Though they knew one another growing up in Louisville, Michelle (Cohen) Tasman and her husband, Aaron, didnâ€™t actually begin dating until much later in life when a great deal of distance had separated the two.
Michelle was nearly a thousand miles away working in New York City as a producer for â€œGood Morning America,â€ but a simple electronic message soon brought her back home.
â€œHe wrote me an email through Facebook,â€ Michelle said. â€œI happened to be coming in town that weekend and we met at a bar. A couple weeks later, he flew out to New York, and we dated long-distance for eight months â€“ and then I moved back.â€
Since returning to Louisville, Michelle has become marketing and advertising director of Rodeo Drive, while Aaron is partner of Tasman Properties Group.
About a year after the two were reunited in the Derby City, Aaron decided he would propose to Michelle.
On June 17, 2009, he took her to Cherokee Park in his dadâ€™s yellow Hot Rod and began leading Michelle from park bench to park bench, anticipating the moment he would get down on one knee.
â€œI should have known something was up because earlier that day he was like, â€˜Go get your nails done,â€™ â€ Michelle said. â€œWe went and got ice cream and took a walk around Cherokee Park. What was funny is while we were walking, every bench he would sit down on and I thought he had a bad stomachache, and I kept asking him are you okay?â€
The real reason Aaron was hopping park benches in Cherokee: he was awaiting the arrival of some very special people who would become a part of the proposal.
â€œI had our whole family trying to get to the park, and I was trying to coordinate when everybody got there,â€ Aaron said.
Via text message, Aaron was able to determine when each member was in place for the big surprise. On a bridge inside the park, he then got down on one knee to ask Michelle to be his wife.
After she said yes, Aaron quickly raced through the park with Michelle, while she attempted to call her family who seemed too busy to answer the phone. â€œI wanted to call my mom and tell everybody and nobody would answer the phone, but I get to the top and everyoneâ€™s there and thereâ€™s champagne by Hoganâ€™s Fountain,â€ she said.
Following the proposal, the whole family went out to celebrate at Jack Fryâ€™s, the coupleâ€™s favorite restaurant.
On May 22, 2010, Michelle and Aaron were married. A year later, they welcomed their first child, Isabella.
â€œItâ€™s just enhanced everything,â€ Aaron said of becoming a new father. â€œItâ€™s made (our marriage) better.â€
â€œI personally have never been more in love with him than I am now,â€ Michelle continued, â€œnow that weâ€™ve made her together. This is us,â€ she said pointing to Isabella.
Though they have a little more responsibility now and donâ€™t go out as much as they used to since having their eight-week-old daughter, Michelle and Aaron still â€œsteal some moments. We try to go out once a week to have time for us,â€ said Michelle. â€œItâ€™s important to work on your relationship and make sure you donâ€™t forget about the other person.â€
The two frequent Jeff Rubyâ€™s and Jack Fryâ€™s and can be seen at The Pointe, an office and event space owned by Aaronâ€™s company. They also cheer for the Cards and Cats â€“ though not together.
â€œFor my grandma: Cats,â€ Aaron said of the reason why he became a UK fan.
â€œI was born on the original dream game,â€ Michelle said of her devotion to the Cards. â€œHeâ€™s a Cats fan and Iâ€™m a Cards fan. This is almost the reason I didnâ€™t marry him,â€ she joked.
They might differ on their choice of team, but the two have been able to put that difference aside and continue their life together as husband and wife, proud parents and best friends.
â€œAaron, always makes me feel beautiful and tells me so every single day.Â He is a very smart man!â€ Michelle laughed. â€œWe always put each other first, and make our relationship our number one priority. We act as a team, share our dreams and our fears, and we always support each other no matter what. We truly are best friends.â€
â€œDo always say I love you,â€ Michelle said. â€œDo try new things. Help each other and support each other. Be each otherâ€™s biggest cheerleaders.â€
â€œDonâ€™t go to bed mad,â€ Aaron said. â€œAnd try not to take things too seriously.â€