He appreciated her tenacity toward life, how she “really strives to do the best in anything she does be it love, friends, family or work.”
She loved his intelligence and rational way of looking at life.
“When we first started dating, she would always find ways to keep our relationship intriguing. Be it good conversation over dinner or a spontaneous day trip, she really had a knack for keeping our relationship healthy., I think this has carried over into our marriage, and she is always thinking of little ways to make our hectic lives a little easier,” Nick said.
As a wedding planner, that’s also Lauren’s M.O. “She lives to make fantasies come to life,” Nick continued. “She’s theatrical, and so visual – and you can see every bit of her in our daily lives.”
How did he propose?
“I’m impossible to surprise; I have to have my hands in everything. When Nick proposed, he led me on a wild goose chase around Lexington, which ended with me holding a copy of The Lexington Herald Leader. He had taken out an advertisement in the paper asking me to marry him. Needless to say, I was surprised.”
How do you make it work?
“A mixture of being humble and appreciative. No one is perfect and we all have our moments; however, the key is to realize in the end it’s all small stuff,” Lauren said.
“No doubt, we lead stressful, fast-paced lives, and there are often times we don’t have the energy to put towards our relationship,” said Nick. “We both seem to realize how important the relationship is to our success and really work hard to make time for each other when we can.”
Do you have nicknames for each other?
“Nick calls me LC, I call him Boog or Booger. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that.”
How do you divide up household chores?
“Generally speaking, I handle laundry, the kitchen and the occasional bathroom clean. LC handles most of the bedroom, dining room and family room areas., As of late, we have decided to “˜outsource’ some of these responsibilities since I’m in school and LC’s business has become too demanding.”
You are still fairly new at marriage, but what have you learned thus far?
“Define the “˜big things’ in the relationship quickly. When you find that you’re frustrated with each other, if it’s not one of those big things, you’ve got to move on,” said Nick.
“And,” added Lauren, “always kiss each other and hold hands. This may seem obvious, but when you become so focused on careers and education, it’s easy to go a few days without actually doing those simple things.”
What’s your advice for soon-to-be newlyweds about the actual wedding day?
“Well, shameless plug here, but it’s fine since I believe it to my core: Hire a wedding planner. A good planner will create a seamless experience for every person involved,” Lauren said. “You’ve worked hard to afford the experience, and have taken lots of time and effort to personalize it. Hiring a wedding planner allows you to experience your event stress-free and truly in the moment.”
Describe your wedding.
“Our wedding was a great time with family and friends,” said Lauren. “We had a fantastic band, and a superb dinner. Our guests partied the night away. I changed into a short gown just in the middle of the evening and danced for hours. I cannot express enough the wonderful experience we had at the Brown Hotel. I would go back time and time again.”
Where do you like to go when you’re out “˜n’ about?
“We love the arts and you will often find us at Actors Theatre, with dinner afterwards at Proof or Jack Fry’s. For something low key, we love Havana Rumba and North End CafÃ©.”
Aug. 2, 2008.
Nick and Lauren both come from happily married, nuclear families of four. They also have a puggle – a mix between a pug and a beagle – named Lily.
They live in a sweet little Cape Cod in St. Matthews.
Lauren is owner of Lauren Chitwood Events, and an event planner and designer. Nick is a, commercial portfolio manager for Fifth Third Bank.
Cats or Cards
“Cats, all the way. We’re both proud graduates of the University of Kentucky.”
Category: In Tandem
About the Author (Author Profile)
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.
Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.