Each week, we feature a couple from our latest issue.
When a wedding planner plans her own wedding, you know it’s going to be an all-out affair. Such was the case for Ashley and Kevin Stephan, who celebrated their first anniversary this week. Ashley owns a wedding planning business, and anyone who attended the event was sure to recognize that.
She got the day started off right, doing yoga with her bridesmaids on the rooftop of the Renaissance, led by Angie O’Brien of Harbor Yoga. Other fun touches included late-night bites consisting of the newlyweds’ favorite snacks—soft pretzels and sweet potato and regular French fries—and a grand exit with glow sticks instead of sparklers.
But the wedding party—which consisted of a whopping 30 people, including Ashley and Kevin’s 10 nieces and nephews—had a surprise for this perfectly planned event: a choreographed flash mob during the reception.
Great planning is a strength of Kevin’s, too, as evidenced in his proposal. He took tricked Ashley into accompanying him to a “work event” at Franklin Park Conservatory the night before Denim & Diamonds, the annual fundraiser for Kinder Key, which Ashley is involved in. After leading Ashley to the terrace outside the Palm House, Kevin got down on one knee and said, “You need something for tomorrow’s event, and I need you for the rest of my life. Will you marry me?”
After slipping a diamond onto Ashley’s finger, Kevin presented her with the other half of what she’d need for the next day: a new pair of her favorite denim jeans. They headed to M at Miranova for a celebratory glass of champagne, then to Due Amici—the site of their first date—where Kevin had arranged for Ashley’s entire family to be waiting, ready to celebrate.
“It was perfect,” says Ashley.
Wedding date: May 29, 2016
Wedding colors: Blush and gold
Attendants: 10 bridesmaids, 10 groomsmen, three “princess” bridesmaids, two junior groomsmen, two flower girls, one ring bearer and two bell boys
Bride wore: Wtoo by Watters gown and Sara Gabriel veil from La Jeune Mariee, Badgley Mischka shoes, earrings from a boutique in Arizona and bracelet borrowed from her mother
Hair and makeup: Makeup by Charlie and hair by Adam Bahgat
Groom wore: Calvin Klein tuxedo from Men’s Wearhouse
Rings: Tim Fleming
Rehearsal dinner: Columbus Athenaeum
Ceremony: Columbus Museum of Art
Officiant: Damian King of United Marriage Services
Ceremony music: String quartet from Columbus Musicians LLC
Reception: Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
Cake: Short North Piece of Cake
Florist: Petals & Leaves
Linens: Connie Duglin Linen
Photographer: AddVision Studios
Videographer: AddVision Studios
Consultant: Self (Ashley owns her own business, Ashley Stephan Weddings & Events)
Invitations: Paper Occasions
Programs and menu cards: Our Wedding Brand
Reception tunes: Mark Dantzer Productions
First dance: “Overwhelmed” by Tim McMorris
Guest favors: Mini bottles of One Hope champagne
Registries: Macy’s and Crate & Barrel
Transportation: Cardinal Transportation (guests) and trolley from Urban Express for the wedding party
Guests stayed at: Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
Honeymoon: Italy’s Amalfi Coast