Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Unique Wedding Venues: Wineries in the Akron Area

Having your wedding or special event at a winery never goes out of style. There’s just something about the ambiance of a winery that lends itself to a special occasion – especially leading up to your wedding day!

The Two Hearts team has put together a list of wineries in the Akron area that host special events. This is by no means a comprehensive list. Most of these venues are more suitable for smaller events, like your bridal shower or rehearsal dinner, but a few can hold larger wedding parties as well. Winery photo at right by Janicki Photography.

The Candlelight Winery has a covered deck attached to the winery that can hold up to 40 people. The deck has two fireplaces which make it available year round and in the summer the screened shutters open up, allowing the summer breeze to blow through.  There is no “rental fee” but there is a minimum purchase agreement to reserve the space.

This lovely setting is perfect for a smaller gathering under 50 people. The Great Room, which is a separate building adjacent to the winery, has a breathtaking view of Wolf Creek and the surrounding vineyards and is the perfect location for rehearsal dinners, small weddings and receptions, baby and wedding showers. It’s a minimum rental of two hours. You may contract with any caterer or bring in your own food.  For more details click here.

Jilbert Winery’s beautiful banquet room provides a choice of options for entertaining parties from 30 to 80. The winery produces honey wine and is housed in a historic dairy barn and has a covered patio for the summer months. The loft dining room has an elegant country atmosphere with open rafters and a large stone fireplace and is available for rent without food service for non-wedding events. Click here for details.

This vineyard is located about 20 minutes from KSU, on the southern end of Kent, and has a hospitality room that can accommodate groups up to 60. In a quiet, rural setting with a great view of the lake, the banquet room is adjacent to their working winery. Their rental fees are very reasonable and you can choose to bring your own food or use their on-site catering service. For a video overview, click here.

This winery can accommodate group sizes from 50 in their party room to 400 with tenting.  From bridal showers and rehearsal dinners, to birthdays, anniversaries, or meetings, the staff at Maize Valley can help plan the details to make your special day memorable. Maize Valley provides catering for party room rentals and a variety of options are available for wine sampling during your event. Click here for details.

Mastropietro Winery is a lovely winery with several options for smaller events. Their banquet room comfortably sits 48 people and has kitchen access for your approved caterer. The Gazebo can seat a total of 48 and can be rented in conjunction with the banquet room. And a single rustic pavilion has 10 picnic tables that can seat 6-8 people per table.  They will not be taking reservations for large weddings/receptions for 2015. Click here for details.

Sarah’s Vineyard is in a beautiful barn located across from Blossom Music Center and can accommodate groups up to 100 for private parties when the winery is closed (Mon-Tues). They do not host weddings or receptions. They charge a flat fee for the rental and food can be ordered off their menu or you can bring in your own. Click here for details.

Thorncreek is a gorgeous venue and has several options for event rental:  The Fireplace Nook which can accommodate up to 20 guests; The Front Cellar (up to 30); The Aging Cellar (up to 75); The Winery & Gardens - The Secret Tented Waterfall Garden (up to 225); and the entire winery which can hold 225 or more. Parties of over 150 must rent out the entire winery for the night and must use one of their approved caterers and rental companies. Click here for more details.

A truly gorgeous venue, Gervasi provides a graceful and romantic setting for intimate outdoor or indoor weddings. Their 55-acre Italian-inspired estate provides a beautiful setting for weddings in two unique and spectacular venues: The Pavilion –a beautiful Italian-inspired open air structure of stone and stucco nestled next to the vineyard and lake that seats up to 200 guests or The Villa Grande - ideal for smaller intimate wedding receptions of 60-100 guests.

The ballroom in The Villa Grande is also perfect for rehearsal dinners, showers and wedding luncheons. For more details, click here. For a sampling of gorgeous wedding photos taken at Gervasi like the two below by Genevieve Nisly Photography, click here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Emerald Elegance

I am OBSESSED with emerald right now! It is such an elegant, royal, and underused color. I would absolutely love to plan an event using a color palette of emerald, blush/champagne, gold and ivory. Oxblood has been declared THE wedding color of 2015. Although it is beautiful, I think that emerald should definitely be a contender. Check out my inspiration board! I promise you'll fall in love ;)

    (Image by Chard Photographer)                                                  (Image by Katelyn James)

    (Image by Hudson Nichols)                                                   (Image by Chard Photographer)

(Photo by Chard Photographer)
Am I right? Or am I right?!

Friday, January 16, 2015

MKleinman Artistry: Makeup Artistry for your Special Day

If there's one day when you absolutely need to look your best, all day, it's your wedding day! And getting your makeup done by a professional is the best way to ensure you have the flawless and enhanced natural beauty you want without worrying about the look fading before the night is over.

Maggie Kleinman, owner of MKleinman Artistry, has over nine years of training and experience providing makeup applications for brides and their parties, models for style shoots, runway and more. She's been trained by and worked for MAC Cosmetics, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, Laura Mercier and Shu Umura.

And what we liked best is that Maggie is so nice and laid back and truly listens to what you want. She applies the makeup so you look like the best version of you and the whole look is fresh and natural. She came down to Brookside Farms to apply the makeup for Caitlin, her bridesmaids, and the bride and groom's moms and did a fantastic job. We can't recommend her enough!

Some photos by JaNicki Photography of  Maggie's great job on Caitlin's wedding makeup -

Maggie also did the wedding makeup for another gorgeous bride and good friend, Aly, Check out her wedding photos by Ashley Lindeman Photography. Click here to see more of the wedding photos.

Maggie also does styled shoots and commercial shoots as well. If you're looking for a flawless, natural look for your wedding, contact Maggie!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Winter Bridal Shows!

It's bridal show season and we have the scoop on some must-hits....

The Boutique Bridal Bazaar
Sunday, January 11th at the Silver Grille in the Higbee Building in Cleveland

Tickets are $15 pre-sale and $20 at the door. This sells out, so buy your tickets now!

Hosted by Something White, a bridal boutique in Independence, this is an atypical bridal show for brides seeking vendors and products that will help them pull off a unique and stylish wedding. I will be there with the Baci Designer team, along with many other great wedding industry vendors. We hope to see you there!

Click here for a list of these boutique vendors, including many that I used in my own wedding. And click here for our post on last year's event at the Tudor Arms Hotel in Cleveland.

Today's Bride Show - Akron
Sunday, January 11th at the John S Knight Center in downtown Akron

Today's Bride Show - Cleveland
Sat & Sun, Jan 17th - 18th at the I-X Convention Center in Cleveland

The Akron showe will have representatives from many area venues, including several that we've featured on the blog: Akron Art Museum, The Piggery at Anna Dean Farm, Occasion's Party Centre, SpringLake Party Center, plus others we recommend like Glenmoor Country Club and Silver Lake Country Club.  150 of Akron area's finest wedding professionals will be there and you can see fashion shows and the latest trends & ideas in weddings.

The Recycled Wedding Boutique
Sunday, January 25th located at Red Space at Hotcards
2400 Superior Ave E, Cleveland, Ohio

Hosted by Oak & Honey Events, a sustainable wedding planning business that specializes in unique weddings with a local focus, this unique event is a flea market of sorts. Soon-to-be couples can shop new, slightly used, and vintage items to create the wedding of their dreams from newlyweds who are looking to off load their wedding items. One of the sponsors is KnotProfit, a socially conscious wedding and planning resource.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Look good for 2015!

Hey y'all! I thought I would switch things up a bit and add a little segment about shopping. Heck ya! I know you ladies probably have some holiday gift money burning holes in your pockets so I'll be sharing some of my favorite online shopping sites with you :)

First up, is my favorite clothing store, The Rage. They have a storefront in Arkansas but lucky for us up here in Ohio, they have an awesome online store and an app! has everything from dresses, shoes, tops, skirts, and cardigans. They are constantly adding new inventory and bring back popular items. So don't worry if that top you want sold out really fast. It'll be back. Just be like me and add the app to your phone so you can be notified when they add new things to the site ;)


Sunday, December 14, 2014

2015 Boutique Bridal Bazaar

Hey everyone! The 2015 Boutique Bridal Bazaar is coming up on January 11th! This year, the event will be held at The Silver Grille at the Higbee Building in Cleveland. If you or someone you know is getting married soon, this is the place to meet your future vendors. The list of vendors includes some of our favorites including Baci Designer, Borrow Vintage & Eclectic Rentals, Oak & Honey Events, MKleinman Artistry, Something New Entertainment and many more!

You can buy presale tickets for $15 HERE or at the door (cash only) for $20. This isn't your typical bridal show, so make sure you get your tickets and come say hi to me and the other lovely ladies of the Baci team!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Piggery at Anna Dean Farm: A Unique & Historic Wedding Venue in Akron

Check out this ultra-unique wedding and event venue!! This historic building is one of the last of what was once the O.C. Barber Mansion and Anna Dean Farm near Akron, Ohio.

World famous industrialist and founder of Barberton, Ohio, O.C. Barber constructed the mansion and Anna Dean Farm buildings in the early 1900's. The mansion was demolished in 1965, but 8 of the 35 original Anna Dean Farm buildings still remain, including The Piggery, the last major barn completed on the farm. The building is listed in the National Register and proceeds from the special event rental go toward restoring this century old slice of local history.

Isn't this such a gorgeous venue & setting? And you can get married on the grounds as well!

Robert and Courtney Cannon of Cannon Candids Photography photographed the very first wedding held there this fall. Check out these great photos, lovely wedding setting, and one-of-a-kind venue and put it on your list of possibilities.

The space is unique but, with creative planning, can hold up to 230 people.

For more photos from this wedding, visit Cannon Candids Photography. For more info on renting The Piggery at Anna Dean Farm, contact Rental Coordinator Epiphany Pietzcker at The Piggery. You can also find this venue on Facebook.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Handpicked Bridal Event 2014 a Success!

Caitlin here: Handpicked 2014 turned out to be a fantastic evening with our fabulous friends and vendors in the wedding and event industry.

We couldn't have asked for a better day at our outdoor venue, The Stone Cottage at Hines Hill. Amanda Cursaro, founder of Baci Designer, pulled the event together with her usual flaire and panache!

There was wonderful gourmet food from Totally Cooked Catering (my wedding caterer!), gorgeous cakes & desserts by Bittersweet's (making my wedding cake!), fresh funnel cakes and french toast ice cream by Sweetie Fry, and a donut bar by Peace, Love and Little Donuts. Music and DJ service was provided by Something New Entertainment.

The decor was provided by China Cupboard, Borrow Rentals, Sitting Pretty Linens, and our Baci Team. The gorgeous floral arrangements by Blush Custom Weddings accented the stationery of Baci Designer (making the invitations for my wedding naturally!), and the stylings of Oak & Honey Events and Pretty Little Miss Events.

Inside the stone cottage you could peruse stunning brooch bouquets by Susie Kay's, wedding gowns by Something White Bridal Boutique, handmade Spanish lace veils by The Mantilla Company, and the photobooth by Good Vibrations. The Wandering Wardrobe's handy truck was parked right outside and the crew of Rad Cinematography kept everyone entertained in the barn.

Maggie of MKleinman Artistry (who is doing my wedding makeup!) gave makeup lessons while Lauren Gabrielle Photography, Studio Elle Photography and Tiffany Luc Photography provided some great photos of the day.

For a complete list of vendors and their info, click here. For a video

For photos of the event, check out the photographer's blogs:

A few from Lauren Gabrielle Photography:

A few from Studio Elle Photography:

and a few from Tiffany Luc Photography:

You can also check out all the photo booth fun by Good Vibrations (the DJ for my wedding!) here: