Jamie Heberling's husband, Derek McCartney, came to her rescue before they even started dating six years ago. They were neighbors in German Village, and one morning, McCartney walked outside onto his porch and saw a naked man hiding in the bushes outside of Heberling's home. After he and his dog chased the potential intruder away, McCartney called Heberling to report the incident. "I thought I owed him a date for potentially saving my life," she jokes.
One date turned into forever. Heberling became McCartney's wife on July 10, 2010, in a private ceremony at Frank Fetch Park in front of 80 guests. A reception followed at Grange Audubon Center with 215 guests.
Heberling wasn't always certain she would be his bride, though. She says her husband talked about not getting married, so when he proposed to her in front of a few close friends at Vino 100 in March 2009, she was shocked. "Everyone was going around the table doing toasts, and when the third toast came to Derek, he pulled out a ring and proposed. He nailed it," she says.
Although the couple debated "running away to an island somewhere," Heberling says they chose to be "surrounded by the love of family and friends." They also created a "do-it-yourself" event. (Heberling sewed 40-foot burlap table runners and her dad carved the cake stand from wood, among many other personal touches.)
The bride says she and her husband are community oriented, which is why they turned to local vendors for help planning their big day. The florist was Dee Conrad from Petals & Leaves in Powell, two cakes were ordered from Bakery Gingham and Ichiban Bakery, and Metro Cuisine handled the food, which was served family-style. Rebecca Keller, a hairstylist based in Dublin who also styles for Opera Columbus, is responsible for the bride's do, and Robbie Banks, young professional manager for the Columbus Chamber, did Heberling's makeup.
Heberling says she loved every second of her wedding, especially when she and her new husband had a few minutes together to "soak up every detail and ounce of energy we put into the day," she says. She pauses for a moment when asked about her favorite memory, choosing carefully, it seems, from a plethora of happy thoughts. "The first thing that comes to mind is the spirit of our ceremony. It was joyful, solemn, playful and serious all at the same time. It was a true expression of Derek and I," she says, adding that they penned their own vows to each other.
Even though choosing to complete a lot of wedding projects independently and with help from family and friends was a lot of work, the bride says she wouldn't change a thing. "The night of our wedding, Derek told me he wouldn't have done it any other way," adding, "One of the things I love most about him is his amazing sense of adventure. Just when I think he's predictable, he surprises me with something wonderful."
Heberling, communications director for Ohio attorney general Rich Cordray, and McCartney, who works for J.P. Morgan Chase, reside in Columbus after a honeymoon in St. Martin, a destination Heberling calls a "foodie heaven."
Photography by Red Gallery Photography.