June 12, 2017
It’s always fun to be the belle of the ball, but sometimes it’s nice to attend an event purely as a guest and have absolutely no obligations other than to show up on time. We spent 36 hours in Columbus, Ohio to attend our godson’s wedding. Yikes, I know right!! How is it that we have a “child” in our life old enough to get married?!?! You know what they say about time, right? It flies when you’re having fun! We landed in Columbus and hit the ground running to make it to the rehearsal dinner on time. It was held at our friend’s country club – that’s what they do in the suburbs, join country clubs. I’m not mad at them! It’s a lovely club with a beautiful club house, a great golf course and decent food. We were dog tired by the time we made it to our hotel, but had to stop and marvel at all of the Cos Players over-running the place! To say it was surreal is an understatement.
We go to Columbus almost every year to visit our dear friends, the Stevensons, but we don’t always get a chance to really see and explore the city. We had the day to ourselves on Saturday and so, we decided to do exactly that. Say what you want about the midwest, Columbus has turned into one of it’s gems. It doesn’t hurt that its the state capital or The Ohio State University (the arch rival to the University of Michigan, I almost felt like a traitor stepping foot on the campus!) are located there, but they also have a number of Fortune 500 companies and it’s the hub for restauranteurs looking to try out new concepts. Brunch at The Guild House was yummy and no trip to Columbus would be complete without a stop at Jeni’s, home of the splendid ice cream.
On to the main event – the wedding! It’s been ages since I’ve been to a family wedding, it was so much fun to see folks we haven’t seen and catch up. And honestly, I can’t remember the last time I went to a wedding that wasn’t in some way shape or form a destination wedding. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love destination weddings – my husband and I got married in Mexico, but a destination wedding often means that older relatives and young children aren’t in attendance (which in some ways is the purpose), but there’s a special charm to a family wedding in the bride or groom’s hometown. And this wedding was no exception, both the bridge and groom grew up in Columbus and met in high school. The bride had always dreamed of getting married at the State Capitol and as I walked up the steps to it I could totally see why. It was a beautiful wedding; we ate, danced and drank the night away.
We decided to make the most out of our final 12 hours in Columbus – we started off with brunch at Lindey’s one of the city’s great dining establishments located in a neighborhood called Germantown that has the cutest houses! Then we headed to the Columbus Museum of Art which had a really cool exhibit by an artist I’d never heard of before, Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, and I am now obsessed with her work. Our final stop was The Ohio State University to check out a venue our friends were in the process of securing for a big University of Oklahoma tailgate party this Fall when OSU and OU play in Columbus. Oh, did I mention that my husband went to college at the University of Oklahoma and that while I went to the University of Michigan I am a big OU football fan much to the chagrin of my college girlfriends.