During their time as students at Miami University, Zach and Cody met and fell in love while studying abroad in Luxembourg. For a peek back at their fall engagement, click here.
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On the most perfect July day, I arrived at The Elms Hotel in Oxford, Ohio. Wrapping up from their busy wedding morning, Zach and Cody greeted me with a smile, and began getting ready together. Laughter ensued early on as the two joked about how Zach couldn’t seem to tie his tie that afternoon. After two less than successful attempts, Cody tied Zach’s tie for him. [It’s quite funny how often this happens. Maybe it’s wedding day jitters causing forgetfulness? Either way, I always appreciate how this evokes tender interactions right from the start].
After putting the finishing touches on their stylish suits, Zach and Cody exchanged gifts. Zach laughed a bit after reading his card and wondering what his gift could be, as Cody noted it would be their first married compromise. Zach then unwrapped an antique decanter set that he’d previously fallen in love with (he loves decanters), followed by an adorable corgi planter in honor of their pups.
Meeting their wedding party in the lobby, Zach and Cody ventured off to Miami University’s Upham Hall for portraits. They say that those closest to you mirror your inner selves. This couldn’t be more true of Zach and Cody. Their family, friends, and siblings were all so kind, gracious, and welcoming.
After a few quiet moments together, Zach and Cody reunited with their party and continued onto Kumler Chapel for their ceremony. Nestled at the end of a long drive, with foliage abundant, Kumler Chapel in all of its stone glory felt historic and grand. The warm sun gleamed in through the tall windows, and the wooden arched ceiling was strikingly gorgeous. Filled with their adoring friends and family, the chapel overflowed with love. After their first kiss and recessional, Zach and Cody snuck out the back for a minute alone. They shared a hug, a kiss, admired their rings, and had smiles of overwhelming bliss as new husbands.
Excitedly entering the reception at the Oxford Community Arts Center, having been transformed into a Luxembourg-inspired dining hall through the magic of Queen City Vignette, everyone gleefully clapped and cheered for the newlyweds. After a delicious dinner and heartfelt toasts, Cody had a surprise for Zach: a song he would sing himself. Zach, shocked and overjoyed, teared up, smiled, and reveled in this gift. (This was my absolute favorite memory of the day).
Zach and Cody then shared their first dance which did not leave a dry eye in the room, including mine.
(Oh, and I cried through their sweet mother-son dances, too).
Ending with an energetic dance floor, it was a truly glorious summer celebration.
Hope you’re enjoying your honeymoon in St.Lucia!
Hugs and love, friends!
Ceremony Venue: Kumler Chapel | Reception Venue: Oxford Community Arts Center
Officiant: Rev Jill Andrews | Coordinator: Donna Stevens, OCAC | Rentals: Queen City Vignette
Florist: Say I Do Love Weddings and Events | Cake: Happy Chicks Bakery
Caricature Artist: Russ at Cartoona Matata | Catering: The Phoenix Catering | DJ: DJ Etrayn
Zach’s Suit: Black Lapel | Cody’s Suit: Indochino