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A Detail Packed Traditional Elegant Summer Wedding – Kelly & Tyler

Once upon a time, two dads secretly plotted to have their kids meet, and see what came of it… BUT it all came to fruition on this absolutely beautiful wedding day! Kelly and Tyler’s wedding was exquisite in every way. Kelly says that she and Tyler both grew up in the same neighbourhood, attending the same grade school and High School, a few years apart. “After High School we both went on to college and job that took us to different states. Our parents were friends in the neighbourhood and our dad’s had the grand idea that we should meet. On Christmas Eve 2015 we were introduced at a neighbourhood party. A few summers later when both of us had moved back to Ohio and we continued to date we were vacationing in Florida. In June 2018 Tyler proposed at sunset on Hollywood Beach, Florida.”

Kelly is a planner and a teacher. When she was working on details and timeline prior to the wedding, she was so organised, but she promised to let go off all the planning on her wedding day to enjoy the moments and be present. Kelly’s matron of honour and sister mentioned in her speech how Kelly used to throw themed parties, and we definitely want to see more from Kelly on the party planning front because this wedding was… everything.

When it came to wedding dress shopping, Kelly knew that she wanted a classic bridal look – with lace and pearls. She had no idea she wanted a tulle skirt or sleeves!  When she tried on her wedding dress she was in love. “It captured the bridal essence and was so me! The dress had beautiful embroidered french lace on the sleeves and bodice. The skirt was layers of soft tulle that we added come crinoline under to add a bit of structure. We also added a satin ribbon belt with a bow in the back, as I always wanted a bow. My mom made my veil and the ribbon belt/bow. I accessorised the look with large pearl and diamond stud earrings and a matching hair piece from Etsy. I had my hair all up as I wanted that classic look, but kept it soft in the front with beautiful detail in the back. I wore a pearl bracelet and blush pink block heels with pearls on the strap.”
The groom wore a black Vera Wang tux with a black vest and black bow tie. The groomsmen also wore the same tux and vest but wore full length ties. They wanted the bride, groom, and bridal party to look classic and cohesive but set out the groom a little!

The beautiful bride wanted a classic white-wedding with a vintage feel to it. The couple chose pretty cobalt blue lace dresses for the bridesmaids to wear as that rich blue would pop well against the black tuxes. They then played into the softer colours for florals to bring that vintage feel in- of ivory, peach, and light blue. They incorporated a lot of personal touches in the details of the day to make it meaningful and their own. Every piece of the day was planned to go with the theme – from the beautiful watercolour invitations, to the florals, to the flower girls look, to the mercury glass vases, to all the beautiful calligraphy. Nothing was left to chance and it came together perfectly.
Some of our favourite details included the cake topper, calligraphy, and favours. Kelly and Tyler used Kelly’s grandparent’s cake topper from 1956, and she added lace from her grandmother’s wedding dress on as the wedding veil. All the calligraphy was done by a close friend. And their wedding favours were hand-stamped Ohio ornaments made by family members. Her mom even hand-sewed their wedding date to the inside of her dress. All of these sweet little touches made it all so much more meaningful.

This joyful bride started the day with her maids, momma, and flower girl getting ready in her childhood home. She looks breathtaking in that gorgeous gown! 

The wedding ceremony was held at Immaculate Conception Church, and it was also the location that Tyler was in the basement getting ready with the rest of the groomsmen. As the ceremony was at a Church they chose beautiful floral Altar arrangements that tied the colour palette and florals they were carrying into the space. The Reception had exposed wooden beams and a beautiful red brick mantle, along with lots of windows and natural light. They played off this and kept the centrepieces low and classic. They did DIY vases for the centrepieces, thrifting vases and spray painting them to look like mercury glass. Each table had 3 vases: a “big” ~ 6 in tall, “medium” ~4 in tall, and “small” votive size. These vases were arranged as a group and then there was eucalyptus greenery on the table, complete with a wooden block stained to match the wooden beams for the table number.
The mantle they wanted a simple and classic, but bold decoration since that was the focal point above where the bride and groom sat at the end of a Tuscan head table. They used old wooden dormer frames that they cleaned up and painted white as part of the mantle decor and escort card display. The mantle decor consisted of a white frame with the letters K <3 T hanging down and they placed the 5 bridesmaids bouquets along the base. The other white frames used in the escort card display were displayed on easels and had jute going across. They then clipped paper leaves to the jute with mini-clothes pins. Kelly cut the leaves out using a circuit and a friend did the calligraphy for the names. Other decor came in the fashion of signs around the area – a mirror welcome sign, a pallet that they repainted and re-purposed into a timeline for the day, bar signs, etc.  They also tied these all together by decorating the frames and pallet with greenery/florals that kept the theme/colours of the day.

Kelly and Tyler used The Flowerman for their florals which meant it was partially DIY. The bride, MOB, MOG, and 3 friends went on Thursday before the wedding to put together the centrepieces, bouquets, corsages, and other floral decor items. The flowers tied together all people in the wedding party from bride, to groom, to bridal party, grandparents, etc. as well as tied into both the ceremony and reception spaces. The flowers were soft and beautiful in colour – full of ivory, whites, peach, light blues and lots of greenery making it feel vintage and summery. The florals were also used as a live runner on the head able, on the cocktail tables, guestbook/gift area, ancestry table, and used on the lower level of the cake plate.


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Photography: Story Told Photography, LLC // Ceremony Venue: Immaculate Conception Church // Reception Venue: Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center // Dress Store: La Jeune Mariee Bridal Boutique // Tuxedo & Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Floral Designer: The Flowerman Columbus // Bakery: The Flour Pot Cakes // Invitation Designer: Minted // Hair Stylist: Simply Hair and Makeup

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