Celebrating the couples from our most recent issue on their anniversaries

There must be something special about mid-August, because we’re celebrating four couples from our current issue this weekend!

First kudos go to Erin and Kevin Carpenter, who wed one year ago today at the Darby House. The Broadview Heights couple’s wedding had a “timeless” theme, and they wrote the ceremony themselves. Their reception at the same venue echoed the newlyweds’ priorities: They served an all-vegetarian menu of sweet corn cannelloni, spaghetti squash lasagna and quinoa cakes from Cameron Mitchell Premier Events and vegan cupcakes from Pattycake Bakery. Most memorable about the day, Erin says, was the weather.

“We missed a downpour of rain at our [outdoor] ceremomy by mere minutes!” she recalls. “The clouds were looking ominous as the readings occurred. By the exchange of rings, small drops of water started falling. We had just enough time to process out of the ceremony and usher guests inside before the storm hit.” They say a rainy wedding day is good luck, and it sure seems like the Carpenters had that in spades.

On that same stormy day, three other couples were tying the knot in Central Ohio. They all were featured in our Real Weddings Gallery, so stop by that page to see even more.

There’s college sweethearts RaeShelle and Nathaniel Stewart, whose officiant gave a lovely, impromptu sermon at Jorgensen Farms Oak Grove about how, in certain cultures, rain on your wedding day symbolizes unity, renewal and cleansing. “That message was very comforting and reassuring at the time,” Raeshelle says. “Not only that, but the rain made for even better pictures than we imagined.”

Meanwhile, at Hilton Columbus/Polaris, Priya Nair and Joshua Schenker were mixing tradition with contemporary and pop-culture touches in their ceremony. The rain was less of a problem at their all-indoors venue, where a subtle Star Wars theme added a personal element.

Finally, Liana and Samuel Gaeth’s elegant Columbus Museum of Art ceremony also featured personalized elements courtesy of Samuel’s aunt, who served as officiant. Samuel’s 9-year-old godson also chipped in by delivering a reading.

From all of us at Columbus Weddings to all eight of you—and anyone else who’s celebrating this weekend!—congratulations.