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

“God clearly had been writing [our] story long before Chad and I were even born,” muses Noelle Barson. She and Chad first met while he was still playing for the Columbus Crew (Chad has since retired, after four years with the Crew and a season each with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and FC Linköping City in Sweden). Their initial meeting came when Chad spoke at an OSU Athletes in Action meeting, where Noelle was in attendance, and reconnected a year and a half later on a plane, when the pair realized their families knew each other.

Soon after, the pair went on their first date, began attending Rock City Church together and “discovered even more family connections,” Noelle says.

Many moments of their wedding day stand out in Noelle’s memory, but chief among them, she says, is their “first touch”—a no-look first look during which they held hands and exchanged letters, but upheld the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony.

Also enjoyable, she adds, was “having the chance to sit back and see loved ones enjoy a day that had so much thought and planning put into it.”

The Details

Wedding date: Dec. 7, 2018

Wedding colors: Deep wine, navy and blush

Attendants: Seven bridesmaids, seven groomsmen, one flower girl and two ring bearers

Bride wore: Lillian West gown from Twirl Bridal & Prom

Hair: The Blowout Bar

Groom wore: Suit from Men’s Wearhouse

Rings: Zales

Bridesmaids wore: #Levkoff gowns from Nordstrom

Groomsmen wore: Suits from Men’s Wearhouse

Rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception: Jorgensen Farms Historic Barn

Caterer: In-house

Cake: The Angry Baker

Florist: Jorgensen Farms

Photographer: Stephen Lo of Style & Story

Invitations: Shutterfly.com

Reception tunes: Matt Ryan Mobile DJ Entertainment

First dance: “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles

Guest favors: Olive oil

Registries: Crate + Barrel and Bed Bath & Beyond

Guests stayed at: TownePlace Suites Columbus Easton Area and Holiday Inn Express

Sunday brunch: TownePlace Suites Columbus Easton Area

Honeymoon: Negril, Jamaica