearls – Diamonds
Rustic or Urban – Rustic

Ben Elsass Photography

Where did you honeymoon?

We honeymooned in Jamaica and it was amazing! Ted…when are we going back!?

Ben Elsass Photography

Thank you so much Molly + Ted for sharing your beautiful wedding with us!! We wish you all the joy in the world!

Molly’s Dress: Hayley Paige, Hyde Park Bridal | Flowers: Floral Verde | Wedding Planner: Cincy Weddings by Maura | Cake and Desserts: A Spoon Fulla Sugar, Funky’s Catering | Ceremony Venue: Mater Dei Chapel at Mount Saint Joseph University | Reception Venue: Pinecroft at Crosley Estate | Photographer: Ben Elsass Photography | Videographer: Lifetime Films | Band: Greg Lee and the Chuck Taylors

10/25/2017  . Mother of the Bride | Lisa LaRosa

Veritas Studios

The love and bond shared between Mother of the Bride, Lisa LaRosa, and her daughter Erika LaRosa Maurer is unmistakable. Gratitude and grace flow from both of them throughout these wedding photos from Erika’s recent wedding. Mrs. LaRosa took the time to answer our questions about helping Erika through the wedding planning process and her perspective on such a magical day. Photography by Veritas Studio

Veritas Studio

Tell us about your own wedding day.

I married the man of my dreams Michael Timothy LaRosa on March 14, 1992. It was a cool March day that had a few flurries for the photos. Our day was absolutely perfect. Filled with 500 close family and friends.

Courtesy of Mrs. LaRosa

What are some of the details you cherish?

Our wedding was a black and white with long stem roses everywhere.  Dancing the Italian Tarantella together was a highlight of the evening. A memory we will cherish forever.

Veritas Studio

Veritas Studio

Where were you married?

We were married at St. Peter and St. Paul Church of Christ in Western Hills and the reception was at a west side favorite “The Farm”. Church and Hall were packed.  We had fun from the beginning to the end.

Veritas Studio

Veritas Studio

Did your mother or grandmother have a role in your wedding planning? How were they involved?

I was very blessed to have my Mother by my side helping me plan my dream wedding. We worked well together and my Mom helped in every aspect of the planning. It’s so funny the similarities that Erika chose were similar to my wedding. I saved my wedding planning binder and we had fun looking back at my details, prices and styles once her planning was complete.

Veritas Studio

How did you help Erika throughout the planning process? What tasks did you manage?

Erika and Scott knew exactly what they wanted their wedding to be centered around, Jesus. The day after they got engaged they knew the kind of venue they wanted. We booked Pinecroft after our first visit. Erika and Scott were finishing up their last year of school so I helped with all the planning. My cousin Jessica Barry (JBarry Designs) was our wedding planner and designer, with Erika’s ideas, my organization and Jessica’s creativity, Erika and Scotts day was magical in every way. Erika and Scott would continue to share what they liked and wanted then Jessica and I executed it. I was involved in every aspect of the planning from the very beginning to the end. And I’m so grateful.

Vertias Studio

What details did you enjoy most from Erika’s wedding day?

Erika and Scott had so many special touches that meant so much to them. It was very important to them that they shared with their guest the Love they have for Jesus first and then the love they have for each other. Erika and Scott didn’t want just a normal table number placed on the tables, they picked out their 30 favorite Bible versus and had Poeme print them under each table number. Erika strategically placed her guests to fit the Bible verse so everyone received a special message through out the night.

So many guest commented to my husband and I that the love they witnessed between Erika and Scott and most importantly they felt Jesus through out the day was simply beautiful and breathtaking.

Veritas Studio

What was the best part of helping to plan Erika’s wedding?

Honestly, Erika’s magical wedding began to flourish from our first meeting with Kristen [at Poeme]. She took the time to sit with us and she created the beautiful invitation that was a reflection of Erika’s style. Everything that Poeme created from the invitations to the program fans, table numbers and seating chart were all a reflection of Erika and the romantic, magical wedding she had always dreamed of. Working with Poeme along with JBarry Designs was by far the most enjoyable part of the planning process. Everything throughout the entire process was very smooth. Everything just fit into place the way it was meant to be.

The week of the wedding we lost our dear niece Jenna, she was a beautiful, young 28 year old. She was suppose to be in Erika’s wedding. We had to lay her to rest the night before Erika’s wedding. Erika wore Jenna’s veil, and she was glowing. Jenna was with us, Jesus was with us, it was a day, a moment, a feeling we will never forget. Life is too short. We enjoyed every moment of the planning and the day. My husband and I took a step back and just really enjoyed every moment of the entire wedding. Life is too precious not to enjoy every moment and be grateful.

Veritas Studio

Thank you so much Lisa LaRosa for taking the time to share two of the most beautiful days of your life with us! We are honored and wish you continued blessings and happiness!

Photography: Veritas Studio 

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10/23/2017  . I Do Mondays | Oct 23, 2017

Congrats to our weekend couple! Ashley + Stephen were married at Anderson Pavilion. The gorgeous early fall wedding was coordinated by Christina Penfield.

Their wedding invitation suite features florals in a spectrum of purples from eggplant to ruby purple to soft lavender. Gem tone greens add a fresh woodland vibe. 

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10/23/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Erika + Scott

Veritas Studio

Erika + Scott’s wedding day was a summer dream of joy-filled hearts, dappled sundrops on orchard leaves and an abundance of white roses and peony. Erika’s love of all things romantic made Pinecroft at Crosley Estate the perfect venue with its stone walls, elegant grounds and old world charm. Floral walls, hanging lights and twinkling chandeliers added to the resplendent ambiance of the fairy-tale evening. Photography by Veritas Studio

Veritas Studio

Veritas Studio

Veritas Studio

How was your personal style reflected in your wedding day?

I love all things romantic and beautiful and I don’t think there is anything more gorgeous than all white. My year of engagement was so fun for me because I love to wear white! Haha so I knew I wanted something that looked and felt romantic for my wedding dress, and when I saw it for the first time it was love at first sight! I love pearls and wear them everyday but I wanted my wedding day to be a little fancier so we found gorgeous pearl/diamond drop earrings that I loved. And then I’ve always just been super laid back and flowy with my hair so I knew half up and half down was the way to go for me. I tried to combine the styles I love with the things I feel most comfortable with and glam them up a little bit for our wedding day and I think that’s how I was able to reflect myself the best on our wedding day.

Veritas Studio

Veritas Studio

What’s your style?

Casual or FormalCasual
Vintage or Modern Vintage
Chocolate or Vanilla Vanilla
Roses or Peonies Both!
Cake or PieEither with ice cream :)
Lipstick or LipglossChapstick haha
Diamonds or PearlsPearls
Rustic or UrbanRustic

Veritas Studio

Veritas Studio

How did you and Scott meet? What was your first impression of him? What was his first impression of you?

Scott and I met in high school at a dance. My high school always has a fun dance every year in their parking garage called the “garage get down”. Each year we have different themes to dress up as and that particular year our theme was “famous duos”. I didn’t have a boyfriend at the time so I ended up dressing as a Teletubby just for fun. Scott was friends with one of my friends at the time and they decided to go together as Barbie and Ken. Since I was flying solo that evening at the dance I didn’t really care about what “my date” would think of me so I just let loose and was dancing like a complete idiot haha. This caught Scott’s attention and he said he knew that moment he wanted to marry me which is really funny because I was dancing like a fool!! But we’ve been dancing through life together now ever since and it has just been so much fun.

Veritas Studio

Veritas Studio

Veritas Studio

Tell us about the proposal.

Ault park is really special to Scott and me. We would go there all the time to watch the sunset and spend time together on our date nights. I remember the first time he took me there the cherry blossoms were in full bloom and it was honestly one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen (I was sad to find out they only last like that a few weeks of the year). So, on April 2, 2016 Scott took me to Ault Park and pretended our friend who is a photographer wanted to do a couples shoot of us. We had a wedding that evening so we were already dressed nice, and when we got to the park our friend texted us and said she was running a few minutes late. Scott was like “oh well, lets walk around” so we began walking and we found these clues that belonged to a scavenger hunt Scott put together for us. He took me to all of my favorite places in the part until we finally found ourselves at a beautiful arbor spot where we watch the sunset and the final clue read, “Erika, will you marry me?” and I looked down and Scott was on his knee reading me a speech he had put together before he asked the question out loud. I screamed yes!! And then as I turned around both of our families were walking towards us which is so special because I am extremely close to my family. It was the perfect day!

Veritas Studio

Veritas Studio

Veritas Studio

How did you decide on your venue? Why was it the perfect choice?

I love romance, and our venue was just that. The outdoor orchard and old mansion just screamed romantic to me, and when we went into the covered tent and saw those chandeliers it was over for us! Pinecroft was absolutely everything I could’ve ever imagined. I always wanted a wedding like the one in the movie Twilight, just filled with white flowers and romance and Pinecroft was the perfect place for this to come true. Plus Funke’s catering is the best! :)

Veritas Studio

Veritas Studio

What was your favorite detail?

My favorite detail was my veil. My cousin who was a bridesmaid in the wedding had passed away earlier that week so in honor of her I decided to wear her veil (which ended up perfectly matching my dress). It was so special to have a piece of her with me the whole day and her veil is absolutely gorgeous, so it ended up being my favorite detail of my wedding day look.

Veritas Studio

Veritas Studio

Describe your wedding day. Is there a particular moment that remains in your memory most vividly?

My wedding day was honestly such a gift from God. The day before was one of the hardest days of my family’s lives when we had to bury my cousin who was supposed to be a bridesmaid in the wedding. This whole week I honestly was so sad from the sudden loss of my cousin that I didn’t think I would be able to be happy on my wedding day. But God is really kind and our wedding day was a beautiful celebration and just full of a lot of peace. The weather was perfect, the sun was shining down on us, and honestly it just seemed like a fairytale where everything was as I had perfectly dreamed of. I think that being able to celebrate and have joy in the midst of such a hard week was what stood out to me so vividly. To see my family be able to dance and have fun at the reception after so many tears the days before really was something special to see and we knew Jenna was with us the entire day.

Veritas Studio

Veritas Studio

Apart from that, our first kiss was an extremely special moment for us. Scott and I are Christians and about three years ago we decided that we wanted to try to obey God as much as we can in our relationship together so we decided that from that day forward we were not going to kiss each other until it was on our wedding day. This was hard in the waiting… but it really did make our wedding day and “first kiss” that much more special.

Veritas Studio

Veritas Studio

Veritas Studio

Tell us about finding your dress.

I went dress shopping at a local shop in Cincinnati with all of the women in my family, (my mom, sister, aunts, etc.) and I thought I found the perfect dress. But as I was standing there looking at myself in the mirror I realized I didn’t want to make this decision without my dad being there (I’m a total daddy’s girl as you can probably tell). Afterwards I saw the Hayley dress by Hayley Paige online and knew that this was going to be my dress. My favorite movie in the world is Beauty and the Beast and the rose detailing on the sleeves reminded me so much of that movie, plus it had the romantic elegance I was looking for so I couldn’t wait to try it on! That next week or so my mom, dad, sister and I headed down to Lexington, KY and sure enough- that was the dress for me!

Vertias Studio

What is the best thing about marriage so far?

The best thing about marriage so far is being able to grow through whatever life throws at us, with each other. The first four months of our marriage have been a lot, with the passing of my cousin the week before my wedding and going through that grieving process, these first few months have been nothing short of a learning experience. The way Scott has been there to support me and lead me in this particularly difficult time has been such a gift. I love being able to wake up every day and face whatever life throws at us together as a married couple so I would have to say that has been my favorite part of marriage so far.

Veritas Studio

Veritas Studio

Thank you so much Erika + Scott for sharing your absolutely gorgeous, romantic wedding with us. Your love shines through every single photograph. All the best to you in your journeys!

Erika’s Dress: Twirl Boutique in Lexingon, Ky; dress by Hayley Paige | Flowers: Jessica Barry Designs | Event Planner: Jessica Barry Designs | Cake & Sweets: A Spoon Fulla Sugar | Photography: Veritas Studio | Stationery: Poeme | Videographer: Studio 58 Media | Makeup: Tamra Berry Designs | Hair: Alba Beauty Studio | Catering: Funke’s

10/15/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Elise + Elijah

Amanda Donaho Photography

A summer wedding with all the coziness of a fall day. Rose gold, copper, bronze, blush and saffron made for an absolutely stunning palette. Shimmer and lace added glamour to this beautiful northern Kentucky celebration. Elise + Elijah exchanged vows in the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington and celebrated with family and friends at Newport Aquarium.

We love the symbolism Elijah incorporated into his proposal – standing on the bridge with the past, present and future all converging. Photos by Amanda Donaho Photography.

Amanda Donaho Photography

Amanda Donaho Photography

Which best describes you?

Casual or Formal – Somewhere in the middle, but closer to formal
Vintage or Modern – Vintage mixed with modern
Chocolate or Vanilla – Chocolate for days… but vanilla will always have its place
Roses or Peonies – Roses
Pie or Cake – CAKE… all the cake
Lipstick or Gloss – Lipstick of course! My mom always used to tell me, in true Southern form.  “Put your lipstick on.. you’ll feel better”
Diamonds or Pearls – Diamonds. But pearls are necessary
Rustic or Urban – Urban, with a smidge of rustic to shake it up
Fern or Succulent – Succulent

Amanda Donaho Photography

How was your personal style reflected in your wedding day?

I would describe my personal style as “unique elegance”. I had always dreamed of having a Fall wedding, but it was necessary for us to have our wedding in June because of timing for Elijah’s job (he teaches and had the summer off) and for coordinating his move to Cincinnati and finding a new school for the upcoming Fall. Therefore, I wanted to have as much of a Fall vibe as possible in the heart of the summer.

Amanda Donaho Photography

I wanted to incorporate old Hollywood elegance, with a modern twist. I decided on a palette of mixed metallic finishes: coppers, rose golds, golds, bronze, etc. We also went heavy on textures. My bridesmaids’ warm rose gold floor-length sequin dresses juxtaposed beautify against the more simple elegance of my gown with a bodice of beautifully placed lace appliqué and cathedral length train.

Amanda Donaho Photography

My florist, Susan Foy, The Wedding Designer, not only executed my vision perfectly in flower choice and carefully planned table settings, but was thrilled to have the challenge of creating a totally unique look. The invitations custom created by Kristen at Poeme, absolutely created the elegant, yet fun experience for our guests from the moment they received the lustrous copper envelope in their mailboxes. Many of them even posted the complete invite with all contents to social media or wrote extra notes on the RSVP card about how gorgeous the invites were and how excited they were to make the trip. 

Amanda Donaho Photography

Amanda Donaho Photography

How did you and Elijah meet? What was your first impression of him? What was his first impression of you?

We aren’t ashamed of it… in fact, we embrace and enjoy the looks on the faces of friends, family, and new acquaintances when we reveal to them that our great love story began on the infamous dating app, Tinder. It was meant to be, almost like a tale from a story book (if that story book had been written by Millennials): I open my tinder app to find Elijah looking studly in his Cubs T-Shirt proudly holding up his impressive catch from a deep sea fishing excursion, Ray Bans and plaid Cargo shorts adorned. Elijah opens his to find me smiling widely toasting a transparent party cub of my favorite bourbon to a dangly gold 2014 New Years decoration. Then it happened: the fateful swipe to the right from both of us producing bolded letters exclaiming, “It’s A Match!”. Elijah, utilizing his charm and wit, began the conversation by commenting on Eleanor Roosevelt quote I had displayed in my “About Me” section of my (and what is always a) short Tinder profile: “Eleanor Roosevelt, probably the greatest and most active First Lady in US History…Nice Quote” 

Amanda Donaho Photography

Amanda Donaho Photography

Amanda Donaho Photography

Tell us about the proposal.

April 16, 2016, during a visit, Elijah told me he had plans to celebrate the beautiful spring day with one of our favorite Cincy activities; a walk across the Purple People Bridge for a late lunch and brews at the Newport Hofbrauhaus beer garden. After you finally make it through the hell that is winter in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, or any of the Midwest, you definitely feel the need to celebrate a gorgeous spring day filled with hope that you’ve finally made it out of the bitter cold, snow-covered, gloomy tunnel.

Amanda Donaho Photography

As we arrive at the middle of the bridge, me chatting endlessly about Lord knows what, he stops me and proclaims that this is the perfect spot to place our lock. We agree on a location of the railing, securely place it, and give each other a smile. As is tradition, we then count to three and launch the keys into the river. Giddy from the gesture, I give him a hug and suggest we continue on to complete the afternoon with beers at the Hofbrauhaus. Then it happens…

Amanda Donaho Photography

“No, actually this spot is quite perfect” he says. As I agree that “yes!, the lock looks great in the middle of the bridge”, he continues… “This spot is perfect for us.” He points to the left end of the bridge (we are facing west on the river). “On the left is Kentucky, the state where you were born and raised. The people, towns, and experiences that made you into who you are today.” He turns to face the river. “Straight down the river is Mount Vernon, my hometown and the state, family, and friends who made me the person I am today.” He then, turns to his right. “And on the right is Cincinnati, the city where we will start our life together. Our future.” At this point I finally understand what’s going on, and as I start to cry he pulls the most perfect ring I can ever imagine out of his pocket and gets down on one knee, and asks me if I will marry him.

Amanda Donaho Photography

Through a tearful and shaky voice, I of course say Yes and pull him up with a huge hug. Some people walking by on the bridge yell their congratulations and we may have gotten some applause, but I really only remember a feeling of pure happiness and ultimate joy.

Of course us being us, the perfection of the moment is short-lived. I insist we take a picture of the moment with the Cincy skyline the background. As I remove my sunglasses, Elijah says. “Oh, you may want to leave those on. The mascara didn’t survive the proposal.”

His honesty is always refreshing…

Amanda Donaho Photography

How did you decide on your venue? Why was it the perfect choice?

One of the most important aspects of our relationship is our faith. After a couple dates, Elijah began attending mass with me on Sundays, and this tradition coupled with our faith soon because the foundation of our relationship. We knew we wanted to have a traditional Catholic wedding and dedicated ourselves to complete all pre cana courses, attend two “Engaged Encounter Weekends”, and had many meetings/counseling sessions with our priest, Father Mike Williams. Because I was still somewhat new to the Cincinnati area and Elijah was living in Indianapolis, we hadn’t yet selected a “home parish”. I started looking for Catholic churches that could accommodate us, and as soon as I stepped foot in the Basilica Cathedral of the Assumption in Covington, KY, I knew it was where I wanted us to take our vows. The Cathedral is breathtakingly beautiful with its intricate famous stained-glass windows and impressive stone architecture. It also incorporated my favorite symbol as an essential element of design: the fleur-de-lis  All of my family members and close friends understand the importance of this symbol to me so it really added to the sentimental nature of the ceremony.

Amanda Donaho Photography

As you read in our first date and proposal story, we have a strong goofy/fun-loving side. Because we were having a very traditional, sacred ceremony, we decided to have some fun with the reception. Newport Aquarium was the PERFECT venue to host our many out of town guests. Guests enjoyed cocktails and dinner in the actual aquarium with a backdrop of sharks and exotic deep sea fish. They could spend time socializing and enjoying the aquariums attractions, including the “petting pools”, jelly fish room, and famous Shark Bridge.

A slideshow of favorite photos from Elijah and my childhood was displayed on the many screens throughout the aquarium as well. When it was time for the party to start, staff escorted guests up to the Riverside events room where a full wall of windows allowed for a backdrop of the the gorgeous Cincinnati skyline and Ohio River. We hired an amazing live band (Airwave) and danced the night away. The two venues made for an unexpected and exciting experience for our guests, many of whom traveled MANY hours to be there.

Amanda Donaho Photography

What was your favorite detail?

Being a marketer and designer, I pay very close attention to all details. We wanted to ensure each element was special or meaningful and truly represented our personalities and relationship. We are both huge music fans, so we carefully selected songs for every aspect of the ceremony as well as songs the  band played at the reception: from the song our grandparents and parents were seated to “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban, to the communion song “The Servant Song” , and even to the selection chose to do our “Dollar Dance” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” Whitney Houston.

All reading and prayers were carefully chosen to ensure they were meaningful and applicable to our relationship. Furthermore, metallic textural details  juxtaposed with simplicity and lace were worked into nearly everything. The groomsmen and dads wore a copper tie clip with their initials and the date engraved. The cake was ivory with lace appliqué details, but popped with metallic broaches and a copper E & E topper. The guests received bronze skeleton key bottle openers as their “gift”. Even the programs for the ceremony were backed with copper. 

Amanda Donaho Photography

Amanda Donaho Photography

Tell us about finding your dress.

I was set on finding my dress in one weekend since my mom lived five and a half hours away, and both of my maid of honors were out of town guests as well. We booked several appointments in the Reading Bridal District and started early on a Saturday. I had envisioned a very unique gown with glitz and intricate beading. I probably tried on 30 gowns. Finally at Lace Couture, one of the stylists there suggested I slip on something a bit more simple. And as soon as I walked out of the dressing room, we all knew it was the one. It was a form-fitting, designer gown with a cathedral length train, and lace appliqué detailing. We paired with a cathedral length veil (longer than my train) with lace finishing the bottom of the single mesh layer. Simple, yet unique elegance. Exactly what I needed. 

Amanda Donaho Photography

Describe your wedding day. Is there a particular moment that remains in your memory most vividly?

I could write a book on the wedding day in entirety (obviously), so I will focus on a couple aspects in particular. My mother and I planned the day ourselves without professional help. Needless to say the couple days leading up to the big day and the wedding day itself was hectic and of course, a bit stressful. Elijah and I chose not to see each other until I walked down the aisle. And I can remember that as my Dad took my arm (he was so calm and collected) and began walking me down the aisle, I looked up to see Elijah smiling the biggest smile at me with subtle tears in his eyes. Instantly all the anxiety and stress was wiped away and I experienced the most amazing feeling of pure bliss and excitement. I will never forget that look he gave me and will think about it fondly for the rest of my life. 

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Another favorite moment was our first dance. We decided to do something a bit different and have our First Dance start the party. I am a Ballroom dancer (and teacher in the past), so the dance was super important to me. And therefore, Elijah made it also very important to him. We decided to dance to Jack Johnson’s “I Got You”, and start the party with an interpretation of Walk The Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance With Me”. I choreographed both dances and we had practiced for literally six months beforehand. By the time the moment arrived, Elijah had it muscle memorized and we nailed it! It was the most perfect first dance this ballroom dancer diva could have asked for, complete with him swooping me off me feet and spinning me around for a grand finale moment : )

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All the best to Elise + Elijah as they begin their life together. Thank you so much for sharing your wedding day with us! We wish you all the happiness in the world.

Elise’s Dress: Lace Couture, Atelier Pronovias  | Flowers: Susan Foy, The Wedding Designer  | Event and Wedding Planner: My Mother, the amazing Susie Fenwick, my good friend, Stephanie Saxton acted as impromptu Day Of Coordinator | Cake: A Spoon Fulla Sugar | Ceremony Venue: Basilica Cathedral of the Assumption, Covington, KY | Reception Venue: Newport Aquarium  | Photography: Amanda Donaho Photography 

another gorgeous Newport Aquarium reception

10/08/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Nina + Stan

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One of our favorite moments from Nina + Stan’s absolutely incredible wedding day was the look of complete love on Stan’s face when Nina walked down the aisle. There is nothing like that moment when your heart could not be fuller looking at your love. Nina’s English heritage and Stan’s tea time proposal formed the foundation of the couple’s English tea garden wedding motif. 

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10/02/2017  . I Do Mondays | Oct 2, 2017

Congrats to our weekend couples!

Grace + Josh were married at Knox Presbyterian Church in Hyde Park with a gorgeous reception downtown at the Hall of Mirrors. Wedding coordinated by I Do Weddings and Events. Their wedding suite is an elegant mixture of gold and black thermography and engraving on imported Arturo cotton deckled paper. The square invitation tucks into a square envelope with old world flap and a delicate soft shimmery tissue liner.

Lindsay + Joseph celebrated at the beautiful and historic Dayton Art Institute. 
All the very best to our wonderful couples! 
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09/25/2017  . I Do Mondays | Sept 25, 2017

Congratulations to all our weekend couples!

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Lisa + Wesley were married in beautiful Old St. Mary Church downtown followed by a reception at Drees Pavilion. We love the whimsical, painterly quality of their invitation and the rose gold foiling of the names. White anemone with the unmistakable velvety black centers float on a milky pink background.

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Amanda + Peter’s invitation suite is all elegance with its classic scripts and debossed borders. The couple were married at The Manor House in Mason. 
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Savannah, Georgia is known of course for its giant oak trees draped in Spanish moss. Jo Ann + Tyler incorporated that detail into their wedding suite in the form of a beautiful silhouette. The couple were married in Savannah’s historic Telfair Square whose stones were laid in 1733. Dinner and merriment followed at Soho South Cafe – a downtown gem of a restaurant known for its quirky, lively aesthetic.
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Theresa + Yi were married at St. Francis de Sales church followed by a reception downtown at Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.
All the best to our many wonderful couples!
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09/25/2017  . Letterpressed Wedding Stationery Featuring Iconic Roebling Bridge

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Kortnee Kate Photography

Katherine + Jonathan’s completely custom wedding stationery blends beauty, elegance and playfulness creating something exquisite and entirely unique. The couple fell in love at a bridge design competition in college and wanted their wedding stationery to reflect a shared passion for architectural elements, artful composition as well as a homage to the genius of Cincinnati’s Roebling Bridge.

main letterpressed invitation

The main wedding invitation features a gold, gate-fold cover where top and bottom mirror each other with laser cut circles resembling falling stars and their reflection on the dark night waters of the Ohio River. Each invitation was wrapped in a charcoal belly band laser cut with the iconic Roebling Bridge. Warm white cotton paper features the couples names gold foiled in a loose, flowing script with the addition of letterpressed art deco inspired fonts – a nod to the architectural details of The Renaissance Hotel where the reception was held. 

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Circle die cut response card

Clean lines and sharp edges flowed through the suite. Circle die cut response cards and diamond shaped rehearsal dinner enclosures were die cut by Smock Paper and feature the sparkling star design seen on the main invitation.

Everything was tucked into square white envelopes lined with luxe gold mirror paper and were finished with graphic black and white custom postage stamps that repeated the main invitation circle pattern and continued onto the face of the envelope. Paint Jar Productions hand addressed each envelope in gold ink using a romantic cursive calligraphic script.

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