High School Sweethearts Marry at the Contemporary Arts Center

Focused on creating a visually stunning wedding, this local couple struck gold with the Contemporary Arts Center as their venue.

Photograph by Marilyn Wilson Photography

When asked to describe her wedding day, Alexandra Bell didn’t hesitate. “Very classy and very chic,” she says. With wedding colors of white, black, and gold, everything about her and husband Chris Cureton’s day was stylishly coordinated. Even their guests were asked to wear the wedding colors to match the palette. 

And for a couple focused on creating a visually stunning wedding, they struck gold in the Contemporary Arts Center as their venue. “My favorite part was [Alexandra] coming down that staircase,” Chris says. “The CAC staircase was so long, and that was exciting,” says Alexandra. “But I was nervous, because I was like, Please don’t let me fall down all these steps!

Photograph by Marilyn Wilson Photography

The ceremony was held in the atrium of the museum, with each subsequent event happening on a different floor of the CAC. The cocktail hour took place in one of the galleries, and after-dinner dancing was held in the basement. “It was really cool to have that change of scenery,” Alexandra says. Sticking with the art-immersion theme, the wedding party got ready at nearby 21c Museum Hotel. “Me and the girls just hung out,” says Alexandra. “It was all just really fun.”

The venue itself was a happy accident, recommended by Chris’s dad after a lengthy search, but it was a perfect fit. Having met at Tri-County Mall more than a decade ago, these high school sweethearts wanted their wedding to be in the heart of Cincinnati. “We wanted inner-city vibes,” says Alexandra. “We wanted it to be urban and downtown.” 

Family also played a big role in their wedding day, being featured in the wedding and having a helping hand in coordinating the day’s activities. For Alexandra and Chris, no detail was too small. “We even had mini desserts like brownies, cobbler, and cheesecakes,” says Alexandra. “It was one of the best parts,” Chris adds.

At the end of the day Alexandra and Chris wanted their guests to have fun making memories with them. “The drinks were flowing, and everyone was dancing,” Chris says. The reception featured an open bar, a DJ, and plenty of room for guests to kick off their shoes and enjoy. “Really, it was great just to have an event and bring everyone we love together,” he says. 

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Venue: Contemporary Arts CenterFlowers & Decor: Blossoms Florist | DJ: DJ Que | Catering: Chef’s Choice CateringBride’s Hair: Santina Kunz | Bride’s Makeup: Beauty by A Monique | Invitations: WeddingPaperDivas.comGown: Kotsovos | Cake: Sugar | Tuxes: Geno’s Tux Plus

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