Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Magic in the Garden - Matt & Carrie

Matt Sullivan and Carrie Litten Sullivan met in 2009 at the College of William & Mary, after their friends set them up as dates to a sorority event. She was a junior and he was a senior. Following Matt's graduation and international trips to visit Carrie studying abroad, this Virginia couple moved west, to Los Angeles in 2013, ready for their next adventure.

Under the impression that Matt couldn't travel because of work, Carrie headed back to the East Coast in the fall of 2014 for William & Mary Homecoming. Little did she know that she was in for a very big surprise! When Carrie arrived on campus, she was greeted by Matt who popped out from the Wren Building and proposed around the corner, with their friends and family present. She said, "yes," and the wedding planning began!

William & Mary is a very special place to Carrie and Matt and to Carrie's parents as well, as they both met at William & Mary and are alumni, too. The couple knew that this was where they wanted to get married. "After looking around the campus and assessing options, we thought the stairs of the Sunken Garden would be magical," said Carrie. "And, it turns out no one had done that before, which was pretty cool." The Alumni House was the perfect place for a reception after the ceremony. 

As for the inspiration for the wedding, Carrie wanted a soft, garden feel with blush tones and floral accents. She had her bridesmaids pick their own dresses, which allowed them to show their personalities. As for Carrie, she wore the dress of her dreams from White Swan Bridal -- detailed, soft and simple with an extra long train -- and changed into a sparkly “party” dress after dinner.

May 7, 2016 arrived and was the most magical day. The rain stopped and the sun was shining. Carrie's dad walked her down the aisle and officiated the ceremony, not to mention, they had the cutest flower girl, their pup, Charlie. 

Carrie said, "Matt and I could not have asked for a more perfect wedding... We ate great food (including Chick-fil-A!), drank our favorite cocktails, and danced all night. The evening closed with all of our friends and family forming an impromptu circle around us as we danced to 'Wagon Wheel'  - that’s something we’ll never forget!"

Congratulations to Matt and Carrie! We wish you a lifetime of love and magical moments. The photography for the couple's special day was by the talented Ashley Glasco Photography.

Ashley Glasco Photography. 
Ashley Glasco Photography.
Ashley Glasco Photography.
Ashley Glasco Photography.


Ashley Glasco Photography. 
Ashley Glasco Photography.
Ashley Glasco Photography.
Ashley Glasco Photography.
Ashley Glasco Photography.
Ashley Glasco Photography.
Ashley Glasco Photography.
Ashley Glasco Photography.
Ashley Glasco Photography.
Ashley Glasco Photography.


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.