These Musicians Said I Do in a Perfectly Artistic Strongwater Wedding

August 15, 2017 | colleen

The Strongwater in Columbus, Ohio was the perfect backdrop for Frances and Kurt’s industrial, DIY wedding. With homemade invitations, centerpieces, and bouquets, these musicians used their creative and artistic abilities during the wedding planning process. Their reception turned into one giant dance party thanks to to their DJ, Mark Dantzer — what better way to celebrate two musicians coming together in holy matrimony. The day would not have been complete without the talented photographer duo of Rosey Red Photography.

The Couple:

Frances and Kurt

The Wedding:

Strongwater, Columbus, Ohio

We wanted this wedding to be us. We are very laid back, musically creative people so when we started planning our wedding, the two things that we both agreed were most important were the music and the photos. We wanted awesome music so that our guests would have an amazing time and we wanted awesome photographers to capture that amazing time. Luckily, we got both! Our DJ, Mark Dantzer, was incredible and kept everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) on the dance floor for three hours straight. And our photographers, Ashley and Ben of Rosey Red Photography, were a dream come true!

I think everyone that attended our wedding would agree that the most memorable part of the day came during our ceremony. My hometown pastor from Cincinnati, Ohio gives very honest and touching sermons, and he did not hold back at our wedding. His sermon was all about spreading our light into the world – he tied it in to a song that mine and Kurt’s band, Kid Runner, wrote called “Illuminate.” He then presented us with a very large life-like portrait of Kurt and I’s faces with the words “I’m alive, can you feel me shining” on it. Needless to say, it was pretty unforgettable.

My advice would be don’t stress TOO much over planning a wedding. It is your wedding day and you want it to be perfect. In the end though, it’s all about you, your partner, and everyone that you care about there celebrating with you.


We are so lucky that we found photographers who understood us and our style! We immediately bonded with Ashley and Ben over music, Columbus, and life in general. So on our wedding day, it was like hanging out with old friends. The awesome thing about them is that they just let us be ourselves. We got to laugh, joke around, and get away from the wedding madness for a few hours. And we got some absolutely amazing photos from it.

We designed all the centerpieces – over the course of 6 months, we collected cool mason jars and vases from the thrift store. We ordered baby’s breath in bulk for all the tables and the bridesmaid bouquets, and my dad cut and carved over 40 wooden trays for all the tables. It was a lot of work but I think the result was absolutely beautiful!

Processional: Dario Marianelli – “Liz On Top Of The World”
Recessional: Sigur Rós – “Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur”
First dance: Sigur Rós – “Hoppípolla”

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Rosey Red Photography
Venue – Strongwater
Floral Design – Evergreen Flower Co
Cake – The Little Donut Shop
DJ – Mark Dantzer
Makeup Artist – Lizzy Morris
Hair Styling – Kylie Watts
Wedding Dress – BHLDN
Groom’s Apparel – ASOS, Express
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Express
Rings – Diamond Cellar


Thank you Rosey Red Photography for sharing this Strongwater wedding with Junebug! For more Columbus, Ohio weddings, check out this Columbus Museum of Art wedding and this other boho Strongwater wedding.

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  1. I like the area they chose to have the wedding and reception. There’s a bit of mystery behind the photos and I love that. Congrats to the beautiful couple.

  2. Beautiful; baroque lighting goes well with the fact that they are musicians.

  3. What beautiful artistic photos so dramatic! Congrats to the happy couple, I’m sure the day was as good as it looked in the photos <3

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