Amy & Aaron: A Blue Wedding in Bowling Green, KY

High school sweethearts Amy and Aaron met during their sophomore year in school, when Amy’s family moved to Kentucky. “We had a blast dating in high school,” Amy remembers. “I went to all his basketball and baseball games with giant posters and T-shirts with his number, while he always supported all of my academic endeavors.” The two decided to stay in Bowling Green for college -- at first at Western Kentucky University; then they both made the move to the University of Kentucky. The Bride Amy Gass, 24, high school chemistry teacher The Groom Aaron Arnold, 24, civil engineer The Date July 30 After graduation, Aaron stayed on in Lexington while Amy moved home for a semester before beginning graduate school at UK. “This was the first time in nearly six years of dating that we’d been separated!” Amy recalls. “Aaron was driving hours every weekend to come visit me.” On one of those visits, he told Amy he needed to run an errand at WKU. When they got to campus, Aaron led Amy toward a bench beneath some oak trees where they’d often sat while at school there, and that was when Amy realized what was really going on. After sitting together and reminiscing for a while, Aaron got down on one knee and asked Amy to spend the rest of his life with him—through streaming tears, she said yes. Because the two had already been together so long, they didn’t want to wait another year to get married. So after Aaron’s March proposal, the two set a date for the end of July. With plenty of help from Amy’s parents, who hosted the reception at their home, the couple pulled together a rustic, elegant celebration in just a few months.