Around here, we feature a lot of weddings that are elaborate (either in DIY detailing or via event producers). Evening affairs with plenty of razzle dazzle. And we love those weddings! But another “genre” if you will are those most intimate of weddings, think mid-day luncheon receptions and rooftop justice of the peace ceremonies. The kind where petite fours are passed and bird cage veils reign. Today is one such wedding. We wanted to pause and invite you to enjoy a beautiful, romantic, sweet, simple ceremony from Hershy, PA wedding photographer Allenaim Photography. A very lovely wedding indeed. (Don’t miss the proposal OR the image gallery!)
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever? We want to know the particular! We met at work in Cincinnati, Ohio. A supervisor (who was a friend of mine)introduced us. John was getting ready to leave for a trip to Sydney, Australia and needed someone to cover some of his shift while he was away. I agreed to help him out. When he returned, we would see each other at group outings with co-workers and end up talking for hours. We dated for a while, but later John moved to Fort Worth, Texas for job advancement with the company. We remained friends and even travelled to Germany together on a platonic basis. Fast forward EIGHT years and my company is relocating me to Fort Worth! Of course, I called John for advice about Texas and where I should buy a home. For the next few months, I was in and out of Texas every weekend and John was there every step of the way. We started dating again as soon as I finally moved.
Can you give us an overview of the event? The wedding overlooked beautiful downtown Cincinnati (the couple’s hometown)and took place on what would have been the brides’s great-grandparents 100th wedding anniversary. John’s father is a preacher and agreed to marry us
Was there a specific theme or style? Elegant and traditional…with a twist.
What inspired the theme or style? The venue played a big part in how we styled our wedding. I wanted the Cincinnati skyline to be the backdrop to our ceremony and the Embassy Suites RiverCenter wedding venue in Covington, KY was the perfect venue for this. They have a huge room with floor to ceiling windows facing downtown Cincinnati. We used half of the room for the ceremony and the other half for the luncheon.
2Now for the proposal… details!: I LOVE surprises and he really surprised me. He had told me earlier in the week that his boss had won a golf tournament and the prize was a gift certificate to Del Frisco’s Steak House in Fort Worth. Very fancy. He explained that she wouldn’t be able to use it before it expired and wanted to know if John and I could use it. He even showed me the certificate. I was excited about having a fancy date night. We got a little dressed up and went to the restaurant and found ourselves at a cozy, romantic table for two. John ordered for the two of us and the food was amazing. The conversation came to our relationship (and I’m SURE I was nagging him) when he pulled a beautiful, 1935 vintage diamond ring out of his pocket. Aaaaaaaack!!! Of course, I said yes! It fit perfectly and I wondered how he knew my ring size. He, then, pulled out a piece of paper filled with a bunch of circles. He’d gone into my bathroom and traced the insides of my rings when I wasn’t looking! I also found out that his boss was never in a golf tournament, so the gift certificate was fake. It was so I wouldn’t get suspicious as to why we were going to such a nice restaurant for no special reason. I was clueless! The surprises didn’t end there. It was a wonderful, rose petal filled evening.
Did you DIY any of the details?: I DIY’d so many of the details that I felt like I began crafting from the moment he asked me to marry him until moments before we said, “I do.” I made the invitations, “welcome” bags stocked with Cincinnati goodies for out-of-towners, table numbers, and wood-burned our initials into a slice of basswood. We used it as a centerpiece for the escort card table and it now hangs in our home. I made the escort cards, each having a designated color to match what guests had ordered for their meal. Orange for Grilled Salmon, Yellow for Italian Chicken, and Blue for Grilled Sirloin. My best friends helped by making all of our programs…even assembling the morning of the wedding! My favorite DIY project was something that I didn’t even make! As a surprise, my, then, fiance composed and performed all the music for our ceremony. So amazingly special! Music found at this link: http://cedarlines.bandcamp.com/album/wedding-ep
What was the most memorable moment?: My most memorable moments seem to involve music. I love that John had wrote the music for me to walk down the aisle to. I remember waiting outside of the room and hearing my special song. It took my breath away and was absolutely perfect! I also loved that, during the reception, my maid of honor (who is not a singer) wrote a funny song to the tune of “Let it Snow” (a play on our winter wedding) and had ALL of the guests sing to us. Hilarious!
Tell us about the food and desserts.: Well, the good food began the night before our wedding at Brio Tuscan Grille at Newport on the Levee for our rehearsal dinner. It was very intimate and they made a special menu just for our party. We had a choice of lasagna bolognese al forno or chicken with marsala mushroom sauce. Guests still rave about the food that night! Brio was also gracious enough to let us bring our own dessert. My stepmom was able to recreate a snowball cake that my late grandmother always used to make on special occasions. Delish!
For our wedding luncheon, the Embassy Suites went all out. The luncheon was amazing…plus John and I actually got to eat!
Our guests had a choice of grilled sirloin steak, Italian chicken, or grilled salmon served with au gratin potatoes and honey glazed carrots.
We had 12 wedding cakes! One for each table. They were so beautiful and tasted amazing! They were a rich and moist chocolate cake with a dark chocolate mousse filling and buttercream icing. Each cake was topped with cream puffs that were filled with either dark chocolate or vanilla mousse fillings. Soooo good!
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?: John says that he would have liked to have set up our speakers differently during the luncheon. Even though it was light music, we were afraid that it might be too loud for those seated closest to the speakers…and not loud enough for those seated the furthest away.
What was the best wedding advice you received?: The best wedding advice someone gave was to make sure that you’re surrounded by your best friends and family.
An uncle told John that the most important words he would learn in marriage are, “yes, dear.” As far as the best wedding “planning” advice, not get invitations that require extra postage because it gets so very expensive.