E&D1 Jun, 2019
The story of our wedding
We met in dental school and the first 3 years of our relationship was long distance. At one point, the distance was Virginia to Alaska for one year. After dating for 3 years, we finally lived in the same town and began working together. Two years later, Eric tricked me into hiking one Sunday afternoon and at the summit of that hike was the best reward as he asked me to marry him.
For our wedding, we married in my hometown, Charlottesville VA. Working with BarbWired Event Management, we planned a beautiful church ceremony and country club venue reception. Our colors were champagne and ruby with an overall theme of classic elegance. The invitations were classic - engraved, wax seal, hand calligraphy. My dress was a dream; I felt like a princess! It felt so timeless. The dress is an Anne Barge Dress - the Berkley. I wore my mom's veil! And I borrowed hairpins from a bridesmaid.
Our grandparents who are no longer living were honored throughout in several ways. Each of our paternal grandmothers loved the gladiola flower; therefore, we chose to include the gladiola in our alter arrangements, pew arrangements, and foyer arrangements at the receptions. We displayed our grandparents' wedding photos at the reception. My paternal grandparents were with me as I walked down the aisle as I tied bouquet charms with their photos.
My favorite part of our ceremony, which was held at Belmont Baptist Church, was our unity braid. After choosing our scripture readings, we chose the unity braid to incorporate the scripture readings and our unity portion of the ceremony. Eric made the board, frame, and braid for the unity braid, which makes it extra special. To us, the unity braid was unique and tied into our scripture readings and now hangs in our living room.
Since I was 10 years old, I have worn a pinky ring with my initials. Eric's gift to me was a new pinky ring with my new initials. I surprised him by pinning it to my bouquet as a walked down the aisle. Then, I wore it for the remainder of the evening. To make the ring even more special, Eric crafted this ring himself - starting with wax, then casting it in metal!
Our reception was beautiful and classic as Glenmore Country Club! The cocktail hour had a champagne wall for the bride's signature drink - French 75! Every detail I dreamed of from monogrammed linens for the head tables to magnolia leaf table runners to champagne and ruby floral to beautiful cake to the best band to all our friends and family was exceeded! Everyone had the best time and the dance floor stayed packed all night. My favorite moment of the reception was our last dance. We asked for the room to be emptied for our last dance to be shared as husband and wife alone. So, our band coordinated this perfectly and outside our guests lined up for our sparkler exit. Inside we shared the most romantic, memorable dance as we wrapped up our wedding day. The band performed Dream A Little Dream and we twilled and swayed and took a moment to realize we're married! After the song came to a close and running through the sparkler exit to say goodbye to our friends and family, we made our grand exit in a 1949 Cadillac.
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