Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Couple Wed in Whole Foods, Where Love Began; by Drew Jackson

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Couple Wed in Whole Foods, Where Love Began; by Drew Jackson

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Byline: Tribune News Service

It was love at first cheese sample for Ross Aronson and Jacqueline Troutman.

When the couple met in New York, spending time at Whole Foods was a part of their courtship. They'd go on romantic meanderings around the city, sometimes up to 100 blocks, stopping here and there to pick out specific ingredients for their meals, or seeking out the best samples. Couples often have favorite restaurants, the scenes of cherished moments, but grocery stores rarely get that kind of love.

"It's such a loving thing to prepare a meal," Jacqueline said. "I think it can seem ordinary or a chore, but for us it's an exploration. Ross loves inventing things in the kitchen; it's a fun way to show care and appreciation for someone."

It only made sense then, at least to them, for Ross to propose to Jacqueline -- and get married -- where their love story flourished.

The couple, fairly recent transplants to North Carolina, wed at the Whole Foods in their new home of Chapel Hill.

They gathered one year to the date in the spot where Ross proposed, the flower department.

For the proposal, he had arranged a special collection of sampling stations through Whole Foods' marketing department, some of Jacqueline's favorites: pulled pork, cheesecake, pumpkin bread, together, completing a puzzle that made a heart shaped cake.

"It was awesome," said Jacqueline, now Aronson.

As they began planning the wedding, the glow of the proposal never faded, and Whole Foods became more than a grocery store.

"After the engagement happened, we let it simmer for a while," Jacqueline said, pun definitely intended.

They're into puns.

"It was really special to me, it was our place, our tradition, it was really nice to relive it every time we went," she said. …

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