How did your Love Story begin?
We knew each other throughout high school but never really spoke until our senior year in 2009. Greg was at his locker with a mutual friend holding his books (he had a broken ankle and was on crutches) and he asked if I wanted to wear his football jersey to the game that Friday. I said yes and gave him my phone number. After about a week or so of texting & flirting he asked me to be his girlfriend!
Tell us all about the proposal!
It was the weekend before our 8 year anniversary and Greg decided he wanted to go up to one of our favorite parks, Ault Park in Cincinnati, to hike the trails. Greg loves being outdoors and hiking so I wasn’t really suspicious that anything would happen. After hiking for about an hour, Greg led me up to the middle of the pavilion and hugged me and told me he loved me. He felt a little shaky and when I told him I loved him too, he got down on one knee and proposed!
What was your favorite part of the engagement and planning process?
Picking out the centerpieces and other decorations was a lot of fun. You get to sort of display your personality. We also decorated an arch to place behind us during the ceremony. It felt great to be creative with it!
What was the most challenging experience while planning?
One of the most difficult parts of planning the wedding was finding the venue. We both had different ideas of what we wanted and where. Greg liked the idea of a ballroom and I wanted outdoors. It was also hard trying to find the right place for the right price. So many other venues required you to pay for the chairs and linen separately as well as the food. Everything was going to add up real fast. As soon as we first looked at the Arbor Room in the Gardens of Park Hills, I knew that’s where I wanted to get married. We both loved it. We also found out a few days later that’s where my mother and late father were married in the 80s!
Do you have any advice for engaged couples planning their wedding?
Plan ahead! You don’t want to add additional stress waiting until the last minute to pick up decorations or booking your vendors. Give yourself enough time in case anything goes wrong, you have time to fix it. Planning weddings can be stressful as is; you don’t want to add to it! If it helps, keep a wedding planner binder or notebook. Make lists of things you need/things that still need to be paid. I am always planning ahead, so by the time the big day came, I didn’t need to worry about getting anything done.
Tell us about your experience working with us!
Everyone at McHale’s was so amazing to work with! Our event planner was Carly Ems and she really went above and beyond to make us feel special and accommodate our needs. The food was absolutely incredible! We’ve heard only good things from all the guests. McHale’s took care of setting everything up prior to the wedding and we were able to relax the day of and focus on just getting ready. Also, the new renovations to the Arbor room were stunning!
Who were your vendors and how did you select them?
Ceremony Location: The Garden of Park Hills – Arbor Room
Florist: Ft. Thomas Florist; our local flower shop
Photographer: Red Queen Photography; on the preferred vendors list
Bakery: We went with an old co-worker of Kristy’s
Entertainment: Jam Entertainment – Christopher Gaines