bluegrass lovebirds: phil + elizabeth

I’m so excited to share our final bluegrass lovebirds story for 2013.  Thank you to all of the wonderful reader feedback over the last several weeks.  It was a true honor to be able to share these stories with you, with special thanks to the brave couples who contributed.

I have to say of our featured couple, I feel a total kinship with Elizabeth because of her amazing party planning skills (you know I love a good party)!  If you haven’t checked out Lovely Little Parties, you definitely should—her sweet blog is so fun to read.  Plus, we share a love of all things Melanie Mauer (who also photographed my wedding and theirs)!

Introducing…

Phil and Elizabeth Kring
Years Together: 7
Years Married: 6 months

 

Tell us a bit about yourselves…

Our favorite place to be is home. We are opposites in so many ways, but our strengths/weaknesses compliment one another and really make it work. We enjoy working on our house to make it a “home”. I usually dream up the projects, and he implements them and does a very good job. Our daughter is the light of our life and keeps us continously laughing. We’re expecting another girl this July and are so excited for our family to grow!

How did you first meet? Was it “love at first sight” or were your “just friends”?

We met at Kelly’s Fruit Market and were just friends

Where did you go on your first date?

I don’t know if we actually ever had an official first date. We would hang out, grab a bite to eat, watch movies, cook dinner together, listen to local bands…..it all lead to the conclusion of “I guess we’re dating?”

Where did you share your first kiss?

Hmmm…….probably after I saw him play drums (he was in a band at the time). There’s something about a musician, I guess. haha

When did you know that he/she was “the one”?

When I realized he loved me exactly the way I was. I never have to try to be someone else, just me! We truly are best friends.

Tell us about your engagement proposal… 

It was more of a mutual decision we both made. We had talked about getting married before but it wasn’t a topic we discussed a lot. One day, when the subject came up we both agreed if we’re going to do this, let’s go for it…..the timing just felt right. Two months later we were tying the knot!

When and where were you married? 

We were married in downtown Lexington by the Justice of the Peace. My grandmother was our witness and Ella, our 5 yr. old daughter, was our guest. It was very intimate and absolutely perfect in every way imaginable. Afterward, we met our parents and closest friends for dinner at Table 310.

 

 image by Melanie Mauer

He Said/She Said…

My partner’s best quality is…

Phil – her attention to detail.
Elizabeth – It’s so hard to say just one…..he is completed devoted to our family and spoils me and our daughter – he cooks 95% of our meals, which is a huge help especially since I’m not a great cook. He does things to make my life easier such as making me breakfast every morning, packing a lunch for me, starting my car. Yep, I’m pretty lucky.

The thing about my partner that drives me crazy is…

Phil – her attention to detail also drives me crazy at times…..and the fact that she always steals my drinks instead of fixing her own.

Elizabeth – it sounds so petty, but the way he folds clothes, especially shirts. I worked in retail during college so I have a certain way I like things folded. I know, I know….I shouldn’t say anything since at least he does do this. I’m not a fan of the cigar habit either.

My number one piece of advice about love is…

Phil – be as patient and attentive with one another as possible. It helps keep the peace :).

Elizabeth – always make each other a priority. Designate time together, just the two of you, otherwise I think your lives become separate and you tend to grow apart.

Thank you to Phil and Elizabeth for sharing your sweet story with us.  It has truly been a pleasure to read all of these amazing bluegrass love stories over the past several weeks.  Ian and Emily, Rives and Myra, Griffin and Sarah Wylie, Daniel and Jessica, Grant and Charlene, Phil and Elizabeth, your stories inspire us all.  We wish each of you many more years of happiness and love.

To true love.
xoxo

 

bluegrass lovebirds: grant + charlene

These bluegrass lovebirds attended my alma mater and were married in front  of my work place, so I have a special place in my heart for their story.

Introducing newlyweds…

Grant and Charlene Buckles

Years Together: 5 ½ beautiful years

Years Married: 8 months

 

image by Stephanie Lyell

Tell us a bit about yourselves…

After graduating from Transy, Charlene began her unpredictable (yet wonder-full) journey as a Montessori teacher and Grant started his long (sometimes pain-staking) road to receive his PhD. Charlene loves creating things, photography, and all things Kentucky. Grant loves the NBA/NCAA/MLB, travelling, and great books.

How did you first meet?  Was it “love at first sight” or were your “just friends”?

We met at Transy. We sat next to each other at a guest lecture in Carrick Theater and since then we’ve never left each other’s side.

Where did you go on your first date?

Unofficially, we went to Thorton’s Gas Station during a study break one night. He bought pineapples from there and tried to jokingly convince me they were as good as the ones from Hawaii.  (FYI — They weren’t).

Officially, we went to Kelly’s Farm and got lost in their corn maze. We repeated this tradition every year we lived in Lexington.

When did you share your first kiss?

It was on campus at Transy — unexpected and sweet.

When did you know that he/she was “the one”?

He: I can’t pinpoint a certain moment. I just know that she makes me laugh and makes my day so much brighter than the day before.

She: He told me his political philosophy and knew he was the one. I fall deeper in love with him each day.

Tell us about your engagement proposal…

Her version: On a Monday afternoon in May, I forgot that I didn’t have any olive oil for Monday night dinner. Since it was a gorgeous spring day, Grant suggested we should take a walk to Shorty’s since we hadn’t been there yet. We cut through Gratz Park and stopped in front of the Carnegie Center on the corner of Second and Market (I always stop there when we take our walks downtown – I think it is the most beautiful spot in all of downtown Lexington). When I turned around, Grant was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes (Of course)!

His version:  I bought the ring and I was antsy to propose. I figured that there was not a better time than on a Monday afternoon when she was least expecting it. I knew that she wanted to go to the new grocery store downtown so I popped the ring in my sock and suggested we should take a walk there. I was really nervous. When we got to the Carnegie Center where I knew she would stop to look at the building, I got down on one knee and proposed. She screamed and said, “Oh my god! Are you serious!” I took that as a yes.

When and where were you married?

June 9, 2012 (6.9.12 so we could both remember it easily). We got married in front of the beautiful doors of the Carnegie Center where Grant proposed. It was the most perfect day.

image by Stephanie Lyell

He Said/She Said…

My partner’s best quality is…

He: Her passion and she makes me laugh real big.
She: His thoughtfulness and how he can easily make me smile.

The thing about my partner that drives me crazy is…

He: When she makes me fill out these questionnaires
She: When he’s watching his favorite sport team(s) and they’re losing. It’s the only time I hear him yelling. Sometimes it’s really scary.

My number one piece of advice about love is…

He: Make sure you have dinner together every night and just never stop talking to each other.
She: Cherish the every day. It’s easy to go from one high to the next (this-date-to-that vacation-kind-of-thing) but the every day… well that’s where real love is cultivated and can flourish.

image by Stephanie Lyell

Thanks, Grant and Charlene!  To catch up on other bluegrass love stories, read more here, here, here and here.  Stay tuned for our final bluegrass love story feature later in the week, as we close out this month of love.

To true love.

xoxo

bluegrass lovebirds: daniel + jessica

I’m super excited to feature another wonderful bluegrass couple.  Their lovely wedding was so sweet to witness!

Introducing…

Daniel and Jessica Mohler
Years Together: It will be ten years in August
Years Married: 2 this past October

 

 

Tell us a bit about yourselves…
Family. Friends. Community.

 

How did you first meet?  Was it “love at first sight” or were your “just friends”?

We met at a mutual friend’s party the day after I moved back to Lexington from Washington DC.  He gave me some cheesy line and I really kind of blew him off.  Later that evening some girlfriends and I went to Lynagh’s Club (now Cosmic Charlies) to hear a local band called Roger Whites Electric Heat, circa 2003.  I walked in the doors and the band was jamming out to Whipping Post by the Allman Brothers.  I was named after their song Jessica, so the Brothers have always had a soft spot in my heart.  Anyway, I remember thinking this drummer is badass and when I went up front to get a better look I realized it was Daniel, the guy I met earlier at the party.  This time I did not blow him off. He definitely had my attention.

Where did you go on your first date?

We never really had a first date. After we first met our paths kept crossing.  We had an Anthropology class at UK together and even ended up serving at the same restaurant. It was strange, everywhere we went we would run into each other.  Eventually, we started walking to school together. He would come to my house in-between class and I would make him lunch.  It was non-stop laughter.  We just had so much fun together. Although there was certainly a mutual attraction it was a few months before we accepted it. Looking back, it is really kind of sweet how shy we both were. If I had to pick one particular day though it would probably be the Bush protest downtown, followed by LIT’s at McCarthy’s and dinner at High on Rose.

When did you share your first kiss?

He invited me over to his house to watch Heat Vision and Jack a pilot series with Jack Black.  At the time he was into Tenacious D.  At some point during the show he looked at me and said, “You’re really pretty,” and then we kissed. All the while Jack Black was screaming on a motorcycle in the background. It was so dreamy.

 

When did you know that he/she was “the one”?

When we kept trying to break up and it never worked. Daniel even moved to Austin for a while. No matter how hard we tried, we just couldn’t stay away from each other.  We met when we were 21, which in my opinion is pretty young to find the person you are going to be with the rest of your life.  In light of that, we kept trying to deny the inevitable. We talked in circles about experiencing more in life, moving away, dating other people, living on our own, blah, blah, blah…In the end we couldn’t do anything without the other and the whole concept of a mature, modern relationship went out the window.  We were both die hard romantics, and as it turns out more traditional then we thought or at least wanted to admit.

 

Tell us about your engagement proposal…

It was the first Monday in June 2009.  He had just gotten home from work and I was already knee-deep in our little garden out back picking spinach for supper that evening.  I was in umbros and a tank top. No bra (I could get away it with it back then:), cold beer in hand and a nice mixture of sweat and dirt caked all over me. He came up real matter of fact, the sun streaming behind him, and said, “Jessica Faye Fisher I’m going to ask you to marry me right now.”  I just laughed, brushed my hair aside and went back to playing in the dirt.  Extremely nervous, he cleared his throat and stood a little taller, a bit put off, and said, “I’m serious I’m going to ask you to marry me.”  Again, I laughed, and asked him to help me with supper.  It was then that he got down on his knee right in front of me (I was already on mine as I was gardening), and asked me again.  Our eyes locked and I started to cry realizing that he was being serious. I jolted
up and said, “Yes, yes, of course I’ll marry you.”  We stared at each other happily, oblivious to anything outside of our reach and then he said, “Oh, I forgot, I have a ring.” I should mention that it wasn’t just any ring.  It was the most beautiful ring I had ever seen. A one-of-a-kind designed by Daniel himself.  Little did I know that he had been paying for and working on the design with Puckett’s Jewelry store in Benton, KY (where his father lives), for over a year.  Well, he just handed me the box. Still in disbelief and laughing I shook my head and said, “You are supposed to put the ring on my finger.”  To which he replied, “I don’t know, I have never done this before.”  And, thankfully, he’ll never have to again.

 

When and where were you married?

October 16, 2010. It was the most beautiful fall day at Gratz Park in downtown Lexington. Everything was draped in a golden hue. The way the light was shining and dancing around us and all the people we love was pure magic.

 

He Said/She Said…

 

My partner’s best quality is…
He said:  her caring and selfless nature.  She will put everyone else before herself.  That is why so many people trust her completely.
She said: His sense of humor.  No matter what he can always make me laugh. And not any old laugh, but the kind of laughter that makes your belly hurt and your face numb…the kind of laughter that fills your whole self with joy.  The musician thing is pretty hot, too.

 

The thing about my partner that drives me crazy is…
He said: she moves my things around the house and puts them where “she” thinks they should go.
She said: When he forgets to tell me about band(s) practice; however, if he ever quit playing music I would break up with him.

 

My number one piece of advice about love is…
He said: always try to put your partner before yourself.  If both try to do this, everyone wins.
She said: Honesty. Don’t ever let something that bothers you fester. Tell each other right away and give your partner the chance to make it right. And, remember he cannot read your mind, even after all these years.

 

 

Thanks, Jess and Daniel for sharing your story.  Check out these other bluegrass love stories here, here and here!

 

More stories coming!  Oh how I adore love stories…

 

To true love.
xoxo
 
All images were provided by the featured couple.

bluegrass love birds: griffin + sarah wylie

Did you have a fun Valentine’s Day yesterday?  We hope so!

To keep the romantic mood going, we are excited to share another bluegrass love story with you.

Introducing the fabulous…

 Griffin and Sarah Wylie VanMeter

Years Together: Almost 5 years
Years Married: Over 3 years

Tell us a bit about yourselves…


We are both artists with professional lives that touch on our creativity. I’m an instructor of at UK in digital media (video, digital collage, and other things). He has a marketing firm called Bullhorn. We’re also both really good at adding programs and initiatives to our plates. Even though we keep ourselves busy, we keep each other in the loop by describing our days in detail while we cook dinner together.

How did you first meet? Was it “love at first sight” or were your “just friends”?


I feel like we had a couple first meetings. The very first time we met we didn’t introduce ourselves to each other. It was July 4th weekend, a parade Saturday, about 10 years ago. I was working in a gallery here in Lexington and I had made cookies because only a couple people would come in the gallery on parade days and I thought I would reward them. One of those people was this guy, who saunters in, sis in the chair across the desk from me and eats several cookies very quickly while chatting. Then he leaves. The next Saturday I hadn’t made any cookies but this same guy comes again, gets a few feet into the gallery and asks where the cookies are. “I don’t make them every Saturday”. He leaves. He’s not obnoxious, he’s funny and interesting, but not love at first sight.
The next time I really remember having a moment with him was maybe a year later outside a music venue, The Dame. I am laughing so hard at everything he says – so hard I can’t breathe. I feel like he must think I’m an idiot. I think he’s amazing, but I’m dating someone and I’m very loyal, so I wasn’t interested in him as someone to date.

Where did you go on your first date?


Our first official date was several years later, about 6 years ago. I was living in San Francisco, getting an MFA, and Griffin comes out to visit a friend. We had been talking (texting and chatting) before he came so I knew we were going to see each other. This would be the first time we would hang out together as two single people. As I was standing in line for the LCD Sound System show we were going to see, a limo shows up and Griffin is standing through the sunroof. He hops out and takes me to the front of the line and we go in. I was thinking… this guy really is amazing. We danced the whole night wearing rainbow masks. It was a fantastic evening.

Where did you share your first kiss?


The evening continued after the concert to Griffin’s hotel room. We talked and talked – I laughed and laughed. We kissed and it felt very sweet and old-fashioned.

When did you know that he/she was “the one”?


He came back out to San Francisco a year later. We had been communicating by mail for the past 6 months, but he left some details out of his correspondance. He was telling his friends that he was going to San Francisco to ‘get the woman he was going to marry’. That woman was me. I didn’t know about his plan. Even so, the first time I saw him during this visit I knew. He looked so familiar, like family. I knew instantly that we would be together for the rest of our lives.

Tell us about your engagement proposal…


The proposal happened on this second trip to San Francisco. Remember, we were not dating. But the first night he was there, he laid out his plan to me: that he would love me and encourage me, that he would be loyal to me and good to me. Somewhere in his wonderful proposal he asked if I would marry him. I said, okay.

When and where were you married?


We were married a year and a half later, on November 1, 2009, at the Cane Ridge Meeting House in Bourbon County. Bourbon County is the mid-point for our families, who live in Harrison, Clark, and Fayette Counties.

He Said/She Said…

My partner’s best quality is…

HE: her ability to make everything beautiful.

SHE: his optimism, which keeps me balanced.

The thing about my partner that drives me crazy is…

HE: her aversion to daylight colored lighting.

SHE: he wears his clothes for the day (even his belt!) until he goes to bed. (WHY?!)

My number one piece of advice about love is…

HE: just jump in and roll with it.

SHE: open communication is the single thing you both should strive to keep. The sooner you can express yourself, the more of a non-issue there will be.

Thanks, Griffin and Sarah Wylie!  Stay tuned for more bluegrass love stories this month.

To true love.

xoxo

All images were provided by the contributing couple.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wishing you a day full of love and fun!

Stay tuned for more bluegrass love stories tomorrow!

bluegrass lovebirds: rives + myra

So, I really can’t get enough of these sweet bluegrass love stories.  If you haven’t read about Ian and Emily yet, check it out here.

Introducing another Kentucky love story…

T. Rives Rash II and Myra E. Shuffett-Rash
Years Together: 3
Years Married: 9 Months

photo credit: JMichaelHaas Photography

Tell us a bit about yourselves… 

We’re both creatives. We love to cook great food.  We love sports. Love our English Bulldog, Miss Bourbon Ball and cats, Evy and Carbón (Rives really loves his cats!).  We now have a 4 week old little boy, Timothy Rives Rash III.

How did you first meet? Was it “love at first sight” or were your “just friends”?

We met at UK Architecture School. We were just friends for several years.

Where did you go on your first date?

Our first dates centered around UK basketball and March Madness.  So we first went to Cheapside to eat dinner and watch UK play.

Where did you share your first kiss?

In Rives’ tiny little kitchen.

When did you know that he/she was “the one”?

Rives cooked me dinner. I was smitten after that.  Once we started really hanging out the chemistry was pretty clear.

Tell us about your engagement proposal… 

It was late at night after one of our normal delicious meals and a few boubons, Rives told me “lets go walk the dog”.  As we went outside, he said he had to go get something out of his Jeep.  No big deal, seemed normal to me.  I am standing out there watching BB’s go potty.  Rives comes out and drops to one knee with a ring and says ‘its these normal times why I love you, will you marry me.’  The rest is history.

When and where were you married?

May 12, 2012.  We were married outside on a hilltop on the family farm.  The reception was in a barn.

photo credit: JMichael Haas Photography

He Said/She Said…

My partner’s best quality is…

Myra: Rives is very passionate about everything, work, our marriage, being a dad….I love that.

Rives:  Myra is competitive and driven to be successful.  It only helps that she is beautiful!

The thing about my partner that drives me crazy is…

Myra: Rives is always trying to teach me something.  Everything is a lesson.

Rives:  She thinks the dishwasher actually washes dishes.  Hyphenated last names.

My number one piece of advice about love is...

Myra: Do things together, cook, hike, etc.

Rives:  both of you need to pay attention, be patient with each other, all couple matters are grey-weigh the pros and cons diplomatically to make joint decisions, and respect each others’ opinion especially when they are drastically different.  Fight fair.

photo credit: JMichael Haas Photography

Thanks for sharing your story, Rives and Myra!  Stay tuned for even more bluegrass love stories this week, in honor of Valentine’s Day.

To true love.

xoxo

bluegrass love birds: ian + emily

Who doesn’t love a good love story?  I know that I certainly do.  As a hopeless romantic, I thoroughly enjoyed all of the stories that have been sent my way over the last couple of weeks and I can’t wait to share them with you.  We’ll be featuring several of our favorite bluegrass love stories in the coming days in honor of our favorite holiday on the 14th!

We are excited to kick-off this fun series with Ian and Emily, a super fun couple, whose amazing mountaintop wedding, I was lucky enough to attend.

 ian and emily mchone

Years Together: 3 and change

Years Married: little over 1

photo credit: J. Michael Haas Photography 

Tell us a bit about yourselves…

ian is from louisville (architecture grad). emily is from beattyville (sociology grad). we like dogs and food and being lazy and doing it ourselves (not a sexual innuendo). emily likes to crochet, write music, and play the fiddle. ian likes to design things and tinker.

 

How did you first meet?  Was it “love at first sight” or were your “just friends”? 

ian was in architecture, grad school, and emily worked at starbucks. ian stared at her butt while she made him drinks and emily tracked him down on facebook.

 

Where did you go on your first date? 

a night in with hawaiian pizza, the only pizza, and up

 

Where did you share your first kiss? 

under the gaze of the stars

 

When did you know that he/she was “the one”? 

when emily told ian she was haha. but really, pretty early. from that first date on we’ve been mostly inseparable

 

Tell us about your engagement proposal….

more of a mutual decision than a proposal. then we took pictures with ian on one knee, to look official. emily was standing

 

When and where were you married? 

on the top of a hill in east kentucky (where emily is from) overlooking a river valley on a sunny october saturday. 2011. it was perfect.

photo credit: J. Michael Haas Photography 

He Said/She Said…

 

My partner’s best quality is…

ian: big heart with a pretty smile. plus she can sing good.

emily: can’t just pick one. he’s very easy going. his laugh is contagious

 

The thing about my partner that drives me crazy is…

ian: good crazy-her dance moves, in particular churning the butter. bad crazy-the lights are always on

emily: ian describes things very thoroughly

 

What is your greatest piece of advice about love?

ian: like most things, love/marriage are what you make it. you get out what you put in.
emily: love is doing something you don’t want to do for someone you don’t like at the moment.

 

So fun, right?  Thanks, Ian and Emily for sharing your story with us.

Stayed tuned for upcoming bluegrass lovebirds.

 

To true love.

xoxo