Nazareth Hall Wedding in Grand Rapids, Ohio

April 10, 2021

How does one plan a delightful, gorgeous wedding in six months?? Ask Jessie and Tom and their SPECTACULAR team of Northwest Ohio vendors! Their Nazareth Hall wedding in Grand Rapids, Ohio was held in Spring 2021, and it was full of character, beautiful decor, and (might I mention) good food!

Ahhhh … Jessie and Tom’s wedding day! It was the first wedding I had the privilege to photograph in 2021, and it was one to remember! And yes … you read that right. They planned their wedding in less than SIX MONTHS! 😮 There was no intended rush to walk down the aisle. But they have been together for more than five years, and they felt it was time to say, “I do!”

Jessie and Tom are a fun pair. Her laugh is infectious, and her personality always shines through – especially with that Paparazzi Pink lipstick from her extensive collection of Mary Kay products! Tom is kind and obviously smitten by his bride. 🥰 The two make a perfect match, and their celebration was fantastically fitting for them!

In order to pull off their wedding in a matter of months, the couple enlisted the dynamic duo, Erica and Shayna, from Elite Events! These wedding planners helped Jessie and Tom to determine what was most important to the couple and helped secure a team of vendors to bring their vision to life. From stunning floral centerpieces and linens to delectable chicken and waffles appetizers, they thought of everything to make the occasion uniquely THEM!

And, I would be remiss not to mention the gorgeous grounds for their Nazareth Hall wedding in Grand Rapids, Ohio. The castle-esque structure was built in 1927 and served as an all-boy Catholic boarding school, later becoming a renowned military school for boys which operated until 1982. In 1991, the venue was reopened as a wedding and banquet facility … and it is LOVELY! The venue recently renovated the bridal suite … conveniently styled in black and white with hints of green, like Jessie’s emerald bridesmaids’ dresses. The bridal suite is a photographer’s dream with glorious window light and a lovely aesthetic! Nazareth Hall also has a home on the grounds which can be rented, and that’s where their entire bridal party stayed together after the rehearsal. A good time was had by all, I’m told!

Jessie and Tom, your love for one another is evident. May you embrace your “Endless Love” and enjoy the company of one another from this day forward!

Photography: Amy Simkus Photography
Planning and Styling: Elite Events Design
Venue: Nazareth Hall
Florist: Gardenview Flowers
Stationery: Shaytionery Designs
Hair: Alexis Fortney
Bridal Makeup: Jessica Heishman with Mary Kay
Bridesmaids Makeup: Nicole Beat with Mary Kay
Bridal Shop: Belle Amour Bridal
Cake: McKiddy Cakes
Jewelry: Kendra Scott
Officiant: Paige Webb

Do you love weddings at historical venues? See more from Taryn and Jay’s Classy Wedding at Historic Gideon Owen Wine Company in Catawba Island, Ohio!

Selecting Amy Simkus as our photographer was honestly one of the best decisions we made for our wedding! She is very easy to work and communicate with. While taking pictures, she is a such a hype woman!!


- abigail