August 3, 2012


High school sweethearts Natalie and Matthew got engaged on New Year's Eve, when he had her reach in his coat pocket at their condo under the pretense of looking for his lost keys. "I immediately jerked my hand out of the pocket as I could instantly tell there were no keys, but a tiny little box," Natalie says. When she turned around, he dropped to one knee and asked her to be his wife. They were married on a warm day in August, and used bottles of lemonade as place cards, so their guests would have something refreshing to drink after the ceremony. They also provided a signature drink, the Marriage Mojito. Other special touches included a bagpipe player, Irish dancers and a polka performed by Natalie and her father. The new husband and wife headed to Folly Beach, South Carolina, for their honeymoon, where they kayaked, toured downtown Charleston and visited the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. "We would definitely go back," Natalie says.

Photographer: Julie Linz Photography

Ceremony and reception: Scioto Reserve Country Club

Makeup: Charles Penzone

Cake: The Cake Studio

Flowers: All InBloom

Invitations: On Paper

Registry: Macy's

Guest accommodations: Hilton Columbus Polaris