Weddings & Celebrations: Childhood sweethearts and puppy love edition

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.

Beer and wine lovers unite

Just married: Luke and Allison Goedde
When:  August 3, 2013
Where: St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Cincinnati
Reception: The Redmoor, Cincinnati
Maid/Matron of Honor: Chelsea Jones, younger sister of the bride
Best Man: Sean Crotty, best friend of the groom

Allison Yauch, daughter of Michael and Annette Yauch of Naples, Fla., was married on Saturday, Aug. 3 to Luke Goedde, son of Philip and Susie Goedde of Mason.

The pair met at a friend’s birthday party when they were in seventh grade. While the two did flirt and have a few childhood “dates," they remained friends over the years. A sixth grade basketball game played matchmaker. The groom and his friend were coaching the game at the school where the bride is a teacher. When the groom saw the bride’s last name listed outside of her classroom door he decided to get in touch. 

Within a year the pair were officially dating. Soon after, while on a trip to Houston Woods, the groom officially popped the question.

Mrs. Goedde, 28, teaches third grade teacher at Cardinal Pacelli School. Her father is a salesman and her mother is a retired nurse.

Mr. Goedde, 28, is a realtor for Comey & Shepherd. His father is head underwriter at EMC Insurance and his mother is also a realtor for Comey & Shepherd.

The ceremony was officiated by the bride’s boss, Father Ed Smith. During the ceremony, Father Smith gave a homily about the couple and how well they fit together. The couple's godmothers and the groom’s godfather, participated in the Mass by doing the readings. The couple kept with the Reisinger tradition of hanging wreaths on the pews of the church.

At the reception the couple bucked tradition and kicked things off with the cake cutting. They also decided to skip the bouquet and garter toss, and instead did an anniversary dance and received words of wisdom from the couple attending who had been married the longest. 

The guests viewed tables decorated with a photo of the couple at each age that coincided with the table number. The bride’s love of wine allowed for the escort cards to be beautifully placed in wine corks that she had saved throughout the years, and the groom’s love of beer was the perfect reason to give emerald green beer cozies as favors to the guests. The centerpieces (arrangements of hydrangeas, baby’s breath and hypercium), were made by Sara of The Tulip Tree.

The bride and groom plan to stay in Cincinnati and say their shared values and appreciation for family are what make their love so special. They added that being friends first gave an important basis for their relationship.

Irish traditions and desserts galore

Just married: Matt and Stacy McKeown

When: July 27th, 2013

Where: Holy Cross – Immaculata Church, Mt. Adams
Reception: Cincinnati Riverfront Radisson, Bluegrass Ballroom

Maid/Matron of Honor: Kelly Anders, Sister of the Bride

Best Man: Andy McKeown, Brother of the Groom

Stacy Anders, daughter of Mark and Karen Anders of Blue Ash, was married on Saturday, July 27 to Matt McKeown, son of Brian and Rosemary McKeown, also of Blue Ash.

The couple met in the first grade at St. Saviour School in Deerpark, Oh. and for the better part of their school days were best friends and completely inseparable. However, it was not until a few years after college (the bride attended Ohio University and the groom attended Miami University) that the pair realized their friendship had begun to bloom into a much deeper and more intimate connection.

Mrs. McKeown, 28, works as an instructional designer. Her father works as a civil engineer and her mother is a registered nurse.

Mr. McKeown, 27, works as a media executive. His father is a project manager for US Bank, and his mother worked for a school photography company but is now retired.

Father Martin Fox officiated at the ceremony. Holy Cross – Immaculata Church holds a special history for the groom. His paternal great-grandparents settled in Mt. Adams on Baum Street after coming to the U.S. from Ireland and were married there.

The church was also the location his father chose to propose to his mother. The ceremony was filled with Irish poetry and enveloped in the love of friends and family. At one point, the couple looked to see that all seats in the church were filled, making their wedding a standing room only event. Friends felt like family that day.

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At the reception, instead of the traditional wedding party announcement, the pair chose to have their wedding party do a group entrance with them. The bride and groom were the first to jump onto the dance floor; the father-daughter, mother-son dances, and the speeches quickly followed.The bride and groom chose a small sweetheart cake prepared just for the two of them and provided guests with a table full of alternate desserts including more than 400 homemade cookies baked by the bride’s mother.

The couple say what makes their relationship so special is the fact that it is both "beautifully powerful and effortless." The two have been connected for so many years, that to them, their love and marriage seemed destined. They plan to stay in the Cincinnati area.

Puppy love leads to engagement

Newly engaged:  Andy Kushmeider and Molly Rathman
Wedding date: Sept. 27, 2014
Wedding ceremony: The Carriage House, Cincinnati
Reception: The Manor House, Cincinnati

Molly Rathman, daughter of Steven and Melanie Rathman of Loveland, is engaged to Andy Kushmeider, son of Robert and Pamela Kushmeider of Gahanna, Oh. Ms. Rathman, 25, is an inventory analyst and Mr. Kushmeider, 25, is in the United States Army.

The couple met in 2009 through a mutual friend, when Mr. Kushmeider was on leave from the military. Ms. Rathman was asked to join a group of friends for an evening out, and the pair became smitten almost instantly. After only one week, the couple says they knew that it was love.

In October 2013, after nearly four years of dating, Mr. Kushmeider took the bride-to-be out to dinner to their favorite restaurant. When they returned to their home, he sent Ms. Rathman’s golden retriever, Paxton, toward her with the instruction: “Show mom your new tag." The retriever wore a heart-shaped dog tag with an engraving that read, “Say Yes for me too, Mom! Love, Pax”.  Ms. Rathman she looked away from the dog, she found Mr. Kushmeider down on one knee, eager to propose. 

The couple is anxious to start their life together in Columbus, and saytheir comfort level with one another and a shared loyalty make their relationship special. Though trials and tribulations, including a deployment overseas that kept them apart for two years, the pair never doubted their devotion to each other, and feel that challenges only strengthen the bond that they share.

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