It’s a Wonderful Life

Story by Mariah Kline

Photos by Gary Barragan

When Chris Covington and Sarah Beyer met online in May of last year, they had no idea they would become husband and wife less than two years later. The soulmates were wed in a beautiful summer ceremony last month in front of 150 of their friends and family members.

Chris and Sarah had their first date at the Silver Dollar, where they later had their engagement pictures shot. Upon their first meeting, the two discovered that they both grew up in Western Kentucky (Sarah is from Paducah and Chris is from Hopkinsville). They also found out that both attended Murray State University at one point in time and had several friends in common.

After their first fateful meeting, the couple continued dating until getting engaged in April 2017. Though they had already talked about getting married, Sarah certainly wasn’t prepared for the proposal. Chris popped the question in the kitchen of Sarah’s home one evening while she was preparing dinner. Not wanting to waste any time, they began planning right away and set a date of August 26.

Sarah says the planning of the wedding happened quickly, but was still very manageable. She and Chris looked at three or four venues before finding the perfect place to say “I do.” She lives near Frankfort Avenue and often goes on runs near the Peterson–Dumesnil House. After touring the inside, she and Chris knew it was exactly what they wanted.

While the planning process was relatively low key, Sarah did experience one major hiccup before the wedding. After finding her gown at Bridal and Formal in Cincinnati’s Reading Bridal District, she had her dress altered locally. The seamstress who hemmed the gown accidentally cut the front half of the dress off, making it into a high-low-style gown. Many brides would have panicked after seeing such a drastic error, but Sarah remained calm and knew it could be fixed, even if it changed the appearance slightly.

“I really didn’t freak out,” she explains. “I would have been happy walking down the aisle in a high-low dress since they’re in style right now. There are many brides who would have had a come apart but I kept my cool.”

Thankfully, her dress was repaired, a crisis was averted and the day of went perfectly smoothly.

“We could not have asked for anything more perfect,” she says. “The weather, the venue, the food, the music, everything was perfect.”

Sarah’s best friend served as her maid of honor and her brother served as her man of honor, while Chris had two groomsmen. The bridal party and guests enjoyed a meal from Bristol Catering with wine and spirits provided by the Wine Rack. Mike Ballard from Lightwave Entertainment DJ’d the event, and additional rentals and furniture were provided by Reliable Rentals, Pizzazzle Events and Events, LLC. Flowers from Oberer’s Flowers adorned the venue, and videographer Steve Yancy captured the entire day on film.

For their honeymoon, Chris and Sarah spent eight days traveling throughout California. They rented a convertible and drove the Pacific Coast Highway, staying in four different cities during their journey. Though the wedding and honeymoon are over, the newlyweds are still experiencing full-on wedded bliss.

“I count my blessings every day,” she says. “I usually cry just talking about it. I’m such a lucky girl and Chris is absolutely wonderful. He is the perfect man for me and I don’t know what I did to deserve this, but it’s a wonderful life.” VT