Real Columbus Wedding: Emma and Colton Bloecher
A weekend getaway for guests and newlyweds alike at a Hocking Hills retreat
July 3, 2021 | Their wedding may have taken place in high summer, but Emma (Schnell) and Colton Bloecher chose an autumnal palette for their boho-themed wedding last Fourth of July weekend. The pair met in 2015 during Colton's senior year at Ohio Wesleyan University, where he was friends with Emma's brother, Spencer.
"On an alumni weekend, [the three of us] spent a few days—and far too many beers—at tailgates, sporting events and dive bars," Emma says. "The rest, as they say, is history."
For their big day, the couple planned a weekend getaway for themselves and their guests.
"Emma is an extremely thoughtful and detail-oriented person," Colton says. "Each piece of the wedding and weekend was empathetically designed, from the welcome baskets in cabins/rooms to the beer koozies included with dinner place settings to allowing her bridesmaids to choose the dresses in which they felt most comfortable. But above all, the most personal and special thing about our wedding was enabled by the venue, Crockett's Run, where we reserved all of the cabins and lodges on the property so that our closest family and friends could stay together, in one place, for the entirety of the weekend. Having the lodging, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception and after party at a single property made it extremely easy on everyone, and for [Emma and me], made it possible to spend time with as many people as we humanly could—which was the most important thing for us."
Emma calls her and Colton's wedding day "the best day of our lives," adding that "while making that marital commitment to one another would have sufficed on its own, we cannot overstate the gratitude we have for our family, friends, and especially our vendors for helping to bring the day to life," she says. "We couldn't have imagined a more perfect day."
Ceremony and reception: Crockett's Run
Caterer and cake: Espelette Catering
Planner: Meg Verticchio
Florist: Shaffer Creative Co.
Ceremony music: Roman Fragasse
Cocktail hour and reception music:The Wet Bandits
Photographer: Jess Cart Photography
Accommodations: Crockett's Run and Holiday Inn Express Hocking Hills-Logan
Rehearsal dinner: Crockett's Run
Gown cleaning/preservation:LA Cleaners
Bridesmaids’ attire: Own gowns
Groomsmen’s attire: Ensembles from J.Crew
This story first appeared in the fall/winter 2022 issue of Columbus Weddings, which published in June 2022.