Weddings & Celebrations: Nuptials go to the movies, freshmen love turns serious & love Italian style

That movie kind of love

Just Married: Tony and Samantha Bischoff
When:  Nov. 2, 2013
Where: Oakley, 20th Century Theater, Cincinnati
Maid/Matron of Honor: Genna Mutz, sister of the bride
Best Man: Rick Bischoff, father of the groom

Samantha Mutz, daughter of Alan and Candice Mutz of Northeast, Oh., was married on Saturday, Nov. 2 to Tony Bischoff, son of Rick Bischoff of West Harrison, Ohio and Kim Best of Nashville.

The couple met on a blind date on Halloween 2010 and say from the first moment they laid eyes on each other, they knew it was something special.

Mrs. Bischoff, 30, is a Manager at Cintas. Her father is in sales for Telesis and her mother is in internal sales for Arborwear.

Mr. Bischoff, 32, is a K9 police officer for the City of Cincinnati. His father is a general contractor.

The theatrical ambiance of the wedding at the 20th Century Theater inspired the couple to create a video beforehand that could be played during the ceremony. Together with Copperfox Marketing Company, the two surprised guests with an amazing video that was so full of positive spirit that even the most cynical of guests were left with nothing less than a smiling face and a warm heart. The first half of the video played as the bride walked down the aisle, filling the room with laughter, applause and even a standing ovation.

Watch the wedding video (story continues below)

The movie theme continued at the reception, as guests were refreshed with a cocktail hour that included drinks, appetizers, and a popcorn machine. The venue was filled with movie posters featuring the couple, as well as a photo booth where guests could create their own photo magic. The party continued until 1:00 am at which time guests were presented with a donut bar, fresh from Buskin bakery.

The bride and groom say what makes their love so unique is that they are the best of friends and that no matter what the situation, both just want to have fun and love making others happy. The couple plans to stay in Hyde Park for a few years, eventually moving to Harrison to be closer to the groom’s family.

To see Tony and Samantha’s Wedding Video, visit:

Love, Italian style

Just Married: Grant and Michelle McKay
When:  Nov. 9, 2013
Where: Saint Francis de Sales, Cincinnati
Reception: The Pinecroft at Crosley Estate, Cincinnati
Maid/Matron of Honor: Meghan Donovan, sister of the bride
Best Men: Hunter and Flynn McKay, brothers of the groom

Michelle Ionna, daughter of Thomas Ionna and Peggy Berger of Cincinnati was married on Saturday, November 9 to Grant McKay, son of Robert and Rebecca McKay of Oakley.

The couple met in September of 2009 at Tostados Karaoke bar in Cincinnati.

Mrs. McKay, 29, works in logistics. Her father is a dentist and her mother is a homemaker.

Mr. McKay, 32, is a business analyst. His father is a chef and his mother is an art teacher at Pleasant Ridge School

At the wedding, in honor of the bride’s Italian heritage, a professional opera singer entertained guests with classic Italian pieces as they arrived. The bride walked down the aisle to one of her and her father’s favorite songs titled, “Con te Partiro." The sweet sounds of the piano, organ, and violins complimented the singer’s enchanting voice, sweeping everyone away into pure romantic bliss.

Both the bride and groom have a sweet spot for the Cincinnati Reds, so they chose The Pinecroft at Crosley Estate for their reception because it is the former Estate of one-time Reds owner Powell Crosley Jr. The timeless atmosphere kept the spell of romance alive and the couple spent the evening enveloped in the love of each other as well as friends and family.

The pair intends to stay in the Cincinnati area until their careers lead them down another path. They say it is their ability to laugh in any situation, have a great time together no matter where life brings them, and a mutual love for sports, travel, spending time with loved ones that makes their love so special.

Freshman romance

Newly Engaged:  Jake Butcher and Katy Freeman
Wedding Date: Oct. 18, 2014
Wedding Location: Old St. Mary’s Church, Over the Rhine, Cincinnati
Reception Location: The Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati

Katy Freeman, daughter of Mark and Sue Freeman of Loveland,  is engaged to Jake Butcher, son of Bruce and Diane Butcher of Fort Meyers Beach, Fla.

Ms. Freeman, 26, is a hospitality customer service representative for Standard Textile Co. Mr. Butcher, 25, is a financial planner for Hengehold Capital Management.

The couple met the first week of their freshman year at the University of Cincinnati in 2006. After seven years of dating, Mr. Butcher surprised Ms. Freeman at their new home with a marriage proposal, to which she quickly responded, “Yes!”

The couple says they love to be with friends and family, try new restaurants, drink wine, attend UC events, and travel together. They say it is a mutual respect for one another and a love of just being together that makes their love so special and they cannot

wait to begin sharing their lives together as husband and wife. The pair plans to live in the Hyde Park area after their nuptials.

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