Bride: Jordin, 23 years old, born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Owner of Unica Forma
Groom: Charlie, 26 years old, born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, now living in Columbus. 6th grade math teacher
How you two met: We were both studying Education at the University of Cincinnati and shared 90% of our classes together for two years. Charlie eventually became obsessed with me.
Wedding Style: I chose my wedding colors about -1 month into my engagement. I knew I wanted navy and pink from the jump. I swayed between coral, a bubble gum pink and a blush pink. My bridesmaids ending up getting their dresses very early on, and they were 'tickled pink' from David's. While most people would commit from this point, I didn't. I really wanted a blush, but knew that tone of pink would wash out their skin tones -- so all my other decor was blush. But then about 5 months later, I decided I wanted the navy and blush to be accents to greenery everywhere. (I've had gold accented stuff that I never used since before I was engaged too.) The ceremony was in an outdoor amphitheater, and the wedding was in the middle of nowhere. I wanted the 'outdoors' theme to carry through into the reception lodge. So, I didn't really have a style. It was outdoorsy, but I didn't want it to be rustic. I wanted it to be beautiful and elegant. So it ended up being just a modge podge mix of everything. I would suggest planning very little until you are for sure you know what you want; it will save you a lot of money, time and stress.
We had a buffet, formal attire dress code (although we still had people dressed down; it is unavoidable, so don't worry about it). We rented the 2 houses on the property for the night before and night of and that was probably our best investment for the entire thing because the wedding was 2 hours from home.
Ceremony Site: Timeless Charm Amphitheater in Camden, Ohio
Reception Site: Timeless Charm Lodge
Photographer: Mark from Daniel Michael Photography
Stationery: Unica Forma
Videographer: Open View Weddings filmed it, I edited it.
Flowers: Janet Miller
Gown: Wendy's Bridal
First Dance Song: Spend My Life - Eric Benet cover
Shoes: David's Bridal
Engagement & Wedding Rings: My rings are from Andrew's and his is from Zales.
Jewelry: Mine was from Andrew's, the girls were from Etsy.
Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal
Menswear: Men's Warehouse
Rentals: Rustic Rentals for the doors, wagons, shutters, etc. Party Pleasers for the ceiling swag.
Mother of the Bride dress: Macy's
Consultant: Did not have one
Catering: Village Pantry
Cake: Boxcar Bakery
Music: Corey from Party Pleasers
Advice for other bride's on their big day:
I would just suggest taking a minute to slow down and enjoy the day! Everything goes so quickly from the the minute you wake up until the minute you go to sleep, so just try to take a minute and realize what is actually happening! It will be the best and fastest day of your entire life!
Try not to stress over little things that don't go right, chances are no one else will notice them besides you anyway. There a couple "huge" things (I thought so, anyway) that did not go the way we had planned during my wedding and EVERYONE went out of their way to ensure that it would be taken care of not to worry about it. I believed them, and let it go. I found out the next day that a few things never got fixed - but I didn't even notice them throughout the day, so I know no one else could have noticed.
Another suggestion would be to do a general 'thank you' toast to all of your guests from you and the groom. We ended up running out of time trying to go from table to table thanking everybody, and we felt really terrible. We are going to mention it in those people's thank-you cards, but it is something that could have been avoided if we had just done the original toast.
Overall, just remember the day is about you and your groom. SLOW DOWN, and enjoy it as much as you can!! You spent months planning this day, and everything will work itself out. Congratulations!!!!