Inside Weddings - - Inside - Septem­ber 30, 2017 Cincin­nati, Ohio | Pho­tographed by Lep­pert Pho­tog­ra­phy

Septem­ber 30, 2017 Cincin­nati, Ohio Pho­tographed by Lep­pert Pho­tog­ra­phy

Though they at­tended school to­gether, Jor­dan Pauley and Zach Perkinson were far from high­school sweet­hearts. They may have been paired off for fresh­man home­com­ing court, and Jor­dan was even close to Zach’s twin sister Katie; how­ever, they never came close to dat­ing. “In high school, Jor­dan was unattain­able…a dream girl if you will,” Zach ad­mits. Yet, eight years later, sparks flew when they ran into each other at a bar in down­town Cincin­nati. “Tim­ing is ev­ery­thing,” con­firms Zach.

They fell in love quickly, and it was only nine months later that he pro­posed. “I was in shock and said yes be­fore he could even fin­ish his sen­tence,” Jor­dan re­mem­bers. Re­gard­ing their quick courtship, she notes, “We al­ways say, ‘When ya know, ya know,’” – a phrase that would later be dis­played on their wed­ding cake.

“Keep­ing ev­ery­thing about fam­ily and friends was our main goal.”

After an­other nine months, the big day ar­rived. Ev­ery­one had been in­volved in or­ga­niz­ing the oc­ca­sion. Jor­dan notes, “I owe ev­ery­thing to my mom and sis­ters, es­pe­cially my mom. She sure knows how to throw a party.” Un­like many grooms, Zach par­tic­i­pated in ev­ery ap­point­ment. “Grow­ing up with two sis­ters and be­ing close to his own mother, this sort of thing came nat­u­rally to him,” af­firms the bride. “He loved help­ing me, ad­ding his great sense of style and tak­ing some of the pres­sure off of me as well.” Her fam­ily was there ev­ery step of the way, with the fa­ther of the bride present when she found her wed­ding dress as well. “We are all very close on both sides, and it’s such a spe­cial thing,” shares Jor­dan. For the in­tri­cate de­tails that could get over­whelm­ing at times, Viva Bella Events was avail­able to han­dle all of those needs.

A stone path­way in the gar­den of an es­tate made for the per­fect aisle. Fol­low­ing her brides­maids dressed in vary­ing shades of navy, bur­gundy, mauve, and for­est green, the bride emerged on the arm of her fa­ther. In a ro­man­tic, lace A-line gown, she smiled while car­ry­ing a full, cas­cad­ing bou­quet of berries, ra­nun­cu­luses, dahlias, roses, and ferns. Un­der­neath an arch adorned with soft, dusty rose drap­ery and flo­rals, Jor­dan and Zach – who wore a mid­night blue suit with a marsala bow tie – ex­changed tra­di­tional vows. Ad­ding a mod­ern el­e­ment while still em­brac­ing fam­ily, the cou­ple made a video call to the grand­mother of the bride dur­ing the cer­e­mony. She wasn’t able to travel for the big day, but they sent her a bou­ton­niere to wear. “The most im­por­tant thing was let­ting her know how much she means to us, and she was def­i­nitely there in spirit,” says Jor­dan.

Though the bride and groom got a peek at the re­cep­tion tent after their “first look,” it was soon time for the rest of the guests to see the lovely space. “It was beau­ti­ful – el­e­gant with­out be­ing too fancy,” il­lus­trates Zach. The same va­ri­eties of flow­ers used in the bou­quets were show­cased in the cen­ter­pieces. Some ta­bles featured navy linens while other wooden farm ta­bles dis­played a simple lace runner. Large flo­ral chan­de­liers with hang­ing bub­ble vo­tives were sus­pended over the head ta­ble, which sat 32 at­ten­dees – the en­tire wed­ding party and their dates. The ar­range­ments were made low in or­der to al­low for easy con­ver­sa­tion.

The toasts from the best man and the ma­trons of honor – both sis­ters of the bride – were the per­fect mix of touch­ing and fun. Due to the close re­la­tion­ship with her fa­ther, Jor­dan was es­pe­cially moved by his speech. “He has a way of bring­ing a room of 220 peo­ple to­gether,” she adds. Shar­ing the night with ev­ery­one was a key el­e­ment of the day. “Keep­ing ev­ery­thing about fam­ily and friends was our main goal,” the bride as­serts. “While we were cel­e­brat­ing our mar­riage, we would not be who we are to­day with­out ev­ery single one of our guests who at­tended that night. We are for­ever grateful.” Wav­ing rib­bon wands with small bells at­tached, loved ones wished the new­ly­weds well as they made their grand exit from the wed­ding to en­ter life as a mar­ried cou­ple.

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