Real Wedding Wednesdays: Hannah Reiser and David Pierre
Want your wedding to blow your guests away? Hanna and David Pierre used pinwheels to do just that, both literally and figuratively, at their wedding.
The couple incorporated a pinwheel theme throughout the big day as a way to signify how they first met, while working on a group project together about wind energy at the College of Wooster. “Having a pinwheel-themed wedding seemed like an obvious choice,” says Hannah. “We put pinwheels on everything.”
Hannah and David’s wedding was all about personal touches, which certainly didn’t stop at pinwheels. Many other elements of the wedding, including the invitations, veil, ring bearer’s pillow and wall décor were handmade by either the bride or her mother.
Putting a fun spin on classic traditions, the couple incorporated “cookie time” between the ceremony and reception to honor the cookie table tradition, common in David’s hometown of Pittsburgh, where the couple got engaged. This cocktail hour alternative also tied into “Cookie Sundays,” a tradition of the bride’s church.
One of the most memorable moments for the couple was at the end of the reception. Everyone formed a circle around the bride and groom on the dance floor, where the bride surprised her brother with one of his favorite songs—Nick Fradiani’s “Beautiful Life”—adding one last meaningful touch to a far from generic day.
Wedding date: June 18, 2016
Wedding colors: Navy and yellow with light blue accents
Attendants: Two best men, two maids of honor, five groomsmen, five bridesmaids, a flower girl and a ring bearer
Bride wore: Gown designed by David’s Bridal and purchased on Craigslist, veil handmade by mother of the bride, shoes from DSW, accessories from Macy’s
Hair and makeup: Makeup and hair by Virtue Salon
Groom wore: Men’s Wearhouse tuxedo
Rings: Trinity Jewelers
Rehearsal dinner: Montgomery Inn
Ceremony: Columbus Mennonite Church
Reception: NorthPointe Ballroom at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center
Cake: Ice cream from Dairy Queen and cake from Whole Foods
Florist: The Flowerman
Photographer: Ben Barnes of Northmoor Studios
Invitations: Handmade by the bride using material from Paper Source
Reception tunes: Buckeye Entertainment
First dance: “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett
Registries: Macy’s, Crate and Barrel and Kohl’s
Guests stayed at: Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center
Sunday brunch: Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center
Honeymoon: Couples Tower Isle Resort in Jamaica