Real Weddings: Riley and AnthonyJanuary 7th, 2013
Bride’s Name: Riley
Groom’s Name: Anthony
Wedding date: July 13, 2012
Wedding Location: St. Paul’s in Canton, Ohio (ceremony) and The Legends in Massillon, Ohio (reception)
Photographer: Nathan Migal at Imagen Photography and Sam Saccone
Where did you meet your husband and was it love at first sight?
I met my husband the first week of high school and had a crush on him right away. I told him I liked him one morning during gym class, we went on a few field trips together and then he asked me out during lunch while our friends were away from the table. I remember within the first few months of dating, we were already talking about getting married someday.
How did he propose?
Anthony had been in the Navy for a while and away from home for months when he got a chance to come home for Christmas. He told me to get dressed up because we were going to a nice dinner and he was going to wear his uniform. I had a feeling he was going to propose but dinner ended, and I was wondering if it was going to happen that night. We went back to my old room and were just hanging out when he, almost bashfully, told me he wanted me to marry him and showed me the ring. I told him that wasn’t a question but I was so happy and the answer was yes. Later he told me that he had planned to do it differently and outdoors, but he noticed I was too cold and felt like it wasn’t right. I didn’t care, it felt right to me no matter what.
What made you decide to wear a White by Vera Wang gown?
When I started researching gowns, I found Vera Wang’s “Diana” and really fell in love. It was so beautiful and I felt like it’s all I could see myself in, but I knew it was too expensive. Eventually I came across a similar gown in the White by Vera Wang collection. I’m so happy with my decision, and I think it was a great way to cut costs with almost zero compromise.
What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding?
I follow a lot of wedding inspiration blogs and always felt strongest about outdoor weddings with a lot of personal touches. While there was no true theme, I often used the word ‘rustic’ when describing things to my vendors, and I had sort of a broad color palette in mind early on: lots of rich plums, cool greys, champagne, fern, and ivory. I should mention my bridesmaids’ dresses here too. I gave my four girls the colors and a really wide range of silhouettes to see what they felt most comfortable in. I eventually narrowed down the selections, they each made a decision and I felt really good about the end result because I knew they were happy.
What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress?
As with everything, I think new brides should just do what makes them happy and try not to get overwhelmed by the details. There are a lot of people involved in a wedding, but you just have to keep in mind what really matters, and that should be the strength of the marriage you’re entering into. Find a dress that makes you feel confident and beautiful, and everyone will agree.
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