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FAL-WIN 2017

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2 6 F a l l | W i n t e r B R I D E FLORAL FÊTE 10.1.2016 Ages: He's 30; she's 28. Occupations: He's a property man- ager and she's a health insurance sales supervisor. How they met: Through mutual friends in college. Engagement story: "We had been together for nine years and had a kid together, but every time we'd feel ready or financially secure enough to have the wedding we wanted, something would happen," Ashley says. "Alex finally decided there would be no perfect time and proposed on my birthday. He gave me a giant box wrapped with balloons attached and told me to pop the balloons before Xander, our son, got home because last time he hurt himself chasing the balloons. I didn't think anything of it. I tried my hardest to pop the last balloon with my bare hands, laughing hys- terically. Alex had to assist. When we popped the balloon, I heard something hard hit the ground. I looked down to see a ring wrapped in clear plastic wrap with a white bow. He picked it up, got on his knee and asked me to be his wife." Number of wedding guests: 200. Ceremony and reception: Willow Lake Event Center. Wedding theme: Boho chic. Entertainment: Laren Rapp and Kelli Dreary (ceremony) and DJ Mikus (reception). Personal touches: The couple had paper-airplane programs and planted a tree during the ceremony. "Our son made a comment during the ceremony that we had great teamwork," Ashley says. "We also had a temporary tattoo station where guests could apply personalized tattoos of our initials and faces. We had bridal coloring pages, crayons and clipboards for the kids, and a candle burning for our loved ones who have passed." First-dance song: "Lime Tree" by Trevor Hall. The day in three words: "Special, light-hearted, whole." Favorite part of the day: "Our officiant, Mitch Cherry, did an amazing job of making our ceremony unique and spe- cial to us. It goes by so quickly and it is easy to get caught up in all the other factors." One disagreement: "Whether or not to have our dog in the ceremony." Really glad they: "Hired a videographer and two photographers to capture it all. Also very glad I rented the bridal suite next door to the venue for the night before and night of the wedding." Wish they would have: "Picked one dress for all my bridesmaids to purchase." Advice: "Even though we spend a year pre- paring for this day, and even longer dreaming of this day, it only lasts a few hours. Remember to relax, be thankful and soak it all in. It will fly by and become a blur if you're not careful!" The next day: "Instead of brunch, the morning after the wedding we took our leftover flowers to the Hos- pice of Columbus, Indiana, where Alexander's grandfather had been cared for. The staff, family members and patients were so thankful and it was a blessing to our family to be able to give back." Wed On Weddings LOCAL Ashley Walts & Alexander Sedam

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