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Patrick and Alison were 15 years old when they first met at a mutual friend’s birthday party. Patrick didn’t plan to stay long because he had baseball tryouts that night. However, after meeting Alison, he couldn’t help but go straight back to the party after tryouts to see her again. They officially got together in the summer of 2010, and they’ve been together ever since.

In August 2011, Alison moved to Chicago to attend Loyola University, while Patrick stayed in Toledo to finish high school and then pursue his fire science degree. Long-distance was incredibly difficult at first, but they were committed to each other and their relationship. Over the next few years, they kept visiting each other on school breaks and long weekends.

With the loving support from each other and their families, they both graduated and were licensed in their chosen career paths – Alison as a CPA and Patrick as a Firefighter/Paramedic. When Patrick began working for the Perrysburg Fire Division in 2018, they decided that Toledo was where they were meant to be together. Alison transferred from the EY Chicago office to the EY Toledo office in May 2019 so that they could finally be together. So, after 8 very long years, 90+ trips between Chicago and Toledo, and more than 45,000 miles traveled, they were very happy to be back in the same city!

Their wedding took place over two years – 2020 and 2021. With the pandemic, the couple chose to have the ceremony in 2020 to get married and then marked 2021 with their reception. When we all got back together in 2021 (the photo where they first saw the reception space), it was like time picked right back up from where it started. It was like deja vu – a weird feeling like a year hadn’t passed since the last time I saw them both. It was an incredible reception and I was so happy to celebrate with them again. Congratulations, Alison and Patrick! What an incredible time it was celebrating with you!

Ceremony – Holy Rosary Cathedral

Reception – Renaissance Toledo

Coordination and Decor – Your Perfect Day

Flowers – Ella Flora

Videographer – Ellen Dziubek Videography

Cake – Crowned Cakes by Jess

Makeup – Makeup by Amy Lewis

Band – Bluewater Kings

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