Real Wedding Wednesdays: Amanda Sorenson and Brett Hamilton

Emma Frankart Henterly

Photo credit: Ben Barnes Photography/Northmoor Studios

Amanda and Brett Hamilton didn't have what you'd call a traditional wedding, and they're perfectly happy about that.

"Our wedding was very 'us,' " Amanda says. "Our ceremony was short and sweet. One of our dearest friends married us, which was really special for us. We skipped traditional music and walked down the aisle to The Beatles."

"We did not do many wedding traditions that you expect to see at a wedding," she adds. The Hamiltons skipped the cake cutting, first dance, bouquet toss and other "typical" moments. "We wanted our day to be a celebration of our love and the family and friends who supported us through the years."

The Columbus natives, who currently live in Florida, first met in high school, though they didn't start dating until six years after graduation. Long timelines seem to have worked out for them, too; after dating for eight years and being engaged for two, the pair said "I do" one year ago this week. Happy anniversary!

The Details

Wedding date: Oct. 16, 2015

Wedding colors: Navy, pale/dusty pink and gold

Attendants: Four bridesmaids and four groomsmen

Bride wore: Maggie Sottero gown and a veil from Debra's Bridal Shop in Jacksonville, Florida; Badgley Mischka shoes from Nordstrom; jewelry from Nordstrom and Etsy

Hair and makeup: Max the Salon; Brett visited Turner's Barber Shop and Shaving Parlor

Groom wore: Jos A. Bank tuxedo

Rings: Helzberg Diamonds and Etsy

Rehearsal dinner: Hofbrauhaus

Ceremony: Dock580

Reception: Dock580

Caterer: In-house

Cake: Because Brett doesn't like cake, the newlyweds served desserts from Just Pies and Gigi's Cupcakes

Florist: April's Flowers and Gifts

Photographer: Ben Barnes Photography/Northmoor Studios


Reception tunes: Tommy Nutter

Registries: World Market and Target

Favorite gift: Passes to Disney World

Transportation: Bexley Beat

Guests stayed at: The Lofts Hotel and Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph

Honeymoon: "We first spent time in Columbus with family and friends," says Amanda. "It is a treat to be in the city we love so much." The pair visited Walt Disney World and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter upon their return to Florida.