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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03/06/2017  . 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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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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12/10/2016  . Wedding Spotlight | Anne + Chris

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson 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.

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

What’s your style.

Silver vs. Gold Both! I love to wear both.
Flats vs. HeelsFlats
Silk vs. Lace Lace
Urban vs. RusticWe are very urban but like to add rustic touches to our lifestyle
Salty vs. SweetSalty
Diamonds vs. PearlsDiamonds
Flower vs. FernFlowers
Sand vs. SnowSnow
Lipstick vs. Lip GlossLip Gloss

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

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.

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

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!

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

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!

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

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!

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

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.

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

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.

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

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!

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

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!

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

 Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

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.

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

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!

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

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.

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

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.

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

What song did you choose for your first dance?

Coming Home by Leon Bridges

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Where did you spend your honeymoon?

We traveled around Europe. Went to London, Amsterdam, Paris and Venice.

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

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

12/05/2016  . Wedding Spotlight | Liz + Bill

Wedding Spotlight | Liz + Bill | Wild Rivers Photography

Wild Rivers Photography

Take a perfect fall day set at one of Cincinnati’s most beautiful historic homes, add a blissful couple surrounded by all the people that love them and complete it with the rich tones and smells of the season – this was Liz + Bill’s wedding day. Liz took us back through their story, the engagement, the planning process and of course the day it all came together; a beautiful October wedding at The Pinecroft Mansion. Wild Rivers Photography captured the day.

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11/27/2016  . Wedding Spotlight | Sadie + Jeff

Robin Mckerrell Photography

Robin Mckerrell Photography

Tend, cultivate, nurture, sow, gather; these words, among many others we use to describe the myriad ways humans interact with the world of plants and flowers. We seek out what is beautiful and surprising in part to give expression to our own life experiences, to increase and proclaim the joys that fill our hearts. Sadie + Jeff’s Krippendorf Lodge wedding was a woodland dream where forest, garden and house moved seamlessly among each other. Even the animals were present by way of the lively watercolor table settings painted by Sadie. Sadie + Jeff’s love shows itself vividly, vibrantly in every flower’s gift of color, joy and promise.  Beautiful photographs from Robin McKerrell Photography.

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10/17/2016  . Wedding Spotlight | Courtney + Michael

Curt Parker Photography

Curt Parker Photography

Courtney + Michael share their beautiful summertime St. Louis wedding on the blog this week. We asked Courtney to share her thoughts on planning, finding the perfect dress and of course, how Michael proposed. We love the navy and coral palette set against the rich creams and bright summer greens. Curt Parker Photography was there to capture the day.

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10/10/2016  . Wedding Spotlight | Michelle + Brad

White Lotus Studios

White Lotus Studios

Michelle + Brad shared their beautiful downtown Cincinnati wedding with us this week. We love the bridal party photos taken in Cincinnati’s oldest park, Piatt Park where the peach, blush, creams and yellows of Michelle’s bouquet stand out against the cool fountains and stonework on a perfect summer day. The ceremony and reception took place at The Bell Event Centre, formerly St. Paul’s Church built in 1850. The Centre is a breathtaking space with round, arched windows, cupola roof and arched doorways to which Michelle added one of her favorite details, boxes of little succulents lining the altar. White Lotus Studios was there to capture each moment.

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10/02/2016  . Wedding Spotlight | Jamie + Jeff

Blue Martini Photography

Blue Martini Photography

A charming, spring wedding filled with all the romance of blush and gold on the blog this week as Jamie + Jeff share their Cincinnati wedding with us. After a beautiful ceremony in East Walnut Hills at St. Francis de Sales Church the couple continued the celebration at The Center which was transformed into a space of soft pinks, white and cream florals with the cheerful addition of metallics in polka dot and chevron patterns. The inclusion of a 6 pence on Jamie reminded us of the long and fascinating history of wedding traditions and we wish them all the joy and prosperity which those objects promise. The day was captured by Blue Martini Photography.

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