Brian Petrie proposed to Erika Greer exactly one year before their wedding day. Erika says she knew it was coming, but the exact moment caught her off guard—she put her coat away, turned around, and Brian was down on one knee in their apartment. Soon after the engagement, Erika contacted Social Design and Events to begin the planning process. “They took everything I wanted and made it happen,” she says. Brian adds, jokingly, “Yeah…we just showed up.”
When it was time to scout venues, Erika loved that the Contemporary Arts Center was colorful and featured interesting art and design elements. She knew she didn’t want a typical winter wedding in silver and blue, so she chose a palette of gold, plum, blush, and white with touches of sparkle. “I trusted our florist [Marti’s Floral Designs]. She took my palette and added greenery and ribbons and it turned out great,” Erika says. Guests signed ornaments in lieu of a guest book, and the couple used their friends’ well wishes to decorate their Christmas tree a couple weeks later. As a self-described “artsy” person, Erika had high hopes for the look and feel of the space as well as the photographs. “Our photographers were amazing to work with,” she says. “They captured us in each moment—it was way more than I could have imagined.”
On their special day, a kind museum visitor unknown to the couple helped the groom and his groomsmen tie their bowties. Erika’s great uncle married them in a short and sweet ceremony before a night of feasting and dancing. When asked about their priorities, both Erika and Brian agreed that food was the most important. They love Taste of Belgium and were inspired to build their wedding menu around ToB’s famous chicken and waffles. The caterer, Scratch Food Catering in Dayton, never offers the same menu twice and creates all menu items from—you guessed it—scratch. Throw in a mac-and-cheese bar and some sliders—it’s hard to imagine happier guests.
Venue Contemporary Arts Center Wedding Planner Social Design and Events Day-of Coordinator Marty Karp Flowers Marti Heard, Marti’s Floral Design Catering Scratch Food Catering Cake Jodi Burchman (friend) Gown Designer Allure Romance, Wendy’s Bridal Alterations Melinda Rahe Invitations/Favors Minted.com, Social Design and Events Bride’s Makeup Lisa Schmidt (bride’s aunt) and Paige Lubrano Bride’s Hair Paige Lubrano, Paige’s Place Salon Officiant Ernie Stump (bride’s great uncle) Music/DJ Chad Aulick, Perfect Day DJs Rehearsal Dinner Blinkers, Covington