It took Kristine Edwards and Bob Winkler about a year to decide what kind of wedding celebration they wanted. A logistics planner by day who can coordinate like nobody’s business, Kristine was ready to throw a massive soirée and invite everyone she’d ever brushed elbows with, whereas Bob was initially in favor of a small courthouse wedding. Eventually they compromised on 85 guests, which Kristine says allowed them to have meaningful interactions with every attendee.
The couple chose Piatt Park, the oldest park in Cincinnati, for their wedding ceremony. They applied for a three-hour permit from the city for “dirt cheap” and have the distinction of being the first permitted wedding to take place in the park. Their dramatic Beauty and the Beast–inspired reception was held in the Continental Ballroom at downtown’s Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. Kristine designed the look and feel of their big day, while Bob worked with the chefs at Orchids at Palm Court (where they’ve celebrated their anniversary each year) to create a custom five-course menu and wedding cake.
For the regal decor, Kristine sourced unique artistic elements, including a showstopping 20-inch-tall illuminated ice sculpture that served as the base for their wedding cake, and a custom monogrammed vinyl floor decal that matched the room’s marble urns.
Kristine hired a live event painter intending to surprise her new husband, gifting him the finished piece. Bob ended up finding out about the painting the day before, but both were surprised by the final product, which captured the spirit of their celebration in a unique way. A caricature artist was also brought in to create keepsake sketches for guests to take home in lieu of the oft-used photo booth, and a sketch of the couple served as their guest book.
Part of the aesthetic Kristine envisioned involved everyone in the bridal party, plus immediate family, wearing silver and black. Bob was skeptical about wearing a silver tuxedo jacket at first, but Kristine says he ended up loving it. He decided to keep his look a secret, too, so they each had an exciting first look moment. She laughs, admitting she got several of their ideas from Pinterest: “Of course!” she says.“Where else do you go?”
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CEREMONY: Piatt Park | RECEPTION: Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza | FLOWERS: Courtenay Lambert Floral & Event Design | CATERING & CAKE: Orchids at Palm Court | LIVE EVENT PAINTER: Jacqueline DelBrocco | CARICATURE ARTIST: Duff Orlemann| FLOOR DECAL: InStyle Floor Wraps | DRESS: Vera Wang, David’s Bridal | BRIDE’S MAKEUP: Ashley Olivia Artistry | BRIDE’S HAIR: Bobbie Jo Bykes | GROOM’S TUXEDO: Philippe Haas Bespoke Tailoring | MUSIC: Tuxedo Junction Dance Orchestra | ICE SCULPTURE: Artic Diamond Ice Sculptures