Each week, we feature a couple from our latest issue.
Movie-lovers Sayje and Derek Brown will celebrate their first wedding anniversary next weekend. On their wedding day the pair—who had their first date at indie cinema Studio 35—wanted to bring it full circle. The solution? A vintage movie theme.
Nothing better accentuated this than the Columbus Athenaeum, where Sayje and Derek hosted their wedding in a theater rife with old glam. But the movie mania hardly ended with the venue. In addition to film scores played at the ceremony, each reception table number corresponded to a movie theme, and throughout dinner music from all the tables’ movies was played. And the place cards? Movie theater tickets with guests’ names, of course.
More than all that, though, the memories were fairly film-worthy, too. As Sayje thinks back on the last dance of the evening, she recalls “it was like something out of the movies.” Their DJ played Queen’s “Somebody to Love,” which Sayje says was “completely unplanned and totally amazing.” Guests spontaneously formed a circle, arms around one another, and Sayje pulled Derek into the middle of the circle to dance. After a sweet kiss at the song’s finale, the newlyweds were embraced by their guests in an enormous group hug.
Wedding date: March 31, 2017
Wedding colors: Black, ivory and gold
Attendants: Four bridesmaids, three groomsmen and two flower girls
Bride wore: An Amy Kuschel gown from LUXEredux Bridal Boutique, veil from Etsy, shoes from DSW, and jewelry from Kendra Scott
Hair and makeup: Formality Onsite Hair and Makeup by Tiffany
Groom wore: A suit rented from Macy’s
Rings: Powell Jewelers
Rehearsal dinner: Harvest Pizzeria in German Village
Ceremony: The Columbus Athenaeum’s Large Theater
Reception: The Columbus Athenaeum’s Large Theater
Cake: Chocolate and vanilla cake from Our CupCakery
Florist: Flourish Bespoke
Photographer: Lambert Photographs
Videographer: Lambert Photographs
Invitations: Vista Print
Reception tunes: Perfectly Loud Professional Sound
First dance: An acoustic version of “Born to be My Baby” by Bon Jovi
Registries: Macy’s and Zola
Guests stayed at: Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
Honeymoon: Costa Rica