Wedding Guide – Spring 2022


Our destination weddings

Four mesmerizing locations to consider for your big day

The local couples listed below all chose to have a ceremony and/or reception outside of Toledo. To follow in their footsteps, check out the Instagram pages included with each entry!

Gettysburg, Pa

PICTURE CREDITS: Picture This by Ginny

Duffee Maddox and her husband Joe Barton were originally scheduled to marry in May 2020, but the pandemic caused them to change their plans. Her solution? Having a destination wedding in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is the perfect place for history buffs.

“We were living in Brooklyn at the time and moved to Toledo in early 2021 for a job at the Toledo Museum of Art,” says Maddox. “My husband, originally from Virginia, is a history podcaster [of Apple podcast, “Excuse Me History”], which is one of the reasons we chose the location.” The couple tied the knot on May 22, 2021. Find out more about travel to Gettysburg for your wedding or honeymoon at

@alicelouisepresse (Perrysburg Invitation Printer)

Las Vegas, Nevada

PICTURE CREDITS: light and fading

Las Vegas, the perfect place for elopements, proved to be the answer to a Toledo couple’s fears about their big day. “We originally planned to get married here in Toledo but there was stress of planning the perfect wedding, limited capacity of a venue for our guests due to Covid-19, fear of being the center of attention as a bride…nothing about it It was fun planning this,” explains Worada Lehman-Elchert, who married Jason on July 7, 2021. “One day we joked about just flying to Las Vegas to get married, just the two of us. We both looked at each other like it was a real possibility and then decided to just do it. It was everything we hoped for.”

Worada and Jason Elchert got married in the Valley of Fire state parkan evocative place for photos and romance.

@lightandfade (Photographer)

@emberandstoneevents (wedding planner)

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii


Emily and Andy Vascik had been planning a family vacation to Hawaii for a long time, so they thought, “Why not get married there?” In November 2016, they took the plunge with a small, intimate wedding in Kailua-Kona. “Being surrounded by the waves, the flowers and the wonderful spirit of the island was something we will always remember,” Emily recalls. “We were truly blessed that day.”

The Toledo couple decided to host a reception at the Registry Bistro, where chef Erika Rapp incorporated references to Hawaiian cuisine into her menu.

@registrybistro (Toledo reception and catering)

@swatchstudios (Toledo photographer)

@ellaflorweddings (Rossford Florist)

@wixey_bäckerei (Toledo desserts)

@vintageandlaceweddings (wedding planner)

Rincon, Puerto Rico

PICTURE CREDITS: Reki Wedding Films

Local couple Christina and Joe Henry wanted a hassle-free ceremony with their closest family and friends, so they began planning their 2021 Puerto Rico wedding. “We booked our stay at an Airbnb near the venue and a few nights in the hotel venue for practical reasons,” says Christina. “The best thing about arrival was everything was a surprise for both of us and our 28 guests! Overall our wedding expenses (including: my dress, men’s suits, venue, food, hair, makeup for all the girls and moms, photographer, decor, flowers, DJ, planner, Airbnb, hotel and flights) were included $12,500!”

@soniagregorycoordinadora (wedding planner)

@rincon_of_the_seas (venue)

@rekiweddingfilms (Photography)

Couple of questions and answers

Kayla Russell and Shane Russell Jr.

The importance of the cording ceremony comes from a passage in the Bible, Ecclesiastes 4:12, which reads, “If one is overpowered, two can defend themselves. A three-strand cord does not break easily.” The braiding of the three strands represents the union of God and the two partners in marriage.

How did you meet?
Toledo School for the Arts.

Who asked the question and how?
Shane popped the question at our favorite park, where we often went for a walk.

How long was the engagement?
A year.

What made your wedding day special?
Our son was the ring bearer.

Ever wanted to elope during wedding planning and just get it over with?
Yes, this idea seemed less expensive and less stressful.

Was there anything at the wedding that didn’t go to plan?
Organisation, communication between individual parties and music disturbances.

Three words to describe your wedding expectations:
Peaceful, beautiful, simple.

Three words to describe your wedding reality:
A bit stressful…

Wedding Coordinator:
Family members helped with the planning.

Eston’s Bakery in Toledo.

We created our own playlist featuring our favorite Christian artists.

Where did you spend your honeymoon?
Berlin, Ohio – an Amish city.

Tips and tricks for other couples:
When planning a wedding, remember that the more people involved, the more messy it can get. Remember it’s your wedding. Respect the opinions of others, but don’t miss out on what you want just to please picky, bossy people.

Have you showered or Bachelor/bachelorette parties? If yes, what did you do?
I didn’t have a bridal shower but my husband had a bachelorette party.

Gabriel and Shannon Lands Jones

How did you meet?
We met at work. Gabe works for the city of Toledo and I work for Lucas County. Our paths crossed when the city and district had to work together on a major project.

Who asked the question and how?
Gabriel asked me on an October evening when I least expected it. We had had a disagreement earlier in the day and that was really the last thing I expected. We were both at home enjoying a nice fire when I decided to put wood in the fireplace. When I turned around, Gabriel was on one knee and offered my hand.

How long was the engagement?
About three years.

What made your wedding day special?
We had our whole family and our closest friends with us. It was small, intimate and perfect.

Ever wanted to elope during wedding planning and just get it over with?
We had several setbacks due to COVID-19 which forced us to postpone the wedding a number of times.

Was there anything at the wedding that didn’t go to plan?
No, everything went as planned. No surprises.

Did you do anything during the wedding that would be considered non-traditional?
Instead of a best man’s speech, we asked our brother-in-law to break the toast. He has known Gabe since he was a kid and he really gave a beautiful, heartfelt speech. We also had our children with us at our wedding ceremony. The five of us did a sand unification ceremony and the kids were in our wedding party too!

Chris Shutter’s band.

Describe your wedding location:
Accommodating, practical and affordable. The venue coordinator was helpful in planning the necessities for the ceremony and reception. She was very accommodating when it came to visiting the place, figuring out the color choices for the chair covers, the dinner options, and the decor for the reception.

Other wedding vendors you might want to mention:
Jan Hudson from Hudson Photography and Jennifer Pello from Pello Salon & Spa were both very helpful and professional.

Where did you spend your honeymoon?
New England. We flew into Boston, then drove up the Atlantic Seaboard, stopping in several cities along the way and spending a few days in Bar Harbor, Maine. We ended up getting matching tattoos in a small town outside of Bar Harbor. The tattoos are reminders of our wedding day, Gabe’s late father and our honeymoon.

Tips and tricks for other couples:
Be open to what is available for your wedding needs. Set a budget and try to stick to it. Make sure you taste the food and cake before choosing your vendor.


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