Real Wedding Wednesdays: Danielle Nagel and Alex Press

Caleigh Harris

Danielle and Alex Press’ relationship first began as a workplace romance at Cap City Fine Diner in Gahanna. Alex even recalls that the first time he saw Danielle, “she took [his] breath away and he immediately called ‘dibs’ to the guys standing with him in the kitchen.” They spent years establishing a great friendship before they began dating.

After four and a half years of dating, Alex took Danielle and her daughter, Hayley, to the median of Easton Way—the spot where he first professed his love to her—during rush hour traffic. There surrounded by twinkle-lighted trees for the holiday season and the glow of the setting sun, Alex proposed while a photographer, hidden in the distance, captured “the most perfect candid photos,” Danielle says. Finally, Alex surprised Danielle with her best friend from New York City. All these ingredients lead to one sweet treat: an incredible proposal.

The couple continued this spirit of romance by exchanging letters before the ceremony. During the wedding, personal touches from the newlyweds were felt all throughout the celebration. The couple gifted guests with handmade sweets from a cookie table and had handcrafted batch cocktails provided; they also ordered pizza from The Eagle for a late night snack. Danielle and Alex said one of their most memorable parts of the night was “dancing all night long with family and friends.”

The Details

Wedding date: May 4, 2019

Wedding colors: Neutral, ivory, greenery, Chianti, navy

Attendants: Nine bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen

Bride wore: Daalarna gown from B. Loved Bridal Boutique, shoes from Nordstrom and accessories from Charming Charlie

Makeup: Make You 614

Hair: MK Hair Studio

Groom wore: Suit from Macy’s

Rings: Diamond Cellar and Diamonds Direct

Bridesmaids wore: David’s Bridalgowns

Groomsmen wore: Suits from Macy’s

Rehearsal dinner: J. Liu Restaurant & Bar

Ceremony, reception and caterer: Jorgensen Farms Oak Grove

Cake: The Blonde Bomb Bakery

Florist: Jorgensen Farms

Photographer: AddVision

Invitations: Plantable cards from Seeds of Love on Etsy

Reception tunes: SONUS Entertainment

First dance: “At Last” by Etta James

Guest favors: Homemade cookie table

Registries: Macy’s, Crate and Barrel, Williams Sonoma and Amazon

Transportation: The BEAT

Guests stayed at: Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris and Hampton Inn & Suites New Albany

Sunday brunch: Groom’s parents’ home, catered by Tenacious Spaces