Saturday, October 09, 1999

Wedding brought to you by sponsors

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MOUNT HEALTHY — The invitations have gone out, sponsorships have been lined up.

        Charles and Natasha Allen will renew their wedding vows on Oct. 16 at Historic Village in Sharon Woods, exactly one year after they were married at the Hamilton County Courthouse.

        The Allens, unable to afford a more traditional wedding last year, placed advertisements in newspapers seeking sponsors to underwrite one this year. Mrs. Allen figures the offers of goods and services amounted to about $4,000.

        “I was surprised at how generous people were,” said Mrs. Allen. “A lot of them weren't just doing it for the advertising or publicity. A lot of people were doing it out of their hearts.”

        Between 100 and 150 guests are expected.

        The invitation gives special thanks to 14 different firms, covering everything from the Historic Village to carriage rides, wedding cake, rings, tuxedo and wedding gown, florists, photographers and gift shops.

        Fancy This, a Wyoming gift shop, did the invitations.

        “I wanted to help because I felt they were doing the right thing,” said Laura Pease, owner of the gift shop. “I thought it was great they wanted to invite their family and friends to celebrate with them.”

        Bill Wickemeier, owner of Family Jewels, with stores in Surrey Square in Norwood and at the Milford Shopping Center, is helping out with an engagement ring and matched wedding bands.

        “I just thought the two had a lot of moxie, or whatever you want to call it,” said Mr. Wickemeier. “I like the idea that she's working and helping him get through school.”

        Patricia Lang, owner of Patricia's Weddings and Custom Cakes Unlimited in Reading, is providing a wedding cake and some accessory pieces.

        “Every once in a while I try to do a little something for somebody,” said Ms. Lang.

        The couple have a daughter, Alani, 8 months.


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