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This Day is Proof You Don’t Need An Exotic Locale for a Fabulous Destination Wedding

Even though this gorgeous Bride and Groom wed in her hometown in Ohio, for the 90 percent of their guests traveling from out of state, their day was a destination wedding. And with a little help from incredible vendors like Bliss EventsJenny YooOrchard Lane Flowers and Amanda Julca, their day turned out to be an absolute dream. Don’t miss any of it in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Having a day with all the people you love in one space is both incredible and overwhelming. During the planning, my husband and I decided the most important aspect of our day was to have fun and be part of the wedding not to be on the sidelines. We were the couple that never left the dance floor, laughed, drank, and had a beautiful night. We wanted a classic, casual natural feel, which brought us to a soft blush, neutral palette with accents of gold.

Our worlds connected later in our 20s and early 30s, we both grew up and lived in different parts of the country. So deciding on a location proved to be a bit tricky. We decided to tie the knot in my hometown of Ohio. With 90% of our guests traveling from outside of Ohio this ended up being a “destination” wedding for most.

Our wedding day festivities began with a bus ride from downtown Columbus, where most stayed, to the quaint town of Granville, Ohio.

The wedding was hosted on a 52-acre historic estate. It’s rich history and beautiful green landscape hosted 110 of our closest friends and family. Our guests were greeted in the garden of the estate where we said “I Do” with champagne, lemonade, and fans to keep cool on the warm August day.

What made our ceremony so special were our bridesmaids and groomsmen standing by our side, our dog Chloe leading the procession, the adorable flower girls, the ring bearer running around, and a string trio playing “Somewhere over the Rainbow” followed by “Canon in D”. Most importantly, our ceremony was composed of a service both Kris and I wrote together. It was a beautiful yet simple exchange of our vows.

From the ceremony we left the garden and ventured to the front patio of the mansion. While playing classic yard games, including corn hole (which was clearly the crowd favorite), we enjoyed refreshing cocktails, delicious mini grilled cheeses and BBQ chicken. We toured the historic home filled with our family pictures.

Dinner and dancing took place in the back of a mansion underneath a white tent dripped with globe lights and evergreens. The tables were an eclectic mix of restored barn wood tables and pink and cream textured linens. We made our day a family affair by inviting kids and creating a kids table filled with crafts and activities. We gave thanks, dined, and laughed with all of our loved ones.

We definitely didn’t have a shortage of sweets to end the night. From our classic vanilla buttercream wedding cake, to our make-your-own s’mores bar. The highlight of the dessert spread was the 1,000 cookie spread my great aunts, aunts, mother, brother in law and cousins all handmade. From lady locks, to chocolate chips, to pizzelles the guests indulged and left with custom cookie bags filled with delicious homemade goodies.

Everyone told me the day would fly by and they were right. I am so blessed to have beautiful photos, funny stories and the memory of laughter and love to last forever.

A key to making this experience memorable was we truly enjoyed the process and preparation leading up to our wedding. When you spend months planning for one day, you need to have fun along the way. By selecting vendors that clearly align with your personality, values and aesthetic creativity was important to us. These creative partners made the details and our vision come to life. From our print designer, to the florist to the DJ and the photographer. The print designer created everything from the name cards, menus, signage and surprised us with a custom seating chart that she mounted and engraved our initials on a rustic piece of wood. We worked closely with our floral designer who mixed citrus accents with flowers intertwined with herbs and eucalyptus to pull together the entire look seamlessly in the various areas of the celebration, and throughout the bridal party’s arrangements and flower crowns. My husband designed a custom playlist for the cocktail hour & the reception that celebrated specific years and music of importance with our DJ. My hair and makeup was done by my sister, Mindy Thomas, who is a freelance make-up artist and hair stylist. She did a hair change between the cocktail hour and reception, to provide a new look and keep me cool on the warm summer night. The process was just as beautiful as the day.

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Photography: Amanda Julca | Floral Design: Orchard Lane Flowers | Wedding Dress: Theia | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Made From Scratch | Ceremony Music: Flute Cocktail | Venue: Bryn Du Mansion | Event Planning + Coordination: Bliss Wedding & Event Design | Invitations + Paper Goods: Darling And Pearl

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Inspiration to Reality: Modern Clementine

There is nothing like spending a Friday soaking up a healthy dose of inspiration!  Especially when that inspiration comes in the form of a subtly ’60s, clementine-hued, modern collection from one of our amazing inspiration board mavens Mfrezza.  If you are new to the block, we’ll bring you up to speed before we immerse ourselves in total inspiration. Today is the day for another From Inspiration to Reality feature where some of our favorite vendors take an inspiration board and turn it into real life, adaptable ideas for you to make your own and use in your wedding.

Whether you are modern loving or vintage loving (I’m a little of both) you are sure to find something to adore from this adorable ’60s-infused wedding inspiration by Bliss Wedding & Event Design and C STUDIOS.  There is a touch of Man Men, a hint of modern, a splash of glam and a whole lot of awesome.  That gilded cake takes my breath away and I love each of this bride’s perfectly chic outfits.  There are so my stealworthy ideas so dive in and start pinning, tweeting and making one or two of your own boards!  Click here to see even more!

Now let’s bring all that incredible inspiration we just digested to life with this precious film from one of our favorite cinematographers Studio Z Films. Each little detail is captured so sweetly and I love the inside look into the preparations of the day. They always put together such an amazing reel of moments.

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From Bliss Wedding & Event Design… Bold geometric designs, paired with bright Clementine orange, crisp white and lush hints of green, inspired a fresh vision of a chic 1960’s wedding soiree.  We gathered our most beloved wedding artists to marry nostalgic 1960’s elements with modern day accouterments.

The bride sets the tone throughout her wedding day by revealing two distinct looks.  In the bride’s first look, she exudes regal, elegant composure in her Melissa Sweet gown (Sweet Carrine), paired with delicate strands of pearls, and a birdcage veil from Big Rock Little Rooster. For her second look, her charming Platinum dress by Priscilla of Boston (designed by Kenneth Pool) along with oversized pearls from Francesca’s, set the stage for a light-hearted reception celebration.  Throughout the day, her groom pairs perfectly with both looks in his classic white dinner jacket, black bow tie and black pants.

The stately Bryn Du Mansion was the ideal location for this bright, classic look.  The mansion has several expansive rooms, which haven’t been used in decades, which each feature the architectural character and antique details that served as the perfect backdrop for this nostalgic celebration.

La Tavola’s New York linen was the first, and most essential, part of the inspiration for the tablescape. The tiny, overlapping sequins created a texture that was reminiscent of fabrics from the 1960’s.  Next, we layered the look with colorful, vintage Viking glassware and a variety of fresh-cut floral arrangements, from Flowers on Orchard Lane, to add bright pops of Clementine orange and grass green.  The juxtaposition of modern and vintage glassware, replica designer Ghost Chairs, whimsical dinnerware and vintage metallic accessories, elevated the level of sophistication while still keeping the look fresh and approachable.

The delightful dessert table was a collaboration of the very best bakery artisans, including Jan Kish of La Petite Fleur, Pistacia Vera, Queen City Cookies and Cupcake Yum Yum.  Jan Kish designed the couture cake, for which she meticulously hand-sculpted the bronze sunbursts and applied each glittering silver ball by hand for a cake that is (almost) too gorgeous to eat!  She also provided the beautiful snowball cookies and the white chocolate and keylime cake truffles.  The light and decadent Pistacia Vera macarons are local favorites and their sugar-coated pate’ de fruit was a most perfect wedding favor. The adorable Clementine infused mini cupcakes and sweet powdered marshmallow clouds were designed by Cupcake Yum Yum.  And none other than Queen City Cookies provided the intricate and beautifully designed shortbread cookies.

Design: Bliss Wedding & Event Design / Photography: C STUDIOS / Cinematography: Studio Z Films / Location: Bryn Du Mansion / Flowers: Flowers on Orchard Lane / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Rentals: Event Source / Hair: Goode Hair / Makeup: BeautiMarked by Kelli / Hair Accessories: Big Rock Little Rooster / Wedding Gowns: La Jeune Mariee Bridal Boutique / Tuxedo: Romanoff’s Classic Tuxedo / Paper: Merriment Design / Cake, Snowball Cookies & Cake Truffles: Jan Kish – La Petite Fleur / Mini Cupcakes & Marshmallow Clouds: Cupcake Yum.Yum / Macarons & Pate de Fruit: Pistacia Vera / Buttery Shortbread Cookies: Queen City Cookies

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