This story first appeared in the Fall / Winter 2021 issue of Columbus Weddings, which was published in June 2021.
November 7, 2020 | Ian and India Jade (Orban) McCue have always been fans of adventure. They share a love for national parks, hiking and nature. But planning a wedding in 2020 was a whole different adventure, and a little closer to home.
After a carefully orchestrated proposal in early March – Ian persuaded India’s boss to ask her to travel from her home in Pittsburgh to Columbus on an assignment, and Ian surprised her with a ring in Schiller Park – India was also returning to Columbus for a visit Ohio has been closed to contain the spread of COVID-19. She decided to stay in Columbus and work remotely, but the arrangement was far from idyllic.
“You have this picture of what an engagement is going to look like – you know, wedding dress shopping, brunch, and all that stuff,” India says. “And then not only are you engaged and live with your fiancé’s parents, but there is also a pandemic and everyone is afraid to leave their homes.”
Getting out of the basement of Ian’s parents and into a home together motivated the couple to postpone their outdoor wedding from summer 2021 to November 2020. Fortunately, they had an unusually mild 70-degree day.
To keep the staff down, they have slashed the guest list from 350 to a humble 75 and tapped friends and family to help with details like the church service and reception music. “But it was special because everyone was part of the wedding in a special way,” says Ian. Those who couldn’t be there in person, tuned in via livestream.
Although much of the ceremony had to be toned down, the couple were careful not to compromise at the crucial moments. They were happy to have a first look before the ceremony and, as devout Christians, both cite the ceremony of washing feet as one of their most beautiful moments on their wedding day.
“I think that moment was really humbling and grounding for both of us,” says India. “Because you got hooked by the wedding details and COVID and all the things to think about, but just being there and saying, ‘Okay, every day for the rest of our lives we want to serve one another’ – that was for something really unique and special for us. “
Ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner: Beverly Mansion
Caterer and rental: Metro catering
Cakes: Slice of Heaven bakery
Florist: ‘Lizbeth’s Florals (Provo, Utah)
Stationery: DIY, printed via PrintPlace.com
Music: Friends of the couple
Photographer: Riley Elizabeth Photography
Videographer: Skomi Media
Hotel for newlyweds: The Mount Vernon Grand Hotel
Hotel for guests: The Mount Vernon Grand Hotel, The Mount Vernon Inn
Wedding dress: Dreamers & Lovers (Torrance, California)
Accessories for the bride: DSW (shoes), Express (earrings), GiGi Pip (hat), family heirloom bracelet
Bride’s hair: Fifth & Bloom (Marion)
Groom’s clothes: Express men
Accessories for the groom, groomsmen: Dazi (ties), Etsy (suspenders)
Engagement ring: OliveAveJewelry.com
Wedding rings: Kay jewelers
Bridesmaids clothing: Different