Amy and Aaron Manos
There once was a girl named Amy (that's me!) looking for her other half. She messaged a man named Aaron on a dating website. We messaged for a month or so until Aaron asked me to have pizza at Luigi's in downtown Akron. I agreed! We hit it off and a few days later was our second date at the Akron Art Museum. We were wed at that museum a few years later on 9/1/19.
But before that, Aaron took me to our favorite sushi restaurant, Kasai in Green, before an Eagles concert at (then) Quick Loans Arena. Aaron got down on one knee and proposed during dinner. I was shocked, knowing Aaron would pop the question, but did not know when or where. We both were kind of nervous when it happened, and don't remember the exact words that were said. But, we did know at the end that we were engaged!
The planning began! I remembered seeing, a few times, weddings happening at the Akron Art Museum, with its beautiful glass facade, architecture and garden. When we were shopping for venues, I knew I wanted to tour there.
I had a budget, and knew with our budget we could afford the Akron Art Museum. Always stick to your budget, brides-to-be! It is only one day, after all. One thing I did want were engagement photos. I found Sabrina Hall photography for our engagement shoot. She was lovely and I loved the pictures she shot!
Planning was going great. Until I had to find a dress. As a plus-sized bride, the selections can be limited. I knew what I wanted going in, but I still tried on at least 40 dresses at 5 different retailers. I ended up with a dress that was originally a size too small, but it was beautiful and checked every box, especially being on sale! I bought it at Universe Bridal and Prom in Coshocton, OH. They offered a list of seamstresses in the Akron/Canton area. My seamstress added a corset in the back and made sure the dress fit me perfectly.
My now father-in-law thought it would be great idea to have our rehearsal dinner at Canal Park and see a Rubber Ducks baseball game. Aaron and I thought that would be wonderful, as we both are HUGE baseball fans. I loved this as it was not super formal, and everyone could mingle with each other.
I found my centerpieces on a Facebook group called Northeast Ohio Wedding Resale. Even if you don't use Facebook, this was a great resource! I also found my day-of hairstylist, Ally from The I Do Up Do, there. I can highly recommend all the vendors we chose. For flowers, Deitz's Florist in Cuyahoga Falls. They really came in with a win when our chuppah (the Jewish wedding arch) was not delivered. They found an arch, delivered it and beautifully decorated it in time!
For catering, we had a plated dinner from Totally Cooked, also located in Cuyahoga Falls. They offered a s'mores bar as an end-of-night snack. It was a big hit with our guests!
For our beautiful cake, we chose West Side Bakery in Akron. It tasted wonderful, and I loved how it looked in the museum. Our DJ was Rock the House Entertainment in Hudson. They offered an MC who was great at getting the guests where they needed to go, and even danced with our guests towards the end of the night. Our photographer for the night was Dana Nunez. We found her through George Street Photography. I recommend all these vendors! They made our day so great!
All in all, it was a wonderful day that went far too fast! Most of all, enjoy the moments you are having with your new spouse, your loved ones, and the memories you are making. The one thing both my husband and I agree on was the best part of our day was that the rain stopped at the perfect times during the day. Once the reception started and everyone was indoors, it rained the rest of the night!
Ceremony: Akron Art Museum
Bride's Gown: Universal Bridal and Prom
Floral and Decor: Deitz Floral Studio
Venue: Akron Art Museum
Entertainment: Rock the House Entertainment