September 30, 2017
When asked to describe her wedding at Greenacres Arts Center, Jordan Perkinson (née Pauley) says, “It felt like A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
And we can see why. The storybook setting at Greenacres boasted grand archways and castle-like stonework. Suspended bubble votive candles cast a warm glow over the head table. String lights twinkled above the dance floor. Tablescapes were layered with hues of navy, gold, mauve, and evergreen; the bridesmaids’ dresses followed suit with a multicolored palette of rich emerald tones. And the flowers—oh, the flowers!—were truly the “it factor” of the whole affair, Jordan says. A cascading floral ceiling floated ethereally over the head table, while Edison-bulb chandeliers dripped with greenery and hovered over the dance floor. The bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets were earthly arrangements of deep-red dahlias, muted English roses, and plenty of fern-like greenery.
It was everything Zach and Jordan wanted: romantic, whimsical, magical. But they were careful to not make it too much. “I’m one of three girls in my family, and my mom always instilled in us that ambience is everything,” Jordan says. “I wanted it simple and elegant without being too over-the-top.”
After a personalized ceremony where the couple walked down the aisle afterward to Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life,” they joined their guests for the cocktail hour. “It’s something I would recommend to all brides because it’s one more bit of time you get to spend with your guests,” she says.
Dinner took a seasonal spin: a rustic apple salad with caramel popcorn and roasted corn chowder for starters, then a halibut-and-filet duet with zucchini au gratin for the main course. The three-tiered cake was adorned with cabernet-colored berries and delicate white roses, topped off with the gold inscription “When ya know, ya know”—the couple’s mantra.
A luxurious seating area with cozy white couches and wooden coffee tables was nestled right next to the dance floor. “The vision behind that was our fathers. We knew they would want a place to park it, but they would still want to be in the midst of it all,” Jordan says. “So many people congregated to it.”
Invitations, menus, and place cards were custom-designed in watercolor by Sarah Simmons of Simmons Studio. A watercolor skyline of downtown Cincinnati served as the guestbook and now hangs as a treasured memento in the master bedroom of the couple’s Mt. Lookout home. “If you can do certain things to make it personalized,” Jordan advises, “that’s what makes it feel like your wedding day.”
Photography: Leppert Photography Flowers: Robin Wood Flowers | Rentals: All Occasions | Event Rental Wedding Planner: Viva Bella Events | Food: Jeff Thomas Catering | Venue: Greenacres Arts Center | Programs/Menus/Invitations: Simmons Studio | Hair/Makeup: BRIDEface | Men: Folchi’s Tuxedos & Menswear | Cake & Groom’s Cake: A Spoon Fulla Sugar | Favors: Holtman’s Donuts | Gown: Paloma Blanca, Amanda’s Hyde Park Bridal | Entertainment: Soul Pocket, Midnight Rose Trio, Al Wilkerson | Videography: Studio 213 Films | Transportation: Jimmy’s Limousine Service