Parisian Inspired Wedding
As featured on Martha Stewart Wedding Blog
from MS Weddings:
Jessica Vitt and Joseph Razzano were both so dedicated to their studies at Ohio State University—she was a marketing major and he was preparing to be an optometrist—that they spent plenty of time in the quiet stacks at the school library. "We kept running into each other at the library first, and then realized we had mutual friends, so we started hanging out at social events," says Jessica. "We started dating in February 2010, with our very first date on Valentine's Day." Though Joe didn't propose until eight years later, he had a plan long before he popped the question: "Joe always knew in his mind that when he proposed, it would be under the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France," says Jessica, who had studied abroad in the city. "We both love to travel, and it's a city that we always dreamt of visiting together."
As they began planning their dream celebration, Jessica and Joseph wanted to incorporate the romance of their engagement; they chose a dreamy color palette of gray and pale pink, accented by wine-toned shades of burgundy and rose. They booked their venue—Magnolia Hill Farm in Columbus, Ohio—while it was still under construction, relying on the blueprints and sketches for a vision of what the finished product would look like. "We wanted a venue that was different for us as well as our guests," says Jessica; they also loved that they'd be one of the first couples to marry there, and that the locale was close to home.
Tall windows, all-white walls, exposed beams, and a concrete floor created a blank slate that the couple personalized with trailing greenery and lush blooms, gauzy silk and rich velvet, gold detailing and natural wood. But when they tied the knot on October 12, 2019, in front of 170 guests, the venue paled behind the couple's personal touches—a dinner of the groom's favorite food, a photo shoot with their dog, a maid of honor speech-turned-rap by the bride's sister, and a ceremony officiated by the groom's uncle. "It was his first wedding that he officiated and likely not his last now," says Jessica. "He made the ceremony so personal for both Joe and I, and intimate for our guests attending."
For this wedding I created the silver velvet ribbon on the bridal bouquet, which went perfectly with the variety of silver and grey bridesmaid's gowns.
I also created this fine black silk ribbon, which is perfect for wrapping boutonnieres. This black ribbon is a woven edge ribbon and as such does not have our usual frayed edge, which makes it perfect and a bit more structural for smaller floral items.
The other details that I created for this wedding are the velvet ribbon used in this detail shot and the hand spun and naturally dyed black twine used on the program designed by Auburn and Ivory Creative.
Event designers Auburn + Ivory created an invitation suite with a custom watercolor design in pink and burgundy; the set previewed the couple's color palette, while an ornate scripted font hinted at the overall style of the celebration. Dyed silk ribbon [Twine] from The Lesser Bear secured the pieces in a modern black envelope.
The neutrals and pale pinks of the couple's color palette reappeared in Jessica's "lush, romantic, garden-style bouquet," which florists from Old Slate Farm filled with cafe au lait dahlias, garden roses, blush lisianthus, butterfly ranunculus, and black scabiosa.
Photography, Henry Photography
Venue, Magnolia Hill Farm
Event Design, Day-of Coordination, and Stationery, Auburn + Ivory
Catering, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
Flowers, Old Slate Farm
Videography, Prodigy Weddings
Cake, Miam Cake
Music, Vitamin String Quartet; BeatSquad Entertainment
Rentals, Aiden & Grace; Got Ya Covered Linens and Event Rental; La Tavola Fine Linen Rental
Bride's Gown, Lihi Hod
Bride's Accessories, Etsy veil; Loeffler Randall shoes; BHLDN hair crown; Olive and Piper earrings
Hair, Sarah W. Hair Design
Makeup, Angie Warren
Bridesmaids' Dresses, Monique Lhuillier
Groom's Attire and Menswear, The Black Tux
Groom's Watch, Armani
Transportation, Cardinal Transportation
Bartenders, Short and Stout Bar
Engagement Ring, Brilliance
Silk and Velvet Ribbon and Twine, The Lesser Bear
Wedding Rings, Diamond Cellar