Amy & Mike: It's All in the Details at this Intimate Cincinnati Affair

When Michael Walters first set eyes on a pretty waitress at Skyline Chili in Cincinnati back in 1992, he didn't realize that he had met the girl of his dreams. After finally getting up the nerve to ask out Amy Listermann, the couple dated for three years and then parted ways. But fate led them back to each other in 1999. And that December, on a ski trip to Breckenridge, Colorado, Mike popped the question.

THE BRIDE Amy Listermann
THE GROOM Michael Walters
THE DATE August 11
THE SCENE After an outdoor ceremony in Montgomery, guests danced the night away at an intimate and personalized reception.

"We had always known we were soul mates, and we thank God for a second chance and a new beginning," Amy says. The two wanted to infuse their celebration with unique personal elements so they wrote their own vows, designed their own programs, and even compiled a CD for the ceremony.

The outdoor service concluded with a butterfly launch to signify the beginning of their new life together.

Having moved to Michigan shortly after their engagement, Amy and Mike relied heavily on phone, fax, email, the Internet, and the all too frequent five-and-a-half-hour drive to Ohio for wedding planning. Luckily, Amy's mother and sister, who was also her maid of honor, facilitated the process from Cincinnati.

But Mike did some planning of his own. After taking guitar lessons for months, he surprised his new bride by playing the guitar and singing "Grow Old With You" from the movie The Wedding Singer and the Garth Brooks tune "She's Every Woman."

Since Amy and Mike really wanted a small and simple affair, they decided to forego the bouquet/garter toss, and the father/daughter, mother/son dances. Guests grooved to jazz tunes at the cocktail hour and dance music after dinner, and were treated to a movie the couple made from family photos.

Their sense of romance, as well as fun, was also on display with red roses with silvery ribbons that cascaded down the cake that coordinated with the bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces. Even the design on the three-tiered cake matched the sequined bodice of Amy's dress.

Amy calls the whole evening "emotional, fun, and upbeat." She says, "Mike and I were just so happy to be getting married after all these years." She adds, "The night went so quickly-it flashed before our eyes and then it was over!"

Appropriately, the couple selected the wedding song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" sung by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes-and for them it certainly was.

--Danine Alati
photography: PhotoSmith

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