Sarah and Nick are the kind of couple who you actually want to meet when you see them in public. Sarah will immediately catch your attention with her quick wit and silliness. Nick is a little shy at first, but after a bit, his personality shines through. And with Sarah by his side, you will see a different side of Nick. Their personalities are so true and genuine. You know how I know? Because they are not afraid to show their true selves and be goofballs when they are together and when they are apart. I appreciate a good goofball.
Before I get into Sarah and Nick's wedding ceremony and reception, I'll first tell you about their history and engagement. Nick was a guitar instructor and Sarah received her first guitar as a Christmas present. Sarah wanted to sign up for guitar lessons and said that she almost didn't get Nick as her instructor because her friend, who had also received a guitar for Christmas, also wanted lessons and wanted Nick's time slot! Thankfully, Sarah beat her to it! Sarah got there first and signed up for Nick's slot. This is how Sarah described their first encounter:
"On my first lesson, I thought the guitar dude before me was cute, but kind of grungy. He had long hair down to his butt and a button up shirt with a dragon on it. When he asked me to play what I knew, I thought I would show him my mad skills by playing the chords for the song White Stripes. He told me everyone knows how to play that, and was clearly NOT impressed."
After that, they struck up a friendship that lasted a couple years, then Sarah stopped taking lessons. Years later, they started talking again and Sarah found out that she was going to attend the same college that Nick was about to graduate from. By November of that year they were dating. On their first date, they decided to drive up to Cleveland on a whim in the middle of the night. They cast their shadows from the logo spotlight on top of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame building and then went on their own scavenger hunt trying to find every painted guitar statue around Cleveland.
On August 30, 2014 Nick and Sarah were engaged. At this point, they had been together for 7 years and Sarah was starting to think that Nick had no interest in marriage. They went to Chicago for Sarah's birthday and Nick said that he had bought her a ring earlier that year, but was waiting for just the right time to give it to her. He wanted it to be something very special since they had been dating for so long. Here's Nick's description of the engagement:
"I booked a dinner cruise in Chicago from the Navy Pier. Since it was Labor Day weekend, they were offering dinner cruises with fireworks, and I thought that would be perfect (near Sarah's birthday and a big event). I hid the ring on my necklace, and we headed to the pier for the cruise. Once we got there, we saw about 20 wedding parties milling around the pier for weddings that either just happened, or were about to. Sarah started to get upset because she kept bumping into my pockets while we were walking, trying to feel if I had a ring box...but there was none, while we were surrounded by weddings. Once we found the ship we'd be on that night, we had to wait for a wedding ceremony to finish before we could board. By this time, Sarah (not finding a ring box on my person) was certain that I wasn't going to propose...but after dinner, we went to the deck to watch the fireworks. Once the first one went off, I dropped to my knee, took the ring off my necklace, and proposed while the crowd that had gathered to watch the fireworks started cheering."
Now, if that story didn't bring a big smile to your face, then there's something wrong with you! I wasn't there, but I can just picture in my mind what it looked like. Nick and Sarah were married on November 28, 2015 and Mak Rabbitt had the privilege to photograph every minute. The ceremony was held at St. Jacob's Lutheran Church in Massillon, Ohio. The church was decorated for Christmas and it was beautiful.
Sarah and Nick's wedding programs.
Sarah got ready in the back room with all of her bridesmaids, mom, grandma and some other helpers. Sarah looked stunning in her gown and even more stunning with a cape that was literally from the Disney Princess line. I was very jealous. Sarah was also adorned in pearls, pearls and more pearls. She looked exquisite. Below is a photo of Sarah's mom helping her put on her princess cape.
Here is an image of Sarah, her mother and her grandmother helping each other with the finishing touches. I love this shot.
After the finishing touches were complete, we took Sarah to another, less crowded room and took some shots of her by herself. These are the precious, quiet, reflective moments between all of the hustle and bustle and the ceremony.
Sarah's bouquet was made by her and it took her three months to complete. It was made out of broaches, pins, pearls and sheet music. There was a special locket on her bouquet with a photo of her deceased Grandfather.
Sarah also made all of her bridesmaid's bouquets and groomsmen's boutonnieres. Man, was she busy. The bouquets were made from sheet music and winter-themed. The boutonnieres were made from comic book paper, sheet music and also winter-themed.
Before we knew it, it was time to line up to get ready for the walk down the aisle. Sarah and her Dad were so adorable.
Sarah and Nick's vows were written by them and they were perfect and beautiful. There wasn't a dry eye in the church.
After the ceremony we took family portraits. Remember what I said about Sarah's personality? It must run in the family....below is Sarah and her brother posing like 007. And below that is Sarah and her Mom being preciously silly.
Okay, we DID manage to get some serious shots...
Sarah and Nick chose the Water's Edge Vineyard in Louisville as their reception venue. Sarah also made her favors for her guests. They were Polar Express Bells with tickets. Instead of clinging glasses to get the bride and groom to kiss (annoying), guests shook these bells instead. Very Christmas-sy.
Since the reception was held AT a vineyard, it was only fitting for there to be WINE! I was in heaven. Sarah and Nick made special labels for the wine for their guests.
Their cake was made by All Occasions Bakery and it was delicious.
The cake topper were figurines from "Game of Thrones". Below is a photo of the topper with their wedding rings.
This cake was cut with a mini sword from Lord of the Rings. I always love an event where the cake is cut with a large weapon. I'm happy to say that no one was harmed in the cutting of this cake.
After the cake cutting, Sarah and Nick had their first dance together as husband and wife. Sarah had her dance with her father and Nick with his mother.
Tony took a few more shots with Sarah and Nick's wedding rings. Below is the rings on their sword and on the Polar Express bell.
And finally, to end the night, Tony took the boys outside to show off their super hero shirts!
Sarah and Nick's wedding was so much fun. This wedding proves that you can incorporate all of you and your significant other's interests into your wedding!
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