Summer 2016 Wedding Guide

. July 12, 2016.
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Ani & Colin Baker
May 23, 2015

Colin and I met while attending Denison University in Granville, Ohio and we became college sweethearts. We were both involved in the same activities and had the same friend circles— the rest is history. We decided to have our wedding take place in Toledo because this is his hometown (I grew up in Bulgaria and went to high school in Canton). It comes as no surprise that planning a wedding involves working with many vendors. Try to not get caught up and feel excessive stress about all the details, choices, opinions and options. We decided to use an event coordinator to oversee and to communicate with the various providers. Our trust in the process, and the people involved, allowed Colin and I to enjoy our wedding day.

Flowers & Decor

La Boutique Nostalgie
425 Jefferson #630
419-308-4559 | laboutiquenostalgie.com

We had the pleasure of having Brigitta and her team provide all of the flowers and decor for our wedding day. She was extremely professional and had many wonderful ideas to make our vision come to life. I was stunned when I saw the flowers and decor she designed for us. As I walked into our reception space, I wanted to cry because it was exactly what I wanted— beautiful, warm and simple.

Attire 

Belle Amour Bridal
133 N. Michigan St.
419-244-1812 | belleamourbridal.com

I had been to three other bridal shops prior to visiting Belle Amour. Once I visited this bridal shop, I knew my search was complete. My consultant, Tiffany, was incredible and listened to all of my requests— she was not satisfied until I was satisfied. Tiffany’s suggestions were spot on— I ended up choosing a wedding gown she had suggested. Being an out of state bride, Belle Amour did a fantastic job accommodating my schedule. Both Tiffany and Michelle were great to work with and I highly recommend the shop.

Venue

Heather Downs Country Club 
3910 Heatherdowns Blvd. 
419-382-3481 | heatherdowns.com

Heather Downs Country Club was absolutely exceptional. Our wedding coordinator, Gina, and her staff, went above and beyond any of our expectations for our celebration. Their efforts produced an elegant, fun and stress free event. We had a rather large wedding with  multiple vendors and Gina was able to make sure the entire day went smoothly.

DJ

Life Celebrations
1441 Craigwood Rd.
419-344-4847 | lifecelebrationsdj.com

What a great choice we made with Life Celebrations! Our DJ, Chris, did an excellent job a year and a half ago at a family wedding we had attended, and we knew he would be just as great at our reception. His professionalism, accommodation and flexibility while working with us was exceptional. Chris tailored the entire day to what we wanted, kept the night on track and also provided lighting to add to the atmosphere.

Church

St.Paul’s Episcopal Church
310 Elizabeth St., Maumee
419-893-3381 | stpaulsmaumee.org

St. Paul’s’ Episcopal Church in Maumee has rich local history and was a beautiful backdrop for our wedding ceremony. Family and friends really enjoyed the beautiful setting.


Rachel & Travis Dowling 
October 3, 2015

Travis and I are both from Metamora, Ohio and have known each other for most of our lives. When I think back on the major milestones I have encountered, he has been there every step of the way. It came as no surprise to our families and friends that we would get married. We wanted our wedding day to be extremely personal, with as many special touches as possible. People kept telling us our wedding day would go by so fast and to make sure we enjoyed it all. It was not until the end of the night we realized how right everyone was. Our advice to future brides and grooms is to take the time to let it all soak in because at the end of the day, it is your day and not anyone else’s.

Videographer

Fordham Footage
5248 Rymoor Dr, Sylvania
419-350-6271 | fordhamfootage.com

I knew that I wanted to have a videographer for our wedding. After seeing Fordham Footage sneak peeks on Facebook, I knew I wanted to use them for our wedding. Owner, Dale Fordham, is amazing at what he does and he is so creative at capturing just the right moments. The day of the wedding, he surprised me by showing up at the salon to get video of us getting our hair and makeup done. This was not something he had to do, but rather something he chose to do because he thought it would make a great addition to our footage. The wedding video allows us to relive the entire day everytime we watch it.

Decor

Candlelight Occasions
1183 E. 3rd Ave., Perrysburg
419-340-6242 | candlelightoccasions.com

Jamie was able to visualize exactly what I wanted the reception to look like, from the perfect shade of red to the subtle hints of gold and sparkle. She noted my likes and dislikes and was able to turn my wishes into reality. Our reception was gorgeous and prettier than I ever could have imagined.

Church 

Holy Trinity Church
2649 US Hwy 20, Swanton
419-644-4014 | holytrinityswanton.com

Travis and I both grew up going to Holy Trinity Church— we have been members since birth.  Both of our families and many friends attend Holy Trinity as well, and getting married there was the only place we even considered.

Wedding Planner

Bee For the Day
844 Elm, Perrysburg
419-270-4359 | beefortheday.com

Originally, I wasn’t sure if we needed a wedding planner. I was leaning on having one so my mom could enjoy herself and not worry about all the nuts and bolts of the day. After speaking with Brooke Lauber-Cobb and hearing about the services available at Bee For the Day, I knew we needed the bees. Brooke and her staff made sure our day went smoothly. Danielle and Tiffany were very helpful making sure everything was taken care of, which allowed my mom, Travis and I to fully enjoy the night. 

Cake

Cherry Lane Custom Cakes
3326 Glanzman
419-377-1273 | cherrylanecakes.com

While we opted for a sheet cake instead of a huge wedding cake, we went to Cherry Lane and worked with Cindy to order a small cake to cut at the reception. She based the cake design on the embroidery in my wedding dress. Cindy also coordinated black and gold colors to go with the cake topper that I had previously purchased. She began sketching out the design while we met and I left our appointment knowing our cake would be beautiful— which it was.

Photography 

Serendipity Photography
12060 Oak River Ln., Whitehouse
419-893-1700 | serendipitybygerri.com

I knew from my first meeting with Gerri Leonard that she was the perfect person to capture our wedding. She was extremely personable and she loves what she does. From engagement pictures to wedding photos— they are all amazing. Our wedding day was cold and rainy and I was concerned where we would be able to go for pictures. After talking with Gerri, I felt more at ease and had trust she would find the perfect place for pictures. 

DJ

Ultimate Nights
5800 W. Central Ave.
419-350-3629 | ultimatenightsdj.com

Travis and I wanted our reception to be enjoyed by all of our guests and with Brian Cahill’s help, we accomplished just that. The online portal he creates for each client allows you to pick and choose what songs you want (and do not want) played at your event. If you want to request songs he may not have, he will download them. After our meetings and reviewing our song choices, he worked his magic adding some of his own choices and provided music everyone could enjoy.

Venue

Holland Gardens
6530 Angola Rd., Holland
419-866-9485 | hollandgardensbanquethall.com

Kyle and the staff at Holland Gardens were great. They went above and beyond to accommodate all of our needs and offered helpful advice when needed. The food tasting they offered made choosing the menu for the reception much easier.

Men’s Attire

Shaw’s Clothing
1075 N. Shoop Ave. #4, Wauseon
419-335-8041

Travis and I wanted to work with as many local providers as we could planning our wedding. The staff at Shaw’s could not have been more helpful in assisting us with tuxedos. They ordered samples in multiple colors and were very flexible when I decided to switch the color scheme at the last minute. 

Flowers

Karin Weldy Designs
419-202-4588 | Facebook@KarinWeldyDesigns.com

Karin was referred to me by my hairdresser and I could not have been happier with her work. She was great to work with and she helped make my vision become a reality. I knew I wanted to use roses, but I had no idea what I wanted for the corsages and boutonnieres. Karin was conscious of our budget and presented different options to choose from— the result was simply beautiful.

“Your Dream Dress for Less”

Be a part of the first annual National Bridal Sale Day—Bridal Saturday—and find the dress of your dreams while experiencing substantial savings at more than 700 independent locally-owned bridal retailers. Much like Black Friday, this day of deals will become a tradition for the bridal industry and it will eliminate the need to shop around online in order to compare prices. Bridal Saturday will give you the opportunity to visit bridal salons while being able to touch, see and feel what you’re purchasing without having to worry about the price tag. Local retailers Belle Amour Bridal (133 N. Michigan St.) and Atlas Bridal (4895 Monroe St. #101)  are participating in this wonderful wedding event. Visit the website for a full list of participating retailers.

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