Archive for September, 2009

I've been drawn!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

David, the groom at my wedding this past weekend is a cartoonist – he writes several online cartoons including Shortpacked and Joyce and Walky.  While Joyce and Walky is not based on Maggie and David’s real life – apparently Joyce and Walky have super powers and Maggie and David don’t.  Well, not that I know of anyway – but the timing of the character’s wedding and the real life wedding happened to match up.

So the below comic strip is from the morning of the wedding and the groom has been kidnapped by his ex girlfriend.  I am happy to report that in real life, the groom was not kidnapped and the wedding went off without a hitch.  I will write my recap of Maggie and David’s pirate wedding soon but for now I give you my comic debut – thanks for sharing Maggie and David, love it!

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Molly + Scott: 08.15.09

Friday, September 11th, 2009

The Story

Molly and Scott have known each other for quite a while but haven’t been together all that long.  They met back in 7th grade in Port Clinton but their relationship didn’t begin until they were in their last year at OSU.  They are both so laid back and funny that if you spend any time with them, you walk away feeling like you have just spent time with old friends you have known forever.  I can honestly say that Molly is the anti-bridezilla which is a JOY for any wedding planner!

When Molly and Scott first started telling me about what they wanted for their wedding, they said they wanted it to be personal and fun with great food and great music in a gorgeous setting.  I would say we accomplished all of those things in spades!

Molly is an only child and very close to her parents but, as is often the case with daughters, she has a very special relationship with her father.  He had the most beautiful diamond necklace made for her to wear on her wedding day.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when he saw her for the first time and fastened the necklace on her himself – it always seems to be the daddies who make me cry and this was no exception.

Molly and Scott saw each other for the first time in the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel where they got ready.  You can tell they have known each other for half their lives because they both visibly relaxed as soon as they saw one another – it was really cool to watch the wedding day jitters melt away.  After that, they headed off for pictures at the Franklin Park Conservatory with just the two of them – their bridal party stayed behind to finish getting ready.

Once the couple’s photos were done, they returned to the hotel and collected their bridal party and parents for pictures at the church.  The formals out of the way and the bride and groom hidden, the parents of both the bride and groom greeted the guests as they arrived and it seemed as though both sets of parents knew pretty much everyone.  I realized that seeing as they have all lived in the same small town for years, they probably did!  It was like a lovely family reunion and so much fun to watch.

Molly and Scott had a little twist in their bridal party – Molly had a Matron of Honor and Bridesman (her cousin) and Scott had a Best Man and a Groomswoman (his sister).  It was nice to see a couple honor relationships and not be bound by the tradition that dictates girls on one side and boys on the other.

The ceremony itself was extremely personal and filled with laughter and more than a few tears.  The couple had close friends do several readings including a selection from The Velveteen Rabbit.  At one point in the ceremony, Molly went in for a kiss early and Scott actually backed up.  It was hilarious.  After the most personal, funny and truly fitting vows that I have ever heard (I cannot wait to see the video to hear them again), Molly finally got her kiss.

Molly and Scott had a few minutes together alone before hoping back in the limo to head over to the reception at The Vault.

The wedding had twin motifs/themes of both peacock feathers and the chandelier at The Vault (you might remember the sneak peek of the chandelier).  The programs at the ceremony were five panel fans with individual peacock feathers on the backs so when the were fanned out and in use, they looked like a peacock tail.  The invitations and menus had a rendering of the chandelier that hangs in The Vault.  We used the teal, green, purple, silver and orange shades that are often found in peacock feathers as the reception color scheme.  The mix of square and round tables had either bright teal or deep aubergine linens on them with primarily all white and green flowers and silver chivari chairs. We did lighting on the main floor in teal and washed the entire balcony which served as a lounge in purple with candles everywhere.  We had peacock feathers in various places including some of the floral arrangements.  The room itself was breathtaking and so much fun to put together!

Molly’s parents gave a moving joint toast to their daughter and new son, followed by the Matron of Honor and Best Man.  Then Scott addressed the guests and more specifically his gorgeous bride – all the toasts were moving and so well done.  It was a great way to kick off the reception.  Cameron’s served a fantastic dinner that had people raving.  After dinner, Molly changed into a shorter party dress and the party really kicked into high gear.  Lt. Dan’s New Legs kept the dance floor packed all night long and we actually had to kick people out.  The father of the bride invited everyone back to the hotel and the party apparently continued late into the night.

When Molly and Scott were saying goodbye to me, Molly told me that she thought everything went so flawlessly (her words) because she hired great vendors and then let them do their jobs.  In short, she trusted us implicitly – truer words have never been spoken.  Every one of their vendors was more than willing to go above and beyond for them because we could tell that Molly and Scott were such an easy going, appreciative couple who really trusted us and knew we would take incredible care of them.  My anti-bridezilla really hit the nail on the head.

Thank you Molly and Scott for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day – it was an absolute honor to celebrate with you and I cannot wait to see how you change the world together!

The Elements
Planner:  Emilie Duncan Event Planning
Photographer: Print Wedding Photography
Videographer: True Video
Stationery: Seedlings
Florist: The Daisy Basket
Ceremony Site: 1st Street Congregational Church
Reception Site: The Vault
Cake: The Suisse Shop
Reception Music: Lt. Dan’s New Legs
Catering: Cameron Mitchell
Rentals: Lasting Impressions
Limo: Classic Limo
Lighting: Bartha Visual
Hair: Phia Salon
Makeup: Joy Bemis

The Pictures
Pictures of the gorgeous couple coming soon from Kate at Print!

Site Visit: The Loft at Smith Brothers

Friday, September 11th, 2009

(Back in July, I was invited to the private opening of The Loft at Smith Brothers – a new venue in the old Smith Brother’s Hardware building.  Since it is so new, there isn’t a ton of information about it on the web yet and most people haven’t had the chance to visit it yet.  I thought it would be a great kick off for our Site Visit series here on Wedding Planner Unveiled!  Watch for more Site Visits coming soon and if you have any sites you would like to see featured, just drop me a line!)

The Loft at Smith Brothers

The Layout

The Loft is two levels. Downstairs has a large bar, floor to ceiling windows (which let in great light but don’t really provide much of a view – this is an urban location after all), exposed steel beams overhead and polished concrete floors. This is a nice location for pre-dinner cocktail hours and after dinner dancing.

Loftdownstairs

Behind the built in bar, a staircase connects the upstairs and downstairs.  Above the staircase is a very cool modern chandelier.  There is also an elevator on the other side of the room in case some guests cannot navigate the stairs.

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The upstairs is the largest part of the venue and where dinner would be held.  Like the downstairs area, it has exposed brick walls, steel beams overhead and nice natural light from the windows but the floor is carpet rather than hard flooring.

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The Details

Room Rental Fees
Fridays – $1975
Saturdays – $2475
Sundays – $1000

Catering and Alcohol
While you must select from one of two caterers, either Cameron Mitchell or Zuppa Catering, and you can bring in your own alcohol, there are no minimums. You have control over the menu and the bar so that could be a nice little cost savings.

Capacity
The Loft says they can seat 230 but I would say 200 would be tight – it really depends on how many you want to seat at each table, i.e. 8 versus 10, and the flow of the party itself like dancing upstairs or downstairs and buffet versus plated dinner.

Included in the Rental Fee
Tables, on site parking and 5 and 1/2 hours of time are included in the rental fee.  Plus one extra thing that I don’t think any other local venues are offering at this point – see those chairs in the upstairs picture above?  Those are Fruitwood Chivari chairs and they are included standard in the room rental fee.  Since those rent for at least 8.75 each from local rental companies, that is a nice little included feature.

Ceremony and/or Reception
You could easily hold both the ceremony and reception on site with a little moving around. I would say that the best flow would be ceremony upstairs, cocktail hour downstairs, dinner upstairs and then back downstairs for dancing. Between each event, the rooms would have to be flipped – ceremony into reception and cocktails into dancing but that is certainly doable.

Indoor and/or outdoor spaces
While the vast majority of the event space at The Loft is indoors, there is a covered patio that you have access to as well. It could be a nice extension of the cocktail hour but it is not within sight line of the rest of the event space (have to wind around a little to get there) and you share it with The Venue.

Contact Info

The Loft at Smith Brothers (They have not updated the website with info for The Loft yet but the contacts are the same)
580 N 4th St
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 464-0700

A big thank you to Nicole Dixon for sharing the photographs!