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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

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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