Nicholas & Kee’Auna Parker | Local Wedding Showcase

How did you and your spouse meet, and how long have you been together? “Nicholas and I met in middle school while attending Middlebranch Middle School. We fell in love with one another and ‘officially’ began dating March 15, 2008. (We come from the era where social media was evolving and it was imperative to provide the exact date because a relationship is not official unless it says so on Facebook, right?!) Since then, we have grown together, along with our love for one another.”

Zach & Jenna Welker | Local Couple Showcase

How did you and your spouse meet, and how long have you been together? “We went to high school together. We never dated throughout high school but always had mutual friends. Jenna went to Ohio University for college, and Zach attended Kent State University. The beginning of Jenna’s junior year, Zach came down with a group of friends to visit for the weekend, and from then on, the rest is history. They dated for about seven and a half years before getting engaged.”

Bad wedding toasts are a nightmare: How to give a speech that will impress everyone

The bad wedding speech is a movie trope for a reason: It’s easy to love someone very much and yet hard to express that concisely, in a way that is relevant to a wide audience, and without getting caught up in the speaker’s own emotional baggage. “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Wedding Crashers” and “Bridesmaids,” among others, all feature versions of wedding or engagement speeches gone horribly wrong.

Like a fairytale

Melissa Bloom-Doerschuk and David Doerschuk initially met on Facebook. His sister recommended he add Melissa as a friend. After several attempts, she finally responded. Melissa knew what she was looking for, and David had it. Within five months, the two were engaged, and a year and a half later, they were married.