January 29, 2021
I’m sure any bride or planner will tell you, planning a wedding during the craziness of 2020 was no easy feat! But waking up on your November wedding day to the most perfect 70 degree Ohio weather, and word that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be the new president and vice president-elect, it just might put an extra pep in your step, and boy does it show!
We were so excited to partner with Keirsten and Cody and take over the planning reins 2 months out from their wedding date, for Wedding Management, (commonly referred to as Month of Coordination) Unfortunately, in true 2020 fashion, in the days leading up to their big day, our fearless leader and owner of Rooted Together, Courtney, had to get a COVID-19 test after coming down with symptoms. She had yet to receive a negative test result, so hours before rehearsal Friday evening, I (Andrea) stepped in as the lead for Keirsten and Cody’s wedding day. With the help from their awesome vendor team, and our own amazing planner, Amy, the day went on without a hitch!
Their venue sat atop a big hill in Centerburg, Ohio with rolling fields in every direction. The beautiful white barn is a blank slate you can really morph into anything your heart desires. Our couple incorporated wooden elements, greenery, and rich fall colors throughout the space making it everything boho wedding dreams are made of!
When it came to their wedding day attire, Keirsten, Cody, and their wedding party held no punches!! Keirsten’s two-toned wedding dress paired with booties, and a flower crown, accented her mix-matched bridesmaids dresses perfectly, creating a Pinterest worthy palette! But the guys cleaned up just as nicely- the groomsmen wore charcoal gray suits with rust colored ties and our groom sported a sharp tweed suit, rust bow tie, and a dapper hat to top it off. Straight FIRE.
Ceremony took place in the veranda. Their custom geometric arch was a beautiful focal point made by Cody’s father and dawned with stunning florals by Flowerman. Their officiant, Trevor, was a personal friend of the couple. He and Cody came up to me about an hour before the ceremony and asked to go through everything again to ensure it was perfect. The only quiet space we could find was the “vendor room” that was full of the venue’s extra decor scattered throughout. So straddling tables, chairs, and bags, we went over the entire ceremony plan again to ease their minds! Trevor must have gotten all the nerves out and left them in the room, because the ceremony was flawless and so heartfelt. Such a personal, intimate moment where we got to witness our couple share their hand-written vows.
Cocktail hour was strategically planned to be hosted during golden hour (the time right before sunset, and the best time to sneak away for couple photos!) The light was perfect for family portraits and capturing guest + bridal party shots. Guests enjoyed custom drinks from Short & Stout, (an adorable mobile bar based in central Ohio) in the courtyard following the ceremony and chill tunes by Donnie Mossman. As guests enjoyed the incredible weather and a signature drink, Amy and I prepped + attended to the wedding party, confirmed the timeline and music selections with the DJ, and made sure the reception space + table counts were perfectly set.
COVID can make a head table tricky nowadays. Our couple chose to enjoy dinner at a table for 2, decorated with the perfect peacock boho chairs and a unique wooden table from Collective Charm Vintage Rentals. Although we like to think this set up stole the show, as the couple was enjoying their first dance, their adorable nephew (& ring bearer) decided to cut in!! It was such a sweet, comical moment, but as Keirsten will tell you, he is basically her best friend, so we couldn’t expect anything less. They danced the night away with their friends and family in the veranda, and Donnie kept the energy up! Who knew that only days later dancing would then be restricted in Ohio, (talk about timing, and favor) and their wedding would close out our 2020 year. After another round of postponements for our December and January clients, we were grateful to close out a wild year with these two. One thing I loved the most about this beautiful wedding was that it was so hard to tell which guests were there for the groom and which for the bride. It was such a sweet, natural, blend of two families coming together as one, and an honor to be a part of.
Planning: Rooted Together
Photographer: Brydon Lynn Photography
Venue: Magnolia Hill Farm
Entertainment: Columbus Events DJ
Catering: Creative Cuisine
Bar: Short & Stout
Dessert: White Whisk
Beauty: Beauty by Seda
Dress: Luxe Redux Bridal
Transportation: Columbus Coach
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