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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. [...]
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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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The Big Day: Sonny + Chelsey

Venue: Juniper Music: The Bicho Brothers Dress: B. Loved Suit: Zanetti Flowers: EcoFlora Cake: Kittie’s Cakes Rings: Mociun (bride) and family heirloom (groom) Officiant: Dave Butler We gotta say, we dig Sonny and Chelsey’s style. Not setting a date until two months before you get married? Super chill. Ending up with a truly epic Big [...]
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Venue: Juniper

Music: The Bicho Brothers

Dress: B. Loved

Suit: Zanetti

Flowers: EcoFlora

Cake: Kittie’s Cakes

Rings: Mociun (bride) and family heirloom (groom)

Officiant: Dave Butler

We gotta say, we dig Sonny and Chelsey’s style.

Not setting a date until two months before you get married? Super chill.

Ending up with a truly epic Big Day at one of the city’s most impressive new venues?

Turns out, good things come to those who wait.

Some weddings, we’re just super jealous we weren’t invited—just from looking at the photos—which means the local couple really pulled out all the stops for their 200-plus guests, who got to dance the night away with the skyline peeking over their shoulder.

You know you’ve done something right when you look back on your wedding album and it looks like you’re partying with the whole city.

Plus, who doesn’t love a good rooftop shot? Extra points for extra Columbus vibes with the first look on top of the Renaissance. 

What do you wish you had spent more money on?

One thing we should have sprung for is transportation for ourselves from the hotel to Juniper, our wedding venue. We had just finished our first look shoot at The Renaissance and realized we had no way of getting to our venue for our ceremony! The shuttle transporting our friends and family was nowhere to be found. We ended up taking an Uber.

Tell us one thing that didn’t go as planned and how you handled it? There was also Sonny forgetting to bring a change of clothes for our family brunch the next day. We had stayed at The Renaissance on our wedding night and had a family brunch planned for the next morning. Sonny hadn’t packed extra clothes, so he wore his wedding suit to brunch, crumpled boutonniere and all. We laughed it off. It gave everyone a good laugh.

Tell us the story of how you got engaged/the proposal. We met through mutual friends our sophomore year in college. Our early dating years involved a lot of hanging out at Ohio University, Chelsey’s alma mater. While visiting OU in September of 2016, Sonny proposed to Chelsey on a park bench at Emereti Park. It was low-key and unexpected. Sonny filmed the whole thing on his GoPro. Afterward, we celebrated by giggling uncontrollably over beers at Jackie O’s.

If you could tell us one thing that made your Big Day unique, what was it? We didn’t set a wedding date until two months prior. Those who know us, know last-minute is typically how we roll. It wasn’t intentional but once we found Juniper, we knew it was time to pull the trigger. Friday, October 13, 2017, ended up being the perfect wedding date—we couldn’t have asked for better weather. 

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The Big Day: Sonny + Chelsey

Venue: Juniper Music: The Bicho Brothers Dress: B. Loved Suit: Zanetti Flowers: EcoFlora Cake: Kittie’s Cakes Rings: Mociun (bride) and family heirloom (groom) Officiant: Dave Butler We gotta say, we dig Sonny and Chelsey’s style. Not setting a date until two months before you get married? Super chill. Ending up with a truly epic Big [...]
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Venue: Juniper

Music: The Bicho Brothers

Dress: B. Loved

Suit: Zanetti

Flowers: EcoFlora

Cake: Kittie’s Cakes

Rings: Mociun (bride) and family heirloom (groom)

Officiant: Dave Butler

We gotta say, we dig Sonny and Chelsey’s style.

Not setting a date until two months before you get married? Super chill.

Ending up with a truly epic Big Day at one of the city’s most impressive new venues?

Turns out, good things come to those who wait.

Some weddings, we’re just super jealous we weren’t invited—just from looking at the photos—which means the local couple really pulled out all the stops for their 200-plus guests, who got to dance the night away with the skyline peeking over their shoulder.

You know you’ve done something right when you look back on your wedding album and it looks like you’re partying with the whole city.

Plus, who doesn’t love a good rooftop shot? Extra points for extra Columbus vibes with the first look on top of the Renaissance. 

What do you wish you had spent more money on?

One thing we should have sprung for is transportation for ourselves from the hotel to Juniper, our wedding venue. We had just finished our first look shoot at The Renaissance and realized we had no way of getting to our venue for our ceremony! The shuttle transporting our friends and family was nowhere to be found. We ended up taking an Uber.

Tell us one thing that didn’t go as planned and how you handled it? There was also Sonny forgetting to bring a change of clothes for our family brunch the next day. We had stayed at The Renaissance on our wedding night and had a family brunch planned for the next morning. Sonny hadn’t packed extra clothes, so he wore his wedding suit to brunch, crumpled boutonniere and all. We laughed it off. It gave everyone a good laugh.

Tell us the story of how you got engaged/the proposal. We met through mutual friends our sophomore year in college. Our early dating years involved a lot of hanging out at Ohio University, Chelsey’s alma mater. While visiting OU in September of 2016, Sonny proposed to Chelsey on a park bench at Emereti Park. It was low-key and unexpected. Sonny filmed the whole thing on his GoPro. Afterward, we celebrated by giggling uncontrollably over beers at Jackie O’s.

If you could tell us one thing that made your Big Day unique, what was it? We didn’t set a wedding date until two months prior. Those who know us, know last-minute is typically how we roll. It wasn’t intentional but once we found Juniper, we knew it was time to pull the trigger. Friday, October 13, 2017, ended up being the perfect wedding date—we couldn’t have asked for better weather. 

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The Big Day: Lynn + Matt

Reception: The Capital Club Dress: David’s Bridal Suit: Express Men Cake/Flowers: Sam’s Club Rings: Howard’s Everyone wants their Big Day to be a marquee event. But Matt + Lynn got to experience that literally. The Capital grads—they both studied media and film—had always dreamed of getting married in the historic Drexel Theatre, and as it turned out, [...]
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Reception: The Capital Club

Dress: David’s Bridal

Suit: Express Men

Cake/Flowers: Sam’s Club

Rings: Howard’s

Everyone wants their Big Day to be a marquee event.

But Matt + Lynn got to experience that literally.

The Capital grads—they both studied media and film—had always dreamed of getting married in the historic Drexel Theatre, and as it turned out, all they had to do was ask.

No one had ever held a wedding there, so the Columbus couple got to pay tribute to their formative years and film by throwing a truly unique event.

Cushy seats are an upgrade over pews any day, and who doesn’t want to hear movie soundtracks over another version of Pachelbel’s Canon? (Free popcorn would be enough to get us in the mood to crash just about any wedding).

Easily the “premiere” wedding of Bexley last season. 

by Shoot 2 Studios

Give us a range of your budget. Did you go over? Or stay under? We spent somewhere between $18,000-$20,000. We cut costs in some areas, such as flowers—my aunt created all of the bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages—and one of my bridesmaids and myself did all of the centerpieces ourselves. We revamped my mom’s veil and I wore her jewelry. We did video work for a local band and in exchange, one of the members emceed and DJ’d for us for free. We spent the most money on our venue, food, and photographer.

What do you wish you had spent more money on? We would have loved to have had [our photographer] around a little longer, thus spending more money on more hours. Steve from Shoot2Studios was fantastic to work with. We had a lot of fun with him and could not be more pleased with the results. However, if we had spent a bit more money to have him meet up with us earlier in the day, we could have had even more time with him to get even more fabulous shots. However, he was awesome and even hung around after his contracted time was up during the reception, resulting in some totally awesome dancing shots!

Was there anything that you wanted to avoid when you envisioned your wedding? We wanted to avoid our guests being bored at any point throughout the day. It was important to us that there was no lull. My husband and I are both from the Cleveland area originally and the majority of our guests traveled to Columbus for our Big Day. We wanted to ensure that they felt the day was fun, full, and special for them, too. Once at the theater they were greeted with popcorn and movie music while settling in the cushy seats. We really were conscious of having a special day for ourselves—but also a fun day for everyone.

Where did you honeymoon? We flew to Boston and spent two nights there, exploring the city, eating great food, and staying in a really cool studio apartment we had rented through AirBnB. We then drove from Boston to Cape Cod. We spent three nights there in a cute little house (again rented through Airbnb) in a small town by the water. While our time in Boston was meant to be all hustle and bustle, the Cape Cod leg of the trip was for relaxing. We got massages, walked on the beach, took a scenic drive to Provincetown, and on the rainy nights, got takeout and stayed in and watched Stranger Things!

What was the ultimate highlight of your Big Day? We would have to say the popcorn celebration as we exited the theater. It was a totally awesome experience that only lasted a few moments, but felt like it moved in slow-motion. Everyone cheered and shouted with excitement as we stepped foot outside the theater, under the marquee that advertised our wedding. Each guest had a small cup of—unsalted and unbuttered—popcorn that they tossed freely into the air as we walked by.

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