At Cincinnati Wedding, we make it our mission to inspire local brides with stunning images of beautifully styled real weddings. That’s what our annual “Real Weddings” issue is all about, showing you the work of hundreds of talented vendors who can help you create the perfect celebration.
But every once in awhile, we get the chance to feature a couple whose love story is far more remarkable than what can be captured in any photograph. That holds true for our cover couple, Lesley Amann and Ben Nunery.
Writer Amy Brownlee shares the almost surreal story of Lesley and Ben, old college friends who reunited after they both lost a spouse to cancer. Their wedding day, an intimate outdoor event at a friend’s farm with shades of blush, cool vintage touches, and a low-key meal from Eli’s BBQ, is simple yet artistic, sweet yet creative, and lovely in its own right. But don’t skip the story. There is much more to it than I’ve shared here, and it shows just how powerful love can be, how it endures even after hardship.
You’ll find 23 real local weddings in this issue (which I’m pretty sure is a record), from the extravagant Music Hall reception for Bengals punter Kevin Huber and his hometown sweetheart Mindi, to the double-ceremony, Hindu and Christian celebration of Katie and Sarat Mikkilineni.
Every love story is unique, and we’re so lucky to be able to spotlight some of the amazing weddings created by Cincinnati couples (and their rock-star vendors). After you say I do, go to our website and submit the photos. We can’t wait to see your wedding—and learn about your love story, too.