[all photos © Steph Carson Photography]
Ellie and Ruben first contacted me early last year, and I was so excited to work with them, for a couple of reasons. First, because I went to high school with Ruben. We hadn’t seen each other since then (more years than I care to reveal) so it was fun to catch up! Secondly, because they are great couple who, like many of my clients, are all about having fun. And lastly, because they chose one of my favorite venues, the beautiful Greenacres Arts Center in Indian Hill.
All week the weather said rain, rain and more rain. There was definitely some rain during the rehearsal dinner (for which they rented Destiny Yacht for a trip up and down the river) but on the actual wedding day we lucked out without a single drop. The gardens adjacent to the estate were the perfect setting for the ceremony, and the Brian Deyo Newburg Trio performed. All of the floral arrangements were created by Oakwood Designs, and the ceremony arch was rented from A Day to Remember.
Following the ceremony, the reception was held in a tent on Greenacres’ newly paved back lawn. The tent, linens and all other rentals were from Camargo Rental. Creations by Melody catered a delicious dinner, and afterward, as Ellie and Ruben cut their cake (created by Trés Belle), a special guest interrupted to mix things up – none other than Elvis himself! Elvis called Ellie and Ruben out to the dance floor for their first dance to “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. He then performed a few more songs before passing on the stage to The Big Johnson Brothers to perform for the rest of the evening. Ruben’s dad, also a musician, got on stage as well to keep the party going (photo at left, below). Say Cheese Photbooth was on hand all night long to keep the guests entertained, and to create a scrapbook/guestbook for Ellie and Ruben.
Between the perfect weather, beautiful location, great food and high-energy entertainment, everyone had a great time- so much so that they continued the celebrations with an after-party at their host hotel. Thankfully we had a shuttle on hand to safley get guests from one party to the next. Many thanks to Steph Carson for all of these fabulous photos, and to Amanda, Hannah and our interns for helping everything go smoothly!
Ruben and Ellie, it was so much fun working with you and I hope you enjoyed your wedding as much as I did and then some!