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Photo credit: Julian Allen Photography
From the very start, Whitney and Joey Barnard's wedding was all about surprises. Joey started with a surprise proposal during a spontaneous dinner at the Melting Pot. "We had been together for eight years and never really talked about marriage, so it was a complete surprise," says Whitney. "I had no idea, and he picked out the ring himself. It's gorgeous."
At the wedding, which was on Halloween, the Barnards avoided a true Halloween theme. "However, many of our guests chose to dress up at the reception," Whitney remembers. "Some had very creative costumes!"
For the end of the evening, Whitney had had her heart set on fireworks, but was told that Ohio's permit laws wouldn't allow it. She and Joey settled for a sparkler sendoff instead; as they ran through the tunnel of sparklers held aloft by guests, they were met with yet another surprise. Fireworks, courtesy Whitney's parents, greeted them at the end of the tunnel.
Wedding date: Oct. 31, 2015
Wedding colors: Orange and purple
Attendants: Three bridesmaids and three groomsmen
Bride wore: Gown from Bridal Warehouse in Louisville, Kentucky, shoes from DSW and family jewelry
Hair and makeup: Hair by Galleria Hair & Nails, makeup by a family friend
Groom wore: Suit from Men's Wearhouse
Rings: Kay Jewelers
Rehearsal dinner: 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant
Ceremony: Holy Spirit Church
Reception: Columbus Country Club
Cake: McClain Creations
Florist: Kelly Karsten Florals
Photographer: Julian Allen Photography
Photo booth: Buckeye Entertainment
Consultant: Whitney's mother, Kathy Skirtich
Reception tunes: Buckeye Entertainment
First dance: "You Move Me" by Garth Brooks
Registries: Bed Bath and Beyond and registry.sandals.com
Favorite gift: Contributions toward honeymoon cost
Guests stayed at: Comfort Suites
Sunday brunch: Comfort Suites
Honeymoon: Sandals Ocho Rios, Jamaica