“Lilly and Nick’s love is more powerful even than a once-in-a-century, global pandemic,” Her father said and he was right!
Lilly and Nick met when she was in school at The University of Kentucky and Nick happened to be in town visiting his parents in his off-season from playing baseball professionally.
When the pandemic struck, a quick pivot was made with the help of Sara Must at Shelly Fortune Event Design. With a smaller guest list, the new plan was to turn this Kentucky Wedding to a Cincinnati Elopement at her parents home in Mount Lookout.
With all sincerity, no one would have ever guessed that this Cincinnati Elopement was their Plan B. It was exceptional and exactly what anyone would have hoped for their Plan A. This is a huge credit to the Shelly Fortune team and to Marti Heard Designs.
Lilly is the first of the Rohde children to wed. As the baby of the family, her free-spirit and incredible ability to connect quickly and earnestly with everyone she meets makes you fall in love with her. She took the time to write the most thoughtful notes to everyone involved with the wedding, leaving everyone in tears as you’ll see below!
Nick is so endearing and has an unbelievable story. From living in New Zealand, to making his childhood dreams of being in the MLB come true, he is not short on surprises. One such surprise that was revealed during Mr. Rohde’s toast was that Nick has an incredible way with words, and is unapologetically romantic. The letter he gave Lilly’s dad had everyone at the reception in awe, and it sounded straight out of a movie.
In retrospect, Nick being the sweetest romantic should have been obvious when he teared up at his gorgeous bride walking down the aisle toward him at Christ The King Church in Mount Lookout.
Just as a quick side note, Christ The King Church in Cincinnati was one of THE MOST pleasant churches to work with from a photography standpoint! The priest there was so kind, accommodating, and really wanted to help me get great pictures, which is such a refreshing thing as a Cincinnati wedding photographer!
One of the coolest things I’ve ever seen was that Lilly and Nick hired a live painter to do a custom art piece in the middle of the reception! It was the sweetest thing!
A HUGE thank you to each of the vendors that made this Cincinnati Elopement so incredible!
Venue: Christ The King Church
Reception: Family Home
Planner: Sara Must, Shelly Fortune Events
Florals: Marti Heard Design
Video: Reel Special
Second Shooter: Leah Barry
Hair Stylist: Jordan Higgins
Bakers: Tinkers Lexington
Band: Sly Band
Dress Shop: Lovely Bride
Dress Designer: Sarah Seven
Rentals: All Occasions
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