This sweet and fun-loving couple had a gorgeous outdoor wedding at one of our favorite venues – The Willow, in Winchester, Ohio. Set among a large pond and old trees, Amberlee and Zac declared their love for each other, under the namesake willow. This was our 12th “pandemic wedding” of 2020. By then we were getting pretty comfortable with pandemic protocol, although much of the activities were outdoors which meant we didn’t have to wear masks.
Amberlee and Zac met through an online dating app called “Bumble”, where the girl has to make the first move. Amberlee connected with Zac and then he asked her to go out on a date. Their first date was at a concert at Fountain Square where they talked for hours and listened to a band called Hippocampus. Self-proclaimed as shy, neither of them felt awkward with the other and felt a natural connection. Since the concert took place before what was supposed to be their first date, Zac asked if they could still go out on their “first date”. Amberlee was thrilled!
Fast-forward to 2019… They decided to host a Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving dinner and game night. They played a game called “Betrayal at House on the Hill”. As Zac stepped away from the game, his friend (and Best Man to be) handed a card from the game to Amberlee. Amberlee read the card. She thought the card was odd for the context of the game and suddenly, Zac tapped her on her shoulder from behind. She turned around and noticed he was down on one knee. He proposed to her, with a gorgeous ring in hand, in front of their friends.
They were married by Amberlee’s brother, Mathew. Everything was so beautiful. They enjoy cooking, game nights, and trying new things together. When asked what his favorite thing is about his new bride, Zac said “Because you’re my best friend and we always have the best time together. And we’re just so cut…dammit!” She loves his sense of humor and contagious laugh. They’re wedding was certainly filled with joy and laughter.
Shout out to Brittany B for keeping everything running flawlessly. You were an absolute tremendous help to us and everyone!
Vendors who made their dream come true
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Willow Event Center (Winchester, OH) (https://www.facebook.com/thewillow2019/), 937-725-2684
DJ: Kevin Summers, Smilestones DJ Services, @smilesonesdj (https://smilestonesdj.com/)
Florist: Willow Floral Design Décor (https://floralsbywillow.com/)
Hair and Makeup Stylist: Tamra Berry Beauty (https://www.tamraberry.com/)
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal (www.davidsbridal.com)
Cake/Desserts: White’s Cake Box (https://www.facebook.com/Whites-BakeryWhites-Cake-Box-114510151913475), Hillsboro, OH (937) 393-4841
Catering: Bailey Family Catering , @baileyfamilycatering (https://www.baileyfamilycatering.com/)
Bridesmaids Dresses: Dillard’s, (dillards.com)
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Folchi’s (folchis.com) (https://folchis.com/?StoreNo=102)
Invitations: Ann’s Bridal Bargains (annsbridalbargains.com)