Bellarmine Bliss

Story by Mariah Kline

Photos by Adam Padgett

College sweethearts John Ackerman and Alyssa Dunne were married on May 13 on a sweet summer day. Surrounded by their friends and family, the pair shared an enchanting wedding ceremony and a lively reception.

John and Alyssa met in August 2012 when they were both accounting majors at Bellarmine University. John was two years ahead of Alyssa in school but both were part of the same professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. They began dating right away and got engaged in October 2015. The pair went ring shopping, and John designed the perfect ring with the help of Bailen Jewelers. Then, while spending a day together for Alyssa’s birthday, John proposed at a special spot the two frequented at the Parklands of Floyds Fork.

When it came time to plan the wedding, Alyssa managed most of the details on her own since she laughingly calls herself a “control freak.” However, John helped her make a number of decisions and assisted when he could to make matters easier on her. She also had the help of her four sisters and other family members to make everything come together on the big day.

The day of the wedding started very early since the ceremony took place in the early afternoon. Alyssa and her six bridesmaids spent a hectic morning having their hair and makeup done at her house. They were ready to leave for the church when Alyssa received a call that their limo wasn’t coming. Their reservation had unfortunately been misplaced, but the rental company, Derby City Limos, saved the day by sending a party bus instead.

“That was the only thing that went wrong the entire day but it turned out to be a lot of fun,” Alyssa explains. “It was more spacious than a limo and they had drinks and snacks ready for us.”

John and Alyssa were wed at St. Raphael’s in the Highlands in front of 120 guests and the reception followed at the Gheens Foundation Lodge at the Parklands. Alyssa purchased her dress from Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique, and the venues were artfully adorned with flowers from In Bloom Again.

At the reception, the couple and their guests enjoyed a delightful meal from Farm to Fork Catering and a gorgeous cake from Sweet Surrender. Their bartender from Morris’ Deli & Liquors served drinks throughout the night as guests danced to music from Adkins Island. John says his favorite part of the day was relaxing at the reception after the stresses of the day were behind them. Alyssa’s favorite part was taking fun pictures with their wedding party and enjoying the time with their friends.

For their honeymoon, the bride and groom went to two destinations they both had their hearts set on. They spent one week at Disneyworld (John’s pick) followed by one week in Aruba (Alyssa’s pick). Upon their return, the two went back to work at their respective accounting jobs. Alyssa works in public accounting for BKD while John runs his own CPA firm as well as the financial podcast Drunken Money.

The couple now lives in the Highlands and are thoroughly enjoying married life so far.

“Being married is great,” says Alyssa. “Since we didn’t live together before we got married, it was a bit of a transition getting used to having someone in your space all the time. But now it’s great to come home to someone every night and share our lives together.” VT