I just wanted to tell you how wonderful it was to have such a small ceremony! Not to judge those who have the big elaborate events, those I'm sure are great too. But it was so much fun to be able to really visit with everyone, not just say hi and keep walking. And because we only had about 20 people, we were able to go all out!
If you're in Ohio there are a few things I cannot recommend enough: Sortino's Ristorante, and Lauren Tiura Photography!
First: Sortino's. we had a little trouble with our menu, but considering we had started with two, and from there picked just the one, I won't entirely blame them for this, we did make it a little confusing. So if you're having a party there, just be sure to confirm, a couple times, in writing. The thing that they really REALLY have going for them is that they truly cater to your needs. They took care of us, and I mean they REALLY TOOK CARE OF US! We had a bartender and a server all night, refilling drinks, clearing plates, silverware, and empties, and bringing rounds of shots. Basically, if we asked for it, they made it happen! We were in the basement, which sounds dark and nasty, but it's actually so cool. They have a little bar set up down their (nothing compared to the full bar upstairs) plus a couple of leather sofas, the "godfather table" which has the godfathers head as a centerpiece (which you can remove), and several other tables for guests. The whole thing has a sort of Italian graffiti vibe, and you are even given chalk to mark up the walls, ceilings, and painted pipes. And even though our menu got a little confused, the food was great: Do try the meatballs!
Second: Lauren Tiura Photography Disclaimer: I went to high school with Lauren, but this in no way affects my judgment of her photography skills. Lauren has done some photo's of my kids in the past and I've always been blown away by her ability to capture a moment so clearly that you can physically feel what it was like.
Just look at the photo of Quinn and tell me you can't feel it.
And yet again, talk about perfect. Ok, ok.... that one is just because I wanted to show off my kids and I'm extremely biased.
Anyway. If you're getting married, talk to Sortino's, even if you do go the 'big event' route, they'd sure have a heck of a rehearsal dinner! And get Lauren to take your photo's, she won't disappoint - I promise!
Love & Joy,