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The Grand Event Center Wedding Photos

Kris and Steve had a very intimate winter wedding at the First Community Church in Columbus a little over a year ago. I am bound and determined to get caught up on blogging, and this wedding just couldn’t slip through the cracks.

These two had been together for years and years, so it was very special for them to finally tie the knot. When it came to florals for both the ceremony and the reception, they decided to go big or go home. Madison House Florals truly outdid themselves with this one! When I got to the church, the room was warm, and every corner was just dripping with stunning greenery and red and white blooms. The evening light beamed through the tinted windows and gave the most beautiful golden glow. The couple opted for the lights to be off during the ceremony, so the room was very dark. But that made the ceremony feel so intimate and electric. The candles glistened and flickered as Kris and Steve said their vows to one another. Like most ceremonies, it happened in a beautiful blur and before you knew it, Kris and Steve were husband and husband.

The light outside was just about to peek under the horizon and I convinced them both to take a walk with me around the church for some photos of just the two of them. From there, their party awaited! And Madison House didn’t miss a beat with the reception florals either. The reception was held at The Grand Event Center in the Grandview Yard in downtown Columbus, OH. The ceiling of their ballroom is one of my favorites and so much fun to shoot!

Besides the huge table of cookies, one of my favorite things about the wedding was every guest was served their own personal cake (like a real small cake- not a bite-sized one). I have been to well over 300+ weddings and had never seen that before. Short North Piece of Cake delivered! What a memorable sight! Kris and Steve, thank you so much for letting me witness and document this incredible, heartwarming a and authentic day. I will always remember it!

The Grand Event Center Wedding

When I walked in and saw Susan’s dress hanging up, I knew right there and then this wedding was going to be show-stopping. It was a gown fit for royalty and Susan looked flawless in it! After some dapper portraits of Patrick in the Grand Event Center lobby, Susan and Patrick met in the courtyard for their first look. The setting was just perfect- an intimate and private corner adorned with bistro lights that made for stunning photos. From The Grand Event Center, we traveled to the Scioto Mile downtown. I love the Main Street Bridge. It has a killer view of the Columbus skyline, but it seems like every time I’m there I can photograph it differently which is refreshing as a photographer. It has a very cosmopolitan feel to it so I totally get why its a favorite for lots of bridal parties. Before heading back to the venue for family photos, we stopped outside COSI for some classically themed portraits with a twist. The stairway there allowed for some pretty cool and unexpected angles.

It was then time to get married! We entered the side doorway of the Boulevard Presbyterian Church as the spring blossoms were dancing in the trees on this late April evening. Boulevard Presbyterian has a warm and intimate feel inside the sanctuary. The church itself is almost 100 years old (started in 1925), so when you’re inside, you can tell it has had a well-established history. One of my favorite parts of a wedding day is when the door opens, revealing the bride right before she walks down the aisle. There’s a moment within that moment that feels simply electric. Whether the couple has done a first look or not, this electricity always exists. I think there’s a realization that a defining life moment is about to happen and feelings of anticipation, excitement and reflection can be felt all at once. It was the perfect backdrop for Susan and Patrick to start their marriage.

After the ceremony, everyone headed back to the Grand Event Center for an evening full of food, dancing, and fun. I was lucky enough to do some portraits of just the two of them in the ballroom before guests came in from cocktail hour. The ceiling has these fantastic modern lights that photograph so, so well! The event center also has a fire pit in their courtyard so many guests relaxed outside on this cool spring evening. I’m so excited to show these photos today and I hope you love them as much as I did taking them! Xo jess

Grand Event Center Wedding

AHHHHH, this was the elusive last wedding of my 2016 season. And what a wedding it was! I would call this a New York wedding in Columbus. They pulled out all the stops, including a brand spankin’ new venue, Grandview Yard’s Grand Event Center, which I can’t wait to tell you about.

Jessica and Greg tied the knot in German Village’s St. Leo. I was able to talk to the priest off and on throughout the day, and he was a seriously great guy. I’m not sure why I’m mentioning that, other than the fact it really stood out to me as one of the things that made this wedding so special. Petals and Leaves provided the stunning florals for the whole celebration. The bride was a knockout in a La Jeune Marie Bridal Collection dress. Simply Makeup and Hair put Jess’ whole look together.

From the church we did bridal party photos at Schiller Park. The bridesmaid’s soft blush dresses were the perfect pop of color for the romantic setting. Jessica and Greg were filled with laughter and excitement.

And on to the reception we went. The Grand Event Center is one of Columbus’ newest event venues. It is modern, chic, and very elegant. The ballroom is accented with angled LED tube lights that offer a fun party backdrop. The service is top-notch. This wedding had appetizer stations that consisted of a seafood bar, an sushi and noodle station, antipasto stations, pasta stations, and servers that were walking around with other mouth watering treats. Everywhere you looked, the evening was overflowing with impeccable details, food and entertainment. A live band, the Red Hot Rhythm Review had everyone out of their seats and dancing even before the dinner started! Thank you so much for having me document this day- it was one I will always remember! XO Jess