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.
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 Photography | Videography: Studio Z Films | Floral Design: Marti's Floral Designs | Wedding Cake: Jan Kish - La Petite Fleur | Invitations: Bella Figura | Wedding Stationery: Peabody Papers | Ceremony: St. John The Baptist | Reception: Hilton Pearl River | Shoes: Gucci | Makeup: Jade at Max the Salon | Hair: Charles Penzone Salon | Band: The Conspiracy Band | Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang Black For Men's Warehouse | Barber: Old Familiar Barber Shop | Bridal Jewelry: Haute Bride | Bridesmaids\' Dresses: BHLDN | Event Rentals & Linens: Event Source | Groom Attire: Vera Wang Black For Men's Warehouse | Ice Cream Bar: Jeni's Splendid Icecreams | Italian Cookie Table: Adrianne Elizabeth Events | 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 | Wedding Dress Shop: La Jeune Mariee Bridal Boutique