To [almost] quote Luke Bryan, at Aly and Luke’s beautiful riverside wedding at The Inn at Oneonta, cottonwood was falling like snow in May. At one point, it almost looked like it was snowing in the background of some of the images because there were so many puffy white tuffs floating on the breeze. After their outdoor rehearsal dinner got rained out, these two ended up with absolutely beautiful (albeit allergy inducing) weather for their big day. From the ceremony right on the waterfront to the tented reception, every facet of the celebration highlighted the beauty of the area.
Back in 2017, Aly worked with Luke’s mom who tried to set them up multiple times. Aly declined the blind dates until Luke’s mom eventually convinced Aly to go on a group outing in Newport that ended up being just Aly, Luke, and his mom. Fortunately, it turned out that Luke’s mom was right about how perfect these two were for each other. They were inseparable right from the start and ended up dating right after they met, moving in together less than two years later, and getting engaged less than two years after that! In May of 2021, Luke engraved a lock with “Will you marry me?” and proposed to Aly on the Purple People Bridge in Newport near where they first met. After he popped the question and she said yes, they put their custom lock on the bridge and tossed the keys into the river.
Aly and Luke, your laid back approach to wedding planning coupled with the obvious fun you two have together made your wedding day an absolute joy. As gorgeous as The Inn at Oneonta was, your marriage is sure to be even more beautiful. We are so thankful to have gotten to celebrate day one of your forever with you two! Congratulations!
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Catherine and Daniel planned a spring Cincinnati Club wedding but were met with unseasonably cold weather and 60 MPH wind gusts. In spite of thirty degree temps on their wedding day, the smiles never left their faces.
Family is so important to both of them, and it was obvious in every interaction with their parents and siblings. Catherine’s dad was so emotional that he decided to listen to the song he would dance to with his daughter on her wedding day… on loop during a three hour drive. His hope was to desensitize himself to it enough that he wouldn’t be crying the entire time during their dance – and it worked!
When asked how they met, Catherine and Daniel often joke they have the “romantic version” and the “real version”. In the summer of 2018, Catherine was working on her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Marshall University in West Virginia. After graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Daniel was living in Cincinnati and selling medical equipment. Catherine’s education and Daniel’s profession brought them both to Thomas Memorial Hospital in Charleston, WV. They joke that they saw each other from across the room in the hospital and it was love at first sight. However, despite spending weeks at the same location, they never actually crossed paths.
What Thomas Memorial did do for them was put them in close enough proximity to match on a dating app. On this particular app, the girl has to make the “first move”. Daniel’s profile said you could earn “bonus points” if you had a dog, so Catherine mustered up the best pickup line she could think of and hit him with, “I have a dog.” The rest is history!
Catherine and Daniel, we had the most wonderful time getting to celebrate with you two. Your relaxed attitudes, senses of humor, and gentle way of encouraging everyone around you made it such a joy to spend the day with you. We are so excited for you two to take on this next adventure together!
Venue – The Cincinnati Club
Hair/Makeup – BrideFACE
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This isn’t a story about a New Years Eve wedding. It’s a love story about a travel nurse from Iowa and a professional baseball player from Cincinnati.
One ordinary Wednesday night, they met at a busy bar in Arizona, and that ordinary night quickly became the start of something magical. The two found themselves immediately immersed in conversation, the chaotic club scene around them fading into the background. Listening to Allison recount that first day they met, it’s clear that they knew they’d found someone special right from the beginning. Fast forward years later to Maxpatch Mountain in Asheville and Eric set up his GoPro to “take a picture” of the two of them, secretly set it to record, and dropped to one knee to ask Allison to love him forever.
So far, these two have already taken on long distance dating, career changes, CRNA school, and a major home renovation. They have proven they have what it takes to support each other through the stressful times, laugh together through life’s most joyful moments, and dream big for the future they will build together. Allison, there’s never been a more joyful bride than you. The way you light up when Eric walks into a room is the most endearing thing. And the way he sneaks those glances at you when you aren’t looking, just taking in your beauty, so proud that you are his… we pray you two never let those feelings fade. The feeling of being the luckiest people in the world to wake up next to each other. The feeling that you’ve found the one you’ll love forever.
And yeah, we could talk about the 60 degree Cincinnati winter day you got for your New Years Eve wedding. Or the way the rain held off until after dark. Or the beautiful flowers, the killer balloon drop, the reception outfit you rocked… But that’s not what this story is about. It’s about a great love story. One that’s just beginning, with the best chapters yet to come.
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The water has always been a huge part of Rachael and Bobby’s story, so it couldn’t have been more fitting to celebrate their marriage with a gorgeous Anderson Pavilion wedding overlooking the river. Bobby grew up boating, and he and Rachael actually met on a University of Cincinnati water skiing team boating trip. And when it came time to pop the question, Bobby asked Rachael to be his wife on the river in their ski boat. There’s something extra special about doing things in a way that feels authentic and helps tell your unique love story, and these two did a beautiful job of that.
Bobby and Rachael infused fun into every part of their celebration, even setting up their seating chart to place East Siders on one side and West Siders on the other. And during toasts Bobby’s best man said he was always the hardest worker he knew, whether it was as team captain of their bowling team to making the college waterskiing team to Glee Club. Bobby put that Glee club experience to good use when he serenaded Rachael with Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen” on the dance floor.
I always try to tell our couples to plan the best they can and then try not to stress on the wedding day when little things go differently than expected. From hair and makeup running way behind to cicadas to an unexpected pop up rain shower during portraits, the smiles never left Rachael and Bobby’s faces. These two were so thankful, kind, selfless, and just plain wonderful. Rachael and Bobby, I hope you had the most amazing honeymoon in St. Lucia and you never get tired of reliving this day. It felt awfully perfect to us!
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