WHO THEY ARE: Rachel, 27, is an optometry resident at the VA while Alex, 27, is a data scientist at the Columbus Crew Soccer Club.
HOW THEY MET: Rachel and Alex met while in college. When they went out to dinner with mutual friends, Rachel tried to start a conversation with Alex, but he was too shy to reciprocate. Rachel knew she wanted to get to know him better, so they began talking more and after a couple of months the two started dating.
ON THE PROPOSAL: Rachel had never been to Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio, and she wanted to see the holiday lights there. Once inside, the couple found a bench where they could have a moment alone. “We found this cute secluded bench that had tropical leaves and plants, which reminded me of Florida, where I grew up,” Rachel says. Alex could barely speak throughout the night because of his nerves. “Once we were all alone, I finally was able to speak words and ask her to marry me,” he says. He used the same phrasing to ask Rachel to be his wife as he did when he first asked her to be his girlfriend.
ON THE LOCATION: While the couple lives in Ohio, Rachel grew up in Stuart. When it came time to pick a ceremony site, they knew Snug Harbor Marina near her parents was the perfect spot. “The marina overlooks the river and provided such a cozy and personal environment to get married,” Rachel says. “For the reception… the views at The Mansion at Tuckahoe were stunning and we fell in love with that venue when we first walked around.”
ON THE THEME: The couple envisioned a simple, elegant, and romantic wedding, but they also knew they wanted to include a tropical touch. The bouquets, boutonnieres, and table decorations featured orchids and palm leaves with accents of tropical flowers. The food also had a tropical flair with selections such as coconut chicken with mango salsa, beef with chimichurri sauce, and coconut lime pineapple rice.
ON THE “FIRST TOUCH”: Alex wanted to keep with tradition, so the couple opted not to have a first look. Instead, before the ceremony, they stood back-to-back for a “first touch” to talk about their excitement and swap love notes.
WEDDING DATE: May 26, 2019
CEREMONY: Snug Harbor Marina
RECEPTION: The Mansion at Tuckahoe
GOWN DESIGNER: Rebecca Ingram
EVENT PLANNER: Eventful Moments by Cindy Morley
FOOD: Bonner Bar and Catering