Lea + Matt have the cutest story of how they met, which inspired their entire wedding, too! Matt is in the band Hawthorne Heights + met Lea while playing a show in Lyon, France. They dated long distance for several years, and Lea officially received her VISA just a few weeks before they exchanged their vows, making her transition from France to the US finally complete!
For their Ohio estate wedding, Lea + Matt wanted to blend both cultures into the celebration and chose to DIY much of the decor to make the day extra personal and unique. Matt built the two bars out of old palettes, Lea incorporated both languages into the signage + design, and the two of them spent countless hours at antique stores hunting down the perfect details to incorporate into their day. Lea jokes, If you are looking for vintage brass candleholders in southwest Ohio, good luck. We have them all!
Thanks so much to Chloe Luka Photography for the gorgeous images and congrats to L + M on a beautiful day! We’re so glad you two found each other :)
Sherwood Florist provided the most ideal florals for Lea + Matt’s wedding: totally ethereal + romantic!
Love this shot of Lea lookin’ lovely in her Yolan Cris dress!
Processional: Bridal Party: Moon River – Henry Mancini + Seems I'm never Tired Loving You – Nina Simone; Bride: La vie en Rose – Edith Piaf
Recessional: Hoppipola – Sigur Ros
First Dance: Step into the Light – Afghan Whigs
Standing under the willow tree while reading our handwritten vows to each other. Putting years of 9 hour flights and Skype calls behind us, and starting a new beautiful chapter of our lives together with no more goodbyes.
1. Hire a professional photographer! Your wedding pictures are what you will have left of your day, so find someone that can bring your vision to life.
2. Be kind to each other!
3. Be organized!
3. Don't obsess over every last detail ! At the end of the day, the only important thing is that you marry the love of your life.
photography: Chloe Luka Photography // venue name: The Willow Tree, in Tipp City, Ohio // event design: The bride (Lea Ridenour) // planning: The bride (Lea Ridenour) // florals: Sherwood Florist // wedding dress: Yolan Cris // hairpiece: Etsy // bride's shoes: ASOS // bridesmaid dresses: ASOS // hair stylist: Salon Ventures by Karen // makeup artist: Jaime Testa (Bridesmaid) // groom attire: Zara in France // paper goods: Minted // catering: Elite Catering // cake: Ele Cake // music: DJ, Jesse Lumpkin // officiant: Bride & Groom 's friend, Joe Head // instagram sign: Lily and Val // welcome sign: Bontemps Beignet // let them eat cake sign: Robbie Bauer, tattoo artist at Truth and Triumph tattoo // seating chart: ItsyBelle // place cards: ItsyBelle // menus: ItsyBelle // french sign: Designed by the bride // bar signs: the bride made with the Minc Gold Foil Applicator Machine // guestbook sign: the bride made with the Minc Gold Foil Applicator Machine // desserts signs: the bride made with the Minc Gold Foil Applicator Machine // sparklers sign: the bride made with the Minc Gold Foil Applicator Machine // party stamp: the bride // buttons: the bride // dessert bar: DIY by the groom // drinking bar: DIY by the groom // dessert bar background: DIY by the bride // rentals: Prime Time Party Rental