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Happy New Year! Welcome 2017!

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

My poor, poor blog.  I have neglected you so…here’s to hoping 2017 is a better year for my blogging habit at the very least!  I will try to do a better job of updating on the regular and sharing all the amazing couples we get to work with more often than just in my year end recap – no promises but I will do my best to try!

We had a slow year this year – by design – fewer weddings and more personal time.  I wanted more time over the summer with my kids, I wanted to see my daughter’s first dance recital and to have birthdays off – so I took a little breather after 12 years in business.  I turned down weddings, I took the summer off and it was pretty great! We were busy but not overloaded and as a result, I am refreshed and ready for a fantastic 2017 season that kicks off in March!  So, now onto the recap!

*We kicked off the season on April 30 with Lucy and Kyle’s wedding at The Athletic Club of Columbus – one of our favorite venues!  DePauw University grads and very obviously best friends – these two had a perfectly preppy wedding complete with tons of dancing and even a tribute to Marvin’s (apparently DePauw folks will get that one right away!).

*Lilian and Nick were married at Brookside Farms in NE Ohio on May 13 under an arbor that was draped with prayer flags their friends and family had decorated for them.  From their sweet ceremony, the vegan meal and rocking swing band, everything about this wedding was completely and totally them!  Junebug Weddings published this wedding and has tons more pictures over there if you want to take a peek!

 (Thanks to Gina and Ryan Photography)

*June 18 found us at Camp Mary Orton with Jenna and Joe for their rustic wedding.  It was a lovely day for an outside ceremony for this couple who met in the Army while on deployment.  This wedding party and their friends and families knew how to party – who needs a champagne toast when you have multiple liters of Fireball?

 (Thanks to Emma Parker Photography)

*After a wonderful summer ‘off,’ we picked right back up with Christine and Dana’s sweet backyard wedding at Dana’s families house on September 3.  Another military couple (this time Air Force) who met while on active duty out west.  Two brides, two gowns, two dinosaur figures on top of the cake and a ton of love made for one beautiful wedding!

(Thanks to ENV Photography)

*September 10 was Jean and Doug’s wedding at Scioto Country Club.  Jean is from Columbus but met Doug in NYC where they live.  We were all extremely grateful they chose a church ceremony and not the outdoor one originally planned as a huge storm rolled in just as the guests were arriving at the club.  I will say the incoming rain and wind made for killer pictures!

(Thanks to Red Gallery Photography)

*Erin and Drew were married on October 8 at High Line Car House.  I loved that they wrote their own vows but only shared them with each other in letters – they did different vows at the ceremony.  Another NYC couple (although they met in Ohio and moved there together), we did a New York style reception with dancing before dinner and between courses – that dance floor was never empty!  It was so much fun to watch!

(Thanks to Little Tree Studios)

*October 22 found us celebrating Caroline and John’s wedding at the Columbus Art Museum.  They were married in front of a backdrop of hanging flowers (ask me about the fishing line someday) and then danced the night away.  World travelers (seriously – they did an around the world trip together!), they named their tables after airports, and their favors – Ghirardelli chocolate from their current town, Pocky Sticks from their honeymoon – were a nod to their love of travel as well.

(Thanks to Two Maries)

*We wrapped up the year with Kellie and Jeff on October 29 at Copious.  This wedding was an especially special one as I have known these families since I planned Kellie’s brother’s wedding way back in 2009.  It was wonderful to work with her family again and catch up with many former couples.  Kellie and Jeff’s wedding was a huge party and kicked off with one of my favorite toasts of the year from his twin sister, Abby.  It was a wonderful way to end a great wedding season!

(Thanks to FM Photo)

*On the personal side, I’ll use instagram as my guide once again and give a one paragraph recap of a really busy year: Ellie got her retainer, we saw some plays, the girls started swim lessons, I ran away to Inn at Honey Run for a weekend, we had tea at the American Girl Doll store, Ellie made it to the top of the rock wall and we took a cooking class together, boozey cereal is wonderful, Abby turned 6, I performed the marriage ceremony of  two friends in my backyard, we spent spring break at the Biltmore in Asheville and drinking moonshine in Gatlinburg, we visited Nora the polar bear a bunch of times, Ellie had her first ballet recital, I held a baby kangaroo, we slayed our summer bucket list including hitting all 10 Jeni’s Ice Cream locations in Columbus, the girls were in The Lorax at the Columbus Arts Fest, we watched fireworks from LaVeque Tower, went to Zoombezi Bay, I did my first 5K, saw Adele in Chicago for my birthday, we adopted Hazel the dog (she’s awesome), Ellie turned 9 and we went to the Wizard’s Gathering, painted the house, I did a few more 5Ks, a 50’s Girl and Hermoine Granger came for Halloween, we spent Thanksgiving in NYC going full tourist, we did some good in December, celebrated Christmas with lots of American Girl doll things and wrapped up the year with our traditional visit to Jeni’s and watching the game.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who passed along our name, sent their friends and family our way and generally showed us a lot of love!  If you or anyone you know is looking for a wedding planner, drop us a line!

Also, make sure to follow @edepweddings on instagram for wedding day pictures from our 2017 weddings!  We do a much, much better job of keeping that updated with lots of pretties and major amounts of love!  We’ll be at The Athletic Club of ColumbusThe Loft at Dock580, Columbus Museum of ArtHigh Line Car House, Orchard House Bed and Breakfast and a few more – lots of old favorites and a few new-to-us locations that we can’t wait to visit!

Happy New Year from my family to yours and as always, I hope that 2017 brings you more health, healing, happiness, success, security, comfort, compassion and love than you could ever need!

Happy New Year! Welcome 2016!

Friday, January 1st, 2016

The days are long but the years are short…

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That quote rings so true to me especially as I look back at the past year and the special events we were lucky enough to be a part of…2015 was a pretty fantastic year – here’s hoping 2016 can somehow top it!

Here’s a peek at what helped make 2015 so wonderful:

*We kicked off the year with Lauren and Lucas’ gorgeous (and rather chilly) January 10 wedding at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in German Village and St. Charles Preparatory School in Bexley.  We learned what a “hog trough dance” is – some sources say it is a Cajun tradition, although I have heard German and Appalachian too.  Wherever it came from, it was hilarious and we had 3 troughs of varying strength that night! The Knot apparently liked this one as much as we did because it was featured over the summer.

(Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Ann Photography)

*At the end of February, our family celebrated Abby’s 5th birthday at Walt Disney World! I went a little crazy with the GoPro and iMovie and created this little video.  Fair warning, it is half an hour long and has lots of cute little girls meeting Mickey and Minnie and it might make you want to hop a plane to ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ ASAP:

*Shanay and Brian were married at Grace Church in Powell on March 14 and we had surprisingly warm, albeit breezy, weather for that time of year.  So breezy that the balloon release was a little more tricky than we had anticipated!  For reception at High Line Car House in Columbus, we loved that Shanay picked a bundt cake for their wedding cake because that’s the only kind of cake she actually likes and guests had their choice of mini bundt cakes in several flavors!

(Photo courtesy of Levi and Val)

*The 6th annual Cakes for a Cause took place at Mid-Ohio Foodbank on April 2 and we raised enough meals to feed 33 people every single meal for a year!  That brings our total from the last 6 years to well over 150,000 meals for our neighbors in Central Ohio.  I actually lit one of our live auction cakes on fire (well, it was a torch candle) and as you can see from the picture, this made both me and Monica Day a bit nervous!

(Photo courtesy of Karen Evans Pictures)

 *We had a little break until May 30 when we kicked off wedding season in full force with Ashley and Dom at St. Francis of Assisi in Victorian Village.  We dodged raindrops all day but managed to miss the gale force winds and sideways rain that hit right as cocktail hour began at The Ivory Room in downtown Columbus.  Ashley’s dress had a heart made from a piece of her grandmother’s wedding gown sewn into it with both her grandmother and mother’s initials and wedding dates embroidered on it in blue thread – a perfect something blue!

(Photo courtesy Julian Allen Photography)

*I am pretty sure that Elena and Greg’s June 6 wedding was the only day in May and June that we didn’t have rain.  Thank goodness because we needed clear skies since we were at Jorgensen Farms – luckily, the day could not have been more beautiful!  Greg surprised everyone with a performance by TBDBITL (if you aren’t from around here, that’s OSU’s Marching Band) and guests enjoyed pies instead of wedding cake.  Once again, The Knot liked this one too – it was featured this fall.

(Photo courtesy Kimberly Potterf Photography)

*Hallie and Fred were supposed to be married outside at Rocky Fork Hunt and Country Club on June 13 but, you guessed it, we were rained out 30 minutes before the guests arrived!  They were married in a tent on the patio but right before Hallie walked down the aisle, the sun came out and stayed out for the entire ceremony!  It was quite the party with the night ending with everyone – parents of the groom included – in the pool…fully clothed! Who needs the rain when you have the pool?!

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(Photo courtesy of Two Maries)

*June 20 brought ANOTHER rainy day – Carolyn and Kenley were supposed to be married at the new Wedding Garden at Wedgewood Country Club but the rain completely washed us out!  We moved everything inside for a California style ceremony with everyone at tables in the ballroom and it was lovely.  The bride said she loved how things turned out…possibly more than if we’d been outside!  I am just tickled to announce that these high school sweethearts are expecting a little munchkin in May!!

(Photo courtesy of Nicole Dixon Photographic)

*We were back at High Line Car House on July 18 for Amy and Jon’s wedding!  It was a gorgeous day with both the ceremony and reception on site at HLCH.  Conspiracy kept the dance floor packed all night and I don’t think Amy stopped smiling once all night – nothing, and I mean nothing, makes me happier than a bride and groom who are just obviously on cloud 9.  It was a great way to celebrate my birthday.  🙂

(Photo courtesy of Little Tree Studios)

*Adrienne and Ken were married at their home in Powell on August 1 and kicked off our marathon August.  It was a gorgeous afternoon with a sweet ceremony that included Adrienne’s son being FaceTimed in from ROTC training – True Video was able to make that happen and the couple could not have been more happy he was able to see the vows!  A big tent and some really rowdy and wonderful friends made for a perfect evening!

(Photo courtesy Kimberly Potterf Photography)

*Natalie and Brian had to go all the way to NYC to meet even though they’re both from Columbus but they came home for their August 8 wedding. They were married at Holy Cross Church and held their reception at High Line Car House.  Rose Bredl did the most amazing installation of a gazillion floating tulips over the huge Tuscan style head table – it was simply jaw dropping. We’ll be adding a gallery from this wedding to the website soon so keep an eye out for that!

(Photo courtesy of Rosey Red Photography)

*Viktoriya and Eric were married at Franklin Park Conservatory on August 14 in a traditional Jewish ceremony.  They had a casual reception following the ceremony and then had a more formal reception the next evening at The Athletic Club of Columbus.

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(Photo via @edepweddings)

*Jessica and PJ were married at Trinity Episcopal Church with a gorgeous, vintage inspired reception at Taylor Mansion on August 22.  Jessica knew exactly what she wanted when it came to the design of the wedding – vintage elegance.  She had a very clear vision and nailed it on wedding day – you’ll see more pictures of this one soon!

(Photo courtesy of Red Gallery Photography)

*We closed out the marathon that was August with Emma and Michael on August 29 at Holy Family Catholic Church and Camp Mary Orton.  We loved their sweet, vintage inspired wedding with one heck of a dance floor!  We had to kick everyone out at the end of the night – always the sign of a good wedding!

(Photo courtesy of Julian Allen Photography)

*On September 12, we took a little trip up to Warren to help Laura and Chris with their wedding.  If you were married at the Ivory Room in the last few years, you might recognize her!  They had a lovely ceremony at the Butler Art Institute followed by a reception at The Avalon Inn.  Everything was gorgeous and it was wonderful to see Laura take off her catering hat and put on her bridal hat!


*We hit a huge milestone on September 19 with Randy and HL – it was our 100th wedding!  We could not have picked a more wonderful couple to mark that occasion.  The gentlemen were married at Broad Street United Methodist in one of the most emotional ceremonies I have had the privilege of witnessing.  Their gorgeous fall reception followed at Scioto Reserve Country Club.  My favorite part was the wish lanterns that we launched at the end of the evening – seeing them trail across the sky as they floated off was lovely.

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*Grant is from Ohio (I did 2 of his cousin’s weddings) but Jingjing is from China and they met at OSU in grad school. Quite a long way to go to meet your soul mate but some things are obviously meant to be.  Jingjing had two gowns for their October 3rd wedding – one for the ceremony at St. Joseph’s Cathedral and one for the reception at the Renaissance Hotel.  Both were gorgeous and both were hand made by her mother.  After the wedding here was over, their families (including Grant’s parents and sister) hopped on a plane and went to China for 2 weeks to have a wedding over there.  So cool!

(Photo courtesy of Maria Hall Photography)

*October 24 found us helping a great charity with their tailgate for the OSU/Rutger’s game.  KidSmiles provides dental care for kids who fall into the gap between Medicaid and private insurance – all done with volunteers and donations.  Amazing organization and it was an honor to work with them!

*We celebrated November 14 with Lauren and Josh for our last wedding of the year!  I have known Lauren and Josh for a while – they were friends with another past bride and Josh actually told me at that wedding 3 years ago that he was going to marry her and I was going to their planner.  He was right on both accounts!  The wedding ceremony at Our Lady of Perpetual Help was absolutely lovely and the reception at The Westin was simply stunning – it was a truly wonderful day!

(Photo courtesy of Two Maries Photography)

*Our last event of the year was a corporate holiday party at Copious on December 11.  We had a casino night with lots of prizes and the associates seemed to love it.  Sad to say, I still don’t understand craps but that was one of the more rowdy tables all night!

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*On the personal side of things, Instagram tells the story best so feel free to follow my personal account over there along with the EDEP account.  Let’s see – a one paragraph recap: Ellie sold Girl Scout Cookies, we took that fantastic trip to Disney World, I spent a night or two in the hospital (I’m fine!).  We recolored the grout in our kitchen (easier than it sounds but way more tedious), saw Jimmy Buffet in Cincy, went zip lining, spent a lot of time at the pool, and met a giraffe at The Wilds.  Ellie took ballet lessons, Abby started Kindergarten and Ellie started 3rd grade, we camped in the backyard, Ellie played soccer and Abby took gymnastics.  We took a trip to Washington DC where a squirrel tried to climb up my child’s leg, we got a tour of the West Wing of the White House, and watched Michigan State shock U of M in the last 3 seconds which still makes me smile!  We played in the leaves, Batgirl and Wonder Woman stopped by for Halloween, we went to Randy’s 25th HS reunion, and celebrated Christmas with lots of American Girl items and some upcoming adventures!  We closed out the year with our traditional trip to Jeni’s Ice Cream and reflected on a fantastic 2015 while looking forward to an even better 2016!

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Over half of the weddings and events we did this year were either referrals from past clients or repeat clients – that’s a very happy statistic and one we’d love to repeat this year as well!  A HUGE thank you to everyone who passed along our name, sent their friends and family our way and generally showed us a lot of love!  If you or anyone you know is still looking for a wedding planner, drop us a line!

Also, make sure to follow @edepweddings on instagram for wedding day pictures from our 2016 weddings!  We do a much better job of keeping that updated with lots of pretties and major amounts of love!  We’ll be at The Athletic Club of Columbus, The Loft at Dock580Scioto Country ClubHigh Line Car HouseWedgewood Country ClubCamp Mary Orton, and Copious – lots of old favorites and a few new or new-to-us locations that we can’t wait to visit!

Happy New Year from my family to yours and as always, I hope that 2016 brings you more health, happiness, success, security, comfort, compassion, healing and love than you could ever need!

Great Video: What Brought Us Together in 2012

Friday, December 21st, 2012

I will do my traditional recap of our year next week (We still have one wedding to go tomorrow!) but I saw this video and I wanted to share it.  On this 1 week anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, this video reminded me of the touching, special, silly, mindless and yes, sad things that bought us together in 2012. There are some scenes of disasters and the suggestion of violence but for the most part, it’s safe for work and home.

If you don’t know some of the videos or pictures or are just a curious nerd like me, here is a link to a Google Doc with notes and the original videos.

Reality Check: Vendors are Humans Too

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

{Warning: this isn’t so much of a happy, upbeat post but it has been on my mind and heart for a while and it seemed like a good time to post it}

My mother in law passed away on Friday, July 15, 2011.  That is her, my husband and Abby at my Abby’s 1st birthday party last year.

It wasn’t completely unexpected (she had been battling kidney cancer for nearly 2 years) but the end was very fast and very sudden.  We scrambled to get things together in Columbus so we could go to Cincy and say our goodbyes.  It was a hectic and very emotional time in my family, as I am sure you can imagine.

I sent an email to all my existing couples letting them know I would be out of town and out of touch for a while.  I also put an out of the office message on my email that stated very plainly that due to a death in the family, we would be closed until the following Wednesday.  When I checked my email on Sunday I was overwhelmed with the kind words and true concern that my clients showed to my family.  It was a wonderful validation that I have built an incredible client family.

I also had in inquiry from a bride getting married in 2012 that was sent late Friday night – note this was well after I put on the out of office message.  I responded to her, asking her for some information about her wedding.  She emailed me back the next day (Monday) telling me that I had “taken too long” and was unprofessional for not getting back to her immediately and that it was “my loss” for not being more attentive to someone as “important” as her.

Give that a minute to sink in.

Someone who hadn’t hired me, someone I had never spoken to, someone who was told via an automated email message that I was dealing with a death in the family told me that my response time of 2 days over the weekend wasn’t fast enough.  I wish I were kidding.

Needless to say, I did NOT respond to that email and I frankly pity the poor vendors who wound up working with her.

Why am I sharing this story?  Because sometimes the world needs to be reminded that wedding vendors are humans too.  We LOVE what we do but we often work weird hours (many wedding vendors take Mondays off since we work so many Saturdays) and we have non-wedding related lives that we have to tend to as well.  If a photographer doesn’t respond to your Friday afternoon email until the following Tuesday or a venue doesn’t call you back for a day or two or a baker takes a while to get back to you…cut them some slack.   You never know what might be going on in their lives – their mother in law might have passed away, they might be ill themselves, or they might have just rushed their spouse to the hospital.

After all, wedding vendors are humans too.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thursday, November 24th, 2011


Hope everyone has a safe, happy and delicious Thanksgiving surrounded by those you love.  Happy Thanksgiving and please know if you are reading this, we’re thankful for you!

Abby’s 1st Birthday Party

Friday, April 8th, 2011

We recently celebrated my youngest daughter Abigail Grace’s 1st birthday with a small party of friends and family.

I kept the decor relatively simple with a red and turquoise color scheme – the turquoise actually matches Abby’s eyes so it seemed appropriate!

Abby’s bib and birthday hat – both made by my incredibly talented Mom!

A red and turquoise candy buffet and ridiculously delicious cupcakes from The Suisse Shop!

Pictures from each month of Abby’s life – printed and backed with pretty paper and hung in the hallway.

Abigail Grace – my blue eyed birthday girl!

This is how Abby enjoyed her birthday cupcake – she went pretty much face first into it after that first hesitant taste!

One of the funniest pictures from the party – Marshall had accidentally snapped the elastic on his party hat under his chin.  The thing that cracks me up is the other three big kids chowing down on cupcakes, unmoved by Marshall’s tears.  Don’t worry, the little guy was fine – he calmed right down and enjoyed his cupcake with the other kids quite quickly.

A huge thanks to Grogan Studios for taking these lovely pictures of the party!

A favorite quote from MLK, Jr.

Monday, January 17th, 2011

In honor of one of my personal heroes and the day we remember his life and legacy, I give you one of my favorite quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

That we all should remember that is my hope for today and every day.

Cakes for a Cause 2011!

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Cakes for a Cause 2010 was one of the events I am most proud of having been a part of!  We raised a lot of money (nearly $5000 in one night!) for a GREAT cause (Mid-Ohio Food Bank’s Operation Feed), auctioned and raffled off some really fun items (cake, pies, photo sessions, jewelry – all kinds of sweet tooth tempting treats), had some great food and drinks and generally had an all around great time! To add icing to that awesome cake, we were awarded the Most Outstanding New Campaign from Operation Feed.  Yep, really, really proud!

I am thrilled that Cakes for a Cause is back and even sweeter for 2011!  Save March 1 for another great evening at the Mid Ohio Food Bank’s beautiful facility in Grove City.  Great food, awesome auction items and new for 2011, our Sweet Victory baking competition!

Cakes for a Cause 2010 was an outstanding success and while we shattered our original goal of raising 4380 meals, we were 400 meals short of 10,000.  400 meals or $200.  Our official goal this year is to hit that 10,000 meal mark but our pie-in-the-sky, we-don’t-say-it-out-loud, that-would-be-the-best-day-ever is to feed 12 people every meal for a year.  3 families of 4 people.  Every meal.  That is 13,140 meals or $6570.  Even if we fall short, every dollar provides two meals for Operation Feed and helps the hungry right here in Central Ohio.  So, can we do it?  I KNOW we can hit 10,000 but can we do the bigger goal?  We’ll find out on March 1!

Tickets go on sale TODAY at noon: – they are $27 and include your admission, five tasting tickets and a voting ballot for the Sweet Victory Competition, food from some great local caterers and more – there will be something to satisfy every sweet tooth!

If you want to learn more, there are several places to get info:
Website: Cakes for a Cause
Twitter: cakesforacause
Facebook: Cakes for a Cause – Columbus

Join us on March 1 – we promise it will be a sweet evening with lots of surprises!

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

From my little family to yours, a very Merry Christmas – I hope that Santa was as good to you as he was to our family!


(photos courtesy of Grogan Studios)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

As I sit snuggled with my daughters watching a movie, a bit too full from a delicious dinner shared with my family and a dear friend, I am reminded how very lucky I am and how much I have to be thankful for.  I am so very grateful for the people in my life – friends, family, clients and colleagues.  If you are reading this, I am thankful for you as well.

I hope you spent the day surrounded by those you love the most, remembering the things we have to be thankful for and the opportunities in the future.

Finally, many congrats to those newly engaged couples!  Today marks the start of the engagement season and we’ll be open tomorrow for those who want to get started right away!

Happy Thanksgiving from Emilie Duncan Event Planning!