It all started with a radio contest and ended with a dream come true and a day full of memories no one will ever forget. A local radio station here in Louisville, KY, 99.7 WDJX, announced that they would be looking for a couple to take a “flying leap” into marriage. Amanda and Ray jumped on the opportunity and submitted their story.
Amanda and Ray are both full time nursing students and more than full time parents to a sweet little 2 year old girl. Unfortunately their precious little baby girl is completely non-verbal and requires multiple speech and occupational therapy sessions a week. Like every good parent, nothing comes before their child. So when Ray asked Amanda to marry him on father’s day last year and they began to plan a wedding, it unfortunately became apparent that they were not going to be able to afford the dream wedding Amanda had always hoped for. Finances were stretched to the max with paying for their daughters care and putting themselves through school. Sadly, Amanda begin letting go of the hope for the big dream wedding she had softly been planning since she was a little girl herself. She hid her emotions, hid her sadness and tears, and started trying to recapture any deposits she had made to some wedding vendors. They were just going to have to settle for a quiet, simple, basic ceremony. Amanda and Ray knew that their little girl and her well-being was far more important than any wedding, so they had accepted their decision.
Do a quick fast forward to February 2012 and Ray hears of a contest that DJX is running while driving one afternoon. He quickly phones his bride-to-be and they decide to take a chance and submit their story! And you can guess the rest….THEY WON! They found out on Friday, February 24th, that they would be wed on Wednesday February 29th and the rush of taking care of details began. So the frenzy of inviting family and friends, finding a bridal party, getting dresses, tuxes, marriage license, and all other crazy wedding activities got under way.
We were so excited to be asked to be a part of such an awesome event. The staff at DJX pulled out all the stops and worked like crazy to make sure that Amanda and Ray got the amazing wedding they signed up for and had always dreamed of! Check out their unforgettable day below!
The day started out at Louisville Mega Caverns Mega Zips
(normally we meet our bride and groom several times before the big day arrives, but this time…this was our first meeting! Sure glad they had on the “tux t-shirt” and bride t-shirt to help us out in identifying them!) 😉
Ray and Amanda were so excited! They couldn’t stop smiling!
This was our first zip! It got quite a bit more exciting from here on out!
These two were so sweet to each other all day. I know that seems simple, like duh….it’s their wedding day, they’re supposed to be sweet. But there was this unspoken awareness and sensitivity and consideration toward each other. I loved watching them through out the day.
Amanda and her Maid of Honor/Sister comforting each other before a big zip!
And after the final zip down, it was wedding time!
Personal vows brought us all to tears. Soooooooo sweet! Even when wearing a pink veil and a tux t-shirt….it still packs a punch! 🙂
WHAS-11 News was on hand to interview the couple right after the I-do’s! You can see the story HERE!
Then it was off to the Shearton Riverside Hotel to get all dolled up for the fancy reception ahead!
Check out this amazing ring set by Genesis Diamonds!
Seriously….could she be any cuter?!?!?!
Lookin’ Good, Ray!
Love a first look! The look on Amanda’s face, says it all. She chose to have her daddy give her away in this moment, and in my opinion…perfection!
Love this sweet moment!
Such an adorable couple!
I love how happy you two make each other.
Amanda…you are gorgeous. You have a perfect, timeless, elegance about you.
The happy couple being introduced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs.
Just a simple picture to show how the rest of the night went. Laughter, Romance, and Happily Ever After.
Hair and Make-Up: J. Nicole Salon and Spa
Bridal Gown: The Bridal Suite of Louisville
Honeymoon Accomodations: Bliss Travel
Amanda, Ray, WDJX and everyone else involved in putting on such a spectacular day: we cannot say thank you enough for allowing us to be a part of it. We were so excited for Amanda and Ray to get their dream wedding, and happy that we can show it off to the world! We wish you both a lifetime of happiness, joy, laughter and love.