Real Columbus Wedding: Hailey Fitzpatrick & Alex Schnese
A riot of color made this couple’s laid-back wedding a sight to behold.
This story first appeared in the spring/summer 2021 issue of Columbus Weddings, which published in December 2020.
June 21, 2019 | About five years ago, Hailey and Alex Schnese had an introduction worthy of a classic sitcom: Their respective roommates set them up. “They introduced us,” Hailey says. “They were like, fingers crossed—hoping it would work out for themselves as much as for us, I think.”
Alex was sure about the relationship early on, but, recognizing in himself a tendency to rush into things, he held off on proposing for about two years. By that time, not only had the couple nurtured each other’s interests, but they had purchased a golden retriever, Rosie, who would find herself with a role in Alex’s proposal.
“I had made Hailey’s favorite dinner that night and then had gotten flowers earlier that day,” says Alex. “She had a stressful week, so everything at this point seemed on par.” Then Alex presented a gift to Hailey: a picture book he had made, celebrating one year since Rosie had joined their home. On the last page was a drawing of a ring. Alex was soon on one knee.
Yet, six weeks before the Grandview couple’s wedding, Alex broke his ankle while participating in an adult-league hockey game. “On the ice, the very first thing I said was, ‘I’m in so much trouble,’” Alex says. The injury required surgery, and Alex was in a cast until two days before the wedding.
The couple learned in 2019 what many newlyweds are finding out now, during the pandemic: Even if a wedding is different than what was first envisioned, it still can be meaningful and magical. Alex got through the ceremony wearing a boot and relying on a knee scooter, and the overall vibe was just as the couple hoped: natural and not too formal.
The reception’s 180 guests enjoyed food that reflected the couple’s personalities: Alex’s family's Wisconsin roots were honored with a huge cheese plate, and, instead of a wedding cake, the couple served Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
Most importantly, everyone had a great time—even the groom, who couldn’t get around quite as easily as he would have hoped. “I wanted it to be a party that no one wanted to leave, and that’s exactly how it was,” Alex says. Adds Hailey: “Everything still was perfect—it didn’t take away from the experience at all.”
The final twist in Hailey and Alex’s love story? Their former roommates not only served as a bridesmaid and groomsman; they married each other not long after. “We were both in their wedding as well,” Hailey says.
Photographer: Kismet Visuals
Venue and caterer: Jorgensen Farms Oak Grove
Dessert: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Florist: Bear Roots Floral
Ceremony music: Acoustic guitar by a friend of the couple
Cocktail hour music: A carefully curated playlist made by the couple
Reception music: DJ Tommy Nutter of Diamond Entertainment
Bride’s look: Gown from B. Loved Bridal Boutique, hair by Goode Beauty, makeup by Angie Warren Makeup Artistry
Groom’s look: Suit from The Black Tux
Rings: Edward Warren Jewelers
Bridesmaids’ gowns: Show Me Your Mumu
Groomsmen’s suits: The Black Tux
Rehearsal dinner: Dos Hermanos Taco Truck