Weddings & celebrations: New WCPO feature shows how local couples find love around the Tri-State

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. We invite you to read our first column. And, find out how you can share your "just hitched" or newly engaged news.

Sweet at Sully's

Just married: Todd and Robin Carnes

When & where:  September 14, 2013. St. Rose Church on Riverside Drive

Reception: Moonlite Gardens at Coney Island

Maid/Matron of Honor: Tricia Taylor, sister of the bride

Best Man: Pat Carnes, father of the groom

Robin Ewers, daughter of Bob and Linda Ewers of Cincinnati, was married on Saturday, September 14 to Todd Carnes, son of Pat and Kit Carnes of Cincinnati.

The pair met in 2008 at the bar formally known as Sully’s on Seventh & Race Streets in downtown Cincinnati.

Deacon John Convery, formerly of St. Rose Church and now of St. John Fischer in Newtown, performed the ceremony.

By day, Mrs. Carnes, 28, works as a Graphic Designer for United Pet Group in Cincinnati. Nights and weekends, she runs her own personal art business, R.Ewers Designs, and teaches art classes and painting parties out of her new art studio, Dogwood Art Studio, located in Oakley.

The bride’s father worked as an asbestos insulator and on the dock at Dutch’s Bar and Bottle Shop in Hyde Park, and her mother worked as a nurse. Both parents are now retired.

Mr. Carnes, 30, works with small and medium businesses as a Senior Retail Sales Representative for Verizon in Fairfield. In his spare time, he coaches Muy Thai for local professional MMA fighters.

The groom’s father was the membership director at YMCA and, most recently, worked in customer relations for PNC Bank. His mother worked as a special education teacher for more than 35 years in the Lakota School District. Both parents are now retired.

The ceremony took place at St. Rose Church with the reception following at Moonlite Gardens at Coney Island. While both locations dazzled guests with a beautiful hometown atmosphere, the reception was a true pleasure for any Cincinnati palate, offering a menu LaRosa’s Pizza, Montgomery Inn Pulled Pork and Saratoga Chips, and Skyline Cheese Coneys and 3 ways.

DJ Brandon Perry spun some magic on the Moonlite Gardens dance floor where Robin and her father danced to “Daddy’s Little Girl”, by The Mills Brothers. Todd and his mother danced to Boyz II Men’s, “Mama." Todd and Robin shared their first dance as husband and wife to “Love Song” by Adele.

There was even a special moment during the reception where the bride presented the groom with a gift; a commemorative brick that she had engraved for them.

Humor ruled the evening as Todd’s groomsmen sang a song they wrote for the couple in lieu of a speech, and when the reception reached an end at Moonlight Gardens, the party continued at Igby’s in downtown Cincinnati.

The couple said they believe it was the stress-free ambiance that made their wedding one to remember. By focusing on details that were personal to the pair, the evening allowed guests to relax and truly enjoy the experience. The couple is excited to see what surprises lie ahead in the next chapter of their life together.

Super Bowl + Video Game = Love

Newly engaged: Jeffrey M. Lehman and Kristi M. Freeman

Wedding date: April 11, 2014

Wedding and Reception: Wedding/Reception – The Madison in Covington

Kristi Freeman, daughter of James and Mary Freeman of Stone Mountain, Ga., is engaged to Jeffrey Lehman, son of James (deceased) and Nikki Lehman of Dayton. Ms. Freeman, 38, is an Account Manager for Online Rewards, and Mr. Lehman, 42, is a self-employed Asset Consultant Manager.

The couple met at a small gathering at Kristi’s house on Super Bowl Sunday 2010. Described by the bride-to-be as, “love at first sight”, the pair spent the evening talking, laughing, and playing Wii. By evening’s end, each knew they had each found "the one."

Both say they were scarred by past relationships, but their affection quickly grew into love. Soon the present erased memories of past loves. Once James realized that the bond he shared with Kristi had been extended to his son, it seemed inevitable that the three would soon be a family. On their first anniversary as a couple, Jeff presented Kristi with a ring, and the plan was set in place.

The two are excited to share their special day with family and friends, and each feels blessed to have someone they can grow old with. They believe it is their open communication, confidence, trust, and ability to have fun together that makes their relationship so special, and both said they cannot wait to marry their best friend.

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Spilled beer leads to love connection

Newly engaged: Ryan M. Shelton and Elizabeth (Beth) A. McPartlin

Wedding date: March 29, 2014

Wedding and Reception: Wedding - Flemming Road UCC in Finneytown. Reception - Kolping Center in Mt. Healthy

Elizabeth McPartlin, daughter of Jim and Sandy McPartlin of St. Bernard, is engaged to Ryan Shelton, son of Wayne and Cathy Shelton of Wyoming. Ms. McPartlin, 27, is a Mental Health Specialist for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Mr. Shelton, 30, is an Inside Sales Representative for J&N Auto Electric.

The pair met through Elizabeth’s sister Debby and Debby’s (now husband) Taylor at a night out with “the crew” at Bulldog’s, Newport on the Levee.

After a not-so-smooth attempt by Ryan to watch the NCAA Basketball Tournament and reach for a beer, Ryan fumbled, nearly dropping the glass, and a splash landed on Beth from across the table. This party foul led to initial embarrassment for Ryan but doubled as an ice breaker for the pair. An adoration of Ryan’s black knit beanie and a mutual love for the Zac Brown Band’s song “Chicken Fried” led to a night of dancing and sparked the beginning of a serious romance.

After about two months of dating, “like” evolved into “love," and eventually Ryan worked up the nerve to say, “I love you.” Breathless, Elizabeth replied the same.  

One evening, while grabbing a drink from the refrigerator, Elizabeth was shocked to find a ring on the top shelf with a note that read simply, “Will you marry me?” with two boxes drawn for Elizabeth to check either “yes” or “no." The deal was sealed when Ryan entered from the living room, dropped to one knee, and officially asked for Elizabeth’s hand in marriage.

The pair said they are very excited to start a family, and feel it is their ability to accept each other’s faults and a commitment to never end a day without saying, “I love you," as the reason why they are such a perfect match. 

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