Christina-Mitch Wedding-Little Brook Meadows, Lancaster, OH, US
Stephanie West Photography beautifully captured Christina-Mitch Wedding-Little Brook Meadows in Lancaster, OH, US.
Event Date: September 16, 2017 – Christina-Mitch Wedding-Little Brook Meadows
From Stephanie West Photography: Christina-Mitch Wedding-Little Brook Meadows
Christina scheduled family photos for her (she was pregnant with their daughter, Haddie), Mitch and their son, Gannan but little did she know he had something up his sleeve… and that something was an engagement ring! He proposed during their photo session and they captured it all in photos! Such a great idea!
Their barn wedding at Little Brook Meadows in Lancaster was a great beginning to their lives together as a family of 4. Surrounded by their families and closest friends on a gorgeous day in September, Mitch and Christina said “I do” and then partied on into the dark of the night and glittery lights of sparklers until crashing for the night in the stunning mansion on the property.
Little Brook Meadows is a beautiful barn and land that feels like you’re in the middle of the country backwoods but it’s just outside of town. It’s a huge venue, perfect for large weddings and Christina and Mitch wanted all the people closest to them to be a part of their big day, including the two kids. Gannan was an adorable, doting a sign that said, “Daddy, here comes our girl” and Haddie was the most precious bridesmaid I have ever seen.
The time and energy Christina put into the details was obvious in everything from the sand ceremony vessels to the napkins. From the place cards to their hashtag, #ChristinaAndMitchGetHitched.
Q and A: Christina-Mitch Wedding-Little Brook Meadows
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
We knew we wanted a fall wedding, so when we nailed down a date of September 16th I knew I wanted warm, fall colors. After a lot of contemplation we decided to go with a burgundy, blush, and tan color theme. Our venue was a remodeled horse barn that had many stalls that served different purposes. So we knew we would be doing a rustic country theme. I also knew the bridesmaids would wear cowgirl boots and the groomsmen would wear tan suits and brown shoes. My grandma had planned to teach the groomsmen a line dance to the song “meat and potatoes man” because that song also explained my husband perfectly.
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
We used mason jars with burgundy and blush flowers and greenery on wood slabs as our center pieces. On those wood slabs were pictures of us and our children, along with tiny picture frames that held the table numbers written in calligraphy.
The bridesmaids wore burgundy short dresses with tan cowgirl boots. The groomsmen wore tan suits and brown shoes, and our dessert arraignment was filled with flowers, burlap, and mini mason jars filled with cheesecakes among the other pies, cookies, and Carmel covered apples. Many of the other flower decorations included burgundy mums on barrels and in little brown boxes wrapped in lace for the cocktail hour tables.
My husband was all about having candied bacon for cocktail hour, which also included fruit and veggies. We were married out in front of the barn and our aisle way included mason jars wrapped in lace burlap filled with baby’s breath and were hung on shepherds hooks. My father in law MADE a large set of rustic doors that we hung wreaths on that the bridal party walked through on their way down the aisle.
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
We bought fake flowers for our centerpieces so that we could make them ourselves well beforehand. We picked any white, blush, or burgundy flower we could find and added some different greenery to it. We made the small arrangements (big enough to fill large mason jars) and tied them together with burlap string.
Flowerama made the bouquets and boutonnières with an arrangement of different flowers in our color scheme. We used baby’s breath like the aisle way and the “altar” was filled with burgundy mums some of which were on whiskey barrels.
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
One of my favorite parts that made our day different from others was our AMAZING dessert table. We had different flavored cheesecakes in mini mason jars, small individual sized pies, all sorts of different cookies and cupcakes, lemon bars, Carmel covered apples, and cake! The way it was presented was absolutely beautiful and it was done by a close friend of mine. Her business is called Cake-A-Licious.
We also personalized our day by having tons of pictures of us and our two children displayed everywhere. We had pictures of my late grandmother and my husbands late grandfather up next to another frame with a sign that said “wish you were”. During the dance with my father, a slide show played in the background that showed pictures of me and my father when I was growing up. A slide show also played during my husband’s dance with his mom that showed pictures of him and her when he was little. They are both very important to us so we wanted to make sure we did something special for them.
Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
Pinterest, duh!! I searched for ideas using my color scheme and I LOVED the tan suit idea. My dress was a champagne color so I don’t think any other suit would have matched it anyways. I knew I wanted lace on my dress and I got just that! It was the most perfect dress for me. My husband wore a tan suit with a white tie and vest, and the groomsmen wore the tan suits with burgundy ties and vests. The bridesmaids picked their own burgundy short dress and had matching light brown cowgirl boots.
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
Randi, my now sister-in-law, has been my best friend for years. We have known each other since elementary school, her dad (my now father in law) coached my middle school softball team, and we had classes together in high school but during college is when we became really good friends. Mitch (my husband) is her oldest brother, and is 5 years older than us so growing up I really didn’t know him.
In February of 2015, my senior year of college, Mitch had gone through a breakup and Randi spent a lot of time with him at his house. Often times we would be hanging out and she would have plans to go to his house later on. One day we met at the high school track to go on a run together and she told me she was going to her brother’s house after and they were ordering pizza and she asked if I wanted to come. I told her no because I was all sweaty from working out but she insisted because Mitch had mentioned to her that he thought I was cute and he wanted my number. I decided to go, and that next weekend Randi gave him my number.
We went on a date shortly after and were inseparable since. I was over at his house every night, and after I graduated college I moved in with him. A year and a half later I planned to have our pictures professionally taken, and he had contacted the photographer ahead of time and told her about his plans to propose. He had a sign made that said “we’re engaged” and the photographer caught it all on camera!! I was SO surprised and it was such an amazing moment to have pictures of.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
All of it! Looking back now it is such a blur because the day went so fast and was so crazy, but it was everything we had hoped for it to be. We had so much fun with our friends and family on the dance floor and my sister-in-law who is getting married soon always says that she hopes her wedding is as fun as ours. Being able to stay at the Little Brook Mansion was my favorite part of the weekend. Being able to stay in a house with all of our bridesmaids and groomsmen and parents for the entire weekend was the icing on the cake. Everyone really enjoyed just being together!!
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
Be a laid back bride. I am pretty high-strung so it came to my surprise that I was so relaxed during the whole wedding planning process and the big day, but it was so worth it. I wasn’t stressing about ANYTHING, had a “whatever happens, happens” attitude because I knew no matter what it was going to be a perfect day. This probably also had a lot to do with the fact that I had a 3 month old baby and I was one tired mama.
Shortly after we got engaged I found out I was pregnant, and I had my beautiful baby girl 3 months before our wedding. We were also buying a house around the time we got engaged, along with other things so during the whole wedding planning I had a lot going on! I was able to focus and get everything done for the wedding but I didn’t let it stress me out and just went with the flow of things.
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Associated Pros/Vendors: Christina-Mitch Wedding-Little Brook Meadows
Beauty: Unique Boutique
Caterer: City Barbeque
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Dress Store: Wendy’s Bridal
Floral Designer: Flowerama Columbus
Event Venue: Little Brook Meadows
Photographer: Stephanie West Photography
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