An English Garden Wedding at Club at Hillbrook in Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Hannah Mackay (27 and an advertising supervisor) and Ryan Francis (27 and a web developer) met as Miami University students while studying in Europe. They hung out in the romantic cities of Paris and Barcelona and the Interlaken region of the Swiss Alps—“the kinds of places defined by beauty and adventure,” Hannah says. It didn’t take long for the two to realize they liked each other (they share many common interests and even have the same birthday). Besides, Hannah says, “How could anyone resist a little love action in Europe?” They dated for seven years (including two years of long-distance dating), and got engaged in Chicago, where they were living. They married in Hannah's home state of Ohio, choosing the Tudor-style mansion and 50-acre estate Club at Hillbrook in Chagrin Falls for their outdoor ceremony and indoor reception. The natural greenery of the outdoor gardens caught Hannah's eye. “From there, I looked at inspirational pictures to figure out what colors I liked against bright green.” The result? An English-garden-inspired wedding with dusty colors, seasonal wildflowers in hues of purple, pink and yellow, and an overall vintage aesthetic. Hannah and Ryan were married outdoors in front of a stand of large trees, keeping nature at the core of their ceremony through readings, a tree-watering ceremony—in which Hannah and Ryan watered a small tree, to symbolize their new life together—and walking down the aisle as husband and wife to Handel's "Hornpipe" from his "Water Music" collection. To make the ceremony feel lighthearted and celebratory, they popped open a bottle of champagne at the end, toasted each other, then handed guests glasses of champagne as they were heading into the cocktail hour. The indoor reception included a cocktail hour with a sweet and spicy signature drink, a choreographed dance by the bride and groom and lively Irish dancing by Hannah and her siblings. At the end of the night, Guido’s Pizza was delivered for guests "who were famished from all the dancing,” Hannah says. Their wedding was a reflection of who they are and what they love—a fun, laid-back, natural, outdoorsy wedding "accentuated by the beauty that is September in Cleveland," Hannah says. After being together eight years, she believes the key to building a lasting relationship is humility. "There are many times when arguments happen, and it really takes humility for one or both people to open themselves up and apologize. This vulnerability, while sometimes scary, inevitably invigorates the relationship and brings each other closer." Don't forget to have fun, she says, and remember why you fell in love in the first place. "The best way to get through life is smiling and laughing with each other—which we do every day," Hannah says. —Chrissy Sorenson