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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Keri Ann & Matt¬†met in 2010 when they¬†started medical school at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA. They¬†officially started dating on after they¬†began hanging out when they¬†were both randomly assigned to the same research group. As medical school went on they¬†eventually moved in together, adopted a dog, and finally “couples matched” together at the University of Virginia for their¬†residencies. Within a week of moving to Charlottesville, Keri Ann and Matt got engaged (on a night that was almost a failure due to the stress of moving furniture all day with our families followed by a 2 hour wait at Citizen Burger)!

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What was your favorite part of your wedding day? what was your most memorable moment?
“Our favorite part of the wedding day was the dancing! We never wanted the party to end as we danced the night away with our closest family and friends. The most memorable moment, however, was before the ceremony when we were reading the letters we wrote to each other. We stood around the corner so that we couldn’t see each other, but we were able to share the emotion of a private moment just for us before the madness of the day.”

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Share what your inspiration was for your wedding. 
“We wanted to have an indoor Halloween wedding that would capture the fun spirit of Keri’s favorite holiday while still being classy, romantic, and traditional. We opted for a classic black and white color scheme with a touch of blush and lace to give it a vintage feel.”

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What’s next now that you are married?
“We took a short trip – a “mini-moon” – to San Francisco to see Alcatraz, the Winchester Mystery House, and the Golden Gate Bridge, but we are hoping to go to Thailand (where some of Matt’s family is from) in early 2017 as a full honeymoon. We will be in Charlottesville for a couple¬†more years completing residency, and then we will see where life takes us!”

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Now that you are married, what words of advice do you have for couples getting married?
“Everyone will tell you that the day goes by so quickly that you don’t even get time to enjoy it all, and they are correct. Try to leave some extra time in your schedule that day between all the activities so that you can take some time to breathe and just soak in what’s going on around you; enjoy some quiet moments together because that’s what you’ll remember most. Also, despite all the hard work and planning that goes into it, no wedding goes perfectly, so when something inevitably goes wrong just remind yourself that all that really matters is that you are now married to the love of your life.”

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Ceremony Venue: Christ Episcopal Church (Charlottesville, VA)
Reception Venue: The Jefferson Theater (Downtown Charlottesville, VA)
Wedding Coordinator: Barb Lundgren – Barb Wired Events
Officiant: Rev. Marilu Thomas
DJ: TD Layman – Sound Enforcement
Caterer: Hot Cakes
Cake: Hot Cakes
Florist: Hedge Fine Blooms
Makeup Artist: Nikki Benedikt
Hair Stylist: Brianna B. Adams
Dress: Becky’s Bridal – Alta Vista, VA
Photographer: Ron Dressel Photography

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The Couple’s Love Story:
Joanna & Nick¬†met in November of 2010 through a mutual friend that Nick had gone to high school with but went to college at James Madison University with Joanna. They¬†hit it off immediately¬†and after a few dates and lots of adventures, they¬†were “official.” After four years of dating, Nick surprised Joanna on on November 1st 2014 in their¬†apartment in Arlington by putting together a photo album ¬†of their¬†recent trip to Europe with a very special note at the end.

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Dover Hall Wedding The Couple’s Wedding Inspiration:

Joanna & Nick’s¬†inspiration was to have a classic, romantic feel that had a touch of English flare since Joanna is originally from London. They¬†hoped that the ceremony would be personable and that the entire night would be an inclusive event so that their¬†friends and family would get to know them as a couple.

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When asked what their most memorable part of the day was, their answer was the ceremony – “we really enjoyed hearing the other person’s vows which we didn’t know ahead of time. most memorable moment was that after a cloudy day right as the ceremony began the sun came out.” They¬†also really enjoyed the 3 speeches by¬†Joanna’s dad, Nick’s best man, and Joanna’s maid of honor.

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Whats Next?
Joanna & Nick took a trip to Saint John in the U.S.Virgin Islands right after the wedding. They look forward to whatever the future holds for them as a married couple.

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Now that you are married, what words of advice do you have for couples getting married?
Try to brainstorm as much of the detailed decisions like detailed schedule (i.e. times of activities), songs for Dj, photograph list etc as soon as possible instead of waiting until a month before the wedding ūüôā

Venue: Dover Hall Estate – Manakin-Sabot, VA
Wedding Coordinator: Brittany Glines
Officiant: Terrie Glass
DJ: Sean McNamee
Caterer: Mosaic Catering
Cake: Pearl’s
Florist: Al Brockwell at Floraculture
Makeup Artist: Lou Stevens Glam Squad, Alex
Hair Stylist: Lou Stevens Glam Squad, Lou
Dress: Love Couture
Videographer: Ginger Topham
Photographer: Ron Dressel Photography

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Models: Melissa Adams & Crystal W
Hair: Cici Hunt
Makeup: Nikki Benedikt
Photos by Ron Dressel

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