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.
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.
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.
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.
Anne + Chris’ romantic October wedding is full of the little details that come together to make a day spectacular. Anne’s thoughtful palette, midnight blue and a soft subtle pink carry the bright autumn day perfectly into the Art Deco Hall of Mirrors. We love their puzzle piece guest book, the hints of gold and blue against the sumptuous cream and blush flower arrangements. Jonathan Gibson Photography took the amazing photos.
What’s your style.
Silver vs. Gold – Both! I love to wear both.
Flats vs. Heels – Flats
Silk vs. Lace – Lace
Urban vs. Rustic – We are very urban but like to add rustic touches to our lifestyle
Salty vs. Sweet – Salty
Diamonds vs. Pearls – Diamonds
Flower vs. Fern – Flowers
Sand vs. Snow – Snow
Lipstick vs. Lip Gloss – Lip Gloss
Tell us a little about you and your husband.
Chris and I are certainly the definition of opposites attract. He’s daring and adventurous where I like to be cautious and careful. I’m absolutely the planner in the family and he likes to be spontaneous. But we also have many things in common too. We were both raised in the Midwest and love sports. Family is important to us and we enjoy traveling together. We both are huge dog lovers and rescued our great dane/pitbull mix dog named Apollo from a shelter in Chicago over three years ago. He’s our big baby at home and we love him so much. He’s a huge couch potato and absolutely loves all pillows and blankets.
How did you and Chris meet? What was your first impression of him? What was his first impression of you?
Chris and I met at Hyatt in their Corporate office back in early 2010. We both worked in the purchasing department. I always thought he had a great sense of humor and could always make me laugh. He was extremely good looking and so smart too! I never thought in my wildest dreams that he could ever like me. He could tell I was a good person and way too good for him. He thought I was really cute and was just hoping he could wear me down enough that I’d give him a shot. We became really good friends at Hyatt which made it feel natural once we started dating. One of my favorite early memories of Chris was when he would throw things at me during the day. We sat in cubicles right across from one another. He used to make a game out of it to see how close he could get to hitting me. This one time I had a large box sitting in my cube and he thought it was hilarious to start throwing a letter opener at it. Hard to believe we’ve come so far from the days of throwing things at one another to now being married!
Tell us about the proposal.
Chris proposed to me on our first day of vacation in Hawaii on the island of Maui. We arrived in the morning and spent the day out by the pool. That evening he asked if I wanted to walk down the beach and watch some cliff divers at sunset. We took a lovely walk down the beach and watched the sunset as cliff divers jumped into the ocean. As we were walking back to our hotel he stopped me in the middle of the beach and got down on one knee. It was absolutely perfect and a moment that I will never forget!
What was your initial vision for your wedding? How did you decide on your color palette?
I struggled coming up with a vision for my wedding and colors. I wanted to make sure I put my bridesmaids in a color that would look good on them across the board. I naturally was drawn to blue and found the midnight blue a perfect shade. I’ve also always loved pink ever since I was little so it seemed to be a perfect contrast color with the midnight blue. My vision was slow to come together but I have a very classic style. I wanted it to be romantic and lovely as well as welcoming to all our friends and family. My planner Elisa did such a wonderful job helping us to pull it off. I struggled throughout the planning process to see how it would all come together. Little did I realize there was no need to worry with Elisa helping us!
Did you have a special way of asking your bridesmaids to be part of your wedding?
As my bridesmaids were located all over the country I ended up sending them little note cards I got from BHLDN with a balloon attached. When you blow up the balloon it says Will You Be My Bridesmaid. I thought it was a fun different small thing I could easily send them.
Describe your wedding day. Is there a particular moment that remains in your memory most vividly?
Our wedding day was undeniably picture-perfect. We couldn’t have asked for better weather on that sunny October Saturday. I enjoyed every second getting ready with my closest friends and family at the hotel. I’d say one of my most memorable moments was seeing Chris for the very first time during our first look. I was hesitant about doing a first look as I can be somewhat traditional, but looking back on it I’m so glad we did. I didn’t realize how nervous I would be, but once he turned around and I saw that smiling face I love so much it made all the butterflies settle. It seriously was the happiest day of my life getting to marry my best friend and enjoy it surrounded by all of our family and friends. We basically had a destination wedding in Cincinnati and it meant so much to us that so many people we love made the trip to celebrate our special day. I’ve never felt so loved and supported by so many people.
What aspect of wedding planning did you enjoy most?
I really enjoyed planning and designing the invitations as well as our monogram. I was worried I would get too overwhelmed with all the choices and options, but Kristen made the whole process painless and carefree. The monogram was fun trying out how our names fit together and being able to carry it through from the invitation to even having it included on the cake! Chris obviously enjoyed the tasting and anything cake related!
Tell us about finding your dress.
I tried on A LOT of dresses as I’m a pretty indecisive person by nature. I visited one shop in Cincinnati one weekend and then set up three different appointments in Chicago for when my parents, sister and in-laws could come into town. It was a whirlwind day where I think I tried on 15-20 dresses among all three places. I ended up going back to Mira Couture later that week to try on my dress once more before making a decision. As soon as I put it on again I just knew. It also helped that Julie and her staff at Mira’s were just fabulous and made me feel so welcome and special. They were so helpful and wonderful that I ended up getting my earrings, veil and belt from there and my mom even got her dress through them too!
Tell us about your venues and why you chose them.
The ceremony venue was easy to pick. I went to high school at St. Ursula Academy so the chapel and school has always held a special place in my heart. The chapel was also the place where I received my First Communion during grade school so I’ve had a special connection to it. We searched many venues for the reception, but after we looked at the Hilton Netherland Plaza and saw the Hall of Mirrors our mind was made up. We absolutely loved the high ceilings and Art-Deco details of the room. It was simply breathtaking. It also helped that the catering manager, Taylor Chubb, was also extremely helpful, professional and overall an amazing lady that made me feel at ease about choosing the Hilton.
What was your favorite detail? Did you DIY anything?
How do I narrow it to my favorite detail!!! There were so many things about that day that were my favorite! The flowers were spectacular! I didn’t have much of a vision for them when we met with Robin, but just talked about my style and what I liked and she absolutely nailed it with perfection. I also had no idea how big a difference the lighting would be in our reception room. It made a beautiful transformation of the room highlighting all the lovely details of the wedding. Our table numbers were DIY. Chris really wanted Apollo to be a part of our wedding day, but animals weren’t allowed in the chapel and I just knew it wasn’t going to be possible. However I found other ways to keep Apollo there in spirit with the table numbers. I used a bunch of our favorite photos of Apollo and had one of my designer friends at work photo shop in the actual number. I think they turned out great!
Were there any wedding planning challenges?
One of the hardest challenges of wedding planning was not living in the same city. I had my wonderful mother who was in town and able to help out with so many details, but I had trouble letting go of certain things and wanting everything to be perfect. Chris and I took many trips back and forth from Chicago to Cincinnati, but we really relied on my parents to help out with meeting the photographers and going to different cake tastings etc. Ultimately we picked Jonathan Gibson as our photographer after doing a Skype call with him as I wasn’t able to get back to Cincinnati for the meeting.
How did you use social media through the wedding planning process?
I used Pinterest and the Knot for most of my wedding planning process. I built my wedding website through the Knot. We also used a hashtag for our wedding day #happilyeverhiter for our guests to post photos.
What song did you choose for your first dance?
Coming Home by Leon Bridges
Where did you spend your honeymoon?
We traveled around Europe. Went to London, Amsterdam, Paris and Venice.
Thank you so much to Anne + Chris for answering all our questions! We wish you all the best in your adventures!
Anne’s Dress: Paloma Blanca from Mira Couture | Anne’s Veil: Paloma Blanca from Mira Couture | Anne’s Accessories: Something old was lace from my grandmother’s dress that was wrapped around my flowers, earrings from Mira Couture | Anne’s Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff from Bella Bridesmaids | Chris’s Attire: Formally Modern Tuxedo | Groomsmen Attire: Formally Modern Tuxedo | Flowers: Robin Wood Flowers | Event Planner: Taylor Chubb, Catering Manager at Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza | Wedding Planner: Elisa MacKenzie with Elegant Events by Elisa | Catering: Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza | Cake: Megan Ketover, Executive Pastry Chef at Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza | Other Sweets: Wedding Favors Garrett Popcorn | Lighting: Goodwin Lighting | Music: Katherine Jennings (Ceremony) and Greg Lee and The Chuck Taylors (Reception) | Venues: St. Ursula Academy Chapel and Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Hall of Mirrors | Hair: Rachel Osborn | Makeup: Honour from Brideface | Video: Poetic Cinema | Photography: Jonathan Gibson Photography | Stationery: Poeme