Happy New Year! Welcome 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!

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