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Erika + Gary

The wedding of Erika & Gary at The Lodge at Mount Ida, Charlottesville, VA

Erika & Gary’s Love Story:

Erika & Gary¬†met at a college party at the University of Maryland. Gary had already graduated and Erika was a college junior. They¬†flirted back and forth and finally Gary asked Erika if he could “scan her bar code.” It was a Blackberry Messenger (BBM) thing before we all had iPhones. Gary got her number through the bar code scan and they¬†started dating not long after that. Love at first scan. Their Wedding Inspiration:

“We live in Northern Virginia, right outside of D.C. But we aren’t city folks and are tired of the fast-pace life 99% of the time. Country livin’ is more us, but since that’s not attainable right now, we thought we’d expand on that dream and venture further out into the mountains of Virginia for a more rustic-country setting for our wedding. We weren’t looking for country bumpkin, but classy country overlooking the mountains. Erika grew up riding horses so the bridesmaids were wearing cowboy boots. And the neutral colors are really telling to both of our personalities…calm, cool, and collected.”

The Couple’s Favorite Moments:

“I think we can both say our favorite part was seeing each other on the bridge for the first look. The butterflies were really fluttering by then but it was the slowest part of the day. Everything else went so fast, but I can remember the little details about that moment. Our first dance was memorable. We picked out ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ together. E3 nailed it. Erika sang the entire time. Gary even threw in a spin. And yes, I’m replaying the “dun dun dunnna” song in my head as I type this. That was really the absolute most hilarious part of the entire day-of.”

What’s next now that you are married?

We went on our honeymoon to Hawaii. Gary wanted beach, Erika wanted adventure and being as we both like the outdoors, Hawaii was a good fit. Spent four nights in the North Shore and 3 nights south. We could have moved to North Shore. It was our best vacation together to date. And of course we hit up 4 Crossfit boxes. We could never actually go that long without Crossfit.
We are staying in NoVa until we can retire out in the country ūüôā Even with the crazy rush hour and over crowded neighborhoods, NoVa is home. We love Virginia. And dogs > babies. Dozer and Angus are our only present and future furbabies for the time being. We want to travel more, keep growing together, and experience life as a married couple.

Now that you are married, what words of advice do you have for couples getting married?

“Don’t stress the small stuff. Getting wrapped up in the nonessential details will eat you alive. Take deep breaths¬†throughout the planning and love the process. The day-of should be enjoyable and exciting. Because the day after your wedding, a part of you will miss the year it took to plan the best day of your life.”

Ceremony/Reception Venue:The Lodge at Mount Ida
Wedding Coordinator: Shindig Weddings & Events (Katie Brazeal)
Officiant: John Charlet
Band: E3
Caterer: The Local
Cake: Family Ties & Pies
Florist: Bloom
Hair & Makeup: Moxie
Dress: Hitched
Photographer: Ron Dressel Photography

Testimonial form the couple:

“Ron was fantastic! From the engagement session to the wedding, he delivered. Our engagement session was a little crazy having brought both of our dogs, but Ron was so calm that he developed some amazing shots that still hang around our house over a year later. The wedding was even better. He was so focused but still had fun with our entire wedding party. The shots came out amazing and we’ve had more compliments on our pictures than any other wedding detail. He excused us from dinner to take some sunset pictures. These have become some of our favorites! It’s hard to choose which ones we like the most. He was very attentive without interfering during the ceremony and reception and we are so happy with the turn out. Ron was able to capture our wedding to a tee and create some of the greatest picture memories we plan to cherish for years to come!”


Mindy & Austin

The wedding of Mindy & Austin at King Family Vineyards in Crozet, Va.

Mindy & Austin’s Love Story:
Mindy and Austin went to college together and met through mutual friends. They were friends for a few years before deciding to date, and then did long distance across states for several years before moving to California together where they currently reside.

Their Wedding Inspiration:
Mindy’s¬†family lives down the road from King Family Vineyards, and the couple¬†frequently¬†went there for wine tastings and to enjoy the view. When they¬†got engaged, Mindy knew she wanted their¬†friends and family from all over to also see how beautiful Crozet is. They¬†also love really good food, and so picking a caterer who would be able to do something fun and delicious was very important to them. Roadside Chive did not disappoint!

The Couple’s Favorite¬†Moments:
“It was all great – Everything from getting ready in the morning to the ceremony and reception were absolutely perfect. We loved that our guests were having such a blast.”

What’s next now that you are married?
“We’ll go on a honeymoon sometime early next year – for now, just taking some much needed downtime in California.”

Now that you are married, what words of advice do you have for couples getting married?
“All of your guests are coming ready to have a good time, so no need to stress on making them happy – they will be anyways.”

Ceremony/Reception Venue: King Family Vineyards
Wedding Coordinator: Danielle Johnson – Roadside Chive
Officiant: Hanif Champion
DJ: DJ Stroud
Caterer: Roadside Chive
Cake: Favorite Cakes – Kathy Watkins
Florist: Verde Natural Florals – Sandy Goodson
Hair & Makeup: Charlottesville Makeup Artist
Dress: Modern Trousseau
Videographer: Ginger Topham
Photographer: Ron Dressel Photography


Testimonial form the couple:
“Ron is awesome! He was so easy to work with, was very organized, and we couldn’t have been happier with our experience. He provided great advice while we were planning, so that we got all the photos of friends, family, and us that we wanted and still got to enjoy our wedding. He has a very calming presence, which is wonderful during the wedding planning and the day of! Would highly recommend him as your wedding photographer.”

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Jabeen & Isaac

The wedding of Jabeen & Isaac at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Va.

The Couples Love Story:

Isaac’s friend was interested in Jabeen and one night he asked Isaac to go with him to meet up with Jabeen and some of her friends. Isaac ended up taking a seat next to her and according to Isaac, “utterly failed” his duties to his friend. The couple hit it off immediately and have rarely spent a day apart since. “What can I say?” Jabeen said. “I fell for the wingman.”

Wedding Inspiration:

We didn’t really plan with a style in mind but just kind of gravitated towards a very romantic, old Europe feel, like being in an English garden or the English countryside. With the storms we got that day, we certainly got some English weather! But most importantly, we wanted our wedding to reflect the things we care about, like our respect for animals. The hors d’oeuvres for the cocktail hour, the dinner and the cupcakes were all vegan. Everything was hearty and so delicious. The meat-eaters kept telling us it was the best food they’ve ever had at a wedding!

The Couple’s favorite/ most memorable part of the day:

It poured buckets as soon as the¬†outdoor ceremony site was set. Miraculously, the sun peeked out just in time for guests to arrive. So they¬†got a little bit of everything that day–dark, dramatic storm clouds, blue skies, a beautiful sunset.

Bride: “At the ceremony when my father and I reached the edge of the aisle and everyone stood up for us. You get so caught up in the details of planning a wedding…that moment was when it all hit me. And the way Isaac looked at me made me feel like the most beautiful woman on the planet. Like I could have been wearing a potato sack and holding a car battery instead of a bouquet and he still would have looked at me that way. Well, maybe a little confused…”

Groom: “The food!”

Whats next as a married couple?!

Buying a home together and fighting over the renovations.


Advice to couples getting married:

“If possible, keep your wedding small! It was important to us that our wedding felt warm, intimate and inclusive. We’ve been to weddings where people felt alienated or there was no sense of cohesion. For the sixty-five guests who attended ours, we were able to spend quality time with each and every one of them. And there was so much mingling between families and friends. We’re still hearing about all the new bonds that formed that day, which is pretty awesome!”

Venue: Frontier Culture Museum
Ceremony Music: Greg Brown
Caterer: MaryBeth Harris of AVA Restaurant and Wine Bar
Cupcakes: Pearl’s Bake Shoppe
Florist: New Leaf Florist
Hair & Makeup:Heather Meili of Style and Dye
Dress: BHLDN
Photographer: Ron Dressel Photography

Jaime and Steve¬†met in Washington D.C. and shared stories about their lives in the military and mutual affection for comedy movies. From their first dinner date they¬†both knew something special had been found between them¬†that evening. It wasn’t long before they¬†fell in love, and the rest as you can see, is history!

Share with us what your inspiration was for your wedding: 

“We love the outdoors and the feel of a farm. We also love wine and beautiful scenery, so it wasn’t difficult to choose King Family Vineyards. We got a lot of ideas from Pinterest for vineyard weddings, along with a bit of creativity from family and friends. Our wedding was an effort of many that resulted into an absolutely amazing day. We loved everything!”

Share with us your favorite part of your wedding day or most memorable moment:
“We loved the entire day and really can’t measure one part over another. Everything starting from the rehearsal dinner the night before to the very last moments we were with family the Sunday after, we enjoyed every minute and wouldn’t have changed a thing.”

What’s next as a married couple!?¬†

“We are planning a honeymoon for next year. We’re thinking about going skiing and enjoying as many hot toddies as possible! We will move to a different city once Steve receives his next assignment in the Navy. We’re looking forward to a new adventure in 2017 and hopefully come fun travels in between. Finally, kiddos are next on the list of life events, and hopefully sooner rather than later! ”

Now that you are married, what words of advice do you have for couples getting married?

“Don’t sweat the small stuff and laugh as much as possible. Finding true love and being able to spend the rest of your life with that love is an amazing gift that should not be taken for granted.”

Ceremony Venue: Church of the Holy Comforter (Charlottesville, VA)
Reception Venue: King Family Vineyards
Wedding Coordinator: The Local (Helen Osinga)
Officiant: Father Joseph Mary
Band: Bachelor Boys Band
Caterer: The Local
Cake: Sweethaus
Florist: Bride’s Family
Hair & Makeup: Lou Stevens Glam Squad
Dress: Demetrio’s Bridal Salon, NY
Photographer: Ron Dressel Photography



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