Weddings & Celebrations: Elephants, chocolate, and a famous beard make for great local love stories

LOVE CITY, USA - They are among the happiest milestones in our lives, so WCPO has decided to share the joy of engagements, weddings and commitment ceremonies around the Tri-State. We invite you to read our first column. And, find out how you can share your "just hitched" or newly engaged news.

Exotic elephants and chocolate delights

Just Married: Neerav Goyal and Nitya Kumar Goyal
When:  August 3, 2013
Wedding: Manor House, Mason
Reception: The Elements Conference & Event Centre, Cincinnati
Maid/Matron of Honor: Neha Kumar and Nitasha Goyal
Best Man: Nitin Goyal

Nitya Kumar, daughter of Pankaj and Geetika Kumar of Dayton, was married on Saturday, Aug. 3 to Neerav Goyal, son of Alok and Madhu Goyal of Edison, NJ. Pandit Kailash Sharma officiated the ceremony.

The bride, 27, works as an attorney in a clerkship for a federal district judge in Harrisburg, Pa. The bride’s parents are both physicians.

The groom, 29, is chief Ear, Nose and Throat resident at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. The groom’s parents are also both physicians.

The pair met in the winter of 2003 when the groom and his family came to Dayton to visit a cousin who also happened to be a childhood friend of the bride. Both were too shy to speak at that time and did not reconnect until eight years later at an engagement party.

The next evening, prompted by family, the groom asked for the bride’s telephone number and from there, the relationship began. After six months of a long-distance relationship (the bride lived in New York City at the time and the groom lived in Hershey, Pa.), the groom finally popped the question: during a day of rowing on a Central Park lake.

With the help of Nidhi Bedi of Elements Events Centre, the couple pulled out all the stops with their ceremony--providing the groom, his family members, and the groomsmen with two elephants to ride during the procession. Close family members of both the bride and groom were involved in the ceremony including the bride’s maternal grandmother, who passed away just two days after the nuptials due to complications from cancer.

Because Hershey, Pa. is where the couple make their home, chocolate was the theme of the reception. Guests received crystal candy dishes in the shape of a Hershey’s Kiss as favors. Food stylist Jeffrey Martin tantalized guests with a decadent chocolate dessert bar filled with candy flavored cupcakes, chocolate brownie and fruit kebabs, chocolate mousse, and berries stuffed with chocolate chips. Each table at the reception was named after a different type of chocolate and decorated with samples of that chocolate.

The couple believes their relationship has an element of destiny, and that it is their motivation, individuality and independence make them the perfect match. They will continue to reside in Hershey, Pa.

Beauty and the Bearded Man

Newly engaged:  Garey R. Faulkner and Miranda L. Christman
Wedding date: Sept. 13, 2014
Wedding and reception: Southgate Community Center in Southgate, Ky.

Miranda Christman, daughter of Roger Christman of Canaan, Ind. and Anita & Ray Strack of Ray-Union, Ky., is engaged to Garey Faulkner, son of Gary and Lisa Faulkner of Amelia, Oh. Ms. Christman, 34, is a vet technician, and Mr. Faulkner, 30, is a promoter and beard model.

The couple met on MySpace more than nine years ago and have been inseparable ever since. They knew that their feelings went far beyond a crush when they each began to realize they couldn’t spend more than a few days apart.

In August of this year, Mr. Faulkner decided to finally pop the question. He proposed on the sidelines at the Bengals Training Camp with both family and friends present. Mr. Faulkner is known by Bengals fans everywhere for his facial hair related stunts (most recently for wrapping six Hu-Dey cans in his beard) and all-around Good Samaritan behavior.

Ms. Christman says it is Mr. Faulkner’s personality and humor that she finds most attractive and Mr. Faulkner is awed by her beauty, style, and self confidence. The pair says they are excited to start a family together and will continue to reside in the Cincinnati area.

Next page: Romance rewind, and how you can share your love story

Romance rewind

While most of our weddings happened in the last three to four months, we will occasionally take a walk down memory lane for a good love story!

Married: Nate and Maggie Perry
When:  April 28, 2012
Wedding: St. Clare Chapel, Cincinnati
Reception: The Elements Conference & Event Centre, Cincinnati
Maid of Honor: Marcie Malone
Best Man: James Wright

Maggie Demaree, daughter of Doug and Sherry (deceased) Demaree of Frankfort, Ky. was married on Saturday, April 28, 2012 to Nate Perry, son of Joe Perry and Robyn Wright of Lebanon, Oh. and Palm Coast, Fla.

The bride, 28 at the time of the nuptials, is a pharmacist. The bride’s mother has passed and her father is now retired.

The groom, 29 at the time of the wedding, is a vice president of sales. The groom’s father works in logistics and his mother works in sales.

The couple met in Cincinnati in 2007 and began to date casually. Soon after graduating from college, the Mrs. Perry moved to Florida but kept in close contact with the groom. When the she found herself returning to the Kentucky area to tend to her sick mother, Mr. Perry quickly ran to be by her side. It was then that their relationship began to get serious. 

Although challenges were laid on their path to commitment, the bride’s belief in the old saying, “If it’s meant to be, it’ll be,” proved to be true, and the pair remained committed; helping each other through life’s ups and downs.

While most couples are forced to face some level of stress on the big day, the bride said her wedding was nothing short of a dream come true. The ceremony went smoothly, and when the pair finally saw each other for the first time that day, they were swept away; feeling as if it was only the two of them in the church at that moment.

The reception welcomed guests with the warm ambiance of gorgeous flowers and soft, pink lighting. A band from Nashville filled the room with music, and the couple spent the evening laughing and dancing with friends and family.

The Nate and Maggie Perry reside in West Chester, and are expecting the arrival of their first child, a baby girl, in November. While they share a dream of someday living by the water, they plan to stay in the Tri-State area for now to be close to family.

Share your love story with us

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  • Name of the couple
  • Date of the engagement or ceremony
  • Telephone numbers email addresses for both parties
  • A few lines about how you met

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