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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.”

Tips for a perfect first-kiss photo

The first kiss is something to remember. “A first kiss at the end of your wedding ceremony is a totally singular moment in your life. You’ve probably never really kissed in front of an eager crowd before, and it is also such a symbolic beginning of a married life,” said wedding photographer Becca Dilley of Minneapolis-based Becca Dilley Photography.

Real Weddings: Zach & Tara Schlimm

Zach and Tara met through a mutual friend when they were in high school. Zach graduated and finished his first year of college while Tara finished her senior year of high school. About a year after they met when he came home from college, they grew closer and started their journey together. Here, the couple shares their love story.

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.