1920s Inspired Wedding in Toledo, Ohio :: Julie & Shawn

1920s style, hometown venue at The Grand Plaza, rad retro getaway car… lots to love about Julie and Shawn’s sweet and simple vintage glam Ohio wedding!


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“Shawn and I grew up together in Wapakoneta, Ohio. We dated through out high school and parted ways after I graduated. We both wound up moving to Columbus, Ohio and have been together ever since, and we returned home to Wapakoneta to tie the knot! My mother was my right hand man in planning – I couldn’t have done it without her. Every time I came home to visit, she’d have appointment after appointment set up.”


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The Ceremony

“Our ceremony was held at First United Methodist because of my family’s involvement there. My grandmother was the Choir Director for 30 years and my father still sings in the choir there. It meant a lot to me to say my vows in that church.”


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Your ceremony in three words.  Short, sweet, and meaningful.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  Shawn and I were really passionate about keeping our ceremony simple, so we opted out of the unity candle and other traditions of that sort. We did have his mother sing some songs before the ceremony, which was very special, and that walk down the aisle with my father is one I’ll never forget.

What was your ceremony music?  As lovers of show tunes, we chose “One Hand, One Heart” from West Side Story for the mothers’ processional.


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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  My favorite thing about the ceremony was that feeling I had when I walked in the door. I looked around and saw nothing but faces – everyone was there to celebrate with Shawn and me. It was so moving and powerful.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  Shawn was so nervous he was swaying back and forth the entire time. In junior high, he locked his knees during a choir concert and passed out; he later confessed he was terrified of that happening during our ceremony, hence the swaying.


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Did you include any fun traditions in your wedding?  We took our first ride around the block as husband and wife the same way my parents did – in our family friend’s Model A. My dad and the owner got the car running the week before the wedding.


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The Reception

“We had a soft 1920s themed reception. Lots of feathers, pearls and beading everywhere. It was gorgeous! Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby came out around the time we became engaged, and the costuming, makeup and hair was definitely a huge inspiration when planning our wedding.”


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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  My dad’s speech at the reception is something I will never forget. He fake-consumed half a bottle of whiskey (actually soda) to show the groomsmen how it was done. He basically fooled everybody in that room -months later, people still don’t believe me that it was just soda.

What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?  Shawn and I danced to Elvis’s “I Can’t Help Falling In Love” and my father and I danced to The Beatles rendition of “Take Good Care of My Baby.”

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received came from my friend Kari: She told me to stop often and look around me. It’s not often that you have that group of people together in a room to celebrate you!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  DATE NIGHT! It can be so chaotic and easy to get lost in the madness. Take time to turn that off and focus on the two of you.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  If you’d asked me during the planning of the wedding, I would have advised future brides to elope. But after everything, I’d do it all over again. It was worth all the preparation and stress.


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Vendor Credits

Photography: Miss Alysse Wedding Photography / Venue: The Grand Plaza in Toledo, Ohio / Church: First United Methodist Church of Wapakoneta / Event Planning & Design: Deb Regula / Officiant: Kim Sieberling / Dress: Allure Bridals / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell / Headpiece: BHLDN / Bridesmaid Dresses: Pissaro Nights / Suit, Tie, Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein / Shoes: H&M  / Floral Design: Village Green Floral and Garden Center / Hair: Heather Krol / Makeup: Mary Moore / Soloist: Jody Coil / Pianist: Mrs. Schneider / DJ: Charles Erickson / Catering: Ann Ross Catering / Cake, Dessert: Beth Brookhart

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