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.

The Details

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