High school sweethearts, Bill and Lindsey, were married at The Tudor House, a historic Ohio mansion on the same lake where Lindsey grew up. We love their use of pretty plum colors, wine cork monograms, and Lindsey’s beautiful lace halter style gown, not to mention the gorgeous lakeside venue and relaxed vibes! “We wanted our whole wedding to feel like cocktail hour,” says Lindsey. They set cocktail tables all around the grounds and had multiple bars in different areas by the lake for their guests to enjoy the scenery throughout the evening. Natural elements right from the grounds were used in décor, such as the pine cones and pine boughs used as centerpieces alongside lanterns. Mindy Sue Photography captured their day.
From the Bride…
Before the Ring:
We met in High school. High school sweethearts as they say! We started dating after a winter formal dance. His friends and my friends all went as a group and we ended up hitting it off at the dance. He took me out for our first date two days later which happened to be on Valentine’s Day. Almost 10 years later, we got married!
He proposed at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, a beautiful historic mansion in Akron. It was the first big snow just before Christmas and he took me to see the Christmas lights. The grounds were freshly covered and everything looked so beautiful. We were outside walking as the snow was falling and he asked me to marry him. Of course, I said yes! Afterwards, we went to my favorite restaurant to celebrate and little did I know when we got to our table all of our family and friends were there to celebrate. I couldn’t believe everyone knew but me! I was so touched that he wanted to include all of our family and friends. It was an absolutely perfect night.
Details / inspiration for the wedding day:
I have always wanted an outdoor wedding and reception and I’m so happy we did it. We got married on the grounds of another historic mansion called the Tudor House on the lake that I grew up on. My favorite part of any wedding is the outdoor cocktail hour before the reception. We wanted our whole wedding to feel like cocktail hour. We set cocktail tables all around the grounds and had multiple bars in different areas by the lake for our guests to enjoy the scenery throughout the evening. We provided cigars for people to enjoy as well. We rented the biggest tent available where our guests indulged in Old Carolina Barbecue and danced the night away to our friend’s 70s & 80s funk band. The dance floor was full the entire night!
The color of our wedding was plum. It worked perfect for a beginning of fall wedding. My bridesmaids wore dress styles of their choice in any shade of plum that they liked. The groomsman all wore tan suits with different plum ties. The inspiration for the decor came from the Tudor House. I wanted it to be authentic to the area. My mom and some friends helped collect pine cones from the Tudor House and we used them in glassware as the centerpieces along with white hydrangeas and lanterns atop plum table cloths. I also cut pine from the grounds and used them with the pine cones.
We both come from big Italian families and I wanted to add a bit of Italy to our wedding. We infused little olive oil bottles with oil and herbs and added little tags with our guests names and table numbers. They were able to take them home as a keepsake from our wedding day. Instead of a cake we chose to have a spread of hundreds of fresh baked italian cookies. They were delicious! The whole day was even more spectacular than I’d imagined. We loved seeing our guests have a good time. It was another perfect night!
Photography: Mindy Sue Photography / Venue: The Tudor House in Akron, Ohio / Tent, Tables, Chairs: Sully’s Party Rental / Catering: Old Carolina Barbecue / Italian Cookies: Delectable Desserts / Band: Get On Up (70s & 80s Funk Band) / Flowers: Nikki’s Perfect Petal Designs / Invitations & Print: Meg Smith Creative & Hudson Printing / Dress: Abbott’s Bridal / Suit: Tuxedo Junction / Rings: Don Basch Jewelers