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.
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
Cake: Enticing Icings and Custom Cakes
Florist: Bloomtastic Florist
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