Andrew Graf had planned a special getaway for his girlfriend Amanda Sexton's birthday: a week in the European city of her choice. She chose Venice, which officially became "their city" after the trip. Two and a half years later, they returned to the romantic port where Andrew proposed with a ring he had designed using Venetian inspirations. They married in a fall affair in Galloway.
The Date September 18
Ceremony and Reception Site The couple wanted a natural setting for their vow exchange, so they married outdoors on a terrace overlooking a tranquil lagoon in Big Darby Creek. Darby Dan Farm (614) 878-4527
Photography "We were very pleased with our photographer, Nicole Dixon," says Amanda. "We spent a great deal of time seeking an artist with a unique style, someone who could capture the essence of our special day in a candid manner." Nicole Dixon Photographic, NicoleDixon.com
Consultant Due to their hectic work schedules, the couple worked with two wedding consultants: Kacy Bedell, an independent consultant and family friend, and Donna Turnock of For All Occasions (614) 784-1744, Columbus.
Officiant Reverend Kathy Dwyer of Saint John's Church, Columbus
Gown An ivory, strapless gown with a beaded bodice, David's Bridal.
Veil Designed and created by the mother of the bride.
Hair and Makeup Charles Penzone, The Grand Salon in Dublin (614) 798-8400
Bridesmaid Dresses Amanda's seven maids wore mink color dresses with small trains by Jim Hjelm Occasions. "When I saw this dress I knew the girls would look and feel beautiful, especially walking down the aisle," she says. Alan Ray Bridal (614) 761-1023, Columbus.
Formalwear Two button black tuxedos with ivory shirts by Perry Ellis rented from Dublin Cleaners O.P. Gallo Tuxedo (614) 764-9934, Dublin
Invitations The formal invitations featured brown and gold ink to complement the color scheme of the celebration. Fine Lines (614) 885-7787, Worthington
Flowers Fall-color blooms dominated the bouquets and centerpieces. Chapel Hill Florist (614) 487-9190, Columbus
Rental Equipment Darby Dan Farm
Catering Schmidt’s Hospitality Concepts (614) 444-5050, Galloway
Music "The dance floor was packed all night!" The Conspiracy Band (614) 864-0505, Reynoldsburg
Cake A narrow, three-tier confection with layers of yellow cake and filled with raspberry cream. Piece of Cake (614) 421-0399, Columbus
Transportation The bride and groom provided their guests with transportation to and from their hotel so there were no drinking-and-driving worries. Cardinal Transportation, Ltd.(614) 486-9330
Accommodations Doubletree Guest Suites (614) 228-4600, Columbus
Honeymoon A week cruising the Mediterranean and a week in and around Barcelona, Spain. "The food, views, wine, and time to relax was exactly what we had hoped it to be," says Amanda.
Photography © Nicole Dixon Photographic
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