Each week, we feature a couple from our latest issue.
At some point in our school days, we all spaced out during class, daydreaming about a clandestine crush. For Katelynn Dougherty and Ben Lautzenheiser, that dream became a reality.
Katelynn and Ben went to Olentangy Orange High School together, where Katelynn secretly pined over Ben, despite his having a long-term girlfriend. At the end of her senior year, she remembers laughing at a silly Facebook post from the (recently single) subject of her affection. She messaged Ben on the spot, and after a few weeks of flirting, they went on their first date in downtown Delaware.
“At the end of the night, Ben held my hand for the first time and I immediately had butterflies,” Katelynn says. “Whenever we go back to downtown Delaware for a quick bite to eat, I still get butterflies thinking of the first summer; the summer that I fell in love with the man of my dreams.”
And it’s no surprise; the romance hasn’t stopped since. Six years later, Ben popped the question at a Valentine’s Day dinner in front of Katelynn’s family. After a 2.5-year engagement, the couple was finally married in front of family and friends. Katelynn says the highlight of the ceremony was reading their vows to one another. The pair decided to forgo microphones so they could embrace the intimacy of the moment.
They say good things come to those who wait, and it looks like patience paid off for these newlyweds.
Wedding date: Sept. 22, 2018
Wedding colors: Navy and blush
Theme: Rustic glam
Attendants: Six bridesmaids, six groomsmen, four flower girls and a ring bearer
Bride wore: Gown from David’s Bridal and shoes and jewelry from Macy’s
Gown preservation: David’s Bridal
Hair: PENZONE Salons + Spas
Groom wore: Suit purchased from Jos. A. Bank
Rings: Ashcroft & Oak Jewelers
Bridesmaids wore: Gowns from Amazon
Groomsmen wore: Suits purchased from Amazon
Rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception: The City Club of Columbus
Catering and cake: Creative Cuisine
Florist: The Flowerman
Photographer: Comfort Photography
Invitations: Designed by a family friend
Guest favors: S’mores kits
Reception tunes: Columbus Pro DJs
First dance: “Falling in Love” by Twenty One Pilots
Registries: Target and Amazon
Transportation: Cardinal Transportation
Accommodations: Hilton Columbus/Polaris
Other vendors: Ohio Tables and Chairs
Honeymoon: The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake