08/27/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

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A Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky blush and gold wedding highlighting two of the area’s most beautiful and historic treasures. Allison + Paul were married in The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington whose construction began in 1895 and was modeled after the magnificent Notre Dame with its stain glass windows and awe inspiring architecture.

Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

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Fast forward 25 years to the Big Band era when The Pavilion Ballroom in Netherland Plaza was at the height of popularity. The spaciousness of the Ballroom made it the perfect choice for the reception and was decorated with beautiful florals by Ford-Ellington.

Allison + Paul choose an elegant invitation suite with beaded border and gold thermography. We love how the laser cut metallic wrap on the invitation tied in with the intricate detailing on Allison’s gown. Bridesmaids were beautiful in their gold sparkling gowns and Allison was a gorgeous bride. The day was captured by Laura Leppert of Leppert Photography.

Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

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What’s your style?

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

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Tell us a little about you and Paul.

Paul and I have been together for about four years now (and married for two months :)). We both grew up in Northern Kentucky and attended the University of Kentucky. I am a 1st grade teacher at Latonia Elementary in Covington, Kentucky and Paul is an Underwriter at Great American Insurance Group. Paul is a huge sports fan (UK basketball, Notre Dame Football, St. Louis Cardinals… to name a few) so we travel all over to see these teams play. We are both very family oriented and love to spend time with friends and family. We are waiting for our Chocolate Lab, Yadi, to be born to add to our family :)

Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

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Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

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

Paul and I met in 2013 when I was a student at the University of Kentucky. He had graduated prior from the University of Kentucky so we knew of each other but never really formally met. My little sister, Meredith, and his little sister, Sarah, had been trying to set us up since high school! My first impression of Paul was how much of a gentleman he was and his amazing personality. On our first date, there wasn’t a silent moment. I felt like I had known him forever. Paul says his first impression of me was how beautiful, sweet, and nice I was.

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Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

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Tell us about the proposal.

Paul proposed to me a week before Christmas. Paul told me that we were invited to a work Christmas party so we got all dressed up and we were on our way to the party. We left a little early so we decided to drive around for a bit and take the scenic route to Mt. Adams. Paul asked if we wanted to stop and get a drink to kill some time so he pulled over at the Rookwood which overlooked Cincinnati. We were looking at the view and next thing I knew Paul was on one knee with a stunning ring. I don’t think I could have said “yes” any faster. (P.S. there was no Christmas Party). Paul told me that all our friends and family were back at my house ready to celebrate!

Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

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Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

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Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

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How did you decide on your venue? What aspects of the venue did you enjoy most?

Since we had such a large wedding, the venues in the area were scarce. I loved the idea of having an elegant downtown wedding that had a lot of history behind it. We chose the Hilton Netherland Plaza because of the decor and services it provided. The Pavilion Ballroom was perfect with the stage for our live band and the tall ceilings for our flowers. From the first day we met the Hilton’s wedding coordinator Taylor, she made sure everything down to the last detail was perfect for us.

Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

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Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

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

Our wedding day is a day that we will never forget. My favorite memory from the wedding was the private time Paul and I had after the ceremony and before the reception. After we left the church, we walked out the courtyard and got to celebrate us, just us two. Also, we did not have a first look so walking down the aisle to Paul will be a memory I will never forget.

Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

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Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

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Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

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Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

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Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

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Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

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What was your favorite detail?

Our favorite details were the flowers and the band. Kevin Ford of Ford-Ellington Floral Design made our room spectacular and the band kept us dancing all night long.

Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

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Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

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What song did you choose for your first dance?

Etta James “At Last” sung by the AMAZING Sly Band. We are both old souls and love oldies music. We originally wanted Louie Armstrong’s La Vie En Rose but also wanted a song that could be played by a live band.

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Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

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Where did you spend your honeymoon?

We left the morning after our wedding and traveled to Maui, Hawaii for 5 days and then Kauai for 5 days.

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Thank you so much Allison + Paul for sharing your gorgeous wedding ceremony and Pavilion Ballroom reception with us! We wish you all the happiness in the world! 

Allison’s Dress: Fabulous Bridal – Allure | Paul’s tux: Folchi’s | Flowers: Ford Ellington | Event Planner: Elisa Mackenzie with Elegant Events | Cake: A Spoon Fulla Sugar | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption | Reception Venue: Hilton Netherland Plaza – Pavilion Ballroom | Photography: Laura Leppert Photography | Stationery: Poeme | Limousine: Land Force One | Videographer: Poetic Cinema | Makeup + Hair: BrideFace

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08/07/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Stephanie + Scott

Images by Daniel Michael

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07/30/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Maggie + Bryan

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07/23/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Samantha + Bob

Ross Costanza Photography

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06/11/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Molly + Darrell

Wedding Spotlight | Molly + Darrell

1326 Studios

Molly + Darrell’s mid summer wedding was a beautiful nod to family traditions and reflected Molly’s appreciation for history. The couple were married in the chapel at St. Ursula Academy, a local beloved institution that was founded over 100 years ago. The Bell Event Center, formerly St. Paul’s Church, was built in 1850 and was recently expertly restored highlighting the venue’s unique vaulted ceilings and murals. We love the vintage feel of the day and Molly’s laid back approach to wedding planning. Photography by 1326 Studios. 

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06/04/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Shanti + Naveen

After months of planning and anticipation, the sentiment we hear over and over from our couples is they wish their wedding festivities had lasted longer. The time spent with the people you love most in the world gathered to celebrate one of the most important days of your life seems to be over before anyone has time to really relish the experience. Shanti + Naveen’s traditional Indian wedding celebration spanned four days at The Westin in downtown Cincinnati. After four days of parties and rituals the hotel filled with their most dear family and friends felt a little like home.

Michael Bambino Photography

Another benefit of four days of celebrating? Four days to dress to the nines! During the Mehndi ceremony Shanti received beautiful, complex henna designs on her hands and feet symbolizing blessings, protection, spiritual awakening and offering. Under the Mandap, the four canopy structure under which Shanti + Naveen sealed their union and received blessings, Shanti looked incredible in her elaborately embroidered red, orange and gold sari – red symbolizing success and prosperity. Shanti’s reception dress (her favorite!) was custom designed – note the designer’s sketch below – embroidered ball gown in white, gold and silver. Continue reading

05/22/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Maggie + Andrew

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

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05/14/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Molly + Mike

Leppert Photography

We couldn’t have picked a more fitting post Mother’s Day wedding to share with you! Molly and Mike’s mid-August wedding day was planned from start to finish by Molly and her talented mother who spent months dreaming, planning and coordinating a seamless, joyful day. We love the pastel palette, the white and blush whipped rose and hydrangea bouquet and the pale sea glass turquoise bridesmaid dresses that give off a soft gentle glimmer in the overcast late summer light. We had no idea it was a rainy day from the photos – indeed, as Molly points out, Laura Leppert of Leppert Photography “worked her magic”.  Continue reading

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

Sherri Barber Photography

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