Snowy Mint Winter Lodge Wedding in Ohio

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 31, 2014


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Lori and Zach were married at Maumee Bay State Park in Toledo, Ohio on December 14. “Having a winter wedding was never quite what this beach blonde girl had expected for herself, but wanting to quickly marry my handsome boy, we decided December was the month for us,” Lori said. “We stepped foot first into the Lodge lobby — complete with wall to wall windows, woodsy warmth, a catching scene of the lake, and (my favorite) cozy fireplace at every turn.” In just 4 short months, these two said, “I do” in an unforgettable blizzard! One of the bride’s favorite moments? “The three nights before [the wedding] of wines, cheeses, belly-laughter, and bouquet and centerpiece making with my sweetest family and friends,” she said. ” She wore a ruched wedding gown, accessorized with a fabric floral sash and faux fur jacket while bridesmaids wore gray and mint colored dresses in different styles. We love their stockings! Following the traditional church ceremony, guests arrived at the reception decorated with candlelit lanterns, willow tree branch centerpieces, and of course, a personalized mixed CD favor at each place setting.

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Photography:  Blue Martini Photography | Videography: Clayton Gilligan | Venue: Maumee Bay State Park 

Leslie & Matt

April 27

Cleveland, Ohio


Q & A with the Couple:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

It is truly a hidden gem in downtown Cleveland.  Not many people know about it and when you walk in, you are truly enamored by the grandeur and history of it.  It was beautifully charming and expressed both of our personalities.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. I wore the same train that my mom wore on her wedding day and my sister wore it on her wedding day as well.
  2. Matt and I met sailing and my Dad actually introduced us.  My Dad passed away about a year before our wedding and Matt took one of the sails from my Dad’s boat to make the ring bearer’s pillow.  He even sewed it himself.
  3. We bought two sailboats (actually, Christmas ornaments) for our wedding cake to represent the way we met.  We painted them in our wedding colors and now we can hang them on our Christmas tree every year.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Matt:  The first look. The first time I saw Leslie in her wedding dress, I was absolutely blown away by how beautiful she looked. 

Leslie:  Walking outside of my mom’s house and seeing Matt waiting for me for our first look.  He looked so excited and so emotional. I couldn’t wait to see him, kiss him, and marry him! It was the perfect day and I don’t think I ever stopped smiling.


Tips for Getting Ready

Posted by bridalbuds on Jul 24, 2012

If I could give brides one tip when it comes to getting ready: make a timeline!!! I honestly didn’t and that was the only part of my day that was a bit of a cluster. I should have planned out better who was getting their hair and makeup done at what time. It was a free for all!  Also, I’m sure you’ve heard this before but drink plenty of water (not mimosas) and eat something! My sister was literally forcefeeding me because I forgot to eat!  Enjoy the time with just your ladies. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to get dolled up with your best friends.

Here are a few pictures from our getting-ready experience.

(PS: We stayed in the most incredible Bed & Breakfast in Glendale, Ohio called The Glendalia. It was amazing and provided some great background for pictures!)

Photo Credit: BH Photography

Pink Summer Country Club Wedding in Ohio

Posted by Kim on Jul 05, 2012

Gwyn & Sam

July 2

Kettering, Ohio


On Tuesday, we shared a red, white, and blue wedding that took place on July 4th weekend last year. Today’s wedding took place on the exact same day – but has a totally different look and feel! While going all-American is fun for a July 4th wedding, this wedding proves you certainly don’t have to (though taking a few patriotic portraits is always a nice touch!)!


Our Q&A with the Bride:

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Our flowers, especially around the ceremony site.

2. The fireworks!

3. Our invitations

And there was so much more: the sno-cones, cotton candy, my dress, the timing and location of the ceremony and reception, the oyster bar, specialty cocktails, having my father’s cufflinks in my bouquet (he passed away 14 years ago), my mom walking me down the aisle, my string quartet playing pop music during cocktail hour…

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Take it in stride. You can’t control it all, and some of the details you weren’t expecting will be your favorites.

Tell us about the one moment from your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about.

Looking into Sam’s eyes and reciting the vows that we wrote for each other.

DIY Spring Wedding at Krippendorf Lodge, Ohio

Posted by Jeffra on Jun 12, 2012

Rachael & Brian

May 11

Krippendorf Lodge, Rowe Woods, Milford, OH


What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Bride: The wrap around porch, stone patio, and surrounding woods made the lodge the perfect location for our outdoor wedding. It felt very secluded and magical.

What three (3) details from your wedding were your favorites?

Bride: Our three favorite details would probably be: The invites that I designed, each one was assembled by hand,  the twinkle lights hanging above the patio during the reception, the twig and lace wrapped flower vases on each table that I made.