Genevieve + Todd: 09.01.13

{We’re showing off our gorgeous weddings from the last two years in anticipation of our 10th anniversary on Feb 24!}

I spent a lovely Labor Day weekend bombing around the grounds of a gorgeous brewery in a golf cart – who could ask for more?  Strap in, this one is going to be long – there was just so much going on at this event!

Genevieve and Todd met and she was 100% oblivious to his interest in her – in fact, it took months for her to get it!  Good thing she did because these two are so well suited for each other.  They love cooking together and local food is a passion for both of them – Todd used to be with Local Matters and they are in the beginning stages of opening a restaurant that I will be visiting all. the. time.

So, how to sum up this wedding?  Retro, vintage, mod, local, intimate, and completely fantastic!

The wedding started with 3 buses traveling from Columbus to Rockmill Brewery in Lancaster, Ohio.  Guests were greeted with a pre-wedding cocktail hour in the main house.  A beer tasting, perfectly paired food and tours of the brewery kept guest entertained until ceremony time.

Guests then headed down the hill to the ceremony site.  There is a small chapel on the grounds of the brewery and Genevieve and Todd were married nearby.  We spent the morning under the threat of rain and held off as long as possible on putting out the ceremony chairs but I outwitted the rain because the second I decided to just put the chairs out, the threatening clouds dissipated and the sun came out!  Friends of the bride and groom played music for the ceremony as the bridal party walked down from the main house.  The ceremony was lovely and concluded with the bride and groom being invited to kiss with “wild abandon.”

The bride and groom took a little walk around the pond by themselves while guests headed to the cocktail hour.  Genveieve and Todd hired the nationally renowned mixologist from M Restaurant, Cris Dehlavi, to create special cocktails for their guests.  After the bride and groom joined their guests, they participated in a German tradition called Baumstamm Sägen. Basically, the bride and groom have to work together to saw a piece of a log off using an old fashioned two-person saw.  It is supposed to represent the couple’s first obstacle in the marriage – showing how they will work through life’s challenges and problems as a team.  It’s also awesome to watch!

The reception was in a big white tent with long guest tables and a big dance floor which the guests took full advantage of throughout the night!  We loved their floral arrangements of wildflowers from Sunny Meadows and the very cute favors of homemade (by the bride and groom) jam.  Lots more fun ensued including some guests winding up in the pond sans clothing.  Suffice it to say, it was a heck of a night!

Genevieve and Todd’s wedding was featured on Columbus Underground but the writer omitted (what I think) was a pretty important part so Genevieve said I could share it here:  “I also should mention that we hired Emilie Duncan (Emilie Duncan Event Planning) as our wedding planner, and she was wonderful to work with…she coordinated all of the day of events, and did an unbelievable job keeping the details in order.  We had the chance to spend a lot of time together, and I’m so glad that at the end of it all, I get to call her a friend.”

Me too, Gen, me too!

Thanks to Ely Brothers for the photos.

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Wedding Planner: Emilie Duncan Event Planning
Photography: Ely Brothers
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Rockmill Brewery
Catering: Two Caterers
Reception Music: Mojo Flo
Flowers: Sunny Meadow Flower Farm
Hair and Makeup: Studio Fovero
Lighting: Oakland Nursery
Cake: Kittie’s Cakes
Rentals: O’Neil Tents

Tomorrow we’ll flash back to Ali and Jon’s Athletic Club of Columbus wedding – a wedding 10 years in the making!

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