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Dana & Michael

Weddings are all about family and friends coming together to celebrate a couple's lifelong commitment to one another, and it was no different for Dana and Michael. Strength, love and life was the common thread throughout their Pink Tie themed wedding which celebrated both of their mother's successful battles against cancer.

Dana and Michael met in college and became fast friends, discovering that they really had a lot in common. They had gone to the same high school and church, and really loved all the fall season activities they could do together. Tailgating for UK football games and the Keeneland races were favorite times that allowed them to have fun together while developing a deep friendship that eventually evolved into something much greater.

Dana was only slightly patient about waiting for Michael's proposal, she played along with his "what if...would you marry me?" game which drove her and her girlfriends a little crazy. But one rainy night, she found herself with Michael at Talon Winery in the gazebo and the "what if" game became a bona fide proposal which she happily accepted.

Their volunteer work with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure gave them the idea for the Pink Tie theme, and Dana paired that with a beautiful by Michele Landers green for their wedding colors. The guests were also asked to add a dash of pink to their wedding attire. They were married at St. Peter's Catholic Church and Dana was able to personalize the music by playing "The Prayer" by Celine Dion for the mothers, and "One Hand, One Heart" from Westside Story for the bridesmaids. Dana and Michael recessed to "I Do" by Colbie Calliat.

In addition to Michael, Dana also had a "first glance" with her dad, enabling them to share a beloved heartwarming moment. Michael's grandfather, who's marriage has lasted almost 70 years, gave Michael his wedding band. It was engraved with both his and Michael's initials and wedding dates—such a special gift and a powerful reminder of the meaning of marriage. Dana's something old was a 75 year old monogrammed handkerchief from Michael's grandmother. It was wrapped around her bouquet which had each of her grandparents wedding bands pinned inside by pearls. Dana's mom presented her with a Pink Swarovski crystal band to wear as her "touch of pink."

The reception was held at the Boone Center which allowed them to dance under the stars in the courtyard. Adding to the fun was seeing how into the Pink theme guests were, some sporting pink pants, dresses, and even hair pieces.

Dana's advice is to make a list of the details you want as your personal touches. Figure out what you can do and what help you can enlist from friends. But most of all, don't miss out on any of the special moments by worrying. Looking back on their wedding day, Dana and Michael wouldn't change any of the details that made it so wonderful.

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