Each week, we feature a couple from our latest issue.
Houstonites Sheela and Ryan Jorgenson decided on a Columbus destination wedding; it just made sense to them. Their mutual friends and most of Sheela’s family lives here, and Columbus is where they met while working at NetJets in 2011. The two quickly bonded over their shared love of flying—Ryan was a pilot, and Sheela had learned to fly during her undergrad—and Dave Matthews Band. They began dating the following summer, and a few months later, Sheela landed her dream job as a biomedical flight controller at NASA’s Johnson Space Center Mission Control in Houston.
“Faced with making a decision on the future of our relationship, I just knew that Ryan and I had something special, so I asked him to consider moving to Houston,” Sheela recalls. “A few months later, he took a job in Houston.”
Four years later, Ryan popped the question while the pair were viewing the Columbus Commons’ holiday light display.
“It was so thoughtful, sweet and romantic. So Ryan, and so perfect,” Sheela says. “We celebrated our engagement at Little Palace, toasting with their sparkling white wine that comes in a can.” The pair returned to Little Palace for their wedding-day photos 18 months later, recreating that moment with fresh cans of wine, which the couple credits as one of the most memorable moments of the day.
Wedding date: June 2, 2018
Wedding colors: Navy, dusty rose, champagne
Attendants: Three bridesmaids and three groomsmen
Bride wore: An Allure gown from Weddings by Debbie (Katy, Texas), a veil from Beautiful U Bridal Veil & Accessories (Houston), shoes customized with traditional kente fabric in Ghana, personal jewelry and a “something borrowed” sapphire and diamond ring that belongs to her mother
Hair and makeup: Makeup by MM Creative Studios; hair by Valerie Koch at Salon Lofts
Groom wore: Tuxedo rented from Jos. A. Bank
Rings: Bailey Banks & Biddle (Houston)
Bridesmaids wore: An Adrianna Papell gown from Macy’s, a Bardot gown from Nordstrom and a gown from a local shop in Louisville, Kentucky
Groomsmen wore: Tuxedos rented from Jos. A. Bank
Rehearsal dinner: Café Istanbul
Ceremony: St. Catharine Church
Reception: Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph
Cake: Alice’s Piece of Cake
Florist: Botanica 215
Photographer: Christopher Keels Photographer
Invitations: Paper Source
Reception tunes: D & M DJ Entertainment
First dance: “Lover Lay Down,” by Dave Matthews Band
Guest favors: Buckeye candies provided by The Joseph
Registries: Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma
Transportation: Cardinal Transportation
Guests stayed at: The Joseph and Hilton Columbus Downtown
Sunday brunch: The Guild House
Honeymoon: Lisbon and Albufeira, Portugal