Please note that both the ceremony and the reception will take place at the same location. Food will be provided immediately following the wedding.
Mitchell and I met in June 2012 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium-- our work place. We had both worked there for at least a summer/winter season prior to which neither of us remember ever working with each other before. I was 17 years old and he was 18 years old. I ended up working a double shift that day because there was a fundraiser occurring at the zoo that evening. I persuaded one of my supervisors to let me stay late to work because I knew they needed the help PLUS I had my eye on Mitchell and wanted to talk to him more. At the end of the night, we ended up leaving at the same time and walked out to the parking lot together. I was really upset that I didn't get his phone number, so I friend requested him on Facebook and messaged him about how I wasn't trying to be creepy and that I wanted to friend request him while his name was fresh in my mind (I totally was trying to creep on his profile to see if he had a girlfriend).
We talked on Facebook messenger for a while before Mitchell finally got the courage to ask me for my phone number because "texting is easier". Getting to know each other, he asked me about where I was from, so I proceeded to tell him I was born in Florida. That is usually my fun fact about myself and I thought he would think that was super cool-- come to find out he was born in South Africa.....
Shortly after, we were supposed to go to Powell Festival (he hates festivals) but that summer, there was a huge storm that knocked the power out and the festival was cancelled. We ended up going to the movies to see "Ted". What a movie to see for the first date! He swears he tried holding my hand in the theater, but I thought he wanted the arm rest so I moved my arm. What a mess!
As summer was coming to an end, I knew we probably wouldn't hang out again. Mitchell made it very clear that he didn't want a girlfriend going into college-- he was going to be a freshman at Miami University in Oxford and I was entering my senior year of high school. However, we were falling in love with each other and we knew it. After Mitchell moved in to college, he didn't talk to me for an ENTIRE week. I know right, it sounds crazy, but I couldn't get him off my mind. I missed him so much and he wasn't even my boyfriend. I knew he didn't want a girlfriend, but I was secretly hoping he would change his mind. After the first week of college and experiencing all that college had to offer, Mitchell thought to himself, "Maybe I do like Katie...". We continued to talk after that week, but he still was unsure about dating. He actually came home several times from college to try and break things off with me and tried not talking to me. He encouraged me to go to homecoming with another guy after I asked him to go with me, but I didn't want to go with anyone else. I wanted to be with him. I had already fallen for him and I was not about to ruin my chances of being with a really great guy. So I was persistent-- I sent him letters and packages to his dorm on the regular. We were pen pals and I couldn't wait to get home to check the mailbox to see if I had a letter from him. I told him I didn't want to be with anyone else. Finally, someone in his dorm got through to him. He received a bright pink package with hearts all over it from me. As he was walking into his dorm to open it, many people said to him, "Wow, your girlfriend sends you packages? I wish I got something like that...". Mitchell proceeded to tell them that I wasn't his girlfriend and they were all like, "WHAT!??! She needs to be your girlfriend!!!".
Mitchell proceeded to text me and asked me, "If I asked you out, would you say yes?". ARE YOU KIDDING ME. OF COURSE I WOULD SAY YES!!! Friday, November 2, 2012 rolled around and we had set a time to FaceTime (he couldn't come home that weekend) and he officially asked me to be his girlfriend.
And that is how Mitchell and I met and how he became my boyfriend (finally).
In June of 2018, Mitchell and I went on vacation to Anna Maria Island, Florida. Because Mitchell only had 5 weeks of summer, two of which he would be in South Africa with his family, we knew we wanted to plan something together, just us. Anna Maria Island has always held a special place in my heart so I suggested we go there. We found a cute little Airbnb online that was relatively inexpensive, so we booked it. Because we would be leaving about a week after my birthday, I somehow convinced Mitchell to get me Walt Disney World tickets for my birthday. I was beyond exited-- my favorite beach in the entire world AND Disney?? Wow, I am beyond lucky to have a guy that spoils me! I was secretly hoping that there would be a ring on this trip but I didn't want to get my hopes up.
Our first night at the beach, Mitchell and I made frozen Bahama Mamas and sat outside on the dock that was part of the property we were staying at. I was so excited to spend quality time with him with each other's undivided attention, considering we both live busy lives between school, studying, work, and my internship. FINALLY I had time to be with just him and only him. We were talking about how lucky we were to be with each other and how we couldn't wait for the upcoming week. Mitchell said he was hungry so he went inside the condo to get some "snacks" AKA the ring I had NO CLUE about!! He returned and we continued our conversation. Of course I start crying (I'm pretty emotional) because I just love him so much and am thankful for the lives we live and all the opportunities we have been given thus far. Mitchell tells me to not cry and to come give him a hug. We both stood up and start hugging. It was perfect. The dock was all lit up with Christmas lights, we were at the beach, and it was just the two of us. When I pulled out of the hug, Mitchell proceeded to hold my hands and wouldn't let go. He flashed that cute little smile and I was thinking "OMG IS HE GOING TO PROPOSE RIGHT NOW?". It was dark, besides the Christmas lights, so I was trying to see if there was a box in his pocket. All of the sudden, he gets down on one knee and asks me to be his wife. Instant tears. It was perfect. It all seems like such a blur because I am still in shock that this even happened. We ended the night at a local tiki bar on the bay celebrating with a drink.
A few days later, we went to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World for what I thought was going to be a belated birthday celebration. We went to the guest services building and got buttons to wear that said "Happily Ever After" with Mickey Mouse shaped rings entwined with each other. Of course I took pictures in front of the castle with my ring, too! Talk about the most magical place on earth... Disney is just as magical for adults as it is for kids! The firework display at the end of the night is what really got me-- the narrator was talking about following your dreams and finding your happily ever after. I cried the entire time. I truly believe in the magic of Disney-- A dream that you wish will come true!
Rachel and I met when we were in 4th and 5th grade on the school bus. Knowing I was a new student, Rachel asked me to sit with her on the bus. Rachel and I then exchanged landline numbers (it was 2005, and I was excited to give out our new home phone number) and the rest is history. From countless sleepovers and riding our bikes around Powell before we could drive, to helping each other plan our weddings, there is not one event in my life Rachel hasn't been a part of. Rachel was my first friend when I moved to Ohio and we have been best friends ever since. Rachel has always been more like a sister to me and I am forever grateful for her to stand by my side as my Maid of Honor on my big day!
Shannon and I met in 6th grade. We were on the same team and had all of our classes together. Unfortunately, a new middle school opened up in 7th grade so we went separate ways. However, we reunited in high school and it was awesome. We always went to football games with other people, but would always end up hanging out together. By time our senior year rolled around, we had every single class together and were always up to some sort of shenanigans. Throughout college, we wouldn't see each other for months but I knew as soon as I saw her again, we would pick right back up from where we left off. I can't wait for Shannon to stand by my side on my wedding day!
Calsey is Mitchell's younger sister and I met her back in 2012 when she was going to be a freshman in high school. She was so young! Over the years as we've gotten older, we have become very close to each other. We often look to each other for advice-- even though she is younger than me, I value her thoughts and opinions so much. There is so much to admire about her. Additionally, neither Calsey nor I have a biological sister, so we are very excited to become sisters to say the least. Never a sister-in-law, always a sister! We will always have a special friendship and I am beyond lucky to have her stand by me on my special day!
Maria and I met originally in 5th grade at Wyandot Run Elementary School, but didn't become close friends until middle school. Maria and I spent a lot of time together on our Washington D.C. trip in 8th grade, which are memories I'll never forget. We also spent a lot of time together at football games, school dances, and we even attended our first college visit at Miami University together. Even though we went to college in different cities, we still managed to keep in touch and visited each other occasionally. I know that when I see Maria, it is as if no time has passed and we pick right back up where we left off. I am very thankful for Maria and her friendship and can't wait for her to stand by my side on my wedding day!
Emily is my cousin and we've known each other for our whole lives! I have such great memories of Emily and her family visiting my family when we lived in Florida in addition to my family visiting hers in Ohio before we moved here. I love this girl and I love spending time with her. Plus, she's a huge Cleveland Indians fan (GO TRIBE!) and if anyone knows me, you know I am, too. Emily is also getting married (a few months before I am) which makes this whole process very special because we get to experience it together. I love you, Em, and I can't wait for you to stand by me on my wedding day!
Lauren and I met through my maid of honor, Rachel. We were always invited to Rachel's birthday parties, but didn't have our own friendship until high school. Lauren and I played softball together-- she was always the one who made our team run extra laps for talking and sassing back at our coach. Lauren and I became closer when we went to college and saw each other when we were visiting home. Lauren, Rachel, and I would even watch Pretty Little Liars together in the summer and paint canvases. Lauren and I took a trip together last summer to which we went to 7 major league baseball games together. We went to cities I had never been to before and did so many fun activities together. I am thankful for my friendship with Lauren and can't wait for her to stand with me while I get married!
Keegan is my brother and my best man. He has been the best brother I have ever had.
I had the honor of serving as the Best Man for Ryan and Ashleigh when they got married. Ryan and I met before college started, during orientation week. Katie and I have asked him to serve as a groomsman and our officiant during our wedding.
Andy lived with Ryan, Adam, and I during my third year at Miami. I will never forget move-in day when he showed up with only a box of peaches and a guitar.
Adam and I met during my sophomore year of college after watching him fight a dragon on a computer game. We worked together and became friends over time.
Matt and I met back in middle school (around 2007) and have remained friends since then. Although he has joined the Navy and is quite busy, we still find time to share together when we are free.
Clay is Katie's younger brother. We have known each other since I met Katie.