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

Alysse and John Kaeding first met as Alysse was finishing college, when they began playing together in a folk band called Billy Pilgrims—she played violin, and he played guitar. The pair eventually began hanging out outside of practice, and John asked Alysse to go with him to see a friend’s band at the now-closed Scarlet & Grey Café. Even though it’s typically a rule to not date your bandmates, the couple now looks back at this as their first official date.

Four years later, John took Alysse on a surprise date to their favorite restaurant, Mitchell’s Ocean Club, where they had the place almost completely to themselves due to a late reservation. After a delicious dinner and a bottle of wine, John surprised Alysse with a ring and a proposal!

Alysse says the highlight of their wedding ceremony was getting to see all of their friends and family gathered to celebrate, but she also added a personal touch by wearing her great-grandmother’s wedding ring. During the reception, Alysse’s dad, sister and uncle surprised the couple by performing a song they’d written about Alysse and John, along with a slideshow of their relationship.

The Details

Wedding date: June 15, 2019

Wedding colors: Burgundy and blush

Attendants: Five bridesmaids, five groomsmen, two flower girls, a ring bearer and three ushers

Bride wore: An Essence of Australia gown and a veil purchased from Wendy’s Bridal, shoes from DSW, jewelry and accessories from Kendra Scott

Hair and makeup: Formality Hair &  Makeup

Groom wore: Tuxedo rented from Men’s Wearhouse

Rings: Kay Jewelers

Bridesmaids wore: Morilee gowns from Wendy’s Bridal

Groomsmen wore: Suits from Men’s Wearhouse

Rehearsal dinner: Backyard bash

Ceremony: Liberty Presbyterian Church

Reception: Brookshire Event Venue

Caterer: In-house

Cake: Enticing Icings and Custom Cakes

Florist: Bloomtastic Florist

Photographer: AddVision

Invitations: Minted.com

Reception tunes: D & M DJ Entertainment

First dance: “In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young

Registries: Bed Bath & Beyond and Crate & Barrel

Transportation: RManVan Limo and Luxury Car Services

Guests stayed at: Cambria Hotel Columbus-Polaris

Sunday brunch: Rusty Bucket

Honeymoon: Negril, Jamaica