Date: Nov. 12, 2011
Ceremony: The Chase Park Plaza–Empire Room
Reception: The Chase Park Plaza–Zodiac Room
Photographer: Joel Marion Photography
Band: Lenny Klinger’s Galaxy
Cake: Lubeley’s Bakery
Gown: Pronovios–The Ultimate Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff–The Ultimate Bride
Officiate: The Hon. Thomas Frawley
The Bridal Party
Maid of Honor: Ellen Goodman
Best Man: Josh Findley
Bridesmaids: Deann Fortman, Melissa Hinson, Courtney Jones, Corrine Lindholm
Bridal Attendant: Paul Scarlata
Groomsmen: Andrew Cole, Andrew Stengel, Loren Goodman
Diana Kimes is the daughter of Harry and Lucille Kimes of Wadsworth, Ohio. James Cole is the son of James and the late Yvonne Cole of Cortland, N.Y. and the grandson of Lavonia French.
The old proverb, All work and no play make Jack a dull boy resonates with Diana Kimes and James Cole. The couple met through work in 2005 but didn’t start dating until four years later. “We went on a road trip together, and I had such a great time with her that I just had to ask her out!” recalls Jim. Six to eight hours a day in a car for five days made Diana realize that they had a special connection. “Not once did we argue or lack for things to talk about,” she says.
The couple became engaged on New Years Eve 2010. Both dressed to the nines, they were preparing to leave their hotel room at the Hyatt in downtown when Jim invited Diana to share the view of the Arch. He popped the question as the song Marry Me, by Train played in the background. “I was very emotional—my hands were shaking and I could barely get the word ‘yes’ out without starting to cry,” recalls Diana.
They were joined by family and friends on Nov. 12 when they were married at The Chase Park Plaza in a ceremony officiated by The Hon. Thomas Frawley. The bride wore an antique comb in her hair that belonged to her grandmother and an bracelet that was given to her mother the day she was born on her ankle. “I remember how we couldn’t take our eyes off of each other or stop smiling from the moment he first saw me. We must have looked like a couple of lovestruck teenagers! she says. A reception followed in the Starlight Room. Guests were greeted with a string trio, (The Rosewood Ensemble) and cocktail hour. Favors included a donation card benefiting Cortland County Hospice in New York in honor of the groom’s late mother.
The newlyweds honeymooned in Sedona, Ariz. where they took an early morning hike each day. “It was absolutely breathtaking! We’re already planning a trip back for our one-year anniversary! exclaims Diana. They reside in St. Louis.