A local wedding pro plans a wedding of her own.

What happens when a wedding industry pro plans a wedding of her own? Something magical, intensely curated and perfectly planned, if Jaime and Chris Butcher’s wedding is any indication. Jaime has been in the industry for more than a decade and across a number of venues in both Ohio and California, so it’s no surprise that her own wedding was every bit as gorgeous as the ones she helps others plan. She and Chris met through Match.com shortly after they each had arrived in Central Ohio—she from Los Angeles and he from Cleveland.

Scroll down to see photos from Jaime and Chris' big day.

“We met at Napa Kitchen & Bar in Dublin and talked over wine and appetizers for four hours,” Jaime recalls. “A couple weeks later, he fell on black ice and tore his leg muscle—and I helped him through the entire surgery. We bonded and fell in love.” Once they knew, there was no stopping the pair; 11 months later, Chris proposed at his townhouse after Jaime finished a working a long wedding.

“I could tell he was nervous, but had no clue it was coming,” she says. “He played the thousand years song [‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri] and then proposed. It was very sweet, and we danced to that song on our wedding day.”

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The day itself, which carried a Gatsby-esque theme, was full of personal touches, Jaime adds. Among the most special were her cousin Leila, who Jaime has known since Leila was born, singing “Ave Maria” at the ceremony, and the special notation in the program for Chris’ father, who passed away unexpectedly a few months before the wedding, and other late loved ones. Also memorable, Jaime says, was when the Juniper rooftop opened after dinner: “Every guest was in awe! It was a magical moment, and the Columbus Clippers had a fireworks show we could see from the top of Juniper,” she says.

In one of the most intentional decisions of the day, Jaime and Chris shared their personal, emotional first look pre-ceremony in the sky bridge between the Hilton Columbus Downtown and the Greater Columbus Convention Center. In fact, the couple made a point to do all of their photos, including bridal party and family formals, before the ceremony. Because of that, Jaime says, “we were able to go up to Juniper while the guests were still being shuttled over, and it was so special to see it before everyone else. Then, we greeted every guest as they entered Juniper!”


Wedding date: Aug. 18, 2018

Wedding colors: Black, gold and red

Attendants: Seven bridesmaids, six groomsmen, one junior bridesmaid and two ring bearers

Bride wore: Pronovias gown from White of Dublin, veil borrowed from her maid of honor, Badgley Mischka shoes, and jewelry borrowed, inherited and received as a gift from family members

Gown preservation: Dublin Cleaners

Hair and makeup: Avola Lanza Hair Studio and Mukha Custom Cosmetics & Med-Spa

Groom wore: Tuxedo rented from Men’s Wearhouse

Rings: Diamonds Forever

Bridesmaids wore: Black, floor-length chiffon gowns of their choosing

Groomsmen wore: Tuxedos rented from Men’s Wearhouse

Rehearsal dinner: Graystone Winery

Ceremony: Holy Cross Catholic Church

Reception: Juniper

Caterer: In-house

Cake: Alice’s Piece of Cake

Florist: Bloomtastic

Signage and calligraphy: Lovely Arrows Event Design

Photographer: Belinda Jean Photography

Consultant: Devoted to Details

Invitations: The Paper Vow

Reception tunes: Night Music

First dance: “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

Registries: The Knot Honeymoon Fund and Bed, Bath & Beyond

Transportation: Xtreme Limo (wedding party), Cardinal Transportation (guests)

Accommodations: Hilton Columbus Downtown

Sunday brunch: Hilton Columbus Downtown

Honeymoon: Hawaii