Southern Indiana Living

JAN-FEB 2018

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Jan/Feb 2018 • 35 D anielle Fleming's autumn wed- ding was everything she hoped it would be. She and her fiance, Zachary Dodson, wanted the day to be special, and it was. The couple exchanged vows on a sunny October af- ternoon in Kye's courtyard in Jefferson- ville, with David Parkerson from Eastside Christian Church officiating. A reception followed at Kye's II. "It was all perfect," Danielle said. The couple made a point of using lo- cal vendors. "Zach and I love supporting small businesses and restaurants and wanted to showcase how a small town can produce a beautiful wedding," she said. "I work in downtown Jeffersonville and have seen it grow tremendously. I feel it is becoming the place to be." The couple couldn't have been hap- pier with the outcome. "They really came through for us," said Danielle, a dental hygienist at Brinegar Family Dentistry. It wasn't exactly love at first sight for Danielle and Zach, but there was a spark from the beginning. Both are Indiana University gradu- ates. "Most people assume we met there," Danielle said, "but we never saw each other at school." However, it was an IU connection that brought them together. Jessika Janos- ki, Danielle's college roommate, aĴended the same Evansville high school as Zach. "They remained friends," Danielle said. "I met Jessika through the dental hy- giene program and we moved in together. After graduating college, I moved back to Sellersburg and started my career." Then Jessika invited Danielle on the camping trip that would change her life. "Zach happened to be there," Dani- elle said. "We hit it off. I remember com- ing home and telling my coworkers and friends that I had met someone, but I didn't think anything would come of it." And nothing did for a while. "Then we started talking on Face- book," Danielle said. Soon they began casual visits. Sometimes Zach came to Sellersburg and sometimes she traveled to his home in Warsaw, Indiana. Other times they bridged the four-hour drive by meet- ing in Indianapolis. Then in October 2015, they started dating for real – at first long-distance. "I thought Zach was the one for me, but it was confirmed when he sacri- ficed everything and moved down here," Danielle said. That was in June 2016. "He left a social studies teaching position and started a new career at Five-Star Technol- ogy where he works with area schools in- corporating technology into their curricu- lum." Zach also coaches football at Silver "Zach and I love supporting small businesses and restaurants and wanted to showcase how a small town can produce a beautiful wedding" - Danielle Dodson Danielle and Zach at Kyes

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