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Wedding Guide: Spring 2016

Matthew & Cody  Fairchild
September 19, 2015

Matt and I were introduced to each other by friends in high school, and the rest is history. We experienced several milestones together, including Matt leaving for the Marine Corps in 2013. His absence brought us closer together. Less than a year later, we were engaged. Both of us were born and raised in the Toledo area, so we decided to shop locally for our wedding vendors. We feel you get significantly better service and it helps the local community and economy. Both of us were surprised by how quickly the wedding day went. My advice to future couples is to simply relax, and enjoy— this day is about you two and nothing else.

Hafner Florist 
5139 S. Main St., Sylvania
419-885-7033 | hafnerflorist.com

I spent several hours with Kelli Baker, Wedding Floral Designer, leading up to the wedding. She was very patient with me while I shared my likes and dislikes with her. She blew me away with sample arrangements she prepared for our final meeting. On the big day, all the bouquets, centerpieces and candelabras were stunning.

St. Hyacinth Catholic Church
719 Evesham | 419-536-5124 

St. Hyacinth is a beautiful church and close to our home. We felt a connection with the church as well as Deacon Pence who married us. Matthew and I were lucky enough to have Deacon Pence’s daughter, Katherine stand by our side as my Maid of Honor. It was an extra bonus that there were nice sized rooms in the church basement for the guys and gals to get ready in.

Mager Designs
419-531-6085 | magerdesigns.com

Our reception was held at the GESU Sullivan Center in Toledo. The wedding decorations and custom lighting, provided by Mager Designs, completely transformed the hall. Yards and yards of fabric, tiny sparkling lights and a chandelier over the dance floor, in addition to decor in the ladies restroom, showcased the special touches provided by Mager.

Michael’s Catering 
101 N. Main St. 
419-698-2988 | michaelsoftoledo.com

We continued the Fairchild family tradition of using Michael’s Catering. They catered Matt’s parent’s wedding 27 years ago. Catering Manager, Sue Wistinghausen, was great. She was incredibly helpful and detail oriented. On my wedding day, the food was delicious and the serving staff exceeded our expectations.

Eston’s Bakery 
5433 Monroe St. 
419-885-9442 | estonsbakery.com

Eston’s was a no brainer for me. I wanted to have the best cake in town on my wedding day and this was the place to go. I had enjoyed their cakes on previous occasions. Our guests raved about the cake, even after the big day.

Shorty’s True American Roadhouse 
5111 Monroe St. 
419-841-9505 | mancys.com

Our rehearsal dinner was enjoyed on the private patio, which was the perfect size to accommodate our party of 50.  All of our guests raved about the barbequed chicken, pulled pork and, of course, their infamous mac and cheese. My personal favorite is their delicious cornbread.

Atlas Bridal Shop
4895 Monroe St.
419-474-9119 | atlasbridalshop.com

Of course, I knew I was going to get my wedding attire at Atlas Bridal Shop. My Mother-In-Law, Jeanne Fairchild, is the owner. Atlas posted a photo of a beautiful gown on their Facebook page and I had to try it on. After trying on dozens of dresses, nothing compared to that first dress. Since Matt is in the Marine Corps, he wore his dress blues uniform for our ceremony before later changing into a tuxedo to match the groomsmen. We selected all the bridesmaid gowns and groomsmen attire from Atlas, complete with bow tie.

Hudson Studio Photography
8313 Monroe Rd., Lambertville, MI. 
734-856-5610 | hudsonstudioofphotography.com

Janet Hudson was the one and only photographer I met with before the wedding. She had photographed Matt and his brother, Tony, as children, and I had heard such great reviews about her from others. Her style incorporated the perfect mix of traditional and photojournalistic shots.

Harold Jaffe Jewelers
4211 Talmadge Rd. 
419-472-4480 | haroldjaffe.com

Matt made the first decision to shop local when he purchased my engagement ring. He found the perfect ring and enjoyed working with their friendly staff.

Sounds of Music
P.O. Box 355, Maumee
419-893-5888 | soundsofmusicdjs.com

At my wedding reception I wanted to hear great music and have my guests on the dance floor having fun. Aaron, our DJ, did just that. Our guests were on the dance floor all night.

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

My mother-in-law, Jeanne, saw one of owner, Dale Fordham’s, videos online and insisted on hiring him for our wedding. He is an artistic genius and captured elements of our wedding day that a photograph never could.


Faith & Luke Sutter
October 17, 2015

Luke and I were high school sweethearts and University of Toledo May 2015 graduates. Being from the Toledo area our entire lives, it was a given to get married in Toledo. Our entire wedding day went perfectly and we couldn’t have accomplished any of this without our wedding providers. My advice to future brides and grooms is to enjoy every second of the planning process. While it may get stressful at times, all that truly matters is you get to marry the love of your life and start your forever together. Our favorite moment on our big day was being able to hug and have all our family there to celebrate with us.


David Fairclough Fine Jewelers    
7141 W. Central    
419-843-8887 | davidfairclough.com

We could not be happier with our wedding rings thanks to the design efforts of David Fairclough. Every aspect of the design and customer service we received was top notch. We were always greeted with a smile and as an extra we can have our rings cleaned for free anytime. All the staff were willing to help in any way to keep us satisfied customers.

The Stranahan Theater Great Hall
4645 Heatherdowns 
419-381-8851 | stranahantheater.org

Joyce Roling and the entire team at Stranahan were remarkable to work with. Having a large guest list of 500, they were one of very few halls in the area able to accommodate the guest count. Not only were we able to use our own caterer, our wedding professionals were able to come in the day before and set up. The dance floor was situated in the entire center section of the hall which made it perfect for guests to dance all night long.

One Day Sign
4236 Secor
419-475-6060 | facebook.com/onedaysign

We had a large wedding with 500 guests in attendance. Welcome signs and table numbers added that little something special to the decor. Our engagement pictures were used in the background on table markers with numbers in bold navy. Jim and the staff at One Day Sign were awesome to work with.

Fordham Footage
5428 Rymoor, Sylvania
419-350-6271 | fordhamfootage.com

It’s hard to find the right words to begin to say how amazing Dale Fordham and his team were on our big day. Dale captured all the greatest moments on video, which we will forever cherish. He brought so much fun and supportive energy to the day. When we received our completed video, it was everything we wanted and MORE.

“I Do” Chair Covers
3809 Hampstead Dr., Sylvania
419-283-2000 | idochaircovers.com

Alice Kemmer was instrumental in coordinating an awesome design for tables and chairs. She pulled the look together with linens and even had beautiful chairs like the Bride and Groom chairs pictured. All these items are available to rent to make a big statement.

Bartz Viviano
4505 Secor Rd.
419-474-1600 | bartzviviano.com

Our floral designer Ann did an amazing job with our floral and decor needs. All the flowers, decorations centerpieces and backdrop at the Stranahan Great Hall was simply beautiful. After meeting and working with Ann, she was able to take my vision and bring it to life.

Emily Eileen Photography 

Toledo native and professional photographer Emily Eileen and I met in high school. When Luke and I became engaged she took our engagement pictures and handled all our wedding photography needs. The turnaround time for pictures was super fast. Emily lives in Virginia but returns to Toledo often as a wedding photographer. All the wedding pictures in this article were taken by her.

Class Act by Bob Norris
P.O. Box 13173
419-472-4465 | classactbybobnorris.com

Our DJ was outstanding and the best entertainment professional of the night. Guests danced and enjoyed themselves all night long. Our DJ was very personable. For a special touch, uplighting and a scroll on the dance floor was added to showcase interesting and special effects.

Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed
1375 S. Main, Gibsonburg
419-665-2577 | olezims.com

Over the years Luke and I enjoyed going to Ole Zim’s after church services on Sundays. When it came time to pick our wedding food, Luke knew he wanted John Zimmerman and his team to be our caterer. Guests enjoyed comfort foods like fried chicken, ham, roast beef and homemade mini pies which was the perfect touch for a Fall wedding. Everyone at the wedding remarked about how great the food was.


Erica Stearns & Derek Francis 
November 28, 2015

Friends of ours picked the same date for their wedding as we had, so Derek and I chose to move our date up, giving us only four months to plan. Many brides and grooms may not believe it’s possible to plan a wedding on such short notice, but it is! We experienced a fabulous wedding since our new date was in what is typically the off­season, and we had great Toledo area wedding service providers on board. While some businesses had rush ordering policies in place, everyone was eager to work with us to deliver a beautiful wedding and reception. 

Cake Arts Supplies 
2858 W. Sylvania.
419-­472-­4959 | cakeartsupply.com

For many years, my family has been using Cake Art Supplies for different occasions. The owner, Dorothy, is amazing and her input was great. We chose a three tier cake with three flavors, complimented with black and silver borders. Keith Brooks, from Hafner Florists, added Gerbera daisies and ranunculus flowers as decorations on the cake for finishing touches. As a special bonus, Dorothy made us a small cake for our one year anniversary, rather than saving an original piece to put in the freezer.

Bee For the Day
419-­270­-4359 | beefortheday.com

Owner, Brooke Lauber­Cobb, and Shelly Myers, were our wedding coordinators for the day. Hiring these ladies was the best idea, as the decision to have a coordinator can make or break your day. I had no idea how difficult it would have been had they not been there to keep everyone on track. They made sure everything ran smoothly, from the rehearsal dinner to the wedding celebration. Shelly is pictured making sure my dress was just right.

Decorative Sound 
7410 Valhalla Dr. | Maumee.
419­-867-­6733 | decorativesound.com

Michael Baginski of Decorative Sound played to the crowd with a variety of reception songs and he did a tremendous job keeping the guests moving. The dance floor was packed all evening. Our ceremony music and preparation were extremely simple and stress free.

The Gown Shop
202 Louisiana Ave. | Perrysburg.
419-­679-­GOWN | thegownshop.com
122 S. Main St. | Ann Arbor.
734­-834­-4696 | thegownshop.com

With two locations to serve customers, the Ann Arbor shop handled my designer (Anais Annette) dress since it had to be custom made in a short amount of time. I have a tattoo in the middle of my upper back that I did not want to be visible. If you don’t want to go the customized-dress route, certified makeup artists can work wonders to completely cover tattoos so they do not detract from a dress.

J Crew at Franklin Park Mall | 5001 Monroe St.
419-­474­-7570 | jcrew.com

With a short time frame to get bridesmaids dresses, we went to J Crew, and had the dresses picked out, purchased and delivered within one week! I would advise any bride considering bridesmaid attire to check out J Crew. They supply elegant dresses with a variety of colors, styles and sizes. 

Hafner Florist
7210 Airport Hwy. | Holland
419-­865-­3264 | hafnerflorist.com
5139 Main St | Sylvania
419­-885­-7033 | hafnerflorist.com

Derek and I decided to have a black and white themed wedding, but I wanted to have more than just white flowers all around. The unique floral items Keith Brooks (from the Sylvania location) was able to envision met our needs and wants. All the designs and decor exceeded my expectations and made my wedding look beautiful.

Design Touch Studio 
221 W. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg 
419-­874­-3351 | touchdesignstudio.com

Salvatore Capelli Hair Spa 
4105 Chappel Dr. | Perrysburg 
419­-873-­5483 | salvatorecapelli.com 

I visited Jessica Mefferd (Salvatore Capelli) for my wedding day. Having short hair, I was concerned my hair might not look done up enough to match my dress and makeup. Jessica did an amazing job and created an elegant look with a rhinestone headband that held until I went to bed. The ladies in my wedding party enjoyed hairstyles from Tammi Williams, (Designer Touch Studio), as well as her last minute adjustments made while at the Toledo Club. Tammi is pictured making final adjustments to our flower girl’s headband.

Grand Lubell Photography
 5101 Harroun Rd. | Sylvania 
419-­882­-1984 | grandlubell.com and photoboothlive.com

Bob at Grand Lubell Photography did a wonderful job capturing true reflections of our wedding day. Derek and I now have a great collection of items to be enjoyed over the years as we look back on our celebration. The live photo booth was enjoyed by everyone at the reception. 

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

Dale Fordham did a tremendous job of recording and showcasing all the emotions of our wedding day. His talent and experience were apparent step­by­step as there was no interference in any of the festivities and ceremony. We have a genuine video to enjoy and cherish with family and friends in the years ahead.

J. Foster Jewelers
Shops at Fallen Timbers | 3100 Main St.
419­-878­-9998 | jfosterjewelers.com
Franklin Park Mall | 5001 Monroe St.
419-473­-3300 | jfosterjewelers.com

My husband Derek had nothing but rave reviews for Stan Bruno (Fallen Timbers) who we were referred to by a recently married friend. Derek knew I wanted a black diamond and white gold ring and Stan did the rest. Not only was I presented with a beautiful engagement ring, but we also chose a black wedding ring for Derek.

The Toledo Club
 235 14th St.
419-­243­-2200 | toledoclub.org

The first time I visited the Toledo Club was four months prior to my wedding. While shopping for wedding venues, I had planned on looking around the Toledo area, but on the first visit, I fell in love with The Toledo Club’s charming and inviting atmosphere. With the historical and original design features, the building itself offered so much character it was impossible to have anything but the most gorgeous wedding there. We not only had our wedding at the Toledo Club, but our wedding shower and rehearsal dinner were hosted there as well.

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