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FAL-WIN 2018

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F a l l / W i n t e r B R I D E 2 0 1 8 2 9 Ages: Justin is 38 and Topher is 35. Occupations: Justin is a ramp operations worker and Topher is a project manager. How they met: "We met on a local social-networking site in 2009," says Topher. "We exchanged messages, phone calls, and met in person all on the same day. We've been together since." Engagement story: "We're always tempted to lie about this and give a satisfying story. e truth is we have no grand engagement story. In our eyes we were living as a married couple long before we could marry legally. One morning, snuggled together, we had a sweet talk about making it legally official and doing so on our anniversary the following year. It was simple but sweet, which is just our style." Number of wedding guests: 250. Ceremony and reception: e Culbertson West, New Albany. Wedding theme: Simple, but elegant. Entertainment: DJ Optimix Prime. "We had the best DJ. We owe a big thanks to him for his large contribution to our perfect night." Personal touches: "We were lucky to have a good friend/officiant, Travis Vasconcelos. He personalized every word and vow with us in mind. It was absolutely perfect." Flowers: DIY table arrangements, boutonnieres and corsages using high-quality silk daffodils. Decor: "We had a beautiful venue, so we kept the decorations simple. We did not want to over-embellish. We decorated with accents of navy and charcoal, daffodils and twinkle lights." First-dance song: "To Know Him Is to Love Him," Amy Winehouse. e day in three words: "Family, love, joy." Favorite part of the day: "Our vows and wedding-party toasts. All moments verbally expressing love were extra special to us." One disagreement: "e number of guests was always our biggest disagreement. e numbers have a way of growing and growing. Be prepared for this. Let the person who wants more win this disagreement." Really glad they: "Skipped many wedding traditions and made the most out of every minute of the evening. We respect the tradition of waiting to see a bride on her wedding day, but with no bride this was not a tradition we felt the need to honor. We shot our wedding photos before the ceremony so that we could quickly advance to dinner and reception." Wish they would have: "Hired a professional videographer. Everyone warns you how quickly the night flashes by, but you don't realize how little you remember or how much you missed altogether. Having a video to watch through a guest's eyes is priceless. We're lucky to at least have a guest-shot video to watch." Advice: "While the day is about celebrating your love for each other, it is also very much about sharing the day with your friends and family. Be sure to also make special memories with them and immortalize the day with a great photographer and videographer!" JUSTIN SPAINHOUR & TOPHER PETTY Photographer: Mickie Winters Photography Co. Stationery/invitations: Custom save- the-date magnets using engagement photos through MagnetStreet and invitations through Vistaprint Cake: Williams Bakery, Clarksville Rehearsal dinner: Coordinated by one groom's parents at their home Caterer/menu: e Culbertson West caters its own events. Rings: Matching bands inlaid with desert ironwood and an offset inlay of crushed turquoise, robandleanrings.com Attire: Men's navy and charcoal separates from Macy's. Women's dresses in coordinated colors from David's Bridal. Registry: Honeyfund Honeymoon: Split between San Francisco and Las Vegas Local Weddings / Wed on 4.14.18

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