Wedding spotlight: Allison and Michael Morningstar

They eventually reconnected on Match.com in February 2008 and were engaged in a surprise trip to New York City that Mike had planned just after Christmas that year. Mike proposed to Allison on the famous Gapstow Bridge in Central Park.

Allison James and Mike Morningstar were friends as kids when they both attended Longfellow Middle School in Massillon. They lost touch during their high school and college years because they each went to different schools.

weddings_girlsThey eventually reconnected on Match.com in February 2008 and were engaged in a surprise trip to New York City that Mike had planned just after Christmas that year. Mike proposed to Allison on the famous Gapstow Bridge in Central Park. He was inspired by this location because his grandfather proposed to his grandmother on a stone bridge.

The trip included ice skating at Rockefeller Plaza, watching the Rockettes Christmas Extravaganza at Radio City Music Hall, carriage ride at Central Park and of course a “yes” from Allison.

Allison and Mike chose the summer wedding date of July 17, 2010 because they are both teachers and the summer provided extra time for planning — and a fun-filled honeymoon to Antigua. The ceremony was held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Massillon, with the reception following at Shady Hollow Country Club.