Welcome to Columbus Weddings

Every issue of Columbus Weddings features photos from real weddings submitted to us by our partner photographers. During the six-month production cycle of each issue, art director Alyse Kordenbrock and I become incredibly familiar with the couples in those photos, thanks to the detailed surveys they fill out for us. I often joke that if I saw any of these couples on the street, I'd wish them happy anniversary or ask how their dogs or kids are … and promptly weird them out, as I'm sure they wouldn't recognize me.

But I truly enjoy getting to know the couples in these pages. They all have unique stories, and as a writer and storyteller, I adore reading them. I especially enjoy the little coincidences I stumble across: This couple met at my alma mater, or that couple got married the same day as the other.

These couples serve as sources for many of the stories in this issue, like the one about styling ceremony arches on Page 82. They also help us put together stories like the advice article on Page 15 and the favorite photos roundup on Page 185. The common themes among their surveys help us to spot trends as well.

One thing many couples wrote about was the need to roll with the punches when planning your wedding. Things will go wrong on your wedding day. Some things—like uncooperative weather or a ripped seam—are easy to deal with if you have a backup plan in place. Other problems require more creative, on-the-spot problem-solving.

I utilized this necessary skill throughout the production of this issue. From a photo shoot no-show to an interview subject suddenly closing her business, the magazine you now hold in your hands was a product of backup plans and about-faces. But look: You are, in fact, holding the magazine in your hands. Alyse and I made it work, and I promise that no matter what crisis you may face on your wedding day, you will make it work, too.

Because at the end of your wedding day, the musician who missed a note or the flower girl who refused to walk down the aisle won't seem so important after all. The only thing that will matter is that you will be with your new husband or wife, looking forward to a lifetime in love.

Happy planning,

Emma Frankart Henterly, Editor