Countless weddings have been postponed and cancelled over the last several months, but Christine & Erik simply could not wait to be married! It was our first wedding since early March and let me just say, you don’t know what you’re missing until it’s gone! It felt amazing to be back! I’ve certainly missed the hustle and bustle of the wedding day; things like setting up the venue ensuring all the details fall into place, helping the bride put on her veil, seeing the look on the groom’s face when he’s sees his bride for the first time, the laughter and joy that fills the room. The list goes on and on! I never realized how much I loved weddings until I went nearly 4 months without one.
Though Christine and Erik chose to keep their original date, tying the knot during a global pandemic proved to be a bit stressful, challenging, and heartbreaking, as it has been for many couples. There was the uncertainty of not knowing if guests would be able to travel for their big day, wondering what new state guidelines would be in place or would change at any moment, thoughts of how they would keep their guests safe. These two kept a positive attitude and certainly made the best of an imperfect situation. We worked together with the vendor team, using creativity to ensure guests were kept safe. Our goal was that no guest left feeling like they had just attended a “COVID-Wedding.”
Check out some of the unique touches we added to keep everyone safe!
From rolled silverware to custom water glass covers, safe place settings for all the guests were a must! Christine and Erik opted for reusable glass hand sanitizer bottles as favors. They were made by Hoosier Brewing, which donates a percentage of sales to Indiana first responders. We placed one at each seat with a tag reading "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's learning to dance in the rain!"
Their specialty cocktail was based off their favorite drink at their favorite bar, the O'Bryon's Shark Tank. The drink is made with sprite, vodka and a toy shark filled with grenadine. When the guests flipped the shark over into the drink, it looked like a shark attack! So Cool!
We had so much fun celebrating with Christine & Erik! They certainly proved that love conquers all, even in the midst of a global pandemic. Cheers to many years of love, laughter and happily ever after!
Venue: Stone Valley Meadows
Ceremony: Holy Trinity Middletown
Catering: Elite Catering
Florist: Susan Foy Wedding Designer
DJ: Mark Moore
Transportation: My Party Bus
Bartender: Tom Bees & Cincy Bartiste
Alcohol: O'Bryan's Wine & Spirits
Day-of Coordination: Simply Events
Cake: The Bonbonerie
Hair & Makeup: Blend Artistry
Photographer: Jessica & Sarah Photography*
*Photos in this post were taken with an iPhone and do not reflect the photographers work
Standard guest books have become a thing of the past. Our couples are always surprising us with fun, alternative ideas for their guest book! This couple was no different. We loved the idea of having all their guests leave a note for them on an acoustic guitar! To tie it all together, they used the empty guitar case as the card box. Such a fun idea!
Can we just talk about this head table for a minute?! If this isn’t the head table of our dreams, I don’t know what is! The exposed brick, the draped lighting, the simple greenery down the middle, filled in with an endless amount of candles.. so elegant and romantic!! It truly was the showcase of the room.
The guest tables were just as flawless. City BBQ provided gold trimmed salad plates with matching gold silverware on top of a waterfall fold napkin. The gold lanterns with sprigs of greenery added the perfect romantic glow to the evening.
We really enjoyed setting up the dessert table for Heather & Rob. The bourbon barrels, wooden crates, wagon wheel, and little white step ladder added the perfect touch of rustic charm to the space. We loved the contrast of the white cake stands against all of the wood. We can’t forget to mention the yummy treats.. mini cupcakes, cookies, and homemade cookie balls were all on display, but didn’t last long!
Who needs a photo booth when you can have a selfie station?! We loved the idea of setting out props and selfie sticks for guests to take their picture. The twinkle lights hanging from the ceiling made the perfect backdrop!
It’s all about those details! We loved how Heather and Rob incorporated song lyrics as some of their signs around the reception space.. all tying in with their passion for music.
Congrats again to Heather & Rob! Thank you for letting Simply Events be a part of your big day! Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness!
Day-of Coordination: Danielle with Simply Events
Venue: Rhinegeist Brewery
Catering: City BBQ
Floral: State & Arrow
Photography: Lauren with Images by Daniel Michael
DJ: Chad with Perfect Day DJs
Cake: Happy Chicks Bakery
Videography: Hoke Media
Lighting: Party Pleasers
Hair: I Do Updo
Makeup: Moxxie Makeup
We are super excited to share our experience from Chris & Lydia’s Greek wedding this past Saturday, May 26, 2018! This was our first Greek wedding and we just loved everything about their day and traditions!
This beautiful day started out with the guys enjoying a round of golf at Glenview Golf Club, while the girls started bright and early with hair and makeup at Embassy Suites Riverfront. We made a pitstop by the hotel to pick up the toasting flutes, and caught a quick glance of Lydia in her stunning gown from Splendid Bridal. The dress had a gorgeous beaded back and her sleek hair style was classic and timeless.
As Chris and Lydia went off to Spring Grove Cemetery for photos, Team Simply Events headed to the Newport Syndicate for setup. The room was dressed in classic black linens, purple uplighting, chandeliers and ceiling swag. CC & Company Floral decorated the room with two styles of centerpieces. Some tables had sets of pillar candles and scattered rose petals, while others had large, 3-foot manzanita trees with floating orb candles. We absolutely LOVED all the candle light, creating an elegant glow around the room.
Next stop, the church & ceremony, one of the highlights of the day! Chris & Lydia tied the knot with a beautiful ceremony at Holy Trinity – St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Filled with immense history and stunning architecture, this church is like nothing we’ve seen before! The ceiling was covered in mosaic, creating a beautiful work of art. Upon research, it was learned that Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas is the oldest Greek Orthodox parish on record in Ohio. Many families arrived between 1880 and 1900 during Greek immigration to the United States. Holy Trinity Church was Founded in 1907 during the Great Depression, followed by St. Nicholas in 1938. It wasn’t until 1945 that the two churches came together in a movement of unity and reconciliation among their faithful followers. Then in 1972 the new church, we see today, was opened to accommodate the growing congregation and continues to be a place of worship for more than 2,000 Orthodox Christians. *
If you’ve never witnessed a Greek wedding, continue reading as we share some of our favorite from their ceremony. You’re sure to be as intrigued as we were!
The Exchange of Rings - The Koumbara is a religious sponsor of the bride & groom, who exchanges the rings three times between the Bride & Groom. This signifies that in marriage, the weakness of one partner will be compensated by the strength of the other and the imperfections of one, by the perfection of the other. By themselves they are incomplete, but together they are made perfect. **
The Crowning, a focal point of the Greek marriage ceremony. The crowns symbolize the glory and honor with which God crowns them during the sacrament. The wedding crowns are personalized and gifted to the bride and groom by the Koumbara. The ribbon connecting them symbolizes unity of the couple and the presence of Christ who blesses and joins the couple. After the priest blesses the crowns and places them on the Bride & Groom’s head, the Koumbara standings behind the couple and interchanges the crowns three times as a witness to the sealing of their union. **
The Ceremonial Walk – Often referred to as the Dance of Isaiah, the priest leads the Bride and Groom in a circle around the table on which the Gospel and the Cross are placed. They circle the table three times symbolizing their first steps as a married couple. During the ceremonial walk, a hymn is sung to the Holy Martyrs reminding the newly married couple of the sacrificial love they are to have for the other in marriage. **
The ceremony also included a variety of chants, incense and the holding of a candle by the bride and groom for the length of the ceremony. It was also unique that the wedding party stood in an arc on either side of the Bride & Groom.
After the ceremony, it was party time! Lydia and Chris celebrated with nearly 300 of their closest friends and family at the Newport Syndicate. They shared a night filled with cocktails, dinner, toasts, Greek dancing and music by the Greek Tycoons Band. It was so much fun seeing their day come together and enjoying all of their Greek traditions as they became Husband and Wife!
Are you planning a wedding with unique traditions?! Do you need help pulling all the details together for a memorable day for you and your families?! We'd love to hear from you! Contact us today for a complimentary consultation!
Day-of Coordination: Simply Events
Venue & Catering: Newport Syndicate
Church: Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Florals: CC & Company Floral
Photography: Images by Daniel Michael
Band: The Greek Tycoons
Videography: Rmax Films
Cake: Cakes & Pastries by George
Transportation: Motor Toys Limousine Service
Hair: Spoil U Rotten
Makeup: Eye Do Makeup & Hair
Dress: Splendid Bridal
*Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
**Wedding program provided by Lydia & Chris
Photos featured were taken via iPhone and do not represent the professional photographer's work.
Happy Wednesday! We are super excited to relaunch the Simply Events Blog! Be sure to check back each week for our featured post! We'll share fun ideas for your next event, keep you in tune with what's trending, give sneak peaks into our events and so much more!
This week on the blog, Danielle will share some fun details from Grace’s Graduation Party this past weekend!
This high school graduation party looked like it was pulled straight out of Pinterest! So many little details went into the planning and we loved seeing it all come together!
The party was held at the family’s gorgeous home in Sardinia, Ohio. They utilized an existing shelter on their property and also rented a tent to hold tables and chairs for their guests.
We loved the black and gold color combo, her high school colors! We kept it clean and simple with a white linen, while adding a stunning black and white striped runner with gold polka dots. The centerpieces had photos of Grace growing up which added a nice personal touch for their guests.
Guests got to enjoy homemade BBQ made by Grace’s Uncle and for dessert- cake, cupcakes, and homemade buckeyes for the OSU bound graduate.
Talk about details... even the silverware was rolled up to look like a diploma- love it!
And for cake stands, we used some of Grace's favorite board games to really show her personality!
What's a backyard party without a bonfire and s’mores station?! We even included a s'mores menu, complete with everything needed to make a tasty treat!
oh.. and party favors! The grad gave her guests the ultimate candy bar with treat bags to take some home! Notice each candy was labeled with fun names like "so long SUCKERS!"
We're not done yet! All of the details of this party are just too good not to share! For her guest book, we created a polaroid photo station. Guests could snap a photo, put it in the scrapbook and leave a note for Grace to look back on for years to come!
One of our favorite elements of the party was the design of the bar! We used 2 large hay bales along with different sized galvanized tubs to hold all their drinks. Top it off with a "Cheers" banner and our bar was complete!
Finally, we can’t forget to mention the giant blow up pirate ship slide that was a huge hit for not only the children, but the adults too! They also loved the Giant Jenga, Yardzee & Volleyball!
The rain held off for the party and it was such a lovely evening to celebrate with Grace, her family & friends! We wish her all the best as she starts her journey at OSU!
If you are hosting a party or event this summer, Simply Events would love to help you plan, design and coordinate!
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