August 11, 2018 //
Grace United Methodist Church //
The Toledo Zoo
Our wedding was Disney themed, with details including: Minnie Mouse shoes for the bride from Keds, Disney font on the RSVP cards, a Lumiere-like candelabra and a “Be Our Guest” guest book, Disney music playing during dinner and part of the dancing, Disney couple silhouette centerpieces on each table, and each other’s names written on the bottom of the bride and groom’s shoes like Andy does with his toys in Toy Story. Robert and I got married in our hometown (where we went to high school) in Perrysburg, Ohio at Grace United Methodist Church, which is where we actually met each other for the first time back in 8th and 7th grade, respectively. The ceremony was short, sweet, and simple, with our now retired pastor doing the officiating. We then headed to The Toledo Zoo for a dinner and dancing reception in the Malawi Pavilion. Robert and I took pictures throughout the zoo while our guests had refreshment hour overlooking the African area of the zoo with several animals out on exhibit (giraffes, gazelles, and zebras). We celebrated that evening with 2oo family and friends in the most gorgeous reception venue. A 75-foot fish tank sat behind our head table in our reception space and was such a wonderful addition to the pictures taken that night. We had a simple buffet dinner, and followed it with a German tradition of the bride and groom cutting out a heart from a sheet and then having the groom carry the bride through the heart shape to symbolize overcoming obstacles together. For dessert, we had 6 types of cookies made by a local baker who supports a women’s shelter in Romania through the baking and selling of her cookies (they are so delicious, and Robert and I weren’t into cake smashing anyway, so it was perfect). The evening continued with the first dance, the mother and son dance, and then a father-daughter choreographed dance to “September” by Earth, Wind, & Fire that was a surprise to everyone in attendance. The evening ended with dancing for all guests to songs from the 70s to present day. The wedding day was perfect, magical, Disney-esque, and overall the best day ever.