Amber Gonka and Tyler Knuth both grew up in Columbus, but didn’t start dating until late in college — then dated long distance while Amber completed optometry school. After almost 10 years as couple, Tyler popped the question. He planned it to be a complete surprise, and after a long day of house renovation shopping, the two were on the back patio admiring the sunset when Tyler dropped to one knee and asked her to marry him. Before he could even finish, Amber was already saying yes. Because of Covid-19, planning was revised several times, moving the ceremony from a destination wedding in Mexico to an Omaha wedding—which turned into a wonderful opportunity for an intimate ceremony at a timeless venue. The historic Cottonwood Hotel was the perfect place to say “I do.” Florals of muted creams and blush signaled the ambiance of romance, while statement custom pillars laced with lush flowers and greenery complemented the venue’s charming architecture. The couple treated their guests to a mouthwatering five-course meal paired with wine and live jazz. A surprise drive-by of friends who couldn’t attend because of Covid-19 was an extra-special moment in their celebration of love with close friends and family.