Monday, August 15, 2016

A Summer Dream - Dierdre & Matthew

Deirdre McCann, of Bethesda, MD, and Matthew Leybold, of Yorktown, VA, were married on June 11, 2016 at the Williamsburg Winery in Williamsburg, VA. The couple met at a local consulting firm and saw each other at larger work events. Matthew's charm, jokes, and daily treats from Starbucks and Deirdre's favorite, Georgetown Cupcakes, led to a strong friendship and ultimately them dating and a strong relationship (Matthew blurted it out to her best friends at work before she even got a chance to tell them)!

Shortly after they began dating, Matthew left for basic training with the National Guard, in which they could only communicate via hand-written letters. It was during this training that their bond grew even stronger and they knew they had something really special. After almost four years together, Matthew proposed on a trip to Los Angeles. He had told her that she would be getting her belated birthday gift while they were on their trip - and what a wonderful surprise she was in for!

Matthew, who previously lived in Los Angeles, took Deirdre to Malibu. They drove a yellow convertible down the Pacific Coast Highway and ended up at Geoffrey's, which has stunning views on the ocean. After lunch, Matthew asked Deirdre to close her eyes, and when she opened them, he was down on one knee. The rest is history! Matthew's thoughtful research and planning made the proposal even more special. Both Matthew and Deirdre are big fans of the show, "Entourage," and Matthew planned the proposal to be exactly where their favorite TV couple got engaged - they sat at the same area at Geoffrey's and drove down the PCH in a convertible before the engagement.

Then it was time for the wedding planning to begin! Deirdre focused on dress shopping, photography and finding a florist, all from their home in Washington, D.C. The Williamsburg Winery was the first and last venue they looked at. "It was really important to us both that our wedding was a close family and friends affair and that it felt like us," said Deirdre. "We wanted to combine Matthew's southern roots with my feminine taste and settled on the Williamsburg Winery, which is near where he grew up."

The beautiful photographs are by the talented Jillian Michelle Photography.





Pinterest was a big source of inspiration for Deirdre. She knew she wanted their special day to be family-oriented, romantic and warm with blushes, whites and lots of greenery. As for the flowers, she had her eyes on a mix of peonies, white roses and eucalyptus. The couple was also looking to tie in details from the winery with lovely wine boxes for the tables and flowers spilling out over the sides of wine barrels.



   

   

   

   


Deirdre focused on many of the details, including the Save the Date cards, custom wooden signs, designing a DC Metro guestbook, and creating "Virginia is for Lovers" cookies with a baker.

   


What was the couple's favorite thing about their special day? Being surrounded by their closest family and friends as they said our vows. Deirdre said, "We made sure to keep our wedding intimate and our priest, Betsy, engaged our guests, asking 'Will all of you witnessing these promises do all in your power to uphold these two persons in their marriage?' and all of our guests yelled 'We will!' and it was such a beautiful moment. I loved the feeling of our vows being something not just between Matthew and I, but also with the people we love."



   


Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Leybold! We loved being a part of your wedding and we wish you a lifetime of happiness, love and special memories. Shay Lynne Weddings was the wedding planner and the photography was by Jillian Michelle Photography.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A William & Mary Love Story - Chiquita & Jerome

On March 19, 2016, Chiquita Geldorp and Jerome Griffin were married in the College of William & Mary's Wren Chapel. The couple has special ties to the College - as Jerome is an alumnus and both work for William & Mary - Jerome in admissions and Chiquita in Career Services.
Photo by Angie McPherson Photography.

Jerome and Chiquita met while attending the National Black Student Leadership Conference, when she was a senior at Lehigh and Jerome was in a Graduate Program at James Madison University. Because of her beautiful smile, Jerome invited her to join him in a group during a conference session. They connected on Facebook after the conference, however didn't reconnect until some time later, when Chiquita's best friend from Lehigh and Jerome's fraternity bother were both camp counselors at an overnight camp in Pennsylvania. After realizing this shared connection, Jerome reached out and as Chiquita said, "The rest is history."

On an evening at home in March 19, 2013, Jerome mentioned during dinner that he had a ring and, "If she could find it, she could have it." Knowing Jerome all too well, Chiquita immediately found the ring in his closet upstairs and she said YES! They went on to call their families and celebrate and decided that their special day would be exactly three years later on March 19, 2016.

Photo by Angie McPherson Photography.
As for the wedding's color scheme, purple is both Jerome's and Chiquita's favorite color. Chiquita also wanted to have a chic and simple color palette. The colors of plum and pewter were officially determined after she got her wedding dress. When Chiquita came out of the dressing room, her maid of honor said, "That's it, that's your dress, it's soft romance." 

Chiquita thought that was the perfect description and it inspired many other details of the couple's wedding, including the flowers. "The first time I saw my bouquet or any of the flowers... My jaw dropped in the best way," said Chiquita. "The flowers were beautiful and came out even better than I could have imagined! The were soft romance and made for a wonderful touch to a perfect day!"

Congratulations to this wonderful couple! We wish you a lifetime of love, healthy, happiness and special moments. Photos are by the talented Angie McPherson Photography.
Photo by Angie McPherson Photography.
Photo by Angie McPherson Photography.
Photo by Angie McPherson Photography.
Photo by Angie McPherson Photography.
Photo by Angie McPherson Photography.
Photo by Angie McPherson Photography.
Photo by Angie McPherson Photography.
Photo by Angie McPherson Photography.


Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Perfect Equation: Courtney & Clayton

Courtney Ward, of Martinez, GA, and Clayton Eichelberger, of Albany, NY, met in math class during the first semester of their Freshman Year at Hampton University. With a number of mutual friends and after seeing each other a lot around campus, they began dating during their junior year. After dating long distance for a year while Clayton was in Law School in Georgia and Courtney was in Graduate School in Syracuse, the couple reunited after he came to New York to take the bar exam and she moved to upstate New York.

They got engaged on September 28, 2014 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York. Their magical day began with apple picking with his Mom and Sister. Clayton snuck away early to get ready for a "dinner hosted by his office." While she got dressed, he laid out roses and a candle on the Plaza and proposed in front of the reflecting pool. After she said, "Yes," they celebrated with a nice dinner.

Once the wedding planning began, Courtney and Clayton decided they would tie the know on November 21, 2015 at New Zion Baptist Church in Williamsburg, followed by a reception at Williamsburg's Colonial Heritage Golf Club. The inspiration for the wedding colors and flowers were the time of the year - the beautiful season of fall. The leaves would be changing colors during this time and the couple wanted the wedding to reflect that.
"I also wanted to make sure it had a classic but sophisticated touch," said Courtney. "I knew shades of tan and burgundy were perfect for fall, and touches of green, peach and ivory would help soften the look so that it would still look bridal and romantic."

Courtney and Clayton had a beautiful day celebrating with friends and family.

Congratulations to this wonderful couple! We wish you many, many years of special moments and much happiness. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of it. Photos by Heather Hughes Photography.

       

 



 


Friday, April 8, 2016

Fall in Love with this Williamsburg Winery Wedding

Photo by 88 Love Stories
Bryan Hooker, of Williamsburg, VA, and Christy Hooker (formerly O'Neal), of Chesterfield, VA, were married on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at The Williamsburg Winery and had their reception at The Williamsburg Golf Club.

Bryan and Christy met while they were in college at Liberty University through their roommates. Despite a not so good first impression (according to Christy - she was in loungewear and multi-tasking working on homework, listening to music and eating dinner), Bryan had his eyes set on her and reached out to her roommate later in the evening to see Christy again. They went bowling and then their first date was seeing Lion King in 3D. The rest is history!

Photo by 88 Love Stories
After four years of dating, Bryan proposed. "The proposal was very unexpected at the time," said Christy. "We had been discussing engagement rings throughout the year prior, but never did we discuss when he would pop the question." One of their traditions is taking a trip to Virginia Beach each year to see the sunrise in January - no matter the weather. On a cloudy and freezing cold day in January 2015, Bryan and Christy headed to the beach. After trying everything to get Christy out on the beach, they finally met up with Bryan's best friend at Starbucks. As soon as his friend got their camera, Bryan was down on one knee. Christy said, "Up until the wedding day, it was the most magical moment of my life!"

Not only are Bryan and Christy partners in life and love, they are also business partners. Together, Bryan and Christy run and operate Events by Truly Yours, LLC. "We love what we do, and we are so blessed that we can share this company with each other, "said Christy. "Our favorite part is being able to work on it together." Together, they also planned their special day!

Photo by 88 Love Stories
As for wedding inspiration, Christy was inspired by a ring bearer pillow she made in college and had many ideas before she was even engaged. She loves royal purple and had her heart set on a fall, outdoor wedding, but she said the most challenging part was picking a location. "I wanted to incorporate the autumn leaves into our decor, but not let it outshine the elegance of the rich purple tones," said Christy. She turned to her something old, which was her great grandmother's pearl necklace, and wanted to have pearls and lace everywhere. As for flowers, the inspiration began with a photo of a bouquet filled with deep purple calla lilies.

Photo by 88 Love Stories
Bryan and Christy had so many beautiful details incorporated in their special day. Did we mention it was a brunch wedding, instead of an evening wedding, with pancakes?! An extra special memory was when Bryan's best man, a talented singer and performer, sang "Prince Ali" from "Aladdin" during Bryan's entrance (Christy is a big Disney fan). Christy didn't see it first hand but said everyone could not stop raving about it.

Congratulations to a beautiful couple, Bryan and Christy! We were honored to be a part of your celebration and wish you lots of love, joy and many laughs always. The lovely photographs from their special day are by the very talented, 88 Love Stories.

Photo by 88 Love Stories

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Photo by 88 Love Stories
Photo by 88 Love Stories

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Two Rivers Love Story: Michael & Jillian McGraw

Jillian Perlow and Michael McGraw never had an official "first date." The first time they hung out, just the two of them, Jillian invited Michael over to her apartment for a fun-filled day of bocce and other lawn games. While the game did not go according to Jillian's plan (Michael ended up winning), they shared a lovely day outside getting to know each other for hours and hours!

A little over four years after they began dating, Michael and Jillian headed to the beach, a special place to both of them, with family. On the last day of their trip in the Outer Banks, Michael snuck out to pick up coffee and one of their favorite foods in Corolla, french toast bagel sandwiches from Lighthouse Bagels. When he got back to the house, he woke Jillian up for a breakfast picnic on the beach. "After enjoying some coffee and my bagel, I looked over, and there was Michael asking me to marry him," said Jillian. "I was stunned!" She said yes and soon, they picked a date, June 13, 2015 and began planning their special day.
While they both currently live in Charlottesville, Jillian, originally of Bridgewater, NJ and Michael, originally of Alexandria, VA, chose the beautiful venue of Two Rivers Country Club in Williamsburg, VA. Jillian wanted a white, classic and elegant look for their wedding to complement the scenery.
"Arlene and Cindy were wonderful in capturing the look," said Jillian. "They pulled together beautiful arrangements of white and champagne to create that elegant look I was seeking." Together, we brainstormed some special touches: a light pink to complement the bridesmaid’s light gray dresses, pearls in the bridal bouquet and rose petals on the aisle for a romantic feel.

Jillian said, "The guests couldn’t stop talking about the flowers, and one of our vendors said that it was the most beautiful bridal bouquet he had ever seen."


The little touches made their wedding even more special. Michael and Jillian went through old photos to find family wedding pictures and pictures of themselves when they were younger to display.

Jillian's mom had the great idea of getting cocktail napkins to represent each of their colleges - blue and gray (for Georgetown, where Jillian received her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education) and orange and blue (for UVA, where Michael received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Teaching).

Despite thunder and lightning around Williamsburg (and even at the hotel where guests were staying) that day, they stayed dry and were blessed with a lovely outdoor reception and unforgettable day. 

Congratulations to Michael and Jillian! Thank you for having us be a part of your love story. Photos by Heather Hughes Photography.