Each week, we feature a couple from our latest issue.
Stephanie and Luke Johnson almost never met. On a dating website, Stephanie thought she had replied to Luke’s first message but apparently forgot to hit “send.” It took her a few weeks to realize her mistake, while Luke had thought she was ghosting him. Luke was very excited when Stephanie finally replied.
The couple dated for two years before getting engaged, and got married the following year. Wanting to make it a very personal ceremony, Luke crafted log pillars from trees that he and his father cut down in his father's backyard, using them to flank the altar for a rustic touch. He also made the centerpieces crafted from wooden wine boxes and herbs. His stepmother and stepsister pitched in, too, decorating the ceremony arch themselves.
In the same vein, the couple set up a literal “guest log” made from a local walnut tree, which was signed by all the attendees and now is an integral part of the couple’s home decoration.
Personal touches carried through to the reception, too. The couple, being fans of Kolsch-style ales—they named their dog after it! —served Land Grant Brewing’s 1862 ale during the reception.
“We got to share the day with friends and family that we hadn't seen in years, and who had traveled from Georgia, Washington, Maryland and California,” Stephanie says. “We were blessed to have Luke's grandmother, Millie, at the wedding.”
Wedding date: April 1, 2017
Wedding colors: Blush and cream
Attendants: Five bridesmaids and five groomsmen
Bride wore: Etoile gown purchased at BHLDN, veil borrowed from sister-in-law, shoes bought at Nordstrom and accessories bought at BHLDN and Nordstrom
Hair and makeup: Kenneth’s Hair Salons & Day Spas and Makeup by Tatum
Groom wore: Tuxedo rented from Men’s Wearhouse
Rings: Timothy Fleming and Associates
Bridesmaids wore: Adrianna Papell gowns from Macy’s
Groomsmen wore: Tuxedos rented from Men’s Wearhouse
Rehearsal dinner: Spagio Wine Lounge
Ceremony: Strongwater Food & Spirits
Reception: Strongwater Food & Spirits
Cake: Giant Eagle
Florist: Flower Galaxy
Consultant: Tracy Maxwell
Photographer: Hillary Ferguson Photography
Photo booth: JK Photobooths
Reception tunes: Diamond Entertainment
First dance: “Thank You,” by Led Zeppelin
Guest favors: Wildflower seeds
Registries: Macy’s and Crate & Barrel
Transportation: Cardinal Transportation
Guests stayed at: Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square and Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph