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

Couples first meet during various stages of life: the classic high school sweethearts, a college club mixer, the office. But some, like Slone and Jared Thacker, meet during middle school.

Years after the eighth grade, and after dating for five years, they went for a hike on a snowy night. It ended with a candlelit picnic and a proposal overlooking a scenic pond.

The following November, a string quartet played music for the ceremony. This is where one of the most memorable parts of the night for Slone happened: the first look. Another first and another fond memory, the first dance, followed soon after. With the dancing and fun coming to a close, a sparkler sendoff concluded the night.

The Details

Wedding date: Nov. 18, 2017

Wedding colors: Purple, pewter and white

Attendants: Six bridesmaids and six groomsmen

Bride wore: A Morilee by Madeline Garner gown and a veil from Henri’s, shoes from Macy’s, accessories from Charming Charlie

Hair and makeup: Eye Do Makeup and Hair (now RefEYEance Makeup & Hair)

Groom wore: Tuxedo from Men’s Wearhouse

Rings: Kay Jewelers

Bridesmaids wore: Jasmine gowns from Wendy’s Bridal

Groomsmen wore: Tuxedos from Men’s Wearhouse

Rehearsal dinner: Brio

Ceremony, reception and caterer: Scioto Reserve Country Club

Cake: The Cake Studio

Florist: Madison House Designs

Photographer: Heather Blackston Photography

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Reception tunes and photo booth: Sound Impressions

First dance: “From the Ground Up” by Dan + Shay

Guest favors: Matches

Registries: Crate and Barrel and Bed Bath and Beyond

Honeymoon: Dominican Republic