Weddings & Celebrations: Wrestling romance, an online dating match & a blind date that really worked

Wrestling match meets romance

Just Married: Joey and Nicole Goller
When:  October 11, 2013
Wedding & Reception: The Farm, Cincinnati
Maid/Matron of Honor: Anna Robinson
Best Man: Donnie Blevins

Nicole Marksberry, daughter of Marc Marksberry of Dayton and Deborah Prosser of Aberdeen, Oh., was married on Friday, October 11 to Joey Goller, son of John and Patricia Goller of Amelia, Oh.

Mrs. Goller, 29, is a housing specialist. Her father is an auto worker and her mother is retired. Mr. Goller, 31, works in retail. His father is retired and his mother works in housekeeping.

The pair met in Price Hill at a professional wrestling match. While the bride was not exactly smitten upon their first encounter, a set-up through a mutual friend eventually led to some hang time at a party, and the couple soon became inseparable. Eight years later, that date led to their walk down the aisle.

Why it works: The two have many things in common, but their activity is travel They take road trips each year, visiting such favorites as Detroit and Renfro Valley. When they’re in town, they also love to take in a Cyclones game, where the groom finds total bliss on dollar hot dog night Friends describe the couple as "flat out awesome," and say that both are always there to help whenever help is needed.

The ceremony took place at The Farm in Delhi, and was officiated by Artie Kidwell, a close friend and father figure to the couple. The pair chose to write their own vows, and while the bride wowed her husband with heartfelt words, the groom--having forgotten his part--was forced to ad lib from the heart. By the close of the ceremony, both had promised to commit to one another for a lifetime, which were the only words that needed to be spoken.

At the reception friends and family spent the evening celebrating the couple and their new life together. The pair said that the best thing about the ceremony was watching the bride’s sister catch the garter, describing the moment as, “Awkward, but fun times!”

With both the bride and the groom having faced a lifetime of adversity, they say together they have learned to not sweat the small things and instead, have a laugh. When asked what makes their relationship so special, the groom commented, “We just have a deep understanding of each other; we just get it.”

The newlyweds live in Covington, Ky., and plan to stay in the area until they can purchase a house together.

A “match” made in online dating heaven

Just Married: Bret and Brittney Ramsey
When:  September 7, 2013
Where: First Presbyterian Church Glendale, Oh.
Reception: The Glendale Lyceum Glendale, Oh.
Matron of Honor: Peggy Barnard, mother of the bride
Best Man: Allen Ramsey Sr., father of the groom

Brittney Barnard, daughter of Michael and Peggy Barnard of Milford, Oh. was married on Saturday, September 7 to Bret Ramsey, son of Allen and Georgia Ramsey of Dayton, Ky.

Mrs. Ramsey, 32, is a wedding and event planner at Brittney Renee Events. Her father is in sales and her mother is a travel agent. Mr. Ramsey, 37, is a director of consumer research. His parents are both retired.

The couple met in June 2011 on the dating site, From the first cup of joe on their first date at Starbucks in Mariemont, they knew they were truly meant for each other.

Why it works: The pair share what their friends describe as an “infectious kind of love," and are often at their happiest when cheering on their favorite sports teams--the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Bengals--in their very own bar at home: Team B & B Basement.

The ceremony took place at The First Presbyterian Church in Glendale, set to the theme of “classic romance." Candlelight illuminated the aisle as the bridal party made their way down. The couple says what made the ceremony so special was the added touch of having their parents (the bride’s mother and the groom’s father) serve as matron of honor and best man.

The bride says she was also blessed with miracle of her father’s presence. Just two months before he suffered a heart attack and underwent  quadruple bypass surgery.

The reception followed at the historic Glendale Lyceum. Guests were surrounded by romantic decorations in shades of blush, gold, and ivory. The scent of flowers and the glow of candles completed the ambiance, creating a venue that guests described as, hHands down, the most romantic wedding they had ever been to.” Family and friends dined on food fromThe Village Pantry, and The Sly Band kept the party rocking all night.

The couple says the wisdom that comes with age is one key to their successful love story. They both feel that being in their thirties has put them in a position to truly know what they each wanted in a spouse. They describe themselves as being both best friends and soul

mates, and say there are few things they love more than to make each other laugh.

The two live in Covington, Ky. and plan to remain there and raise a family.

Blind date leads to true love

Newly engaged: Bret Koebbe and Bonnie Butler
Wedding date: May, 2015
Location of Wedding/Reception: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Bonnie Butler, daughter of Mark and Kathy Butler of Cincinnati, is engaged to Bret Koebbe, son of Thomas and Patricia Koebbe of Cincinnati.

Ms. Butler, 30, is a manager at Victoria’s Secret. Mr. Koebbe, 32, is a vice president at Sporty’s Academy, where he works as a pilot, flight instructor, video and iPad app producer.

The couple met in December 2008 on a blind date at the Polo Grill. Fast forward five years, and the blind date led to forever after, sealed with an official proposal on Dec. 20, 2013 at the Celestial Steakhouse.

The pair has many hobbies in common, including entertaining at their home and skiing in Europe. They say friends would describe them as a fun, adventurous couple who loves to go out and try new things.

While they enjoy their common hobbies, the couple admits to having completely different personalities. The groom-to-be says even though they differ in certain areas, they always complement one another, proving that opposites do indeed attract.

The two are looking forward to sharing their lives together and starting a family. They plan to live in either West Chester or Loveland after they marry.

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