The love story of Zack and Morgan begins with a classic tale of little sister meets big brother's teammate on the football team. Zack was a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame and played football with Morgan's older brother Tyler. Tyler would often bring Zack to the family lake home on weekends where Zack and Morgan (a high school senior) became good friends. However, it wasn't until she graduated when the two decided she could be more than “Tyler's little sister.”
The lake became a tradition for Zack and Morgan and it was only fitting that Zack propose there. He asked Morgan to take a boat ride with him and then got down on one knee with a ring in hand. Since it was nighttime, the lake was quiet with only the stars to witness the occasion. When Zack took Morgan back to the shoreline, their friends and family were waiting to celebrate with champagne!
The pair booked their ceremony and reception locations right away before asking their wedding party to be a part of the big day. Morgan had thought she wanted a rustic wedding, but ended up with a glamorous and classic vintage wedding! “It's amazing how one year can change your whole vision!” says Morgan.
Morgan wore a Pronovias Marimar gown that she bought from Lace Bridal Couture in Ohio. She ruled out a Cinderella-like ball gown right away because she's 5'10 and felt that it was “too much poof for a 5'10 girl!” She knew she wanted a criss-cross open back and a gown that was form fitting. Morgan found the dress of her dreams after trying about 20 others of varying styles. It was actually the dress that her mom had picked out—mothers really do know best!
The floral scheme is what really tied the room to Morgan's vision. Be Married Events designed a downright lovely blend of tall and short centerpieces using flowers like peonies, pink O'Hara garden roses, gem spray roses, pink Veronicas, Queen Anne's Lace, Blushing Bride proteas, lisanthus, hydrangeas, seeded eucalyptus and Jacksonvine.
Zack and Morgan selected the Fort Wayne Country Club for their reception. The classic feel and character of the entire facility is exactly what they had in mind and Morgan says she did not want to have to dress up the venue too much. However, it was the veranda that overlooks the entire golf course that really sealed the deal for the couple.
Morgan's colors of choice were blush and pale pink. She envisioned having a light color to complement the other summer elements of having a July wedding. The tables were decorated with mix-and-match votives, blush napkins, gold flatware, gold-rimmed glassware, candelabras, and both tall and compote dish floral centerpieces. The gold chairs were the final finishing touch. The couple hired Sweet Paperie, a design and coordination boutique in Fort Wayne to help with the day-of logistics of their fairytale wedding.
Since the wedding took place over the Fourth of July weekend, the couple wanted to honor their family members who have served in the military, including Morgan's cousin who recently deployed. Morgan collected photos of family members who have served. She then asked Hedgehog Press who designed her invitations to create tribute boards for their families. The tribute boards included photos of the military members in uniform, their name, honors, and when and where they served. The night concluded with fireworks over the golf course to celebrate the holiday.
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Zack and Morgan went extra lengths to include their grandparents in their wedding. Morgan had her bouquet created with her great grandmother's rosary and her grandfather’s cufflinks. For the ring pillow, Zack's grandfather’s shirt and lace appliques from both of his grandmothers' wedding gowns were sewn together to make up the pillow's exterior.
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