Weddings & celebrations: Roller derby romance, T-shirts spell proposal, & a 'Wedding Singer' moment

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. Find out how you can share your "just hitched" or newly engaged news.

A romance born at roller derby

Just married: Ray and Gina Webber
When: September 7, 2013
Wedding/Reception: The Little Red Schoolhouse, Indian Hill
Bridesmaids: Lori Honeycutt, Kari Wethington, Missy Kataoka, and Julie Fitzgerald
Best Men: Don McCool, Tom Wagner, R.P. Scholz

Gina Daugherty, daughter of Ray and Susie Daugherty of Marion, Ind., was married on Saturday, Sept. 7 to Ray Webber, son Carol and Ray Webber III (both deceased) of Mercer County, Pa.

Jeff Robbins, Mrs. Webber’s boss, was certified online through the Universal Life Church to perform the ceremony for the couple.

The couple met three-and-a-half years ago and struck up a friendship. Soon after, at a roller derby match, a connection through laughter over a name the bride heard incorrectly, led them to see one another in a more serious light. After that evening, the pair began to date exclusively.

Mrs. Webber, 38, works in marketing and communications for the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s. The bride’s parents are both retired. Mr. Webber, 44, is in regulatory compliance at Procter & Gamble, and he is also a part-time firefighter at the city of Fairfield.

The pair did away with tradition for their event, and instead greeted their guests before the ceremony with a pre-wedding mixer that included conversation with the couple, an open bar, and a few games of cornhole. Their goal was to have some quality time with their guests before the event kicked off and to keep things very low key.

Once the ceremony began, the guests were entertained by the bride’s boss, (who also officiated the ceremony), through unique storytelling, thoughts, and memories about the couple.

The ceremony was followed by a casual reception with the couple’s close friends and family at a former one-room schoolhouse in Indian Hill filled with historic ambiance. Guests covered the schoolhouse’s chalkboard with warm wishes for the pair, and were soon rapping in tune to Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice, Baby”.

The two say that what makes their love unique is that they have found their missing puzzle piece in one another: a shared sense of humor and true dedication to the vows, “in sickness and in health," even before they were joined as husband and wife.

The bride suffered from major health issues in the year prior, and Ray was there by her side through every hospital visit and appointment, serving as her beacon of strength and never allowing her to give up.

Tune from The Wedding Singer sealed the deal

Newly engaged:  Matthew M. Farano and Lacy D. Alton
Wedding date: June 27, 2014
Wedding and Reception:  The Manor House in Mason

Lacy Alton, daughter of T.J. and Tammy Holtman of Florence, Ky. is engaged to Matthew Farano, son of Michael and Jane Farano of Ryland Heights, Ky.

Ms. Alton, 24, is an administrative assistant for Kona Ice Corporation, and Mr. Farano, 24, is a client relationship manager for Prolocity Technology Solutions.

The couple met through a mutual friend in 2007. After a summer spent hanging out as friends, they realized they’d both be attending the University of Kentucky that fall and would also be living in the same dorm. By January of 2008, the pair had officially shifted into a high gear romance, and never looked back.

After a few short months of dating, the two knew it was love and quickly became inseparable. In November 2012, Mr. Farano invited Ms. Alton to his parents’ house for the surprise of her lifetime. When she arrived, she was greeted by rose petals on the ground forming the shape of a heart, surrounding an empty chair. Mr. Farano quickly emerged, asking Ms. Alton to take a seat. From there, he whipped out his guitar and began to sing, “I Wanna Grow Old With You”, a song from Adam Sandler’s film, The Wedding Singer. He then dropped to one knee and with both of their families present to witness it, officially proposed.

The couple is anxious to start their life together sharing love, friendship, and their faith. They feel the support and encouragement they each give to each other in their relationship is the key to its success.

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He texted his feelings, then ordered T-shirts

Newly engaged: Robert Sims and Katherine Schrader
Wedding date: November 9, 2013
Wedding: Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati Reception: Receptions, Eastgate

Katherine Schrader, daughter of Dr. Steve and Barb Schrader of Anderson, Oh. is engaged to Robert Sims, son of Danny Sims of Williamsburg, Oh. and Sue Marcum of Amelia, Oh. He is the stepson of Diane Sims of Williamsburg, Oh. & Larry Marcum of Amelia, Oh.

Ms. Schrader, 30, is a speech language pathologist for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Mr. Sims, 34, is a photography sales representative for Sony.

The pair met in 2011 when they both worked at a school for autistic children. In an attempt to break the ice, Mr. Sims faked a tackle in the hallway aimed at Katherine, and soon came to appreciate her infectious laugh and incomparable sense of humor.

The two continued to find common interests in everything from the children they were working with, to books, dogs, and a mutual fear of spiders. It was not long after meeting that the couple knew they were destined for that walk down the aisle, and a sweet and simple text from him to her that read, “I love you… and Lucy (Katherine’s dog) too,” spun things into motion.

Knowing how important Ms. Schrader's family is to her, Mr. Sims decided on a proposal that could incorporate everyone. The couple frequently met with her family on Friday evenings at Mio’s in Anderson, so he felt it was the perfect place to pop the question.

Prior to the evening, Mr. Sims had T-shirts made: two for Ms. Schrader's nephews, two for his children, and one for himself. Once cued by Mr. Sims, the kids took off their jackets and stood in order with T-shirts that read, “Will," “You," and "Marry." Mr. Sims finished the proposal with his T-shirt that read, “Me?” He then dropped to one knee in the middle of the restaurant and asked for Ms. Schrader's hand in marriage. Ecstatic, she replied, “Yes!”

The two say they are excited to finally be joined as husband and wife and are looking forward to living together, and with Mr. Sims's children, as a family. They believe it is their shared sense of humor and dedication to one another that makes their love so special, and each credits the other with an ability to bring out their very best side.

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