There is amazing … then there is amazingly unique. Jenny and Steve’s personal and one-of-a-kind Columbus wedding has made our day! No one said planning an out-of-state wedding was easy, but this couple managed to accomplish it from one of the busiest and most fun places in the world, New Orleans. You can’t get anything done in the Big Easy, it’s too much fun. But Jenny and Steve (now a wedding photographer himself at www.photosteevo.com) planned a beautiful and all-out good time for their wedding in their hometown of Columbus. And their wedding should be the poster wedding for nothing being off limits when seeking that outstanding wedding photo … they have Columbus photographer Nick Fancher to thank for that.
Jenny and Steve aren’t exactly the “High School Sweetheart” type of couple, so we won’t call them that. They did, however, start dating their senior year of high school in Hilliard after Jenny invited him to play on an indoor soccer team.
“I thought he was cute,” said the bride. “He was shy.”
Jenny said she knew they were “it” when Steve left for Costa Rica for three months in the middle of their relationship.
Following an April 2007 move to New Orleans, LA where Steve worked for Shell Oil and Jenny was a designer at Renaissance Publishing, Steve decided he wanted Jenny to be his wife. But how did he do it? Maybe in one of the most unique ways possible.
“[He] sent me on a solo scavenger hunt on our first Thanksgiving in New Orleans,” said Jenny. “Four cards. The first three had pictures of us in them with little phrases and a piece of magnetic poetry. One piece said ‘you,’ one said ‘me,’ one with ‘will,’ the final card he handed to me personally and it only contained the magnet ‘marry.’ Cue the crying, kissing and bling!”
When it came time to plan the big day, Jenny wanted to just focus on making the day special for the two of them, making it as personal and “them” as possible. The ceremony was held at a nestled neighborhood church in Columbus, First Unitarian Universalist Church.
“The ceremony was short and sweet, sweaty hand-holding and quivering lips, but we held ourselves together,” said Jenny. “The day went SO FAST! I remember being weirded out at first, by being the center of attention, but that faded fast. Taking pictures in between was an adventure … we went to Walhalla, a unique niche in the Clintonville area to take some more photos/trespass onto someone’s mansion-looking property.”
But some of the greatest photos they dragged photographer Nick Fancher along for happened when … well, the limo went dry.
“The groomsmen brought and proceeded to drink ALL of the alcohol that was meant for the limo, so we made an impromptu stop at the liquor store and snapped some pics,” laughed the bride. “Lots of staring and congratulatory wishes followed.”
The reception was held at La Scala Italian Bistro, where wedding guests feasted on a grande Italian meal, inspired by the bride’s family heritage.
“A seven-course Italian meal, proceeded by the norm first dances, bouquet/garter throws, dancing, cake etc”.
Following the reception, filled with great family and close friends, the bridal party continued the celebration at local pub, Brazenhead.
The couple took a week-long cruise to Grand Cayman, Isla Roatan, Belize and the Florida Keys.
Thoughts on wedding planning:
There are lots of things that need to be decided/discussed between the couple. Be reasonable with each other, help each other, take all ideas into consideration, because the day is for both of you.
Thoughts on marriage:
“Enjoy your time together. Savor the little things. Pick your battles. Make it a point to have a date nights together — just because you’re now married, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t treat your relationship to a night out every once and awhile.”
Photographer: Nick Fancher Photography // Ceremony: First Unitarian Universalist Church, Columbus, Ohio // Reception: La Scala Italian Bistro //Hair & Makeup: Stephanie Isbestor (friend of the bride) of Jolie Laide, German Village in Columbus // Catering: La Scala Italian Bistro // Flowers: Sawmill Florist // DJ/Band: A Solid Gold Sound // Stationery/invitations: Designed by the bride // Rentals: Connie Duglin Linen