Real Wedding Wednesdays: Becky Fluke and John Shaffer

Emma Frankart Henterly

Family was an integral part of Becky and John Shaffer’s October wedding. All of the vintage books in the table centerpieces belonged to their grandparents and great-grandparents, and the lace tablecloth on the sweetheart’s table belonged to Becky’s grandmother. (Becky’s parents used it in their wedding, too!) The bride was accompanied down the aisle by her brother, and she carried her grandmother’s broaches and a picture of her father, who had passed away only six months before she met John, in her bouquet.

The best man was the groom’s 10-year-old son, and the flower girls, ring bearers and program helpers were all young members of the bride’s and groom’s families. Instead of doing a father/daughter dance, important men in Becky’s life, including her brother, took turns dancing with her to the song “Rocket Man” by Elton John in another tribute to Becky’s late father.

As the couple’s magical night ended, they were surrounded by those who love them and were able to “see, hear, and feel all the love in that room as we turned in circles to see everyone,” says Becky. The last song of the night was “Piano Man” by Billy Joel, and the entire group sang along before falling into a giant group hug. Becky remembers this moment fondly, describing it as “perfect!”

The Details

Wedding date: Oct. 14, 2017

Wedding colors: Navy, gold and blush

Attendants: A matron of honor and best man, plus two flower girls and two ring bearers

Bride wore: A David’s Bridal gown, kate spade new york Keds and accessories from Verona in Louisville, Kentucky

Hair and makeup: Friends of the bride

Groom wore: Suit purchased from Men’s Wearhouse

Rings: Worthington Jewelers

Rehearsal dinner: Held at the bride and groom’s home, catered by City Barbeque and Just Pies

Ceremony: Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center

Reception: Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center

Caterer: In-house

Cake: Giant Eagle

Florist: The Flowerman

Photographer: Hillary Ferguson Photography

Photo booth: Platinum Music Productions

Videographer:  Family members

Invitations: Vista Print

Reception tunes: Platinum Music Productions

First dance: “Faithfully” by Journey

Guest favors: Decks of playing cards (in an homage to John’s love of poker) and vintage key-style bottle openers

Registries: Bed Bath and Beyond, Target and

Guests stayed at: Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center

Sunday brunch: Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center

Honeymoon: St. Lucia