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The Big Day

Here in Columbus, we’ve got unique on lock. We like to do things our own way in the capital city, and our weddings are no different. From tying the knot in a movie theater, to having a drag queen as your reception entertainment, the couples we profiled let their personalities shine on their wedding day. [...]
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Here in Columbus, we’ve got unique on lock. We like to do things our own way in the capital city, and our weddings are no different. From tying the knot in a movie theater, to having a drag queen as your reception entertainment, the couples we profiled let their personalities shine on their wedding day. A beautiful mix of trend and tradition made each of these pairs stand out from the crowd.

We’ve used the pictures from Columbus’s most talented wedding photographers, and the stories straight from the newlyweds’ mouths to create these profiles of couples that are a mix of practical advice, and romantic look book. So take a gander at the dresses and tuxes, the flowers and the rings. But, in this city as on the Big Day, what really matters are the people at the center, and the connections they’ve made. 

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Ryan and Amanda

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Ryan and Amanda took “Don’t see the bride until she walks down the aisle,” seriously. However, Amanda, a hairdresser, wanted to make sure Ryan’s long tresses met her standards.

“Before the ceremony I had Ryan face away from me in a chair and I came in behind him and did his hair for our ceremony.”

Amanda also pulled out her crafting game and made her own hairpiece, candles, table runners, wildflower teacups, hanging eucalyptus chandeliers, and glass mushrooms as part of the wildflower and mushroom theme for the day. The mother of bride also stepped up to the plate and made all of the bouquets and decorated the primary wedding cake.

Ryan proposed to Amanda on a mountaintop in Utah, and as a remembrance, his ring is a wooden band made from a branch of a tree on that mountain. Amanda upcycled her grandfather’s ring and incorporated stones from both of their mothers’ rings.

Natural beauty shone through the day as wildflowers and mushrooms became the couple’s theme for their celebration at The Grange Audubon Center. Rather than a traditional guest book, friends and family signed ribbons on a dreamcatcher, a traditional protective charm.

  • Food: Bosc + Brie
  • Officiant: Michael DeMaria, best friend
  • Standout Vendor: Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Budget: $20,000

The big day in six words

A party full of loved ones.

Who was someone who made your big day run smoothly?

My bridesmaids and mother were so helpful the day of my wedding. I got out of control crafting every little thing for the wedding and they helped bring my imagination to life. I couldn’t have gotten everything set up the day of without them.

Any standout stories from that day, or something that you’d do over every time if given the chance?

My and my dad’s song is “Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty. My Dad and I decided last minute to do our father-daughter dance to “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty instead. A little later on when everyone was dancing the DJ played “Free Fallin’.” I was looking everywhere for my dad and then I heard his voice singing along on the microphone to “Free Fallin’.” When I looked up at the DJ booth, there he was singing it to me. During cocktail hour he had passed out lyrics to everyone at the wedding so he could surprise me with singing it to me later on in the evening. This was a huge deal because my dad is extremely, extremely shy.

Did anything go comically wrong, or was there anything you wish you had skipped?

EVERYTHING went wrong!! The caterers were understaffed so my bridesmaids, myself and my mom had to help set up most of our wedding set-up. The DJ lost our music and cut our first dance song (we had a dance routine) short. My veil ripped out of my hair coming back down the aisle. The bar ran out of ice and our cake was never served. There was more and I was very caught up in everything that went wrong that day for a while, but now looking back we were so lucky to have the people we love with us in one room. I might have noticed every detail that went wrong, but my guests certainly didn’t. Everyone had a great time. Looking back I laugh about those things that I was so caught up on.

Was there anything you did or had that made the big day easier?

Yes! Hire a wedding planner! Just spend the money on it. It’s worth it! We had a wedding coordinator and that was nice, but a wedding planner is there to make sure you think and feel like your day is perfect.

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The Big Day

I Doo!

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When planning for a wedding, you are probably making sure all your bases are covered. Will the menu have options for everyone’s dietary concerns? Do we have enough seats for everyone? Open bar or cash bar? What pictures are on our “must-have” list?

These are just the questions a good wedding planner asks couples during the process of getting everything absolutely perfect for your big day. But, if you decide to plan your wedding with Scott Hammond, the list of questions will look a little different. Instead of an event hall or church, you’ll be strolling through the Short North. And rather than your family, friends, and closest colleagues gathering around in chairs or pews, they’ll be standing on the side of the street as a part of the heckling crowds at the Doo Dah Parade.

In fact, the one question you’ll be asking yourself the most is: Is this even possible? And if you ask Hammond, he seems to believe the answer is yes.

The idea is simple: get four engaged couples to plan a wedding during the Doo Dah Parade. Since the Doo Dah Parade has no strict rules on themes (as long as you are not overtly advertising for a business) or an upfront amount to pay to be a part of the parade, Hammond said the permission side is handled. Thanks to a friend who got married last year, he’s already gone through the legal steps of becoming able to officiate weddings. The only thing he’s missing is the couples. Hammond explained that since the parade is an hour long, he could perform four 15-minute weddings during the parade.

So why the Doo Dah Parade? It’s a complicated answer, and it all starts with an infamous sign in Clintonville. In early 2018, WOSU was looking into the origins of a “Kangaroo Crossing” sign that had been posted on Clinton Heights Avenue as a joke for several years. Though it wasn’t the intent, the investigation prompted the city to remove the sign for safety and permitting reasons, causing a community outcry to get the sign returned to its rightful spot near Clinton Elementary School.

Eventually the sign was ceremoniously replaced, and a large part of that effort was thanks to the work of Hammond. He and a team of community members came together to bring back the weird, yet iconic sign, even creating a Doo Dah Parade entry around the experience. However, the Doo Dah planted a seed in Hammond’s mind: How could he be a part of the Doo Dah Parade the next year? And furthermore, how could he make a unique statement in a parade that is quite literally the embodiment of unique?

“What if I’m in the Doo Dah Parade? As in, I’m walking as I’m marrying someone. And even further, what if it’s several weddings?” Hammond questioned. “We’ll have all the trappings of a wedding, but a mobile wedding. We’ll be walking the entire time.”

The Doo Dah Parade serves as a time to laugh and poke fun at serious and polarizing topics in the political news as well. While the weddings don’t hold any political statement, Hammond thinks these ceremonies can provide positivity in a political climate that seems to lack it.

“I’ve been affected, just like many others have, by this political climate with all this negativity and I thought this would be a way to sort of send out positive energy which I think is one of the points of the Doo Dah Parade.”

So, who’s in?

To get in contact with Scott Hammond about planning your wedding during the 2019 Doo Dah Parade, [email protected]

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Abbey and Michael

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When Abbey met Michael as a high-school football player, became friends with him, and fell in love with him, she also fell in love with his dog Elliot, who came along with Michael to Brewdog to help propose with a festive balloon that read “Marry My Daddy.”

“He was a hit and got a lot of love and attention from our guests,” Abbey said. “He was there just long enough to greet our guests before the ceremony and to pass out treats from ‘Elliott’s Biscuit Bar’ and of course snap a couple of pictures with us, which turned out to be our favorite photos.”

Elliot might have been outdone only by Addison, the less-than-celebratory ring bearer, or Michael’s cousin Chloe, who performed the ceremony. From the DC area, Chloe communicated with the couple via FaceTime to write the ceremony herself, filled with stories of the couple’s eight-year relationship and remembrances of family no longer present. “People to this day still tell me how great Chloe was and how they can’t believe we were her first wedding! Chloe gave us memories that we will cherish as we look back on our wedding day and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect officiant,” said Abbey.

  • Food: Strongwater catering and late night Adriatico’s Pizza
  • Apparel: Blovedbridal.com and tuxes from Macy’s
  • Booze: Strongwater
  • Officiant: Michael’s cousin Chloe
  • Standout Vendor: LovelyGrainStudio
  • Budget: $20,000

The big day in six words:

Beautiful easygoing day filled with love.

Who was someone who made your big day run smoothly?

I cannot say enough about the staff at Strongwater. Our day-of coordinator, Ben, made the day run flawlessly. He made sure all of our wishes came true and even let us bring our pup in for pictures! They also let us decorate the day before which helped us out tremendously. Marianne also helped us plan the delicious food and arrange our dessert table.

Any standout stories from that day, or something that you’d do over every time if given the chance?

My dad gave the best, most thoughtful speech ever. I am so glad we got to celebrate our love surrounded by our friends and family.

Did anything go comically wrong, or was there anything you wish you had skipped?

I wish I would have skipped going out the night before! We had too much fun at Hofbrauhaus after our rehearsal dinner. Too many shotskis!

Was there anything you did or had that made the big day easier?

We got ready at the bride bar Gilded Social. The owner of Gilded Social truly helped us out in a pinch and we are forever grateful to her for opening up her stunning space for us. Our getting ready photos turned out beautifully and now you can rent out the space to get ready in! The girls at the bride bar did an amazing job with our large bridal party’s updos and helped us stay on schedule.

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