Thinking about your theme when tying the knot on a Valentine’s Day can be pretty easy. Well, as for Courtney and Aaron, they had a classic black and red motif. Long black dresses and tuxedos styled the whole entourage. But here’s the catch – the bridesmaids had posh rose balls instead of the traditional stemmed bouquets! Calla lily boutonnieres are to groomsmen as posh rose balls are to bridesmaids. How clever is that? Thank goodness the weather was as light as a feather, that the sky was clear, and the sun was at its peak. Their outdoor wedding went serenely as planned. And oh, their four-tier cake looked as soft as a pillow, a slice would be great right now. Yum yum! Way to go, love birds!
Aaron and Courtney met at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in November of 2012. Courtney had just helped move her father’s company from Cincinnati Ohio to Northern Kentucky that past February. When they were finally moved into the new location Courtney decided to join the Chamber in hopes of meeting local businesses. In December of 2012 Courtney decided the only way to meet local business was to get involved. She joined the Business Engagement committee and Aaron happened to be on the committee!
Love did not happen right away. The two ended up showing up to the January 2013 meeting early and got to know each other for a bit before the meeting. Aaron is a CFP and Courtney is all about bringing new business to her father’s company. She encouraged Aaron to come and introduce himself to TBS Meat Distributors in hopes of getting some added business. Little did she know she would meet her best friend and husband to be in the weeks following his visit to T.B.S.
We Are A Perfect Match
Aaron is very queit and Courtney is very outgoing! The two mesh perfectly!
Aaron proposed downtown Cincinnati at Palomino Restaurant. Aaron had planned on proposing earlier in the evening at the Festvial of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo. Not finding the perfect proposal spot at the Zoo the two headed off to dinner. The two had a table that overlooked Fountain Square with the beautiful lighted Christmas Tree. Dinner was perfect and then out came dessert! A plate full of sparkle. Aaron got down on one knee and proposed in the middle of the restaurant.
The Planning Process
The two got engaged in November of 2013 and decided to wed on Valentine’s Day 2015.
Tips & Tricks For Future Brides
Think about the details you want to remember and incorporate them into your day. Enjoy the day! It goes by so fast!
Wedding Decor Inspiration
Getting married on Valentines day meant red! Our colors were Red and Black! We had touched of Red throughout the wedding!
Wedding Outfit Inspiration
The couple wanted a Valentines Day wedding. They went with Tux’s for the men and long black dresses for the ladies!
We had a $55,000 wedding budget. Good thing our wedding planner helped us save money where we needed to and spend when it was appropriate!
The Guest List
We invited 120 and 82 came! We invited immediate family and very close friends. Being a destination wedding we wanted a small intimate event.
We landed the very best DJ possible. We told him what music we liked and he went with it during the entire evening. People are still talking about him!
It was a surprise! Aaron told Courtney during their first dance. The two ended up going to Montego Bay Jamaca and stayed at the all inclusive Hyatt Ziva.
The Next Step
We are looking forward to raising a family and growing old together.
Planning Advice For Couples
Don’t worry! Everything will work out perfect. Planning a wedding is something you will do once in your life and you should enjoy every minute!
Highlights from the Ceremony and the Reception
The two being Catholic wanted to have an outdoor Catholic wedding which is very hard considering priests do not like to marry outside of their congregation. They searched and found Franciscans of South Florida Catholic Ministry. Father Luis R. Lopez was willing and able to come marry the two of them.
Favorite Part of the Day
There is not one part that the couple enjoyed more than the other. The day was perfect!
A Memorable Moment
The acutal wedding. The sun was out and there was not a cloud in the sky! The Flower Girls and Ring Bearer brought a huge smile to the guests faces when they walked down the isle. A total hit!
Photographer: Jeff Kolodny Photography, Inc
Dress Designer: Augusta Jones
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Cake Designer: Johnson’s Custom Cakes
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung
Dress Store: Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Bridal
Floral Designer: MB Floral Designs
Event Venue: PGA National Resort & Spa
DJ: Serge Ramirez Entertainment
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Tux Shop
Event Planner: Your Special Day by Joni