Wedding Style: Amy and Kate
Jewel tones and falling bright red and orange leaves made a perfect combination for Amy (Freeland) and Kate Harrison’s wedding day.
The two had their ceremony at the Grange Audubon Center. With great views of downtown Columbus, and the fact the center supports Amy’s employer, Columbus City Schools, it was a wonderful spot for the ceremony and festivities.
“It fit our personality the best,” says Amy. “Rustic but downtown.”
Amy and Kate had dated for awhile before getting engaged.
“We met through a mutual friend who thought we would be perfect for each other,” she says. “We went on our first date 9 years ago and have been inseparable ever since.”
Friends also helped Amy orchestrate a fun and romantic proposal at the Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in the Short North.
“Kate and I lived in the Short North at the time, and we frequented Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams quite a few times…a week,” she says. “I thought it would be so fun to have the words, “Kate, will you marry me?” on a flavor card. Weeks before the proposal I spoke with the AMAZING employees of the Short North location, and they were so helpful with my idea.”
She gave the employees the exact date and time she would be there. Their friends Liv Gjestvang and Julia Applegate hung out at the shop to take photos of the couple.
“On July 26th, 2011, we went to dinner for our anniversary and then I suggested we head to Jeni’s after,” Amy says. “Fortunately, Kate was fine with that. As we were waiting in line, I was having an internal panic attack. Not because I didn’t think she would say yes, but because I knew it was going to set things into forward motion for us. As we approached the ice cream case, I pointed to the card that said the words. Out popped Julia with the ring, and I opened the box. Kate screamed, ‘Shut UP!!’ and then she said yes.”
For the wedding, Kate asked members of the wedding party to dress in a comfortable dress or ensemble in jade, green, turquoise, or blue. Those not in dresses wore navy gingham button downs and khakis.
“Kate had a vision for our wedding party, which meant that everyone had their own look, but it was still within the parameters of our color scheme,” says Amy. The result was a super colorful day filled with fun.
Jade was also a key color in Kate’s ensemble. She found a statement necklace at JCrew. Her dress was a form fitting, corseted, and strapless with a sweetheart neckline. To complete the look, she added a pair of jade green cowboy boots she found on Ebay.
Amy looked for something that would complement her style, but was not a dress. She wore off-white linen pants, an off-white jacket, and a sequined navy and cream shell.
“Kate was the one who put my outfit together, if we’re going to be honest,” shares Amy. “She has impeccable style.”
For wedding rings, Amy found Kate’s ring, a halo setting with a diamond in the middle at the Diamond Cellar, which looked perfect on Kate’s delicate hand. Amy chose a band for herself, complimentary to Kate’s ring.
Hairstylist Haley Chadwick from Square One Salon and Spa came to the hotel the morning of the wedding and did the couple’s hair, as well as the hair of everyone in the wedding party.
The couple surprised each other with their wedding day looks. Amy faced the opposite direction, holding the bright and beautiful bouquet while Kate approached, leading up to an emotional embrace forever captured in photos. The two walked down the boardwalk hand in hand, to a clearing overlooking a pond and downtown.
Invitations, save the dates, and wedding programs were designed by Jessica Bailey, a friend of the couple, and incorporated a caricature that Amy and Kate had done several years prior.
“That caricature became the basis for most of the design work,” says Amy. “We ended up tracking the caricature artist down, and had him draw caricatures of everyone in our party, so Jessica was able to incorporate their pictures into our wedding program.”
The bright colors continued throughout the wedding, through the banners hanging in the reception area, the terrariums and candles on the tabletops, and the colorful candy bar. A small cake and cupcakes for the guests finished the sweet offerings.
For food, the couple had an assortment of vegetarian options by Two Caterers.
“We are vegetarians, so they worked with us to put together a menu of our favorite things -reubens, mac & cheese, lots of veggies, salad, and the guests really were complimentary about the food,” says Amy. “I didn’t really eat that much, but from what I did eat, I would absolutely agree.”
It was a gorgeous day that was filled with dancing, laughing, and reminiscing.
“I liked that (nearly) everyone we knew was under the same roof for one night,” says Amy. “It was a great time.”
The summer after their ceremony, Kate and Amy went to Niagara Falls to become legally married in New York. They also honeymooned in Paris. Amy decided to change her name from Amy Freeland to Amy Harrison.
“We knew Kate was going to (possibly) carry and have our children, so I felt it was the least I could do,” she says. They now have a newborn daughter and are anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court decision,.
“It will be so very important for our family.”
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Grange Insurance Audubon Center within The Scioto Audubon Metro Park
Kate’s Wedding Look: statement necklace by J.Crew, jade green cowboy boots found on Ebay
Amy’s Wedding Look: Off-white linen pants, an off-white jacket, and a sequined navy and cream tank top/shell, found at JCrew and Madewell
Wedding Day Hair: Haley Reeb of Square One Salon and Spa
Wedding Rings: Diamond Cellar
Officiant: Rachel Orosz, Friend of the couple
Invitations: Jessica Bailey
Caricatures: Caricatures by John Bailey
Food: Two Caterers
Wedding Decor: Terrariums made by Steve Boutros
Flowers: From the Worthington Farmer’s Market
Wedding Cake: Cakes by Renee
Favors: A candy table filled with chocolate candy and chewy candy
Photography: Alison Grogan of Grogan Studios
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