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December 2015 Edition

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Top 5 for December

Our editors' picks for the best of Columbus this month, including Over the Rhine at the Lincoln Theatre, Village Lights in German Village and more.

Who did kill Christie Mullins?

Questions remain about this controversial murder case that was officially closed 11 days after the crime was committed. Many people-including the parents of the murdered girl-say justice has not been done, and they are demanding answers that the Columbus Police are either unwilling or unable to give.

Who Wants To Be A Teacher?

The hours are long. The customers are challenging. The pay can be good, but it will be publicly debated every few years. More often than not, the deck-taxpayers, politicians, pundits-seems stacked against you. The rewards, though, are unlike those offered by any other profession: the opportunity to help young minds reach their full potential. But college enrollment numbers seem to hint that fewer young adults see teaching as a goal.

2015 Best Schools: The Rankings

Parents have a lot to consider when choosing the right school for their kids. Will they get individual instruction? How experienced are the teachers? What kinds of extracurricular activities do the schools offer? We wanted to know which public schools rise above the rest, so we employed a data analyst to grade individual schools in 20 districts. What we found might surprise you.

2015 Best Schools: How Did We Do It?

For our Best Schools issue, we ranked the top 20 public elementary, middle and high schools in the area. Here's how we performed the data analysis.

2015 Top Doctors in Central Ohio

A comprehensive guide to Central Ohio's most respected physicians, with more than 400 doctors across a wide range of specialties listed.

From the Editor: A Homecoming

I can't help but be reminded of a conversation I had with my father in 1995, not long after I was hired to be a staff writer for this magazine. Like any 18-year-old faced with the intimidating prospect of having to pursue a life's path, I made a declaration that I wanted to pursue a degree in magazine journalism armed with nothing more than the knowledge that I liked to write.

From the Publisher: Magazines Live

Here's something you don't hear too often: Print is very much alive. Yes, digital is changing our lives, and it has revolutionized the media. But you can't look at the press as a monolith. Magazines are a different breed.

Gown Shopping With Ease

Bridal experts dish on how to make finding your dream dress a successful-and stress-free-experience.

Editor's Letter: Welcome to Columbus Weddings

Our goal is to stay on top of the bridal industry trends and deliver them in a way that makes your life as a bride- or groom-to-be a little bit easier. So that's why we're evolving with the trends, too. You'll notice the magazine has a new name: We've rebranded to Columbus Weddings. What does that mean for you as you're planning your wedding? You're still getting the same great content, and we're continuing to deliver on our promise to be your No. 1 source for executing a stellar Columbus...

Bohemian Bridal Gowns at Jorgensen Farms

Lace details. Fishtail braids. Deep-hued flowers. We're inspired by these elements, so we created oh-so-dreamy looks against the backdrop of Jorgensen Farms. The end result? A beautiful bohemian bride.

Video Visionaries: Spotlight on AddVision

The photographers at AddVision have been wowing brides and grooms for the past decade. But did you know they can shoot your wedding video, too? AddVision president Bryce Koechlin shares what sets his biz apart from the rest.

Simple Stunners: BOHINDI Jewelry

These handmade beauties from Upper Arlington studio BOHINDI are perfect for brides and bridesmaids alike to wear on the big day and beyond. bohindi.com

Meet Lead Singer Keenan Blanke of The Reaganomics

Central Ohio band The Reaganomics has been making music for nearly 20 years, dazzling the city with 1980s cover tunes. Columbus Weddings chatted with lead singer Keenan Blanke to learn about popular songs and why you should choose The Reaganomics as your wedding band.

Trending Tastes: Columbus Catering Trends

Your wedding guests might not remember the title of your first-dance song or which flowers were in your bouquet, but chances are they'll remember the food. To help you plan the perfect reception, we sought the help of Columbus catering professionals who highlight the latest trends in food and drink.

Image Input

Photo advice, memories and more from brides, photographers and planners

Creating A Custom Wedding Ring

In a sea of sparkle, it can be overwhelming to decide what you want in an engagement ring or wedding band. If you're looking for something a little more unique than the usual bling behind the counter, custom design could be the route for you.

The Name Game

Whether you're taking the last name of your partner, hyphenating your last names, changing your maiden name to your middle name or some other combination, a wedding can often mean a name change. Here's how to make it official.

Wedding Cake Tasting Tips From Jan Kish of La Petite Fleur

The wedding cake decision has evolved beyond "Chocolate or vanilla?" With multiple layers, different types of frosting and even the question of sweet or savory, a tasting is necessary for a couple to ensure they're getting the cake of their dreams.

The Perfect Fit: All About the Alterations Process

Unless you're a magical princess with a model's physique-and if you are, congrats!-you will likely need wedding gown alterations. Fear not; two local experts explain everything you need to know about achieving a perfect fit for the big day.

Helpful Hints: Advice From Columbus Brides

Oftentimes the best wedding advice comes from someone who has been there, done that. We picked the brains of five recent Columbus brides, who dished on dress shopping, day-of tips and more.

Dancing the Night Away

Think outside the box when it comes to your first dance as a married couple. Emmy Beach, founder and owner of The Goody Two Shoes DJ Service, shares 10 new and unexpected song ideas.

Ceremonies: Decoded

Maybe you're putting together your own ceremony. Or maybe you're just curious as to exactly what that unity candle means. We've compiled a list of common ceremony parts to make your planning a little easier.

Spotlight: COSI

COSI isn't just for kids. The award-winning science center-a fixture on the Scioto River-has innovative exhibits and experiences. But COSI also offers a multitude of event spaces perfect for ceremonies, receptions and rehearsal dinners.

Say Cheese: Photo Checklist

With the hustle and bustle (and no, we don't just mean your dress) of the wedding day, the last thing a bride and groom wants to wonder at the end of the night is "Did we get a picture with Grandma?" Couples should keep in mind those family members and friends to include in wedding photos.

Picture Perfect: Columbus Brides' Favorite Photos

Columbus Weddings asked recent brides to pick their favorite wedding photo-no easy task with the myriad images your photographer captures. But, there's always one or two that resonate. Here, their picks.

Perfect Presents: Columbus-area Gift Registries

Gone are the days when gift registries at big-box stores were the only option for out-of-town guests. Now that it's just as easy to order gifts online, your local love can extend to your wedding registry. Head to these boutiques for unique items and the kind of personalized service found only at a mom-and-pop shop.

Minimal Masterpieces

On a day with so many details, sometimes keeping it simple is the best option. Incorporating minimalism into your bouquet is in, and four local florists share their interpretation of the trend.

In Their Own Words: Writing Wedding Vows

Today's traditional "to have and to hold" marriage vows date back to medieval times. Though the words have changed little in more than 500 years (with the exception of "to obey," now largely omitted), many couples now opt to pen their own.

All In The Family

A bride shares with Columbus Weddings how she made her mother's wedding dress her own, 31 years later.

Save The Date

It may seem like scheduling overkill, but On Paper's Michelle Lawrence says it's appropriate to send out your save-the-date notices a year to nine months before the big day. "Some people will push this to six months, which is OK," she notes. "But that's the latest." Engaged for less than a year? Still send a save-the-date, Lawrence insists, but just make sure you make that six-month deadline. "For larger weddings especially, it's important you can get the word out to everyone," she says. "You...

Kimchee Four Ways

Max Rice III of Two Daughters Kimchi suggests four easy ways to work his small-batch line of fermented cabbage into your diet.

Winter Style: Let It Snow

Winter: Like everything in life, if you can't beat it, join it. Or at least look good trudging through it.

Buzzed: The Brass Tap at Polaris

In July, growing beer-focused chain The Brass Tap opened in the heart of Polaris Fashion Place, giving our city one more bar paying homage to craft brews.

In Search of Pappy Van Winkle in Ohio

With only 7,000 to 8,000 cases produced each year, Pappy Van Winkle bourbon is notoriously known as much for being hard to find as it is for its reputation as Michelin starred chef David Chang's favorite, and its scarcity is due to a long barrel-aging process.

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