A Grand, Sophisticated Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio

Extravagant sophistication set the tone for Rachel Altiere (38 and owner of Sadie Baby Sweets Bakery and Ryan Cohen’s (35 and outside law enforcement

Extravagant sophistication set the tone for Rachel Altiere (38 and owner of Sadie Baby Sweets Bakery and Ryan Cohen’s (35 and outside law enforcement sales representative) grandiose wedding at the stunning Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. When the couple learned of the historic property’s availability, which is usually reserved for political events, they knew they had found a home to celebrate their first day as husband and wife. From the ceremony’s grand staircase, by which Rachel made her entrance, to the regal atrium where guests danced, dined and drank, the night was steeped in opulence. “It was magical. Our reception took place in the statuesque atrium, featuring large pillars and light marble flooring. The room glistened with mirrors, metallic and a warm glow from the candlelight,” Rachel says. There was another glow in the room that night, radiating from the beautiful couple. As Rachel and Ryan hit the dance floor that night, the Verve’s "Bittersweet Symphony" began to play. A wedding of this magnitude simply wouldn’t be complete without a symphony welcoming the couple’s union. —Ginger Harris

Ryan wore a black Vera Wang tuxedo with suspenders, a bow tie and black Del Toro shoes with a red stripe down the back.
"The overall look needed to make a statement, and nothing says bride quite like Vera Wang," Rachel says. Her mermaid-style gown featured a hand-draped bodice and inverted flange skirt. She accessorized it with a horsehair cathedral-length veil.
The bridal bouquet was stunning in a soft, romantic palette of fluffy peonies and fragrant garden roses in shades of barely blush, pink and ivory to create a dreamy compact bouquet. Bridesmaids donned similar shades of blush and rose.
"The grand, black-tie ceremony took place in the rotunda. We chose to have the ceremony and reception at the same venue to help make the day seamless, but also for the breathtaking scenery inside this historic building," Rachel says.
The groomsmen all wore black Vera Wang tuxedos with black vests and bow ties and white ranunculus flowers with handmade bullet cuff links, which reflect Ryan's job.
Making family part of the ceremony itself, Rachel's brother sang a beautiful rendition of the Pearl Jam song "Just Breathe," while Ryan's aunt accompanied by playing the flute.
A lush arrangement of hydrangeas, dahlias, orchids, garden roses, roses and peonies with a marbling effect in tall, cinched white vases rested atop mirrored pedestals in varying heights along each side of the aisle.
The reception featured a 32-seat, gold-glitz linen, communal-style head table in the center of the guest tables.
A palette of old silver, white and blush metallic dinnerware adorned the tables.
Tables featured varying styles of modern floral arrangements with gold and crystal hurricane candleholders surrounded by a square floral wreath.
"We had two dessert tables, a his and hers, with a 1,000 specialty designed desserts made by my business," Rachel says.
The couple looked to their matching first-name initial to create a glistening "R" to top their simple white cake.
"We had a logo, 'R&R,' designed for us that we used on all our invitations, stationery, hotel gift bags and day-of details," Rachel says.
"We met at a small noisy bar near our homes. Even though we couldn't understand what each other was saying because of the loud crowd, we knew there was chemistry," Ryan says. His advice for couples: "The wife is always right."
What really got the crowd going was participating in the superfun, traditional hora, where the guests hoisted Rachel and Ryan high above the crowd on chairs to the infectious sounds of 'Hava Nagila.'