ERICA & KRIS // WEDDING DAY // OELKER FARM // URBANA, OH
June 16, 2018
Erica & Kris // Wedding at Oelker Farm in Urbana, OH
Daniel and I are pretty close to Erica's brother and his family so when they came to us about Erica's wedding we were THRILLED...to say the least. We met with Erica, her sister Rebecca, and her mom Bev at Harvest Moon. We ordered breakfast and coffee's and chatted for hours. I was so looking forward to this day. So, the day before the wedding ALL of Erica's bridesmaids came into Harvest and ordered coffee on the way to the venue to set up. They were HILARIOUS and asked about tiny hands...I knew the wedding day was about to be the best! It seemed as though the day just kept getting better and better with each person we met. I COULDN'T WAIT!!
We arrived found ourselves weaving through the farms in Urbana until we rounded a corner and were greeted by the most amazing private farm! This had to be the spot!!! It was GORGEOUS! I ran inside to find the bride and her ladies and headed to the barn for some detail shots. Let's start by saying about a week before the wedding the reception location was covered in dust, cobwebs, and it's honestly where they had basketball hoops. IT WAS NOT THE MAGICAL WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE I SAW BEFORE ME. Props to the bride for her amazing vision, props to Rebecca for making it happen, and props to the owners of that barn for letting the Martin sister's do with their property as they pleased! I was stunned!
From the moment I stepped onto that property the day was PERFECT. Even with the 100-degree weather. I was happy to sweat the day away with this amazing couple + her crazy family. I am now an honorary Martin sister if anyone is wondering. I have never laughed so hard I was actually rolling on the ground and crying.
Let's relive this amazing day together and check out some more images from Erica & Kris's special day!!
How They Met:
I was teaching high school Spanish at Urbana High School and bartending/serving four nights a week to make enough money to survive and pay bills. Kris had finished college and moved back home to Urbana for a few months to work construction before he moved to Wisconsin for an engineering job. He came into the restaurant on Friday night with a big group of guys. My other bartender introduced me to all of the guys and begged me to stay for my shift beer and hang out with her because I got cut early. I thought Kris was so dreamy and he had a voice like butter. He said "Hi, I'm Kris" and then didn't speak to me again the rest of the night. However, the next two weeks he would be at the bar every time I worked. Word got out that he was interested and so one day I just gave him my phone number.
We went on a few dates and after the third one, I told my grandma I was going to marry him. And I did marry him.
We had been in Florida for almost two years and one of my best friends was getting married in two weeks. She was only having her sister as a bridesmaid and feeling bad that she wasn't having myself and our other best friend Mindy in her bridal party. She wanted to get some pictures taken of the three of us prior to the wedding and then do a fun girls night/sleepover. We were going to get ready at her house and then drive to the beach for a golden hour photo shoot. The week leading up to the Friday night photo shoot was crazy for me because I found a letter from a Diamond store in Tampa in the mailbox. When I told the girls about the letter, they made me feel so silly for thinking it could be a ring. My birthday was also two weeks away so they reassured me that it was a set of earrings or bracelet for my birthday because Kris would have said something to them about a proposal surely to God. Their story and lies had me convinced that there was no ring and I was so embarrassed for thinking there was. That Friday night we got to the beach (my favorite island too!) and we were walking along the beach trying to find the photographer. I'm looking all around the beach and see a man standing farther ahead and assume that is the photographer. I am watching the Water and the sunset and then realize I'm standing in a row of candles and the man at the end of the row isn't the photographer, it is Kris. I turn to my friends to see what is happening and then are behind me taking photos and crying. I then realize what is happening and turn back to Kris and he gets on one knee and says "Erica Jo, will you marry me?" I say "whaaaaaat?" And then awkwardly repeat that about six times before finally snapping back to reality and choking out a YES! Turns out the whole photo shoot was a lie and Tricia and Mindy were in on the proposal the whole time. Their husbands are also Kris's good friends and they were hiding in the bushes with champagne and videotaping the whole proposal too. We popped champagne on the beach and finished watching the sunset and then all went to dinner at my favorite restaurant to celebrate. Kris also hid a message in a bottle that we found after the proposal with a very sweet note to me. He had asked my dad about two months prior if he could marry me and then asked my mom too. It was very, very special, romantic, and thoughtful.
Dress Shop: The White Magnolia - Tampa, FL
Wedding Venue: Oelker Farms - Urbana, OH
Officiant: Bride's Brother - Chris Martin
Hair: Julie Yoder at Bello Salon - Urbana, OH
Makeup: Meghan Holland at Bello Salon - Urbana, OH
Invitations: Bride's Sister-In-Law - Kristin Martin
Florist: Schneider's - Springfield, OH
Caterer: Tom Gibson - Tiffin, OH
Donuts/Donut Cake: Schuler's Bakery - Urbana, OH
DJ: Charlie Brown - Fostoria, OH
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