Each week, we feature a couple from our latest issue.
High school sweethearts are rare, but a couple that first meets in grade school? Almost unheard of in this metropolis of 1 million-plus. But Tari and Kevin Cook aren’t like most couples. They fell out of touch after their childhoods, but reconnected when they both started frequenting a local gym.
When the big day came, the Cooks were prepared; they took dance lessons and performed a choreographed first dance at their reception. In a fun twist on tradition, they served up doughnuts instead of wedding cake for dessert. Guests signed Christmas ornaments in lieu of a guest book, and the place cards? They were noisemakers for when the clock hit midnight—it was New Year’s Eve, after all.
Wedding date: Dec. 31, 2016
Wedding colors: Black and gold
Attendants: Seven bridesmaids and six groomsmen
Bride wore: Pronovias gown and a veil from Lace Bridal Couture in Cincinnati, shoes from DSW and accessories from Nordstrom
Hair and makeup: Makeup by Megan Lee, hair by Micah Crabtree at Nurtur the Salon
Groom wore: Tuxedo rented from American Commodore
Rings: Michael Hill
Rehearsal dinner: Schmidt’s Sausage Haus
Ceremony: Chapel at St. Charles Preparatory School
Reception: Athletic Club of Columbus
Cake: Sweets from Amy’s Donuts in lieu of cake
Florist: Dannette’s Floral Boutique
Photographer: Brett Loves Elle Photography
Photo booth: Brett Loves Elle Photography
Videographer: Brett Loves Elle Photography
Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations
Reception tunes: Columbus Pro DJ
First dance: Haley Reinhart’s cover of “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You”
Registry: Bed Bath and Beyond
Guests stayed at: Westin Columbus
Honeymoon: Rarotonga in the Cook Islands