Real Wedding

Kelly + Brian Wedding | March 10th

How They Met

The Bride // Brian and I met at the OLPH church festival in the summer of 2008. I was busy dragging my friends around, following him wherever he went in hope of striking up a conversation. I’m shy, Brian’s shy, but he knew I was paying attention to him. The night was ending and my friends were ready to leave, but I still couldn’t get up the nerve to approach him. Finally, my friend Nicole approached him for me and we talked for five minutes - tops. I gave him my number and then waited to see if he would call. He did call and we then spent the next few months talking hours on the phone as we got to know one another.

Their Wedding

Everyone had been waiting for years for news of our engagement. The night before Thanksgiving in 2017 Brian asked while presenting me with the most stunning ring from C. Sterling Jewelers. We decided after almost nine-and-a-half years together we didn’t need to have a long engagement. We chose the month of March for our wedding, which allowed us just a little over three months to plan. We knew we wanted a venue with character for a small intimate wedding with our family and closest friends and for the reception, a great craft beer selection. By choosing The Oliver House with its historic charm, and the Maumee Bay Brewing Company, our two main wants were met, making a perfect fit for our day. Everything else just fell into place - it probably helped that I’m in the wedding industry as a stationery designer and the owner of Toledo Wedding Guide!

To be honest, I had NEVER thought about my own wedding invitations! As I was up against time, I decided to keep it simple and small because that is exactly how our day would be. I added small touches: a wax seal, an envelope liner, and ribbon, to dress up our invitations.

Not all wedding gifts come giftwrapped, because from start to finish, amazing professionals gave us the most perfect day. Our first look was at the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel, the perfect place to capture the detail shots that were so important to me. Our photographer Jessica from Viridian Ivy Images gave us memories in our photographs that we will forever treasure. I still smile so brightly when I look at these images. Jenelle Ahmad, who I have known for years, gave me the confidence to look my best with gorgeous makeup and hair. Our florals from GardenView Flowers were stunning. They were perfect, just what we had imagined for our day, and we received so many compliments on the blooms from our guests.

Jeff Cobb, who has to be one of the most pleasant men around, gave us such a beautiful ceremony, at the conclusion, guests confessed they wanted him to continue speaking. Although I wanted live music, a band wasn’t the right fit for our day. I was so fortunate to meet Zak Ward at a bridal event and knew he was the perfect person to provide our music. Everyone loved his mix of entertainment - live solo acoustic performance plus DJing current hits. For the seating chart, I was able to team up with Mager Designs to create a unique acrylic chart, with a custom made wood box to secure it. Last, but definitely not least, Brooke from Bee for the Day coordinated things so skillfully, it allowed us and our entire family to really enjoy our wedding day. We were able to put our full trust in Brooke and didn’t have to worry about a single detail the entire day or night.


Wedding Professionals

Ceremony + Reception Venue // The Oliver House

Wedding Planner + Coordination // Bee for the Day

Officiant // Jeff Cobb

Photographer // Viridian Ivy Images

Jeweler // C. Sterling Jewelers

Florals // GardenView Flowers

Music // Zak Ward

Bridal Attire // BHLDN

Menswear // Ticknor’s

Invitations + Stationery // Uppercase Designs

Cake + Desserts // Glass City Cupcakes

Hair + Make-Up // Jenelle Ahmad MUA

Seating Chart // Mager Designs + Uppercase Designs

Linens // Meredith Party Rentals