Tell us your love story!
We both attended Bowling Green State University at the same time, but we actually met on Twitter! Lucas created a Twitter account and after following a few people, I showed up on his "people you may know" list. He followed me and I I messaged him. We agreed to meet for coffee a few days later and the rest was history!
What about the proposal?
We had been dating for a few years, so for Lucas’ birthday I took him and a few of our closest friends to Petoskey, Michigan for a weekend trip. Lucas and I went to Petoskey a few years earlier for a little getaway and we fell in love with it. That place holds a special spot in our hearts, so I knew I had to propose to him there. When we arrived with our friends, I told him that he needed to wear nice clothes because we were going to a fancy winery and I wanted a picture with him on the beach at our campground before we left. We were posing for photos and then I popped the question. He said yes immediately.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
There were so many moments that we both shared that felt like those “I belong with this person” moments, but in all honesty, our personalities complement each other so perfectly that it’s always felt natural that we were meant for each other. As cheesy as it sounds, we are two halves of a whole and we fit perfectly together.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We knew for sure that we wanted to have the wedding in Toledo, Ohio because it’s our home and it’s equal travel distance for our families. We definitely wanted it to be inside, because the prospect of dealing with bad weather would stress us both out. We also knew that the wedding had to be a fun party with lots of friends, dancing and music!
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
The easiest part of our planning process was choosing our wedding venue. We knew several years prior to getting engaged that we wanted to get married at the Toledo Museum of Art. The week after we got engaged, we scheduled a meeting at the Museum and set our date almost two years in advance. One of the more difficult parts of planning was narrowing down the guest list. We had so many people that we wanted to celebrate with us, but we were also very conscious of the fact that every additional person meant more money spent on our end.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
We always knew we wanted our wedding to be unique to us. Before we even got engaged, we had several ideas of different things we wanted at our wedding. However, in the two years of planning, we went to several other weddings and did a lot of Pinterest searches. We saw a lot of wedding ceremony and reception elements that we wanted to copy and we thought a lot about what our guests were expecting versus what we initially wanted to do. In the end, we stayed committed to most of our original ideas and we are glad we never drifted too far away from them. We should have been confident in our ideas from the beginning because in the end it really paid off.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
Give yourselves time to plan. We were engaged for two years and we started planning right away. A majority of our wedding planning was almost complete six months prior to the big day. It made the last-minute details much easier to handle.
In the months leading up to our wedding, so many people told us to prepare for something to go wrong, but guess what? Nothing did. It was literally perfect. We were so incredibly lucky, but we are also serious planners, so the margin for error was very slim.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
There were so many wonderful moments, it’s hard to narrow it down to just one. These were easily the top three best moments of the day:
1. At the reception, I (Justin) danced with my 86 year old grandpa and he gave me quite a workout. The man has some serious moves!
2. During the final song, our friends literally lifted us up in the air. We felt like kings.
3. We wrote our own vows for our ceremony and the moment we read them to each other felt unreal. We were in a room full of people, but we were so focused on each other that it felt like we were the only two people in the world.
- Getting Ready Location: Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel
- Reception/Ceremony Venue: Toledo Museum of Art
- Photographer | Videographer: Swatch Studios
- Florist: Bartz Viviano
- Paper Goods: Pip & Cricket
- Desserts: So Sweet Pastries
- Music: Eric Chase
- Hair: Tess Picciuto
- Attire: The Black Tux
- & Foster’s Barbershop
- Jewelry: Harold Jaffe Jeweler
- Photo Location: Graphite Build + Design