The Mallory + Jacob Story
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this couple. I traveled up to meet them at the Toledo Botanical Gardens for their engagement session last year and we had an absolute ball. I will never forget how Jacob held his "silly face" for an epically long time lol [If you haven't seen their beautiful engagement session click here]
Jacob and Mallory met at her first full-time job out of college in October of 2011. They both worked at an advertising agency in Sylvania - she was one of 3 account coordinators and Jacob was the media coordinator. Right off the bat Mallory knew she found Jacob attractive, funny and all that good stuff so over the next few months she worked her butt off trying to catch his attention. They even went on a "date" to see the most recent Twilight movie in December of 2011 where she tried to hold his hand and he was just not having it - haha. So, come March 2012 Jacob finally started giving Mallory some attention. They begin chatting and over time begin hanging out and by April 2012 he decided to go for it and ask her to be his girlfriend. Over the next 3 years they would go through some tough yet fun times - Jacob went back to school to get another degree from the University of Toledo (which took a large chunk of his time) and he took some time off working to focus on finishing his degree. They also adopted their cat Lizzie (their sweet, lazy, old girl) in January of 2013. Then, Jacob moved into Mallory's small, 750 sq. ft. house (that she was renting from her parents) which was a little cramped to say the least. Around the summer of 2014 they "finally got their stuff together" the next year - enough to save some money and plan a trip to London and Paris during Christmas of 2015. Since that trip they both found themselves working at the same office again, bought their first home in September 2016 in Sylvania, OH and adopted their second cat, Kit (their rambunctious little boy)
I ask all my couples this question because who doesn't love a good "popping the question" story?? This is how Jacob popped the question as told by Mallory:
While on our trip to Paris during the Christmas 2015 holiday Jacob and I planned to visit the Eiffel Tower on New Years Eve (you know, to close out the year on a high note and give him a chance to pop the question in the best place ever, if it was ACTUALLY going to happen). We arrived at the Eiffel Tower around 11:00 am (Paris time) and took our time walking the grounds and taking a close look at the tower. We took a walk further away from the tower and spotted some benches near the Joffre statue in Joffre Square (in front of École Militaire, which is a military school) to take a rest. We sat for a bit and chatted about how thankful we were to be seeing such sights and that we were lucky to be there and after about 10 minutes Jacob stood up. Thinking he was ready to leave and move on I stood as well but as soon as I was up, Jacob dropped to one knee. Ring-less and nervous, Jacob asked (something to the extent of) "Mallory - I love you and you're my best friend. Will you marry me?" (because, lets be honest, nobody remembers what they say when they're at the most nervous point of their lives!). I was so overwhelmed that he decided to ask me right then and there I'm pretty sure I said "Yeah, yeah - yes of course" and the rest is history! Also, may be good to mention that Jacob decided to pop the question literally 5 minutes before he did so. He says, and I quote "I wanted to be sure so I waited until the absolute last second!". Upon our return to the country, we went together to Jeffery Mann Fine Jewelers in Toledo, OH to pick out my Simon G. engagement ring.
The Wedding Day
What a gorgeous day they had! It was a little on the hot side and definitely windy, but hot and windy is better than rain any day!
Mallory wore a Sincerity Bridal gown from Belle Amour Bridal and was absolutely ravishing.
Her beautiful bouquet from Bartz Vivano completed her whimsical look wonderfully
Mallory & Jacob's beautiful invitations were done by their good friend, and owner of Pip & Cricket [how cute is that name???]
Gosh Jacob! You clean up nice ;)
Emotion filled the air during the preparation. Mallory, her mother and bridesmaids were fighting back tears of joy with every addition to Mallory's beautiful and final look. Just minutes before the walk down to the grotto the couple exchanged gifts and the waterworks really let loose.
Nazareth Hall is breathtaking! The Mansion is glorious and the grounds are stunning. Mallory and Jacob chose to hold their ceremony in The Grotto and it was perfect!
The ceremony was sweet and full of laughter.
I just knew before getting to meet the bridal party that they had to be as fun as this amazing couple and I was right! What a great group of friends :)
Mallory + Jacob <3
Following the ceremony the reception was held in the Cadet West Ballroom within Nazareth hall. It was a fun filled night of celebrating this amazing couple.
Soon these two will be heading out to Ocean Maya Royale in Cancun, Mexico! All-inclusive, adults-only resort for their honeymoon. I wish you two many many years of laughing together. Enjoy your honeymoon <3
Florist: Bartz Vivano
Ceremony venue: Nazareth Hall - The Grotto
Reception venue: Nazareth Hall - The Cadet West Ballroom
Hair: Reve Salon and Spa
Makeup: Natalie Pohorecki Makeup Artist
Dj/Band: The Class Act by Bob Norris
Cake: Wixey's Bakery
Bridesmaids dresses: 2B Bridal Boutique
Invitations: Pip and Cricket
Stephanie and Ricky are so sweet on each other and quite the joy to photograph. their love story began when Ricky's father purchased a local restaurant from Stephanie's father. Stephanie continued to work at the restaurant after the transfer and eventually Ricky and Stephanie's paths crossed. Ricky said it was a little awkward at first because he had to use his brother as a bridge to talk to her :D Once the connection was made the rest is history.
Ricky popped the question at Stephanie's favorite restaurant Rossilli's. Even though Stephanie knew the big question was coming, they made it special by having both their immediate families join them.
The day turned out to be a beautiful (hot and windy) but beautiful day! Stephanie is so talented and tackled her own hair and makeup, and I think she did a stunning job!
Ricky looked absolutely dashing in his black tux and silver tie
Their ceremony was held at Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Findlay, Ohio.
Following their ceremony we headed directly to The Center in Bluffton, Ohio for their beautiful reception. The couple arrived in style with a full band following them as they entered. The music was so fun and filled the night as everyone ate and enjoyed the celebration.
This gorgeous couple will be heading out shortly to Cancun for their honeymoon! I hope you two have an amazing trip and enjoy every second of your newlywed bliss!