Nine bridesmaids and nine groomsmen. 625 on the guestlist. 263 emails. 606 candles. 10,000 rose petals and thousands of red roses. 11 kegs of beer and 87 bottles of wine. 47 guest tables (followed by 18 revisions to the seating chart). 523 miles apart. And that sums up the biggest wedding I’ve worked on to-date.
A year ago today I had the privilege of helping Jacob and Krista Grow pull off the wedding of their dreams, which was no easy feat considering they both just started new jobs nearly three states away. And this was no ordinary wedding–their IU-inspired nuptials included many special touches, from the custom coloring books featuring caricatures of themselves to a featured beer every hour from all the significant places they’ve lived. Earning him the affectionate title of my “groomzilla”, the groom admits to dreaming of this day since he was young (though truly he was nothing less than a well-spoken gentleman). Seeing their satisfaction on their faces after a year’s worth of sweating over each detail is what truly makes the pressure worth it.
Jacob and Krista started their day at the First United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ind. The white interior made a clean backdrop for the bursts of red from the flowers. The couple made their exit through a shower of fresh lavender hulls before heading to The Commons for their reception.
Guests were greeted on the first floor with a mirrored seating chart graced with the handscript of Jenni Kiesler and the littlest of guests were given a packet of crayons and a coloring book featuring drawings of the bride and groom. Upstairs the guests found an extensive bar, hors d’oeuvres, and a jazz trio to keep them entertained.
Highlights of the reception included a sweets bar featuring desserts prepared by the aunt of the bride, a flowered ivory and gold photo wall created by the groom’s mother and aunt, an extensive bar setup, 42′ of of candles and rose petals to encompass the large bridal party. The bride and groom presented the bridal party with monogrammed beer mugs and tumblers. The 47 guest tables featured a crushed satin tablecloth of varying colors, arranged in an ombre effect from ivory to a darker gold leading to the head table. There were three variations of centerpieces with each table setting receiving a timeline of events for the evening.
The festivities continued throughout the night with a detail reception schedule that included a featured beverage every hour, brewed from their hometowns, their collegiate town, and their current town of residence. The announcement also included one speech in order to space them out. Since both the bride and groom are doctors, they handed out toy doctor kits to the kids in attendance after dinner to keep them entertained. They also had a double bouquet and garter toss, the first going to just girls/boys (can you tell they’ll make great parents someday??). After much dancing and shenanigans, the sun finally set which meant time to break out 300 glowsticks! I’m telling you, this couple thought of everything. They even had late-night snacks catered at 9pm before making their final exit between an aisle of sparklers.
I must give a shout out to a few vendors who went above and beyond, receiving raving reviews from the happy couple. The caterer, Chef Adam Israel from Izzy’s Catering, worked his hiney off through three separate menus and bar service. Stacy Able Photography captured all of these lovely moments while making it look effortless. Leslie White gets credit for making the bride and bridesmaids look beautiful. And Tim Glesing of Circle City Sound could not have provided a more seamless MC effort while rockin’ the party (all while handling a medical emergency with the right balance of respect and professionalism). Thanks to these vendors for making this day go down in the books!
Happy 1-Year, Jacob & Krista! Wishing you many more!