Outdoor weddings are common in Ohio, but in December? Not so much! Thanks to unusually warm weather bride & groom Shelby & Cody called an audible the week of their wedding. Their venue, Columbus favorite Strongwater Food & Spirits, helped the couple shift from their indoor venue to a 68° outdoor ceremony two weeks before Christmas!
Outfitting Cody and his groomsmen was especially fun since we have known his bride, Shelby, since the first year of Pursuit. While a student at The Ohio State University Shelby made Pursuit the subject of a journalism class project and has been a strong supporter since.
The couple wanted to bring color and personality to the wedding. To compliment the bridesmaids and accentuate the character of the venue we helped them select slim fit light grey suits, slim white dress shirts, and emerald green ties. Cody added a vest and went with a bow tie to differentiate himself from the groomsmen.
“Pursuit was the obvious choice for me and my guys. Pursuit has always looked for suits that have a modern slim fit, so I knew we would all look good. And we’re all recent graduates or are still in college so just from a practical standpoint we needed suits that we could keep and use beyond the wedding. The way I saw it we could rent, spend money and give the suits back afterwards, or we could buy, spend not that much more money and get to keep a tailored suit for forever.” -Cody Cousino, Groom
The suit, shirt, and vest were stocked items and we special ordered ties to compliment the wedding colors. We also worked with the non-Ohio groomsmen to order their gear online. Fun fact, three of the eight guys in the wedding party were named Cody!
Planning a wedding is no small task and it can be stressful, especially when your honeymoon is followed by immediately moving to a new city (Richmond, VA). Cody’s advice for couples planning weddings is to not lose sight of the special nature of the wedding day.
“It’s the only time your friends from all the aspects of your life will be in one spot. Childhood, high school, college, work friends and family members from both sides will all gather, and seeing your whole life’s friendships there in one spot is totally worth the hassle and stress.”
We created Pursuit to help dress guys for the big moments of their lives. We thank Shelby & Cody for trusting us to be a part of their wedding day and for sharing their story. Cheers to their future together!
Photographer: Nathan C. Ward (Big thanks for sharing these great photos with us!)
Venue + Caterer: Strongwater Food & Spirits
Wedding Cake: The Angry Baker
Gown: Martina Liana
Bridesmaids Dresses: Renz Rags
Bride/Bridesmaids Hair: The Blowout Bar