A Romantic, Rustic Wedding at Hoover YMCA Park in Lockbourne, Ohio

Linsey Pecikonis (31, communications director) and Nicky Smolter (31, a college professor) met when Linsey took a trip to Washington D.C. with her fri

Linsey Pecikonis (31, communications director) and Nicky Smolter (31, a college professor) met when Linsey took a trip to Washington D.C. with her friend. Nicky had been living in Baltimore at the time, and the mutual friend asked if Linsey and her could stay at her place. That one night was all it took for Linsey and Nicky to realize how much they had in common. Their first date was at a local sports bar to watch the Ohio State football game, and soon after made their relationship official. Linsey and Nicky both proposed to each other on Point Dume in Malibu, California over the course of one weekend. As the sun was setting, they exchanged rings they picked out together and began their engagement. The couple had their destination wedding at Columbus, Ohio where both of them had gone to college. Nicky came across a wedding blog that featured the Hoover YMCA Park in Lockbourne, Ohio and after they visited the venue, they knew it was where the wedding would take place. The natural park with a gazebo would be the perfect match for the couple’s romantic, rustic wedding. While the ceremony was at the outdoor gazebo, the reception was taken indoors to Optimist Lodge. The purple, navy and lime green color palette inspired the colorful flower arrangements placed in wood boxes and mason jars. Lights were strung across the ceiling over the rustic dining tables and a stage that served as a photo booth backdrop. “Since our wedding was on the smaller side we were surrounded by people that truly loved us and were very excited to celebrate with us,” says Linsey.

Personalized Wood Cufflinks with Initials
Nicky wore black heels rimmed with purple and Linsey wore a pair of brown dress shoes on the wedding day.
"Nicky had on a really gorgeous ivory dress with simplernembellishments, and it fit her beautifully," says Linsey. "I remember turning the corner for that first look and my heart lept. She was absolutely stunning."
Hanging mason jars filled with white stock decorated the ceremonial aisle.
Signing at Ceremony Under Gazebo
Happy Couple with Natural Backdrop
The reception took place inside the Optimist Lodge at Hoover YMCA Park, where lights were strung from above the rustic dining wood tables.
"With the help of Katie they put all our flowers the day before," says Linsey. "These included wooden boxes with mason jars full of blue and white hydrangeas, purple statice, white larkspur and lavender."
White Hydrangea and Branch Centerpiece
Yellow dinnerware was set at each table, complemented with white linens folded on top.
White napkins were customized with a quote by Hilary Clinton that read, "Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world."
An assortment of unique marshmallow flavors were in bins for guests to use while making their S'Mores. Each bin was labeled with a black chalkboard sign.
The two-tiered ivory cake was topped with blue and purple floral decor, and sat above an assortment of cupcakes. The cupcake flavors ranged from black bottom, almond and carrot.