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Cincinnati Wedding from Studio Z Films + Neysa Ruhl Photography

It’s so hard to describe the feeling the bride gets right before she walks down the isle. It’s nerves, excitement, an extreme elation, a little bit of anxiousness, a little bit of calm, and a lot of butterflies. But until you’ve been there, or until you’ve been at the other end of the isle, waiting for your beloved, it’s impossible to really know what it feels like. But this film, from Studio Z Films, comes pretty stinkin’ close. The closest I’ve ever seen. Consisting of little moments throughout the big day of this lovely Cincinnati wedding, the film gives you that feeling – waiting to walk out into the isle and start the rest of your lives together. You’ll love it. But first, a few beautiful stills from Neysa Ruhl Photography, to wet your palette. Click here for more!

Jenny and Jim: Cincinnati Wedding Film from Steve Zugelter on Vimeo.

Jim and I wanted our entire wedding themed around friendship and Cincinnati, which is how our love story all began.  Jim and I met at work and quickly became  good friends.  Our shared interest in sports, Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds, friends and living life to it’s fullest was hard to ignore and our friendship quickly blossomed into a love story.

As soon as we began planning our wedding we knew it had to be around the city we love and our friends.  Our invitations played a large part in informing our guest about our wedding weekend events and our passions.  Our custom made save the dates featured us on Cincinnati Reds Diamond Club seats and our custom made invites featured the skyline of Cincinnati.  We also wanted our rehearsal dinner to be intimate and promote our beautiful city – it couldn’t have been any better when we found our perfect rehearsal venue, Friendship Park.

We wanted a wedding weekend that was unique and special to us.  Our venues were extremely important.  We decided to get married in an old Cathedral that has since been converted to a venue to host events.  The beautiful floor to head stained glass windows, delicately painted ceilings, and collective bell towers decorated the interior and provided a warming touch.  Lush flower pots filled the red brick patio where guest had the chance to enjoy post ceremony cocktails.  As soon as the doors opened guest were wowed by the amount of candles we lined the church with.  With such a beautiful ceremony location the simple floral arrangements added a fresh scent and burst of purples, greens, and white.

We wrote our own vows and created a ceremony that was unique to each of us.  Embedded in my wedding bouquet was a locket with my Father’s picture so he was with me on my special day.  Our programs gave shout outs to friends and family, featured our aspirations as a couple, and even acknowledged our best canine friend Chili.

Our day was amazing, our wedding video was even more amazing.  It captures how special and unique our day was to us and our family. It captures the love that was in that room, how much fun Jim and I have together, and the overall theme of our lives – friendship.

Photography: Neysa Ruhl Photography / Makeup: BRIDEface / Floral Design: The Tulip Tree / Venue:  The Bell Event Center / Cinematography: Studio Z Films

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The Cincinnati Nature Center Krippendorf Lodge Wedding by Marti’s Floral Designs + Kortnee Kate Photography

Magenta, lilac, lavender, amethyst, mauve, violet – there are many names for the color purple, but I just like to call it pretty. And when Marti’s Floral Designs is in charge of bringing that pretty palette to life through floral design, you know it’s going to be good. I have been starring at all the arrangements in these seriously gorgeous images from Kortnee Kate Photography for longer than I should admit, because whatever you want to call the pretty color – it’s just good looking. So for all you purple-loving brides out there – get ready to pin your heart out in the full gallery of images!

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From the Bride..The location was a beautiful wooded area, giving the wedding it’s ever so gorgeous backdrop. It was love at first sight, Krippendorf Lodge was the perfect place for our wedding.

Alex and I were college sweethearts and through all the ups and downs of life, we had each other. It was meant to be. Nature lovers at heart, the theme came rather naturally. Relaxed, simple, elegant, and full of color, all inspired by nature. Both of us being designers, we definitely knew what we wanted for our big day. The most amazing event and floral designer, Marti Thompson, immediately got our style and created the most breathtaking arrangements. Creative, colorful, and awe inspiring decor. We also had fantastic photographers, Kortnee Kate Photography they took the most amazing photos of the day. Beautiful moments now frozen in time.

The ever flowing, tiered gown by Angelina Couture was lightweight and airy, just right for the perfect weather that day. Sparkling in different shades of purple, the floral vintage necklace was given to me as a birthday present from Alex. This truly was the perfect addition to the gown. Hair and makeup had to have just the right touch. With my passion for cosmetics and beauty, I created my own makeup look and hair. Spirals of locks with a touch of a feather hair broch, from Portobello, hand picked by myself, made for a relaxed natural feel. The bridal party also wore different shades of purple, all unique in their own way. The groom wore a vest, purple chucks, with just the right touch of color.

Adding to our special day, my dad not only walked me down the isle, but made things official, along side with my grandfather. Friends and family from near and far came, made it warm and full of love and support. All in all, making our wedding day very personal and intimate. Details, details, details, all eye catching and unique in their own way. A vintage type writer as a guest book, bird’s nest ring pillow, vintage glass, the natural beauty of wood and gorgeous florals speckled throughout. We also had a sand ceremony. Which of course was beautifully captured by our photographers. The amazing candy bar, which everyone enjoyed, was beautifully decorated by the lovely Marti Thompson. Sitting perfectly on top were the letters L O C K W O O D, my new last name. Full of tears of joy, laughter and love filled the entire day. I couldn’t of asked for anything better!

Wedding Photography: Kortnee Kate Photography / Floral Design: Marti’s Floral Designs / Location: The Cincinnati Nature Center Krippendorf Lodge / Cheesecake: Take The Cake / Wedding Dress: Angelina Couture

Intimate Cincinnati Wedding From Bluebird Photography

Four weeks … just four quick weeks to plan this intimate Cincinnati wedding at Ault Park. Can you imagine? Sent to us by April at Bluebird Photography, this wedding epitomizes the bride who knows just what she wants, and wastes no time setting it into motion. As you’ll read in Jennifer and John’s romantic story, they couldn’t have been happier the way the day turned out. A day surrounded by their dearest. Lots of the details about this day are delightful, but one of the best? Each of the ladies attending this small, but oh-so-special celebration received a hand-crafted necklace from the bride’s sister! Now that’s unique. Enjoy the full gallery here!

From April at Bluebird PhotographyJennifer & John booked me about a month out from the wedding! It was a small, intimate wedding of about 30 guests at a local park. She created the most beautiful table … one long table for all of her guests. The details were just gorgeous!! She took phrases and music from french songs, printed them on paper and curled them to place in vases. The small cake served as the centerpiece while the rest of the table was decorated with gorgeous, black candle holders… just lovely!

From JenniferIt was pretty instant between John and me. He lived in Columbus and I lived in Cincinnati, so we had our first date in Dayton the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We somehow managed to have a three hour dinner. I think we just kept ordering more food so we could make it last. I remember laughing a lot, and I remember being mesmerized by his smile. On our way out of the restaurant, I took his hand, and it just felt right. He called me on his way home from dinner, and we talked the whole way home. I was falling for him so I introduced him to my two year old son. When they became best buds by the end of the day, I knew he was the one.

The three of us spent Christmas together, and I knew I wanted to spend every Christmas with him. On Valentine’s Day, he took me to New York, took me to a jeweler, and told me to pick one out! We had planned on going away and getting married somewhere just the two of us. We are both so close to our families, though, that in the end I decided I wanted to have them there. There were so many people who were so happy for us, and I wanted to celebrate the moment with them. When all of the vendors and location I wanted were available on the same day, we went for it! I had four weeks to plan the wedding! Because I was planning on a very short time frame, there was no messing around. I got the best vendors, told them what I wanted, and trusted them to do it. And they did!

My sister, Heather Kramb, has done event design for many galas. She and I used to own a French antique store together in Lebanon called Maddie Lisee. We are both total junkies for everything French and old and beautiful. When John and I decided to get married at Ault Park, a French Country style for our wedding was a no-brainer for me. It’s a look that I have loved for ten years, not just the latest trend or style. I used my all-time favorite colors: aqua, ivory, black, and silver. The event design was a collaboration between the floral designer, Dennis Buttelwerth, my sister, and I. You could say the look was a marriage of the finest materials we could find and handmade details. Dennis brought in the most beautiful pleated silk aqua linens from Washington, DC, and I made table runners from vintage French toile fabric. He had gorgeous, huge silver candelabras and my sister found rococo candlesticks to use between them. Dennis lined the table with beautiful ivory hydrangeas and roses in silver bowls and julep cups. He also used lavender and dusty miller, which I would have never thought of but loved. My sister had antique french sheet music in her closet that I wrapped around votives. She came up with a design element that was both inexpensive and beautiful, too, with the cylinders. We filled cylinders with pearls at the bottom, then I filled it with curled up pieces of parchment paper. I used the lyrics to “La Vie en Rose.” (Yes, my sister has things like antique french sheet music in her closet. You should see her basement!)

With his vast experience and creativity, Dennis came up with an unusual and beautiful way to have the ceremony. He draped the overlook at Ault Park with garlands and white flowers. It was simple but elegant and didn’t look like a “stage.” With such a small guest count of 36 and no bridal party, he suggested doing away with the center aisle. Instead, we put all of the chairs together. John walked out of one room at Ault Park, and my son and I walked out of the other end, and we met in the middle in front of our guests.

The first time I ever saw the Ault Park Pavilion was shortly after I started law school, about eight years before our wedding. For our wedding, I wanted something elegant but comfortable. I have been to weddings that were so elegant everyone forgot to have a good time. We wanted our wedding to be a celebration. We wanted our guests to relax and enjoy themselves. Having it outdoors seemed perfect for us. Because we had such a small group, we were able to seat everyone at one long table under the arches and have a candlelit dinner with our closest friends and family.

I bought all of my wedding day attire at La Jeune Mariee in Worthington, Ohio. It’s a bridal salon owned by sisters Lyndsay and Stacey. They were amazing! The service they gave me was unbelievable. After visiting larger bridal salons where all I heard was “that dress takes six months,” Stacey and Lyndsay didn’t hesitate and made it happen for me. I fell in love with a dress by Lea-Ann Belter. Stacey called the rep from the company and managed to get me into a made-to-measure couture gown in weeks! It literally came in days before my wedding, but it was perfect! My shoes were Benjamin Adams and dyed a french blue. I found the most gorgeous tear-drop earrings. Bridal jewelry seems like an extravagant expense on top of so many other expenses, but it’s the only thing from my wedding day that I can still wear when I go out!

The one thing John asked for in our wedding was to keep it very small. He was absolutely right! Coming from a big Irish family, I didn’t know how to do small. It was wonderful, though. Everyone at our wedding knew everybody else. There were no “how do you know the bride and groom?” moments with our guests. It was a really great joining of our families. My mom and John’s mom held hands and cried together during the ceremony.

My sister has a successful jewelry company where she takes vintage jewelry, breaks it down, and makes it into something new. Her pieces are gorgeous! I didn’t want to do the same old favors. I wanted something the guests would actually use but would remind them of our day. Heather made a unique necklace for each of the ladies in attendance with antique chandelier crystals and a variety of french charms. Each was one of a kind and different. The men each received an LED light keychain. She then put them in organza bag, attached a tag stamped with a fleur de lys and wrote the guest’s name on it. It also doubled as a place card holder.

My favorite memory from our wedding was saying our vows. It felt so right to say our vows to each other, at that moment in that place. When I think back to our wedding, what I remember most was how right it felt to become John’s wife. The funniest thing happened, though, when we were standing in front of the preacher and realized we had left the rings in my purse inside one of the rooms at Ault Park. I signaled my friend Lauren. God love her, she went back in, found them, and gave them to my son to bring up to us. I’ll never forget a smiling three year old in his suit walking up to us, handing us the rings, and saying “Here you go!”

I had a “dream team” of vendors. Because I had such a short time to plan, I got the best vendors and trusted them to do what they do best. The most amazing thing about each of them, though, was their ability to step outside the box and make my dream wedding happen in four weeks!

Vendor credits Photographer: Bluebird Photography / Wedding Gown Designer: Lea-Ann Belter from La Jeune Mariee / Earrings by Haute Bride, San Francisco / Floral Designer: Dennis Buttelwerth / Event Designer and Planner: Heather Kramb and Dennis Buttelwerth / Invitation Designer: Fun Invitations / Cake The Bonbonerie


See more of Jennifer & John’s beautiful wedding on Bluebird Photography’s blog.

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Spectacular Downtown Cincinnati Ballroom Wedding At The Hilton Netherland Plaza

With a gown as magnificent as this, a bride as stunning, a venue as striking … you just KNOW the film and the photos and will be spectacular!

images by Red Gallery Photography

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Viva Bella Events planned and designed the dazzling celebration! You can see more of Michelle’s scrumptious Vera Wang gown on Viva Bella’s blog.

Eddie and Michelle were married in Cincinnati and asked the fellows at 31 FILMS to fly out and shoot their wedding. According to Aaron, from the beginning ~ Michelle was totally up front about what she wanted in their wedding film. “She wanted something fresh and unique … she loved the dreamy look and nostalgia of  vintage super-8mm film. But she also loved the crisp, ultra-real look of HD video – so we merged the two! Michelle and Eddie were a pleasure to work with! Even though the wedding day clearly revolved around them, they wanted to be sure that their friends and family were highlighted throughout the day as well.

Enjoy their film from 31 FILMS

Michelle & Edward – The Highlight (HD+8mm) from 31Films on Vimeo

from the beautiful bride …
Having lived in cities like Paris and NYC, the search for the right venue in the city of Cincinnati was somewhat challenging, not to mention it was a long distance wedding location. At the time of planning our wedding, the groom-to-be lived in Detroit, MI. I lived in New York City and my family is from Philadelphia, PA. The sole reason for choosing Cincinnati, OH as our wedding destination was because of my future parents-in-law. With Eddie being the only son it was important for his parents to have the big party in their hometown and I wanted to make them happy because they are fascinating people and amazing parents. After several months of relentlessly searching both online and whenever we were able to be on site in the city, we finally found an amazing historic building occupied by the Hilton Netherland Plaza hotel.

My first choice was more of a contemporary and trendy ‘MoMA’ type of place, but since I couldn’t have that to the exact specs in a smaller city, I decided to go for something with romance and character, something that would remind me of my fond memories of my days living in Paris. The Hall of Mirrors (the grand ballroom of the hotel) immediately brought me back in time to a place I loved and cherished during my stay in France, château de Versailles. Okay, maybe I am exaggerating or daydreaming just a bit, but it’s all about your imagination, right? And it’s all about your hopes and dreams when it comes to planning the biggest event of your life! And then my hopes and dreams just came together perfectly when my long lost blood father showed up in my life just 9 months before my wedding day, and walked me down the aisle.

To twist it up a bit more, he and his entire family are practically neighbors of my future parents-in-laws residing in Columbus, OH. This is a very long story with full of twists and turns and fate that perhaps you will find in a memoir, and hopefully in a motion picture, someday…stay tuned! The event came together just as I have imagined and dreamed of all my life. It started out with finding the perfect wedding planner who was able to figure me out very quickly. She was the key to the success of the event, who was patient, beautiful, kind-hearted, and very bright. She basically carried out the vision I had, but with the added details I failed to imagine, being the big-picture “don’t sweat the small stuff” kind of person that I am. She also came equipped with an A-list of vendors that all contributed to the great success of the event.

The list of my favorite vendors and key contributors – Dora Manuel, wedding planner & event designer of Viva Bella Events – responsible for how I found the Hall of Mirrors, which was featured on her website, and the breathtaking design of the entire event, along with all the other fabulous vendor recommendations. Robyn Adinamis, event manager of the Hilton – responsible for running the terrific staff that executed Dora’s visions perfectly, and for being fabulous and the cutest pregnant little lady I’ve ever met! Amy Owens, owner and designer of Amo-Ink Custom Stationery – responsible for creating the theme colors of the entire event and the invitations that everyone adored, and for being a wonderful and pleasant companion throughout the entire process. Kelly & Kelly, designers of Eden Floral Boutique – responsible for creating the most amazing pieces of work that took everyone’s breath away when they entered the room, and for being brilliant enough to capture my imaginations in just 90 minutes of face-to-face encounter. Clay & Lisa Justice of Red Gallery Photography – responsible for creating amazing ideas that came together in beautiful images for our engagement session, the bridal couture, and of course the big day. They are one of cutest couples I’ve met who are full of magical talents and a pleasure to work with. Aaron & Rachel Tharpe of 31films – responsible for capturing all the best moments of the event.  Aaron’s talent is unmatched and he is one of the best decisions I’ve made during the wedding planning process, as demonstrated here in the wedding film highlight!  Indira Rivera of Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier NYC – responsible for choosing the perfect bridal dress with her very first recommendation as soon as I walked into her door. She took a good look at me and said “I have the perfect dress for you, it’s the same Very Wang dress that Carrie Bradshaw wore in the SATC movie”. It was indeed love at first sight and Indira made it a memorable experience with her beauty and elegance. Crystal Henize-Rieger of Eye-Do Makeup and Eyelash Design – responsible for making me a beautiful bride and for recommending a great hair stylist Valerie Blackburn of Reveal Salon. You two make the perfect team in every way. Thank you all for contributing your amazing talents and your relentless efforts in making our day a day we will forever remember and cherish.

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Cincinnati Wedding by StephCarson Photography

There is no reason that decor should be restricted to one style and this Cincinnati wedding by StephCarson Photography is a perfect example.  I love both vintage and modern weddings and the two mesh so nicely here with vintage milk glass, succulents and killer stationery (both the bride and groom are designers).  Best of all, this dynamic duo got creative at keeping costs down and pulled off their dream wedding within their budget.  Check out the full gallery for loads of pretty, pretty details!

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We decided to get married in our hometown of Cincinnati due to budget restraints and the majority of our friends and family still living there.  I have always envisioned an outside wedding, but due to the erratic weather in Cincinnati, we decided to keep the wedding indoors.  Everything was in downtown Cincinnati, and the venue had both the historical and vintage feel we wanted.  It also had a special place in my heart since my parents also had their reception there 25 years ago.

Both Rick and I have a design background, so the design and creation of this wedding was definitely fun and exciting for the both of us.  We designed and assembled all of the wedding stationery.  Everything was inspired by the collaboration of our lives.  We used a “cowboy” font for his love of everything country, and we also used a “vintage” and “cursive” fonts for the vintage modern look that we both love.  For the overall aesthetic of the wedding, I worked closely with our florist.  She was amazing!!  I wanted to bring that outdoor wedding that I have always dreamed of to the indoors with certain design elements. The flowers used reminded us of an elegant outdoor wedding that worked perfectly in the reception hall.   Also, we made sure that we used succulents in our arrangements which was inspired by our California lives.  The tall centerpiece candlesticks were made by my father to save cost.  The cocktail tables and seating chart table were also DIY projects that my father and I worked on the week before the wedding to save money.

Our wedding day was gorgeous. The sun was brightly shining as we walked around that city.  We only walked within in a couple blocks radius, and were able to find some amazing structures to take our pictures.  We rented a trolley to keep the nostalgic feel, but also for fun.  Rick and I are happy to share this wedding with you, and we are so happy that we had the beautiful budget friendly wedding that we envisioned.

Photography: StephCarson Photography / Flowers:  Marti’s Floral Designs / Event Planner:  KL Wedding Designs LLC / Stationery: Erica Keuter Designs / Ceremony Location:  St. Louis Church Cincinnati / Reception Location: Cincinnati Club Building

Romantic Cincinnati Wedding From Studio Z

We’ve had a wonderful week on The Little Black Book Blog! And we have saved the best for today … Caroline & Christopher’s super sweet (and emotionally charged) wedding in Cincinnati.  With florals by the always amazing Courtenay Lambert and filmed by the awesome Steve Zugelter at Studio Z Films, their spring celebration was as good as it gets!

images courtesy of Stephanie Carson Photography

Grab a tissue … and enjoy!

Caroline & Christopher: The Highlight from Steve Zugelter on Vimeo.

from the beautiful bride …

I have always been the girl who dreamed of her wedding day since playing dress up with my grandmother’s lace and high heels. At the risk of sounding corny, I knew that my wedding day would be just like a fairy tale because I have been lucky enough to live one with my husband. We met when we were just seventeen years old. College and budding careers separated us for a time, but we both knew deep down whatever road we traveled it would eventually lead us back together again.

Nine years later, in the same place we formally met for the first time, Christopher asked me to marry him. I couldn’t have been more thrilled! We started planning immediately, gathering inspiration from one simple word, romance. We wanted everyone who attended our ceremony and reception to experience and feel the love Christopher and I share…and of course we wanted everyone to dance!

The first priority was the venue and we knew when we saw the Hilton Netherland Plaza, Hall of Mirrors there would be no other place in Cincinnati that could compare. Although a traditional ballroom, it‘s art deco details, vintage appeal, and top notch service provided the perfect setting for a celebration. Our next priority was a photographer and I knew long before I was engaged who I wanted it to be, Stephanie Carson. She has the unique ability to capture emotion in the moment, without prearranged staging or posing. Stephanie was able to suggest a number of vendors and that is how we found Steve Zugelter and Studio Z Films. I looked up Studio Z Films online and sat with tears in my eyes watching other couple’s films. I knew his intimate style would complement our vision of telling our love story.

Beauty is in the details, and I wanted this to stand true with our wedding. My approach was: simple but elegant. I also wanted to include small sentimental touches because I am a sucker for nostalgia. Soft sage green, pale pink and ivory was the color palette for our late spring wedding. The flowers were more beautiful than I ever expected, they were full and lush and included fragrant peonies, freesia, garden roses and hydrangeas.

Handmade accessories for the bridesmaids and my hair piece were found on Etsy. We used Christopher’s grandmother’s recipe to make homemade jelly as a favor for each guest. Beading from my mother’s wedding dress was used to wrap my bouquet. Because we love to journal and document all of our adventures, our wedding gifts to one another were handwritten letters.

The day was perfect and went off without a hitch. All the little memories made the day spectacular. Putting on my dress and realizing I was actually getting married was an overwhelming experience. My dress felt perfect, classic, and timeless. Thinking about seeing my dad for the first time and having him walk me down the aisle still tugs at my heart. I knew seeing Christopher would be one of the most special moments of the day and it was a blur, thank goodness for our film and photos! It was important for us to have our ceremony in a church. Saying our vows in front of our closest friends, family, and God was the central part of what the day was about.

The reception was incredible! From the heartfelt speeches given by my sisters and Christopher’s best man, the phenomenal food, and having the dance floor packed from the first dance to the last dance three hours later made it the best day I could have ever asked for. We thank our family, friends, and fabulous vendors for making it possible and sharing in our love story.

Coordinator: Jen Daut / Photography: Stephanie Carson / Floral: Courtenay Lambert / Entertainment: Nemar Maize / Hair: Jennifer Nally / Makeup: Brideface / Stationery: Poeme / Linens: Adora / Cinematography: Studio Z

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