Each week, we feature a couple from our latest issue.
In February 2014, Eliza Phillians (now Eliza Lee) and Justin Lee didn’t want to go to the bar, but their friends pulled them out much later than normal, Eliza recalls. And it’s a good thing they did—after dancing for a bit, they exchanged numbers and met at the same bar a few times, “until Justin finally asked to take me out on a proper date,” Eliza says.
After dating for four years, Justin planned a surprise graduation party for Eliza, which turned into an engagement party when Justin popped the question. On their big day, Eliza returned the favor by surprising Justin with a horse-drawn carriage entrance. The horse, a former Budweiser Clydesdale, and carriage both were owned by friends of Justin’s family, adding a personal layer to the dramatic entrance.
Wedding date: June 2, 2018
Wedding colors: Lavender and sage
Attendants: Six bridesmaids, six groomsmen, a flower girl and a ring bearer
Bride wore: Ti Adora gown from B. Loved Bridal Boutique, a veil handmade by her grandmother, shoes from Dillard’s and “something borrowed” jewelry
Makeup: ARC Artistry
Groom wore: Suit from Romanoff’s Classic Tuxedos
Rings: Kay Jewelers
Bridesmaids wore: Jenny Yoo and Watters and Watters gowns from Bridal & Formal in Cincinnati
Groomsmen wore: Suits from Romanoff’s Classic Tuxedos
Rehearsal dinner: The Barn at Stratford
Ceremony: The Barn at Stratford
Reception: The Barn at Stratford
Caterer: Buckeye Boys BBQ
Cake: Laurie Gorton
Florist: Hemmerly’s Flowers & Gifts in Marion
Photographer: Sanchez Studio
Reception tunes: Josh Staley Productions
First dance: “Who I Am with You” by Chris Young
Horse and carriage: All Win Stables
Registries: Bed Bath & Beyond
Honeymoon: Golden Parnassus Resort in Cancun, Mexico