Intimate DIY wedding in Pickaway County for Emily and Kyle Schlemmer

Necessary steps kept guests safe without sacrificing the wedding date.

Nov. 14, 2020 | Emily (Grimm) and Kyle Schlemmer, like so many couples, had just adjust their wedding to fit the times. 

“We went from a guest list of 200-plus to 27 within a 5-minute conversation,” Emily says. “We did what we had to do to keep our day; I was not about to postpone another year. … Maybe, in five years, we will have a big party to celebrate.” 

The guest list reduction ended up working in the couple’s favor; Emily says it gave the day a causal feeling that turned out to be perfect. It fit nicely with her eclectic, vintage, DIY-themed wedding, too; much of the décor was handmade by Emily and her family. She incorporated buttons from her grandparents’ dresses and military uniforms into her bouquet, and used vintage buttons to make bracelets for her and Kyle’s mothers in lieu of corsages.  

In what would be a nightmare for most brides, but was a beautiful personal touch for Emily, her mother wore her own mother’s wedding gown instead of a traditional mother of the bride dress. “Don’t worry,” says Emily of her grandmother’s gown, “it was blue.” 


Ceremony and reception: The Pavilion at Orchard View 

Caterer and cake: Tasteful Occasion 

Flowers and stationery: DIY 

Photographer: Brea Lee Photography 

Photo booth: Framester  

Music: DIY playlist 

Guest favors: Bells and custom candles 

Rehearsal dinner: DogTap Columbus 

Transportation: The BEAT 

Accommodations: DogHouse Hotel and Brewery and Best Western Canal Winchester Inn – Columbus South East 

Bride’s attire: Hayley Paige gown from Luxe Redux Bridal (Cincinnati), Keds shoes, accessories from Mitch Jewelry (Bend, OR) 

Groom’s attire: Suit from Romanoff’s Classic Tuxedos 

Rings: Family heirloom engagement ring; bride’s wedding band is from Meyers Jewelers, and Kyle made his own band 

Bridesmaids’ attire: Gowns from Wendy’s Bridal 

Groomsmen’s attire: Suits from Romanoff’s Classic Tuxedos