Happy New Year! Welcome 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!

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 *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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*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.  🙂

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*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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*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!

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