Event Review: Lauren and Steve’s Classic Wedding Reception at the Akron Hilton

Photo by BrightSide Photography.

Photo by BrightSide Photography.

A year ago, today, MC Justin and DJ Mike had the pleasure of providing Master of Ceremonies, Disc Jockey, Lighting Design, and Reception Direction Services for Steven and Lauren’s beautiful wedding reception in Akron, Ohio near Fairlawn.

As a corporate event planner, Lauren knew from the get-go what she wanted for their special event: an elegant, modern vintage event, complete with ivory roses and dark purple linens.

Around the recessed head table, Something New Entertainment created a targeted purple POP of accent uplighting to draw visual emphasis.

The Ballroom at the Akron Hilton.  Photo by BrightSide Photography.

The Ballroom at the Akron Hilton. Photo by BrightSide Photography.

Today, the two of them live in Maryland, right outside of Washington, D.C., but they married locally with their ceremony at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron and hosted their reception at the Akron-Fairlawn Hilton just two miles down the road.

Today — their very first wedding anniversary — seems a particularly fitting time to relive their joyful day in all its glory!

How "Happily Ever After" Begins!  Photo by BrightSide Photography.

How “Happily Ever After” Begins! Photo by BrightSide Photography.

But — first — a little bit about their very special Love Story:

The first time Lauren and Steven spoke, it was for a fleeting minute at a corporate meeting. He worked out of Washington, D.C., she out of Northeast Ohio, so she figured that would be the extent of their interaction.

Then, her boss insisted she see the survey Steven had returned about the corporate event. He’d written:

“I wish I could have gotten to know Lauren B. better.”

And (contrary to Lauren’s initial assumption) it wasn’t a joke. The survey’s other answers could not have come from anyone but Steven.

Six months later, at another corporate conference, the two ended up spending time together, and another year later, they hung out at the next annual event. It was clear, she remembered: they liked each other.

“We got to know each other through phone conversations,” Lauren said when we asked her how long-distance love is different. “You really do learn to love someone for the person that they are.”

Following a three-year, long-distance relationship and a proposal in Marco Island, Florida, the two became Mr. and Mrs. Nagy on Sept. 22, 2012.

What a VERY Grand Entrance Looks Like!  Photo by BrightSide Photography.

What a VERY Grand Entrance Looks Like! Photo by BrightSide Photography.

After the ceremony was over, it was time to CELEBRATE!

Lauren and Steven chose “What You Need” by INXS for their very grand entrance into the ballroom, which included a dramatic dip — the perfect photo op!  (See right!)

Hey, here is the story
Forget about the trouble in life
Don’t you know, it’s not easy
When you gotta walk upon that lineThat’s why – You need
That’s why – This is what you need
I’ll give you what you needDon’t you get sad and lonely
You need a change from
What you do all day
Ain’t no sense in all your crying
Just pick it up and throw it into shapeHey you, won’t you listen
This is not the end of it all
Don’t you see there is a rhythm
I’ll take you where you
Really need to be

Capturing the day was the lovely and talented Mrs. Lisa Austin of Brightside Photography, which Lauren said definitely delivered the stunningly photojournalistic images that Lauren really wanted.  Learn more about Lisa Austin from BrightSide Photography in our exclusive interview!

Also capturing the day was a videographer who works with Columbus-based videographer, Anthony Gardner, a genius cinematographer with whom Something New Entertainment has worked and about whom we’ve blogged. Learn more about Anthony Gardner from AGinc. in our exclusive interview!

 


“The video portrays the day so well,” Lauren raved. “It focused on Steven and me.”

 

Lauren’s cousin gifted the couple a cake with tiers of chocolate ganache, white cake and raspberry, and peanut butter and banana. (They also had probably more than 100 different kinds of cookies in quite the impressive cookie room!)

The Cutting of the Cake.  Photo by BrightSide Photography.

The Cutting of the Cake. Photo by BrightSide Photography.

The SMASHING of the Cake!  Photo by BrightSide Photography.

The SMASHING of the Cake! Photo by BrightSide Photography.


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The cake cutting was followed by toasts from some of the couple’s nearest and dearest.

A Toast!  Photo by BrightSide Photography.

A Toast! Photo by BrightSide Photography.

Though picking the music was the hardest thing for them to do, Lauren said their first dance song — “Heart of the World” by Lady Antebellum — was an easy choice. She’d cried, and known right away it was their song, when first she heard it.

Lauren and Steve's First Dance as a Newly-Married Couple!  Photo by BrightSide Photography.

Lauren and Steve’s First Dance as a Newly-Married Couple! Photo by BrightSide Photography.

For the father-daughter dance, Something New Entertainment played “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts, which is a fairly popular and oh-so-fitting song for the moment. It’s all about one person wishing a life full of happiness onto another.

Lauren Dances with her Dad, Bruce.  Photo by BrightSide Photography.

Lauren Dances with her Dad, Bruce. Photo by BrightSide Photography.

When it came to the wedding reception, Lauren and Steven wanted people to DANCE. They asked us to play 80s music and other selections they found on our online library of songs, which is available to all Something New clients.

“You need to pick people that know what they’re doing,” said Lauren. “Honestly — Something New — they were the only DJs we interviewed, and we hired them right away. They are very professional. They take it very seriously.”

Steve and Lauren's PACKED Dance Floor!  Photo by BrightSide Photography.

Steve and Lauren’s PACKED Dance Floor! Photo by BrightSide Photography.

“People were dancing the entire night,” Lauren said. “You can see in our photos how many people were dancing.”

Great Entertainment = Dancing!  Photo by BrightSide Photography.

Great Entertainment = Dancing! Photo by BrightSide Photography.

And, in case you, too, are out of town, Lauren and Steven didn’t have to come into Northeast Ohio every time we had a pre-wedding discussion. We Skyped!

Lauren’s dress was totally her, she said. She sought something simple and elegant, and found it at Coming Attractions in Akron.

Lauren's Stunning Gown.  Photo by BrightSide Photography.
Lauren’s Stunning Gown. Photo by BrightSide Photography.

“Coming Attractions was just awesome,” Lauren said.

“They really know how to treat people. It was great customer service from beginning to end.”

Another vendor provided service she loved, too: Lori Reilly, a florist recommended by the venue, provided roses, hydrangea and calla lilies that were “10 times better than I imagined.”  Before we share the couple’s Must Plays and Do-Not-Plays, we figured we’d leave you with some advice from a bride who’s been there, done that:

“This is the day you’ve been planning for, and it goes by so quickly,” Lauren said. “Make sure, throughout your day, take a moment, just stand there and watch everyone. Take in the moment and seize it.”

Must Plays:

“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey

“Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice

“DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” by Usher

“Oops! I Did It Again” by Britney Spears

“Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot

Do-Not-Plays:

The Chicken Dance

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