Each week, we feature a couple from our latest issue.

Aureyl and Stefan Thomas first met in high school at Eastmoor Academy, and after five years of dating, Stefan arranged a surprise for Aureyl. During a gathering of their closest family and friends at her parents’ home to celebrate his summer music series, he popped the question.

“Once I collected myself and looked up, I saw that my close friends—who lived out of state—were also there,” Aureyl remembers. “He had them come in for the surprise as well.”

Sadly, Stefan’s father passed away not long after. To honor him, Aureyl ordered a custom floral piece that was placed in the seat where Stefan’s father would have sat. “It was a beautiful way to honor his father’s memory and spirit,” she says. “We preserved the piece, and it is one of the most precious keepsakes from the day.”

The Details

Wedding date: Dec. 12, 2015

Wedding colors: Black and mauve/blush

Attendants: Six bridesmaids and five groomsmen

Bride wore: Romona Keveza gown from La Jeune Mariee, a custom veil, shoes from Saks Fifth Avenue and jewelry from Soliloquy, Diamond Cellar and La Jeune Mariee

Hair and makeup: Makeup by freelance artist Alison Carter, hair by Brittany Winkfield of W. Style Lounge

Groom wore: Custom suit from Jones Select

Rings: Diamond Cellar

Rehearsal dinner: Aureyl’s parents’ home

Ceremony: Westin Columbus

Reception: High Line Car House

Caterer: Two Caterers

Cake: Our CupCakery

Florist: Posy Luxury Florals

Photographer: Style & Story Creative

Photo booth: Awesommatic

Videographer:  Style & Story Creative

Invitations: Inkwell & Co.

Reception tunes: DJ Durl

First dance: “Lovely Day” by Alt-J

Guest favors: Treats from Mel & Danielle’s Cupcakery

Registries: Crate + Barrel and Macy’s

Guests stayed at: Westin Columbus

Honeymoon: Maui, Hawaii