Weddings & Celebrations: Honesty draws one couple together, for another couple friendship is the key

LOVE CITY, USA - Each Saturday we feature recently engaged, committed or married couples from around the Tri-State.

United in honesty



Newly Engaged: Eric Anderson and Rebekah Purdin
Wedding Date: Fall of 2015
Location of Wedding/Reception: Undecided, but planning an intimate, outdoor setting

Rebekah Purdin, daughter of Mike and Mary Busch of Cincinnati, is engaged to Eric Anderson, son of Jim and Charlene Anderson, also of Cincinnati. Purdin, 33, is an office administrator. Anderson, 38, is a math teacher.

The couple met last December on a blind date arranged by the bride-to-be’s boss, who is also the bridegroom-to-be’s second cousin. She was reluctant to accept the date given previous experiences with relationships. Eventually she decided to take a chance on love. After dating for a while, the couple talked deeply about their pasts and found that honesty brought them closer together.

Last month, the couple took a red eye train from Cincinnati to Chicago for vacation. Anderson ate a quick meal and took a short nap but could scarcely contain his excitement to see Navy Pier. Purdin was exhausted but she hopped out of bed, eager to share in her love’s excitement. Upon arrival in Chicago both were surprised to see that the Pier was under construction. Anderson, however, remained determined to still see the sites. He led his bride-to-be to the back side of the Pier which was still open. The couple walked to the end, took a seat on a bench and began to talk about the beautiful scenery. Then the conversation shifted to love and Anderson unzipped his coat, got down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage.

Purdin says she loves her future husband’s honesty and passion. She also loves the little things, like the way he laughs, how he loves to dance in the car, the way he appreciates her and the mutual respect they share. All of that keeps her falling deeper in love daily. For Anderson, it’s his bride-to-be’s ambition, drive, incomparable beauty and intelligence that draws him in. He said just being around her enlivens him.

Why it works: Honesty is at the top of the list for this couple. They say they hold nothing back from each another. No secrets, no lies. Beyond their passionate relationship, the say they also share a true friendship. They believe that they are twin souls, especially when it comes to their priorities in life. From financial responsibilities and family to a desire for travel, they see eye to eye and work together to achieve their common goals.

The couple currently lives in Cincinnati and look forward to staying in the area and raising their boys together as one happy family.

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Friends first, forever

Newly Engaged: Kyle Brosmore and Jamie Fritz
Wedding Date: May 24, 2014
Location of Wedding: St. Barbara’s in Erlanger, Ky
Location of Reception: Summit Hills Country Club in Crestview Hills, Ky                                                            Photo courtesy Willie Wilson Photography

Jamie Fritz, daughter of Don and Peggy Fritz of Crestview Hills, Ky., is engaged to Kyle Brosmore, son of Dennis and Beth Brosmore of Edgewood, Ky. Fritz, 26, is a learning consultant. Brosmore, 25, is a financial representative.

The couple met in 2010 at a Northern Kentucky University basketball game. While it wasn’t love at first sight, it didn’t take much more than a spring break trip and a friendly taco night for the couple to know this was more than a crush.

The day Brosmore came to the home of the parents of his bride-to-be to ask for their daughter’s hand in marriage turned into a red-letter day. Not wanting to miss her daughter’s special day, Peggy Fritz asked Brosmore to propose to her daughter that very day. With his bride-to-be busy for hours with a hair appointment, Brosmore quickly got to work, setting up and lighting candles inside of her condo to create the right atmosphere. When she arrived home, she found Brosmore down on one knee, ring in hand.

Why it works: Much like their relationship theme song, “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw, the couple has built their love on a foundation of friendship. They love to laugh, enjoy being in each other’s presence and are ready to share all of life’s ups and downs.

The couple currently lives in Cincinnati and plan to remain in the area after they are married.

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