November 17, 2020
Sitting at my desk on a snowy Tuesday afternoon in Columbus Ohio, I find myself a little stuck. Like a lot of you, I too, thought that the pandemic would be over in August 2020 (lololol anyone else remember that?! Please tell me I’m not the only one!)
Bless my April full service client for reminding me I said, “oh we should be good in August” when we postponed their wedding less than 30 days after Dewine announced a complete shutdown in March. Ohhh those were the days! And here we are again. After our cases rose to a whopping eight thousand, (YES, EIGHT THOUSAND) we saw this coming. On the verge of more postponements, elopements, and reschedules, I again, find myself… stuck. Needing a creative outlet to release some of this anxiety of the unknown I found myself searching for my WordPress password.
It was time to recall all the reasons why I love being a wedding planner in Columbus. To remember why I decided to take on one of the most stressful jobs known to man. (Ok, maybe a little bit of a exaggeration there, but not many would agree to be the sole person responsible for “the most memorable day of your life. ” And wait a minute- while we are here, let’s unpack that statement. I have refused to use “the biggest day of your life” after I realized the ridiculous pressures society puts on you to make it “the BIGGEST” day ever. That’s stupid. But I also don’t like “most memorable” because half the time you end up sloppy drunk and have no idea how you got home. Let’s just say, your wedding day is a big day, and if you’re lucky enough to have everyone you love there- it’s a big deal- and A LOT of pressure. Challenge, accepted.
Jessica + Brian came to me in November of 2019 for full service planning of their July 2020 wedding + reception at St. John Neumann’s Catholic Church + Magnolia Hill Farm. After having the pleasure of design two other weddings at Magnolia in 2018, I leaped at the opportunity to bring all of Jess’ boho vibes to life. She knew what she liked, but struggled to bring all the elements together in a cohesive fashion. We were happy to jump in, take over all vendor communication + start creating! They came to me with some major vendors already solidified. From there, we determined what was left in their budget, and how much we could allocate to the overall design and aesthetic of the day. I created a design board, and sourced quotes from all our favorite rental companies in town.
Being a summer wedding, in the middle of a pandemic, I wanted to create a “courtyard experience” for their guests. (I know J&B chuckle every time they heard me say those 2 words) If you’ve ever had the pleasure of attending an event at Magnolia, you know their outdoor space is what dreams are made of- and completely understand my desire! This “courtyard experience” included all the fixings for a fun + SAFE event.
We had an adorable bar trailer + photo bus. Food trucks, yard games, outdoor seating + cozy soft seating. Dancing was still allowed, and we opted to dance in the open air veranda! The details made my heart flutter. We loved her color palette of summer blues, + neutral tones, mixed with all the bohemian touches. I mixed table linen colors to create some contrast- since we were limited to only using 8fts for social distancing.
We incorporated authentic touches specific to Jess + Brian, like their love for breweries with their escort display, and custom memorial paintings by JesMarried. In efforts to keep guests safe, we had colored wrist bands to indicate comfort level in mingling with other guests. (Side note, strongly encourage this help avoid that awkward greeting, when you don’t know if you should air-five, high-five, elbow tap, fist bump, hand shake, hug, etc)
The day was flawless. The details were gorgeous, but most important of all, Jessica and Brian were SO HAPPY. The room reveal of their reception space brought me SO much joy. You couldn’t wipe the smile off their faces! Truth be told, those moments are what I live for. The moment when all our hard work, obsession over the little details, and stress of planning + day of, pay off. And that, is what makes me happy. Seeing the ear to ear smiles on their faces, knowing despite all the craziness- their day was perfect, and perfect for them… that’s why I do it.
I would be honored to be considered a part of your vendor team. Don’t buy into the hype that you are supposed to know how to plan an event, and don’t take on the full time job of trying to do it on your own. Enlist the help of professionals. Your future self will thank you.
Planning + Design: Rooted Together
Photographer: Samantha Newman Photography
Venue: Magnolia Hill Farm
Florist: XOXO Florals + Wine
Linens: BBJ Linens
Entertainment: Josh Staley Productions
Calligraphy: Script By Bove
Cake: Bella Cakes by Beth
Beauty: Beauty by Jlou + Aubrey Davidson
Ceremony: St. John Neumann Catholic Church
Transportation: Cardinal Transportation
Design by kaleigh turner creative. Designed with Showit.
follow along @rootedtogetherevents