Melissa and Paul met while they were living here in Columbus. Now I am not exaggerating when I say this is one very busy couple! When I met them, Melissa was finishing up her Masters and working full time plus doing an internship. Paul was finishing up his PhD and teaching at Wright State. Both also had hobbies and friends that took up any leftover moments of spare time! Since both sets of parents lived out of state, they decided they needed help early on and came to me in August – our first meeting was when I was literally 9 months pregnant with Ellie!
Melissa and Paul were married exactly one year after he proposed on a very hot day in Columbus. Thankfully, the ceremony and reception were both inside but the bridal party did make it around town for some pictures – water and an air conditioned van helped the situation and we got them back inside without anyone melting!
Melissa is Jewish and Paul is Catholic but they had a Jewish ceremony performed by the Rabbi from the temple that Melissa attended throughout her childhood. I love that Rabbi Judy has known the family and the bride for so long and was able to speak so personally about Melissa and Paul.
Rather than the usual setup with the Chuppah at the front of the room, we did the ceremony in the round. The Chuppah which Melissa and Paul stood under to be married was set up in the middle of the room with chairs all around it. Everyone had a good seat and could see the ceremony plus the couple exchanged vows literally surrounded by those who love them the most.
The Chuppah was gorgeous! It was exactly what Melissa told me she wanted – simple, clean, a bit modern with no flowers trailing down. The entire thing was covered in flowing white fabric with flowers at each corner including tulips which Paula from Flowers by Doris got in JULY – a small miracle to say the least. The Mother of the Bride also gave us the veil that she wore for her wedding and we draped that over the top as well – a wonderful nod to the bride’s parents who have been married for over 30 years! In fact, Paul’s parents have been as well – Melissa and Paul have good role models of love in their lives!
While the guests enjoyed cocktail hour after the ceremony, we flipped the room from ceremony set up to dinner set up. The tables were covered with pink satin linens with some unique centerpieces. When Melissa and Paul first told me that they wanted to use Edible Arrangements (yes, the fruit bouquets) for their guest tables, I was a little curious as to how it would go over but I must say it was quite a hit and turned out really cute! The fruit is all cut to look like flowers and Melissa and Paul chose really pretty white vases – the guests all had fun deciding which pieces they wanted to go with their cake! I think I even saw a scuffle over a chocolate covered apple – yum!
Since Melissa and Paul are both dog lovers and adopted their dog from the Capital Area Humane Society, they wanted to give a donation to the CAHS in honor of their guests. They had cookies made in the shape of dog bones and tied them with a tag explaining the donation to the guests. To carry the dog theme through, the tables were named after different breeds of dogs and even the place cards and place card display had a bit of puppy spirit to them!
The only disappointment I have is that I didn’t get my traditional picture with the bride and groom that you normally see at the end of each gallery – why is that exactly? Everyone wanted to talk to them or dance with them – I literally couldn’t pull them away for a second! We still had at least 40 guests when the reception ended at midnight who didn’t want the party to end. It was a wonderful evening!
I have really enjoyed seeing the wedding come together and watching Melissa and Paul do everything else in their lives at the same time! I don’t know where that energy comes from! Now obviously, I won’t be getting as many emails from the Mother of the Bride, Susie. However, she has told me that she and her friends back in Illinois are faithful blog stalkers so I have a hunch I will be hearing from them all from time to time! (Hi everyone from Carbondale!!)
Melissa and Paul are moving to Louisiana soon and I just want to wish them all the best with a lifetime of love, happiness, dog bone cookies, trains, photography, and all the good things that come from having a true partner in life. Mazel Tov and much love – thank you for letting me be a part of your day!
Planner: Emilie Duncan Event Planning
Florist: Flowers by Doris
Photographer: Grogan Studios
Wedding Cake, Groom’s Cake and Favors: The Suisse Shop
Ceremony, Cocktail and Reception Music: Team DJ
Ceremony and Reception Site: Crowne Plaza Downtown
Linens: Connie Duglin
Coming soon from Alison and Brian at Grogan Studios!