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KRISTIN AND ANTHONY'S WEDDING

May, 2008 in Columbus

"Our day went better than expected. Not everything went according to plan, but things never do and it was fantastic regardless! We had so much fun and have had many of our guests tell us how much they enjoyed the day as well. Columbus was the perfect place for us to have a wedding because it's close to our home, and in the middle of all our friends and family who would be traveling to the wedding. Columbus also has a large pool of great vendors to choose from at many different prices making it easier to find a great vendor that also fits your budget. If I had to do it all over again, I'd do it exactly the same!"

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Ceremony: Hyatt on Capitol Square
Reception: Hyatt on Capitol Square

Band:

Davidson String Quartet

Columbus, OH, USA

"These guys sounded great! We got a number of compliments on them because we had them play for the ceremony and also for our cocktail hour. They're very reasonably priced, show up on time, played exactly what we asked and were good about getting back to me when I had questions during the planning process."

Cakes/Candies Vendor:

The Pink Cupcake Bakery

109 S Main St
Mt Vernon, OH, United States

"**This vendor is out of Mount Vernon, Ohio.** The cake was delicious, it looked gorgeous, and they were awesome to work with since they had to work very closely with my father who made the cake topper for us. These ladies are very enthusiastic about their work and it shows!"

Coordinator:

A Time to Toast - Lourdes Barroso

Columbus, OH, USA

"I don't know what we would have done with out Lourdes! She was absolutely fantastic, made the day go smoothly, was full of ideas/suggestions and everyone in the wedding party loved her!"

DJ:

Matt Ryan Mobile DJ

P.O. Box 2132
Westerville, OH, United States

"These guys were very professional and went out of their way to help us in anyway they can. They were very eager to please. We had a slight issue with our entrance music, which they had worked so hard on to create a short clip of two songs for us, but in the end it didn't matter and honestly, I think they were more disappointed by it than we were because of all the work they put in to it and it ended up not being played. In all, these guys were still great, they played exactly what we asked them and were very nice to work with."

Florist:

Flowers on Orchard Lane

18 Orchard Ln
Columbus, OH, United States

"FOOL is very reasonable, one of the best priced florists I looked at. They're very nice people and our flowers looked great on the wedding day, I loved my bouquet and the bridesmaid's flowers. My one issue with them is that they didn't give me what I had asked for. There was a lot of discussion back and forth between us the last few months before the wedding, and it was obvious that they didn't write down all my requests/suggestions. I was ok with some of the flowers they added in and never talked to me about (the calla lillies for example), but they specifically put in a hydrangeas to our center pieces when i specifically requested no hyrangeas. At the same time, they were able to honor not to use some other flowers they had mentioned they used that I had said I wasn't particularly a fan of, but if we have no other choice, we can do it. I wouldn't have been so disappointed by the hygrangeas if they had talked to me about it the first time because I was more willing to meet our budget than to have all the flowers I wanted. Regardless, the flowers still looked great (even the centerpieces) and many people commented on how nice they looked. I got several compliments on my bouquet and I agree that it looked fabulous! I'd recommend FOOL, just be aware if you have something specific in mind, they may have difficulties matching it."

Photographer:

Afford-A-Booth, Photo Booth, D.J., & Lighting - Photographer - 117 Horizon Ct., Delaware, OH, 43015, U.S.A.

Clix Photo Booth

117 Horizon Ct.
Delaware, OH 43015, U.S.A.
(614) 499-7448

"This was the hit of the evening! Our guests loved the photo booth and we enjoyed looking at all the photos afteward. Damon was fantastic running the booth, he kept the line moving, helped keep the guests signing our photo guest book organized and filling the pages (way more than I expected of him!). I'd recommend Clix hands down, it's definitely worth the extra money to get a photo booth for the reception!"

Photographer:

Matthew's Wedding Photography - Matt Smith

Columbus, OH, USA

"We can't say enough good things about Matt. He was another vendor that everyone loved to work with. He's got a great personality, is eager to please and goes out of his way to do whatever he can to make you happy. On top of all of that, he takes great pictures too! Another reasonably priced vendor for everything that you get."

Rentals Vendor:

Men's Warehouse Tux - Polaris

1500 Polaris Pkwy
Columbus, OH, United States

"Not much to report here, the tuxedos were just as we had ordered, everyone's fit properly and they came on time. I think they were a bit pricey, but apparently that's what everyone is paying for a tuxedo rental now. The guys looked great!"

Wedding Day Beauty Vendor:

Studio Fovero

102 E Whittier St
Columbus, OH, United States

"All the girls had their hair done at Studio Fovero in the German Village. I love that salon! My stylist is Diana and she did a fantastic job! I felt all the ladies looked absolutely wonderful. Everyone's hair lasted through out the day, even when we had to go out into the wind for some pictures before the ceremony. I'd definitely recommend Studio Fovero to anyone!"

Wedding Fashion Vendor:

Alan Ray Bridal

2700 Billingsley Rd
Columbus, OH, United States

"I'm neutral on this one. They were great with the bridesmaid dresses, they came in on time and looked great. We ordered extra material from the bridesmaid dresses to make a flowergirl dress and there was a hold up with the material that should have arrived with the dresses. It took a month for it to come in. They blamed the manufacturer for the delay, but I'm not sure if I believe them because they were also giving me the run around with my dress. My dress arrived much later than they originally quoted (2 months!), but did arrive perfect with out any flaws in the dress. My concern with Alan Ray Bridal is that instead of telling me that the dress was going to be held up a few weeks or even months, they kept telling me it'll be in on a date a few days down the road, or that they'd call the designer to find out about the dress and call me back with an answer. They never called, my dress also never came in on the numerous times they said it would be. I got quite annoyed by this and it also stressed me out that they possibly never ordered my dress - a situation I've heard come out of Alan Ray before and the bride discovered this only a week or so before her wedding. In the end, the dress came with plenty of time because I ordered it several months earlier than I needed to (thank god!) and it was just as I was expecting, I just didn't appreciate how they handle their customer service."

Ceremony:

Hyatt on Capitol Square

75 E State St
Columbus, OH 43215, US

"We are so glad we chose the Hyatt for our wedding. The staff was wonderful, the food was great, everything was taken care of just to our specifications. Their package options are VERY reasonably priced and allowed us to have a slightly larger wedding that we originally thought possible. This was great for us especially since we had a lot of friends that we wanted to invite that we didn't think we'd be able to invite due to our budget. We also got an awesome suite to stay in on our wedding night, all included with our package!"

Reception:

Hyatt on Capitol Square

75 E State St
Columbus, OH 43215, US

"We are so glad we chose the Hyatt for our wedding. The staff was wonderful, the food was great, everything was taken care of just to our specifications. Their package options are VERY reasonably priced and allowed us to have a slightly larger wedding that we originally thought possible. This was great for us especially since we had a lot of friends that we wanted to invite that we didn't think we'd be able to invite due to our budget. We also got an awesome suite to stay in on our wedding night, all included with our package!"

Hotel:

Hyatt on Capitol Square

75 E State St
Columbus, OH 43215, US

"The rooms were very clean, upscale, parking was super easy with their valet service."

Restaurant:

Schmidt's Restaurant and Sausage Haus

240 E Kossuth St
Columbus, OH 43206, US

"Come for the sausage, the beer, the buffet, and the cream puffs! Live music Thursday through Saturday evenings! A Village Tradition. Anthony and Kristin say: Hands down the best cream puffs... EVER!"

Entertainment:

GameWorks

165 Easton Town Ctr
Columbus, OH 43219, US

"One of Anthony's favorite places to go! Found in the main mall at Easton Town Center, GameWorks is an arcade with games of skill, riding games, and video games. Arena Sports Bar shares the space with GameWorks as well."

Entertainment:

The Arena District

W Nationwide Blvd & N Front St
Columbus, OH 43215, US

"One of the more trendy parts of Columbus, the Arena District is home to Nationwide Arena where the Columbus Blue Jackets NHL hockey team plays. There are many restaurants around the arena so including Gordon Biersch, with a beer selection that was recently voted among the city’s best by Columbus Alive. A family-style Italian restaurant, Buca di Beppo, and Ted's Montana Grill are also found in the Arena District."

Entertainment:

The Arena District

W Nationwide Blvd & N Front St
Columbus, OH 43215, US

"One of the more trendy areas in Columbus, the Arena District is home to Nationwide Arena where Columbus's NHL team the Blue Jackets play. The area contains many restaurants including Gordon Biersch, Buca de Beppo, and Ted's Montana Grill"

Entertainment:

The German Village

588 S 3rd St
Columbus, OH 43215, US

"Columbus' premiere downtown neighborhood and one of the preeminent historic districts in the United States. German Village is 233-acre historic residential district. The Visitors' Center offers a brief introductory video about the settlement of the area, maps of the neighborhood and a gift shop. Also home to one of our favorite restaurants in Columbus, Schmidt's Restaurant and Sausage Haus!"

Entertainment:

The Short North

120 W Goodale St
Columbus, OH 43215, US

"A historic urban neighborhood known for great art galleries, unique boutique stores, & restaurants. Unusual places (beauty salons, taverns, back alleys) to discover! GALLERY HOP--first Saturday of EVERY month. Shops and galleries stay open until at least 10p.m. Street performers, art exhibit openings, vendors & fabulous people watching are just a few activities to enjoy! Looking for art, unique shopping, dining or entertainment...the Short North is where its at."

Attraction:

Columbus Museum of Art

480 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43215, US

"The Museum houses an outstanding collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American and European modern art that is permanently on display. This collection includes spectacular examples of Impressionism, German Expressionism and Cubism including works by Monet, Degas, Matisse and Picasso. Also recognized for extraordinary regional collections, the Museum boasts the largest public collection of woodcarvings by Columbus folk artist Elijah Pierce, as well as the world's largest repository of paintings and lithographs by Columbus native George Bellows, who is widely regarded as the finest American artist of his generation. In 2001, the Museum garnered a watershed collection entitled, "The Photo League" that consists of 170 photographs by 69 artists including Berenice Abbott, W. Eugene Smith and Weegee."

Attraction:

Columbus Park of Roses

3901 N High St
Columbus, OH 43214, US

"Take a stroll through the park for a little exercise and a relaxing afternoon!"

Attraction:

Columbus Zoo

9990 Riverside Dr
Powell, OH 43065, US

"Located along the banks of the Scioto River, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a picturesque setting of naturalistic wildlife habitats – including an endangered manatees exhibit, gardens, picnic areas, recreational facilities and a golf course. Made famous by Jungle Jack Hanna, the zoo is home to over 650 wildlife species."

Attraction:

COSI (Center of Science and Industry)

333 W Broad St
Columbus, OH 43215, US

"Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center. COSI features 300 interactive exhibits throughout 7 exhibition areas. Explore hidden worlds under the seas or become an engineer. Explore the universe and land a rocket ship, or play tricks on your senses. Test the laws of gravity on the country’s only high wire unicycle! Discover the magic of the movies on our giant 7-story Extreme Screen Theater."

Attraction:

Easton Town Center

Easton Town Center
Columbus, OH 43219,

"An excellent outdoor mall that brings a Disney World-type feel. It's a great place to go shopping and find some not-so-common stores such as The Apple Store, Nordstrom, and is the home to several flagship stores for Limited Brands stores (Limited, Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works, Express). It's also a nice place to wander through in the afternoon for a walk. There are also many restaurants including The Cheesecake Factory and BD's Mongolian BBQ. This is also the place that Anthony proposed to Kristin on a carriage ride!"

Attraction:

Easton Town Center

Easton Town Center
Columbus, OH 43219,

"Easton is an excellent place to spend an afternoon either shopping or just strolling around. One of our places to go because that is where Anthony proposed on a carriage ride at Christmas time with the lights all lit. Many fun and not-so-common stores can be found here like the Apple Store, Nordstrom, and several flagship stores for Limited Brands company (The Limited, Express, Bath & Body Works, Victoria's Secret, etc.)."

Attraction:

Franklin Park Conservatory

1777 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43203, US

"Franklin Park Conservatory is a botanical jewel located on East Broad Street in Franklin Park, just two miles east of downtown Columbus, Ohio. Ninety acres of outdoor green space, 400 plant species, 100 butterfly species, 800 feet of model railroad track, 7,000 panes of glass, and 100 years of tradition make Franklin Park Conservatory one of Columbus’s most popular and unique destinations for residents and visitors of all ages."

Attraction:

Jack Nicklaus Museum

2355 Olentangy River Rd
Columbus, OH 43210, US

"For you golf fanatics, you can learn about the history of Jack Nicklaus and golf."

Attraction:

Ohio State House

State House
Columbus, OH 43215,

"The Ohio State House is with in walking distance of the Hyatt on Capitol Square (it is located across the street). It is open to the public for self-guided tours, or guided tours only Monday through Friday. For more details and hours of operation you can call 614-728-2695."

Attraction:

Polaris Fashion Place

1500 Polaris Pkwy
Columbus, OH, USA
(614) 846-1500

"A shopping district that includes many stores (e.g. Saks Fifth Ave, Coach, Sephora) in the mall itself and even more in the the surrounding strip malls. There are many, many different restaurants in the area surrounding the mall as well."

Attraction:

Polaris Fashion Place

1500 Polaris Pkwy
Columbus, OH, USA
(614) 846-1500

"A rather large shopping and restaurant area, the mall at Polaris houses such stores as Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, and Von Maur. Majority of restaurants are found in the parcels surrounding the large mall and include such places as Carrabba's Italian Grill, Cheeseburger in Paradise, and many more."

Attraction:

The Santa Maria

Marconi Blvd At W Broad St
Columbus, OH 43215, US

"The Santa Maria is a full-size historical preservation of Christopher Columbus' flagship used as an educational museum. They give 45 minute tours of the ship including facts from the first voyage, how the sailors lived, what they ate: how the ship is navigated and how the voyage changed the world forever."

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