High-School Sweethearts Say "I Do" at Personalized Wedding in Their Hometown

Madison Settle and Joseph Tuck

Photographed by: DioBurto PhotogLocation: Milton, West Virginia, United States

The story of Madison Settle and Joseph Jordan Tuck is such a classic tale of young love that their first date was at the local mall. The pair quickly became high school sweethearts, though they attended different schools. “We were both young, but when I saw him, I knew he was the one for me,” Madison remembers. “We instantly started talking and laughing like we knew each other forever.” A year later, Jordan knew he would pop the question one day, but naturally waited until they were adults to set his plan into motion. While on a beach vacation with the Settle family, he secured the blessing of Madison’s parents. 

It was another family trip that led to the proposal. While the lovebirds enjoyed lunch with Madison’s parents and younger siblings at Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World, a server approached the table with a glass slipper and rose petals on a silver tray. Jordan got down on one knee and asked Madison to marry him. “Of course I said yes!” she proclaims. Two years later, they would return to the theme park for their honeymoon. 

Due to the bride’s education at Loyola University New Orleans, the couple had been living in Louisiana. However, for their nuptials they decided to return to their native West Virginia, selecting a stunning venue they had admired during their many trips to the local flea market. With the help of Belle Manjong of The Boutique by B.Belle Events, Madison was able to find her dream dress and have the support of an expert wedding planner, who worked with her family and the groom to make sure the big day would go perfectly.

Along with close friends, family played a big part in the ceremony. The five younger siblings of the bride served as a junior bridesmaid and groomsman, as well as the flower girls and ring bearer. “My grandfather, Pastor John Rutherford, officiated the ceremony which was very important to me and [has been] my dream since I was a little girl,” Madison adds. Jordan was awestruck as his bride walked down the aisle. “I was amazed at how beautiful she looked; it blew me away,” he gushes. Once pronounced husband and wife, the newlyweds recessed as “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles played – a favorite song of the pair. “It felt magical, like a fairy tale come true,” muses the bride.

As with the gazebo where they exchanged vows, the décor of the reception incorporated the bride’s favorite shades of purple through the florals, along with silver accents. “When guests walked into the ballroom, an abundance of lilacs magically suspended from the ceiling set the theme in a stunning and unexpected way,” Madison illustrates. Centerpieces included roses – another favorite of the bride – in addition to peonies and butterfly hydrangeas as well as candles to provide warmth to the space. In addition to the jaw-dropping cake with nine tiers of varying sizes and textures, guests also enjoyed a confection in honor of the groom. “I was totally surprised by my vintage radio groom’s cake,” reveals Jordan, who works as an audio engineer. “Anyone who knows me knew that I would love it.” 

Due to the groom’s profession, it’s no surprise that music played an important role in the reception. The newlyweds shared their first dance to “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel. “Neither of us can really dance, but it was still perfect and we had so much fun together,” Jordan reminisces. Additionally, one of Madison’s most memorable moments of the celebration was singing “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver in a circle with all of their guests as the evening came to a close. Attendees then went outside so the evening could end with a bang – literally! A spectacular fireworks show filled the night sky above the newlyweds as they soaked in the magnificence of their wedding day. “It was flawless, and I will remember it forever,” Jordan confirms.