Maria & Dalton

Wedding Date: 08/15/2015

It’s been a little bit over a year since these two beautiful souls got married. Let’s go down memory lane and go back to the day their lives changed and forever began.

1. Tell us about all about it. Your relationship, proposal and wedding. How did you know you found the love of your life, how did the proposal happen and were you surprised?

We were set up on a blind date in college, by a mutual friend, and having never been on a blind date before, both of us were quite hesitant about going. However, after meeting, it was like we had known each other forever. We clicked instantly; we challenged each other and we made each other better people. Fast forward two years: We were on vacation in Destin, FL and took a night-time stroll along the white sandy beaches. It was our favorite place in the world. It was there that he got down on one knee and proposed. Fast forward three years after the engagement (to the day, actually) and we were saying our vows.
How do you know when you’ve found “the one”? When you’ve found your best zombie apocalypse partner, that’s when you know.

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2. Tell us about your favorite wedding details or anything that made your day that much more special.

All of the personal touches that went into our wedding made everything so special. We are both avid readers, so naturally, we had a literary themed wedding. Rather than table numbers, we used our favorite books, and our programs were styled like library check-out cards. We also are self-proclaimed “nerds”, so we made sure to include lots of hidden gems, as well. For example, our cake toppers were miniatures of us in our Renaissance Faire costumes, the handles of our cake cutters were sonic screwdrivers from Doctor Who, my garter had a D20 die dangling from the lace and his cuff links were of R2-D2.

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3. How did it feel like to walk down the aisle and see your future husband on the other end?

Nothing can prepare you for the overwhelming joy that you feel when you are surrounded by your most cherished loved-ones and see your best friend at the end of the aisle. When I saw the tears in his eyes, there was no more holding back – the water-works were in full force!

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4. What is your favorite memory from your wedding?

Our photographers were amazing and throughout the reception they took us outside of the venue to take quick photos in the sunset and to have a moment of escape from the festivities. The opportunity to detach ourselves from all of the noise was actually truly amazing; I recommend finding an excuse or two to separate yourselves, for at least just a few minutes, during the reception. The entire day goes by in an instant, so take a moment for just the two of you: look at everything you put together, soak in all of the beautiful details, look at each other, soak in each other’s beautiful details.

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5. While marriage can redefine who you are to the outside world, it also affects who you are on the inside. How did being married transform you?

Whether we are biking, playing Dungeons & Dragons with friends or sitting at home with our fur-baby, eating take-out Chinese food and watching re-runs on Netflix, everything becomes an adventure. He’s my best friend, my life partner, my co-pilot…it feels really awesome to have made this commitment to one-another.

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6. What is the best thing about being married?

The multi-car insurance discount! Kidding, I swear! The ability to both lean on each other through the tough days and celebrate the amazing ones together is incredible. Simply being able to share this crazy life adventure with your best friend is the most sensational experience.

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7. How did you feel when you called your significant other “Husband” or “Wife” for the first time?

It was actually the most strange thing, all I could think was, “Heck yeah – Achievement Unlocked!” Hearing him refer to me as “his wife” in conversation, well, swoon… In all honesty, it felt completely natural.

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8. Your advice for other newlyweds

Being surrounded by our favorite things and our favorite people made for the most amazing atmosphere. If I can give any advice to the brides/grooms out there, it is to not take everything seriously in the planning process. Have fun. Let your passions inspire you and never feel confined by the traditional wedding standards. Not a fan of white? Go with a bold colored outfit. Slow, sappy songs aren’t your thing? Rock out to an upbeat first dance. Who cares? It is your day, so let your love and personalities shine through in each detail, whatever that means to you.

On the day of your wedding, breathe. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. Everything will not go perfectly as planned, but know that it will be perfect all of the same. Heck, my veil fell off during the ceremony! Shrug off any mishaps and I promise you will laugh about them later. Remind yourself of all of the wonderful reasons why you are making your vows and strive for a marriage more beautiful than your wedding.

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Congratulations Maria & Dalton on celebrating a year of marriage! I wish you a lifetime of happiness and that your love story be as magical and charming as in fairy tales!

Maria chose our Rustic Round Romantic Paper Book Bouquet for her bridal bouquet and Dalton’s boutonniere’s were custom made with slight alterations from our,Sean Lace Shabby Chic Boutonniere
Photography: Nathan Deaton Photography (Indiana)
Officiant: Reverend Ryan Smith
DJ: DJ T-Bird (Ohio)
Cake: Molly Siemer (Bridesmaid)
All other items were made/facilitated by the bride.

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