A Colorful Outdoor Wedding at Rockmill Brewery in Lancaster, Ohio

Even though Kevlin Danis (28 and an occupational therapist) and Billy Schirmer (30 and a medical student) grew up two doors from each other in Columbus, Ohio, they didn't form a love connection until after college, when they met at a common friend's graduation party. They dated long distance while Kevlin went to graduate school at Ohio State and Billy went to medical school at Tulane, then Kevlin accepted a job in New Orleans to be with Billy. They got married in Ohio, mixing in New Orleans influences. Their venue—Rockmill Brewery—was the site of one of their first dates. Kevlin re-created part of that date by starting the day with an inspiring yoga class with her bridesmaids, while Billy re-created part with a beer tasting with his groomsmen. A prewedding happy hour in the tasting room was planned for Kevlin to “get the jitters out” before the ceremony. “I get a little anxious in large crowds, so we decided we’d have the most stress-free ceremony if we greeted our guests before the ceremony and not afterward,” Kevlin says. Guests were seated outdoors in front of a quaint chapel, and when Kevlin was ready, the wedding party walked down the hill to the ceremony space. “This way, my entire support network was beside me, as I walked down the hill with my best friends and family,” Kevlin says. The kids in the wedding party carried parasols and marched in to Louis Armstrong’s rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In,” adding a lighthearted element to the processional. At the end of a touching ceremony, guests sang in unison the Irish blessing Kevlin grew up singing at her Methodist church (she had prepped many of the guests the night before at the rehearsal), and then everyone moved to a second cocktail hour, creating a more relaxed vibe. The reception was held in a tented area at the bottom of the hill, where guests enjoyed salad with balsamic vinaigrette and popular red velvet chocolate cake from Figlio, the popular Columbus pizza and pasta restaurant owned and operated by Kevlin's parents, along with a pig-roast party (Billy's request) of pulled pork, mac and cheese, asparagus and cowboy beans from Weiland’s Market. Additional treats from German Village’s Pistacia Vera and Kitties Cakes were also on the menu. Says Kevlin, “My parents live in German Village, so it was a no-brainer to share with out-of-town family what we already enjoyed on a weekly basis.” The lively neofunk group MojoFlo kept the dance floor packed—and guests enthralled—all night. —Chrissy Sorenson