James and Shelly Laurinaitis

Every time I open an e-mail to see that a client wants to book I take a minute to do a little dance and sometimes add a squeal. When Shelly sent me that e-mail it was no different, however it was followed by immediately going to work due to the wedding being less then 5 months away (they put my skills to the test).

When talking design with Shelly I liked to tease her that her favorite word was neutral, which James confirmed when they were furniture shopping for their new house. In a venue like The Ivory Room neutrals, with a few pops of black, and gold glitter accents turned out to be heavenly.

With all the gorgeousness that took place that day, nothing was more so then seeing these two recite their vows.  I feel so blessed to have been a part of their day and even more blessed to have new friends

Shelly was such a laid back bride, who had such an infectious smile, and her beauty is BEYOND as you can see above. Her dress was from her home town of Cleveland and that gorgeous bouquet was created by the ever so talented Amy of Posy.

Shelly and James had their “first look” at the new Downtown Columbus Hilton. The modern sleek decor made a great backdrop for some of their photos.

If you follow this little blog of mine, then you know I’m not a fan writing. Words are not my thing so to describe all the pretty of their ceremony would not be sufficient. I will let the amazing photos of Henry Photography do all the talking for me.

Oh my heart, that cake was a dream! As soon as we booked the Ivory Room, I knew I wanted to play with the open beamed ceiling. I went to the ridiculously talented Cindy with Enticing Icings with the crazy idea of suspending the cake, she took on the challenge head on! Not only did she create this lovely cake but made the suspension herself (did I say she was talented?).

We had so much fun coming up with signature drink names. We had a blush champagne with a swizzle stick for a Shelly Temple which was Shelly’s nickname as a child, a lemon cocktail for a lemonaitis to play off their newly shared last name, and a blue martini with a lemon garnish in the shape of a horn since James currently plays for the St. Louis rams.

One of my top 3 favorite moments of wedding days is doing a room reveal with my clients. I always say that the night before a wedding is like Christmas Eve for me, I can hardly sleep with excitement and this moment above is me opening presents. The amount of hard work from both myself, my vendors, and my clients all coming together for one big reveal, ahhh I love it!

**if you want to check out Shelly and James super adorable engagement session click here.

Having a preferred list of vendors has been huge for me and I truly could not have done this wedding without them.
Photographer: Henry Photography 
Cake: Enticing Icings
Venue: The Ivory Room
Florals: Posy
Videography: True Video 
Stationary: By Invitation Only
DJ: Matt Ryan www.mattryandj.com
Ceremony and cocktail hour: Shaw Brothers
Rentals: Event SourceWildflower, and La Tavola
Makeup: Alison Feamster
Hair: Friend of the bride
Suits: custom made Aster and Black






  1. Amy Music says:

    MMJ you killed it! Such a beautiful wedding. All of the details came together so flawlessly. I loved being a part of this fabulous event!!!


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