Almost a Decade: Jill & Kevin Get Married

Jill Arnold and Kevin Martin
Married in Clearwater Beach, Florida on July 15, 2011

“If you talk to Kevin,” says Jill Arnold, “he will say I rejected him in high school. But the real story is we were both very shy teenagers that never followed through after the first phone call.” A year behind her at Zanesville High School in Ohio, Kevin Martin got Jill’s number from a mutual friend. They talked, even had a class in common two years later, but nothing more came of it at the time.

While they were in college they instant messaged every now and then, and even swapped numbers again texting a few times, but it wasn’t until April of 2007, almost a decade later, when a taken Kevin told Jill that he was coming to town for the weekend that things just seemed to click. Not long after the visit he and his girlfriend parted ways. “I finally built up the courage to approach the woman I have always wanted to be with,” shares Kevin. Unable to deny the attraction, “We quickly became serious,” remembers Jill, “and before I knew it, I was taking red eyes back and forth to Sacramento so we could spend the weekend together and I could make it back in time for work on Monday.”

The following June, Jill moved to Sacramento to be with Kevin where she “fell even more in love than I ever thought possible.”

A little over four years after they started dating, Jill and Kevin exchanged vows on the Gulf Lawn at Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Cocktail hour consisted of a bounty of food including sushi, passed hors d’oeuevres and different stations, as well as signature cocktails like the Martin-tini. Afterwards, the reception was in the Hunter Ballroom with breathtaking views of the ocean below.

Memorable moments include the couples grand entrance where they came in to the song “Bottoms Up” by Nicki Minaj each holding a bottle of their favorite champagne: Veuve Clicquot. Another highlight, was the oreo bar station, which also served as favors for the guests featuring the couple’s favorite cookie alongside milk shooters.

Location and Caterer: Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL; Cake: Cakes Plus, Tampa, FL; Event Planner: Sandy Rule, Sandy Rule Events Inc., Tampa, FL; Floral Design, Décor and Rentals: Botanica International Design Studio, Tampa, FL; Draping: Design Elements, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Lighting: Bay Stage Lighting, Tampa, FL; Cookie Bar: Chic Sweets, Tampa, FL; DJ: DJ Carl; Stationery: Paper Presence, St. Petersburg, FL; Hair and Makeup: Colours by Linny, Tampa, FL; Wedding Gown: Amy Michelson; Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography, Tampa, FL; Assistant Photographer: Corey Conroy Photography, Clearwater, FL and Aaron Lockwood Photography, Tampa, FL; Videography: Voila Cinematic, Tampa, FL

We wish you countless years of happiness Jill and Kevin and and a big thank you to Alex and Jocelyn Karas of Voila Cinematic for letting us share this video with our viewers!

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