Each week, we feature a couple from our latest issue.

Everyone wants a spouse who would follow them to the ends of the Earth. Lucky for Joy Russel, she found just that in her husband, Tom.

The two met at their church’s youth group, but it wasn’t until returning from a stint in the Army that Tom began running with Joy as she trained for a half marathon. Their agreement was that the winner of their casual races would buy the other ice cream. Soon after the official race, they began to date.

After dating for a year and a half, Tom and Joy found themselves on the trail again, training for another race. It was on Joy’s favorite trail that Tom popped the question, with a little help from their dog, Kylo, who delivered the ring.

After a short engagement, the couple got married with the help of many friends and family members. Joy’s brother-in-law Derek Wright, an ordained pastor, officiated; her sister sang; her coworker played at the reception; and their photographer was a friend of Tom’s sister.

A unique detail of the reception was the lack of a cake. With frozen treats laying the foundation of their relationship, it seemed fitting to forgo the traditional dessert in favor of an ice cream truck. We hope the happy couple found their honeymoon in Ireland to be just as sweet!

The Details

Wedding date: Sept. 14, 2018

Wedding colors: Navy and gray

Theme: Classic

Attendants: Four bridesmaids, four groomsmen, one flower girl and one ring bearer

Bride wore: Moonlight gown and veil from Special Moments Bridal (Bucyrus), Toms shoes, jewelry from Diamond Cellar

Groom wore: Suit from Express and accessories from The Tie Bar

Rings: Diamond Cellar

Bridesmaids wore: Nouvelle gowns from Gilded Social

Groomsmen wore: Suits from Express and accessories from The Tie Bar

Rehearsal dinner: Venue 614, catered by The Eagle

Ceremony and reception: North Bank Park Pavilion

Officiant: Derek Wright, Joy’s sister’s husband

Caterer: Sweet Carrot

Desserts: Riverside Ice Cream

Rentals: ACC Party Rental, Linen Care Plus

Florist: Rose Bredl Flowers & Garden and Marion Flower Shop

Photographer: Derk’s Works Photography

Photo booth: BRAUNBooth

Invitations: Minted.com

Guest favors: Buckeyes

Reception tunes: Kam Knight

First dance: “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne

Registries: Crate & Barrel, Target and Amazon

Guest accommodations: Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Columbus Downtown

Honeymoon: Ireland