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The Big Day: Matthew and Eduardo

Columbus weather often doesn’t cooperate, so Matthew and Eduardo lucked out and landed the perfect fall weekend for their wedding at the Palm House at the Franklin Park Conservatory.

“The weather and foliage could not have been more perfect. The leaves the week leading up the wedding had not changed to autumnal colors, and the weekend after the wedding all of the leaves had fallen off of the trees. Our wedding weekend had vibrant colors that stood out against a slightly overcast sky. We were really looking forward to a perfect fall day.”

As Matthew and Eduardo took the plunge, walking down the aisle sans attendants, they planned their special day in less than two months. But the quick time frame was purposeful and didn’t affect the specialness of the day one bit. “Everything came together as we desired it. This time frame allowed us to focus on our love, rather than planning our big day for a whole year.”

On the couple’s wedding team were their personal servers, a married couple of over 40 years who shared tips for a successful marriage and navigated the dance floor to make sure the happy couple got a piece of their own wedding cake.

  • Food: Franklin Park Conservatory Catering
  • Apparel: Bonobos
  • Booze: His & His Cocktails/Mojito and French 75
  • Officiant: Chase Walts
  • Standout Vendors: Rose Bredl/Piece of Cake/Peabody Papers
  • Budget: $35,000

The Big Day in six words:

Raw, sophisticated, prideful, effortless love fest.

Who was someone who made your big day run smoothly?

There were three people that made our day run perfectly. The first was Mary at Rose Bredl. Matthew met Mary at his first Gallery Hop during his freshman year. He told her the first time he met her that her aesthetic was 100% his vision, and that when he got married one day, she would do his wedding. When Matthew told Eduardo of Rose Bredl for the first time, he fell in love not only with Mary’s work, but also [with] how her work brings out her beautiful personality. 9 years later, she made our dreams come true. Our wedding had zero hiccups and we could not be more thankful for Maria and Teresa, our event and catering coordinators at the Franklin Park Conservatory.

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

Eduardo’s best friend lives out of the country and she was not able to attend the wedding. He immediately video called her and her family after the ceremony so they could be a part of the big day. [It’s] something we would do over every time if given the chance: We wanted to have full creative control over the music playlists for the pre-ceremony, ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and reception. Our DJ, The Wild Path, allowed us to choose every song for each time frame. We chose songs with special moments for us in mind, as well as our guests. It was a hit!

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

We partied a little too hard the night before the wedding. That led us to drinking Pedialyte the day of and it became an inside joke between our coordinators, florist, and photographer.

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

Maria and Teresa, our coordinators. In terms of planning, Google Sheets and Google Keep kept us organized.

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