Real Wedding

Karen + Adrian Wedding | May 25th

How They Met

The Bride // Adrian and I actually went to Kindergarten through Senior Year together in a class of 70 kids. We knew each other but weren't really friends. 17 years after our graduation I went out on Adams Street in Downtown Toledo and lost my wallet (vintage! Ferragamo! I found for like $10!) and went back to the bar where I thought I had lost it, Wesley's and he was standing out front. He asked what I was doing there - I said I had lost my wallet - he said, "wait, is it purple?" - he had found it! And subsequently found me and the rest is history. Did I mention it was Friday the 13th and a full moon!? Now he's moved out to Boston with me as I do my Residency in Internal Medicine and we got engaged after a year of dating in January. Oldest inn in America at Griswald Inn in New England for an anniversary, that's where Adrian proposed.

Their Wedding

The Bride // We're both from Toledo and our parents still live in the city, we thought it was important to have the wedding back home and celebrate the city that brought us together. Initially, we wanted to Elope and go to Bali for 2 weeks, but having our parents around, here and healthy was a blessing and we just wanted to take this moment with our friends and family. We wanted our wedding to feel like an elegant house party. We wanted our day to be personal and all of the details be meaningful, the owner of the house was a customer of the antique shop that Adrian's mom owns. The team that is helping us on this day is so cool and has made all the difference in the world. 

Because of our love for Toledo, the city that we grew up in and also found each other in, we wanted as many Toledo (or other local) vendors as possible and try to incorporate into our wedding. 

We were searching for the right location but nothing seemed to fit. We found the Ford mansion because Adrian's mom had met the owners in her antique shop and thought it was amazing. Because I have a background in Art History I appreciated the way that they are renovating and caring for the house. 

Our wedding and reception toke place at a private historic house in Toledo's "Old West End," a Victorian neighborhood that was at its most vibrant at the turn of the last century. The mansion was built by Edward Ford and his Family in 1901, part owner of the Owens-Libbey-Ford glass company that helped give Toledo its nickname of "The Glass City." After years of disrepair, it is being lovingly restored by a local couple, Chuck & Finley, and they are allowing us to be the first wedding on the property in nearly 70 years! Cocktail hour was held inside the house and while guests were enjoying their cocktails they had the opportunity to tour the historic home. 

Our reception was held inside the carriage house with dancing under a nearby decorated tent. 

The evening before our wedding we celebrated with a Mehndi Party. I wanted to honor my cultural background and parents. Mehndi refers to an ancient body art that has adorned brides and tiers bridal parties for centuries. It also refers to the gathering of family and friends the night before the wedding for a celebration.

Mehndi designs are traditionally applied to the palms of both hands. The design is painted onto the skin using a cone of paste. The paste is made of dried and powdered henna leaves in combination with oils, such as eucalyptus, and lemon juice that helps to increase the vibrancy and longevity of the color. The paste permanently stains the superficial skin cells imparting an orange to deep red stain that will linger for days after the wedding celebration is over. 

We wanted our wedding ceremony to be non-denominational, my brother officiated and our dog Pepper was our Flower Girl!


Wedding Professionals

Ceremony + Reception Venue // Ford Mansion | Private Residence

Caterer // Shalimar in Ann Arbor for Mehndi Party | Glass House for Cocktail hour, Shorty's True American Roadhouse 

Wedding Planner + Coordination // Elite Events

Officiant // Paul Chalal - Brother of Bride

Photographer // Adore Wedding Photography

Videographer // Frame for Frame Media

Jeweler // Bride Family Heirloom

Florals // GardenView Flowers

DJ // Derek Hall of Block Party

Bridal Attire // Mehndi Party - Langa from India, Wedding Langa from Chobbra Bridal | Wedding Dress from Alexandra's Boutique

Menswear // Indochino in Boston

Invitations + Stationery // Minted | Elite Events

Calligraphy // In Every Season Calligraphy

Cake + Desserts // Wixey’s Bakery

Bartending Services // Mehndi Party - Premier Pour | Reception - Maumee Bay Brewing Co.

Hair // Beauty Bar

Make-Up // Makeup by Amy Lewis & Co.

Decor + Lighting // Mager Designs

Rentals // Chiavari Chairs Toledo | Toledo Tent & Party Rentals

Late Bites + Food Truck // Tony Packo's

Rehearsal Dinner // Ward Pavilion

Wedding Favors // Jupmode

Henne Tattoo // Alchemy Henna