REAL WEDDING: No Better Place

In Kristin’s words, “Matt and I have known each other and been friends for many years.  We went to high school together and dated a bit, but it never really worked out when we were younger.  Timing was never right.  I think the universe knew we needed more time to grow up and become the people we were supposed to be before we would be ready for each other.   Now both in our 30’s, I can honestly say he completes me and makes me a better person.  He is the piece I didn’t know I was missing, and his 2 sons, Connor and Mason, are the cherries on top.  I can’t imagine life without them.

We wanted a smaller wedding as we both had been married prior, and it’s good thing we were already planning small, as COVID hit full-force. We decided to have our ceremony by the Ohio River on my parents’ property with our closest family and friends.  Matt, I and our families all have a love of the river and being close to water in general.  I think the calm of the water brings peace to all our lives in one way or another. It was the perfect spot for our nuptials. 

We really wanted to incorporate Matt’s sons as much as possible, and we wanted things to be a little more unique.  We not only had our vows, but I had vows for his sons as well.  I wanted them to know how much they mean to me and that I was not only marrying their dad, but that I planned to be a big part of their lives as well.  We decided to do a Wine unity ceremony for us and also do a family unity ceremony with all 4 of us tying a cord of 3 strands that is not easily broken. With the wine unity, Matt had a red wine, I had a white, and we mixed our wines together into our new carafe.  The blending of the two wines into one common cup to form a Rosè is symbolic of blending together through a committed relationship in marriage.”

Making Magic: 

Photography: BH Photography 

Location: Private Property on the Ohio River

Reception: Pour Haus

Bridal Gown: Beth Carter Bridal

Menswear: Lulu’s Prom and Bridal

Wood Bouquet & Boutonnieres: Brooke James Designs

Rings: Rolands Jewelry

Hair: Rivaye of All About You Salon & Spa

Makeup: Taylor of Lush Esthetics & Boutique