Weddings & Celebrations: Couples lasso their love, bust a move & marry in a winter wonderland

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.

From middle school to forever

Just Married: Joaquin Pasquel and Elizabeth Lackman Pasquel
When:  October 19, 2013
Where: Armstrong Chapel, Indian Hill
Reception: Ault Park, Cincinnati
Maid/Matron of Honor: Sara Saunders, sister of the bride
Best Man: Alvaro Pasquel, brother of groom

Elizabeth Lackman, daughter of Robert and Kate Lackman of Indian Hill, was married on Saturday, October 19 to Joaquin Pasquel, son of Joaquin Pasquel and Consuelo Cifuentes, also of Indian Hill.

The couple first met in seventh grade shortly after the groom and moved to Ohio from Mexico. They became good friends a year later and began officially dating in college.

Mrs. Lackman Pasquel, 25, is in inside sales at Ingersoll Rand. Her father is the vice president of operations at the Hillman Company and her mother is an artist.

Mr. Pasquel, 26, is an analyst at Nielsen. His father is an associate director at Procter and Gamble.

In honor of the groom’s Mexican roots, the couple had a Lasso Ceremony, in which a figure eight chain (typically a rosary) is placed around the shoulders of the bride and groom to symbolize their everlasting union. The bride’s sister and the groom’s brother participated in this ceremony. The couple also took part in a tradition in which two of the bridesmaids sang for the congregation during the lighting of the unity candle. As a surprise for the bride, the husband of one of the bridesmaids played the trumpet as she walked down the aisle.

The reception in Ault Park unfolded against backdrop of a gorgeous sunset. The most memorable part of the ceremony for the couple was their first dance. As they took to the floor, they were lovingly surrounded by friends and family from near and far, watching as they shared their first official dance as husband and wife.

The couple plans to stay in the Cincinnati area are currently looking for a house.

The Boston gal Marries the guy from “Burg"

Just Married: Greg and Claire Poole
When:  November 16, 2013
Where: The Beach House in Christopher Harbor, St. Kitts 
Maid/Matron of Honor: Elisabeth Maham, friend of the bride
Best Man: Edward Boll, friend of the groom

Claire Ryan, daughter of Bob and Patti Ryan of Boston was married on Saturday, November 16 to Greg Poole, (both parents deceased) of Williamsburg.

The couple met at the wedding of mutual friends in Charleston, S.C. in July of 2011. From their introduction, the pair knew they were on their way to a true romance.

Mrs. Poole, 27, is an Occupational Therapist. Her father is in surgical sales and her mother is a philanthropist. Mr. Poole, 33, is a sales manager.

The ceremony took place in the balmy Caribbean. The 85 guests in attendance were wowed with a seaside view and near-sunset ceremony. Steel drums played as the bridal party made their way toward down the aisle, and the bride and groom were honored with three separate readings from close family members and friends. The bride’s niece and the groom’s niece and nephew were also a part of the ceremony as a way of bringing together the two families, who had not met prior to the ceremony. Both the bride and groom were brought to tears as they each read vows they had written for each other. Magistrate Karen Hill Hector officiated.

The ceremony was followed by cocktails for guests while the wedding party posed for pictures. Guests were then escorted to the beach house for a "seaside chic" reception. The bride’s parents got a special dance in honor of their upcoming 39th wedding anniversary. The groom and his sister fooled the crowed with a dance that began with a sweet Carrie Underwood tune but swiftly shifted into a remix of Hip Hop and early 1980s jams to which they both brought out their “old school” moves.

A special song was played to commemorate the groom’s late parents, and a table was set with their photographs and a poem written in their honor. When best man Edward Boll took the microphonefor his  speech, he brought the crowd to its feet with his own rendition of Neil Diamond’s, “Sweet Caroline," a song played at Boston baseball games during the seventh inning stretch.

Mr. Boll enlisted the groomsmen to sing back--up, and the entire crowd joined in to help sing the new lyrics, “Sweet Claire Ryan…Bahh, Bahh, Bahh… Your new name is Claire Poole… Clair Poole! Claire Poole! Claire Poole!”

The DJ kept people dancing until midnight, at which time all guests were driven back to the hotel and invited to keep the party going. The couple had an additional reception in Boston and one is scheduled in Cincinnati for Dec. 21, to celebrate their union with friends and family who were unable to make the trip.

The groom says what makes their love so unique is the fact that no one has to take the back seat in the relationship.

“You have to be ready for marriage

and ready to sacrifice," he said. "Marry a person who walks by your side every step of life and compliments your every being of existence."

The couple recently moved to Seattle and plan to stay there now that they are married.

Love, Italian--and Greek--style

Romance Rewind: Chris and Faith Whittaker
When: January 19, 2013

Where: Old St. Mary’s Church, Cincinnati 

Reception: Bell Event Centre, Cincinnati

Maid/Matron of Honor: Lauren Cora and Alicia Lazzaro, friends of the bride

Best Man: Steve Temple, friend of the groom

Faith Isenhath, daughter of Don and the late Nikki Isenhath of Sylvania, was married on Saturday, January 19 to Chris Whittaker, son of Ken Whittaker and Cheryl Barrett of Fairfield.

The couple met in February 2011. They had their first date at Bella Luna Italian Restaurant, a special location that the groom later chose as the perfect spot to pop the question.

Mrs. Whittaker, 31, is an employment law attorney. Her father is retired from sales and a retired Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. He currently teaches sales and marketing part-time at the University of Toledo. Her mother was a nurse.

Mr. Whittaker, 36, is a vice president of sales and marketing. His mother is an executive administrative assistant for Cincinnati Insurance.

The couple chose black and silver as their wedding colors and added pops emerald green in memory of the bride’s mother.

At the reception, the couple had a Greek bouzouki player for the cocktail hour, a tribute to the bride’s Greek heritage, and the band Airwave entertained guests for the remainder of the party. The couple chose to decorate with crystals (including the boutonnieres and bouquets) and candlelight in lieu of flowers, for a dreamy and romantic atmosphere. They chose silver trees with hanging crystals and candelabras for the centerpieces; the perfect complement to their winter-themed wedding.

The couple resides in the Columbia Tusculum area of Cincinnati.

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