Abigail & Damon
How They met
Damon and I met in 2013 at Lakeland Community College at the gym, we both enjoyed working out and after about a year of seeing each other there, Damon worked up the nerve to talk to me. Our first date was a few weeks after we started talking and it was at
Starbucks. He hated coffee, but he knew it was my favorite.
We started officially dating in 2014 and became engaged in the Fall of 2018. Our engagement story is pretty simple and laid back, just like us. We were on the way out the door on a Friday night to see Hello Dolly at Playhouse Square, and I was in a rush. I turned around and Damon was kneeling on the kitchen floor with the ring in his hand. On the way to the theater while stuck in traffic, we called our families to tell them all about it.
We wanted to plan our wedding out a year and a half in order to have plenty of time to plan, however COVID entered the equation in 2020 and turned everything upside down. We ended up keeping our original date for 5/24/20 and had a small ceremony and reception with just our family members at my family’s church. Megan was so great and easy to work with and we were able to move our bigger ceremony and reception to August when the state removed some of the wedding restrictions and we were able to have a larger crowd.
Why we chose running horse farm
We first heard of Running Horse from a mutual friend that Megan and I know. I was
describing my ideal venue and my friend told me that Megan was in the process of remodeling an amazing barn property in Geneva and that we should check it out. We met Megan at the barn while it was still in the beginning stages of construction. She did such a great job during the tour of giving us a picture in our minds of what the barn would look like after it was finished and we signed up! It was such a cool process watching the barn being built via Facebook and the pictures being shared. The barn turned out better than we could have originally imagined, absolutely perfect! It was close and easily accessible for our friends and family and had all the amenities we could ask for in a venue. We especially appreciated that we were able to pick our own vendors for the food and alcohol, this saved us a lot of money! We also loved that Megan had accumulated so many decorations there at the barn that we were able to work with. My florist was able to use a lot of the decorations that were already there which was also a big money saver and we could invest more in the fresh flowers she provided.
- Photographer: Murphy Redman, Red Photographic
- Theme or style of wedding: Rustic and casual
- Florist: Carmen Hinkle of Carol Anna’s Flowers
- DJ/MC: DJ Christopher
- Caterer/Food served: Mission BBQ, Mentor
- Dessert: Cupcakes by Caliber Cupcakes
- Wedding Dress: Galleria Gowns
- Hair/Makeup: Hair by Rae Rogers, business name: Rae of Light
- Any other vendors you’d like to mention: Alcohol by Red Wine and Brew
“He was happy and smiling but since he’s not very emotional he didn’t start tearing up until I walked down the aisle. It was nice having done our first ceremony in May because it took the pressure off of our ceremony in August at Running Horse and we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves more.”
Their Favorite Moment:
The introduction at the reception. It was so amazing seeing the beautiful loft decorations and our guests enjoying themselves.
One word to describe how they felt on their Big day:
“Happy and relaxed” (sorry I know that’s two words… lol)
First dance: Walk Through This World With Me
by George Jones
Between March and May I was a nervous wreck due to COVID and having to move dates, communicate with vendors and guests, and plan two wedding dates. But looking back we were so blessed to have amazing vendors, including Megan at Running Horse, who worked well with us, helping me stay calm and organized while moving our dates around.