Alex and Miles hosted their Columbus, Ohio, reception at Alex’s parents home and it couldn’t be any sweeter. Oh, and talented bride Alex designed and made her own gorgeous wedding dress.
Says Miles, “We wanted to have an intimate backyard wedding, where everyone could be comfortable and enjoy themselves. Having extended family come in from as far away as Guatemala, it was also important that family and friends could reconnect with those who they don’t see very often over great food, drink, and music.
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The family home is located about ten miles from the center of Columbus on roughly five acres split into two plots and connected by a bridge constructed by the groom’s father, all overlooking the Scioto River. Being ringed by trees provided nice screening from neighbors, and the open fields provided plenty of space for the roughly one hundred and sixty guests to enjoy themselves. A single ash tree in the middle of the field provided both a focal point for the events of the evening as well as the wedding’s central theme.
We did a lot of the details ourselves. Details such as Alex designing and constructing her own wedding dress, and both of us producing the paper collateral such as invitations, ceremony programs, and dinner menus. The bride’s mother crafted a variety of delicious family recipes that both complimented the cater’s fare as well as provided a Latin flare.
Family members and friends contributed with decorations of the tents and grounds with white candles, flowers, homemade center pieces, and countless other items. Vendors provided important personal touches such as Latin music, highly artistic photographs, and entertaining caricatures for all guests.
The whole event is a plethora of favorite memories. For something as special as one’s wedding day, you have to break the event down into parts to adequately describe all the highlights one experiences when finally getting married. In the anticipation before the ceremony, the photographs where it’s just the bride and groom provide a moment of tranquility and intimacy. The exchanging of vows before a church full of family and friends. The walking back down the aisle after the completion of the ceremony for the first time as a newly wedded couple. The blessing by a long-time best friend before the meal. The father-daughter dance where the groom has the honor of taking his bride’s hand from her father- all these and so many more compile to form many favorite memories.”
And Miles has some parting advice for those of you deep in wedding planning mode: “Try and keep all of the many elements in planning a detailed wedding in perspective. It is easy to get bogged down in details, but it is important to remember that in the end, all of your guests are there to celebrate your love and commitment to one another.”