Coupled: Why fight the feelings? This pair waited 10 years to admit it was 'love at first sight'

CINCINNATI - They are among the happiest milestones in our lives, so WCPO shares the joy of engagements, weddings and commitment ceremonies around the Tri-State.

Recently Married: Andrew and Jennifer Luebbering
Wedding Date: Dec. 6, 2013
Location of Wedding: Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Mount Washington
Location of Reception: Receptions, Eastgate

Jennifer Harter, daughter of Thomas and Nancy Harter of Cincinnati, married Andrew Luebbering, son of Jerry and Mary Ann Luebbering, from Cincinnati, and the late Donna Luebbering, on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.

Mrs. Luebbering, 28, works in sales at DriveTime. Mr. Luebbering, 30, is an eligibility technician for Hamilton County Job and Family Services.

The pair met in September 1999 at an Elder High School mixer, where they were introduced through a friend. Although the two had often traveled in the same circles, they had never met before that evening. Both describe the initial attraction as “love at first sight.”

Although both were aware of the strong feelings, for 10 years they fought them. They tried what the bride describes as “every combination of dating.”

They tried to make things casual. They even tried not speaking to one another at all. After a decade of pretending there was nothing special brewing, the pair had what was described as “that ‘When Harry Met Sally’ moment,” when they could no longer fight it, and they both knew that they were meant to be together.

They say the relationship is built on a strong foundation of friendship, communication and passion. However, both admit that tiny annoyances such as the bride’s video game obsession and the groom’s poor eating habits occasionally result in a lover’s quarrel.

Photographer Michael Bambino

Friends and family describe the couple’s relationship as “ever changing and ever lasting.” It is ever changing in that their differences keep each other challenged, ever lasting because their commitment to one another and shared goals help maintain a strong relationship. The groom says what he loves most about his bride is “her patience.” The bride singles out “his unconditional love.”

The two have weathered many storms together, perhaps the most recent and literal being their wedding. As the bride describes, “It took place during a level 2 snow emergency, which kept over half of the guests from attending.” She said, “less than 60 people were able to make it. The reception hall screwed up a lot; however, we have a ton of absolutely amazing snow pictures. I think the total snowfall was just over 6 inches!”

The couple, who live in the Cincinnati area, look forward to many adventures together, and say they hope that parenthood is next in their future.

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