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bluegrass lovebirds: regina + marty

It is the last day of February, which means we have time for just one more bluegrass lovebirds feature!  All of these sweet stories have been a joy to share with you.  Our final 2014 lovebird feature is a designing duo.  Introducing…

Martin and Regina Summers

Years Together:  19 years

Years Married:  17 years

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 Tell us a bit about yourselves…

We’re both Kentucky natives, Marty is from Henderson in Western Kentucky and Regina is from Hindman in Eastern Kentucky.  We both have Bachelors of Architecture degrees from the University of Kentucky.  We moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to get our Masters of Architecture Degrees from UCLA and continued to live there for 13 years.  We moved back to Lexington 3 ½ years ago to teach at the University of Kentucky College of Design, where Marty is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Regina (who taught first year Architecture studio) is now the Director of Recruitment for the College of Design and all of its Programs; Architecture, Historic Preservation and Interiors.  We have added to our family a tiny puppy named “Eames”. He’s a perfect designer mutt named after a design couple for a design couple.

How did you first meet?  We met while attending the University of Kentucky College of Architecture.   

We had our first real conversation while correcting Regina’s spelling error on the back of 50 posters (for an upcoming architecture student convention). Ironically the misspelled word was “proposed.”

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Was it “love at first sight” or were you “just friends”?

We knew of each other and thought the other was cute but had no idea the feeling was mutual.

Where did you go on your first date?  

We were in Phoenix Arizona at the Architecture Student Convention where the misspelled posters were going. We consider our first date to be at the Rodeo that took place during the student convention. We were there with all our UK Architecture friends. We both want to give a shout out to our good friend and classmate Lillian Vega Hall for dropping a few obvious hints to Marty about Regina’s interest and for encouraging this first date.

Where did you share your first kiss?  

After the Rodeo!

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

It wasn’t too long.  We both knew we were perfect for each other and everything just felt right.

Tell us about your engagement proposal… 

Marty was studying abroad with the Architecture program in Venice Italy.  Regina traveled over to visit for an extended stay with a friend and Marty’s sister.  His sister secretly carried the ring with her to Italy.  Regina had no idea that Marty was about to propose. He planned a nice dinner and a stroll around Venice.  Marty was heading towards his “preferred spot”….however on the way he saw all the other UK Architecture students at the window of their local Venice hangout.  Regina wanted to go in as she had turned her ankle on the slippery stone steps earlier in the evening. He insisted they keep moving and then he turned away from the restaurant.  We eventually stopped on a dead end canal street where he explained why he didn’t want to go by the restaurant, and proposed there.  The next morning we found our way back and took a photo in the exact spot to where he had proposed, only to have a man looking out his balcony window clapping for us.  He must have seen the whole thing the night before.

When and where were you married?  

We were married October 5, 1996 at Christ the King Cathedral, Lexington, Kentucky….a halfway point for both families.

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He Said/She Said…

 

My partner’s best quality is…

Marty:  She is sensitive, empathetic and caring towards everyone.  I also admire her ability to talk to anyone, which is one of the many reasons people remember her everywhere we go.

Regina: His positive energy…he keeps me going, kind of spoils me and is my best friend. Everyone says I’m lucky to have a husband who is so loving and caring.

The thing about my partner that drives me crazy is…

Marty: She needs to clean/organize before she can focus on the important things that she really needs to do.

Regina:  His messy desk full of his “organized clutter.” (notice the quotes)

My number one piece of advice about love is…

Marty:  There will be ups and downs but if it is true, it is always true.

Regina:  Don’t be afraid to take chances in finding your one true love.  Always make time for each other.  And always remember that love is constantly transforming and grows stronger with time.

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Thank you, Marty and Regina!  Such a sweet story!  These photos have me tearing up!

 

Thank you to all who submitted for sharing with our dear readers.  it was a delight to read each submission.  Be sure to check out all of the other 2014 features: Christie + Jacob, Emily + David, Elizabeth + Matthew and Kelly + Neil.

 

Hope your February was as love-ly as ours!

 

To true love,

xoxo

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***All images were provided by the participating couple***

2013′s featured couples can be found hereherehereherehere & here.

 

bluegrass lovebirds: kelly + neil

This fabulous couple needs little introduction to our bluegrass readers.  I was lucky to work with them both of these talented folks during my time on staff at the Carnegie Center.  Introducing…

Neil Chethik and Kelly Flood

Years Together: 31

Years Married: 27

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Tell us a bit about yourselves…

We moved to Lexington 22 years ago as a young married couple and fell in love with the place. Kelly was minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington at the time, and Neil was a freelance writer. They raised their son, Evan, in Lexington. Evan is now 20 and a sophomore at New York University. Kelly is now a state representative in the Kentucky Legislature and Neil is director of the Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning.

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

We met while Neil was covering politics for the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat newspaper and Kelly was an aide to a state legislator. Neil thought Kelly was draw-droppingly beautiful. Kelly thought Neil was “interesting.”

Where did you go on your first date?

The Bahn Thai Restaurant in Tallahassee. Neil ordered the Happy Seafood.

Where did you share your first kiss?

That happened a couple of hours after Neil ordered the Happy Seafood. Fortunately, he took a breath mint before the kiss.

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

Kelly knew about two years into the relationship. It took Neil another year to get used to the idea.

Tell us about your engagement proposal…

We were camping near the Kern River in Southern California. There was no one else in the campground. Dinner was over. The campfire was lit. Neil was nervous. Then he said: “I have a question for you.” She said: “Yeah, what?” He said: “Will you marry me?” She said nothing. He said: “If you need some time to think about it.” She said, “No. I mean, yes!”

When and where were you married?

We were married at the Brazilian Room at Sam Tilden Regional Park in the hills of Berkeley, Calif. It was a gorgeous, sunny, April day. One hundred fifty of our favorite people from around the world showed up to support us. One of the best parties of our lives!

 

He Said/She Said…

 

My partner’s best quality is…

Neil: Kelly’s best quality is her unbridled loyalty to family and friends.
Kelly: Neil’s best quality is his kindness.

 

The thing about my partner that drives me crazy is…

Neil: Kelly likes order. Sometimes I like disorder. But she’s gradually coming around to my way of thinking.
Kelly: Neil leaves messes. I don’t like messes. But he’s gradually coming around to my way of thinking.

 

My number one piece of advice about love is…

Neil: Nurture your partner’s dreams. Find out what your partner’s hope for his/her future is, and then do whatever you can to support that dream. It’s hard not to love someone who supports your dreams.

Kelly: Make a date night a regular part of your schedule. Don’t make it a night just to be together, but to be together as a couple, as lovers, as partner and spouse. Do this especially if you kind-of don’t want to.

 

 

Thank you, Neil and Kelly for sharing your story with us!  One final lovebirds installment this week to close out the month of love.

 

To true love,

xoxo

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***All images were provided by the participating couple***

2013′s featured couples can be found hereherehereherehere & here.

 

bluegrass lovebirds: elizabeth + matthew

I’m thrilled to be featuring another couple, whose wedding I was lucky to attend. Introducing our third 2014 bluegrass lovebird couple…

Elizabeth and Matthew Powell

 Years Together: 2 1/2 years

Years Married: 8 months

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Tell us a bit about yourselves…

Elizabeth is a native ‘Lexingtonian’. She works as a kitchen designer and is proud to be a new stepmom of Matt’s two sweet sons!

Matthew is a proud father of two beautiful sons, an advocate for the special needs community and a lover of the arts. Singing is a passion and the ability to share it with others is a gift. He loves going to work everyday and leading people to their goals.

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

Matt stopped by my desk at the local Home Depot with a few questions, there was a definite ‘spark’.  Later I found out that the project Matt had been working on he had completely under control from the start!  His friend had nudged him over just to talk to me!  We became fast friends and the romance bloomed!

Where did you go on your first date?

Saul Good Restaurant

Where did you share your first kiss?

Watching a football game hanging out!

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

Matthew: When we took my boys out for ice cream to celebrate Aiden’s birthday and I realized this man and I have aligned values.  The realization that if and when life throws us curveballs, we would take similar paths.

Elizabeth: We took a 10-plus hour road-trip, and we talked the whole way…and could’ve talked more!  I knew I had met my match and made the right decision to say ‘Yes!’

Tell us about your engagement proposal…

Elizabeth’s father called her to let her know that Matt had stopped by to talk, so Elizabeth said she would swing by too!  Little did she know that Matt was asking for her Father’s permission to marry his daughter.  When Elizabeth showed up, and knew something was up—-Matt proposed in her parents kitchen!

The ‘kitchen’ is the same spot that Elizabeth’s Father proposed to her Stepmother and where her stepbrother proposed to his new bride, just months before.  Three proposals in one kitchen!

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When and where were you married?

We were married at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington, where we are members on June 15th, 2013 at 1:30 in the afternoon.

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He Said/She Said…

 

My partner’s best quality is…

Matthew: Elizabeth’s best quality is her excitement for life. The opportunity to help someone. to just listen to what is going on without regard of judgment. Her smile.

Elizabeth:  His ability to let me be me. To talk for hours at a time and never get bored.   To just pour my heart and soul to him without judgment.   His love for family.

The thing that drives me crazy is…

Matthew: How when she is finished with something that makes her mad and says she doesn’t want to talk about it anymore yet she will just continue to talk about it.

Elizabeth: The way that sometimes he answers a question with a question

My greatest piece of advice about love is…

Matthew: Love is something that is precious and should be treated as such. In our society today we over use this word and it really loses it meaning. Take your time and let God bless you with love. If you rush it or think of it as anything else you will be hurt. One of the greatest gifts is love so be patient and it will be kind to you and yours. It is also very hard to love because in order to love you must also be able to forgive.

Elizabeth: Be friends first. Gain the trust and support of each other and let love blossom into what it is, not what we want it to be.

 

 

Thanks guys!  It is such a joy to share these stories with bluegrass threads readers!  More wonderful stories to come later this week.

 

To true love.

xoxo

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***All images were provided by the participating couple***

2013′s featured couples can be found hereherehereherehere & here.

 

 

 

bluegrass lovebirds: emily + david

We are thrilled to be featuring another lovely bluegrass couple.  We are super fans of Emily’s blog, and are thrilled to be featuring her on Bluegrass Threads!

Introducing…

David and Emily Sandford

Years together: Nearly 12

Years married: 6

 

Tell us a bit about yourselves…

We’re a little bit of yin and yang: David loves to stay home and I love to travel. David is really laid back whereas I take my Type A personality everywhere. It just works! David is a nurse and I’m a slasher: blogger/writer/social media strategist/rookie fashion designer. Our Airedale Terrier Lilly is the apple of our eyes.

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

It took forever for us to admit to people, but we met online. This was back in the day where it was taboo, and pre-Facebook. I didn’t want to meet anyone (didn’t realize my profile was active), so I politely emailed him and said I wasn’t looking to meet anyone. After several email exchanges, we got on the phone and talked for 8 hours straight through the night. As soon as we met in person, it was over!

Where did you go on your first date?

We met up at Applebee’s after we had both gotten off work. When we were done, I said I had to go to the grocery store and David offered to accompany me. I totally didn’t need to go, but it was an excuse to spend some more time with him. As soon as we walked in, he pushed my grocery cart and it was just like we’d done it forever.

Where did you share your first kiss?

In Emily’s college apartment on an old secondhand sofa.

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

David: When she told me that she loved me first. I was scared to tell her and she told me, that’s when I knew.

Emily: Probably on our first date when he pushed the grocery cart for me. (See first date story above.) It was so natural.

Tell us about your engagement proposal.

I was really horribly obsessive over the ring and really pushing to get engaged after 5 years together. I knew something was coming but had no idea when or how. We went to open Christmas presents at his mom’s house and I opened a box from his mom to me. It was filled with rose petals and I was really confused. Then I found the box and opened it up and it was the ring. He proposed in front of his family. I think I got the best Christmas gift that year!

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When and where were you married?

We were married on October 13, 2007 at Chrisman Mill Winery in Nicholasville. The reception was in the vineyard and the reception was on the patio overlooking the vineyard. It was smaller, less than 70 people, and really so much fun! During the reception, UK football went into triple overtime with #1 ranked LSU. David’s family, being huge UK football fans (yes, they exist!), were huddled over the DJ’s tiny portable TV. Finally, I told the DJ to just play it over the speakers because everyone was paying attention to that. After UK won, everyone seemed to want to dance a little more!

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He Said/She Said:

 

My partner’s best quality is…

David: Her creativeness and sense of humor, and her always supporting me.

Emily: His patience and compassion for others is amazing.

The thing about my partner that drives me crazy is…

David: I wish she were more organized.

Emily: He has some OCD issues, so double-checking that the sink and stove are off falls on my shoulders.

What’s your greatest piece of advice about love?

David: You will know it when it comes – don’t force it.

Emily: Love should be easy and unconditional. Find someone who wants to make you be your best, yet will accept you at your worst.

 

Thanks Emily and David for sharing your story!  Stay tuned for more bluegrass lovebird features during February.

 

To true love.

xoxo

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***All images were provided by the participating couple***

2013′s featured couples can be found hereherehereherehere & here.

 

bluegrass lovebirds: christie + jacob

On this snowy bluegrass day, we are thrilled to launch our February feature of bluegrass lovebirds.

After all, 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 the 2014 installment of this fun series with Jacob and Christie, whose amazing Kentucky winery wedding, I was lucky enough to attend.

Jacob & Christie Stork

Years Together: 1 ½ years
Years Married: 3 ½ months

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Tell us a bit about yourself…
Jacob: I am 26 and grew up in the south where hard work and good manners are a way of life. I love my Harleys and riding motorcycles is a passion of mine. I grew up in a Christian home and my faith is very important to me and my family.  I have the most beautiful wife. She is everything I could have ever wanted.

Christie: I recently turned 28 and am just over three months pregnant with our first child (we were shocked to say the least)! I spent many years in unhealthy relationships and when I finally made a personal decision to focus on myself and my relationship with God, I met Jacob. He was an answer to not only my own prayers, but my family’s as well, and is the best blessing God has ever bestowed on me.

How did you first meet? Was it “love at first sight” or were your “just friends”?
We actually met on a dating website! Never in a million years would either of us have thought we’d meet our soul mate online, but Jacob was new to town and Christie was looking for other venues to meet new people. Both were fairly tentative about where it would go, but once they finally met in person it was definitely love at first sight!

Where did you go on your first date?

Since Christie is a Lexington native, she volunteered to pick the restaurant. We ended up meeting at her favorite place to eat, BD’s Mongolian Grill.

Where did you share your first kiss?
Jacob: We kissed after watching a movie at Christie’s house and she walked me outside. I was sooo nervous. I think I said goodbye five times before I built the courage to kiss her. It was one of the best nights of my life, although she will tell you it was not a great kiss. I must have improved though, because she married me anyway.

Christie: We shared our first kiss at my old house after Jacob had come over to visit. I walked him out and after a few awkward goodbye’s he finally leaned in and went for it!

When did you know that he/she was “the one”?
Jacob: We shared a walk on my farm and held hands for the first time and had intimate conversations about life and love and it was like we were on a journey that was just beginning. At the end of the night she went home and I could not sleep that night. I laid in bed and said to myself, “I am going to marry this girl!”

Christie: I knew he was “the one” during our first date. After 5 hours of talking at the restaurant about everything under the sun, I came home and told my roommate I was going to marry him (which is ironic, because I almost cancelled our date and only went because I had committed to it and felt obligated to go)!!

Tell us about your engagement proposal…
Jacob: After a dinner date we came back to my farm. I told her I wanted to show her a motorcycle I was working on in one of the barns. We walked down there and I sat her down and got on one knee and surprised her with the most beautiful ring and asked her if she would spend the rest of her life with me….She said yes! I am pretty proud of that.

Christie: Jacob is a creature of habit, and when he does anything that strays from his normal routine, I can tell something is up. After a series of strange comments during a phone conversation one night, I knew without a shadow of a doubt that he would propose the next day! The next day, we went to a Hibachi grill for dinner and then went back to his farm, where he dropped to one knee in Blackbarn Winery and proposed. He then surprised me with red roses and chilled champagne. Of course I said yes!

When and where were you married?
We were married on October 12, 2013 where we got engaged…Blackbarn Winery…which is located on the farm where he lived at the time. We had a beautiful outdoor wedding in front of gorgeous blue skies and thoroughbred horses, and then had an amazing reception in the Blackbarn Winery itself.

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My partner’s best quality is…
Jacob: She is my rock. I can always count on her to be there no matter what I am going through at work or even in our relationship. I know that if I start what I’m building with her at the core it’s going to withstand the elements.

Christie: His ability to always maintain an extraordinary level of respect, patience, and calm in any and all situations. This definitely motivates me to better myself in that way (still a work in progress) and makes him such a great role model, leader, and partner. He’s a saint!

The thing about my partner that drives me crazy is…
Jacob: She is a crazy bed hog. It seems like she is actually chasing me around our king sized bed!

Christie: He bites his fork when he eats….It’s like nails on a chalkboard to me!

My number one piece of advice about love is…
Jacob: The Bible says that love is God’s greatest gift to us. Love knows no bounds. Love is the strongest bond and it may be repressed and forgotten but it can never be broken!

Christie: Never fail to remember the definition of love as defined by God in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Feelings may come and go, but love is a conscious and daily decision to act a certain way towards another. If you can put your feelings aside and always exemplify the characteristics of love that are laid out by God, you will be one of the few in this world that will go the distance…

 

So fun, right?  Thanks, Jacob and Christie for sharing your story with us.

Stayed tuned for upcoming bluegrass lovebirds.

 

To true love.

xoxo

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***All images were provided by the participating couple***

2013’s featured couples can be found here, here, here, here, here & here.