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Ohio Wedding from Marti’s Floral Designs + Adrianne Elizabeth Events

Naturally, my morning routine starts with a little Tour de SMP, but I have a feeling I’m not the only one who likes to settle into my day with some wedding eye candy. And if you ask me, this springtime soirée is just what you need to get geared up for your Tuesday. I’ve always been smitten with a good rainy day romance and this Cincinnati wedding is no exception. With drool-worthy florals from Marti’s Floral Designs and first-class coordination from Adrianne Elizabeth Events, this fresh Ohio fête is totally in line with the couple’s carefree style. Thanks to the lovely images by Amanda Julca Photography, there is even more of this preppy garden party right here for your viewing pleasure.

From the Bride… Before Nick and I even got engaged we talked about what we wanted in a wedding. We had imagined a beach wedding with our family and closest friends surrounding us to celebrate. Something intimate yet also unbelievably fun. The reality of our dream became more and more complex after we got engaged and started looking for that perfect destination. Having a true Catholic ceremony was very important to us and we realized that this couldn’t happen with our toes in the sand… so after a very fun site inspection in Florida, we went back to the drawing board!

With only six months until our wedding, we knew we had to quickly move onto Plan B! With the support of my amazing family and wedding planner, we decided that the things that were important to us could happen locally, in my hometown, of Cincinnati, Ohio. At the end of the day, the most important of these things, was getting married to each other!

Although I didn’t envision a traditional “fairy tale” wedding, I did want to experience some of the traditions that make a wedding day so very special, like cutting the cake and sharing first dances with my new husband and father. I was determined to have a wedding that Nick and I could both enjoy, a day where we would feel comfortable, and to provide a special and intimate experience for my guests.

Some of my favorite details of the day were the amazing 19th century chapel we were married in (St. Clare), the reception venue (the comfortable and beautiful Lyceum, which felt more like a home than a venue), our lovely décor (most especially, the doilies that were my great grandmother’s), accented by our beautiful florals and greens! I especially loved the rosemary awaiting guests at their place settings. My gentleman guests’ favorite experience at the wedding: THE CIGAR BAR!

We worked with the best people in the state of Ohio to make our day perfect. Once our BIG DAY came, it was amazing! Not even the April showers could put a damper on things. It may sound cliché to say, but it was the best day of my life, or at least so far…

Photography: Amanda Julca Photography / Wedding Ceremony: St Clare Chapel / Reception Venue: Glendale Lyceum / Event Planner: Adrianne Elizabeth Events / Floral Design: Marti’s Floral Designs / Catering: Funky’s Catering / Cupcakes + Mini Cakes: Kittie’s Cakes / Linens: Connie Duglin Linens / Runners: DIY by bride and mother / Doilies: DIY by bride’s Great- Grandmother / Invitations: Ink and Ivory / DJ: Ted Keyes (personal friend of the Bride) / Wedding Dress: Jenny Lee via Big Rock Little Rooster / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor / Makeup: Cheek Makeup by Lindsay / Hair: Elizabeth Margolies / Shoes: Hey Lady Shoes via La Jeune Mariee / Bracelets: peace+love+Bride via Big Rock Little Rooster / Necklace: Great Grandmother’s heirloom / Groom’s Suit: Ralph Lauren

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Art Deco Inspired Cincinnati Wedding from Viva Bella Events

When today’s gorgeous bride said I do to her handsome-as-can-be Marine they did it in all out Art Deco elegance. With bold, vintage-inspired details this Cincinnati soiree is one for the record books. Captured by Blink of an Eye Photography, the amazingly intricate cake by Sugar Realm was enough to sweep me off my feet. Then there were the luscious florals by Yellow Canary, jaw-dropping décor, and incredible architectural accents all wrapped up in one totally glamorous gold bow by Viva Bella Events and I was utterly captivated. This shimmering celebration is truly a gift from the wedding gods and you can join the party right here in the gallery.

From Viva Bella Events… While Branson was deployed with his Marine Reserve Unit in Afghanistan, Tasha dreamt of fabulous wedding and celebration no one would soon forget. With Tasha, her parents, and the viva bella events team “Team Sandler” was formed to ensure Tasha’s vision came to life in time for Branson’s homecoming. Inspired by the Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza’s art deco design, she envisioned unique patterns and glamorous gold accents combined with personal vintage details.

Tasha’s birdcage veil and accent hairpin perfectly suited her dress. Her something blue was a family treasure– her great grandmother’s carousel horse pin attached to a light blue velvet garter. The groom and groomsmen wore vintage bar pins in lieu of boutonnieres. The brides’ personal brooch collection was used in her bouquet and embellished the reception centerpieces, including horseshoes for good luck, Branson’s initials, even some special brooches from the groom’s grandmother.

The viva bella team incorporated the colors and styling of the Hilton Netherland Plaza’s Continental Ballroom into the ceremony décor to accentuate the unique architecture of Cincinnati in the 1920’s. With it’s beautiful murals and original chandeliers, the ballroom set the stage for the romantic Jewish ceremony. Gold chiavari chars with black seat covers were accented with golden branches with crystal berries for aisle décor. The glittery gold aisle runner from Original Runners set the stage for Tasha’s “glitter runway dreams”. One of Tasha’s favorite elements of the ceremony was the procession of the “Glitter Girl”, instead of flower girl, who tossed gilded flower petals.

The reception was held in the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hall of Mirrors with its jaw-dropping two-story balcony and gilded mirrors. Focused lighting in warm gold accented every guest table, as well as, creating a spectacular look at the ceiling. With escort cards displayed in crystals, shimmery gold linens, textured gold chargers, and crystals dripping from the luxurious florals, guests felt as if they were entering an old Hollywood soirée Cincinnati style!

Definitely a highlight of the reception was the grand wedding cake. Sugar Realm bakery of Cincinnati really took the Art Deco theme to another level with their custom creation. To find the perfect cake topper, Tasha chose an antique perfume bottle to complete the look. The cake was so intricate and beautiful, the couple weren’t even sure they wanted to cut into this work of art during the reception!

Taking iconic Cincinnati architecture and coupling it with Tasha’s love of all things gold and glittery, viva bella events and “Team Sandler” created a truly glamorous and unforgettable evening.

Wedding Planning & Design: Viva Bella Events / Photographer: Blink of an Eye / Venue: Hilton Netherland Plaza / Floral Design: Yellow Canary / Cake: Sugar Realm / Videographer: Poetic Cinema / Ceremony Music: Carl Larson / Cocktail Hour & Reception Music: Soul Pocket / Stationery: amo-ink  / Hair Stylist: High Five Salon / Make-up Stylist: Brideface  / Tailor: Tony King / Lighting: Goodwin Lighting / Aisle Runner: The Original Runner Co.

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Cincinnati Wedding Photo Shoot by Marti’s Floral Designs

Up next is a photo shoot with so much style I want to crawl into it and call it my real life. Or at least pretend it’s mine for one day. The mod stationery by Five Dot Design, the succulent-infused florals by Marti’s Floral Designs and all the details in between curated by Blue Dahlia Events make me want to grab one of those delicious cocktails and toast to all the images by Nathan Peel Photography. And toast I shall, because the gallery is just that good.

From Marti’s Floral DesignsFor this evening affair, inspiration came from all around. The venue. The couple. The style. All three blended together to create a scene that was contemporary yet romantic, modern yet classic. Following their afternoon nuptials, Ava and James strolled over to the Rookwood Restaurant and Bar for their evening celebration. Former home of the 1800’s Rookwood Pottery factory, this historic venue is now home to a hip, urban eatery known for its distinct space (Who wouldn’t love to eat in a kiln!?) and legendary eats and drinks (Don’t pass up the hanky panky starter and tailored misfit cocktail!).

From its exposed brick interior to laid-back, outdoor patio, the Rookwood offered the perfect backdrop for all of the couple’s portraits. They enjoyed cocktails on the deck, snuggled by the fire, and eventually made their way to the main event – their dinner table tucked in one of the kilns. As Ava checked out her wedding spread, she took in each and every detail. The chalkboard place cards, Patron and shot glass favors (paired with lime and salt, of course!), succulent and floral centerpiece arrangement, signature cocktails at each place setting and those comfy ikat pillows on each chair. After dining, who can pass up their final touches – an ice cream bar and cake room! Jeni’s Ice Cream was paired with Bullet bourbon for this liquor-inspired ice cream bar. And there was no question where they would showcase their cake! The couple topped of their night with one more snuggle in the lounge kiln, along side their trendy cake.

Photography: Nathan Peel Photography / Photo Shoot Venue: The Rookwood Restaurant & Bar in Cincinnati, Ohio / Floral Design: Marti’s Floral Designs / Event Planning: Blue Dahlia Events / Paper Goods: Five Dot Design / Wedding Cake: Maribelle Cakery / Ice Cream: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams / Liquor: Patron / Rentals: Adora Event Rentals / Clutch: Shelter Protects You / Makeup: Cincy Makeup

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Romantic Cincinnati Wedding from Kourtnee Kate Photography

We all know that our wedding day is going to be up there amongst the top five days of our entire lives. Probably number one. When a bride is so radiantly beautiful because of her gorgeous smile, we can see that she is fully enjoying what is the most amazing, special, romantic, and monumental day in her entire life. And that, my friends, is why I love my job. Spending my days visiting the BEST days of our sweet couples’ lives. Kourtnee Kate Photography captured this smiling beauty and her fabulous day. And we are ever grateful that she has filled a gallery full of images to make your afternoon a bit toothier.

When we saw that Studio Z Films had a Same Day Edit to share from this stunning soiree, we just had to pass it along to you…

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The most important thing I wanted in my wedding day was an amazing venue. Greenacres Arts Center was just that. Greenacres provided a back drop that took everyone’s breath away as they entered the old historic estate. The guest drove in on a mile drive that was lined on both sides with trees. Guests were then escorted into the gardens where the romance began.When you enter the gardens the old trees provide romance that makes you feel lost in your love.

The ceremony took place in the gardens. While the water from the fountains was trickling in the background and the violins were playing the moment of “I Do” was enchanting. There was a peace and ease about that day. After the ceremony the guests were directed towards cocktail hour were fun, flavorful and different h’orderves were served. I wanted to serve things that people had never tried before. One of my favorite parts of cocktail hour was our live acoustic guitar player. His sound and songs were so unique allowing the cocktail hour to break up the event.

Throughout the whole event I wanted to tell a story. I wanted people to take a journey through our love. It is so pure, patient, and gentle. From the emotional and romance setting to livening up the mood with cocktail hour. When it was time for the guest to head to the reception area, the curtains were opened and each guest was provided a table mirror as their escort card. The guests were then shown the way down a large stair case to the beautifully decorated reception site.

When the reception started, it was time to party! We all had a great time dancing the night away enjoying our close friends and family. The wedding was all about details! As you can see in the pictures, the whole event was done in exquisite detail. Our wedding had a lot of personal touches that made it so special and romantic. 

Photography: Kortnee Kate Photography / Ceremony: Greenacres Arts Center / Event Planner: Cecilia Rose, Eventurous / Catering: Funky’s Catering / Videographer: Studio Z Films / Florist: Ford-Ellington Wedding Design

Cincinnati Wedding at Coney Island by Shelby Street Photography

Shelby Street Photography is pretty much the coolest photography team in Cincinnati and they definitely have the coolest clients.  Case in point: this creative cutie couple who crafted their incredible Coney Island wedding from start to finish.  It is a hearty dose of inspiration, starting with the super fun paper goods all the way to sweet and simple vintage-inspired details.  See the entire day in all its gorgeous glory in the full gallery!

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From the Bride… Ben and I met in college. We went to different schools but had mutual friends. I was so pleased when I met him because he was a breath of fresh air: sensitive, kind and a great sense of humor. We hit it off instantly, staying up late quoting our favorite movies and laughing about anything that came to mind. He was perfect. A great guy from Cincinnati with a big heart and amazing family. I knew I had found my match.

Our wedding was focused around DIY and family as much as possible! I designed and handmade our save-the-dates, invitations and programs. With some help from Hobby Lobby, Kinko and friends and family, they turned out better than I could ever imagine. Our cake was made as a gift from Ben’s aunt, Margie Conners. She has her own local cake business — I believe is called AmaZing Grace Cakes. She’s the most creative person I know. Our flowers blew me away. They were arranged by Kim Wilson of Event Florals of Mariemont. Our DJ was Zach of All Trades. My dress was by Watters, and I got it at Bridal and Formal for a great deal. I got my shoes online at Zappos — the brand is Me Too. The bridesmaids dresses were from J.Crew, and a couple girls altered them to be more unique! They all wore nude pumps, and I picked up coordinating necklaces at Forever 21 for all of us.

My favorite photo is us with the balloons, standing side by side and looking at each other with a smirk. I love it because it sums up our emotions that day: There was so much going on around us, we were dressed up and fancy, nervous, all eyes on us, but all we needed to do was focus on each other to stay calm. I was glowing the whole day, and I think the picture shows it was all because of Ben. Black and white or color, they’re both amazing!

Wedding Photography: Shelby Street Photography / Wedding Venue: Coney Island in Cincinnati, Ohio / Floral Design: Kim Wilson, Cincinnati, OH / Wedding Invitations, Save-the-Dates + Programs: DIY / Wedding Cake: Margie Conners of AmaZing Grace Cakes, The Groom’s Aunt /  DJ: Zach of All Trades / Wedding Dress: Watters via Bridal and Formal / Bride’s Shoes: Me Too via Zappos / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Jewelry: Forever 21

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Modern Cincinnati Wedding from Poetic Cinema + Amanda Donaho Photography

Smiles galore. I’m guaranteeing smiles galore once you’ve laid those pretty little peepers of yours on this modern affair. This modern affair that has left a love-induced permagrin on all of us at the SMP HQ. Captured in stills by Amanda Donaho Photography, and captured in live motion by Poetic Cinema, it is FABulous. Click here for the gallery!

Before we get too far into this FAB soiree – let’s fall in love with this couple, courtesy of Poetic Cinema, shall we?

After a one year long-distance relationship and one year of wedding planning, we were married on June 25, 2011. Our wedding was the simple, contemporary event we envisioned – we could not have been happier!

We live in a loft in downtown Cincinnati, and we wanted our wedding to reflect our urban lifestyle. We chose to marry downtown at The Contemporary Arts Center because its clean, modern look aligned perfectly with our wedding style. The museum’s concrete columns/floors and wall of windows overlooking the bustling city streets provided the perfect indoor setting for a modern summer wedding. It was a venue that could stand on its own, and no heavy decorations were necessary – we wanted guests to enjoy the energizing environment the museum provided.

We chose a charcoal gray color palette, with an accent of spring green for a pop of color. From the beginning, we envisioned a simple, fresh, and contemporary affair. Our minimalist floral centerpieces resembled abstract art, our paper products portrayed the same straight-forward, contemporary sensibility, and the bridesmaid dresses displayed sculptural silhouettes. We found contemporary, unique wedding pieces from Etsy, IKEA, and Anthropologie.

The DIY projects that we are very proud of include our reception table names, guest thank you cards, well-wishes note cards, and the reception seating chart. We learned through our DIY projects to align everything with the look and feel of our wedding, which created the cohesive appearance we desired.

Photography: Amanda Donaho Photography / Cinematography: Poetic Cinema / Flowers: Designs By Tia / Event Planning: MIY! Event Planning / Venue: The Contemporary Arts Center / Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas