Christina and Eric shared a beautiful fall Saturday with their friends and family for their October wedding. COVID threw a lot of curve balls at these two, including guests dropping out at the last minute (meals were already paid for!) and a venue change 4 months before the big day because the venue decided to close down for the rest of the year and leave couples to dry. But, Saturday happened and we are here – to the blog filled with photos of their amazing day! And it was amazing. Christina and Eric’s wedding day featured an “elegant fall” theme/vision with a color palette including navy blue, gold and burgundy.
The traditional church ceremony was preceded by a first look with dad as well as a first touch with Eric. Then, after the ceremony, guests had a little break while we traveled to several spots in the area like Stinky’s Bar, The Gilboa bull, Christina’s favorite spot on their family farm, and Sycamore Lake Winery. I even got to experience my first hog trough dance at the wedding reception!
Christina and Eric first met at a mutual friend’s college graduation party on June 13, 2015. Eric’s friend’s band was playing a show later that night and he wanted to ask Christina if she would like to go. Unfortunately, he never asked her out that night because she had said earlier that she needed to drive her friend back home. It wasn’t until October 3, 2015, that Eric first messaged Christina to see how she was doing. From that moment forward, the pair haven’t stopped talking.
When I asked Eric the proposal story, he said, “The big day (November 9, 2019) began disguised as a surprise date. The entire week, Christina kept trying to guess/beg me to tell her what the date was. I drove Christina to the Toledo Botanical Garden, since she had never been there, but always talked about going there. When we got out of the car and began walking around, I was slightly guiding her toward the herb garden and around the conference center. As we were walking around the back of the conference center, Christina saw a gazebo overlooking a pond. At this point, she raced over to check out the gazebo. Little did she know that I had visited the park a week earlier to scope out the perfect proposal spot and the gazebo was just what I had in mind. The area was mostly secluded from the rest of the visitors creating a more intimate proposal. The many trees in the area helped to hide the photographer I had hired to capture the “special moment”. After looking at the pond, for a few minutes, from inside the gazebo, we began to leave to continue our walk. When we got to the gazebo entryway I stopped Christina, got down on one knee, and asked her to marry me. If it’s not obvious, she said “YES!” From there we did a small photo session with the photographer to get some posed pictures. After the photo session, we took a walk around the gardens and back to the car. We began driving to my parent’s house where our families were waiting to celebrate this momentous occasion. All the way home Christina was calling family and friends to tell them the BIG NEWS!”
Congrats, you two! It was a perfect day and I loved celebrating with you both! I wish you both the very best!
Hair Stylist: Revitalize Spa (Ottawa, Ohio)
Makeup Artist: Ali Hovest and Cynthia Nienberg
Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Leipsic, Ohio)
Officiant: Father Willliam A. Pifher
Florist: Roses and Ribbons (Leipsic, Ohio)
Reception Venue: The Centre at Bluffton
Videographer: Tenwalde Videography
Transportation: Ultra Party Bus LLC
Caterer: Sharon Basinger-Peterson
DJ: The Class Act by Bob Norris
Cake: Wixey Bakery
Decor: Decorations for Celebration with Brooke