A Classic, Elegant Ballroom Celebration at the Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan

Kacy Hartman (26) and Chris Brown (25 and a professional hockey player) met in high school after Chris moved to Michigan from Texas to pursue his dream of playing in the National Hockey League. As the new kid in school, Chris "couldn't help but notice this beautiful girl in her sweatpants and soccer T-shirt with her hair in a ponytail. Her name was Kacy Hartman, and she was way too hot for me to approach. I did what any 15-year-old boy going through puberty would do. I stared." After a few brief encounters, Chris moved to another high school but didn't forget Kacy, "the girl of my dreams." The two went to different colleges (Chris to the University of Michigan and Kacy an hour away at Michigan State) and later reconnected at a bar in Ann Arbor, Michigan. When Chris's hockey career sent him to Maine, 900 miles away, they dated long-distance. Tired of trying to get to know each other with so many miles between them, Kacy moved in with Chris and his parents in Texas that summer in the off-season. In that time, Kacy bonded with Chris's family and was able to really experience the beauty of the Lone Star State. Together, the couple learned how to two-step, drank a lot of margaritas and fell deeply in love. They bought a home in Texas (even though Chris's hockey career equates to a "gypsy lifestyle, bouncing around from one city and hotel room to another, never really unpacking, always ready for our next adventure," he says), got engaged and planned a wedding in Michigan. They were married in the Ginger Meyer Garden with a celebration in Lovett Hall, a 1930s ballroom built by Henry Ford. "I fell in love with the space the second I saw it," Kacy says. "It's romantic, timeless and the perfect space for a fairy-tale to come to life." The only decor for the ceremony was four whiskey barrels: two at the altar holding large floral arrangements and two by the entry doors decorated in candles of varying heights. A palette of pink, white and gold was accented with turquoise (Kacy's favorite color)—the color of her shoes, her hairpiece and her ring. Other distinctive elements included personalized vows, a solo violinist, small photos of the Kacy's and Chris's grandmothers in the bridal bouquet and boutonniere, a hockey-themed groom's cake, 23-dozen doughnuts, a photo booth with silly props (a cowboy hat for Chris, a cheesehead in honor of Kacy's nickname "Cheesy," and foam fingers from their universities) and a surprise two-step dance routine to "It All Started With a Beer" by Frankie Ballard. —Chrissy Sorenson