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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Make-up free model Alessandra Ambrosio cuts a laid back figure in large sunhat and flared jeans as she prepares to board plane
She's one of the world's most glamorous models after flaunting her enviable body on the catwalk as a Victoria's Secret angel.
Alessandra Ambrosio, 34, showed she is a natural beauty when she arrived at Los Angeles airport on Wednesday without make-up and dressed in casual attire.
She covered up in a white waterfall cardigan and flared jeans as she made her way through passport control.
The mother-of-two still looked tall despite wearing a pair of flat suede shoes with her airport attire.
Her links to the fashion industry were clear to see as she wheeled a Louis Vuitton monogrammed suitcase behind her.
The model recently shared a behind-the-scenes shot of an upcoming Victoria's Secret campaign, as she gave fans a glimpse of what she's been up to with a Twitter picture taken in Rome.
Alessandra captioned the photo 'It's coming,' as she built excitement around the latest venture from the angels.
She was pictured in the middle of the shot wearing a sexy pink gown, as she stood between her fellow blonde models.
But Victoria's Secret isn't the only clothing collection that Alessandra will be modelling at the moment, as she establishes her business acumen with swimsuit line, Ale by Alessandra.
She also wrote: 'Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen. #alebyalessandraswim #alehatscollection.'
Alessandra was later seen going up the escalators at the airport wearing a big cream sunhat and leather tote bag.
X Factor hopeful who sang at Mark Wright's wedding 'dumped from show' DESPITE four yeses from judges
tunning Holly Brewer wowed the judges but didn't make it to bootcamp.
An X Factor hopeful who sang at Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan's wedding was left heartbroken after being dumped from bootcamp - despite sailing through the first round with FOUR yeses.
Singer Holly Brewer impressed the panel when she sang at the London auditions, and was given four yeses - and what she assumed was a pass through to the next round.
However, the stunning hopeful - who performed at the showbiz couple's wedding earlier this year - received a call over the weekend to inform her that she had been axed as part of a pre-bootcamp cull just days before the next stage began.
Speaking exclusively to Mirror TV, she said: "I was absolutely delighted at the audition to get amazing feedback from the judges and 4 yeses, but then was really gutted to get a phone call on Saturday to say that the decision is now a no and I won't be going through to Bootcamp."
The blonde songstress had previously been tipped for X Factor glory following her audition.
According to the Daily Star, she impressed judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora after revealing her 'claim to fame'.
Talking about Mark and Michelle's wedding, she said: "Someone who is friends with Mark and Michelle mentioned me to them. Next thing, I got a call out of the blue to sing for them."
Holly is one of many contestants who were given four yeses by the panel, butsuffered the heartbreak of being cut before bootcamp got underway.
A hopeful from the Manchester auditions revealed he had been given a letter about progressing to bootcamp - but his dream quickly turned to disappointment.
Jamie Lee Morley claimed he was told to still travel down from Edinburgh to London over the weekend, despite uncertainty surrounding the next stage of the talent show.
However, on Saturday he too was one of the unfortunate singers axed from the competition following high hopes for his chances.
He told us: "I felt crushed, used and very angry as I came to London with only a 1 way ticket! They explained there was a cut and that I was one of the unsuccessful people. I was disgusted by how they had treated me!"
An X Factor spokeswoman has explained that the decision to cut contestants before bootcamp was "kinder and fairer" than an immediately "cull" on arrival, and insisted all hopefuls were contacted and told not to book travel until they were informed whether their place was secure.
In a statement to Mirror TV over the weekend, she said: "Owing to a very high standard of talent during this year’s X Factor arena auditions, not all successful singers will be offered a place at Bootcamp.
"All singers have been made aware of this and are being told this weekend whether or not they will be going through to Bootcamp, after the judges have reviewed their auditions."
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