Photograph by Kortnee Kate Photography
It all started with Music Hall. Having both grown up in Cincinnati, Mindi and Kevin knew they wanted an iconic Cincinnati venue that represented their roots—and that could also hold all 350 of their wedding guests. Once the venue was booked, the other details fell into place. “We wanted the rest of the wedding to match the old-world glam of Music Hall,” Mindi says.
Guests were greeted with glasses of champagne as they entered the ceremony, tipping them off that they were in for a glamorous, elegant evening. The bridesmaids’ dresses were a perfectly mismatched assortment of pearl and cream hues in fabrics ranging from lace to silk to chiffon. “I didn’t want them to look uniform,” Mindi says. “I wanted all my bridesmaids to look like they were just going out to a nice event.”
Inside the reception, the tables continued the mismatched theme with alternating centerpieces of tall and short votives and candelabras. Lace overlays accompanied about half of the champagne-colored silk tablecloths. Plush, white floral arrangements added to the luxurious warmth of Music Hall’s ambience, and gold chivari chairs paired well with gold silverware to play upon Music Hall’s gilded glow.
Mindi wanted an elegant cake without a lot of “bells and whistles,” she says, so the couple chose The BonBonerie’s classic opera crème and white chocolate raspberry interiors with an ivory frosting and cascading edible florals that mimicked the sumptuous floral arrangements. If guests couldn’t wait for dessert, they could nibble on the macaron favors placed at their seats. Fun fact: Mindi notes that Macaron Bar allows brides to choose any flavor macaron to come in any color, so hers came in shades of cream and vanilla to match the color scheme of the evening.
To kick off the party, Kevin and Mindi entered in Drake style wearing red puffy coats and jamming to “Hotline Bling.” Baskets of white flip-flops were available around the dance floor for ladies to kick off their heels.
Once the dance floor had been open a while, Vonderhaar’s opened a Skyline Chili coney bar to help guests refuel. Ending on a note of hometown pride was both practical and sentimental, says Mindi: “We knew it was good late-night food, but it’s also a Cincinnati staple.”
Videography Kortnee, Kate in Motion Officiant Neville Shende Venue Music Hall Catering Vonderhaar’s Catering Wedding Planner Marti Heard Designs Flowers Marti Heard Designs Cake The BonBonerie Gown Marisa Bridals, Bridal and Formal Bridesmaids’ Dresses Bridal and Formal Invitations Deb Huber, Designs by Direction Favors Macaron Bar DJ Party Pleasers Lighting Goodwin Lighting Rentals All Occasions Event Rental Ceremony Draping Fitz the Occasion Groomsmen Suits Jos. A. Bank Bride’s Makeup Summer Lippert and Samantha Bott Bride’s Hair Cassandra Doyle and Chelsea Swiney