Real Columbus Wedding: Laura and Austin Whalen

A three-day wildflower party in the woods

Emma Frankart Henterly
Columbus Monthly
Laura and Austin Whalen married on July 30, 2022, at Crockett’s Run.

Who: Laura (Weinel) and Austin Whalen 

When: July 30, 2022 

The story: The Whalens were both environmental science students attending Miami University in 2012, but they didn’t meet in Oxford, Ohio. They were most of a continent away in the Bahamas, thanks to the university’s marine ecology program, studying sea stars. The proposal eight years later happened in an altogether different climate, though: on a mountaintop in Colorado. 

The details: “Austin and I care very deeply about the natural world, so it was incredibly important to us that our wedding paid homage to nature,” Laura says. “Before our public ceremony, we hiked the trails on our venue's property—me, barefoot, of course—just the two of us and our photographer. About a half-mile back in the woods is a gorgeous waterfall, where we had a private vow reading ceremony. It was so special and intimate and beautiful.” She describes their wedding as an earthy, wildflower party in the woods. To that end, guests took home wildflower seed packets from American Meadows as their favors. 

Of note: All of the key songs of the day were by musicians that the couple had seen live. This included Billy Strings’ “Love Like Me” and Trampled By Turtles’ “Alone” (processional), “See the World” by Caamp (recessional) and “The Mountain Song” by Rayland Baxter (first dance). 


Photographer: Jenna Knott Photo 

Planner: JKR Events 

Ceremony and reception: Crockett’s Run 

Caterer: The Berwick, Pizza Crossing 

Bar service:Sunshine Wine Mobile Bar 

Cake: Sadie Baby Sweets, Ditch the Mix 

Florist:Hoku Floral 

Rentals: Bedrock Party Rentals, Party Plus Lancaster, United Rentals 

Music: Andy Shaw Band 

Stationery: Zazzle, Skip to My Lou Design on Etsy 

Accommodations and rehearsal dinner: Crockett’s Run 

Sunday brunch: Crockett’s Run, catered by Buckeye Donuts 

Bride’s attire: Grace Loves Lace gown and veil, accessories from Etsy and Stone & Solder 

Bride’s hair and makeup: 614 Beauty 

Groom’s attire: Suit from the Black Tux 

Rings: Doron Merav, SilverJewellerySpot on Etsy 

Bridesmaids’ attire: Azazie gowns 

Flower girls’ and ring bearers’ attire: Amazon 

Groomsmen’s attire: Suits from the Black Tux