Morgan and Joshua encounter love at first sight during an on duty call
Morgan Schweighoefer and Joshua White's love story began after they both responded to a call for a minor traffic accident.
White is an officer with the Moreland Hills Police Department. Schweighoefer was then an officer in neighboring Bentleyville and now works as a Deputy Clerk of Council in Aurora. They met at the accident scene on a snowy winter day in February 2013.
They both agreed it was love at first sight. Their unusual encounter made them one of the Top 5 finalists in Northeast Ohio's Greatest Love Story, a contest we're presenting in partnership with Alson Jewelers.
In May, we asked our readers to submit an essay describing the moment when they first met their significant other and how they fell in love. More than 100 couples entered and we've narrowed it down to five winners chosen by three judges from Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Each of the finalists will share how their love story unfolded in a marieaustralia.com video in our "Love Stories" video series. From this batch, we will reveal a grand- prize winner, who will win a pair of half-carat diamond earrings from Alson Jewelers in September.
This week, we're hearing about Schweighoefer and White's relationship. Like any normal couple, the two spent time together as much as possible during their courtship, even going as far as meeting up to park their cruisers next to each other just so they could have lunch together. "In the cold, we would park our cruisers close together with the windows rolled down and sit in them eating from our lunchboxes, dusting off the snow that fell into our laps," said Schweighoefer.
Wedding date: December 12, 2015
Wedding location: First Congregational Church in Hudson
Reception location: Chagrin Valley Country Club
"We picked that church because we're both members," said Schweighoefer. "It's a really beautiful church and we love the pastor. The reception site really met all the things we were looking for. Very accommodating with good Christmas decorations to fit our wedding theme."
Wedding theme: "It's a 1940's Christmas party where we'll have old-fashioned decorations with a lot of red gold, green and ivory colors. We'll also have a big band singing Frank Sinatra Christmas carols. Hopefully there will be snow on the ground because we're going to have horse-drawn carriage rides and sleighs for our guests."
Rehearsal dinner: Downtown 140, 140 North Main St. in Hudson.
All about the dress: "My dress is two-toned—it's ivory and white. It has a vintage-feel to it with antique lace and it's strapless. I bought it at David's Bridal and I had this preset notion in my mind of what I wanted. All I will say is that for anyone out there buying a dress, it's going to go right out the window. I bought something completely different than what I had anticipated and I loved it".
Something borrowed, blue, old, new? "The something old is going to be my grandmother's handkerchief with a little piece sewn inside of my wedding dress. I'm going to have blue rhinestones saying 'I Do' at the bottom of my shoes. And the something new will be this beautiful comb that my mother bought me."
Bridesmaids dresses: All the dresses were purchased online atmarieaustralia.com.
Kristin Stein (Maid of Honor), Ellen Super, Rachel Peterson and Kelsey Fox.
Groomsmen: Ray Perme (Best Man), Jackson Fox, Mike Pinizzotto and David Barnett.
Wedding cake: Sensational Cakes...And More!
"We're having a spice cake with a vanilla and caramel buttercream and we bought this old-fashioned ceramic cake topper and it looks like it's from the 1930's."
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