Church: Holy Ghost Catholic Church
Reception venue, food, and cake: Grand Hyatt
Coordinator: Elaine Caras (Grand Hyatt)
Videography: Wisteria Wedding Films
Florist: A Florae
DJ: DJ Guy
Hair and Makeup: Elegance Delivered
Dress and Bolero: The Bridal Collection
Vail: My mother's wedding vail with slight alterations
Bracelet: Borrowed from my grandmother
Bridesmaids dresses: Amanda's Bridal & Tux
Invitations & signs at reception: Designed by Jenna Gann, Bridesmaid Photography: Drake Bush Photography (Drake & Ashley Busch)
How did you meet each other?
We met when I went on a “blind prom date” with one of John’s friends in high school. John’s friend randomly chose my picture out of our high school year book, found my home phone number in our school’s directory, and called me to ask if I would go to prom with him. I somewhat hesitantly said yes, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. John and I met for the first time when I walked into my date’s house to take group pictures. To my date’s displeasure, we exchanged phone numbers at the end of the night. We started dating seriously after high school. After four and a half years in a long distance relationship during college, we finally ended up living in the same city, and were engaged ten months later.
What was the best memory of your wedding day?
My favorite memory was sitting at the front of the church and looking out at all of our family and friends. It was truly amazing to see everyone we love in one place. The fact that they were all there to support and celebrate with us made it even more amazing. I also loved the last dance of the night to The Proclaimers "I'm Gonna Be (500 miles)".
What would be some advice you would give to future couples as they plan their wedding day?
Enjoy it! How often do you get to try on gorgeous dresses, taste multiple delicious wedding cakes, or spend time with your friends and family at your bridal shower and bachlorette/bachelor parties? Wedding planning can be stressful at times, but there are definitely some amazing memories along the way.
Where did you go on your honeymoon? Where did you stay and what were a couple activities you enjoyed. Would you recommend to other couples?
We went to Aruba for our honeymoon. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency on Palm Beach, and then at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort on Eagle Beach. Our favorite activities were a mountain bike tour that showed us some of the less traveled areas of the island, and renting a Jeep for a day to drive around the island (which is only 20 miles long). We also loved dinner on the beach with our feet in the water at The Flying Fishbone, and dinner in bed at The Screaming Eagle. The seafood was amazing! We would definitely recommend Aruba to couples looking for a beautiful and relaxing vacation.