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Built in 1886, the Old Stone Chapel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Old Stone Chapel
Couples who prefer a church ceremony have the opportunity to exchange vows at the historic Old Stone Chapel. Built in 1886, the Old Stone Chapel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The church, which holds 350 guests, has a lovely exterior of hand-chiseled sandstone and bright red doors.
The interior features polished stone floors, vaulted ceilings with floral designs, and marble walkways and altars. The focal point is a magnificent Tiffany stained glass window with more than 1,500 individual pieces. There are also rooms available for the bride and groom to get ready before the ceremony.
As a non-denominational church, brides are encouraged to bring in their own pastor to conduct the ceremony. As a privately owned venue, this affords event planners more flexibility when designing the space for weddings. Located only a few blocks away from the Historic Onesto, the Old Stone Chapel is a glorious venue to exchange your vows.
Streamlined service
Since both venues are popular for local and national couples to tie the knot, Schuster recommends couples book their wedding at least a year in advance. “We’ve worked with quite a few out-of-state brides, from California to Vermont,” he says. “Some of them have roots in Ohio or they found out about the venues online. We’ve created a preferred vendors list so that when brides do come into town, we can organize meetings with everyone on the spot.”
All wedding packages at the Historic Onesto include an event planner who works with the couple throughout the planning process and during the event to make sure everything comes together. Since there is no onsite caterer, the bride and groom have the option to bring in their own or choose from a recommended list of local caterers.
“This gives them much more flexibility to create customized menus,” Schuster says. “On the beverage side, we have an array of offerings available based on their
preferences. Our bartenders have a lot of fun creating signature cocktails based on the bride and groom’s personality.”
“We try to create a one-stop shop so you don’t have to go anywhere else,” Schuster says. “We have our own event coordinator, travel consultant for the honeymoon and preferred vendors for photographers, florists, DJs, limo services, and more.”
‘One-stop shop for weddings’
The Historic Onesto will host its annu- al bridal show on Jan. 28, 2018 to high- light both venues and familiarize brides with their preferred vendors. “Our event coordinators and preferred vendors will be attending the bridal show, so brides can ask questions and get samples of wedding cakes, flowers and food offer- ings,” Schuster says.
Whether seeking a vintage or classic wedding, relive the grandeur of a by- gone era at the Historic Onesto and Old Stone Chapel. “You just can’t find venues like this anymore – the attention to detail and elegant ambiance are second to none,” Schusternsays. “We want brides to feel like they are living a fairytale on their
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