From Single to Severance
Kathy & Anthony, Sept. 13, 2008
You may have first read about Danny Vegh’s Billiards & Home CEO Kathy Vegh in Cleveland Magazine when she was featured as one of our Sexy Singles in 2006. Things have changed quite a bit for her since then. Today, newly wed and proud to share her story, she tells us about her glamorous wedding to Anthony Hughes at one of Cleveland’s most historic places: Severance Hall.
The mood was decidedly dramatic. Vegh wanted the wedding to entertain the guests, keeping them guessing what would happen next. She paced the event so it would build excitement with each part of the agenda. “I’m a high-energy person, and I love drama,” says Vegh. “I wanted the wedding to be like going out four separate times in one night.”
Here’s how she did that.
Ceremony The ceremony was in the grand foyer. “It’s such a beautiful room; we didn’t have to do much,” says Vegh. Vegh and Hughes, who is director of business development for flourish agency, wrote the ceremony. They also asked the pastor to read a letter Vegh’s grandfather had written to her mother about waiting for the right person to love.
Cocktails While the wedding party held its photo shoot, guests were escorted to the stage area for cocktails. The décor was white on white with hints of purple — meant to evoke a jazz club atmosphere. Two bars and a live jazz trio helped achieve the right mood.
|Kathy and Anthony carefully considered ways to make their wedding day as memorable as possible. For instance, the dramatic head table took center stage at the reception; Teddy, the couple’s beloved pooch, held a special role; and the event was held at Cleveland’s historic and beautiful Severance Hall.
Dinner The head table, seating 22, and a table for the immediate family were on the main floor of the grand foyer. Guests were seated at round tables on the balconies. Dinner music was provided by a string quartet that also mixed in traditional Hungarian music. “My favorite thing during dinner was the speeches,” recalls Vegh. Her new husband is British, and in his tradition, speeches are the most important part of the wedding. Following the final speech, the doors opened all at once to reveal the stage reset for dancing.
Dancing The stage was transformed into a Miami-style nightclub for dancing. Ice sculptures mimicked the Art Deco sconces of Severance Hall, and colors were changed to pinks, purples and deep blues. Two big bars were at service, and a six-piece band filled the room with upbeat music.
Details We Love
Hungarian brandy served at the door in an Old World wedding-day tradition. (Vegh is of Hungarian descent.)
Wedding programs tied to the back of each chair (in a coordinating black ribbon to match the party colors) so that guests didn’t have to hold them throughout the ceremony.
The couple’s beloved pooch, Teddy, was honorary ring-bearer, but couldn’t actually attend the ceremony. He courteously sent a basket of flip-flops for ladies to change into at the end of the night. His note: “Rest your weary paws. With love, your honorary ring-bearer, Teddy.”