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Friday, September 21, 2018

Board Game Lakeside Wedding

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We are obsessed with this stunning board game themed wedding and are excited to it with you! Cristina and Nathan wanted their wedding to be unique, personal and reflect their love of board games. Their custom designed game board invitations set the tone for the picnic style wedding atmosphere! Guests were encouraged to play with a vast assortment of the couples favorite board games, as well as lawn games! One of the Tudor House rooms was transformed into a “Candy Land” oasis filled with delectable sweets and a chocolate fountain! The wedding cake was modeled after the game of LIFE but with specifics from their courtship to their wedding day. Our favorite touch was the wedding ring set that Nathan actually made himself! After a fun-filled day, guests waved goodbye as they sailed off into the sunset!

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Lakeside wedding ceremony
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Cristina and Nathan met during their first year of college at the University of Cincinnati. Cristina would hear music playing in the courtyard, which happened to be right outside of her window. Turns out, this is where Nathan would practice his saxophone! Cristina later discovered that Nathan lived right across the hall from her, so she decided to knock on his door and introduce herself. A few months later, the pair went on their first date and have been together ever since!

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Nathan’s proposal is so sweet! Cristina had thought that she was having a girls’ night with her friends, but the friends had something else in mind. Giving Cristina an adorable dress and glamming her up with makeup, the friends drove Cristina back to the courtyard outside of her dorm. They led her to the spot where she first laid eyes on Nathan five years prior. Nathan surprised her by practicing his saxophone in the exact spot! Unfortunately, Cristina’s foot was broken at the time, so she slowly hobbled on her crutch up to the ramps to him. It was there that Nathan proposed!

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Photo by: Captured By Kelly Photography

The couple envisioned their wedding to be relaxed and fun. While the couple was dating, their friends would all play board games on Friday evenings. The Bride and Groom decided to put board games at each table for guests to enjoy during the cocktail hour and reception! Each one of the board games is from the couple’s private collection! Cristina and Nathan chose The Tudor House because it was in close proximity to Cristina’s parent’s home, located on the same channel of the lake. They loved the idea of Nathan and groomspeople arriving by boat!

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Photo by: Captured By Kelly Photography

Most brides want to feel like a princess on their wedding day, and Cristina was no exception! When Cristina found her stunning natural waist, flowy, lace gown; the bride knew it was the one! For the bridesmaids, the bride and her friends worked together on choosing the three shades of purple for each to wear. They chose to go online, where the girls were able to choose the styled that best suited each body type! The groomsmen chose to compliment the colors by wearing a simple gray suit with stylish pink bowties. Nathan’s sister, the groomswoman, chose a beautiful gray sequined dress that matched the color of the suits! However, Nathan opted a more modern route. The Groom chose a stylish black corduroy suit jacket to reflect his personality of donning on corduroy outfits!

Photo by: Captured By Kelly Photography

Photo by: Captured By Kelly Photography

We love how the couple chose to incorporate so many traditions into their wedding! The bride wore a pearl jewelry set that was gifted to her by her grandmother. Unfortunately, the grandmother was too unwell to leave Puerto Rico for the wedding, so Cristina wanted to ensure that her grandmother was celebrating with the couple in spirit. The bride’s maternal family is Italian and it is a tradition that guests bring cookies to the wedding. The bride and groom set aside a couple of tables designated for the cookies! Cristina’s parents also buried Makers Mark on the grounds of the ceremony to prevent any rainfall on their wedding, and it worked! But our favorite touch was from Nathan! Nathan designed and made both the bride’s engagement and wedding rings! The Groom designed them on his computer, sent out the designs for 3D printed wax molds, and then did the casting all by himself!

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Photo by: Captured By Kelly Photography

Instead of splurging on flowers, Cristina’s mother and a bridesmaid went to a couple of craft stores to select artificial flowers in the months leading up to the wedding. Her bridesmaid then took all the flowers home with her to assemble the bouquets. Incorporating the bride’s “Something Blue”, her bridesmaid tied a blue ribbon around her bouquet! We think the couple’s choice paid off!

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Cristina and Nathan advises couples who are beginning to plan their wedding to remember to communicate with your partner! It is a wedding for you and your partner and you should both be represented in the wedding! The bride also advises to pick some great people to help with the design and set up, because both aspects are important when planning a wedding!


We wish this couple a lifetime of happiness and hope that you have enjoyed this wedding as much as we have!


Participating Vendors:

Photography: Captured by Kelly Photography | Venue: Tudor House | Videography: CMVideo | Wedding Cake: ACM Fresh Market and The BonBonerie | Linens and Rentals: Sully's Rental | Hair and Makeup: Shereen Alayamini | Catering: 356th Fighter Group | DJ: Beach Boyz Entertainment | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie 


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