Josie + Patrick’s Navy and Gold Wedding Celebration
How were your personal styles reflected in your wedding day?
We have seven years between us and I am always teasing him about being "old school" while I am a bit more modern. For our wedding, we wanted it to feel timeless, and a bit "old school" but also have a few modern elements. We selected traditional tuxes (him) but in navy (me). I selected a gown I knew he would love, but in a fabric and fit that I loved.
We got married in the Catholic Church (him) but by a very comical deacon (me). We had a slideshow at the reception (him) but the photos were comical instead of the traditional selfies (me). There were all sorts of little choices we made that perfectly reflected both of us.
Josie + Patrick's wedding day was both a celebration of love and a reflection of both of their personalities and styles. The couple added a bit of themselves into traditional and contemporary wedding elements. Josie was lovely in her layered gown and wore Patrick's mother's veil as a special tribute. We love the navy and wine palette for the bridal party which made for gorgeous bouquets of rose and eucalyptus. Burning Chair Photography captured the day.
Tell us a little about you and Patrick?
Patrick and I met at the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park through mutual friends in 2013. We had our first date the very next day and have been nearly inseparable ever since. We have traveled all over the world together and enjoy planning our next new adventure.
Besides traveling, we love going to concerts, shopping at Findlay Market, entertaining our friends and sitting pool side at our Crestview Hills home. The biggest difference between us is that I have a son and Patrick does not have any kids. Patrick has proven to be the best step father I could imagine and they are very close! We also have a furbaby; a cat named Miles.
How did you decide on your venue? Why was it the perfect choice?
Our venue was Receptions South in Erlanger. This was close to home, had every convenience we wanted and working with Shannon Flannigan was an absolute dream.
What were your favorite details?
By far my favorite detail was the "Rolling on the River" during Proud Mary. Patrick's family has a long standing tradition during this song to sit on the floor, move your arms like your are chugging along and then physically ROLL to the right and then left during the chorus! We had at least 50 people, taking up two full rows on the dance floor rolling along and it was awesome. His mother told me I wasn't a true England until I rolled on the river!
Describe your wedding day. Is there a particular moment that remains in your memory most vividly?
Although most brides wouldn't describe their wedding day this way, mine was very relaxed! My girls and I all got ready at my house, with makeup people and hairdressers coming and going all day. We listened to music, talked, laughed and everything felt very relaxed and enjoyable. No one rushed and we didn't get stressed at all - it was wonderful!
The moment that stands out in my memory (other than Proud Mary) would be walking up behind Patrick for the first look. I remember the way my heels sounded on the sidewalk and the way his hands were twitching in anticipation. The look on his face was priceless.
Other bits of the day worth mentioning were the moments during the ceremony, looking out into the crowd and seeing all of our friends and family, and how comical Deacon Tim at St. Xavier was. He really made the ceremony enjoyable.
Another fun element was when I secretly changed the song we were walking into the reception. It was going to be Death of a Bachelor but at the last minute, I called the DJ and changed it to the Rick Flair WrestleMania entrance song (because I overheard Patrick tell someone how cool that would be). he was so surprised and beyond excited! He yelled "you really DO love me!!"
What helped you in the planning process? What resources did you find helpful?
The number one thing that helped me was not getting carried away about details that wouldn't matter at the end of the wedding. I did not stress about every small thing that wouldn't make a difference.
I wanted it to be romantic and memorable, and it was. This also helped us stay on budget. We were able to pay for the entire wedding with cash ourselves and that helped keep the stress levels very low.
Best thing about being married?
Being together almost five years when we got married made us think that it might feel the same, but it doesn't. We are closer now than we've ever been. We enjoy introducing each other as "husband" and "wife" instead of my boyfriend/girlfriend. We feel closer in our faith and believe it or not - argue less now that we are married!
Where did you honeymoon?
We spent eight days in Costa Rica!
Thank you so much Josie + Patrick for sharing your beautiful day with us! All the best to you in the years to come!
Josie’s Gown: LuxeRedux in the Reading Road Bridal District - Cream satin fit and flare | Bridesmaid Dresses: Splendid Bridal - Reading Bridal District - Wine satin, floor length | Groom's Attire: Xedo Tuxedo - Navy blue Michael Kors Tux | Flowers: The Secret Garden | Cake and other Sweets: Cakes by Mindy | Catering: Receptions South | Music: Scott Wherle - the BEST DJ ever!! | Ceremony Venue: St. Xavier Church, Downtown Cincinnati | Venue: Receptions South, Erlanger | Linens: Alternating Navy and Wine (provided by Receptions) | Lighting: Indigo Uplighting (provided by Receptions) | Photography: Burning Chair Photography | Alterations: Amy Bueter - PHENOMENAL!!