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New Year’s Eve Wedding Celebration

We all know weddings are a cause for celebration, so what better date to throw a party than New Year’s Eve? Especially when you have the keen eye of Adrianne Elizabeth Events helping you out. Everything from the Bella Figura invites to the freshly minted Hilton ballroom, oozed sophistication. The photos from Red Gallery Photography and video from Studio Z  speak for themselves. Find the full gallery here.

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From the Bride… Dan and I met on a biking trip in the California wine country. My family and I arrived in California excited to bike, eat, and drink wine! We met up with my uncle and cousin who accompanied us and 20 other strangers on this organized trip. I met Dan that first morning when he introduced himself as one of three trip leaders and handed me my bike for the week. I thought nothing of it. As the week progressed, the leaders biked and ate with the group, guiding us on our tour of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. There was some flirtation going on, but I was not interested or looking at the time. I had just moved out to Seattle, WA from Columbus, OH days earlier hoping to jump start my career. Besides, growing up it was always my sister who attracted all the attention. I figured that would be the case here as well.

My sister and mom are quite perceptive however, and they mentioned early on that they felt Dan was clearly more interested in me. We began spending more time talking, but Dan was busy entertaining 20 other guests as well. On the last day of the trip, my sister was biking way too fast approaching a sharp hairpin turn and she crashed. Torn up, shook up, and bruised, she headed off to the hospital in a van with Dan. On their drive she inquired, “what’s up with you and my sister?” She proceeded to give him the in’s and out’s of how to go about pursuing me, and he did just that! This was the start of our relationship filled with romance and adventure!

Dan continued to work for Backroads for the next few years, and his last trip with the company took him to New Zealand and Vietnam for the Winter season. His parents and I headed out for a visit to meet him in Vietnam. On the Vietnamese New Year we were in Dan’s favorite town Hoi An. That night he gave me my belated Christmas present (since we weren’t together for the holiday). It was a homemade scrap book of our relationship with an engagement ring on the last page! We couldn’t wait to start planning our special day!

I knew I wanted to be married in my home town of Columbus, OH. My mom jumped on booking venues right away. Things seemed to be booked for weekends in 2012 already being that our engagement was in January of that year. It was booked every weekend but Thanksgiving and a few in December. We threw out the date of New Year’s Eve and it was available so we went with it! It seemed like the perfect date because I never have New Year’s plans, it’s a great time for a celebration, and our theme was automatically decided for us! A brand new Hilton was being built and set to open just before our wedding date – we jumped on the chance to be the first wedding at the new beautiful property. It was a pretty special experience to go from hard hat tours of a shell of a building to seeing our lovely wedding come to life in their exquisite ballroom.

The first chance I had to try on wedding dresses was at La Jeune Marie on a trip home to Columbus. As most brides say, I had something totally different in mind than what I chose! I only tried on about five dresses before “the one”. I absolutely fell in love with my Anna Maier gown – it was perfect for the season. There were certainly challenges planning a Columbus wedding while I was living in Seattle, so I could not have been more happy for my mom when she paired up with Adrianne from Adrianne Elizabeth Events for planning. Adrianne was the best support for both my mom and I and we could not have pulled it off without her!

We had a blast personalizing the wedding and making it fun and festive for the new year. Clay from Red Gallery Photography even flew out to do our engagement shoot in Seattle at all the locations we went on our first date, we used these pictures throughout the wedding decor. We served my favorite, Jeni’s Ice Cream, at the reception to celebrate my love of Jeni’s and the fact that used to bike race on the team in Columbus sponsored by Jeni’s.

We had a photo booth for guests to enjoy and now have a great keepsake in place of a guest book. It even snowed light fluffy white snow the day of the wedding for some gorgeous moments captured by our photographer and videographer. The highlight was at 5 minutes before midnight when we popped tiny cans of Sofia champagne and watched our “Same Day Edit” Video from Studio Z Films. The video captured the entire day from start to finish and ended with a countdown to the new year which culminated with a perfectly timed confetti drop. It was a day I will never forget! Plus, being that it was the New Year holiday, I never have to worry about my husband forgetting our anniversary, either!

Planner Note…The DiCello Family and Alicia and Dan were truly special clients. Alicia and her mom, Anita, have exquisite taste. The wedding was soft, beautiful, warm, and inviting and perfectly fitting for an elegant New Year’s Eve affair. From the very start, the DiCello’s set out to be gracious hosts to their guests. From a delicious New Year’s Eve meal paired with the families favorite wines, Silver Oak, Churchill Cellars and Twomey to Uncle Mike’s extraordinarily beautiful and delicious cookie table to the framed photos of the couple’s parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents on their wedding day, every detail was personal. It was truly a New Year’s Eve Celebration to remember.

Photography: Red Gallery | Videography: Studio Z Films | Floral Design: Marti's Floral Designs | Wedding Cake: Jan Kish La Petite Fleur | Invitations: Bella Figura | Wedding Stationery: Peabody Papers | Reception: Hilton Columbus Downtown | Shoes: Gucci | Hair: Maggie Simcic | Band: The Conspiracy Band | Barber: Old Familiar Barber Shop | Bridal Jewelry: Haute Bride | Bridesmaids\' Dresses: BHLDN | Ceremony : St. John The Baptist | Event Rentals & Linens: Event Source | Groom Attire: Vera Wang | Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang | Ice Cream Bar: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams | Italian Cookie Table: Bride's Uncle Mike | Makeup: Jade at Max the Salon | Photo Booth: ShutterBooth | Rehearsal Dinner Cake: Jan Kish La Petite Fleur | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Lindey's | Wedding Coordination & Design: Adrianne Elizabeth Events | Wedding Dress Designer: Anna Maier Couture | Wedding Dress Shop: La Jeune Mariee

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Besides being one of the prettiest days I have ever laid my eyes upon, this wedding looks like sooo much fun.  The kind of day that you just LOVE being a part of, whether it’s as the gorgeous bride and groom or one of the lucky friends and family sharing in all of the joy.  From the amazing ceremony to the beautiful Posy blooms to the breathtaking images from Kelly Maughan Photography.  See them here

And a beautiful film from CBJB Productions?  Yes, please. 

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From the Bride… I met Joe through a mutual friend and immediately liked him. I know it sounds cliche’ when people say this, but I actually felt like I had already known him. We have a lot in common in that we don’t take anything too seriously. I think that was most reflected in our cake cutting – neither of us cared or even thought about how we were going to do it or if it would ruin my makeup or our clothes. We just had fun with it and that’s what I love about being with Joe, he makes everything fun. The most important thing to us on our wedding day was that it reflected who we are and what is important to us.

The first thing we chose was Via Vecchia as the venue, an Italian Winery in the brewery district. We wanted a space that was rustic, comfortable and unique. Via Vecchia was a perfect fit for us because my family is Italian and we both love wine. Many of the sayings, food and traditions at our wedding were Italian and wine themed and we decorated the space with olive branches, lanterns, chalkboards and old photos. Dinner was served family style and our families made cannoli’s and Italian cookies for dessert. We really wanted our guests to feel like they were having dinner at our home. We wanted the tone to be comfortable and laid-back, and I think the family style dining and the homemade desserts really set the tone. For our favors, Joe made 250 half bottles of homemade wine. We personalized each bottle with twine and our signature tag that we’d used on our save the date and invitations.

Our favorite thing about our wedding was the ceremony. In Italy, many events, including marriages happen outside in the town square with people gathered around. There’s something so beautiful and intimate about the simplicity of those gatherings. Even though it was a chilly November night and the only light we had was from a few string lights, we decided to get married on an alleyway stoop with our family and friends gathered around. It was perfect. Joe’s older brother married us, and Joe and I exchanged our own vows which added to the intimacy and comfort of our wedding ceremony.

Joe and I don’t regret a single thing about our wedding day. We didn’t do a lot of the traditions that many people do, but instead started our own that were more memorable and significant to us – and that’s what we wanted our wedding day to be about!

Photography: Kelly Maughan Photography | Videographer: CBJB Productions | Flowers: Posy | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Macy's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Macy's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Makeup: Joy Macke: State Of Face | Venue: Via Vecchia

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Photography: Lauren Gabrielle Photography

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