This historic church turned events space was the perfect venue for Roula + Michael’s traditional black-tie wedding in Cincinnati. The vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, hand-painted murals, marble, and terrazzo flooring look remarkable. We love the chapel backdrop with rows and rows of candles where today’s featured couple said their I Do’s. Don’t miss Roula’s beautiful full lace Romona Keveza gown complete with chapel length train, timeless scalloped edging along the neckline, paired with meaningful accessories passed on from Roula’s mother and aunts . Enjoy!
Roula + Michael | October 11, 2014 | Cincinnati, Ohio | Dress Listing: Romona Keveza, L806
Our ceremony was very special. My cousin did the honor of marrying us and he told our story in the most eloquent way. He did such a great job of sharing with our guests how we met and fell in love and why we were the right partners for each other. It was beautiful…completely beautiful. With a large wedding, it somehow felt so intimate. We continue to hear about how it was a ceremony unlike any other. It was very special.
Our reception took place in the same location as the ceremony. It was the perfect combination of my Lebanese culture and a traditional American reception. To put it in the words of our guests…it started out like a rock concert as we entered and were lifted up on chairs while everyone danced around us. The speeches were so touching – especially my dad’s. That might have been the highlight for me, seeing his joy. The dessert was plentiful and the dancing was nonstop. While I was told to enjoy every minute as the day would go by with a flash, I truly felt that time slowed and I was able to savor every moment of the day and night.
Roula’s Dress Search
I tried on about twelve dresses and as cliché as it sounds, I chose the dress that caused the biggest emotional reaction out of me…and it wasn’t tears, it was more of a ‘Wow!’. I went into it with an open mind, as I didn’t know exactly what I wanted; however I was still picky. There are a lot of dresses out there, but not all of them are the best quality – and even those dresses can be costly! I wanted something where the details were not overlooked, like the way it fit my body; the material used for the lining (that matters!) and the lace needed to be the right balance of romance and elegance. The dress I chose managed to compliment me in every way. It was timeless and the alencon lace was exquisite. I knew it would be a dress that I would look at in photos for years to come and always love it for it’s simple beauty. Simply put, the dress highlighted ME – it complimented my beauty without being over-the-top.
My accessories helped make my bridal look even more special to me, as I wore the headpiece my mother wore on her wedding day. My jewelry was a combination of 1920’s jewelry from each of my aunts. We used a necklace as the chain on my belt, which was held up by my grandmother’s brooch. I was wearing so many pieces that each had a different meaning to them.
How Roula Felt in Her Wedding Dress
I felt elegant, classy and romantic in my dress. Pairing it with an Oscar de la Renta bolero made my look so unique. A guest came up and said, “Now you are what a bride should look like.” That compliment made me feel stunning – which happens to be how my father described me that day.
Why Roula Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
I decided to sell my dress because I have so many pictures to remember it by and I can’t stand the thought of it just sitting in a closet for years to come when another bride-to-be can wear it, enjoy it, LOVE it – and at a great price!!
Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza, L806 | Photography: Michael Bambino | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Bell Event Centre | Event Planning: Bell Event Centre | Floral Design: Adrian Durban Florists | Cake: The BonBonerie