It’s always so much fun to feature a venue for the very first time, especially when it’s as lovely as the Columbus Museum of Art! It was the first place Libby and Jon thought of for both their ceremony and reception: “It was a favorite place of my husband’s before we were engaged. A bonus was that we barely needed any decorations – the art provided a great setting and the style of the interior was beautiful as is.”
All of the ladies wore red lipstick, and the bride accented her vintage-inspired BHLDN dress with a vintage hair brooch. In addition, says the bride, “I wore my mother-in-law’s earrings that she had worn on her wedding day, and just before the ceremony my mother gave me a handkerchief that her grandmother had embroidered.”
Libby designed and printed the stationery herself.
What inspired Libby and Jon’s design choices? “We both agreed that we wanted a classic, timeless feel for our wedding day, and we kept this in mind as we made planning decisions. Additionally, we planned our wedding very quickly in about four months. This actually turned out to be a good thing for me – I had to pick a style and theme early on and stick with it because there wasn’t time to change anything. If I had had a year or more to plan I probably would have agonized over each decision!
“Our florist offered a unique option for flowers – they helped me select the flowers I wanted to include, and they provided guidance and instruction while my sisters, mom, and I assembled the bouquets and arrangement ourselves. It was fun and also helped us save on the cost of a full florist service.”
“I was blown away by how sweet and sincere the speeches at the reception were – by my father-in-law, father, best men, and maid of honor,” says Libby. “I didn’t think a lot about the speeches before the wedding because I didn’t have to plan them! So it was kind of a surprise that they became one of my favorite parts of the day.”
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? My sister-in-law is an amazing singer, and she performed the song “Sea of Love” during our ceremony with two of my husband’s friends signing backup and playing guitar and drums. It was a really special moment for us, and many of the guests commented on how much they enjoyed it.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We included only the traditions that we liked! We did see each other before the wedding for a first look, and I think that was a great decision for us. It got some pre-wedding jitters out of the way and gave us some quiet time together. At the reception we included most of the traditions (dances, cake cutting, bouquet toss) kind of quickly at the beginning – we wanted to keep the party moving.
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. My mother volunteered to grow 200 white tulips from bulbs for the wedding – she planted them months before, and it was so fun to check in on the progress (we were nervous they wouldn’t be ready in time). It ended up working out perfectly, and they looked so beautiful on the day of. // A fun detail is that my husband had twin best men – he has been best friends with them since middle school. In their speech they said “We know he picked both of us since just one of us couldn’t have gotten the job done!”
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Some practical advice: our officiant advised my husband and me to make sure we held our kiss for a couple extra seconds during the ceremony so that our photographers could be sure to get the shot and I thought that was really helpful (we did get an amazing photo!).
What advice do you have for other brides? Don’t over-DIY (extra stress during an already stressful time), and try not to ask too much of your friends and family – they want to enjoy the day too. Also, break in your shoes!
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? To help stay within our budget, we spent more money on the parts of the wedding that we thought would have the biggest impact (the venue, the flowers, my dress, an open bar) and we decided to forgo of some of the smaller details (favors, upgraded linens and chairs, a limo rental, etc.).
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? My maid of honor – my sister – announced to me just before that wedding that she was pregnant! My family and I were so thrilled with this news, and it added another layer of excitement and happiness to the whole weekend.