For most engaged couples, scouting a reception spot involves touring the space, checking capacity, and crunching numbers. For Catherine Andersen and Zach Overholt, it also involved hard hats.
They had visited Louisville’s 21c Museum Hotel—the acclaimed boutique hotel and 24-hour contemporary art museum—and knew that a downtown Cincinnati location was set to open in time for their September 1 wedding. So they hooked up with the museum’s fledgling events team, viewed the unfinished 100-year-old building during its months-long construction, and hoped for the best. “We’d been to Proof, the Louisville museum’s restaurant,” Catherine says. “And we heard that the chef [Michael Paley] would be opening Cincinnati’s Metropole restaurant. So we knew what we were in for.” The ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception were held in the museum’s galleries with a backdrop of striking sculpture and art installations.
Despite the evocative contemporary works in every corner of the museum, the styling of Catherine’s and Zach’s wedding was more in line with the historic building itself. Catherine’s gowns were from BHLDN, Anthropologie’s spinoff shop devoted to vintage-styled weddings. Her tiered eyelet ceremony dress featured appliqued flowers, pretty bits of embroidery, scalloped hems, and a short, fluttery capelet. For the reception, she changed into a short, mod-style dress—all the better for dancing—with fitted lace sleeves and an oversized bow at the back neckline.
The cake, created by Sugar Realm, mimicked the look of Catherine’s ceremony dress with layers of impossibly delicate ruffles and a large edible flower edged in gold. It was a fitting centerpiece for such a setting—a work of art in flour and sugar that blended vintage romance with cool, contemporary glamour.
Photography: Shelby Street Photography
Venue: 21c Museum Hotel, Cincinnati
Flowers: Blossoms Florist
Stationery: Cheer Up Cherup
Cake: Sugar Realm Fine Bakery & Cake Design
Catering: The Metropole at 21c
Photographs by Shelby Street Photography