Caroline Champa (Troughton), 26, Technical Support at an Insurance Company, Columbus, OH
Andrew Champa, 26, IT Auditor, Columbus, OH
My maid of honor and best friend since the first day of 4th grade Morgan introduced Andrew and myself. Andrew & Morgan were in the same business fraternity together at Ohio University, where I would visit her often. Andrew and I met our sophomore year, and were friends until we began dating our senior year. The rest is history!
Andrew: My first impression of Caroline was that she was beautiful and easy to talk to. The conversation never lagged, and from that point forward it just seemed natural with her.
Caroline: My first impression of Andrew sounds corny, but it’s true: It kind of seemed like I already knew him. Maybe it speaks to Andrew’s point about it just being natural between us. He was sweet, funny, and genuine. I was instantly drawn to him.
Andrew: We had only been dating a few months, but Caroline went out of her way on my birthday to have a card, balloons, and a six-pack of my favorite beer delivered to me while at OU. Since she was at school in Cincinnati, it was completely unexpected and really thoughtful. The moment made me reflect on how lucky I was to have her in my life, and that this was a girl I didn’t want to lose. It wasn’t the gesture itself, but the thoughtfulness behind it.
Caroline: Andrew came to visit me in Cincinnati (also in the first few months of dating) and he actually came to my parents’ house to meet my family. I could tell he was nervous, but he walked right in and shook hands with my parents. He even smiled when my enthusiastic mom, so excited that he was from her hometown of Cleveland, pinched his cheeks and welcomed him to our home. The fact that he was willing to jump right in and also immediately fit in was incredible. At that point I knew this was something real and special.
Overlooking the Downtown Columbus skyline at dusk- We were living in an apartment near downtown at the time, and the roof of our parking garage had a gorgeous view of the city. Andrew made sure that our newly adopted puppy Alfie was there, and he surprised me with roses and champagne on the roof after a beautiful proposal. I of course immediately said yes, but the surprises didn’t stop there. He had arranged for all of our friends and family to come into town, and everyone was at Bar145 waiting for us. It was an amazing way to celebrate our engagement!
Simple, romantic, garden-inspired.
Dusty/Slate blue, ivory, some pale pinks, gold accents.
We kept décor simple and elegant- flowers, pillar candles, and tea lights. A unique part of our wedding was our favors. We had two types of custom beer brewed especially for the occasion: “Hoppily Married” along with“Hair of the Dog English Pale Ale” featuring our puppy Alfie. Caroline’s dad is English so this also paid homage to him.
Our favorite moments happened right after the ceremony. Walking out of the church together as husband and wife was the most amazing feeling. We have a picture of us walking back down the aisle and you can just see the pure joy on our faces. Right after that, we actually headed to our party bus to have a moment to ourselves before we did family pictures at the church. We were able to spend those first few minutes as a married couple together, and even got to pop a little bubbly in celebration!
Aside from working with the wonderful Jordin to design our save-the-dates and invites, Caroline’s favorite part was picking out flowers and cake flavors! Our florist made everything fun and easy— They knew exactly the look I was going for and had the best ideas and suggestions. And who doesn’t love cake? Getting to sample all that deliciousness was really fun and we enjoyed doing it together as a couple.
Ceremony Site: Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus OH.
Reception Site: The Vault, Columbus OH.
Stationery: Unica Forma
Photographer: Azar Photography
Videographer: Stitched Cinema
Consultant: Nora McCoy, Party Planners Plus
Flowers: Madison House Designs
Gown: Stella York
Hair: Formality Onsite Hair & Makeup by Tiffany Bayerl
Make-Up: Formality Onsite Hair & Makeup by Tiffany Bayerl
Veil: Splendid Bridal
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Engagement & Wedding Rings: Schreibman Jewelers – Cleveland, OH
Bridesmaids Dresses: Vow to Be Chic
Menswear: Calvin Klein
Catering: Made From Scratch
Cake: Kelly’s Cakery
Music/DJ: Byron Gunter- Buckeye Entertainment
Our wedding day was rainy and overcast, but it was completely perfect in every way possible. It was also a total blessing in disguise, because aside from rain on your wedding day being good luck, the weather made for perfect photo conditions! From one bride to another, nothing will ever go exactly as planned, but all that truly matters is the commitment you are making to the love of your life. If you have that, you have everything you need.