I’ve got the cutest couple ever one click away. I’ve got the day they started their life, their real life, together. I have the fantastic wedding film from Studio Z Films, capturing their butterflies, their “I Do’s,” their first kiss, their first night as a forever twosome. And I’m going to share it with you, because that is what friends are for. For sharing fabulous wedding films that will make your arms burst into goosebumps and your eyes well with tears.
Scott and I met competing in an Ironman triathlon. Not exactly the place I had envisioned meeting my future husband. Sweaty and exhausted, we passed each other several times during the 12 hour race. That day I accomplished two of my life-long dreams, finishing an Ironman and finding my husband!
We wanted our wedding to be the ultimate reflection of us, both individually and as a couple. We started the day with a five mile run into beautiful Eden Park (where Scott proposed) with our wedding party, family, and friends.
I am a hopeless romantic, so the ceremony was the most important part of our wedding experience and it was chalk full of details. The ceremony began promptly at 5:33 p.m. (in honor of my lucky number, 3). We found a fabulous three piece string trio who not only played Guns & Roses and Coldplay while our guests were seated, but sang my favorite French ballad “Quelqu’un m’a dit” as I walked down the aisle, and “In My Life” which had been sung at my parents’ wedding 41 years ago. Our readings spoke to both our hopes for the future and remembrances of our past, including a special tribute to Scott’s mother who passed away when he was young. Our vows would not have been complete without our beloved golden retriever, who carried our rings on a custom made dog pillow.
We choose the Queen City Club for the reception. Built in the 1800s with its dark wood and amber glow, it was the perfect combination of distinguished, romantic, and warm. We went with simple white flowers and candlelight, so as not to take away from the natural charm of the building itself. We marked our tables with the names of marathons and triathlons we had completed and used nicknames for our wedding party’s place cards. We are both obsessed with Graeter’s ice cream, a Cincinnati tradition, so we had an ice cream sundae bar with fun toppings, as well as cake pops and mini cupcakes, instead of a wedding cake. One of our last minute additions was a photobooth, and we’re so glad we did, because the photos are absolutely hysterical and made for the perfect guestbook.
Although it was everything I had imagined, the day was also somewhat surreal. I wanted to remember every moment, but I felt like it was over before it had even begun. I found enormous comfort in the fact that we hired an amazing cinematographer, Steve Zugelter of Studio Z films, to capture the day. There is something extraordinarily powerful about film that you just don’t get through a photograph.
Photography: Lauryn Byrdy Photography / Cinematography: Studio Z Films / Flowers: Inspired Floral Design / Event Planning: Cincy Event Planning / Ceremony Location: First Unitarian Church / Reception Location: Queen City Club / Invitations, Print Work, Ice Cream Bar: Sweet Cakes Ltd. / Band: ten foot BIG / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Dress Designer: Modern Trousseau / Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Lynn Lugo / Groom’s Fashion: Hugo Boss
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