When it comes to a SMP-worthy wedding, pretty pictures are a must. Steal-worthy details are at the top of the list as well. A beautiful gown never hurts. But the thing that makes it a YES every time is the palpable love, like that in this wedding from Rouxby. Adrianne Elizabeth Events was inspired by that special bond and planned a beautiful wedding inspired by it!
From the stunning bride… Willy and I met each other in college while at Ohio State; we would see each other when my sorority & his fraternity would get together for social functions…I always thought he was kinda cute and fun, but other than a few interested glances here and there, a relationship didn’t ensue.
Fast forward to seven years later when I ran into him on May 1st 2010. Willy had moved back to Columbus 3 months earlier and I was thrilled to see him as I had always wondered what happened to that cute boy I used to like in college. We were inseparable from that night on. The following day we met for brunch, went to a Columbus Clippers game and had dinner & drinks afterwards. The rest is history…
In the Fall of 2012, Willy and I started planning his lifetime dream vacation, a trip to Alaska. On September 11th, 2012, we were in Ketchikan, Alaska, the first stop of our Alaskan cruise. He had booked an excursion for us to take a seaplane ride. Those who know me, know that I have severe anxiety about flying. Needless to say, I was not excited about the plane ride. The plane landed at a remote dock in Misty Fjords National Monument and I still had no clue my life was about to change for the rest of my life. After a few individual pictures, the pilot asked to take a picture of the two of us. Next thing you know, Willy dropped to his knee and asked me to be his wife!
Planning began a few weeks later and obviously started with wedding dress shopping! The day a girl has dreamed about for forever, the ladies of La Jeune Mariee were amazing! After only 7 dresses, I found the one. If only finding a wedding venue was just as easy!
Willy and I looked at a handful of venues before going with The Columbus Athenaeum. We knew when we had seen the Large Theater that it was perfect, it is such a unique and amazing space.
After finding my dress, I didn’t want Willy to see me before the ceremony until I was walking down the aisle to him. It was definitely worth it, the sight of tears in his eyes and him telling me that I’ve never looked more gorgeous gave me the same butterflies that started in college.
Willy and I had known that if the weather was nice on our wedding day, we wanted to drive off from the church in his 1971 Chevelle. Not only was the weather perfect, but the car made for some of our favorite photo moments.
A few weeks before the wedding, we got this fantastic idea of having The Ohio State Marching Band make a surprise appearance at the reception. It took a few special arrangements by The Athenaeum, DJ and our wedding planner, Adrianne to pull off the surprise for all our guests. In the middle of “Jessie’s Girl”, the music cut off to the disappointment of quite a few groomsmen. In marched the band like a football Saturday in Ohio Stadium. The guests went crazy, and all of the planning was well worth it to see the joy on all of our friends and families faces.
The day was everything I hoped it to be and more. I have never felt more beautiful and loved than I did on that day. The amount of love that Willy and I felt from our friends and families made us both speechless and teary eyed at the end of the night. Seeing all of the people that we love dearly come together for us meant the world to me.
Photography: Rouxby | Florist: Rose Bredl | Dress: Watters Bridal from La Jeune Mariee | Wedding Cake: Short North Piece of Cake | Ceremony: Broad Street Methodist | Reception: The Columbus Athenaeum | Shoes: Enzo Angiolini | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung from La Jeune Mariee | DJ: Jimmy Sexton | Groom's Attire: JoS A. Bank | 1971 Chevelle: Groom's Own | Bouquet Accessories: Grandmother's Heirloom Locket | Bridal Hair: Abi Diedalis | Earrings: Haute Bride | Guest Accomodations & Bridal Suite: Hilton Columbus Downtown | Invitations & Stationery: Ink and Ivory Design Studio | Makeup: Cheek Makeup By Lindsay | Surprise Entertainment: OSU Marching Band | Wedding Design & Coordination: Adrianne Elizabeth Events