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Photo credit: Forget Me Knot Photography
Ohio State fans Ashley and Chris Neer have seemingly built a relationship around the Buckeyes. They met at Varsity Club on Lane Avenue after the first football game in 2013, and went on a Buckeye Cruise together the following year. There, Chris won a poker tournament, which earned them another cruise-this time to the Bahamas, St. Marteen and St. Thomas.
"I love watching sunsets, and on the last night of the cruise, he took me out to the front of the ship where there was an open viewing deck," says Ashley. "Everyone was out there to watch the sunset." As Ashley searched for dolphins through a set of binoculars, Chris came up behind her and asked her to turn around.
"When I did, he was on one knee," exclaims Ashley. "I was in total shock!" As Ashley said yes (or, as she describes it, "screamed, 'absolutely!' "), the sunset-watching crowd on the ship's prow clapped and cheered. The two were wed just six months later at the Medallion Country Club in Westerville.
The OSU motif continued, with Buckeye-themed Cheryl's cookies as guest favors at the wedding. The ceremony itself had a few kinks; Hurricane Bill moved the outdoor ceremony to the Medallion Club's interior, but Ashley's father surprised the wedding party with a party bus to make sure the wedding party stayed dry.
The newlyweds returned to the Caribbean for their honeymoon, this time heading to Antigua.
Wedding date: June 20, 2015
Wedding colors: Dark purple and beige
Attendants: Five bridesmaids, five groomsmen, a ring bearer, a flower girl and two ushers
Bride wore: Essense of Australia gown and a veil from Wendy's Bridal, shoes from Macy's, jewelry from Etsy
Hair and makeup: Simply Makeup; hair by Style on State
Groom wore: Men's Wearhouse
Rings: Diamond Cellar
Rehearsal dinner: Brio Tuscan Grille (Polaris)
Ceremony: Medallion Country Club
Reception: Medallion Country Club
Cake: Suisse Shoppe
Florist: Flowers on Springtree Lane
Photographer: Forget Me Knot Photography
Reception tunes: Mr. and Mrs. DJ
First dance: Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud"
Registries: Macy's and Bed Bath and Beyond
Favorite gifts: Spending the whole day with family and friends