Real Wedding Wednesdays: Andrea Howard and David Drago

Emma Frankart Henterly

The next time a friend tries to set you up with someone who thinks is a perfect match for you, think of Andrea and David Drago before you decline. That’s exactly how the two found one another, says Andrea.

Their wedding ceremony was all about honoring those who couldn’t attend: Photos of David’s mother and Andrea’s grandparents adorned the altar in memoriam, and a shot of Penny—the Dragos’ goldendoodle—was attached to a popsicle stick so she could be there in spirit. (Penny’s fine, by the way; she just wasn’t allowed at the venue.)

The Drago wedding took place the same weekend as the Midwest Haunter’s Convention last year. “While we didn’t get any pictures with zombies, we did see a lot,” says Andrea. “This was exciting for us, because we love The Walking Dead!”

The Details

Wedding date: June 11, 2016

Wedding colors: Plum and charcoal

Attendants: Six bridesmaids, five groomsmen and a groomswoman

Bride wore: Enzoa gown and a veil from Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Bridal in Covington, Kentucky, shoes from David’s Bridal and her mother’s wedding jewelry

Hair and makeup: State of Face Makeup and Charles Penzone

Groom wore: Men’s Wearhouse Tuxedo

Rings: Montgomery Jewelers

Rehearsal dinner: Due Amici

Ceremony: The Venue at Dock580

Reception: The Venue at Dock580

Caterer: In-house

Cake: Short North Piece of Cake

Florist: Petals and Leaves

Photographer: Julian Allen Photography

Consultant: Courtney Martin

Invitations: CatPrint

Reception tunes: Capitol City Sound

First dance: “Come to Me” by the Goo Goo Dolls

Registry: The Honeymoon Registry

Favorite gift: A “Drago” return address stamp

Transportation: Columbus Coach

Guests stayed at: Hilton Columbus Downtown

Honeymoon: El Dorado Casitas Royale in Riviera Maya, Mexico