Two Families Become One In This Classic Vintage Inspired Wedding

Kalvas-1335Laura Beth & Michael

May 20th, 2017

Columbus, Ohio

The love stories of couples from THE Ohio State University usually start all in the same way: ” One night at a bar….” The story of Laura Beth and Michael’s love is no exception. One night at a bar Laura Beth’s friend was approached by a guy that asked her to dance. That man’s friend, Michael, just couldn’t leave Laura Beth standing there alone, so the gentleman in him asked for a dance, as well. Far after their friends stopped dancing, Laura Beth and Michael found themselves dancing the night away together. And from that moment on, they have been inseparable.

When Michael decided to ask for Laura Beth’s hand in marriage, he decided that Laura Beth’s annual family vacation was a perfect time. Coincidentally Laura Beth’s mom loves to take family portraits. So, Michael took it upon himself to hire a photographer for their portraits but really he was there to capture their special moment. After several family pictures, they took a walk on the beach alone. Michael then proceeded to get down on one knee to pop the question. The photographer captured every sweet moment as they celebrated with their family!

For these OSU grads, their wedding was a celebration of two families becoming one and their family histories. From their flowers to the cake they ever so sweetly incorporated special elements from both their families into their wedding. Laura Beth had flowers from her mother and her mother in law’s bouquets in her own. They used the unity candles from their parents’ weddings to light their own unity candle, which I think is a great idea! In addition, they used napkins from Mikes’ parent’s wedding for their own cake cutting and their cake plate was from her great-grandma’s grandparents’ wedding in 1898. How precious right?!? This wedding is was truly a family affair.

From the Couple: 


Wedding Colors: Sage, Blush, Gold, and Ivory

Wedding Budget: $35,000

Number of Wedding Guest: 200

Wedding Style: Vintage, Old World

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Paper Cranes and Diamond Rings | Laura Beth and Michael | Vintage Old World Chic

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What Do You Love About Each Other?

Something just felt right from the moment we met. We have always felt very comfortable with each other. He “pretends” to enjoy my sense of humor and I listen patiently when he starts talking about nerdy things…just kidding!

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How Does Your Wedding Style Personify You As A Couple?

I love European history, and the Athletic Club has a European vibe. We looked at so many different types of venues, but in the end, the Athletic Club reminded me of the different places I have read about and visited in England and France. I figured that on our big day we might as well feel like royalty! We used bird cages for some of the centerpieces, and we had paper cranes scattered throughout the venue. I’ve always gravitated to using birds in decorating, but I’m not really sure why. The paper cranes were special because my little sister (11 years old) folded most of them for us (although Mike helped because we had about 300 of them at the wedding). Mike would have been happy at most of the venues we looked at, but he loved the walkability of our wedding; our hotel, rehearsal dinner, church, and reception were all on the same block in downtown Columbus.

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Did You Have Any Special Traditions?

We had to get married on the half hour so that the minute hand was going up during the service, that brings good luck. And we had to have a polka song at the reception!

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Did You Do Any DIY Projects?

My mom made all of the floral arrangements, that was by far the biggest DIY. My sister and Mike folded all of the paper cranes.

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What Was Your Favorite Part of Your Wedding?

My favorite thing was probably wearing my gown, I absolutely loved it. My favorite moment was when my 15-year-old sister, who was my maid of honor, gave her speech. It was so heartfelt and beautiful, I was very proud of her!

Did You Have Any Gush-Worthy Vendors? 

  • The Athletic Club was great to work with from the very beginning, their coordinator Emily Messinger is extremely helpful.
  • Our band, Paradise Island, kept everyone on the dance floor the whole night. They even kept going for an extra half hour!
  • Christa captured some beautiful shots and made me feel very comfortable in front of the camera, which isn’t normal for me.
  • Brittany from The Beauty Factory was upbeat, happy, and hard at work from the moment of our 6am wake-up call to walking out the door at 2pm!
  • Last but not least, my seamstress Joyce was just the best to work with. She made sure my gown fit me like a glove and made every fitting enjoyable.

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Do You Have Any Wedding Planning Advice To Give To Other Couples?

Involve your family, if they say they want to help, let them! The week before your wedding is going to be busy, but try not to let it overwhelm you…and get some sleep!

What Is Something That You LOVE About Married Life?

I feel like we are even more of a team, and now we are officially part of each others’ families.

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Wedding Vendors: 

Wedding Photography: Christa Kimble Photography | Ceremony Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: The Athletic Club of Columbus |Bakery: Short North Piece of Cake | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bridal Shop: Bridal and Formal | Earrings: Ali Christine Bridal | Purse: Charming Charlie | Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Tuxedo: Jos. A. Bank | Hair and Makeup: The Beauty Factory | Alterations: Lane- Joyce Eubanks | Entertainment: Paradise Island Band | Registry: Crate and Barrel and Bed, Bath, & Beyond | Guest Accommodations: Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel and Hyatt Regency Columbus

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