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Published: Thursday, August 16, 2018 @ 12:02 PM
— A Dayton couple’s “I do’s” made Martha Stewart’s Weddings publication.
“We were so excited,” Katie Stratton said of having her marriage to Matt Clemmer at the Dayton Art Institute featured on Martha Stewart Weddings’ website. “Its almost been a year since we got married, so they were holding on to the photos for a while.”
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Stratton said Jenny Haas, her wedding photographer, has had her work featured in the magazine in the past and was hoping lightening would strike again.
Stratton received word in December that the wedding photos would be featured along with a story about her and Clemmer, the owner of Aisle 9 Tattoo in Centerville.
The magazine stopped publishing its quarterly print edition in June, according to the New York Post.
But the website remains very active.
Stratton, a freelance illustrator who lives with her family in Dayton’s Northridge neighborhood, said she has received numerous messages and emails from friends — some long lost — since the digital story was published earlier this week.
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“People I haven’t talked to in awhile have been emailing me, and we aren’t even Facebook friends,” the 35-year-old said.
Because she and Clemmer, 42, are both artists, Stratton said they have always felt a special connection to the Dayton Art Institute.
The museum located at 456 Belmonte Park North will celebrate its 100th year in 2019.
“We are drawn to that building. It is so historic and beautiful ad kind of had the feel and the vibe that we were going for,” said Stratton, who was raised in Pleasant Hill.
During the lead-up to the wedding, Stratton said her mother reminded her that as a teen she said she wanted to get married at the museum.
A redhead, Stratton said she was never interested in a white gown. She ordered her champagne-colored gown online.
“I knew I wanted something comfortable and simple and not white,” she said.
The wedding light and ethereal look of the wedding fell in place.
“I knew I wanted something timeless,” said Stratton, who is expecting her third child in October. “A lot of it came from knowing the vendors.”
Her vendors included Elite Catering, Evergreen Flower Co.; Michelle’s Macarons, Viva La Strings; The Cakery and Something Old Dayton.