I don’t think I can tell their story better than they do, so I’m just going to let you read it directly from Erika and Michael.
They didn’t expect to meet and fall in love at an art show, but that’s just how it happened. Catching glances across the room and having plenty to talk about, from the scar that Erika noticed on Michael’s thumb which he told her he sliced while cutting cheese (which secretly impressed her because it told her that he was into food), to their shared love of Germany and their favorite memories from their trips there…It wasn’t long before they were taking sunset walks in Glen Echo “as friends”. It was about time for Michael to know more. Their pilot date led them to a graphic design show downtown at the OSU Urban Art Space, followed by an unexpected wine & hors-d’oeuvres event on the Santa Maria. Lying in the grass at North Bank Park until the sun fizzled out, they gazed up at the stars above the reflection of the night time city until both were quiet. It was there, on a patch of grass in the middle of the city, that Michael asked Erika to tea for their first real date.
They sat there together drinking tea at Zen Cha until they were the only ones left in the place and it was pouring down rain. So they took up an umbrella and went for a stroll around Goodale Park in an attempt to extend the night as long as they possibly could. The evening ended with them both getting towed, but not even a $145 fine could dampen their spirits! From there they quickly grew close and after a few months of picking each other’s brains, they knew this was it. Then the ring saga began. They found a jeweler in Cincinnati who carried Erika’s dream ring, and after months of saving and waiting for their custom design to be complete, it finally showed up on Michael’s doorstep. The following day he surprised Erika with orchids and took her to a posh dinner on the Scioto River, curiously not far from the location of their pilot date. Unfortunately, the Urban Arts Space was “between exhibitions”, so they took a leisurely walk along the river instead, working their way toward the place where Erika first agreed to go on a date with Michael. Ironically there was a wedding going on by the exact spot, so Michael retargeted and after a little bit of reminiscent stargazing, he got on one knee.
Their wedding was a beautiful depiction of their faith and their love for the beautiful outdoors! There was a dreamy sort of air that enveloped you as you walked back through the pathway from the parking area to the wide open grassy space where they were to vow themselves to each other. The whole family had come together to put together this beautiful day and after so much planning and working up to this day, it was perfect. They said “I do”, kissed, and began to celebrate, enjoying the day that they had been dreaming of for so long.
Erika and Michael, thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your day. It was so uniquely beautiful and so much fun to photograph! We wish you all the best and cannot wait to see where life takes you guys from here!
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A huge thank you to everyone that made this day incredible!
Venue: Highbanks Park – The Mansion
Ceremony Music: Sara and Marco of The Castros
Dress: Anjolique from Elegant Bride
Hair: Stile Salon
Florist: The Flowerman
Caterer: Whole Foods
Baker: Gluten Free You and Me
Photography: The Jacksons