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It’s Wedding Season at WRL

Wedding bells are in the air around WRL! Since June, the office has been abuzz with a travel story turned engagement, wedding ceremonies near and far, and a marriage ordainment. In this feature, we’re sharing our stories of happiness and cherished memories!

Joannie Good, Honeymooner

For me and my husband, our wedding had a lot to do with symbolism. Neither one of us was looking for a large ceremony, we just wanted something intimate and meaningful. We were very fortunate to have four of our children in our wedding party. Our wedding ceremony was held in the same church in which my grandparents got married 80 years earlier right next to my family’s property in West Virginia. I will cherish the memories of that night for the rest of my life.


Matt Nist, Newlywed

My wife, Francesca, did an amazing job planning our day throughout our engagement and the amount of work she put into it showed on October 14 (and yes, I’m giving her all the credit there!). From her color choices to all the decorations, many of which she did herself, everything was perfect. The ceremony was at St. Colman Catholic Church in Cleveland, which is a beautiful and historic church, and the reception was at Music Box Supper Club on the West Bank of the Flats in Cleveland. We couldn’t have asked for better weather and our guests were able to enjoy the band at the reception both inside and outside on the riverfront deck. It was just an incredible day. As for the honeymoon, we took what we called a “mini-moon” to Sea Island and St. Simons Island, Georgia for 5 days, with our official honeymoon to the Caribbean to come in February.


Olivia Tharp, Bride-to-be

It was a whirlwind. In lieu of Christmas presents, this past year my long-term then-boyfriend, Joe and I decided to book a trip to Iceland for the following June. Our departure date came and after 40 hours of sleepless travel, we trekked to Reykjavík’s city center, dropped off our luggage and made our way to the beautiful Hallgrímskirkja Church in the middle of town. There, he got down on a knee and gave me one of the biggest surprises and one of the best memories I have received in our nine years together. It’s been one wild ride, but there’s one thing we know for certain, life together has been and always will be our favorite adventure.


Jayson Shenk, License to Wed

My friends wanted to get married with a simple ceremony with family and friends. They didn’t have a really large budget and when the groom called me, originally asking if I would design their wedding invitations, and also ending up asking, “would you do the ceremony too?” I agreed and since I’m already ordained by a recognized church, I just had to apply for a state license to solemnize marriages. Their ceremony was simple – they exchanged their vows, the families loved it and there were even a few laughs.

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