Weddings & Celebrations: Committed in Kentucky and fated to find each other

LOVE CITY, USA - Can two four-year-olds separated by fate find each other again? Can a Wal-mart encounter spark romance? We'll answer these questions and more in this week's edition of Weddings & Celebrations. Read on to learn how you can share your love story!

United by love, if not by law

Recent Commitment: Michelle Wallace and Amy Muehlenkamp Ruck
When: November 16, 2013
Ceremony/Reception: Wiedemann Hill Mansion, Newport, Ky.
Attendants: Angie Mitchell, Benita Askin, and Hannah Carmen

Michelle Wallace and Amy Muehlenkamp Ruck committed to share their lives together in a private ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.

The couple met several years ago while working together at the Baptist Convalescent Center. Ms. Ruck, 39, works as a nurse manager. Ms. Wallace, 38, works as an assistant administrator.

Officiated by Clay Mitchell, the ceremony's backdrop was the skyline of Cincinnati and the breathtaking beauty of the fall season covering the hills. The reception quickly followed at the Wiedemann Hill Mansion, and the pair says that being surrounded by family, friends and their children is what made the day so special.

The couple recently purchased a new home together in Newport and plan to stay in the area. While they feel blessed to have had the opportunity to share their commitment ceremony with loved ones, they look forward to the day when the state of Kentucky will allow them to legally unite in marriage.

If at first you don't succeed...

Engaged:  Robert DeLyons III and Mikael Foster
Wedding date: May 23, 2014
Wedding/Reception: Elements Event and Conference Centre

Mikael Foster, daughter of Michelle Foster and Jeff Gamble of Cincinnati, is engaged to Robert DeLyons III, son of Pamela and Robert DeLyons II of Cincinnati. Ms. Foster, 25, is a registered nurse and Mr. DeLyons, 26, is a custodial engineer.

The couple met at Lee Chapel Preschool when they were just four years old. Although circumstances led them to part ways, destiny eventually led them back to each other. They met again their senior year of high school, thanks to a set-up by mutual friends. At the time, there was no real spark between the couple. A few years later in 2011, the pair had relatives who were dating and decided to play matchmaker. After countless hours of conversation and the foundation of friendship, a romance blossomed and the couple could no longer deny that there was something real between them.

On Nov. 21, 2012, which was also Ms. Foster’s birthday, Mr. DeLyons decided to give her a gift she’d never forget and proposed marriage. 

The two say they plan to do God’s Knot unit ceremony, during which they will braid three strands of rope together symbolizing the couple, God, and the intertwining of the relationship between them.

The two plan to stay in Cincinnati after their nuptials to remain close to family and friends.

By the grace of God, and Facebook fate

Newly engaged:  Steve Shirley and Denice Wilkins
Wedding date:
April 5, 2014
Wedding: Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church
Reception: Springdale Recreation Center

Denice Wilkins, daughter of the late Dorothy and James Wilkins, is engaged to Steve Shirley, son of Joe and Virginia Shirley of Cincinnati. Ms. Wilkins, 43, is an RN learning facilitator and Mr. Shirley, 48, is a mental health specialist.

The couple initially connected through Facebook, and instantly struck up a friendship. About a week later, during a chance encounter at Wal-Mart, sparks flew. After a few more days of Facebook flirting, the couple decided to take the relationship offline, but vowed to begin as friends. This friendship allowed them to grow into each other’s hearts and families, and soon the friendship blossomed into love. Four years after their initial encounter, the couple began to plan their wedding.

The theme of the ceremony and reception will be, “Only by His Grace." The couple chose this theme because they believe it is only by the Grace of God that they found their way to one another and were blessed with such a perfect love.

Mr. Shirley brings two children to the marriage and Ms. Wilkins brings five children.

The pair says it is their honesty, ability to make each other laugh, and a shared faith in God that makes their love so special, and they look forward to spending an eternity together. The couple plan to stay in Cincinnati after they are married.

Share your happy story with us!

Email your engagement, wedding and commitment ceremony news to holly.edgell@wcpo.com. Be sure to include:

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

We'll be in touch! 

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