Pink Ohio Vineyard Wedding from Ben & Les Photography

Oh, what a love story I have for you today! It’s absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful, and fits this so sweet couple so well. The wedding is pink, takes place in a vineyard, and gorgeous too! I absolutely love the handmade ceremony program fans that the bride DIY’d, and the traditional Chinese fans the bridesmaids carried, and the fabric and vine draped, twinkly and Japanese lantern lit ceiling installation – positively picturesque! Speaking of, Style & Story Creative (formerly Ben & Les Photography) did an outstanding job capturing this day! Just wait and see…

bride and groom walking up the aisle as husband and wife, pink Ohio vineyard wedding, intercultural wedding, Ben & Les Photography

Emma doesn’t actually remember their first meeting, but Jason does. When she was a junior in high school, she visited her older sister, who had already become a good friend of his their freshman year of college. Jason poked his head into her sister’s room as he was making random room visits and got a cursory introduction to his future wife.

Fast forward a few years to when Emma was also attending the same college, involved with the same Christian college group as her sister and Jason, and firmly establishing herself in his circle of favorite people, romantic feelings began to develop. But they were fleeting. To Emma, Jason was just a goofy friend, and the image Emma projected of herself was that of a high-maintenance diva, so they remained good friends.

bride's shoes, David's Bridal, pink Ohio vineyard wedding, intercultural wedding, Ben & Les Photography

groom getting ready, writing a love note to his bride, pink Ohio vineyard wedding, intercultural wedding, Ben & Les Photography

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bride getting ready, pink Ohio vineyard wedding, intercultural wedding, Ben & Les Photography

After Emma finished college, they both were surprised to discover that their similar interests in teaching overseas would be bringing them to the same country (China) to do exactly the same thing. They immediately reconnected over email, and as soon as they picked up their Chinese phones, Jason’s first phone call was to Emma.

They made plans to visit each other over the holidays, the first of which was eight days long. Both were nervous that spending so much time together that early on in their relationship would ruin it, but it did the exact opposite. There were a number of flirty exchanges, especially toward the end of their trip, and it was here that the first seeds of romance were planted.

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One of their next holidays, a five-week, traveling vacation, brought their feelings that much closer to the surface, but still, something held them back. What they now consider their first two dates occurred before they had even internally acknowledged their feelings for each other.

For Christmas, Emma’s present to Jason was dinner at an extravagant buffet at the five-star JW Marriott restaurant (which, to his eternal shame, means that SHE paid for their first date). Totally acceptable by the way, buddy, no worries. Jason thought he was doing an admirable job of concealing his feelings for her, but Emma continually asked him all night why he was acting so weird.

Their next “date” was on New Year’s Eve. They traveled to Hong Kong, and spent the night talking, laughing, and walking arm in arm down the neon-lit streets. Jason’s heart pounded nearly out of his chest as they counted down to the start of the New Year, but he steeled his resolve and somehow managed not to kiss her.

After a quick nap on New Year’s morning, Emma came out of her room (which was FREEZING) and into Jason’s to hang out. They snuggled up under a blanket for warmth and it was then that Jason told Emma how he felt about her, starting with, “So, I have a problem…” Much to his delight and relief, Emma was suffering from the same problem. They shared their first kiss huddled under that blanket too, and it was a kiss that could have been in a Hollywood classic, according to the two.

father walking the bride down the aisle, pink Ohio vineyard wedding, intercultural wedding, Ben & Les Photography

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They shared their first Valentine’s Day together in the Yunnan Province, a place they’d stayed on their five-week holiday previously. It was there, after exchanging hand-picked flowers and a sneakily purchased Snickers bar as presents, in a beautiful valley of yellow rapeseed flowers, that Emma almost told Jason that she loved him. If it hadn’t been for her commitment to the man being the first to say “I love you,” the words may very well have just tumbled out of her mouth.

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bride and groom as husband and wife, pink Ohio vineyard wedding, intercultural wedding, Ben & Les Photography

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Fast forward a couple of months, and Jason and Emma were back in America for the summer before returning to China for a second year. There hometowns were only an hour apart, and so they spent much of their time enjoying life in America as they could. The last season of LOST had aired while they were in China, and they spent several of their summer days sitting in Emma’s basement having a marathon.

Emma was overwhelmed once again to tell Jason how she felt about him. But still wanting him to be the one to say it first, she settled for mouthing the words into his chest and tracing the letters of the words onto the palm of his hand. Later that night, standing in the driveway saying goodbye, Jason said, “So, I have a problem…”

beautiful bride and groom portraits in a field, pink Ohio vineyard wedding, intercultural wedding, Ben & Les Photography

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classic black groomsmen attire, hot pink ties, pink Ohio vineyard wedding, intercultural wedding, Ben & Les Photography

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bride and groom portraits, pink Ohio vineyard wedding, intercultural wedding, Ben & Les Photography

While Emma’s once perceived “high-maintenance diva” persona turned out to be a façade, choosing the perfect engagement ring for her proved to be quite the challenge for Jason. After many shopping trips, which included picture messages, texts, and frantic phone calls to Emma’s best friend for tips and advice, Jason finally selected the ring he would propose to her with.

After doing some research, he planned a romantic hike/dinner combination in New Hampshire as a Valentine’s Day/Anniversary Celebration, so Emma wouldn’t suspect a thing. He knew it was Emma’s dream to get proposed to in a wintry setting, and so Jason prayed that the weather would cooperate.

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beautiful pavilion reception, pink Ohio vineyard, intercultural wedding, Ben & Les Photography

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When the day finally came, they were blessed with the perfect weather: a wintery blanket of snow on their hike, dry roads to drive on, and majestically frozen waterfalls. The hike Jason chose would lead them to a series of three waterfalls, called Pergatory Falls. Despite it’s non-romantic name, it wound up being the perfect place to propose.

They decided to visit each of the falls before choosing their favorite to go back and take pictures at. The first one wound up being it so Jason had to wait (and walk) an extra three miles before popping the question.

With a pounding heart, Jason began, “I had a problem…” He stammered through a soliloquy of sappy romanticisms before getting down on one knee, the ring outstretched in his hand. Caught completely off guard, Emma could only shriek “WHAT?!” for several minutes before finally saying yes!!!

bride and groom, reception prayer, pink Ohio vineyard wedding, intercultural wedding, Ben & Les Photography

bride and groom's first dance, pink Ohio vineyard wedding, intercultural wedding, Ben & Les Photography

first dance dip kiss, pink Ohio vineyard wedding, intercultural wedding, Ben & Les Photography

{From the Bride} From the beginning, Jason and I had three prayers about our wedding. First, we wanted it to be spiritual and God-honoring. Second, we wanted our wedding to be a lot of fun for us and our family and friends. Third, we did not want to have to deal with a lot of stress from the wedding. We wanted to be able to sit back and enjoy the day. Every detail that was planned was planned with these desires in mind. The wedding turned out to be even beyond our hopes! There were so many moments throughout the day that made it special and uniquely ours. 

Even though the wedding trend is for couples to see each other before the ceremony for a “First Look” and pictures, Jason and I waited until the ceremony, so that Jason would see me for the first time as I walked down the aisle. We are so glad that we did it this way, because our family and friends got to see all the raw emotion, joy, and love that we were feeling. 

One of the most unexpectedly memorable moments of our wedding was actually the entire ceremony. When we were planning the ceremony, I don’t think we realized how much our careful thought and consideration of details would mean to us on the actual wedding day. From the beginning we knew we wanted Jason’s dad to officiate the ceremony. We knew he would do a good job, and that it would be special to have a father perform the ceremony for his son, but we were blown away by how fantastic of a job he did, as well as how meaningful it truly was.

Another favorite part of the ceremony for both of us was our vows. Jason and I wanted to say traditional vows to each other during the ceremony, but we also wanted a chance to say something special to the other person; words that we wanted the other to know and remember for the rest of our lives.

stunning bride and groom portraits, pink Ohio vineyard wedding, intercultural wedding, Ben & Les Photography

Congratulations, Emma and Jason, and thank you so much for sharing your wedding and love story with us! We wish you both so much love and laughter in the many years you’ll share together. Many thanks to Style & Story Creative (formerly Ben & Les Photography) for sharing this very special day with us today! xoxo

Photographer: Style & Story Creative / Venue: DeLuca's Place in the Park / Flowers & Decor: Off Broadway Floral and Gifts / Cake Baker: Kiedrowski's Bakery / Paper Props: My Gatsby / Jewelry: Kay Jewelers / Hairstylist: Studio Zia Salon / Bride’s Dress: David's Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: David's Bridal / Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse / Centerpieces (Candles): Walmart

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