Real Wedding

Erica + Justin Wedding | May 13th

How They Met

The Bride // We met in 2004 at the movie theater (on double dates with other people) when we were 15 and 16. We became great friends and by May of 2005, he said, "Why don't we go out? I think you're cute and we already talk on the phone every day anyways." And that was it, we've been making each other laugh for the past 12 years. He proposed at Thanksgiving, after our family friend Anne (who's like a mother to me) made this big speech about how she can't believe we still haven't gotten married. Anne is always teasing, so it was really funny and everyone was laughing. I turned to look at him, but he was standing and said, "Why don't we fix that?" Then next thing I knew he was kneeling, with a ring box. He told me later that he'd planned to actually ask me, but he couldn't find the words. He is not the crying type, at all. But suddenly his eyes were red and watery. I burst into tears and threw my arms around his neck. It was perfect.

Their Wedding

The Bride // I wanted the day to feel unmistakably ours and to celebrate our relationship. So, I wove bits of us into every detail, like the table numbers which were named after each year of our relationship (2005-2017), the tables each had a framed photograph of us from the year it was named after. He is obsessed with Batman, so we got the Batman symbol engraved on his ring and made special batman props for the photobooth. I love to bake, so I baked one of our 5 wedding cakes (my bridesmaid Marisa is a pastry chef and used my recipes to bake the others). The favors were recipe cards for each type of cake. The theme was black, white and gold. I was going for a sleek, elegant, but very modern feeling.

Wedding Professionals

Ceremony + Reception Venue // Registry Bistro

Wedding Planner + Coordination // Bee For the Day

Officiant // Michael Millenbach | Toledo Wedding Officiant

Photographer // Luckybird Photography

Photobooth // Frogtown Photo

Videographer // Alice Heart

Jeweler // McGivern Diamonds

Florist // Bartz Viviano

DJ | Band // Decorative Sound

Bridal Attire // The Gown Shop

Menswear // Ticknors

Invitations + Stationery // Minted

Cake + Desserts // Wixey Bakery + Homemade

Hair + Make-Up // Shamas

Decor + Lighting // Mager Designs

Hotel Accommodations // Park Inn

Rehearsal Dinner // Registry Bistro