Couples are still ditching traditional church venues to wed at restaurants and retailers. Some unconventional ceremonies dating back 40 years have taken place at Taco Bell, Costco, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, and the Hard Rock Café. The trend continues on into 2018 with another food-loving couple who said their vows at Whole Foods.
Today.com reports that Ross and Jacqueline Aronson (formerly Troutman) once enjoyed walking arm-in-arm to and from their local Whole Foods in New York City. Eventually, the couple relocated to North Carolina, where Ross popped the question during a grocery run in February of 2017.
After munching on several store samples, he got down on one knee and proposed in the flower department. Exactly one year later, the two said “I do” at a Whole Foods in Chapel Hill.
Ross and Jaqueline tied the knot in the organic market’s floral department, surrounded by punny signs — “dairy-tale wedding,” “cantaloupe anymore,” “rib-eye do,” and “joined in holy mackerel-mony” — created by Jacqueline in partnership with store associate Krista Deitsch.
“We loved the idea of having an important life milestone happen in a place we constantly go,” Jacqueline told Today.com. “We know we will be back time and time again, and regardless of the occasion that brings us there, it has no choice but to be special. It will always remind us of an incredible day and significant moment when we made our lifelong commitment to one another.”
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests gathered in the retailer’s café for a reception. According to Today.com, family also gathered for dinner at the Aronsons’ home, where they shared lamb braised in wine and plum sauce with beet-cured salmon — all made with ingredients from Whole Foods.
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