Real Wedding

Sarah + Kent Wedding | July 15th

How They Met

The Couple // We met on college Spring Break in Panama City, Florida. We were at a nightclub dancing the night away and exchanged phone numbers at the end of the night to meet up the next day on the beach. As soon as we started with the area codes, we found out we were from the same city. He will argue I am not a true Toledoian and that I am actually from Maumee, but I argue it is the same difference! We ended up staying friends and checking in on one another when one of us would be back in Toledo. Our "check ins" became a more regular occurrence once Kent was done playing professional football. We decided that our relationship was official around fall of 2013 and purchased our first home together in summer of 2014. Kent is a quiet person and a reserved person so he caught me totally off guard with the proposal. We had talked about our future and rings but never did I see it coming on Thanksgiving day of 2015. Our families were both together as we were hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our house, this was the plan the entire time unbeknownst to me. Kent's father suggested we all go around saying what we are thankful for and that Kent and I should go last since it is our home. Again, part of the plan. So we went around the circle and it was our turn. That is when Kent began saying some very sweet and meaningful words about our relationship and then dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him in front of everyone! Everyone knew the plan, except me!

Their Wedding

The Couple // We wanted to think outside of the box when it came to our wedding. We were the last of our friends to get married and have been invited to amazing ceremonies and receptions at the traditional venues and knew that wasn't the path we wanted to follow for our big day. When we found The Valentine Theatre we knew it was a venue where vintage meets elegant meets industrial and modern. Our black and gold theme coordinated perfectly to the rich history and elegant decor the theatre already came equipped with. We continued with the theatre theme to distinguish several important tables using black marquee letters that spelled out what the table was used for (ie: CAKE). We used bistro light strands to bring the industrial ceilings in the Grand Lobby down and to bring attention to the dance from the overlook where there was additional seating for guests. After our ceremony finished, Kent and I drove away in his father's 1936 Chevrolet. The car and our exit was the topping on the vintage wedding feel and the car was complete with customized black and gold just married cans, along with a just married banner. Our ceremony music was played live by the talented Charleston, South Carolina artist; Ben Fagan from the group Ben Fagan & The Holy City Hooligans.
We used Bee For The Day to help make sure everything rolled out perfectly and let me say- they were amazing! They kept everything flowing and it was one less stress on us or our families!


Wedding Professionals

Ceremony + Reception Venue // The Valentine Theatre

Caterer // The Pinnacle

Wedding Planner + Coordination //  Bee for the Day

Officiant // Pat Markland

Photographer + Videography // Serendipity Photography

Florals // Emery’s Flowers

Ceremony Music // Ben Fagan

DJ // DJ Big Lou The Mayor

Bridal Attire // Belle Amour Bridal

Menswear // Men's Warehouse

Invitations + Stationery // Sweet Pickles Stationery

Cake + Desserts // Eston’s Bakery

Hair + Make-Up // Lexi Didion

Decor + Lighting // Mager Designs | Chavari Chairs of Toledo

Transportation // Childers Transportation

Hotel Accommodations // Park Inn by Radisson